Cold hard cash for Antarctic research

The feds announce $56m for Monash U and U Tas

Education Minister Dan Tehan announces the Special Research Initiative in Excellence for Antarctic Science.  In what looks rather like a cooperative research centre, the new ARC initiative will receive $36m over seven years for Monash U and partners “to deliver unprecedented research capability.” There is a separate $20m over three years for the University of Tasmania and partners to research changes in the Antarctic and Southern Oceans, “and the impact they are having on the global climate system.”

The SRI appears to be picking up the sort of research the former Antarctic Climate and Eco-systems CRC used to conduct. The centre and its two predecessors were funded from 1991 to last year, way longer than the usual CRC ten-year max, (CMM October 8 2019).


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