Monash tops Australian universities for Future Fellowship grants

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has today announced Monash University as the recipient of 13 acclaimed Future Fellowships worth more than $11 million – the most of any university in Australia – as part of a collective $26 million research investment in the University by the Federal Government.

Monash researchers received this vital funding to make new discoveries in areas that will shape Australia’s future, such as earth sciences, information technology, economics and chemistry.

Monash also received $4.9 million to establish an ARC Research Hub for Smart Next Generation Transport Pavements, led by Professor Jayantha Kodikara from the Faculty of Engineering, as well as a further $4.1 million for an ARC Training Centre for the Development of Tools for Fragment Based Design, led by Associate Professor Martin Scanlon in the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Professor of Early Childhood Education, Marilyn Fleer, and structural biologist Professor James Whisstock of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences received Laureate Fellowships, totalling $6.1 million over five years.

A project, led by Professor Jian-Feng Nie from the Faculty of Engineering, in collaboration with fellow Monash researchers and industry partners Baosteel Company and Magontec Limited, received an ARC Linkage grant of $460,000.

This announcement by the ARC has delivered Monash a collective $26.7 million in research funding which will be used to drive innovation at the local, national and international levels, and to facilitate industry collaboration to meet fundamental commercial challenges.

Professor Marc Parlange, Provost & Senior Vice-President at Monash, congratulated the researchers on their achievements.

“This is an outstanding result for the University and we’re grateful for this continued investment by the Federal Government into world-leading research at Monash,” Professor Parlange said.

“The capabilities and infrastructure available at Monash, leading to strong partnerships with industry and government have elevated our research success, and today’s announcement from the ARC recognises that."

Professor Ian Smith Vice Provost, (Research and Research Infrastructure) and Interim Senior Vice Provost (Research), said Monash’s formidable reputation in research was reflected in today's ARC awards and grants announcements.

“With two hubs, two laureate fellowships and the most number of awarded future fellowships, we feel particularly encouraged of the recognition and endorsement by the ARC," he said.

ARC Future Fellowship grants 2018

Researcher

Faculty / Discipline

Title

Amount

Dr Liam Brady

Arts

Desert beacons: tracing connection and change in deep-time landscapes

$924,801

Associate Professor Toby Handfield

Arts

The evolution and economics of sacred value

$1,039,125

Dr Matthew Hall

Science

Linking sex-specific adaptation to the evolution of infectious disease

$727,610

Associate Professor Andreas Leibbrant

Business / Economics

Bringing science into diversity and inclusion practice

$1,022,645

Dr Muhammad Cheema

Information Technology

A ubiquitous system for indoor location-based services

$859,125

Dr Traude Beilharz

Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences

The transcriptome dynamics that refine eukaryotic gene expression

$831,965

Associate Professor Jose Polo

Medicine, Nursing, Health Sciences

Unveiling the epigenome dynamics through the pluripotency continuum

$918,125

Dr Sebastian Furness

Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

The molecular basis for efficacy at G protein coupled receptors

$703,141

Professor Dustin Marshall

Science

Understanding marine life-history patterns: an eco-energetics approach

$951,301

Dr Kaye Morgan

Science

Dynamic multi-modal x-ray imaging

$738,125

Dr Andrew Tomkins

Science

Evolution of sub-arc mantle oxidation state over Earth’s history

$998,125

Dr Amelia Liu

Science

The role of structure in the formation and properties of glasses

$738,125

Dr Christopher Ritchie

Science

Luminophores and Photochromes: towards molecular componentry

$726,125

Total

$11,178,338

ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres

Researcher

Faculty / Discipline

Title

Amount

Associate Professor Martin Scanlon

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Training Centre for the Development of Tools for Fragment Based Design

$4,918,357

Total

$4,918,357

ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs

Researcher

Faculty / Discipline

Title

Amount

Professor Jayantha Kodikara

Engineering

Research Hub for Smart Next Generation Transport Pavements

$4,163,359

Total

$4,163,359

ARC Linkage Grants

Researcher

Faculty / Discipline

Title

Amount

Professor Jian-Feng Nie, Professor Christopher Davies, Professor Nick Birbilis, Professor Shiwei Xu, Associate Professor Weineng Tang, Dr Trevor Abbott, Dr Zisheng Zhen

Engineering

Lower-cost processing of formable magnesium alloys

$460,000

Total

$460,000