$14.6 million research win for University of Adelaide

University of Adelaide scientist Dr Frank Grützner has won $710,000 over five years for further research into the evolution and function of sex chromosomes and genes in the echidna and platypus, our most distant relatives.
Image courtesy of CSIRO.

University of Adelaide scientist Dr Frank Grützner has won $710,000 over five years for further research into the evolution and function of sex chromosomes and genes in the echidna and platypus, our most distant relatives.
Image courtesy of CSIRO.

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Tuesday, 26 October 2010

University of Adelaide researchers have been awarded more than $14.6 million in Federal funding for new projects that could lead to breakthroughs in areas such as health, the environment, engineering, technology, mathematics, the arts and social sciences.

A total of 44 new research projects have been announced for the University of Adelaide, starting in 2011. Funding for these projects has been awarded by the Australian Research Council (ARC).

"This is an excellent result for the University of Adelaide and for the State, with dozens of new research projects that will provide direct benefit to industry and the community," says the University's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Mike Brooks.

"ARC grants are awarded to researchers who are considered to be among the very best in their fields, whose work and collaborative relationships will provide new knowledge and new opportunities for our nation.

"Better understanding the food choices we make, designing new ways of improving geothermal energy production, or improving the effectiveness of the Internet... these are just some of the many new projects that have been awarded funding.

"With ARC grants being highly competitive right across Australia, the University of Adelaide's success in attracting funding continues to demonstrate that we are among the nation's research leaders," he says.

A total of 36 new Discovery Projects have been awarded to the University of Adelaide. Among the new Discovery Projects are:

  • $710,000 to Associate Professor Frank Grützner (School of Molecular & Biomedical Science) - Evolution and function of sex chromosomes and genes in mammalian reproduction

  • $710,000 to Professor Graeme Hugo (School of Social Sciences) - Climate change and migration in China: theoretical, empirical and policy dimensions

  • $700,000 to Dr Mark Hutchinson (School of Medical Sciences) - Toll Like Receptor signalling as a mediator of sex differences in pain, opioid and alcohol action

  • $425,000 to Associate Professor Matthew Roughan (School of Mathematical Sciences) - Internet traffic-matrix synthesis

  • $155,000 to Associate Professor Rachel Ankeny (School of History and Politics) - What shall we have for tea? Toward a new discourse of food ethics in contemporary Australia

Seven Linkage Projects have been awarded to the University of Adelaide. These projects include external partners, such as government and industry. The University stands to gain from a further $3.7 million in cash and in-kind contributions from collaborative partners involved in these projects.

Among the new Linkage Projects are:

  • $610,000 to Dr Carl Howard (School of Mechanical Engineering) - Novel vibro-acoustic technologies for detecting bearing and wheel defects in rail vehicles

  • $410,000 to Professor Andy Lowe (School of Earth and Environmental Sciences) - Species and gene turnover across environmental gradients - a landscape-level approach to quantify biodiversity and resilience for climate adaptation

  • $90,586 to Dr Susan Oakley (School of Social Sciences) - Creating better pathways into civic participation for young homeless people through sustainable accommodation and support program models

The University of Adelaide has also been awarded a grant under the ARC's Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development Fund:

  • $105,756 to Associate Professor Jennifer Baker (School of Population Health and Clinical Practice) - Intersectoral collaboration and capacity building for better outcomes for Aboriginal people in Port Augusta

For more information about research at the University of Adelaide, go to: www.adelaide.edu.au/research

 

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