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Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Minister for Education and Training
Senator for South Australia

Media release

16 December 2015

50 ground-breaking research grants awarded

Fifty new research projects can get underway immediately, the Turnbull Government announced today, as part of $38.6 million worth of funding through the Australian Research Council.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the Future Fellows will help the nation innovate, invent and apply new ideas across key research areas, forming part of the Turnbull Government’s Innovation Agenda.

“These 50 Fellows will build on the nation’s innovation efforts and deliver research outcomes that will improve the lives of everyday Australians.

“Like Dr Timothy Dargaville from Queensland University of Technology, whose $812,460 Future Fellows funding will help him develop a 3D moulding process that could be used for tissue transplants.

“We know the important value of the Future Fellowships scheme but the previous Labor government left a funding cliff for this vital research program. This Government is committed to making Future Fellowships an ongoing program by awarding 100 four-year fellowships a year.”

“To be an innovative nation we must support our outstanding researchers to ensure we retain a strong research workforce for many years to come,” Minister Birmingham said.

This announcement builds on the $2.3 billion of funding for national scale research announced in the Turnbull Government’s Innovation Agenda.

Some of the other 2015 Future Fellows and their four-year funded projects include:

  • Dr Mark Waters from The University of Western Australia who will receive $689,052 to investigate new ways to improve crop productivity.
  • Dr Qiaoliang Bao from Monash University who will receive $824,960 to engineer novel two-dimensional nanomaterials, with the potential to help with high-power conversion efficiency for the electronic and energy industries.

More information on the 2015 Future Fellowships announcement is available on the ARC website.

A snapshot of funding by state and university is attached.

Minister’s Media Contact: James Murphy, 0478 333 974 / Nick Creevey, 0447 644 957

ARC Media: 0412 623 056 or communication@arc.gov.au

 

Future Fellowships 2015 funding outcomes—Snapshot by State and Organisation

Administering Organisation

Total number of projects

Total ARC funding

Australian Capital Territory

5

$3,751,315

The Australian National University

5

$3,751,315

New South Wales

13

$10,385,527

Macquarie University

5

$3,683,068

The University of New South Wales

1

$903,625 

The University of Newcastle

1

$690,352 

The University of Sydney

3

$2,477,935 

University of Wollongong

3

$2,630,547 

Queensland

9

$7,129,434

Griffith University

3

$2,144,131 

Queensland University of Technology

1

$812,460 

The University of Queensland

5

$4,172,843 

South Australia

2

$1,724,012

The Flinders University of South Australia

1

$919,052 

The University of Adelaide

1

$804,960 

Tasmania

1

$660,751

University of Tasmania

1

$660,751

Victoria

18

$13,390,272

La Trobe University

2

$1,518,207 

Monash University

8

$6,065,659 

Swinburne University of Technology

2

$1,364,704 

The University of Melbourne

6

$4,441,702 

Western Australia

2

$1,606,689

The University of Western Australia

2

$1,606,689

Total

50

$38,648,000