Headline news is the 2018 Budget announcement that the
Government will provide an additional $1.9 billion over 12 years from 2017–18
to implement the IMOS Research Infrastructure
Investment Plan. In other exciting news, the NSW node of
IMOS, based at SIMS was awarded a Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP) grant through the NSW Government’s Office of the Chief Scientist and Engineer.
The new RAAP
funding will provide logistical support to Ocean Radar and Ocean Glider
operations in NSW, funding for vessel-time to support deployments and research,
and salaries for three post-doctoral positions at SIMS.
Leader, Professor Justin Seymour from the University of Technology Sydney is excited by the opportunities provided by
this additional funding and capacity for IMOS activities in NSW.
funding will be incredibly valuable for IMOS activities and NSW marine research
in general. The three new research positions made possible by this grant will
not only deliver new research capacity to NSW-IMOS, but will provide excellent
opportunities to bridge the gaps between facilities and disciplines and truly integrate IMOS activities within the state”, says Professor Seymour.
Read all the latest IMOS news in the latest edition of Marine Matters.