The Australian Research Council 'Linkage Projects' Grant Program has recently funded 25 university and industry linked collections relevant research projects to a value of $8.86 million. This amount sits between mid-year 2012 and 2013 Linkage Project Grant results.
A good number of natural history / living collections are partners in this round. These include the Western Australian Botanical Gardens and Parks Authority, Zoos Victoria, Taronga Conservation Society, and the Natural History Museum of Denmark. One research project is looking into the values of Adelaide's major cultural organisations. This project should therefore build upon such earlier work as the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2008 'Towards Comparable Statistics for Cultural Heritage Organisations' (Cat. No. 4916.0), and Eleanor Adam's Master's project for the Collections Council of Australia 'Towards Sustainability Indicators for Museums in Australia'. This report contains indications about some values of prominent Adelaideian cultural institutions in 2010.
A number of Future Fellowships of relevance to cultural heritage were also announced, valued at over $5 million. This program seeks to fund research of critical national importance by enabling outstanding researchers to stay in Australia. Topics range across materials conservation and dating, records management and design, historiography and interpretation.
Click here [download] to read a list of the June 2014 projects funded, following Significance International's usual selection criteria.
Congratulations to all grant winners, we hope to hear some of the results of your projects.