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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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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Australian universities receive research funding

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a statutory agency within the Australian Government. Its mission is “to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community.”

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In seeking to achieve its mission, the ARC provides advice to the government on research matters, manages the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP), and administers Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

On Nov. 8, 2013, ARC announced the following funding:

  • $522 million for 1,177 new research projects
  • $152 million for 201 new Future Fellowships
  • Great discoveries: 703 new research projects for Australia
  • 200 new opportunities for early-career researchers
  • $4.8 million to support Indigenous researchers
  • $32 million to enable Australia’s research capacity

Here’s how OzTREKK‘s Australian universities fared:

James Cook University received more than $4.3 million in research grants. A number of the JCU grants reflect the university’s important role into creating a brighter future for life in the tropics world-wide, including

  • using cave guano to understand vegetation change throughout the islands of South East Asia;
  • improving the community-managed networks of no-take marine reserves in the Coral Triangle Region to the north of Australia;
  • research aimed at understanding the social mechanisms in the Asia-Pacific region relating to the benefits of transnational seafood commodity chains; and
  • studying the global problem of ageing populations by looking at how transnational Papua New Guinean families plan for old age.

Macquarie University project “Defining disease: addressing the problem of overdiagnosis,” lead by Professor of Clinical Ethics Wendy Rogers, received a Future Fellowship worth $820,156 over four years. The project will investigate and define the limits of physical disease, to answer questions about when a presentation is a disease, and when it is simply a risk factor or mild condition. A total of 34 Macquarie University research projects were successful in receiving a grant, including eight Future Fellowships ($5, 996, 004 total funding), 21 Discovery Projects ($7, 466, 683 total funding), and five Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRAs) ($1, 787, 254 total funding).

Monash University was awarded more than $43,700,000, supporting 98 projects. Monash gained an increased number of Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, with the 18 announced this year attracting a 34.7 per cent increase in funding. ARC funding will support a diverse range of research projects at Monash University including the use of digital technology in Australian schools, the reduction of obesity rates through the modifying of behaviours, how stars are born, and how cells function.

The University of Melbourne received $51.4 million to advance research and new ideas in projects ranging from indigenous language to understanding retinal disorders and to using bio-fuel resources to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. Melbourne led the country in winning Future Fellows awards with $20.4 million for 27 Future Fellows announced. The funding also includes $23.5 million for Discovery projects, $7.2 million for Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) and $2.1 million for Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

The Australian Research Council (ARC) awarded $8.8 million in Discovery Project research funding to the University of Newcastle. The funding will extend across 19 projects, an increase of 6 projects and $4.2 million since last year. The ARC also announced that it would provide funding to four University of Newcastle mid-career researchers and three early-career researchers to work locally in areas of “critical national importance.”

The Australian Research Council awarded $62 million to the University of Queensland, pushing UQ ahead of all other Australian universities and research bodies in attracting ARC funding this year. The university’s successful proposals are across five ARC schemes:

  • In Discovery Projects, 77 proposals were funded for a total $30.3 million.
  • Twenty-two UQ researchers were awarded Future Fellowships worth a total $17.5 million. UQ now has the highest cumulative number of Future Fellows since the scheme’s inception.
  • UQ’s 30 successful proposals in the Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) scheme were worth a total $11.3 million. UQ received more funding and had more successful proposals in this round than any other institution.
  • Five Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) projects were funded for a total of $2.7 million.
  • A $530,000 grant was one of only 10 awarded nationally under the Discovery Indigenous scheme.

University of Sydney projects to receive just over $37 million in funding over the next four years. Five ARC grant schemes have been awarded for funding commencing in 2014, including four Discovery schemes: Projects, Early Career Researcher, Indigenous, and Future Fellowships; as well as Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities.

University of Sydney projects received more funding from the Discovery Indigenous Scheme than any other institution for three projects, led by academics in the School of Molecular Biosciences; the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies; and the Faculty of Education and Social Work. Additionally, Professor Chris Dickman of the School of Biological Sciences, received the second-highest Discovery Projects grant for his study into the effects of wildfire on the native vertebrate population.

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