RMIT early career researchers win $3.3 million

RMIT early career researchers win $3.3 million

The Australian Research Council has awarded eight RMIT early career researchers a combined $3.3 million in funding in the first round of the 2020 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award scheme.

Among the list are projects to address digital inclusion among low income households, policy proposals for the growing Build-to-Rent sector, next-gen solar heating and cooling and biocompatible sensors for use in neuroscience.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Innovation and Vice-President, Professor Calum Drummond, said the announcement demonstrated RMIT’s ongoing commitment to solving real world problems.

“RMIT research is focused on making a real and positive difference for our communities and we’re extremely proud that these early career researchers have been recognised for their valuable contributions.”

The Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme is administered by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and provides focused research support for early career researchers. 

Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan said the government was investing in key priority areas to grow Australia’s research and innovation capacity.

“This research will generate new knowledge, develop new technologies, and lead to new products and jobs,” Tehan said.

The successful projects are:

  • The lived experience of digital exclusion, Dr Jenny Kennedy
  • Reducing modern slavery with new digital and enforcement technologies, Dr Shelley Marshall
  • Rent city: Prospects for high-density liveability in new housing tenures, Dr Megan Nethercote
  • A nanodiamond voltage sensor: towards real-time, long-term neuronal sensing, Dr Philipp Reineck
  • Next-generation, prefabricated, modular, solar heating and cooling system, Dr Long Shi
  • Fair and Transparent Information Access in Spoken Conversational Assistants, Dr Damiano Spina
  • Nonmonotone Algorithms in Operator Splitting, Optimisation and Data Science, Dr Matthew Tam
  • Robust Designs Inspired by Biological Chiral Structures, Dr Zilong Zhao


Story: Grace Taylor


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