Discovery grants hit record levels

We are delighted to report that Griffith has been awarded 24 ARC Discovery Project grants, four ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards and one for projects commencing in 2013.

This is the largest number of Discovery grants awarded to Griffith ever. We ranked 10th for the number of awards received.

Our warmest congratulations to the following successful applicants:

Dr Sarah Baker was awarded $272,000 for her project Do-it-yourself popular music archives: an international comparative study of volunteer-run institutions that preserve popular music’s material culture (It has been great month for Sarah as she was awarded the Vice Chancellor Teacher of the Year in October.)

Dr Bruce Buchan, Dr David Ellison and Dr Peter Denney were awarded $224,000 for their project Policing Noise: The Sounds of Civility in British Discourse, c. 1700-1850

Professor Wendy Chaboyer and Dr Jennifer Whitty were awarded $278,000 for their project Patients‚?? Preference for Participation in Patient Safety Activities

Professor Kathy Daly was awarded $420,000 for her project Sexual Victimisation and Justice: Reconceptualising Theory, Research, and Policy

Professor Sima Dimitrijev and Dr Jisheng Han were awarded $415,000 for their project Towards Energy-Efficient Lighting Based on Light-Emitting Diodes: The Role of Silicon Carbide Grown on Si Wafers

Professor Lyn Griffiths, Professor David Shum and Dr Rodney Lea were awarded $570,000 for their project The genetic basis of human memory

Professor Michael Jennings was awarded $345,000 for his project The protein O-glycosylation pathway of Neisseria: A model system for O-glycosylation of bacterial proteins with potential use in biotechnology

Professor Robyn Jorgensen was awarded $459,013 for her project What makes for successful numeracy education in remote Indigenous contexts: An ethnographic case study approach

Professor David Kielpinski was awarded $396,000 for his project Building Schroedinger’s cat: large-scale entanglement of trapped ions

Professor Andy Kirkpatrick was awarded $210,000 for his project Tense and Topic in English as an Asian Lingua Franca

Dr Sandra Lawrence, Professor Peter Jordan and Dr Ashlea Troth were awarded $246,000 for their project Managing anger responses to perceptions of unfair managerial treatment

Dr Benoit Leclerc, Professor Richard Wortley, Dr Danielle Reynald and Professor Stephen Smallbone were awarded $379,500 for their project What works, what doesn’t, what is promising for preventing sexual violence and abuse: The effectiveness of situational prevention

Dr Jiri Neuzil and Dr Lanfeng Dong were awarded $330,000 for their project Targeting mitochondria with mitocans to treat cancer: Mechanistic aspects

Associate Professor Fiona Paisley was awarded $90,257 for her project Worldly Encounters: Australian Internationalists and the Future of World Civilization in the Twentieth Century Pan-Pacific

Professor Kuldip Paliwal and Dr Stephen So were awarded $322,000 for their project Perceptually-motivated speech parameters for concurrent coding and noise-robust distributed recognition of human speech for mobile telephony systems

Professor Ronald Quinn, Dr Mikhail Krasavin and Dr Stephen Wood were awarded $390,000 for their project Natural Product Scaffolds: an Approach to Privileged Structures

Professor David Thiel and Dr Andrew Lewis were awarded $210,000 for their project An assessment of the fundamental size limits for planar antennas using unconstrained optimisation methods

Professor Mark von Itzstein was awarded $360,000 for his project Exploring the novel structural features of influenza virus sialidase

Associate Professor Kewen Wang and Professor Rodney Topor were awarded $315,000 for their project A framework for scalable ontology enrichment and change

Dr Junhu Wang was awarded $240,000 for his project View-Based Processing Pattern Matching Queries in Large Graphs

Professor Patrick Weller was awarded $269,392 for his project Prime Ministers: explaining why some succeed and others fail

Dr Ian Woodward was awarded $404,478 for his project Cosmopolitan encounters in contemporary Australia

Associate Professor Xiangdong Yao and Dr Dongjiang Yang were awarded $360,000 for their project One-dimensional Nanostructured Catalysts for Heterogeneous Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Furan Derivatives

Professor Melanie Zimmer-Gembeck, Associate Professor Allison Waters, Professor Drew Nesdale and Dr Lara Farrell were awarded $175,853 for their project Appearance-based rejection sensitivity from childhood to adolescence: Victimisation, mental health consequences, and rejection resilience

Other collaborations

We would also like to extend our congratulations to Griffith staff involved in successful Discovery projects administered through other institutions. These include the following staff:

Professor Adrian Miller, Southern Cross University

Associate Professor Kristina Murphy, University of Queensland

Associate Professor Shanqing Zhang, University of Queensland

Professor Len Unsworth, The University of Sydney

Dr Wesley Widmaier, University of Tasmania

Early Career

The four ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards for projects commencing in 2013 are:

Dr Dennis Grube was awarded $358,890 for his project The public face of the Public Service: the significance of public bureaucratic leadership in Westminster systems

Dr Simon Linke was awarded $375,000 for his project Planning for rare aquatic species: conservation and restoration priorities at local and continental scales

Dr Mirko Lobino was awarded $375,000 for his project Lithium niobate integrated quantum photonics for cluster state quantum information with continuous variables

Dr Han Xu was awarded $360,000 for his project Efficient high-order harmonic generation using dissociating molecular ions with controlled inter-nuclear separation

Dr Jennifer Wilson, Professor Mark von Itzstein, Dr Thomas Haselhorst, Dr Milton Kiefel and Dr Darren Grice and colleagues from QUT were successful in their Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities application.  The team was awarded $310,000 for High resolution nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy for glycomics, metabonomics and soft materials applications.

LIEF grants

In addition, Griffith researchers are collaborators on four LIEF grants to be administered by other universities, as follows:

Professors Alan Mackay-Sim, Ming Wei and Vicky Avery are collaborating on the project Live molecular imaging using super resolution microscopy, two photon and spinning disk confocal microscopy awarded ARC funding of $800,000 to be administered by the University of Queensland.

Dr Erwin Oh is collaborating on the project X-ray Microscopy Facility for Imaging Geo-materials (XMFIG) awarded ARC funding of $500,000 to be administered by Monash University.

Professor Huijun Zhao is collaborating on the project Fabrication and characterisation facilities for lithium rechargeable batteries and supercapacitors awarded ARC funding of $200,000 to be administered by the University of Wollongong.

Professors Anna Stewart and Ross Homel are collaborating on the project Securing the Data awarded ARC funding of $150,000 to be administered by the University of Queensland.

We hope you will join with us in warmly congratulating our new ARC awardees in what has proven to be a very successful year for Griffith applicants (Griffith’s discovery success rate for the round is 23.08% compared to the national average of 21.37%, and the DECRA‚??s success rate was 13.8% compared to the national average of 15.6%).