Institute for Future


29 June 2018

A Gummy Bear-inspired manufacturing process for vaccines, new ideas for reducing plastic waste and using blockchain to help the publishing industry are just some of the innovative projects successful in round one of IFE’s 2018 Catapult research funding program.

IFE introduced the initiative to help support short-term, higher-risk transdisciplinary research projects that deliver industry outcomes. Catapult aims to enhance the technology readiness levels of transdisciplinary research ideas, ensuring more QUT research advances from creative discovery and successful discovery to adoption by industry and government partners.

All funded projects must be completed within 12 months and deliver against the identified impacts and outcomes of one or more IFE research themes or enabling platforms. All QUT academic staff are eligible to apply.

Congratulations to the 2018 round one Catapult winners:

  • A Gummy Bear-Inspired Manufacturing Process to Lower the Costs of Single-Administration Vaccine Delivery Capsules to Satisfy Livestock Industry Requirements.
    Tim Dargaville (SEF/Health)
  • Designing-out Plastic: creating innovative ways to reduce and manage plastic waste.
    Manuela Taboada (CIF/Law/SEF)
  • Existing systems, new languages: prototyping blockchain models for the book publishing industry to deliver rights management, royalties and audience engagement.
    Mark Ryan (CIF/Law/SEF)
  • Hydrochar produced from lignin-rich residues as a novel feed and fertiliser improver.
    Jan Zhanying Zhang (SEF)

The details of round two of Catapult funding will be announced later in the year. 

Gummy Bear manufacturing

IFE's Catapult funding program


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