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2020-21 Budget includes $1b in research funding

14 Oct 2020

The 2020-21 Budget handed down by Treasurer Frydenburg on 6 October includes $1 billion in research funding to alleviate financial pressure on universities caused by COVID-19.

The funds will be delivered through the Research Support Package (RSP), taking total funding for 2021 to $3 billion.

Other notable education measures included:

  • $5.8 million for scoping the University Research Commercialisation Scheme, to better translate and commercialise university research outputs
  • $20 million over 4 years to enable the University of Adelaide to establish a Centre for Augmented Reasoning to develop machine-learning technologies
  • $40 million over 4 years for the Strategic University Reform Fund (SURF) to develop targeted and innovative solutions between higher education institutions and industry in regional communities.

See the full Department of Education, Skills and Employment budget announcement on their website.