Outstanding results for Monash Science with ARC outcomes

Monash University was the most successful institution in Victoria in Australian Research Council (ARC) grants announced today with just over one third of the grants awarded to Faculty of Science researchers.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham announced $333.5 million of funding across 859 research projects as part of the ARC National Competitive Grants Programme. The funding covers 54 Discovery Projects, five Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) schemes and 22 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).

Monash University received $32,353,786 to fund 81 projects - of this pool Science researchers received $10,958,787 million to fund 27 projects.

In a particularly stellar performance, which surpasses the national average, the School of Biological Sciences was successful in more than half of their discovery project submissions. Nationally the success rate was 18.9 per cent for Discovery Project submissions – compared with the School’s success rate of 55 per cent. ARC Funding Nov 2018

The Dean of the Faculty of Science at Monash, Professor Jordan Nash said today’s funding outcomes were an outstanding result for the Faculty.

“Given that research is increasingly globalised and highly competitive, we should all be very proud of the results today,” he said. 

“The awards reflect the calibre of and drive of our world-class researchers who are driven to make a global impact with their work.

“On behalf of the Faculty, I congratulate all our talented and hard-working researchers who continue to strive for excellence.”

The $10.9 million awarded to Science today includes just over $7 million for Discovery Project funding, almost $1.8 million for Discovery Early Career Researcher Award funding, and almost $1.8 million for Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) funding.

Highlights of Discovery Projects funded include:

-$649,632 for a project led by Associate Professor Bayden Wood to investigate drug resistance in microbial agents.

-$528,847 for a project led by Professor Paul Sunnucks to determine whether co-evolution between the mitochondrial genome of a wild bird and partner nuclear genes is causing the species to split into two forms, one adapted to inland environments and one to coastal conditions.

-$238,048 for a project led by Dr Paul Lasky and designed to develop the foundation of gravitational-wave astronomy for the next three to five years.

Further details about projects funded are outlined in the attached appendix.(PDF opens in new window)

Silvia Dropulich Marketing, Media and Communications Manager, Science

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