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Australia announces winners of Aus4Innovation Partnership Grants

Released at: 19:03, 09/10/2019

Australia announces winners of Aus4Innovation Partnership Grants

Photo: Embassy of Australia in Vietnam

Three winners to implement projects on emerging challenges and opportunities in Vietnam's innovation system.

by Le Diem

Winners of the first round of Innovation Partnership Grants, part of the Australian Government’s Aus4Innovation program, were announced on October 9 at a ceremony in Hanoi hosted by Aus4Innovation and the Ministry of Science and Technology.

Three projects, with allocated funding totaling more than A$1.6 million ($1.1 million), were selected from 115 applications for their outstanding initiatives and potential positive economic and social impacts.

The three initiatives will be implemented by Australian universities in collaboration with universities and research institutes in Vietnam. They are the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and the Vietnamese National University of Engineering and Technology (VNU-UET), who will transfer a university commercialization model and demonstrate its application in water treatment and monitoring systems using Industry 4.0 technology; the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and the Research Institute for Aquaculture Number Three (RIA3), who will produce a hormone that will boost productivity of sea cucumber farming; and the University of Sydney and the National Health Strategy and Policy Institute (NHSPI), who will introduce a breakthrough methodology to transform breast cancer diagnostic efficacy.

“Deeper, stronger ties between our innovation systems is a key goal for our strategic partnership with Vietnam and the Innovation Partnership Grants provide excellent opportunities to nurture innovative ideas and scale ongoing partnerships between Australian and Vietnamese organizations,” Ms. Rebecca Bryant, Charge d’Affaires of the Australian Embassy, said at the ceremony. “I’m delighted to see more and more collaboration between the research institutions of our two countries.”

Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Bui The Duy said he believes that the innovation partnership between Australia and Vietnam has proven to be an effective mechanism for the two countries to share best practice and models to enhance the innovation systems in both countries. The grants provided under the Aus4Innovation program will set examples on how innovation, particularly when jointly developed and implemented, can transform society and deliver economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

Earlier this year, the Aus4Innovation program launched the first round of Innovation Partnership Grants, aimed at providing financial support to help scale already tested activities that address emerging challenges or opportunities in any sector of Vietnam’s innovation system. Round two will be announced later this year. This is an important part of the A$11 million ($7.4 million), four-year (2018-2022) flagship Aus4Innovation program to help strengthen the Vietnamese innovation system and prepare for Vietnam’s economic and digital future. It is co-funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and InnovationXchange (IXC), managed by the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), and held in strategic collaboration with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Vietnam (MoST).

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