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Strategic Partnerships with Industry – Research and Training (SPIRT) Scheme Grants
to commence in 2000
by RFCD - contents

Code Description Number of

funded

applications

230000 Mathematical Sciences 3

240000 Physical Sciences 9

250000 Chemical Sciences 30

260000 Earth Sciences 22

270000 Biological Sciences 48

280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences 39

290000 Engineering and Technology 104

300000 Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences 58

310000 Architecture, Urban Environment And Building 1

320000 Medical and Health Sciences 25

330000 Education 18

340000 Economics 8

350000 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services 18

360000 Policy and Political Science 2

370000 Studies in Human Society 22

380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences 10

390000 Law, Justice and Law Enforcement 12

400000 Journalism, Librarianship and Curatorial Studies 3

410000 The Arts 1

420000 Language and Culture 2

430000 History and Archaeology 5

440000 Philosophy and Religion 1

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 441

Strategic Partnerships with Industry – Research and Training (SPIRT) Scheme Grants
to commence in 2000
by RFCD Division- contents

DIVISION 230000 MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

230100 Mathematics n/a

230200 Statistics 1

239900 Other Mathematical Sciences 2

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 3

DIVISION 240000 PHYSICAL SCIENCES

240100 Astronomical Sciences n/a

240200 Theoretical and Condensed Matter Physics 2

240300 Atomic and Molecular Physics; Nuclear and Particle Physics; Plasma Physics 2

240400 Optical Physics 2

240500 Classical Physics n/a

249900 Other Physical Sciences 3

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 9

DIVISION 250000 CHEMICAL SCIENCES

250100 Physical Chemistry (incl. structural) 11

250200 Inorganic Chemistry n/a

250300 Organic Chemistry 4

250400 Analytical Chemistry 4

250500 Macromolecular Chemistry 5

250600 Theoretical and Computational Chemistry 1

259900 Other Chemical Sciences 5

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 30

DIVISION 260000 EARTH SCIENCES

260100 Geology 8

260200 Geophysics 3

260300 Geochemistry 3

260400 Oceanography 1

260500 Hydrology 5

260600 Atmospheric Sciences 2

269900 Other Earth Sciences n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 22

DIVISION 270000 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES

270100 Biochemistry and Cell Biology 4

270200 Genetics 9

270300 Microbiology 4

270400 Botany 5

270500 Zoology 1

270600 Physiology 2

270700 Ecology and Evolution 14

270800 Biotechnology 9

279900 Other Biological Sciences n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 48

DIVISION 280000 INFORMATION, COMPUTING AND COMMUNICATION SCIENCES

280100 Information Systems 15

280200 Artificial Intelligence and Signal and Image Processing 13

280300 Computer Software 6

280400 Computation Theory and Mathematics 1

280500 Data Format 2

289900 Other Information, Computing and Communication Sciences 2

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 39

DIVISION 290000 ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY

290100 Industrial Biotechnology and Food Sciences 10

290200 Aerospace Engineering 3

290300 Manufacturing Engineering 6

290400 Automotive Engineering 1

290500 Mechanical and Industrial Engineering 6

290600 Chemical Engineering 9

290700 Resources Engineering 5

290800 Civil Engineering 14

290900 Electrical and Electronic Engineering 5

291000 Geomatic Engineering 2

291100 Environmental Engineering 7

291200 Maritime Engineering 2

291300 Metallurgy 3

291400 Materials Engineering 13

291500 Biomedical Engineering 5

291600 Computer Hardware n/a

291700 Communications Technologies 10

291800 Interdisciplinary Engineering 2

299900 Other Engineering and Technology 1

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 104

DIVISION 300000 AGRICULTURAL, VETERINARY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

300100 Soil and Water Sciences 3

300200 Crop and Pasture Production 8

300300 Horticulture 8

300400 Animal Production 7

300500 Veterinary Sciences 3

300600 Forestry Sciences 11

300700 Fisheries Sciences 7

300800 Environmental Sciences 8

300900 Land, Parks And Agriculture Management 3

309900 Other Agricultural, Veterinary and Environmental Sciences n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 58

DIVISION 310000 ARCHITECTURE, URBAN ENVIRONMENT AND BUILDING

310100 Architecture and Urban Environment n/a

310200 Building 1

319900 Other Architecture, Urban Environment and Building n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 1

DIVISION 320000 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES

320100 Medicine—General n/a

320200 Immunology 4

320300 Medical Biochemistry and Clinical Chemistry 1

320400 Medical Microbiology 1

320500 Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences 2

320600 Medical Physiology 1

320700 Neurosciences n/a

320800 Dentistry n/a

320900 Optometry 3

321000 Clinical Sciences n/a

321100 Nursing 4

321200 Public Health and Health Services 6

321300 Complementary/Alternative Medicine n/a

321400 Human Movement and Sports Science 3

321499 Human Movement and Sports Science N.E.C. n/a

329900 Other Medical and Health Sciences n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 25

DIVISION 330000 EDUCATION

330100 Education Studies 13

330200 Curriculum Studies 2

330300 Professional Development of Teachers 1

339900 Other Education 2

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 18

DIVISION 340000 ECONOMICS

340100 Economic Theory n/a

340200 Applied Economics 7

340300 Economic History and History of Economic Thought n/a

340400 Econometrics 1

349900 Other Economics n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 8

DIVISION 350000 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES

350100 Accounting, Auditing and Accountability 2

350200 Business and Management 13

350300 Banking, Finance and Investment 2

350400 Transportation 1

350500 Tourism n/a

350600 Services n/a

359900 Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 18

DIVISION 360000 POLICY AND POLITICAL SCIENCE

360100 Political Science n/a

360200 Policy and Administration 2

369900 Other Policy and Political Science n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 2

DIVISION 370000 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY

370100 Sociology 11

370200 Social Work 4

370300 Anthropology 1

370400 Human Geography 3

370500 Demography 1

370600 History And Philosophy Of Science and Medicine n/a

379900 Other Studies in Human Society 2

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 22

DIVISION 380000 BEHAVIOURAL AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES

380100 Psychology 9

380200 Linguistics n/a

380300 Cognitive Science n/a

389900 Other Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences 1

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 10

DIVISION 390000 LAW, JUSTICE AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

390100 Law 4

390200 Professional Development of Law Practitioners 1

390300 Justice and Legal Studies 2

390400 Law Enforcement 4

399900 Other Law, Justice and Law Enforcement 1

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 12

DIVISION 400000 JOURNALISM, LIBRARIANSHIP AND CURATORIAL STUDIES

400100 Journalism, Communication and Media n/a

400200 Librarianship n/a

400300 Curatorial Studies 2

409900 Other Journalism, Librarianship and Curatorial Studies 1

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 3

DIVISION 410000 THE ARTS

410100 Performing Arts n/a

410200 Visual Arts and Crafts 1

410300 Cinema, Electronic Arts And Multimedia n/a

410400 Design Studies n/a

419900 Other Arts n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 1

DIVISION 420000 LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

420100 Language Studies n/a

420200 Literature Studies 1

420300 Cultural Studies 1

429900 Other Language and Culture n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 2

DIVISION 430000 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY

430100 Historical Studies 4

430200 Archaeology and Prehistory 1

439900 Other History and Archaeology n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 5

DIVISION 440000 PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

440100 Philosophy 1

440200 Religion and Religious Traditions n/a

449900 Other Philosophy and Religion n/a

TOTAL NUMBER OF SPIRT GRANTS 1

2302 STATISTICS

C10024120

Dr KL Mengersen Prof AN Pettitt Dr RL Wolff Ms JM Fleming Dr M Whitby Dr A Morton

2000: $99,000.00

2001: $98,000.00

2002: $98,000.00

Administering Institution: Queensland University of Technology

Title: Statistical methodology contributing to decision support capability for Evidence-based practice using two public hospitals in Brisbane as models for Australia.

Summary:

Aims: Fundamental research into development of novel statistical methods for data collection and analysis relevant to Evidence-Based Practice. Six priority areas are infection control, risk stratification, predictive modelling, time series/chaos models, economic evaluation, evidence-based management.Application of developed methods to two hospitals as models in Australia.Significance: Evidence-Based Practice and Management is an imperative for Australian hospitals; this team combines the medical and statistical expertise to achieve this.Outcomes: Improve medical practice, efficient use of data resources, new statistical methodology applicable to a wide range of disciplines, new outcomes in the six subproject areas, journal articles, quality graduates.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI): 1

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2399 OTHER MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES

C10024114

Prof DL McElwain Dr SA Domanti Dr WJ Edwards

2000: $40,890.00

2001: $47,852.00

2002:

Administering Institution: Queensland University of Technology

Title: Development and Implementation of a Comprehensive Robust Online Rolling Mill Model

Summary:

Significant recent advances made in the modelling of thin strip, temper and foil rolling have provided insight into new mechanisms involved in these processes. However, the complexity of the models and their intense numerical nature has not allowed the full benefits of these advances to be realised. This project aims to investigate the numerical, convergence and robustness issues of the new models with the aim of developing improved models suitable for realtime applications such as mill setup and control gain scheduling. Improved models will result in better product quality, reduced head and tail losses and increased throughput.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI):

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C10024116

Prof DL McElwain Dr TW Farrell Dr AR Gee Prof DA Swinkels

2000: $39,786.00

2001: $40,641.00

2002:

Administering Institution: Queensland University of Technology

Title: Decision support for the optimisation of high-drain primary alkaline battery cathodes.

Summary:

Understanding high-drain cathodic discharge of alkaline batteries is vitally important to the battery materials industry as they endeavour to develop more efficient products. Current models fail to adequately address the multi-reaction reduction of electrolytic manganese dioxide (EMD), EMD particle structure and the precipitation of potassium hydroxide. This project employs a novel approach using high-level applied mathematical and numercial analysis to develop a comprehensive model of high-drain cathodic discharge. This will provide decision support for the manufacture of an optimal EMD for high-performance alkaline batteries and hence, enhance the export of EMD and provide direct economic benefit to Australia.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI):

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2402 THEORETICAL AND CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS

C00001867

A/Prof RA Lewis Dr C Zhang Mr GM Lowen

2000: $21,080.00

2001: $21,080.00

2002: $21,080.00

Administering Institution: University of Wollongong

Title: Thermionic cooling for domestic refrigeration.

Summary:

We plan to prove the concept that a solid-state cooling element can operate in the temperature regime required for domestic refrigeration. The principle of operation is the transfer of heat by thermionic emission. A multiple-layer structure, consisting of very thin, alternating semiconductor and metal layers, has been calculated to have high efficiency. In contrast to the usual compressor-based refrigerators, a refrigerator based on this concept has no moving parts, is silent, vibration-free and low-maintenance. It is environmentally-friendly. (Conventional refrigerators contain toxic gases.) The project links experts in semiconductor theory and experiment with Australia's largest manufacturer of domestic refrigerators.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI): 1

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C00001903

Dr JX Jin Prof SX Dou Dr MH Apperley Prof CD Cook Prof C Grantham

2000: $98,000.00

2001: $98,000.00

2002: $97,000.00

Administering Institution: University of Wollongong

Title: Investigation of Bi-2223/Ag Superconductor Winding for the Application in an Electrical Fault Current Limiter

Summary:

As electrical power systems grow in capacity, the increased fault current must be managed. The existing electrical equipment in the systems has to be able to cope with the increased fault level. The cost of upgrading the existing equipment can be enormous; therefore it is necessary to develop a fault limiter (FCL) which cannot be built using conventional conductors. High Tc superconductors (HTSC) provide an opportunity to develop FCL by allowing some concepts to be realised. A HTSC FCL, both its principle, design techniques and performance, will be studied under this project in relation to the new HTSC technology. This research will assist the development of a practical HTSC and associated technology for HTAC applications in electrical engineering.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI):

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2403 ATOMIC AND MOLECULAR PHYSICS; NUCLEAR AND PARTICLE PHYSICS; PLASMA PHYSICS

C00002252

A/Prof ED Doyle A/Prof EC Harvey A/Prof S Prawer

2000: $21,080.00

2001: $21,080.00

2002: $21,080.00

Administering Institution: Swinburne University of Technology

Title: Development of Microsensors for use in the Fastener Industry.

Summary:

This proposal seeks to exploit the commercial potential in the development of tension sensing washers for wide application in the fastener industry. The intention is to synthesise a range of advanced materials in the form of thin films by using physical vapour deposition (PVD) and pulsed laser deposition (PLD). Microfabrication techniques will then be used to laser pattern the thin films in order to generate microsensors. The physical properties of the microsensors to be tested for suitability as transducers will be resonance and piezoelectricity. The performance of the thin films as tension sensing devices will be assessed in preload and relaxation fatigue tests.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI): 1

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C00002087

Prof JH Harris Dr GG Borg Dr NM Martin Mr DA Thorncraft

2000: $21,080.00

2001: $21,080.00

2002: $21,080.00

Administering Institution: The Australian National University

Title: The application of plasma antennas to communications radar

Summary:

We propose to develop a HF (3 - 30 MHz) communications system based on the plasma (ionised gas) antenna that is invisible to radar. The system is to be deployed on a naval the project we aim to,. Optimise plasma generation for HF communications.. Eliminate any deleterious effects of the plasma generation process on the transmitted and received signals.. Develop a demonstrator system.. Investigate further applications of the plasma antenna such as HF and microwave radar and data communications.The research is virtually unique worldwide and extends the scientific interest and engineering applications of plasma.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI): 1

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2404 OPTICAL PHYSICS

C00002268

Dr AP Mazzolini Prof DJ Booth Prof P Hannaford Mr GE Rosman

2000: $48,000.00

2001: $44,000.00

2002:

Administering Institution: Swinburne University of Technology

Title: Fibre Optic Adaptation of Two Photon Scanning Spot Microscopy.

Summary:

This project addresses important scientific questions crucial to Optiscan Imaging Ltd adapting their current optical-fibre-based confocal microscopes and endomicroscopes to newer multi-photon imaging modes with ultrashort laser pulses. The project will study two-photon image quality over wide ranges of pulse duration, energy and power using Optiscan single-photon microscopes and Swinburne's femtosecond-picosecond laser facilities. The dispersion and non-linear effects introduced by optical fibres will be investigated. Reverse pre-chirping will be used to reduce non-linear power effects and compensate dispersion in the fibre. Swinburne's laser micromachining facilities will be used to investigate miniaturised endomicroscope structures which are compatible with fibre-delivered ultrashort pulses.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI): 1

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C00001921

A/Prof JG Clement Dr SA Feik Dr SW Wilkins Mr DL Thomas Ms SL O'Connell

2000: $70,000.00

2001: $60,000.00

2002: $60,000.00

Administering Institution: The University of Melbourne

Title: X-ray phase contrast imaging of hard biological tissues

Summary:

X-ray technologies Pty Ltd (XRT) is a company formed to exploit recent developments in x-ray phase contrast imaging. Preliminary experiments by the applicants in conjunction with XRT have shown promising results for the imaging of skeletal tissues. XRT now wish to test the ability of their technology to provide novel information about the structure and properties of biological hard tissue. Well-characterised specimens, representing all vertebrate hard tissues, from collections at the School of Dental Science will be examined to explore the usefulness of the technology for the above papers. Human bone will be studied in detail during mechanical testing to failure.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI):

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2499 OTHER PHYSICAL SCIENCES

C00002059

Dr DJ Brown A/Prof DA Veal Prof JA Piper Dr G Vesey Mr G Bauchop Dr KA Davis

2000: $66,000.00

2001: $69,000.00

2002: $72,000.00

Administering Institution: Macquarie University

Title: Enhanced detection of specific microorganisms using spectral fingerprinting

Summary:

The rapid and unambiguous detection of specific microorganisms (eg pathogens) in food and environmental samples is a significant challenge in modern biotechnology. We plan to develop techniques that are more sensitive, and more widely applicable, than those currently available for detecting fluorescently labelled microorganisms. To do this, we will enhance the power of current flow cytometer instruments to discriminate against background noise particles in real samples, by incorporating opto-electronic modules that capture and analyse the spectrally resolved fluorescent fingerprint of single biological cells.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI):

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C10024100

Dr BH Cornish Dr BJ Thomas Dr LC Ward Dr DJ Burstow

2000: $65,000.00

2001: $60,000.00

2002: $25,000.00

Administering Institution: Queensland University of Technology

Title: Research leading to the development of a multiple frequency impedance cardiography instrument.

Summary:

Impedance cardiography is the only noninvasive method, not requiring expert operator skills, of determining cardiac output. However it does not provide accurate results in clinical subjects. Present instruments use a single frequency, 70kHz, which penetrates both extracellular and intracellular compartments, subsequently small changes in cardiac blood volume cause a very small change in impedance of total fluids in the region. The project will involve fundamental research of a novel multifrequency approach to impedance cardiography (measuring extracellular fluids only) resulting in an improved sensitivity and accuracy. This fundamental research will lead to the design and development of a portable instrument.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI): 1

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C00002675

Dr TR Bedding Dr AG Monger Mr RL Franzen Mr DN Bundy Dr C Dey

2000: $100,000.00

2001: $103,000.00

2002: $106,000.00

Administering Institution: The University of Sydney

Title: Research into low-cost optical instruments for small satellites

Summary:

We propose a collaborative research project with Auspace Limited into novel methods for designing and building low-cost optical instruments for small satellites. The research will address several issues that arise in designing and building space optics, including: understanding the implications of using of low-cost materials such as aluminium for high-precision optical surfaces; and understanding and controlling thermal effects such as radiation and heat transfer. The project will be carried out using both hardware and software models, and should place Auspace in a strong position to bid for contracts to build optical systems for Australian and foreign satellite projects.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI):

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2501 PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL)

C00002345

Dr RJ Crawford Dr P Sanciolo

2000: $21,080.00

2001: $21,080.00

2002: $21,080.00

Administering Institution: Swinburne University of Technology

Title: Treatment of Printing Effluent using Adsorbing Colloid Flotation

Summary:

Waste-waters containing organic components are difficult to treat using traditional sedimentation processes since these components affect the specific gravity of the solid matter to be removed. Dissolved air flotation effectively removes pollutants, but results in a concentrate that is 5 to 10% of the original volume. This project will apply a recent innovation in flotation technology to the treatment of printing effluent that contains organic solvents. This innovation has been applied to electroplating effluent, producing a concentrate which is 0.4 % of the original volume, and hence a similar improvement in effluent reduction efficiency may result when applied printing effluent.

Number of Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship Award(s) Industry (APDI):

Number of Australian Postgraduate Award(s) Industry places (APAI): 1

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C00002031

Prof RM Pashley Ms ME Karaman Dr S Shanker Dr HA Bustamente

2000: $70,000.00

2001: $70,000.00

2002:

Administering Institution: The Australian National University



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