02/08/2018 - 13:34

Curtin awarded $10.3m in research funding

02/08/2018 - 13:34

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Curtin University has received $10.3 million in funding as part of the latest round of grants from the federal government’s Australian Research Council, with the University of Western Australia awarded $6.6 million.

Deborah Terry welcomed the ARC funding. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Curtin University has received $10.3 million in funding as part of the latest round of grants from the federal government’s Australian Research Council, with the University of Western Australia awarded $6.6 million.  

Under the funding program announced today, ARC has provided $180.4 million across 132 projects to improve research in areas such as energy storage, robotics, agriculture and medicine.

Curtin was awarded $3.9 million to lead an ARC training centre, which will specialise in preparing data scientists for Australia’s mining sector.

The new centre will bring together a host of research institutions including UWA, CSIRO and the University of Adelaide, along with industry partners Alcoa, BHP and Roy Hill, as well as CORE Innovation Hub and the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia.

Four Curtin researchers were also presented with $6.3 million in ARC fellowships.

Professors Julian Gale and Hong Hao were awarded ARC Australian laureate fellowships, while Associate Professor Cathryn Trott and Professor Raffaella Demichelis were presented with ARC future fellowships.

The laureate fellowships support excellence in research by attracting world-class researchers to apply their talents in Australia.

The future fellowships support research in areas of critical national importance.

Curtin University vice-chancellor Deborah Terry welcomed the ARC funding.

“The new ARC Training Centre for Transforming Maintenance through Data Science will aim to leverage the explosive growth of data collection in Australia’s resources sector to provide new applied mathematics, machine learning and statistical methods,” she said.

“The Curtin University-led centre will work to ensure the engineers of today and tomorrow are equipped with the skills to deliver the next generation of data science methods for the maintenance sector in the resources industry, which will help contribute to Australia’s broader knowledge economy.”

Ms Terry also congratulated the winners of the laureate fellowships.  

“The ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships are reserved for the nation’s world-class researchers to continue their important work right here in Australia and both Professor Gale and Professor Hao are deserving recipients as leaders in their respective fields,” she said.

“Internationally renowned for his work in computer simulation of minerals and crystallisation, Professor Gale is one of Australia’s most outstanding computational materials science researchers and Professor Hao is a highly innovative researcher with an exceptional track record in structural dynamics and protection.”

Eight researchers from UWA received a total of $6.6 million under the future fellowships program.

Education and Training Minister Simon Birmingham said the funding would facilitate high-quality research across the country.

“This research will improve the lives of everyday Australians, and encourage research partnerships that address real-world challenges,” he said.

“This new funding will allow some of our best and brightest researchers to progress ideas that are essential to expanding Australia’s knowledge base and research capacity, and that support our economy and help create employment opportunities.”

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