UQ attracts top ARC funding over five years – for discovery and early-career research

The  Australian Research Council has given the green light today to more than 100 University of Queensland research projects, and will back them to the tune of almost $42 million.

Cumulatively over the last five rounds, UQ has received more funding for Discovery Projects and Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) than any other Australian university.

UQ's combined result in these two schemes for 2016 also tops the country, with more than $39.7 million awarded.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj said this reinforced UQ's position among the nation's leading research-focused institutions, and recognised UQ's excellence in developing the next generation of world-class researchers.

"Our consistent success in attracting competitive research funding is evidence of our high-calibre researchers and the direct relevance of their projects to solving pressing global problems," Professor Høj said.

UQ attracted funding across three ARC schemes:

"It's a great delight again to congratulate a group of UQ researchers who have attracted funding for their work, which is independently seen as the nation's best in their respective areas."

Congratulations to UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences researchers who received ARC Discovery grants for the following project:

  • Dr Glen Lichtwark, Professor Andrew Cresswell, Dr Luke Kelly, and Dr Michael Rainbow secured $398,000 for a project examining if muscles can tune foot stiffness to enhance efficiency of human locomotion. 
  • Dr Welber Marinovic, Professor Stephan Riek, Professor James Tresilian secured $405,000 for a project aimed at discovering new insights into the control of skilled movement using sensory stimulation.   
  • Associate Professor David Copland, Associate Professor Katie McMahon, Professor Kirk Erickson, Amy Rodriguez, Professor Jeff Coombes secured $401,000 for a project aimed at enhancing Language Learning in Ageing with Exercise. 

A full list of UQ projects funded by the Australian Research Council is available  here.