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Endowment Fund to Support Ict Research


Senator the Hon Kim Carr

The Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr, announced that Australia's Science and Industry Endowment Fund would receive $150 million from the proceeds of CSIRO's wireless LAN technology licensing program.

Credit: Australian Government

Australia will continue to serve as a hub for research into wireless technologies as a result of new funding from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund, announced by Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

An initial round of announced grants include up to $10 million for a project that will expand the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization's (CSIRO's) research into next-generation applications, including those that have the potential to support Australia's National Broadband Network. The Science and Industry Endowment Fund will provide $2 million to help CSIRO and Macquarie University establish a joint professorial chair and associated appointments in wireless communications over seven years. Also, $7.5 million will be provided over two to three years to establish up to 100 scholarships and fellowships in information and communication technology mathematics, engineering, and other scientific disciplines. The scholarships and fellowships will help Australia address its skills shortage in areas such as computer science, electrical engineering, mathematical sciences, and physics.

"We are in a position to continue to deliver real benefits to Australia from research into high-speed wireless communications," says CSIRO group executive Alex Zelinsky. CSIRO is providing the Science and Industry Endowment Fund with $150 million from the proceeds of its Wireless Local Area Network technology licensing program.

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