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NHMRC funded research investigating the effects of electromagnetic energy on human health

The Australian Government recognises public concern about the health effects of electromagnetic energy (EME), and the need to ensure that standards and public health policies continue to be based on the best available scientific information. Since 1996, the Government has run the EME Program to provide information to the public and support research into health issues associated with mobile phones, mobile phone base stations and other communications devices and equipment. The program is funded by a $1 million dollar levy paid annually by radiocommunication license holders and collected by the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

The EME Program consists of three components:

  1. A public information program managed by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA).
  2. An Australian EME research program administered by the NHMRC; and
  3. Australia’s participation in the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Project which assesses the health and environmental effects of EME exposure.

Information about international EME research can be found via the World Health Organisation website.

The table below lists NHMRC grants awarded for research investigating the impact of EME on human health and physiology. Further detail about selected grants can be found by clicking on the corresponding Grant ID.

NHMRC is encouraging additional applications for EME research through a number of funding schemes in 2014 including Project Grants, Early Career Fellowships and Postgraduate Scholarships.

NHMRC grants for EME research

Grant ID**

Institution

Funding awarded*

End date

1060205 Monash University $2,499,157 2018

1042464
 

University of Wollongong
 

$2,498,842

2017

546130

Monash University

$701,040

2013

559309

Swinburne University of Technology

$244,336

2011

545927

Monash University

$548,616

2011

264439

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

$2,653,680

2009

219129

University of Sydney

$1,200,000

2005

163627

University of Sydney

$309,006

2005

154905

Swinburne University of Technology

$213,570

2005

983722

University of Adelaide

$1,122,103

2001

983718

Swinburne University of Technology

$73,000

2001

983702

NSW Cancer Council

$97,670

2000

983719

Flinders University

$95,000

1999

* Initial amount does not include indexations, extensions or project variations
** Click on the Grant ID # to view a summary of the project

 

Page last updated on 26 March 2014