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

Media release 

30 October 2015

200 new early-career researchers awarded nearly $71 million

Developing a new materials platform with the potential to benefit industry, investigating cognitive maths tasks in the early years to improve student achievement, creating an informed history of Aboriginal Western Desert art and exploring an insect’s ability to detect odour for safer pest control are some of the 200 new projects to receive Australian Government funding.

A total of almost $71 million has been awarded nationally through the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme—a scheme that supports our future generation of researchers.

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.

Senator Birmingham said the 200 new awards would support Australia’s best early-career researchers and give them an important research platform to cement their research careers.

“It’s vital we support our future generation of researchers and give them opportunity to succeed.

“This funding will allow these fellows to dedicate time and resources to not only focus on a strong research programme, but build connections and knowledge that will take their research career to the next level.”

Examples of some of the 200 projects funded today include:

  • $373,536—Dr Kenji Sumida, The University of Adelaide—to develop ‘metal-organic framework superstructures’ as a new materials platform, which has the potential to benefit industry
  • $365,071—Dr Sonia White, Queensland University of Technology—to investigate how implementation of cognitively demanding mathematics tasks in the early years may change number development and mathematics achievement
  • $380,009— Dr John Carty, the Australian National University—to explore cultural, linguistic and geographic aspects of Aboriginal Western Desert art and produce an informed art history
  • $372,000—Dr Wei Xu—Murdoch University to develop new insights into an insect’s ability to detect odour and to identify potential attractant compounds to support the development of environmentally safer insect pest control strategies.

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 Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 2016 funding outcomes – Snapshot by State and Organisation

Administering Organisation

Total number of projects

Total ARC funding

Australian Capital Territory

21

$7,568,237

The Australian National University

21

$7,568,237

New South Wales

62

$21,640,529

Macquarie University

5

$1,802,463

Southern Cross University

1

$393,434

The University of New England

1

$372,000

The University of New South Wales

19

$6,567,157

The University of Newcastle

4

$1,346,623

The University of Sydney

16

$5,531,410

University of Technology, Sydney

4

$1,396,500

University of Western Sydney

3

$1,099,470

University of Wollongong

9

$3,131,472

Queensland

40

$14,332,970

Central Queensland University

2

$733,536

Griffith University

1

$334,000

James Cook University

1

$366,000

Queensland University of Technology

8

$2,827,345

The University of Queensland

27

$9,698,553

University of the Sunshine Coast

1

$373,536

South Australia

15

$5,504,012

The Flinders University of South Australia

1

$353,706

The University of Adelaide

14

$5,150,306

Victoria

49

$17,071,513

Deakin University

5

$1,824,269

La Trobe University

3

$1,031,118

Monash University

15

$5,287,349

RMIT University

7

$2,323,018

Swinburne University of Technology

1

$373,500

The University of Melbourne

17

$5,860,041

Victoria University

1

$372,218

Western Australia

13

$4,619,386

Curtin University of Technology

6

$2,093,839

Murdoch University

1

$372,000

The University of Western Australia

6

$2,153,547

Total

200

$70,736,647