Flinders scores $3.3 million funding boost

Researchers from Flinders University will share a pool of $3.3 million, awarded this week as part of the Australian Research Council’s 2013 Discovery and Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) funding scheme.

The University received $2.75 million for seven Discovery projects – including a Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award to Professor Vladimir Gaitsgory – and a further $630,000 for two LIEF grants, reflecting a 16.27 per cent and 66 per cent local success rate respectively.

In addition, a series of cross-institutional collaborations worth a combined $3.6 million have been awarded to six projects involving Flinders researchers.

The funding boost will go towards research encompassing a variety of fields, including health, ageing, brain function, mathematics and animal behaviour.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor David Day said the projects reflected the diversity and relevance of research conducted at the University.

“Flinders prides itself on being a research-intensive university with consistently high research outputs,” Professor Day said.

“Our latest funding success verifies the significant contributions which Flinders researchers are providing on a local, national and international scale,” he said.

The Flinders University recipients of ARC Discovery grants for 2013 are:

•    Professor Mike Bull (pictured): What drives parasite spread through social networks: lessons from lizards ($535,000)
•    Professor Mary Luszcz: Resilient ageing and the oldest-old in the Australian longitudinal study of ageing ($355,249)
•    Professor Mike Nicholls: Close to me – the effect of distractors on spatial attention in healthy and clinical populations ($360,000)
•    Associate Professor Damien Keating: Understanding the vesicle release mechanisms that regulate peripheral serotonin levels ($448,000)
•    Dr Michael Wenzel: Identifying and resolving challenges to the effectiveness of collective apologies ($230,000)
•    Associate Professor Eva Kemps: Can attention retraining reduce food cravings and consumption ($229,753)
•    Professor Vladimir Gaitsgory: Construction of near optimal oscillatory regimes in singularly perturbed control systems via solutions of Hamiltonian-Jacobi-Bellman inequalities ($600,000, including Discovery Outstanding Researcher Award)

The Flinders University recipients of ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities grants for 2013 are:

•    Dr Gavin Prideaux: Confocal microscope for high-resolution microtopographic analysis of surfaces in historical, forensic and polymer sciences ($180,000)
•    Associate Professor Jamie Quinton: Scanning auger microscope facility for elemental imaging and characterisation of surfaces and interfaces ($450,000)

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