The Australian Research Council has awarded $4.7 million for research training in cryo-electron microscopy.

UOW Molecular Horizons and Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute affiliates Distinguished Professor David J Adams and Distinguished Professor Antoine van Oijen have been named as Chief Investigators on a newly awarded cryo-electron microscopy project as part of the government’s ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC) initiative.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) grant of $4.7 million will go towards the establishment of a new $13 million ARC Training Centre for Cryo-Electron Microscopy of Membrane Proteins for Drug Discovery.

Headquartered at Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), the ITTC is one of five new centres announced this week. It will provide new links between academic and commercial partners, providing increased opportunity for generation of new IP and expansion of economic investment into the Australian biotechnology sector.

The centre will have a major focus on training industry-ready Higher Degree Research candidates and postdoctoral fellows.

The collaboration includes academic and industry partners from Monash University, University of Wollongong, University of Melbourne, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research and industry partners including Catalyst Therapeutics, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Dimerix Bioscience and Thermo Fisher Scientific.

Molecular Horizons, in the Faculty of Science, Medicine and Health, and IHMRI will receive $800,000 over five years for the project. The funding for IHMRI and UOW will pay to support one research fellow and two PhD students.

Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan says the funding is aimed at fostering partnerships between universities and industry to produce world-leading research and real-world commercial outcomes.

“Our Government is investing in research that will foster strategic partnerships between university-based researchers and industry organisations, to find practical solutions to challenges facing Australian industry,” Minister Tehan said.

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