ARC funding success

Monash University has been awarded more than $32 million supporting 81 projects, in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham today announced the $333.5 million of funding across 859 research projects as part of the ARC National Competitive Grants Programme.

The University received funding for 54 Discovery Projects, five Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) schemes and 22 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).

The ARC funding will support broad ranging research projects at Monash including signs of newborn planets in outer space, our vulnerability to global change, interventions to prevent serious road traffic crashes, and putting Einstein to the test by probing gravity with gravitational waves.

Senior Vice-Provost and Vice-Provost (Research), Professor Pauline Nestor said the result reflected the broad potential impacts of the research being undertaken at the University.

“Our researchers continue to be at the forefront in the development of new responses to the challenges facing the world today,” Professor Nestor said.

“These responses drive long-lasting positive change and today’s results indicate that the ARC recognises that potential. I thank the Council for their ongoing support.”

With his $339,000 DECRA award, Dr Cagatay Goncu will lead a project to present visual information for people with visual impairment in the form of audio and tactile technologies to allow for the authoring, reading and storing of tactile electronic books.

Each DECRA recipient will receive salary support for three years and up to $40,000 in additional funding per year for other costs essential to their project.