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 91 new ARC Future Fellows who will undertake research in areas of critical national importance.
“These new Future Fellows are awarded to outstanding mid-career researchers, who will now receive funding support totalling $77.0 million for the next four years to undertake their innovative research in Australia,” Ms Harvey said.
“The Future Fellowships scheme encourages research in areas of national priority, with preference given to researchers who can demonstrate a capacity to build collaboration across industry, with other research institutions and with other disciplines.”
Some of the 2017 Future Fellows and their projects include:
- Dr Michael Bode from James Cook University will combine innovative mathematical methods and new genetic data to predict the larval dispersal patterns of reef fish and corals, for better fish and coral reef conservation.
- Dr Brett Murphy from Charles Darwin University will use a range of modelling approaches to predict long-term impacts of environmental change on savanna biodiversity and the identification of land-use and management strategies for improved biodiversity conservation, fire management for carbon credits, and cattle grazing.
- Dr Ying Zhang from the University of Technology Sydney will develop novel approaches to realise the value of geo-textual data—which carries both location and textual information—to assist individuals, business and government to effectively utilise the overwhelming volume of high-speed, big geo-textual streams in emerging applications, such as social media analytics, e-marketing and cyber security.
- Professor Janna Morrison from the University of South Australia will explore how the fetal heart can develop normally with much less oxygen than an adult heart uses to lead to non-invasive approaches to detect and treat abnormal fetal heart growth in animals and humans.
- Associate Professor Ryan Loxton from Curtin University will foster collaboration between mathematicians and engineers to develop cutting-edge mathematical algorithms for optimising maintenance activities and improve productivity in the mining and energy sectors.
- Professor Helen Watt from Monash University will identify the reasons behind declining numbers of females and males studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects during secondary school.
- Dr Pu Xiao from The Australian National University will expand fundamental scientific knowledge of photochemistry, polymer chemistry and biology through the development of novel, economical, clean, commercially-relevant 3D printing of polymeric materials.
Each Future Fellow recipient will receive between $150,376 and $213,693 per year in salary and on-cost support for four years, and up to $50,000 in additional funding per year for other essential costs directly related to their project.
These Future Fellowships are part of a total $170.6 million in funding awarded across a number of ARC funding schemes announced by Minister Birmingham.