Science researchers secure largest share of the ARC Future Fellowships funding awarded to Monash University

Faculty of science researchers have secured $5,214,801 of the $13,906,443 awarded to Monash University for Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships.

The Minister for Education Dan Tehan yesterday announced $90.5 million to fund 100 mid-career researchers to undertake high-quality research through the ARC Future Fellowships for 2020.

Monash University scored the highest funding in Victoria receiving $13.9 million for 16 ARC Future Fellows of the $30.9 million awarded in the State to fund 35 Future Fellows.

Six of the 16 Monash researchers are from the Faculty of Science.

The announcement is a major win for the Faculty representing an improvement on last year when it was awarded approximately $4 million to fund four Future Fellowships.

The successful science projects are drawn from the Schools of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy.

Research projects range from understanding how species will adapt to climate change, to addressing the unresolved evolutionary origins of bat echolocation, and examining the key processes for sustainable production of green fuels and fertilisers.

Welcoming the announcement, Monash Faculty of Science Dean Professor Jordan Nash, congratulated the Faculty’s researchers for the outstanding result.

“Never has there been a more important time for science and research,” Professor Nash said.

“Our researchers are at the forefront in the development of new responses to many of the wicked problems facing the world today.

“Today’s result is a great outcome for the Faculty of Science and I congratulate all of our new Future Fellows for their dedication and commitment to their work.”

The successful Science projects are:

School of Biological Sciences:

Associate Professor David Chapple, awarded $ 997,553 for the project ‘Unifying the mechanisms that drive spatial patterns in biological traits’.

Dr Vanessa Kellermann, awarded $846,751 for the project ‘Interacting with change: inter-specific competition and climate change’.

Dr Laura Wilson, awarded $804,983 for the project ‘Growing up to be supersonic: bat echolocation origins and mechanics’.

School of Chemistry:

Dr Alexandr Simonov, awarded $784,234 for the project ‘New dimensions of electrocatalyst design for sustainable energy future’.

Dr Victoria Blair, awarded $779,952 for the project ‘Synthesis, Synergy and Sustainability: Development of active-metal reagents’.

School of Physics and Astronomy:

Associate Professor Meera Parish, awarded $1,001,328 for the project 'The nature and fate of quasiparticles in correlated quantum matter'.

Further information and a full list of ARC Future Fellows is available at the: ARC website

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