French-Australian research projects get beefed up

SENATOR Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research announced today a funding boost of over $230,000 which will go towards the French-Australian Science and Technology (FAST) Program.

SENATOR Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research announced today a funding boost of over $230,000 which will go towards the French-Australian Science and Technology (FAST) Program.

FAST projects set to benefit from the injection of funding includes projects investigating new ways to photograph the earth’s interior, gain a better understanding of medical ailments such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and importantly, how to improve the taste of beef.

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research said that the 14 French-Australian partnerships in the FAST porgram had the potential to harness scientific breakthroughs in a wide array of areas.

“I am delighted to announce a number of fantastic projects, between two research strong countries, that I am sure will yield equally impressive results,” Senator Carr said.

“As always, there are some particularly smart collaborations, such as research into white wine by two of the best wine producing countries in the world.”

The Australian Government recently signed a renewed memorandum of understanding with the French Government that reaffirmed its commitment to strengthening scientific and technological collaboration between the two countries.

“The importance of investing in world-leading research cannot be overestimated,” Senator Carr said.

“Research is a critical investment; it helps to ensure future growth and prosperity for our economy. Building strong international partnerships further enhances these outcomes.”

Other FAST projects will facilitate important research into new generation energy storage; mapping genetic variation caused by environmental change; improving the quality of canola; and modelling the economic impacts of climate change on energy supply.

For information on the FAST Program visit https://grants.innovation.gov.au/ISL/