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COALAR 2020-21 Special Grant Round outcomes


Australia – Brazil Engineering Women Researchers Network

Key Objective: COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Business)

Country Location: Australia and Brazil

Grantee:The University of Wollongong, New South Wales

WREN (Women Research Engineer’s Network) team at Mount Keira Lookout, a local landmark of Wollongong city (NSW – Australia). From left to right:  Dr Emily Yan, Dr Marcella Papini, Ms Grace Kennedy, Dr Apsara Jayasekara and Dr Mainã Garcia.
WREN (Women Research Engineer’s Network) team at Mount Keira Lookout, a local landmark of Wollongong city (NSW – Australia). From left to right: Dr Emily Yan, Dr Marcella Papini, Ms Grace Kennedy, Dr Apsara Jayasekara and Dr Mainã Garcia,Credit: Paul Jones / University of Wollongong

Project description:

To establish a Women Researchers Engineers' Network (WREN) led by The University of Wollongong (Australia) and the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil). The project will be launched in April and will support a series of online meetings and events in Brazil and Australia to increase research and teaching collaboration and to enable the sharing of technologies between both countries.

Key dates:

Start date: 26 April 2021

Completion date: 30 September 2021

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COALAR grant offer: $37,750 (no GST)


Resource Recovery from Mine Waste in Australia, Mexico and Chile

Key objective: COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Business)

Country location: Australia, Chile and Mexico

Grantee: University of Queensland, Queensland

Project description:

To create a capacity building partnership between industry, government and university institutions in Mexico, Chile and Australia to digitally share knowledge and information of mine tailings that can be potentially used as a source of elements highly demanded in new technologies combating climate change.

Bird’s eye view of the capacity building partnership between institutions in Mexico, Chile and Australia, to digitally share knowledge and information of mine tailings
Bird’s eye view of the capacity building partnership between institutions in Mexico, Chile and Australia, to digitally share knowledge and information of mine tailings
Graphic Credit Denys K. Villa Gomez
Photo Credit: SMI UQ

Key dates:

Start date: 12 April 2021

End date: 30 September 2021

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COALAR grant offer:$10,860 (no GST)


Biennale of Sydney digital program with Alta Tecnología Andina (ATA)

Key objective: COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Arts and Culture)

Country location: Australia and Peru

Grantee: Biennale of Sydney

Project description:

The Biennale of Sydney is a renowned exhibition of international contemporary art, the third oldest biennial in the world after Venice and Sao Paulo. In 2021, the Biennale of Sydney and ATA will present a digital cultural knowledge exchange program in the lead up to the 2022 Biennale of Sydney exhibition. Led by Biennale Artistic Director, Colombian Curator, Jose Roca, this project involves exploring rivers of Peru and Australia from a research, sustainability and creative perspective.

Artistic Director José Roca’s concept image for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney
Caption: Artistic Director José Roca’s concept image for the 23rd Biennale of Sydney
Credit: José Roca, Artistic Director, 23rd Biennale of Sydney, rīvus, 2021

Key dates:

Start date: 1 May 2021

End date: 30 September 2021

Social media:

COALAR grant offer: $50,000 (no GST)


Economic Recovery for Women through Construction Trades and Digital

Key objective: COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Business)

Country location: Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru

Grantee: University of Newcastle, New South Wales

Project description:

This project is an employment and skills development program for women in Latin America. It will facilitate economic recovery and independence through education, training, employment and increased entrepreneurships and capability development in the construction trades. It will support economic recovery for women through increasing workforce participation in sectors where women are under-represented.

Women Empowerment through Construction Trades
Caption; Women Empowerment through Construction Trades
Designer/Photo Credit – Jedda Cranfield.

Key dates:

Start date: 24 May 2021

End date: 30 September 2021

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COALAR grant offer: $31,979 (no GST)


Understanding Hydrogen Dairy Industry Opportunities in Australia and Uruguay

Key objective: COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Business)

Country location: Australia, Uruguay

Grantee: Deakin University, Victoria

Project description:

Deakin University will scope, connect, and communicate the hydrogen opportunities for dairy industries in Australia and Uruguay; presented in a research report, Australian / Latin American webinar and communicated via key messages in social and news media to targeted audiences.

Hydrogen for a clean energy future (credit Deakin University) logo
Caption: Hydrogen for a clean energy future (credit Deakin University)
Credit: Deakin University

Key dates:

Start date: 3 May 2021

End date: 30 September 2021

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COALAR Grant Offer: $50,000 (no GST)


LatAm Female Investors and Entrepreneurs Masterclass Series

Key objective: COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Business)

Country Location: Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru

Grantee: Green Arch Consulting

Project description:

Green Arch Consulting will collaborate with Amplifica Capital to run a series of five online classes that draw on Australian expertise in Sustainable Finance, Impact Investing and Corporate Governance to educate and empower female investors and entrepreneurs across Latin America.

Latam Female Investor and Entrepreneurs Masterclass Series flyer
Latam Female Investor and Entrepreneurs Masterclass Series
Credit: Claire Weller Creative

Key dates:

Start date: 5 April 2021

End date: 30 September 2021

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COALAR Council Grant Offer: $30,000 (no GST)


Joint Australia-Argentina AgTech Ecosystem Pilot Project

Key objective: COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Business)

Country location: Australia and Argentina

Grantee: Aglive Pty Ltd

Project description:

The AgTech ecosystem pilot project will be led by Aglive, an AgTech company based in regional Australia. The project involves collaboration between leading Australian and Argentine AgTech providers and two farm operations in both Australia and Argentina as well as allied agricultural processing facilities and other service providers. The project will develop a ‘proof of concept' report to identify pathways for future collaboration and quantification of the operational and productivity benefits of integrated AgTech services.

Key dates:

Start date: 15 April 2021

End date: 30 September 2021

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COALAR grant offer: $45,000 (no GST)


Australia Latin America Leaders Forums and Innovation Hub

Key objective: COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Business)

Country location: Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru

Grantee: Australia-Latin America Business Council (ALABC)

Project description:

The project focuses on supporting the economic recovery of the Latin American region. It will involve the use of digital tools to establish partnerships with industry associations based in the region, leveraging on ALABC's reputation and recognised brand, for a unified approach under a single private sector entity to foster sustainable, innovative business growth of trade and investment between Australia and the Latin American region.

ALABC Chair Richard Andrews leading a webex business discussion.
ALABC Chair Richard Andrews leading a webex business meeting.
Image credit: Marcelo Salas ALABC

Key dates:

Start date: 20 April 2021

End date: 30 September 2021

Social media:

COALAR grant offer: $40,000 (no GST)


Internationalisation of Education in Latin America

Key objective: COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Education)

Country location: Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru

Grantee: Curtin University, Western Australia

Project description:

To support the development of faculty and staff capabilities to internationalise education in Latin America, using online tools and community engagement. It will contribute to economic recovery through the development of strong networks by expanding new educational collaboration opportunities.

Internationalisation of Education in Latin America Team
Caption: Internationalisation of Education in Latin America Team
Credit: Curtin University

Key dates:

Start date: 1 May 2021

End date: 30 September 2021

Social media:

COALAR grant offer: $46,000 (no GST)


Australia-Brazil Circular Economy Innovation Digital Hub

Key Objective: COVID-19 Economic Recovery (Education)

Country Location: Australia and Brazil

Grantee: University of Technology Sydney

Graphic of logos and text: UTS University of Technology Sydney Agência PUC-Rio de Inovação; Australia-Brazil Circular Economy Innovation Digital Hub; The circular economy aims for economic growth based on renewable resources. This project will create a circular economy digital hub and promote webinars to stimulate and facilitate intellectual exchange and collaboration between business in Australia and Brazil; Richard Yogui, AgI/PUC-Rio; Hillbun Dixon Ho, UTS Business; Sanjoy Paul, UTS Business; Valeria Nogu
UTS/AgI-PUC-Rio partnership to develop a Circular Economy Hub. Photo credit: Double Helix Staircase in UTS Central

Project description:

The University of Technology Sydney and AgI-PUC-Rio will develop an online platform and run webinars to serve as an innovation digital hub to foster interactions between Australian and Brazilian businesses and other parties related to the circular economy. This project supports innovation collaborations that contribute to economic recovery post-COVID by exploring sustainable development challenges and opportunities faced by stakeholders in both countries.

Key dates:

Start date: 31 May 2021

Completion date: 30 September 2021

Social media: to be advised

COALAR grant offer: $50,000 (no GST)


Virtual COVID-19 Symptom Tracking in Argentina to Support Economic Recovery

Key objective: COVID-19 Economic Recovery

Country location: Australia and Argentina

Grantee: Dr Nicholas Walsh

Project description:

Implementation of a successful virtual community based COVID-19/influenza symptom tracking system known as 'Flu-tracker' in Argentina to further inform timely and effective public health measures and support economic recovery following COVID-19.

Key dates:

Start date: 31 May 2021

Completion date: 30 September 2021

Social media: to be advised

COALAR grant offer: $42,000 (no GST)

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