Flinders reaps rewards in latest ARC grants

Flinders Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor David Day

Almost $7 million worth of grants – including six Future Fellowships – have been awarded to Flinders University researchers from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Announced today (Friday, November 8) as part of the ARC’s 2014 funding program, the grants will go towards a variety of projects including research into blinding eye disease, femur fractures, plant mitochondria and Australian live performance.

The University received six Future Fellowships totalling $4.96 million, which were awarded to Professor Luciano Beheregaray, Professor Amanda Ellis, Dr Gavin Prideaux, Dr Damien Riggs, Professor Justine Smith and Dr Melanie Swalwell.

A further four Discovery Projects worth $1.26 million were awarded to Professor Paul Arbon and Associate Professor Murk Bottema; Professor John Long;  Associate Professor Kathleen Soole, Professor David Day and Associate Professor Colin Jenkins; and Dr Melanie Takarangi and Associate Professor Reg Nixon.

Dr Saulo Martelli received a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award worth $372,744 for his research into the contributing factors that lead to fractures of the femur, while Professor Julian Meyrick was awarded a Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant worth $325,000 for stage five of his project to internationalise AusStage, an online resource for researching live performance in Australia.

In congratulating the recipients, Flinders Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor David Day, said he was immensely proud of the successful applicants and wished them the all best for their future research.

“Our researchers are at the forefront of research and the support from the ARC verifies the outstanding quality and impact of projects being undertaken by Flinders University, both in terms of range and reach,” he said.

“Today’s funding announcement is not only an investment in the future of Australia but a testament to Flinders’ reputation as a leading research-intensive University,” he said.

The 2014 recipients of the ARC Future Fellowships are:

  • Professor Luciano Beheregaray (School of Biological Sciences) – $872,160.00
  • Professor Amanda Ellis (School of Chemical and Physical Sciences) – $872,240
  • Dr Gavin Prideaux (School of Biological Sciences) – $727,300
  • Dr Damien Riggs (School of Social and Policy Studies) – $694,514
  • Professor Justine Smith (School of Medicine) – $949,144
  • Dr Melanie Swalwell (School of Humanities) – $846,329

The 2014 recipients of the ARC Discovery Projects are:

  • Professor Paul Arbon (School of Nursing and Midwifery) and Associate Professor Murk Bottema (School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics) – $247,000
  • Professor John Long (School of Biological Sciences) – $347,000
  • Associate Professor Kathleen Soole, Professor David Day and Associate Professor Colin Jenkins (School of Biological Sciences) – $387,095
  • Dr Melanie Takarangi and Associate Professor Reg Nixon (School of Psychology) – $284,000

The 2014 recipient of the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award is:

  • Dr Saulo Martelli (School of Computer Science, Engineering and Mathematics) – $372,744

The 2014 recipient of the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities proposal is:

  • Professor Julian Meyrick (School of Humanities) – $325,000
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