More than $10.6 million awarded to Macquarie researchers in latest ARC grant funding

1 November 2016

Macquarie University has received more than $10.6 million in funding in the latest Australian Research Council (ARC) Major Grants round, announced today by the Minister for Education, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham.

Macquarie was successful in funding for the Discovery Projects ($6,582,598), Discovery Early Career Researcher Award ($2,562,000), and Future Fellowships ($1,457,054) schemes, and will support 31 projects across the University.

The funded projects will advance research in areas including nanoparticles, social networks, developing the world’s smallest ‘in vivo’ microscope, the cultural history of capitalism, and understanding seasonal Antarctic sea-ice.

Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) said the ARC grants were recognition not only of Macquarie’s past exceptional research performance but of Macquarie’s potential across a diverse set of research projects.

“I am delighted with the result today, it demonstrates the rich research environment at the University that encourages our academics to greatness across a range of fields. The success of this ARC funding round will mean that an array of projects across the University will flourish, allowing us to attract even more national and international interest in our research.

“Successful grant applications take an extraordinary amount of time and dedication and the outstanding result today is testament to the research quality produced by Macquarie University academics.”

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said the funding announced today was a crucial investment in growing a smart Australia, driving innovation and delivering real outcomes that benefit all Australians.

“This funding represents a significant investment in a wide variety of fundamental and applied research projects, growing Australia’s research capacity and infrastructure, and supporting the next generation of researchers,” Minister Birmingham said.

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