100 new Future Fellows will soon commence innovative research projects worth $77.0 million, covering important research areas such as developing technologies for high-performance lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles, new wastewater treatment, and new smart materials.
Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council (ARC), Ms Leanne Harvey, has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education and Training, Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham, of the latest round of successful ARC Future Fellowship recipients.
“These 100 fellows represent some of our most outstanding mid-career researchers, who will receive well-deserved funding support for the next four years to continue their research in Australia,” Ms Harvey said.
“The Future Fellowships scheme encourages research in areas of national priority, with preference given to those researchers who can demonstrate a capacity to build collaboration across industry, with other research institutions and with other disciplines.”
Some of the new Future Fellows and their projects include:
- Dr Wei Pang from The University of Wollongong will lead a project to develop innovative technologies for high-performance lithium-ion batteries for portable electronic devices, including electric vehicles.
- Dr Bing-Jie Ni from The University of Queensland will undertake research to extract high-value liquid products from wastewater with minimised greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption, and clean water, to improve sustainable wastewater treatment.
- Professor Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky from the University of South Australia will undertake research to understand the relationship between linguistic complexity and cognitive decline in old age.
- Associate Professor Ilya Shadrivov from The Australian National University will lead a project to develop user-friendly smart materials for metadevices for use in light control, high-bandwidth wireless communication, and security.
Each Future Fellow recipient will receive between $147,000 and $210,000 per year in salary support for four years and up to $50,000 in additional funding per year for other costs essential to their project.
This announcement of 100 Future Fellowships is part of the ARC Major Grants announcement totalling $416.6 million for 989 research projects.