Macquarie researchers secure $6.3 million in Discovery Project funding


Fifteen Macquarie University research projects, across all four faculties, have been successful in securing $6.3 million in funding in the Discovery Projects scheme announced by the Australian Research Council on 24 November.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Sakkie Pretorius, said he was once again extremely pleased by the breadth and depth of research excellence evidenced in the successful applications complimenting Macquarie’s focus on consilience and collaboration.

“Discovery Project funding provides an opportunity for our researchers to continue to strive to develop and achieve their research aspirations and create a pathway for future impact that will benefit us all,” Professor Pretorius says. “I congratulate and celebrate the success of all the Discovery recipients as they advance their research and the Macquarie University mission of world-leading research, world-changing impact.”

Congratulations to our new Discovery Project teams

Chief Investigator(s) Title Department Amount awarded
Professor Chris Dixon (Lead Chief Investigator) Hello, Mr America: Americans on R&R Leave in Australia in the Vietnam War Social Sciences $151,000
Associate Professor Selvaraj Velayutham (Lead Chief Investigator), Professor Amanda Wise, Associate Professor Shaun Wilson, Dr Norbert Ebert, Dr Nicholas Harrigan Survival and Wellbeing among Migrant Precariat in Australia’s Gig Economy Social Sciences $404,000
Associate Professor Bingyang Shi (Lead Chief Investigator), Dr Yiqing Lu Seeing the Bio-Nano “Talk” in the brain via real-time multiplex tracking Macquarie Medical School $605,000
Professor Mark Wiggins (Lead Chief Investigator), Dr Ben Morrison Situational Assessment as a Marker of Cognitive Skill Decay Psychological Sciences $503,000
Professor Andrew Barron (Lead Chief Investigator) Action selection in insects: how a microbrain knows what to do Natural Sciences $591,950
Associate Professor Melanie Bishop (Lead Chief Investigator) Creating coolspots: eco-engineering heat-resistant intertidal communities Natural Sciences $395,375
Professor Simon Griffith (Lead Chief Investigator) Mitonuclear incompatibility, speciation, and the Z sex chromosome Natural Sciences $237,980
Professor Stephen Hanly (Lead Chief Investigator), Professor Iain Collings, Dr Hazer Inaltekin Enabling wide area mm-wave mobile broadband networks Engineering $493,000
Professor Stuart Jackson (Lead Chief Investigator) Seeing the light: high-power visible-light generation using silicate fibre Engineering $524,000
Associate Professor Yijiao Jiang (Lead Chief Investigator) Energy-efficient liquid-flow system for electroreduction of carbon dioxide Engineering $495,000
Professor Ian Paulsen (Lead Chief Investigator) Can cyanobacteria use organic nutrients to thrive in future oceans? Natural Sciences $499,743
Professor Yan Wang (Lead Chief Investigator), Professor Mehmet Orgun, Dr Guanfeng Liu Trust-Oriented Data Analytics in Online Social Networks Computing $420,000
Associate Professor Kira Westaway (Lead Chief Investigator) Dispersing myths; Characterising human migration through Asia Natural Sciences $452,748
Dr Jia Wu (Lead Chief Investigator), Professor Jian Yang New Graph Mining Technologies to Enable Timely Exploration of Social Events Computing $380,610
Associate Professor Kompal Sinha (Lead Chief Investigator), Professor Elisabetta Magnani, Professor Francesco Chirico, Dr Yuanyuan Gu Supporting dynamic multidimensional entrepreneurial resilience in Australia Economics $173,936

Also, congratulations to the Macquarie University researchers named as Chief Investigators on Discovery Projects led by other universities.





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