Monash University: Monash-led projects awarded $17 million in VHESIF funding

An upgrade to the cutting-edge nanofabrication technologies at the largest open-access clean room in the southern hemisphere and enhanced drug discovery capabilities are just two of the Monash University-led projects to receive funding from the Victorian Higher Education State Investment Fund (VHESIF), announced today.

Monash University has been awarded $17 million through the VHESIF towards four projects across its Victorian campus network.

The four projects being led by Monash are:

Capital upgrade of the Australian National Fabrication Facility’s Victorian node (ANFF-VIC);
Bioplatforms Australia (Victorian node) (BPA);
Centre for Drug Candidate Optimisation (CDCO); and
The Victorian Node of Microscopy Australia (MA).
The Bioplatforms Australia (Victoria node) facilities project is a collaboration with the University of Melbourne, and the ANFF-VIC upgrade is a joint venture project with seven Victorian universities and CSIRO.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC said: “The investment towards these significant research capabilities and facilities will support an inclusive post-COVID-19 economy, generate new industry opportunities and jobs, and support the ongoing improvement of communities worldwide.

“The co-investment with other universities, particularly the University of Melbourne, demonstrates the significant benefits that occur from collaboration between tertiary institutions.

“We thank the Victorian Government for this substantial contribution as part of the VHESIF.”

University of Melbourne Vice-Chancellor Professor Duncan Maskell said: “We are grateful for the support of the Victorian Government’s substantial contribution to enable knowledge sharing and collaboration across Victorian universities. These world-leading technologies will advance innovation and generate new knowledge in promising areas of discovery.”

The projects will complement other significant investments in the Monash Technology Precinct including the Victorian Heart Hospital, and strengthen connections with a range of higher education and industry partners.

The projects generate nine post-doctoral and professional positions, including 38 construction-related jobs. The investment will enable hundreds of researchers and students to fulfil their research projects through the new facilities and capabilities while also providing open access to Victorian industry to engage with the latest technologies.

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