Monash gains increased research funds for Linkage Projects

Research Funding

Research Funding

Monash University’s research credentials and its links with industry have helped secure significantly increased funding in the latest Australian Research Council (ARC) grants for Linkage Projects.

A total of $6.3 million was awarded to Monash by the ARC for work on 17 Linkage Projects. This represents a 30 per cent increase on last year’s equivalent funding levels.

Significantly, the Linkage Projects at Monash have attracted $12.4 million in cash and in-kind commitments from industry partners.

The ARC funding was announced in Canberra by the Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Honourable Simon Birmingham on 6 May. Monash achieved the fourth highest funding among Australian universities for Linkage Projects.

The Linkage Projects scheme is intended to foster collaborative research relationships between higher education providers, industry, and community organisations with the objective of improving Australia’s wealth generation as well as providing social and cultural benefits.

Monash projects funded under the scheme include research on genetic rescue as an efficient recovery technique for threatened plants and animal species; development of a new personal superannuation funding model; blood loss treatment measures; and women’s participation in peacemaking agreements.

Monash University Vice-Provost (Research) Professor Pauline Nestor said the new ARC linkage project funding reflected the university’s world class research work and its record of successful partnering with external organisations.

“The high calibre of our research staff and their commitment to developing innovative and practical outcomes to the challenges impacting the planet and people’s quality of life underpins what we do,” Professor Nestor said.

The Linkage Projects will be conducted in seven Monash departments. The departments involved in the research work and some of the projects to benefit from the new ARC funding include:

Professor Jacqui True, Faculty of Arts           ($553,000)

Toward inclusive peace: mapping gender provisions in peace agreements

This project examines the relationship between women’s presence in the process of peacemaking, the inclusion of women’s rights and gender provisions in peace agreements, and the outcomes for women’s participation in post-conflict governance of countries with successful peace agreements.

Dr Rebecca Giblin, Faculty of Law                   ($252,000)

Legal and social dynamics of ebook lending in Australia’s public libraries

This project seeks to cast new light on the social and cultural roles of public libraries in the digital age and enable libraries to extract more value from existing public investments. Dr Giblin's team in this world leading cross-disciplinary research project includes Professor Geoff Webb, Director, Centre for Data Science (Faculty of IT).

Professor Paul Sunnucks, Faculty of Science   ($476,000)

Genetic rescue of Australian wildlife

This project aims to test genetic rescue as an efficient recovery technique for threatened plants and animals. The expected benefits will be increased persistence of species that are otherwise unresponsive to management, and the provision of a new pathway to saving endangered species.

Professor Gil Garnier, Faculty of Engineering     ($580,000)

Novel concepts to engineer low cost blood diagnostics

Aims to deliver the next generation of on-paper blood diagnostics: cheap; fast; easy to use; reliable; specific; and robust. On-paper testing for fibrinogen to assess clotting capability will be developed, potentially revolutionising the way massive blood loss is treated.

Professor Colin Pouton, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science  ($515,000)

Polymeric nanoparticles for delivery of siRNA: mechanisms and opportunities

Aims to improve the delivery of small interfering RNA (siRNA) molecules using self-assembling nanoparticles. The distribution of siRNA is limited by a series of biological barriers which have prevented these macromolecules from fulfilling their potential as therapeutic agents.

Associate Professor Colin O’Hare, Monash Business School         ($221,917)

Towards a superannuation system fit for the future

Driven by society’s need to manage older age costs in an ageing society, this study will focus on data led understanding of savings habits, the development of a stochastic superannuation model and the proposal of alternative post retirement solutions.

Associate Professor Clare Anderson, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences  ($207,000)

The anatomy of a fatigue-related motor vehicle crash or near-crash

Falling asleep at the wheel is a major cause of road crashes worldwide. This project aims to investigate the time course of multiple physiological and behavioural signals that occur prior to someone falling asleep while driving. The insights gained will inform the next generation of driver state monitoring technologies.