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Vice-chancellor questions ‘fragmented’ Antarctic funding

Grant recipient calls for more strategic approach to federal support for Australia’s Antarctic science capability

Federal education minister Dan Tehan has announced $56 million in funding for two universities to conduct research in Antarctica, but the Australian Research Council grants have been criticised as “disappointing” by one of the recipients.

Monash University in Melbourne will receive $36m over seven years to lead a global project involving 29 research partners in Australia, Chile, New Zealand, Norway, South Africa and the UK. It will analyse and forecast environmental change in Antarctica and develop an environmental stewardship strategy.

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