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Australia - Europe Malaria Research Cooperation - OzEMalaR

25 February 2010

The NHMRC - European Union (EU) Collaborative Research Grants scheme supports Australian participation in leading international collaborative research under FP7.

Seven applications involving Australian researchers based in Australia have been chosen for funding by the EU, and will be awarded funding by NHMRC commencing in 2010. Congratulations to Geoff McFadden (The University of Melbourne), Kevin Saliba (Australian National University) and colleagues who were successful in their project grant application for Australia - Europe Malaria Research Cooperation - OzEMalaR and were awarded $830,000 over 5 years.

Malaria is a global problem with no single solution. A large, but sometimes disjointed, research community is addressing the problem, but more collaboration is vital. OzEMalaR will link 34 Australian labs with 47 European, African & Indian malaria researchers. Funding will enable exchange of modern technologies by supporting early career researchers (PhD and postdocs) from Australia to work and be trained in top European labs. European trainees will work and be trained by Australian malariologists using reciprocal EU support.

Geoff said "I anticipate that we will be able to fund collaborative exchanges of Australian malaria research laboratory members into EviMalaR (= BioMalPar) laboratories shortly. The process will work in a very similar manner to the research exchanges funded by the ARC/NHMRC Research Network for Parasitology. To check which laboratories are eligible as hosts More information will be available shortly with the funding conditions from the NHMRC but in the meantime start planning your researcher exchanges to utilise this great opportunity."