Linkage Project grants support collaborations between University researchers and Partner Organisations in Australia. The Australian Research Council awards and administers this scheme. Click here [download] to read about a selection of 17 grants of relevance to the collections sector, to be funded for 3-5 years from July 2011 (Round 2 of 2). (For more information on these projects visit: Linkage Projects Funding Outcomes).
The fields of study covered by these grants are computing, accounting, education, film and television, anthropology, evolutionary biology, historical studies, archaeology, communication and media, art theory, sociology, built environment and design.
Collecting organisations partnering in the research projects include the Strehlow Research Centre in Alice Springs, Western Australian Museum in Perth, State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, Norfolk Island Museum, Queenscliffe Historical Museum in country Victoria, Koorie Heritage Trust Inc. in Melbourne, Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, Northern Territory Library in Darwin, and Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney.
Various state and territory government departments are also partners on several projects, while the federal department with responsibility for built and natural heritage (not movable cultural heritage / collections), the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities has partnered two of these projects. Other partners include Aboriginal arts and land councils, religious bodies, membership associations and consultancies.
Congratulations to these grant winners. We look forward to seeing the results of your work.