Coalition Government Announces $12.5 Million For 17 New Future Fellows In The ACT

Senator Seselja today congratulated the Australian National University (ANU) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) for collectively receiving $12.5 million from the Australian Government to fund 17 new Future Fellowships.

Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, today announced funding of $115 million that has been awarded for a total of 150 new Fellowships across the country.

Senator Seselja said today, “The Future Fellowships scheme is administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and supports the innovative talent of Australia’s outstanding mid-career researchers in areas of critical national importance.

“This announcement is great news for the ACT as it will help build research capacity at both the ANU and the CSIRO.

“The new funding of $12.5 million will enable some of our region’s best researchers to make exciting and critical discoveries that will have flow on effects for our local community and the nation as a whole.

“The Australian Government has recognised the importance of this scheme and the vital part our Future Fellows play in the way research is conducted in Australia,” concluded Senator Seselja.

Minister Pyne said the scheme played an important role in building Australia’s research capacity, now and in the future.

“This is why the Abbott Government committed to ongoing support of this scheme in the 2014–15 Federal Budget; 100 four-year Fellowships will be awarded each year moving forward, securing our research future.”

For more information about these Future Fellowships please visit the ARC website at