The Faculty of Science has been awarded $16.4 million in research funding from the Australian Research Council, with 21 Discovery Projects, five Future Fellowships, seven DECRAs, two Discovery Indigenous grants and two LIEF grants.
It follows the recent National Health and Medical Research Council funding announcement of $3.2 million in funding for the Faculty. David Garrett and Steven Prawer, from the School of Physics, were awarded the only Development Grant at the University, worth more than $1 million. And Ary Hoffman, from the School of BioSciences, has added to his collection of awards and fellowships with a Research Fellowship worth $763,845. BioSciences was also awarded three Future Fellowships and two DECRAs from the ARC.
The schools of Geography, Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics and Statistics performed strongly in the competitive ARC Discovery Project rounds. Science received more Discovery Project grants than any other Faculty at the University.
Dr Michael Shawn-Fletcher, from the School of Geography, was awarded two Discovery Indigenous grants, one of which is to develop a pre-European ecological baseline to understand how fire affects the northern Australian Savannah.
Professor Timothy Fletcher, from the School of Ecosystem & Forest Sciences, was awarded a Discovery Project grant to understand urban stormwater runoff, and the impact of filters.
Chemistry and Physics were awarded significant infrastructure funding through LIEF grants.
Across the University, more than $44 million in ARC funding was awarded for research projects. In addition, many other staff were named on grants awarded through other universities.