5 November 2014

THE HON CHRISTOPHER PYNE MP
Minister for Education
Leader of the House
MEDIA RELEASE


Great discoveries: $250 million for 665 new research projects


Improving learning in science and mathematics, developing new DNA identity methods, understanding young children’s use of the internet, and koala conservation will be the focus of some of the 665 outstanding basic and applied research projects funded by the Australian Government today.

Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, has announced a total of $250 million for projects funded through the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Discovery Projects scheme.

“To successfully compete internationally, Australia must maintain and build its research capacity,” Mr Pyne said.

“Investing in 665 high-quality basic and applied research projects through this scheme will allow our world-class research pool to grow.”

Some of the projects to commence with funding awarded under the 2015 Discovery.

Projects scheme round include:

  • $603 900 for Queensland University of Technology researchers to create a new approach to student learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) across grades 3–6, to improve primary school achievement and to enhance the Australian curriculum.
  • $408 600 for researchers at The University of Adelaide to develop and apply a targeted DNA sequencing approach to help the identification of unknown suspects, disaster victims and missing persons and to assist in counter-terrorism operations.
  • $458 600 for research at the University of the Sunshine Coast to explore Chlamydial infection of the eyes to prevent blindness in koalas and improve koala conservation.
  • $325 500 for researchers at The University of New South Wales to develop new tough and durable coatings that will transform industries such as manufacturing, mining and offshore oil exploration as well as enhance the lifetime of prosthetic devices.
  • $365 211 for Edith Cowan University researchers to investigate the use of tablet computers and smartphones by children under five.

This announcement of $250 million for Discovery Projects is part of the 2015 ARC Major Grants announcement totalling $354 million for 941 research projects. A table of funding awarded across Australia is attached.

For a full list of funded Discovery Projects please visit the ARC website. To view a selection of projects by State and Territory please view example sheets in the media announcement kit.

Mr Pyne’s media: 
0407 691 050 or pynemedia@education.gov.au

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

Administering Organisation

Total number of Projects

Total ARC Funding

Australian Capital Territory

66

$26,636,929.00

The Australian National University

62

$24,991,145.00

University of Canberra

4

$1,645,784.00

New South Wales

234

$87,863,804.00

Australian Catholic University

3

$838,300.00

Charles Sturt University

1

$333,300.00

Macquarie University

12

$4,759,864.00

Southern Cross University

3

$803,987.00

The University of New England

3

$1,083,488.00

The University of New South Wales

84

$31,499,459.00

The University of Newcastle

24

$9,395,244.00

The University of Sydney

65

$26,147,578.00

University of Technology, Sydney

16

$4,863,041.00

University of Western Sydney

6

$1,710,024.00

University of Wollongong

17

$6,429,519.00

Northern Territory

1

$378,818.00

Charles Darwin University

1

$378,818.00

Queensland

111

$40,816,251.00

Central Queensland University

1

$236,700.00

Griffith University

10

$3,734,804.00

James Cook University

1

$511,100.00

Queensland University of Technology

19

$7,888,971.00

The University of Queensland

79

$27,986,076.00

University of the Sunshine Coast

1

$458,600.00

South Australia

46

$17,458,166.00

The Flinders University of South Australia

13

$5,038,786.00

The University of Adelaide

28

$10,620,380.00

University of South Australia

5

$1,799,000.00

Tasmania

12

$4,145,063.00

University of Tasmania

12

$4,145,063.00

Victoria

151

$56,308,673.00

Deakin University

10

$3,681,855.00

La Trobe University

13

$4,303,148.00

Monash University

52

$19,105,785.00

RMIT University

11

$4,085,641.00

Swinburne University of Technology

7

$2,443,180.00

The University of Melbourne

57

$22,383,164.00

Victoria University

1

$305,900.00

Western Australia

44

$16,436,731.00

Curtin University of Technology

12

$4,508,385.00

Edith Cowan University

1

$365,211.00

Murdoch University

4

$1,033,976.00

The University of Western Australia

27

$10,529,159.00

Total

665

$250,044,435.00