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Microscopy Australia awarded $1 million in NSW Government funding

Microscopy Australia’s NSW facilities have been awarded $1 million in funding through the NSW Government’s Research Attraction and Acceleration Program (RAAP).

RAAP is intended to support the vital role that federally funded NCRIS facilities in NSW play in empowering the state’s research and development sector. A strong research and development capability is a critical driver for innovation in the state’s economy. Microscopy Australia’s infrastructure is used by academic and industry users alike to examine materials, tissues and processes at the micro and nanoscales. Characterisation of materials at these scales facilitates the understanding and design of materials, technology and manufacturing processes in a diverse array of disciplines.

Barbara Scherrer using an atom probe at the University of Sydney

Chief Operating Officer of Microscopy Australia, Dr Lisa Yen, said the funding from the RAAP will help fund next-generation transmission electron microscopes and new cryo-atom probe technology.

“This funding will extend support for world-class technology at the University of Sydney and UNSW Sydney, which will help facilitate world-leading discovery and innovation at the nanoscale,” said Dr Yen.

“Together with co-investments from the Commonwealth and our two NSW universities, the RAAP grant will fund five specialist staff who will run the atom probe instruments, develop new techniques, and improve research data management to support research programs and increase successful research outcomes.”

Microscopy Australia CEO Prof. Julie Cairney using the atom probe at Sydney Microscopy and Microanalysis