Excellence in Innovation for Australia (EIA)
A national research impact trial ‘Excellence in Innovation for Australia’ (EIA) was held in 2012 where twelve Australian universities submitted 162 case studies to EIA for assessment. The EIA trial was enabled through partnership between the contributing universities as well as representatives from industry, non-government organisations and government.
- The Positive Parenting Program, developed at UQ by Professor Matt Sanders, was assessed as having outstanding beneficial impact. The “Triple P” program has benefited seven million children worldwide by reducing violence towards children, reducing behavioural problems in children, and reducing stress and depression in children and parents. The program is available in 18 languages in 23 countries.
- Pesticide regulation has changed in Australia, USA, Canada and New Zealand as a result of Dr Caroline Gaus’ work at UQ which identified contamination of soil, sediment and biota due to impurities in dioxins. The outcomes of this research also influenced United Nations Environment Program activities.
- The development of titanium fabrication technology through a UQ aerospace materials project led by Associate Professor Matthew Dargusch enabled an Australian company to win a $1 billion manufacturing contract for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet.
- Technology that improves the clarity of images from Magnetic Resonance Imaging machines resulted from a project led by Professor Stuart Crozier. The technology has been incorporated in two-thirds of the world’s high-field MRI systems sold since 1996 and facilitates vastly improved diagnostics. The global MRI market has a current estimated value of $US4.5 billion per year.
- The world’s largest mining companies are managing production on critical slopes using GroundProbe Slope Stability Radar developed by Dr David Noon. This system monitors slope stability in 19 countries.