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UNSW Sydney has topped the nation with the highest participation in industry-led research projects awarded grants in the latest round of the federal government’s Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) program. The five projects, which received a total of more than $11 million in grants, span artificial intelligence, health technology and the further development of a world-first eco-friendly fire retardant.

The recipients include $3 million for a project in partnership with Flame Security International to develop an autonomous intelligent fire prediction and suppression system, with a world-first, non-toxic, eco-friendly, flame retardant for use in furniture, clothing, cars and construction materials. This is the second time UNSW and Flame Security International have received CRC-P funding in this area.

A health-related project in partnership with Orpeus received $2.1 million for the development of a transport device for donor hearts that will make more hearts available for more patients. Another $2.1 million was awarded to a project led by Nutromics that will develop a digitally enabled wearable device and a deep learning behaviour change engine to help advance preventative measures for type 2 diabetes.

In artificial intelligence, $1.47 million was awarded to create a system for the rapid diagnostics of house dust mites and bedbugs in the medical sector in partnership with Jasgo R&D. Another project, led by Frontier SI, was granted $2.9 million to deliver secure digital valuation models and tools that cover a broad range of land and property types across Australia and overseas.

More than $40 million worth of grants were delivered to 19 projects as part of the sixth round of the program announced by Industry Minister Karen Andrews late December. The CRC-P Program supports collaborations between industry, researchers and the community to develop technologies, products, and services that deliver tangible and commercial outcomes for the country. It is a proven model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development for practical use and commercialisation.

Of the 19 recipients, 13 of the projects that focus on artificial intelligence will also be supported through additional funding received in the 2018-19 budget.

UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Nicholas Fisk congratulated the University’s researchers on securing the most grants and funding in this round.

“This program allows our researchers to interact with industry in a meaningful way and take new technology to market, so it’s pleasing to see our researchers participating in versatile projects across so many disciplines,” he said.

More information and a full list of recipients can be found on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.