The world’s smallest microscope for seeing inside the body and ways to help prevent age-based discrimination are some of the developments that may emerge from research projects to be undertaken by some of Australia’s best early-career researchers in 2017.
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 $71.7 million for 200 research projects to be undertaken as part of the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme.
Ms Harvey said researchers that are early in their careers will benefit from the dedicated funding support provided by the DECRA scheme.
“The DECRA scheme provides our promising early-career researchers the opportunities and resources to advance their research and build diverse career pathways,” said Ms Harvey.
Some of the research projects that will commence in 2017, by the DECRA awardees include:
- Dr Martin Ploschner from Macquarie University will lead a project to develop the world’s smallest microscope for seeing inside the body, to improve the diagnosis and treatment of brain conditions.
- Dr Alysia Blackham from The University of Melbourne will lead a project to research Australian age discrimination laws, to inform policy and help prevent age-based discrimination
- Dr Jayakumar Bose at The University of Adelaide will lead a project to discover the genes for developing crops with enhanced salt tolerance.
- Dr Ana Martins Sequeira from The University of Western Australia will lead a project using satellite tracking data to understand global movement of marine megafauna—such as sharks, whales and turtles—for sustainable exploitation of marine resources while conserving biodiversity.
Each DECRA recipient will receive salary support of around $97,000 per year for three years and up to $40,000 in additional funding per year for other costs essential to their project.
This announcement of 200 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards is part of the ARC Major Grants announcement totalling $416.6 million for 989 research projects.