ARC Linkage Project funding to boost Australian Cancer Atlas

Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen, Dr Susanna Cramb, Dr Belinda Spratt and Dr Helen Thompson were recently awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage funding for their project: ‘Statistical methods for quantifying variation in spatiotemporal areal data’.

The Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan recently announced the outcomes for the ARC Linkage projects for funding starting this year. QUT has been awarded $1,200,955 for three ARC Linkage Projects and $4,917,549 for 13 Discovery projects in the round.

Our research team’s funded project aims to develop new statistical methods for extracting insights into spatial and temporal variation in areal data. These tools will extend the Australian Cancer Atlas which provides small area estimates for 20 cancers across Australia.

The project is significant because it will allow government and other organisations to reap dividends from investment in collecting spatial information and it will enable modelled small-area estimates to be released without compromising confidentiality.

The expected outcomes include new statistical knowledge and new insights into cancer. The results will benefit the many disciplines, managers and policy makers that make decisions based on geographic data mapped over space and time.

The Linkage Projects scheme promotes research partnerships between researchers, business, industry community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies.

Read more about QUT’s funding round success.


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