New grants to promote creative aviation research projects
The Victorian Coalition Government will provide $500,000 in grants over two years to stimulate leading edge and commercial-facing research in the aviation industry.
Minister for the Aviation Industry Gordon Rich-Phillips said the new Research for the Aviation Industry grants program would fund collaborative research projects, commissioned by the industry, working with research institutes or organisations.
“Grants of up to $30,000 will be available on a competitive basis to tackle issues facing the aviation industry,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“The aviation sector has already identified a number of areas which would benefit from industry research such as productivity, aircraft development, airport management and maintenance, repair and overhaul.
“Projects could also focus on pilot training and human factors, air safety and air traffic control, and new technologies for the development of future aircraft,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
Funded research should be innovative and benefit the whole of the aviation industry. The reports and findings of Research for the Aviation Industry projects will be made available on a whole-of-sector basis.
“Victoria’s aviation industry should build on its reputation as a mature and high quality industry, in order to realise opportunities in growing markets,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.
“Importantly, this grants program will cement Victoria as the leading state in Australia to respond to the expanding needs of the local, domestic and international aviation and aerospace sectors.
“The Research for the Aviation Industry grants program will encourage and cultivate an environment where efficiencies and growth can be realised. It will also encourage sector-wide collaboration to support innovation, training, export and investment through industry-led research projects.
The first round of grants will open in May 2014.
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