‘The foundational research that these four new Future Science Platforms will undertake will pave the way for innovations and catalyse new industries…’
CSIRO, Australia’s National Science Laboratory, is to invest AUS$50 million over the next five years in four new programs to accelerate breakthroughs in ‘tough national challenges.’
The four new programmes are: Revolutionary Energy Storage Systems; Permanent Carbon Locking; Immune Resilience; and Advanced Engineering Biology. These programs are part of CSIRO’s AUS$200 million Future Science Platforms (FSPs), which are aimed at extending the boundaries of existing research in collaboration with universities and industry.
Dr Adam Best, Interim Director of the Revolutionary Energy Storage Systems FSP said; ‘Unlocking the secret to efficient and safe energy storage could see us charge electric vehicles as easily as we now fill our petrol tanks…On a larger scale, it could even be mimicking pumped hydro through new technology and making it more responsive to the needs of the grid.’
Dr Colin Scott, Interim Director of the Advanced Engineering Biology FSP added ‘Developing powerful new tools for biological design and prototyping will supercharge the delivery of impactful new goods and services.’
CSIRO’s Chief Scientist, Professor Bronwyn Fox said that the new FSPs will bring together industry and science, including early career researchers, to invent cutting edge science. ‘The foundational research that these four new Future Science Platforms will undertake, will pave the way for innovations and catalyse new industries that will help us to better manage our health, food security, natural resources and environment in the decades to come.’