Linkage Grant Success Highlights Partnership Strength and Impact

Western Sydney University researchers have been awarded almost $500,000 in funding after securing two prestigious Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grants. The funding will see researchers from the Institute for Culture and Society explore how migrant communities experience and interact with existing heritage places in Parramatta, and researchers from the MARCS Institute work on improving current music generation software.

Minister for Education Dan Tehan, who today announced $5.7 million in funding for Australian Research Council Linkage Projects said they: “bring together higher education and industry to conduct research into pressing issues that affect Australians. These collaborations will make a difference to the lives of everyday Australians.”

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Deborah Sweeney said Western Sydney University is extremely pleased to receive this funding.

“This funding success speaks to our reputation as an innovative and collaborate institution driven by research excellence and impact. With connections to community and industry, both funded projects are set to have real impacts on the creativity, health and social wellbeing of the regional, national and international communities that we serve,” said Professor Sweeney.

Funded through the Institute for Culture and Society and led by Chief Investigators Associate Professor Denis Byrne from the Institute for Culture and Society, and Associate Professor Emma Waterton from the School of Social Sciences and Psychology and the Institute for Culture and Society, Heritage-making among recent migrants in Parramatta, secured $150,000. The project will explore how recent migrants experience and interact with existing heritage places in Parramatta and how they generate heritage places and attachments of their own. It aims to find ways to give the majority migrant population and such urban areas an active role in heritage recording and conservation.

The project will enable heritage managers to build programs and policies to achieve this inclusion and familiarise recent migrants with the language and mechanism of heritage and assist them in sourcing funds for heritage recording and conservation.

Led by Chief Investigator Professor Roger Dean from the MARCS Institute, Music can speak for you: making music with a deep net partner, secured $335,250. The project aims to develop and evaluate a novel computational partner to aid composers and non-musicians to make personal music.

The expected outcomes of the project will be a tool for musicians, but also for untrained people, young and old, allowing such untrained people to make personalised music. The tool can thus provide benefits to the creative arts, and to the educational and wellbeing support sectors.

The ARC Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies. By supporting the development of partnerships, the ARC encourages the transfer of skills, knowledge and ideas as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

Posted: 20 March 2019