Monash University awarded over $30 million in ARC funding

ARC Funding

Monash University has been awarded $30,853,268 in the latest round of competitive research funding announced by the Australian Research Council (ARC). 

The ARC funding will support research across a diverse range of projects including understanding consciousness in the predictive mind, creating technology to measure soil moisture to enable sustainable land and water management, and developing green radio communications to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham announced 899 new research projects nationwide would share in more than $357 million from the ARC in what is “a strong investment in research excellence and the future health of Australian research”.

In total, 80 Monash projects received funding, including 58 Discovery Projects, 15 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, six Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) projects and one Discovery Indigenous project. 

Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research), Professor Pauline Nestor said the funding announcement recognises the value of quality research in developing innovative solutions to global challenges.

“On behalf of Monash, I thank the ARC for their ongoing support and congratulate all our talented researchers who were successful in securing project funding. Much of our research will confront the many challenges that face us in this age. The grants not only enable us to expand our knowledge base and research capability, they recognise the importance of innovative, high-quality research in addressing key social, environment and scientific challenges,” Professor Nestor said.

Professor Peter Scammells from the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Services will lead the largest Discovery Projects grant awarded to a Monash researcher. The $667,850 grant will facilitate a more detailed understanding of G protein-coupled receptors, the largest group of cell surface signalling proteins, using novel chemical tools.

Professor Jamie Rossjohn from the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences will establish a world-leading automated nano-crystallisation facility through a grant received under the LIEF scheme. This key scientific infrastructure will support cutting-edge life sciences research in Australia. This is the largest LIEF grant received at Monash and involves a partnership between Monash, Melbourne and La Trobe Universities.

Brook Andrew, from Monash Art, Design and Architecture received $250,000 under the Discovery Indigenous scheme to support a ‘Representation, Remembrance and the Monument’ project. This project responds to the repeated high-level calls for a national memorial to Aboriginal loss, embracing the potential for memorials to become powerful public spaces where the history of Frontier wars can be addressed.

Dr Jennifer Flegg from the Faculty of Science received $355,481 under the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme. Her project is designed to develop mathematical models and insights into the biological mechanisms of leg ulcers to ultimately improve management of chronic wounds.

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