Friday, November 8th, 2013
University of Adelaide researchers have today been awarded $21.7 million in Federal funding for new projects and infrastructure in fields such as health, engineering, economics, physics, politics, history, philosophy, geology and the environment.
The grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC) have been announced by the Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne.
The University of Adelaide has won 66% of the major competitive grants awarded in the State.
The new funding includes:
$7.4 million for 10 Future Fellowships
$9.3 million for 26 Discovery projects
$3.1 million for eight Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards
$1.9 million for three Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grants.
This brings the total ARC funding awarded to the University of Adelaide this year to more than $35.6 million, an 11% increase on 2012.
"Today's funding announcement is another outstanding result for the University of Adelaide, for the State, and for the community," says the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Mike Brooks.
"The dozens of new research projects being funded today will help us to find answers to problems of great importance, such as the quest to find new treatments for cancer, improved tolerance of crops to poor environmental conditions, and assisting mineral exploration for the economic good of our State.
"Adelaide's researchers continue to achieve at the highest levels nationally and internationally, and this is worthy recognition of the quality of their work," he says.
The 10 Future Fellowships have been awarded to outstanding researchers in the fields of geology, mathematics and statistics, cancer research, environment, agriculture, physics, genetics, and evolutionary biology.
The 26 new Discovery projects include: $930,000 awarded to a team led by Professor Shizhang Qiao (School of Chemical Engineering) for nanotechnology research; $551,000 to a team led by Associate Professor Amanda Page (School of Medicine) to provide new insights into nerve-gut signals that influence food intake and obesity; and $343,000 to a team led by Associate Professor Phillip Cassey (School of Earth and Environmental Sciences) to predict the risks of future pest and disease invasions.
Full details of all funding awarded to the University of Adelaide today can be found
at the University's news and events site: www.adelaide.edu.au/news