The Western Australian State Government has secured $39 million to purchase a diverse range of new tools to advance scientific research in WA, and support local jobs, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) industries.
In addition, the WA State Government has committed $10.5 million over the next three years to infrastructure. It has also secured an $8.8 million co-investment from WA research institutions, and $19.8 million investment from the Commonwealth’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.
“This funding will go towards new infrastructure to turbocharge scientific advances and innovation that will support WA jobs and benefit the state’s economy, community, and environment,” said David Kelly, science minister of WA.
“It will also contribute to attracting talented researchers, PhD students, national and international collaborators, additional research funding, and new industry opportunities to the state.”
Thanks to WA funding, researchers will also have access to state-of-the-art equipment, some which has never been available before.
“WA needs world-leading facilities to support research that underpins our research reputation nationally and internationally, and to support the jobs of the future,” Kelly said.
The new equipment coming to WA includes:
– WA’s first cryo-electron microscopes for revolutionary analysis of snap-frozen samples in biomedical, agricultural, environmental, and materials research.
– Equipment for advanced fabrication of sensors, including for defence applications.
– A reference site of moored instruments at Ningaloo Reef for marine observations.
– Ecosystem observation infrastructure to help protect and manage WA’s unique terrestrial ecosystems.
– The latest tools for genetic, protein, and metabolite research with health, agricultural, and environmental applications.