Millions up for grabs in funding

RESEARCH organisations throughout NSW are being urged to apply for State Government funding to help attract millions of dollars of Commonwealth and philanthropic grants.

Minister for Science and Medical Research Jodi McKay said expressions of interest were now open for the latest round of the NSW Science Leveraging Fund.

“The NSW Government has committed $10 million this year to support NSW research organisations through the Science Leveraging Fund,” Ms McKay said.

“This is part of the NSW Government’s $30 million investment in 2010-11 to support science and medical research through a number of targeted programs.

“The Science Leveraging Fund is a unique program which aims to make NSW-based organisations even more competitive in their bids for external funding.

“Access to this funding is open to research organisations to help fund high quality laboratories, equipment, infrastructure as well as research salaries and student scholarships.

“The Science Leveraging Fund has seen an outstanding success over the last four years, achieving a more than 10-fold return on investment.

“Since 2006 the NSW Government has invested around $38 million, leveraging more than $392 million in cash investments from the Commonwealth and other sources.”

Ms McKay said applications for the funding can be made at any time, but urged research organisations to apply now for the best chance to benefit from upcoming Commonwealth funding rounds.

To find out more about Science Leveraging Fund funding and the Intention to Request Funding process visit www.osmr.nsw.gov.au.



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