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

Media release

30 October 2015

899 new research projects to share in more than $357 million

Developing ‘metal-organic framework superstructures, evaluating how historical gold mining has shaped river systems, achieving good education outcomes for indigenous students and boosting our space observing capabilities are just some of the 899 new research projects to receive Australian Government funding today.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham announced the funding in Adelaide as part of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Major Grants Announcement.

The ARC Major Grants for 2016 includes funding under four ARC schemes. The amounts awarded under each scheme are:

  • Discovery Projects—$244.9 million for 635 projects
  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award—$70.7 million for 200 projects
  • Discovery Indigenous—$4.1 million for 10 projects
  • Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment, and Facilities—$37.9 million for 54 projects.

Senator Birmingham said that the funding announced today was a strong investment in research excellence and the future health of Australian research.

“A strong investment in high-quality research will drive innovation, secure the jobs of the future, improve the health of our community, protect our environment and ensure our researchers can compete on the international stage.”

Examples of some of the projects funded today include:

  • $650,187 to researchers at La Trobe University who will evaluate how historical gold mining has shaped river systems, which could lead to improved catchment and reservoir management
  • $373,536 for a researcher at The University of Adelaide to develop ‘metal-organic framework superstructures’ as a new materials platform, which has the potential to benefit industry
  • $572,000 for researchers at the Australian Catholic University to identify the characteristics of schools that are helping Indigenous students’ to achieve their potential
  • $1,000,000 for researchers at Curtin University of Technology to expand our capability to observe the universe by building a second phase of the Murchison Widefield Array.

For more information about the funding awarded today please visit the ARC website.

Minister’s Media Contact: 0447 644 957
ARC Media Contact: communications[@]arc.gov.au or 0412 623 056

 

2016 Major Grants funding outcomes—snapshot by State and Organisation

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State/Administering Organisation

DP16 Projects funded

DP16 funding

IN16 Projects funded

IN16 funding

DE16 Projects funded

DE16 funding

LE16 Projects funded

LE16 funding

Total Projects funded

Total funding

Australian Capital Territory

63

$24,697,767

 

 

21

$7,568,237

2

$13,000,000

86

$45,266,004

The Australian National University

60

$23,655,031

 

 

21

$7,568,237

2

$13,000,000

83

$44,223,268

University of Canberra

3

$1,042,736

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

$1,042,736

New South Wales

195

$73,581,803

6

$2,274,712

62

$21,640,529

19

$9,110,000

282

$106,607,044

Australian Catholic University

3

$1,014,628

1

$572,000

 

 

 

 

4

$1,586,628

Charles Sturt University

1

$145,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$145,000

Macquarie University

19

$7,196,167

 

 

5

$1,802,463

2

$1,195,000

26

$10,193,630

Southern Cross University

1

$305,300

 

 

1

$393,434

 

 

2

$698,734

The University of New England

2

$657,200

 

 

1

$372,000

 

 

3

$1,029,200

The University of New South Wales

67

$25,095,225

1

$404,000

19

$6,567,157

9

$4,245,000

96

$36,311,382

The University of Newcastle

15

$6,386,910

1

$112,000

4

$1,346,623

1

$155,000

21

$8,000,533

The University of Sydney

58

$22,439,562

2

$803,783

16

$5,531,410

5

$2,180,000

81

$30,954,755

University of Technology, Sydney

11

$3,575,020

 

 

4

$1,396,500

 

 

15

$4,971,520

University of Western Sydney

12

$4,020,091

 

 

3

1,099,470

 

 

15

$5,119,561

University of Wollongong

6

$2,746,700

1

$382,929

9

$3,131,472

2

$1,335,000

18

$7,596,101

Northern Territory

1

$397,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$397,900

Charles Darwin University

1

$397,900

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$397,900

Queensland

110

$41,006,527

 

 

40

$14,332,970

3

$2,290,000

153

$57,629,497

Central Queensland University

2

$587,600

 

 

2

$733,536

 

 

4

$1,321,136

Griffith University

14

$4,740,911

 

 

1

$334,000

 

 

15

$5,074,911

James Cook University

2

$756,500

 

 

1

$366,000

 

 

3

$1,122,500

Queensland University of Technology

12

$4,427,696

 

 

8

$2,827,345

 

 

20

$7,255,041

The University of Queensland

78

$30,005,820

 

 

27

$9,698,553

3

$2,290,000

108

$41,994,373

University of Southern Queensland

1

$340,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$340,000

University of the Sunshine Coast

1

$148,000

 

 

1

$373,536

 

 

2

$521,536

South Australia

43

$16,475,938

1

$635,000

15

$5,504,012

6

$2,160,000

65

$24,774,950

The Flinders University of South Australia

7

$3,471,142

 

 

1

$353,706

1

$500,000

9

$4,324,848

The University of Adelaide

27

$9,859,740

1

$635,000

14

$5,150,306

4

$1,290,000

46

$16,935,046

University of South Australia

9

$3,145,056

 

 

 

 

1

$370,000

10

$3,515,056

Tasmania

8

$2,941,431

1

$310,000

 

 

1

$600,000

10

$3,851,431

University of Tasmania

8

$2,941,431

1

$310,000

 

 

1

$600,000

10

$3,851,431

Victoria

165

$65,437,635

2

$839,644

49

$17,071,513

17

$7,203,900

233

$90,552,692

Deakin University

9

$3,467,915

 

 

5

$1,824,269

1

$367,900

15

$5,660,084

Federation University Australia

1

$199,215

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$199,215

La Trobe University

5

$1,803,194

 

 

3

$1,031,118

 

 

8

$2,834,312

Monash University

58

$22,855,919

1

$250,000

15

$5,287,349

6

$2,460,000

80

$30,853,268

RMIT University

6

$1,974,000

 

 

7

$2,323,018

2

$641,500

15

$4,938,518

Swinburne University of Technology

7

$2,588,541

 

 

1

$373,500

1

$367,000

9

$3,329,041

The University of Melbourne

79

$32,548,851

1

$589,644

17

$5,860,041

7

$3,367,500

104

$42,366,036

Victoria University

 

 

 

 

1

$372,218

 

 

1

$372,218

Western Australia

50

$20,396,034

 

 

13

$4,619,386

6

$3,610,000

69

$28,625,420

Curtin University of Technology

17

$6,449,657

 

 

6

$2,093,839

2

$1,320,000

25

$9,863,496

Murdoch University

1

$137,455

 

 

1

$372,000

 

 

2

$509,455

The University of Notre Dame Australia

1

$439,000

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

$439,000

The University of Western Australia

31

$13,369,922

 

 

6

$2,153,547

4

$2,290,000

41

$17,813,469

Total

635

$244,935,035

10

$4,059,356

200

$70,736,647

54

$37,973,900

899

$357,704,938