Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today announced Liberal National Government funding of $2.25 million to establish the new Premier's Science Fellowship Program.
The program will build on the success of the Western Australian Fellowships Program to advance State science priority areas identified in the Science Statement for Western Australia.
The funding will support the initial two rounds of the program, with the first round to be launched in 2017.
Each round of the program will appoint a Premier's Science Fellow, with a focus on attracting distinguished researchers to the State, and a supporting Premier's Early to Mid-Career Fellow in an area of need within a science priority area, as determined through consultation.
Mr Barnett said the State Government was committed to building and promoting WA's scientific capacity and capability.
"The Government has listened to the Western Australian science community, which has spoken passionately about the value of Fellowship programs," he said.
"We are pleased to invest in a program that will attract the very brightest minds to advance and apply science, in our areas of competitive advantage to develop the State.
"The Premier's Fellows attracted under the new program will develop world-class research teams to add to those built by the Western Australian Fellows."
Established in 2003, the Western Australian Fellowships Program brought 12 world-class scientists to WA. These Fellows have delivered a range of economic, environmental and social benefits for the State. They have delivered significant scientific outcomes, built valuable research capacity (people and facilities) and attracted high levels of research funding.
The final Western Australian Fellow, Professor Mark Jessell, will finish his Fellowship in September 2017.
"The new funding, coupled with the recent commencement of Dr Simon Cook, the Royalties for Regions-funded Premier's Fellow in Agriculture and Food, will ensure highly regarded Fellowships continue to deliver benefits to the State," the Premier said.
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