MIPS receives over $1 million in funding from Australian Research Council

Two Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) research projects have received funding under the 2021 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project grants scheme, with Monash receiving more grants than any other Australian institution.

More than $1 million has been awarded to MIPS for projects led by Professor Patrick Sexton and Dr Angus Johnston, enabling the researchers and their teams to accelerate their projects in 2021.


The Discovery Projects scheme aims to support excellent basic and applied research and research training by individuals and teams. It supports national and international research collaboration and is designed to enhance the scale and focus of research in Australian Government priority areas.

The Federal Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, has announced just over $255 million in funding for 591 research projects to commence next year. Monash University was successful with 82 applications – the largest number for any university in Australia.

The projects funded for MIPS in 2021 include:

  • Professor Patrick Sexton: Probing the role of dynamics in protein modulation and GPCR phenotype - $645,190
  • Dr Angus Johnston: Next generation enzymes using stimuli responsive protein/polymer hybrids - $420,000

Director of MIPS, Professor Chris Porter, says: “On behalf of MIPS I’d like to congratulate Professor Sexton and Dr Johnston for their success in this round of ARC funding. The Discovery Projects round is always highly competitive and it is great to see these programs get funded.

“We also thank the ARC for their support through the Discovery Projects scheme, and their ongoing commitment to expanding the knowledge base and research capacity in Australia.”

For more information on Discovery Project outcomes visit the ARC website.