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Curtin researchers awarded $10.45 million in ARC funding

Media release

Curtin University has today secured $10.45 million in funding from the Federal Government’s Australian Research Council (ARC) to support important research activities.

John Curtin Centre at Bentley campus
1997: The striking John Curtin Centre opens at the western entrance to the Bentley Campus. Housing the John Curtin Prime Ministerial Library, the John Curtin Gallery and the Kirribilli Café, the centre was a catalyst for the changing look of the University.

The ARC funding will make a significant contribution to Curtin University’s commitment to high-impact research across a wide range of areas by supporting 26 research projects.

The successful grant recipients include seven Discovery Early Career Research Awards (DECRA) valued at $2.5 million, one ARC Discovery Indigenous Award valued at $1.3 million and 18 ARC Discovery Projects totalling $6.6 million.

In addition, Curtin University researchers are investigators on seven collaborative projects led by other universities, which received $4.2 million in ARC funding.  These include four Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grants, totalling $2.8 million, two Discovery Projects valued at $0.7 million, and one Discovery Indigenous project valued at $0.7 million.

The grants were announced by Federal Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, today.

Curtin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry congratulated Curtin’s successful ARC grant recipients, adding it would enable the University to continue to grow its research capabilities.

“This funding builds on the quality of research already being undertaken by researchers at Curtin University and I am delighted that this important work has been supported by $10.45 million in funding from the ARC,” Professor Terry said.

“The projects supported by this funding aim to make a real difference to the lives of people through vital health, Aboriginal children’s wellbeing, science, chemistry and engineering research.

“I would also like to congratulate the Curtin University researchers involved in other successful research projects, which are being run as collaborations with other universities.”

Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Chris Moran, said the range of research supported by ARC funding was a fantastic achievement for the University.

“This ARC funding assures the ongoing underlying growth in research excellence at Curtin University, underpinning our strategy to balance researcher-driven and demand-driven outcomes and create a better tomorrow,” Professor Moran said.

The successful Curtin University recipients and projects in this round of ARC funding include:

 

ARC Discovery Indigenous Award

Professor Cheryl Kickett-Tucker – Cultural learnings: strengthening Aboriginal children’s wellbeing

 

ARC Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA)

Dr Rebecca Fuller – Design and synthesis of new radical and heterometallic magnetic molecules

Associate Professor Sender Dovchin – Empowering vulnerable youth in Australia by combatting linguistic racism

Dr Gemma Anderson – Probing extreme astrophysics via rapid response to cosmic explosions

Dr Nicola Browne – Island resilience to tropical cyclones and rising sea levels

Dr Katarina Miljkovic – Impact processes and evolution of the Martian crust

Dr Chao Su – Electric power and useful chemicals co-generation

Dr Hung-Lin Chi – Knowledge-embedded motion planning for smart construction machinery  

 

ARC Discovery Projects

Dr Mihye Won, Professor David Treagust and Dr Kok-Sing Tang – Drawing science diagrams to enhance students’ scientific creativity

Professor David Moore – Analysing gender in research and policy on alcohol-related violence

Dr Welber Marinovic and Professor Ottmar Lipp – How brain oscillations influence our behaviour

Professor Igor Bray, Professor Dmitry Fursa and Professor Alisher Kadyrov – Electron, positron, and heavy-particle collisions with molecules

Professor San Ping Jiang, Dr Jian Liu and Dr Jean-Pierre Veder – Single-atom catalysts for electrochemical carbon dioxide conversion

Dr Vanissorn Vimonsatit – Developing innovative concrete composites by upscaling material properties

Dr Katarina Miljkovic and Professor Phil Bland – Structure of crust on Mars

Associate Professor Pawel Podsiadlo, Professor Gwidon Stachowiak and Associate Professor Grazyna Stachowiak – New technology for designing advanced surface textures

Professor San Ping Jiang and Dr Zakaria Quadir – Smart utilisation of cobaltite based electrodes on solid oxide fuel cells

Dr Jean-Pierre Macquart and Dr Ryan Shannon – Weighing the Universe using fast radio bursts

Professor Ottmar Lipp – Evaluative learning: do all roads lead to Rome?

Professor Kliti Grice and Associate Professor Marco Coolen – The recovery of life recorded at the end-cretaceous impact crater

Professor Chun-Zhu Li – Biochar as a renewable catalyst for hot gas cleaning

Professor Roderick Ellis and Associate Professor Craig Lambert – Teaching and testing second language pragmatic skills

Professor Lynn Meuleners and Dr Kate Brameld – Visual field impairment and injury: A population-based study

Professor Barry Fraser and Dr Rekha Koul – STEM education: Student attitudes, teacher relationships & emotional climate

Professor Shaomin Liu – Helium recovery from liquefied natural gas waste stream using nanoporous Mxene materials

Associate Professor Peng Wu – Smart transformation of transport asset management through semantic web

 

For more information about the ARC grants, visit: www.arc.gov.au