Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja today congratulated the Australian National University for receiving $3,751,315 from the Australian Government to fund five new Future Fellowships. 

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, announced funding of $38.6 million for a total of 50 new Fellowships across a number of Australian universities.

“This announcement is great news for Canberra and it will build further research capacity at our national university,” Senator Seselja said today.

“The $3.7 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,” Senator Seselja concluded.

Minister Birmingham said the new fellows would build on the innovation of the nation delivering research outcomes to improve the everyday lives of Australians.

“To be an innovative nation we must support our outstanding researchers, particularly at the mid-career level, to ensure we retain a strong research workforce for many years to come.

“We know the important value of the Future Fellowships scheme but the previous Labor government left a funding cliff for this vital research program. This Government is committed to making Future Fellowships an ongoing program by awarding 100 four-year fellowships a year,” said Minister Birmingham.

The Future Fellowships scheme promotes research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding mid-career researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia.

More information on the 2015 Future Fellowships announcement is available on the ARC website at http://www.arc.gov.au/