Linkage Project grants support collaborations between Australian university researchers and Partner Organisations. The Australian Research Council awards and administers this scheme. Click here [download] to read about a selection of 29 grants relevant to the collections sector, most are being funded for 4 years from July 2012. (For more information on these projects visit: Linkage Projects Funding Outcomes).
This represents a doubling in the monetary value of collections relevant research under the Linkage Projects scheme from the November 2011 funding round, and a significant increase in the number of projects supported. For news items on this website about the earlier rounds see '$5 million in research grants awarded' (June 2011) and 'Over $10 million for collections related research' (November 2011 - includes Linkage, Discovery and LIEF results).
The fields of study covered by these grants include distributed computing, historic and cultural studies, public health, human society, archaeology, policy and administration, systems, philosophy, education, engineering, ecology, law, accounting, environmental science, performing arts and creative writing.
Collecting organisations partnering in these research projects include the Army History Unit, Museum Victoria in Melbourne, State Library of New South Wales in Sydney, Western Australian Museum and Western Australian Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority in Perth, Zoos SA and the South Australian Museum in Adelaide, as well as the national collecting institutions located in Canberra - National Archives of Australia, Australian War Memorial, National Portrait Gallery, Questacon - National Science and Technology Centre, National Library of Australia.
Government departments also partner on a number of projects - in this round these are mainly state-based. Other partners include Aboriginal, educational and religious bodies, local councils, membership associations, and companies. Two grants have international university partners.
Congratulations to these grant winners. We look forward to seeing the results of your work.