Monash Science awarded almost $3 million in latest round of NHMRC funding


The Monash Faculty of Science has been awarded almost $3 million in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding announced at the weekend.

Monash University was awarded more than $76 million – more funding than any other Australian university.

Federal Health Minister, the Hon. Greg Hunt, announced over $400 million to support more than 400 health and medical research projects through the NHMRC.

Monash attracted funding across six of the seven NHMRC schemes including Ideas Grants (49), Postgraduate Scholarships (8), Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants (5), Synergy Grants (3), Partnerships Grants (1), Targeted Calls for Research (1).

The Faculty of Science received 4 Ideas Grants with a total value of $2.78 million through its School of Biological Sciences.

The amount is major win for the Faculty more than double the $1.2 million it received in NHMRC funding last December.

The successful projects funded in this latest round include funding for research on:

  • Male infertility;
  • Using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to better understand hownutrition affects various aspects of fitness and long-term health;
  • The genetics of adaptation; and
  • Uncovering the underlying mechanisms for epigenetic silencing in (Friedreich ataxia) FRDA [a rare genetic disorder that causes damage to the nervous system].

Monash Science Dean Professor Jordan Nash welcomed the NHMRC announcement.

“I congratulate all of our successful researchers on this outstanding outcome which recognises the important role science can play in human health from addressing problems with male infertility to understanding how nutrition affects long-term health,” Professor Nash said.

The NHMRC announcement comes just days after Faculty Science researchers were awarded $8,707,689 million (or 23.88%) of the $36,452,728 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) funding awarded to Monash University.

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