Sting-free honey bee gets federal funding

THE winners of this year’s Australian Research Council’s competitive grants scheme have been announced, with 1145 projects to receive $394 million.

The Federal Government will hand out $760,000 to the University of New South Wales to research the effects of parents providing alcohol to children.

The Australian National University will receive $347,000 to study the ancestors of the recently discovered species of hominids, Homo floresiensis (also known as hobbits), in Indonesia.

La Trobe University will receive $220,000 over three years to help develop a new type of honey bee with no sting.

Nine indigenous Australian researchers will share $1.8 million in grants through the Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development Scheme to further research areas of importance to indigenous Australia.

NSW researchers were the big winners, claiming over $133 million in grants, followed by Victoria $103 million, Queensland $61 million, the ACT $40 million, WA $27 million, SA $21 million, Tasmania $4 million and the Northern Territory with $1.5 million.

Science Minister Kim Carr announced the funding today.

“The research that is being supported will lead to the discovery of new ideas and the advancement of knowledge that will help Australia tackle current and future economic, health and environmental challenges,” he said.

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