Public release date: 5-Nov-2012
Contact: Dean Gould
Record research funding for Griffith University
ARC grants top $7.6 million
Griffith University has received more than $7.6 million in Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects.
The record funding is more than double last year's total for Discovery Projects at Griffith.
Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O'Connor said it was an outstanding result for the University and reflected the continued consolidation of an enhanced research performance.
"It is especially notable, not just for the level of funding, but for the diversity of projects and the recognition of emerging researchers as well as some of our established world-class experts," Professor O'Connor said.
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Ned Pankhurst said the grants were "gratifying validation" of Griffith's research investment.
"It is great to see some quality projects put forward by quality researchers being rewarded," he said.
A total of 24 separate research projects will receive the funding, across a diverse range of subjects from politics to health to science to business. Among the funded projects are:
- Professor Lyn Griffiths and a Griffith Health Institute team will receive $570,000 over three years to study the role of genetics in human memory.
- Criminology and Criminal Justice Professor Kathleen Daly's research on sexual victimisation and justice will receive a $420,000 grant.
- Numeracy education among Indigenous communities is the focus of Professor Robyn Jorgensen's project, which will be funded to the tune of $459,000.
- Professor David Kielpinski, Centre for Quantum Dynamics, will lead a project titled "Building Schroedinger's cat: large-scale entanglement of trapped ions". Schroedinger's cat is a famous thought experiment from last century that has long been debated among scientists. This project receives $396,000.
- Professor Mark von Itzstein, Institute for Glycomics, will explore the novel structure of the influenza virus sialidase. Funding: $360,000. Glycomics also received $310,000 for a collaborative project involving Dr Jennifer Wilson, Professor von Itzstein, Dr Thomas Haselhorst, Dr Milton Kiefel and Dr Darren Grice, and colleagues at QUT.
- Dr Sarah Baker, who last month received the Griffith University Teacher of the Year Award, will receive $272,000 for an international comparative study of volunteer-run institutions that preserve popular music's material culture.
Griffith also received $1.46m in ARC Discovery Early Career Research Awards and $310,000 for Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grants.
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