The Federal Government has announced that the Edith Cowan University has joined forces with nine other Australian universities to bolster research into the management of chronic diseases, mental health in young people and the protection of coastal environments.


Federal Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, launched the $5.6 million project that will see collaborations in research excellence.


"This is a tremendous opportunity for ECU to team up with other institutions in areas of common interest to make a significant contribution to the nation's research and innovation priorities," Senator Evans said.


"ECU will be involved in research that delivers real outcomes-research that drives innovation and boosts productivity.


ECU will partner with the University of Western Australia, University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, Flinders University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Queensland, Deakin University, University of Melbourne and University of Sydney.


The 'Growing research excellence at Edith Cowan University through partnership and engagement' project is part of the Government's innovative Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) program.