Monash has maintained its strong performance in the latest round of Australian Research Council funding, with more than $29.7 million shared across 65 ARC Discovery Projects.
Approved in December 2021, Monash has the highest number of projects from any university in Victoria funded through the scheme, which has allocated $258.6 million for 587 new projects across Australia over the next five years.
ARC Discovery Projects provide funding to support excellent basic and applied research projects to be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.
Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AC said the number of projects funded in the latest round of ARC Discovery Projects grants reflected the strength and diversity of the University’s academic research.
“Monash has a strong focus on research that leads to long-term impact, with many projects addressing the significant global issues of our time. I congratulate all the recipients of these grants, which will enable their important work to progress,” Professor Gardner said.
Monash Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research Professor Rebekah Brown said Monash’s strong performance in such a competitive funding environment is a testament to the quality of research.
“It is wonderful to see such a diverse range of projects from different disciplines, faculties and schools receive funding, enhancing our reputation as a comprehensive university with a breadth and depth of research talent. We are very happy to see so many Monash projects funded.”
In addition to the successful ARC Discovery Projects, Monash had three projects funded through the ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Scheme worth over $3.5 million, and another under the ARC Linkage Funding worth almost $700,000.
The Faculty of Science received more than a third of Monash’s ARC Discovery Projects funding, with more than $11.1 million for 26 projects.
They include $573,144 for Professor Carla Sgro’s work on genomic vulnerability, which aims to validate genomic predictions of species’ vulnerability to climate change. Associate Professor Jie Zhang received $481,000 for a project into media temperature electrolysis for low-cost carbon dioxide utilisation.
The full summary of successful Monash projects is:
ARC Discovery Projects
65 Projects funded for $29,736,366
ARC LIEF Scheme
3 Projects funded for $3,519,691
ARC Linkage Funding
1 Project funded for $699,691
Full details on all projects funded in these rounds can be found here.