RMIT University researchers have been awarded grants totalling more than $9.27 million from the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding.
Research to be funded include projects to address barriers to access that have led to more than $1.35 billion in unpaid child support debt; develop biodegradable magnesium alloys for restoring injured human bones; and design a search engine to monitor and capture data across multiple social media and micro-blogging platforms.
The results from this round of awards mark a 12 per cent increase in grant application numbers from last year and a 53 per cent increase in application success rates compared with the same period.
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) and Vice President, Distinguished Professor Xinghuo Yu, said the projects to receive funding demonstrated the breadth and depth of RMIT’s research expertise.
“RMIT aims to conduct research of impact that helps shape the world. The grants our researchers have just been awarded are solid recognition of the great headway we’re making towards this ambition,” Yu said.
“Projects funded range from developing ultra-sensitive magnetometers that could advance MRI imaging and aircraft guidance systems, to evaluating how police protect civilians in United Nations peace operations, to studying the wider significance of South African gold miners’ class actions for occupational injury against employers.”
In total 23 projects have been awarded grants from the ARC, including:
- 14 Discovery Projects
- 3 Future Fellowships
- 5 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
- 1 Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant
Yu added that among the RMIT-led research projects successful in the recent rounds, 12 initiatives will be conducted in conjunction with 25 other university and industry partners.
“We are committed to using government investments to collaborate with experts across all sectors, both domestically and internationally, so we can drive innovation, boost Australia’s global competitiveness, and enrich communities around the world,” he said.
RMIT researchers are also investigators on 21 projects led by partner institutions. This comprises 10 Discovery Projects, and 11 initiatives funded through the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities.
RMIT Chief Investigators for the RMIT-led projects awarded grants in the recent rounds of ARC funding are:
- Professor Vipul Bansal and Dr Rajesh Ramanathan from the School of Science and team for Photochemical toolkit based on TCNQ(F) metal-organic semiconducting hybrids
- Professor Sara Charlesworth from the School of Management and team for Job quality and care quality in aged care: comparative perspectives.
- Distinguished Professor Min Gu from the School of Science and team for Optically-activatable nanolithography for ultra-low energy long data storage
- Distinguished Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh and Dr Khashayar Khoshmanesh from the School of Engineering and team for Harnessing properties of liquid metals for future devices
- Professor Peter Kelly from School of Education, Associate Professor Kim Humphery from the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, and Dr Grace McQuilten from the School of Art and team for Art-based social enterprise and marginalised young people's transitions
- Professor Chun Qing Li from the School of Engineering for Prediction of mixed mode fracture failures of metal pipelines
- Professor Dougal McCulloch from the School of Science and team for Light and tough: using extreme conditions to synthesise new materials
- Professor Jock McCulloch from the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies for Medical Knowledge, Occupational Health and Social Justice in South Africa
- Professor Mark Sanderson and Dr Zhifeng Bao from the School of Science and team for Continuous and Summarised Search over Evolving Heterogeneous Data
- Associate Professor Xu Wang and Professor Liuping Wang from the School of Engineering and team for A novel direct drive linear tube generator for ocean wave energy conversion.
- Distinguished Professor Cuie Wen and Dr Yuncang Li from the School of Engineering and team for Biodegradable Magnesium Alloy Scaffolds for Bone Tissue Engineering
- Professor Irene Yarovsky from the School of Engineering and team for Safe and efficient biomedical nanomaterials
- Professor Leslie Yeo from the School of Engineering for Hybrid Resonant Acoustics—New Paradigm for Microfluidic Materials Synthesis
- Distinguished Professor Xinghuo Yu and Dr Mahdi Jalili from the School of Engineering and Professor Lewi Stone from the School of Science and team for Engineering Evolving Complex Network Systems through Structure Intervention
- Dr Kay Cook from the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies for Women’s access to child support: a comparative investigation
- Professor Andrew Greentree from the School of Science for Laser threshold sensing: exploiting coherence
- Dr Yuncang Li from the School of Engineering for Novel biocompatible magnesium alloys with specific materials properties
Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards
- Dr Sara Baratchi from the School of Health and Biomedical Sciences for The molecular basis of endothelial mechanotransduction through TRPV4
- Dr Enrico Della Gaspera from the School of Science for Precisely doped metal oxide nanostructures for thin film optoelectronics
- Dr Charles Hunt from the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies for International Policing and Civilian Protection in UN Peace Operations
- Dr Caroline Norma from the School of Global, Urban and Social Studies for The wartime comfort women of Japanese-occupied New Guinea, 1942-1945
- Dr Shuying Wu from the School of Engineering for Stretchable Strain Sensors Based on 3D-structured Nano-Carbon
Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grant
- Dr Jochen Schröder and Distinguished Professor Arnan Mitchell from the School of Engineering and team for Distributed Ultra-Fast Optical Clocks for Tbit/s Communications
The following RMIT researchers are also chief investigators on 10 Discovery Projects, and 11 Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities projects led by partner institutions:
Professor Paul Gough, Professor Paul Carter, Professor Dougal McCulloch, Professor Toby Allen, Professor William Moran, Associate Professor Paul Beckett, Associate Professor Madhu Bhaskaran, Associate Professor Paul Beckett, Dr James Partridge, Dr Jason (Shane) Culpepper, Dr Anastasia Powell, Dr Omid Kavehei, Dr Jeffery Chan
Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Grants
Professor Calum Drummond, Distinguished Professor Mike Xie, Distinguished Professor Andrew Ball, Professor Sujeeva Setunge, Professor Irene Yarovsky, Professor Chun Wang, Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh, Professor Pier Marzocca, Professor Dougal McCulloch, Professor Gary Rosengarten, Professor Simon Watkins, Professor Salvy Russo, Professor Toby Allen, Professor Min Gu, Professor Qian Ma, Professor Vipul Bansal, Associate Professor Yasuhiro Tachibana, Associate Professor Sharath Sriram, Dr Torben Daeneke, Dr Paul Ramsland, Dr Tamar Greaves, Dr Kate Fox, Dr Adam Nash
Story: Lingam Palam