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200 new early-career researchers awarded nearly $71 million


Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham
Minister for Education and Training

Developing a new materials platform with the potential to benefit industry, investigating cognitive maths tasks in the early years to improve student achievement, creating an informed history of Aboriginal Western Desert art and exploring an insect’s ability to detect odour for safer pest control are some of the 200 new projects to receive Australian Government funding.

A total of almost $71 million has been awarded nationally through the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme—a scheme that supports our future generation of researchers.

Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham announced the funding in Adelaide as part of the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Major Grants Announcement.

Senator Birmingham said the 200 new awards would support Australia’s best early-career researchers and give them an important research platform to cement their research careers.

“It’s vital we support our future generation of researchers and give them opportunity to succeed.

“This funding will allow these fellows to dedicate time and resources to not only focus on a strong research programme, but build connections and knowledge that will take their research career to the next level.”

Examples of some of the 200 projects funded today include:

  • $373,536 — Dr Kenji Sumida, The University of Adelaide — to develop ‘metal-organic framework superstructures’ as a new materials platform, which has the potential to benefit industry
  • $365,071 — Dr Sonia White, Queensland University of Technology — to investigate how implementation of cognitively demanding mathematics tasks in the early years may change number development and mathematics achievement
  • $380,009 — Dr John Carty, the Australian National University — to explore cultural, linguistic and geographic aspects of Aboriginal Western Desert art and produce an informed art history
  • $372,000 —Dr Wei Xu—Murdoch University to develop new insights into an insect’s ability to detect odour and to identify potential attractant compounds to support the development of environmentally safer insect pest control strategies.

For more information about the funding awarded today please visit ARC Funding Announcements or the ARC website.