Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Hon Kim Hames MB BS JP MLA

Former Minister for Health; Tourism

    New funding initiative supports WA researchers

    21/09/2015 2:10 PM
    • Researchers at WA health and medical research institutes to benefit from new State Government infrastructure support funding
    • Inaugural round of Research Institute Support grants will support six institutes

    Health Minister Kim Hames today announced a new $1.2 million State Government funding initiative aimed at helping Western Australia's medical and health research institutes meet necessary infrastructure costs associated with their research programs.


    Dr Hames said the Government had invested heavily in the construction of major research facilities in WA and this new funding scheme would support the operations of those facilities.


    "The Government is committed to strengthening the State's health and medical research capability and by helping to take care of these ancillary costs, the Research Institute Support (RIS) grants will enable our researchers to focus on the science," he said.


    The Minister said that in the first round of the RIS grants, six institutes would benefit from $1.2 million to help cover expenses such as building maintenance, facilities, information technology and administration.


    In 2014-15, the available RIS funding was apportioned to institutes according to the level of nationally and internationally competitive, peer-reviewed grant income secured by their researchers over a three-year period.


    The new fund will operate in addition to the longstanding Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (MHRIF) which supports the infrastructure needs of high-performing researchers at hospitals, universities and research institutes. 


    RIS recipient institutes for 2014-15 are:

    • Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
    • Institute for Respiratory Health
    • Lions Eye Institute
    • Telethon Kids Institute
    • Western Australian Neuroscience Research Institute
    • Women and Infants Research Foundation.

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