The Australian Research Council awards a number of research grant types through Australian universities. In November 2011 grants were awarded for Linkage Projects; Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF); and Discovery schemes. Click here [download] to read about a selection of 19 Linkage, 5 LIEF, and 18 Discovery grants of relevance to the collections sector, to be funded for 3-5 years from January 2012. (For more information on these projects visit: National Competitive Grants Program).
The fields of study covered by these grants include computing, finance, tourism, pedagogy, atmospheric sciences, linguistics, geology, chemistry, law, curatorial studies, performing arts, engineering, genetics, human movement and sports science, performing arts and creative writing, art theory and criticism, and cognitive science.
Collecting organisations partnering in the research projects include the South Australian Museum, State Records of South Australia, and Zoos SA in Adelaide, Western Australian Museum and the State Library of Western Australia in Perth, Museum Victoria and the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in Canberra, and the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney.
Some local, state / territory, and federal government departments are also partners on several projects. Other partners include membership associations and businesses.
Congratulations to these grant winners. We look forward to hearing more about your work.