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Monday, June 12th, 2017

University of Queensland sweeps $22.6m in research funding

The University of Queensland has topped the nation by securing funding for more research projects than any other Australian university in the prestigious Australian Research Council grants announced in Canberra on June 5, with 17 projects set to share a total of $22.6 million.

University of Queensland sweeps $22.6m in research funding

UQ has been awarded funding for more research projects than any other university in Australia

UQ’s exceptional honour roll includes two new ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships, 14 ARC Future Fellowships and funding for an ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology.

The 17 grants have been awarded to UQ research projects spanning biotechnology, electrochemical energy, ecological impacts of cattle production, antibiotic resistance, cultural history, quantum systems, and atomic physics.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said it was an outstanding result for UQ and again demonstrated the strength of the university’s research.

“UQ has been awarded funding for more research projects than any other university in Australia, and we ranked number two for total funding, with $22.6 million in grants,” Professor Høj said.

“UQ has won the lion’s share of ARC Future Fellowships funding, securing $12.1 million which accounts for 15.7 per cent of the total $77 million in grants.

“These results underscore UQ as the destination of choice, given that we have been awarded more ARC Future Fellowships across the life of the scheme than any other university, and it comes less than a week after our researchers were awarded $4.3 million for 12 ARC Linkage Projects.

“This is a real testament to the quality of researchers we have at the university,” he said.

“I’m delighted to note that six of UQ’s 14 new Future Fellows are women.

“There is also an excellent spread of Future Fellowships across UQ’s broad areas of research, with five going to researchers in humanities and other non-science disciplines.”

ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships have been awarded to Professor George Zhao, who is working to develop sustainable electrochemical energy storage technology, wastewater resource recovery expert Professor Zhiguo Yuan.

Professor Zhao, of UQ’s School of Chemical Engineering, will get $2.8 million over five years for research to develop next-generation energy storage applications based upon sodium-ion capacitors.

Professor Yuan, director of UQ’s Advanced Water Management Centre, will get $2.9 million over five years for research into bioconversion of methane into higher-value liquid chemicals.

“Professor Yuan’s work on biotechnology solutions through the cost-effective production of liquid chemicals from biogas could propel Australia to the forefront of sustainable resources research,” Professor Høj said.

The University of Queensland will have a new ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology, backed by $4.7 million in ARC funding and an additional $1 million provided by industry partners.

The centre will train 20 industry-ready innovation scientists to tackle skills gaps in radiochemistry and diagnostic imaging in Australia’s medical technologies and pharmaceuticals sector.

The centre will draw together leading researchers and industry partners to develop novel diagnostics, therapeutics and theranostics for cost-effective diagnostic imaging and improved health outcomes.

Professor Høj said UQ’s powerful performance across the ARC funding projects was further evidence of the university’s commitment to supporting leading researchers and enabling them to create positive change.

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Monday, November 16th, 2015

UQ attracts top ARC funding over five years

The Australian Research Council has given the green light to more than 100 University of Queensland research projects, and will back them to the tune of almost $42 million.

Cumulatively over the last five rounds, UQ has received more funding for Discovery Projects and Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) than any other Australian university.

UQ environmental sciences

UQ has received more funding for Discovery Projects and DECRA than any other Australian university

UQ’s combined result in these two schemes for 2016 also tops the country, with more than $39.7 million awarded.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said this reinforced UQ’s position among the nation’s leading research-focused institutions, and recognised UQ’s excellence in developing the next generation of world-class researchers.

“Our consistent success in attracting competitive research funding is evidence of our high-calibre researchers and the direct relevance of their projects to solving pressing global problems,” Professor Høj said.

UQ attracted funding across three ARC schemes:

  • In Discovery Projects, 78 UQ proposals share a total of just over $30 million. UQ enjoyed a 23.56 per cent success rate across its Discovery Project applications, well ahead of the national average of 17.7 per cent.
  • A total of 27 UQ researchers share more than $9.7 million under the Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards scheme, with UQ a clear leader in Australia.
  • Three Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities projects were funded for a total of almost $3.3 million.

“It’s fantastic to see the breadth of research that will proceed at UQ in coming years as a result of this new funding, in areas such as engineering, social sciences, biochemistry and climate change strategy,” Professor Høj said.

“As a former head of the ARC, I know how tough the competition is, and how truly impressive the research proposals need to be to succeed.

“It’s a great delight again to congratulate a group of UQ researchers who have attracted funding for their work, which is independently seen as the nation’s best in their respective areas.”

Significant highlights of the funding announcement:

  • In UQ’s largest Discovery Project grant this round, the Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s (IMB) Professor Kirill Alexandrov secured $650,000, for a four-year project to develop novel, sensitive, inexpensive and flexible electric biosensors to potentially monitor any molecule.
  • Professor Mark Moran and Professor Jennifer Corrin from UQ’s Institute for Social Sciences Research secured $628,000 for a project to address how to better manage the flow of public finances and people across international borders.

The Institute for Molecular Bioscience and Queensland Brain Institute at UQ enjoyed success rates of 55 per cent and 50 per cent respectively for Discovery Project grants, reinforcing their position as leading Australian research institutes.

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