Professor Brian Cullis from NIASRA and his statistics team have developed and now been awarded this month not one, but two, very large R&D projects from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) totalling $7,300,000 cash to UOW. These are Category 1 projects, ie in the same category as ARC grants.

The first project for $5.7M ‘Bioinformatics and Biometrics for the Australian Grains Industry’ will run over 5 years and will deal with ‘planning, design, execution, analysis, interpretation and reporting related to improving and quantifying factors such as yield and quality of grains in an increasingly water-limited environment. The second project for $1.6M over 3 years is to develop a new statistical software system called EssCargoT to be used nationally by GRDC.

GRDC is responsible for the quality and supply of grains throughout Australia and for export and Brian and his team’s work will contribute mightily to the productivity of this industry which is a large part of Australia’s economy, not to mention vital to the world’s food supply.

This is great news for NIASRA and UOW, and further testament to the very high reputation of statistics capability at UOW.