Local government researchers and tertiary institutions now have the opportunity to conduct original research that will benefit the sector under an initiative undertaken by the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government.

ACELG will provide a maximum of $15,000 to partners who can contribute at least $10,000 from their own organisation or from a third party. Smaller projects are also welcome.

This initiative is part of ACELG’s Research and Policy Foresight Program, and a total of $100,000 has been set aside for this activity in 2011.

34 new inventions have received grants of up to $2 million to commercialise their projects under the Federal Government’s new Commercialisation Australia initiative.

University of Melbourne vice-chancellor Glyn Davis will be the next chair of peak body Universities Australia.

Meat and Livestock Australia's general manager livestock production and innovation, Ian Johnsson, has resigned after being at the helm of the producer-owned red meat research and marketing company for 15 years.

IP Australia is seeking comments from the public on draft legislation designed to strengthen and improve Australia's IP system.

The Queensland Health Database of Research Activity (DoRA) has been released.

Six world-class researchers have been recognised with the presentation of the 2011 NHMRC Australia Fellowships.

Melbourne aerospace researchers at RMIT are working with leaders of the Russian space industry to build two space centres in Australia.

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