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German and Australian researchers to share in $2.5 million for new projects

University researchers working on projects ranging from the use of robotics in surgery to songwriting therapy for dementia sufferers will share in $2.5 million under a program that fosters collaboration between Australia and Germany.

Universities Australia announced the 72 successful projects under the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme.

With 257 applications overall, this latest round attracted a record level of interest.

Combined with last year’s round, the scheme has so far attracted more than $6 million in grants for Australian researchers collaborating with their German counterparts.

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Australian universities have contributed $1.27 million and $1.24 respectively to the 2017-2018 round.

Universities Australia Chief Executive Belinda Robinson said Germany is consistently ranked as the third most important country in terms of research collaboration for Australian universities.

“Germany is a world leader in innovation and research. Today’s funding announcement will mean Australia can build even stronger ties with a country that is known as a research powerhouse and build our own research capacity in return,” Ms Robinson said.

“These projects are laying the ground work for our future large-scale collaborations, helping both nations to reap the economic and societal benefits of sharing cutting-edge research knowledge and practice,” she said.

The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is open to all Australian researchers at participating universities and has a specific focus on early career researchers.

Each project team receives up to AUD $25,000 for travel and living expenses to support their research work in Germany.

The DAAD is the largest funding organisation in the world supporting the international exchange of students and scholars. Since its foundation in 1925, it has provided funding for more than 1.9 million scholars in Germany and abroad.

Applications will open in April 2017 for projects funded in the 2018 and 2019 rounds.

The full list of successful projects can be found: http://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/australia-germany-joint-research

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