National Competitive Grants Program
Research in Bionic Vision Science and Technology
In 2009, the Australian Research Council (ARC) finalised the selection round for the Research in Bionic Vision Science and Technology initiative, a new collaborative research initiative to support the development of a functional bionic eye. Through its response to the 2020 Summit, the Australian Government committed funding of $50 million over four years from 2010 to 2013. $42 million was awarded to the University of Melbourne and $8 million was awarded to Monash University.
In July 2013, the Australian Government agreed to provide a one year extension to the initiative with additional funding of $9.9 million. $8 million will be provided to the University of Melbourne and $1.9 million will be provided to Monash University to continue to deliver a program of activities that support the development of a functional bionic eye.
The Research in Bionic Vision Science and Technology Initiative funded two proposals, delivering a program of activities that support the development of a functional bionic eye. The successful proposals were funded on the basis of the excellence of the researchers and the proposed research program, including demonstrated opportunities for collaboration and the potential to produce outcomes of significant health and economic benefit for the Australian community through spin-off innovations and commercialisation.
The Initiative is underpinned by the undertaking of highly innovative and internationally competitive research, significant collaboration, developing significant health and economic benefits and building Australia’s human capacity in the area of bionic vision science.
Applications for funding for the Research in Bionic Vision Science and Technology Initiative have now closed.
Key documents relating to the application and selection process are available below.
Draft Funding Agreement for funding commencing in 2010
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Funding Outcomes for funding commencing in 2010