New equipment built in Canberra will be used for world-leading research in astronomy and nanomaterials.

The Coalition Government today announced two research facilities would be built at the Australian National University:

• $632,000 to build a revolutionary wide-field infrared surveyor that will allow astronomers to collect real-time data on cosmic phenomena.
• $600,000 to build an advanced multi-functional Electro-Opto-Magneto-Mechanical analysis platform.

Senator for the ACT Zed Seselja said the research facilities would help Australian and international researchers.

“The multi-functional platform will support research projects working with nanomaterials and nano-scale devices,” Senator Seselja said.

“It will enhance Australia’s competitive advantage in critical sectors, such as optoelectronics, energy conversion, smart sensing, communications, quantum information and processing, and medical technology.”

“I am proud to be a part of a Government investing in Canberra, with more than $800 million committed to Canberra institutions and infrastructure over the past two years alone. Today’s announcement shows the Coalition Government’s continued commitment to investment in Canberra,” Senator Seselja said.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the Coalition Government was investing in the infrastructure that enabled researchers to conduct world-leading research.

“The research done by our universities can lead to the development of new products and innovations that drive job growth, business opportunities and productivity gains,” Mr Tehan said.

“Our Government is making a significant investment in Australia’s leading-edge research infrastructure.

“The research collaborations that are developed through these projects will strengthen research networks throughout Australia and internationally.”

The Morrison Government is providing $30.7 million to fund 47 new research projects through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme. More information is available at the ARC website.