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

Media release

30 October 2015

635 new Discovery Projects to kick-start in 2016

Developing wearable textile antennas to monitor activity of our elderly, exploring the cane toad to understand rapid evolution of invasive species, investigating traits in legumes to improve plant reproduction and yield, and developing ‘metal-organic framework superstructures’ are some of the 635 new research projects to receive Australian Government funding today.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham announced almost $245 million in new Discovery Projects scheme funding as part of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) 2016 Major Grants Announcement in Adelaide today.

Senator Birmingham said the 635 new projects to commence next year would create new knowledge, underpinning the strength of Australia’s research sector.

“The Discovery Projects scheme allows researchers to take an idea and investigate—and while the impact of the outcome may not be evident for many years following, the initial support provided through a Discovery Project grant is critical.

“Pure research has an important role to play in the Australian research landscape as new knowledge gathered through basic research often leads to commercial application.”

Examples of some of the projects funded today include:

  • $385,700 for researchers at The University of Sydney to investigate invasive species, such as the cane toad, to understand how they adapt and rapidly evolve in a foreign environment
  • $350,100 will enable researchers at the University of Tasmania to investigate flowering and flowering-related traits in legumes to extend our understanding of environmental impacts on plant architecture, reproduction and yield
  • $340,000 for researchers at The University of Adelaide to develop wearable textile antennas that can form robust connections with miniature battery-less motion sensors to monitor activity of our ageing community
  • $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.

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

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

Discovery Projects 2016 funding outcomes—snapshot by State and Organisation 

Administering Organisation

Total number of projects

Total ARC funding

Australian Capital Territory

63

$24,697,767

The Australian National University

60

$23,655,031

University of Canberra

3

$1,042,736

New South Wales

195

$73,581,803

Australian Catholic University

3

$1,014,628

Charles Sturt University

1

$145,000

Macquarie University

19

$7,196,167

Southern Cross University

1

$305,300

The University of New England

2

$657,200

The University of New South Wales

67

$25,095,225

The University of Newcastle

15

$6,386,910

The University of Sydney

58

$22,439,562

University of Technology, Sydney

11

$3,575,020

University of Western Sydney

12

$4,020,091

University of Wollongong

6

$2,746,700

Northern Territory

1

$397,900

Charles Darwin University

1

$397,900

Queensland

110

$41,006,527

Central Queensland University

2

$587,600

Griffith University

14

$4,740,911

James Cook University

2

$756,500

Queensland University of Technology

12

$4,427,696

The University of Queensland

78

$30,005,820

University of Southern Queensland

1

$340,000

University of the Sunshine Coast

1

$148,000

South Australia

43

$16,475,938

The Flinders University of South Australia

7

$3,471,142

The University of Adelaide

27

$9,859,740

University of South Australia

9

$3,145,056

Tasmania

8

$2,941,431

University of Tasmania

8

$2,941,431

Victoria

165

$65,437,635

Deakin University

9

$3,467,915

Federation University Australia

1

$199,215

La Trobe University

5

$1,803,194

Monash University

58

$22,855,919

RMIT University

6

$1,974,000

Swinburne University of Technology

7

$2,588,541

The University of Melbourne

79

$32,548,851

Western Australia

50

$20,396,034

Curtin University of Technology

17

$6,449,657

Murdoch University

1

$137,455

The University of Notre Dame Australia

1

$439,000

The University of Western Australia

31

$13,369,922

Total

635

$244,935,035