16 December 2015

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


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

Media contact:
ARC Stakeholder Relations
0412 623 056 or communications@arc.gov.au