News story 6th Nov 2014

Monash secures over $27 million in ARC funding

Monash University has been awarded $27,541,966 in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding. 

The ARC funding will support a diverse range of research projects from developing cheaper solar power, accurately predicting the vulnerability of species to climate change to understanding galaxy formation.

Research awards

Minister for Education, Christopher Pyne announced 941 new research projects nationwide would receive funding of $354 million from the ARC. 

In total 72 Monash projects received funding, including 52 Discovery Projects, 13 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) and 7 Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) projects. 

Vice-Provost (Research), Professor Pauline Nestor said the funding announcement represents an important investment in high-quality translational research. 

"Research that has the ability to respond to the challenges facing the world today is crucial. Monash strives to create an environment where our academics are at the forefront in developing innovative solutions to these challenges," Professor Nestor said. 

"The results indicate that the ARC recognises that potential. I thank the Council for their ongoing support and congratulate all our talented researchers who were successful in securing funding today."

Professor Michael Fuhrer, from the School of Physics, will receive the largest Discovery Projects grant given to a Monash researcher. Professor Fuhrer's $744,300 grant will lead to new electronically and optically accessibly information storage and transmission based on the 'valley' of the electrons.

Professor Jakob Madsen, from the Department of Economics, will use his $609,100 Discovery Project grant to analyse national and regional data for up to 50 countries to reveal which government revenue and expenditure items are most conducive to economic welfare and growth.

Dr George Ramm, from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, was awarded a $860,000 LIEF grant. Dr Ramm will collaborate with Professor James Whisstock, Professor Joanne Etheridge, Dr Jing Fu and Professor Nick Birbilis, to launch a scientific instrument called the cryo-FIBSEM. It will be the first instrument of its type in Australia to operate in a low temperature cryogenic mode enabling3D information on complex biological structures and atomic scale imaging of beam sensitive materials.

A full list of awardees is available on the ARC website.