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Grants since Jan 2018
Coalition [24,636]
ALP [22,504]
LIBS [12,591]
LNP [7,416]
NATS [4,629]
GREENS [2,362]
IND [1,341]
KATTER [792]
CA [392]
OVERSEAS [147]
NONE [130]

About this Project

With new Ministers announced regularly, this Commonwealth Grants project maps each Minister against the grants made during their tenure in any given position. A new Minister (or occasionally an entire Ministry) has been published on average every eight weeks since the beginning of the 2017-18 financial year (mid 2017). I've created a new dataset with these positions and dates to map both budget data (which operates on a financial year) and Commonwealth the grants that each agency claims are coming out of annual budget appropriations.

Portfolios are the administrative lines drawn between specific agencies and responsible Ministers. Each Portfolio administers specific agencies and those agencies can only spend funding appropriated through Parliament and documented in the Portfolio Budget Statements published on budget night or the MYEFO updates each December or Portfolio Additional Estimate Statements published in February.

Portfolio names change when Administrative Arragement Orders are made by the presiding government. This can change the portfolio to which an agency is attributed or the Minister responsible. The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison announced significant changes to the Portfolios and agencies they administed which came into effect on 1, February 2020.

At launch, only grants published since GrantsConnect went live in January 2018 are included in the data. This means that only one full financial year is covered in the data, with the 2019-20 financial year still unfolding at this point. Commonwealth grants data contains agency and program names as per the budget documents published in budget night. I have integrated these datasets despite the challenges posed by Administrative Arrangement Orders made after budget night. Given the intention of this project is to link grant decisions with resposnible Ministers, queries are based on the approval date in each grant notice as opposed to the publication date.

Publication date is based on start date of the grant and can vary substantially from the approval date. Grants are republished at a later date where variations have been made. If there is a significant time difference between grant approval and variation, different Ministers and governments can be responsible for those variations.

Commonwealth grants data has been published at GrantsConnect since Jan 2018 under the CC By 3.0 licence.

There are several dates in Commonwealth grants data: approval date, publication date, start-end dates and the budget/financial year from which each grant is appropriated. According to Department of Finance media, publication is required by the approving agency on GrantConnect 'no later than twenty-one calendar days after the grant agreement takes effect '.

The date of effect [start date] will depend on the particular arrangement. It can be the date on which a grant agreement is executed or a specified starting date. Where there is no grant agreement, the date of effect can be for example, the date of first payment or the announcement of a successful grantee.
The approval date for reporting purposes is the date that the decision-maker makes a decision to award a grant. Where, for example, negotiating a grant agreement takes some time, there may be a delay between the approval date and the date that the grant award information is published.

Where approval, publication and budget years vary significantly this is likely due to the grant being republished in a later year with a variation or delays in the start of the grant. Variation status and reason is not included in GrantConnect download data but is published at the source (GrantConnect) if you click on the button in the Grants tab.

In order to match with budget data, drill-down at this site is based on the financial year (year of budget appropriations) from which the grant was taken, not the year of grant publication. Budget year can vary from approval and publication years.

Example grant result

GREAT BARRIER REEF FOUNDATION
Brisbane  $487,633,300
Address Brisbane 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 82090616443
Portfolio Environment and Energy
Agency Department of the Environment and Energy
Program Sustainable Management of Natural Resources and the Environment
Component Reef Trust
CategoryNatural Resources - Conservation and Protection
PurposeThe project will deliver activities which are consistent with the purposes of the Reef Trust Special Account Determination to achieve the Reef Trust Objectives and assist to protect the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.
ActivityReef Trust grant to the Great Barrier Reef Foundation
Delivery Area QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
20 Jun 201812 Jul 201827 Jun 201830 Jun 2024 2017-18

2,356 Grants for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) RESEARCH total $1,443,917,078 have been awarded since Jan 2018

Grants can only be mapped where location information is available. Some grants are aggregated and reported as a group and grants that are to individuals for legal advice (for example) will not have location information to geocode.

Click on state box to map grants. Not all grant categories have recipients in every state or territory.

NSW [759]
$449,256,774
VIC [642]
$386,693,541
QLD [398]
$291,106,215
ACT [188]
$128,599,250
WA [164]
$87,075,997
SA [148]
$71,655,710
TAS [53]
$27,161,736
NT [3]
$2,279,855
UNITED KINGDOM [1]
$88,000

45 organisations have received Commonwealth grants for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) RESEARCH

1THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND$213,315,843 256
2THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE$151,825,894 224
3MONASH UNIVERSITY$137,311,995 246
4THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES$133,899,775 252
5THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY$123,599,557 177
6THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY$100,343,400 205
7MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY$70,897,546 68
8THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE$58,129,959 51
9THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE$48,907,839 101
10THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA$48,752,283 95
11QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY$38,886,303 71
12UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY$37,637,805 82
13CURTIN UNIVERSITY$35,949,900 62
14RMIT UNIVERSITY$29,647,041 57
15UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA$27,161,736 53
16UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG$26,763,437 63
17SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY$26,370,088 41
18DEAKIN UNIVERSITY$22,186,277 42
19GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY$21,938,348 38
20LA TROBE UNIVERSITY$15,624,970 23
21FLINDERS UNIVERSITY$11,934,985 26
22WESTERN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY$11,477,487 18
23UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA$9,920,919 19
24JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY$8,987,178 14
25SOUTHERN CROSS UNIVERSITY$4,154,008 10
26UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN QUEENSLAND$3,723,613 9
27VICTORIA UNIVERSITY$3,397,276 8
28CENTRAL QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY$2,471,173 5
29CHARLES DARWIN UNIVERSITY$2,279,855 3
30UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA$2,124,615 5
31THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND$2,037,213 5
32MURDOCH UNIVERSITY$1,913,664 5
33AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY$1,814,078 2
34UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST$1,783,757 5
35RE-ENGINEERING AUSTRALIA FOUNDATION $1,760,000 1
36REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AUSTRALIA - HUNTER $1,320,000 1
37THE FLINDERS UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA$891,967 2
38AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY$817,144 2
39AUSTRALIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCE$781,000 3
40EDITH COWAN UNIVERSITY$380,000 1
41FEDERATION UNIVERSITY AUSTRALIA$330,000 1
42COMMONWEALTH SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH ORGANISATION$280,000 1
43NESTA$88,000 1
44CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY$80,150 1
45AUSTRALIAN UNESCO COMMITTEE FOR THE INTERNATIONAL GEOLOGICAL CORRELATION PROGRAM$19,000 1

2,356 grants valued at $1,443,917,078 have been awarded for SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) RESEARCH

THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $35,000,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component ARC Centres of Excellence
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThe ARC CoE for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture will discover the adaptive strategies underpinning productivity and resilience in diverse plants and deepen knowledge of the genetic and physiological networks driving key traits. Using novel quantitative and computational approaches, the Centre will link gene networks with traits across biological levels, giving breeders an unparalleled predictive capacity. The Centre will accelerate technologies to transfer successful networks into crops and build legal frameworks to secure this knowledge. With a uniquely multidisciplinary team, the Centre will deliver new strategies to address the problems of food security and climate change, establishing Australia as a global leader in these areas.
ActivityARC Centre of Excellence for Plant Success in Nature and Agriculture
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
29 Nov 201905 Dec 201901 Jan 202031 Dec 2026 2019-20
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
Bennelong  $35,000,000
Address MACQUARIE PARK 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 90952801237
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component ARC Centres of Excellence
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThe ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology (CoESB) will provide the technical innovation critical for Australia to develop a vibrant bioeconomy building on the nation's strengths in agriculture. For thousands of years we have used microbes to create bread, wine, cheese. Now, our Centre will pioneer new approaches to the design of synthetic microbes, enabling the development of custom-designed microbial communities, synthetic organelles and new to nature biological pathways and enzymes. CoESB will combine engineering with molecular biology to design and construct novel biological systems that can convert biomass from agriculture or waste streams to biofuel, bioplastics and other high-value chemicals.
ActivityARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology
Delivery Area 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
29 Nov 201905 Dec 201901 Jan 202031 Dec 2026 2019-20
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $35,000,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component ARC Centres of Excellence
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThe ARC Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science (CIPPS) strives to build a critical understanding of peptides and proteins in order to unleash the potential of these biomolecules for human benefit. We will discover nature's untapped reservoir of peptides and proteins, decode their structures and functions, anddevelop enhanced synthetic technologies to address biology's next grand challenge—the design of peptides and proteins for targeted scientific, agricultural, biotechnology, animal health and pharmaceutical applications. CIPPS will assemble leading researchers from diverse disciplines to create a sustainable national entity that will drive new Australian industries and train next generation researchers.
ActivityARC Centre of Excellence for Innovations in Peptide and Protein Science
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
29 Nov 201905 Dec 201901 Jan 202031 Dec 2026 2019-20
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Newcastle  $35,000,000
Address CALLAGHAN 2308 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15736576735
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component ARC Centres of Excellence
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThe aim of the Centre is to progress scientific knowledge to establish transformational improvement in minerals beneficiation, essential for meeting global demand for metals. The research aims to achieve more selective, faster, and efficient separations, combining major advances in separation technologies with increased functionality of new reagents. The Centre outcomes will also ensure the sustainability of the minerals industry in Australia, through a significant reduction in cost, environmental impact, and through lower energy and water usage. The Centre also seeks to establish a new generation of scientists and research leaders in minerals beneficiation to support the innovation needed into the future by this major Australian industry.
ActivityARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals
Delivery Area 2308 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
29 Nov 201905 Dec 201901 Jan 202031 Dec 2026 2019-20
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $35,000,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component ARC Centres of Excellence
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThe Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics will deliver breakthroughs in our understanding of the Universe through the pursuit of the discovery of dark matter particles which comprise 80% of the mass of the universe. It assembles for the first time a strong and diverse team of physicists from particle, nuclear, and quantum physics as well as particle astrophysics. It will deliver high-profile experiments using new cutting-edge technologies. The Centre will exploit the unique geographical location of the first underground physics lab in the Southern Hemisphere. The ultra'sensitive detectors and ultra-low radiation techniques will translate into a broad range of industrial applications and train a new generation of scientists.
ActivityARC Centre of Excellence for Dark Matter Particle Physics
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
29 Nov 201905 Dec 201901 Jan 202031 Dec 2026 2019-20
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $34,935,113
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component ARC Centres of Excellence
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThe ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems will develop the next-generation of miniaturised optical systems with functionalities beyond what is conceivable today. By harnessing the disruptive concept of meta-optics, the Centre will overcome complex challenges in light generation, manipulation and detection at the nanoscale. The Centre brings together a trans-disciplinary team of world-leaders in science, technology and engineering to deliver scientific innovations in optical systems for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The research outcomes will underpin future technologies, including real-time holographic displays, artificial vision for autonomous systems to see the invisible, and ultra-fast light-based WiFi.
ActivityARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
29 Nov 201905 Dec 201901 Jan 202031 Dec 2026 2019-20
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $363,152
Address FOREST LODGE 2037 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component Linkage Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop an innovative optical tomography technology capable of direct and real-time measurement of the surface area of airborne particles. By coupling advanced laser diagnostic tools with physiological models and in vitro characterisation techniques, this project will determine the hitherto unknown fundamental and critical relationships between the surface area of an aerosol and its dissolution when delivered to a target. The Project’s outcomes will enable aerosol device manufacturers to develop and market significantly more advanced and highly specific products, thus conferring a competitive advantage.
ActivityA novel approach for the real-time measurement of aerosol surface area
Delivery Area 2037 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
28 Jan 202005 Feb 202028 Jan 202031 Dec 2022 2019-20
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $390,000
Address FOREST LODGE 2037 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component Linkage Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to reduce the impact of myrtle rust, an invasive plant disease. Myrtle rust is a globally significant biodiversity threat that is rapidly spreading to new regions. It affects many iconic native species as well as impacting commercial industries. The expected project outcomes are; a comprehensive understanding of the host genes involved in successful plant defence, and of the pathogen genes involved in the establishment of parasitism. The project will employ new approaches that enhance the application of biotechnology to Australian biosecurity. Key expected benefits are; gene-specific tools for plant breeders and conservation land managers, and improved preparedness for the threat posed by new rust strains.
ActivityCombating myrtle rust, a new disease threatening Australia’s unique flora
Delivery Area 2037 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
28 Jan 202005 Feb 202028 Jan 202031 Dec 2022 2019-20
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $444,000
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to address an urgent need for Australian researchers to undertake previously impossible real time studies of nanoscale dynamics concerning colloids and surfaces with unprecedented structural and temporal resolution using Video Rate Atomic Force Microscopy. This will lead to a step changes in understating, and rapid progress, in colloids and surfaces projects spanning chemistry, biology, biochemistry, medicine, engineering, sensors and materials science. The new information the delivered will enable colloids and surfaces to be refined with precision for function, build on domestic expertise in allied methods, and place Australian researchers at the forefront of the study of molecular scale process.
ActivityQuantitative Movies of Nanoscale Dynamics by Video Atomic Force Microscopy
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
28 Jan 202005 Feb 202028 Jan 202031 Dec 2020 2019-20
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $1,150,000
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project will provide a next-generation radio astronomy receiver to be used on the Parkes radio telescope. This facility will provide a major increase in performance, particularly in sensitivity and survey speed. The science goals are to better understand the ionized and neutral components of the cosmic web, and their evolution, through observations of Fast Radio Bursts and neutral hydrogen. Advances in the understanding of pulsars, molecules, radio galaxies and cosmic rays will also be achieved with this facility. The technology is based on cryogenic cooling of a large phased array feed. This receiver is a major advance over existing receivers on the Parkes and Australian SKA Pathfinder (ASKAP) telescopes.
ActivityA next-generation receiver for Radio Astronomy
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
28 Jan 202005 Feb 202028 Jan 202031 Dec 2021 2019-20
UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA
Clark  $420,000
Address SANDY BAY 7005 TAS AUSTRALIA ABN: 30764374782
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeWe aim to establish an Antarctic-based set of seismic instruments, a mobile facility, to provide data to help predict how ice sheets will evolve and how the continent under the ice sheets will respond to changes in ice load. Our approach to tackling such significant questions is innovative, and makes use of newly available, rapid deployment instruments that may be deployed in ice by a small team with light logistics. Outcomes will include maps of sub-ice sediments and 3D images of the deep Earth. The facility will thus enable new knowledge relating to major ice sheets. Interdisciplinary use of the research will benefit Australia through an improved ability to plan for future sea level rise in areas with large coastal populations.
ActivityRapid Deployment Seismic Recorders for Interdisciplinary Antarctic Research
Delivery Area 7005 TAS AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
28 Jan 202005 Feb 202028 Jan 202031 Dec 2020 2019-20
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $700,000
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThe project aims to create a facility for developing techniques for imaging the deep earth and the surface motion in ambient seismic waves created by wind, waves and human activity. The techniques will enable sources of seismic vibrations to be identified and suppressed, and will allow mapping techniques to be developed for monitoring and discovery of resources such as ground water. Gravitational wave researchers will benefit from the ability to suppress seismic vibrations, while geophysicists will benefit from new techniques and training.
ActivityAustralian Seismic Imaging Array
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
28 Jan 202005 Feb 202028 Jan 202031 Dec 2020 2019-20
DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
Corangamite  $351,725
Address WAURN PONDS 3216 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 56721584203
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project will develop a general framework of accurate automatic recognition of meaningful anomalies in multivariate sensor data streams that require action to avoid detrimental events and allow automatic intervention for efficient mitigation. Existing anomaly recognition algorithms miss many patterns and manually relating co-occurring stream patterns to an anomaly is inefficient and error-prone. The project expects to develop methods for intercepting a combination of co-occurring patterns to ascertain what an anomaly is and identify the anomaly and its stages that indicate the necessity of intervention. This project will advance techniques for sensor stream data mining and enable general applications of sensor surveillance and automatic mechanical intervention.
ActivitySensor stream pattern mining for automatic anomaly recognition and intervention
Delivery Area 3216 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $470,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to explore how cells physically sense and respond to the surrounding environment on a molecular level. Physical distortion of erythrocytes doubles their glucose consumption and increases cation membrane flux five-fold. This mechanism involves opening of the mechanosenstive ion channel Piezo1. This project will include a kinetic description of these phenomena, with a goal to establish a predictive mathematical model of the regulation of cell'shape and volume. The project will provide an understanding of mechanisms operating when cells and tissues are succumbing to trauma and invasion, and how to control these processes on a molecular level.
ActivityMolecular mechanisms of mechanosensation and shape regulation in cells
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
Bennelong  $1,110,000
Address MACQUARIE PARK 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 90952801237
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to elucidate how host organisms and their parasites adapt to each other, exploiting the fact that a biological invasion imposes novel evolutionary challenges. This project expects to generate new knowledge about how the interaction between host and parasite species is affected when the system is exposed to powerful new selective forces. Expected outcomes of this project include development of theory, training of students in an emerging field, and a nuanced understanding of this important topic. This should provide significant benefits, such as an enhanced ability for wildlife managers to predict the impact of parasites on species of wildlife that are extending their geographic ranges.
ActivityThe evolution of host-parasite interactions during a biological invasion
Delivery Area 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201819 Sep 201918 Sep 2024 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $586,900
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to determine if improving teacher knowledge and practice of mindfulness in the classroom, can lead to better child attention and school functioning outcomes during the early primary school years. Mindfulness is an approach that aims to improve attention, self-regulation, mental health, and cognitive functioning. Expected outcomes include new knowledge as to whether mindfulness can be integrated into classroom practice, how to best implement it, student benefits and cost-effectiveness. Findings will inform schools as to whether this approach can support students in making a positive transition to primary school that can place them on positive academic and well-being pathways and lead to benefits in their adulthood.
ActivityDoes a teacher-led mindfulness intervention improve student outcomes-
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $600,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to dissect the ecological and evolutionary processes causing a decline in an iconic Australian bird species. Studies that can properly test explanations for declines in wild populations are rare. This project aims to test how environmental and genetic processes shape individual traits, how these traits determine fitness and how changes in individual fitness affect population dynamics. The project expects to provide essential information for the improved management of Australian bird populations, and for understanding the effects of environmental change on natural systems globally.
ActivityWild eco-evolutionary dynamics: the decline of an iconic Australian bird
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2022 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG
Cunningham  $466,000
Address WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 61060567686
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop a real-time and high-resolution genomic tool to monitor and track pathogens in urban wastewater systems based on the portable third-generation sequencing platform.-Pathogens sicken hundreds of millions of people, cost the global economy tens of billions of dollars annually, and are one of the leading causes of death worldwide. The current epidemiology approach, and data, are retrospective and thus insufficient for timely intervention. Integrated with wastewater analysis for pharmaceuticals targeting pathogens, the sewer-based epidemiology approach of this project will greatly enhance public health by achieving early detection and informed control of infectious diseases.
ActivityRevolutionising real-time genomic epidemiology in urban wastewater systems
Delivery Area 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $445,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to examine the relationship between cuticle (skin) properties, water balance, and fitness in springtails, key players in soil systems. Springtail cuticles are diverse, responsive, and extremely resistant to wetting by water, alcohol and other substances. Their Australian diversity has not been well explored for biomimetic new materials. This project expects to explore options for new applications in materials science and engineering by generalising the cuticle structure-function relationship. Expected outcomes are new information to harness for industry the diversity of nature's self-cleaning, water repellent surfaces. Significant benefits lie in potential new biomimetic manufacturing options.
ActivitySkin in the game: biomimetics, fitness and the springtail cuticle
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $520,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to identify and understand the factors that influence the useful function of key residues (parts of larger compounds) in Australian snake venom coagulotoxins, which alter blood-clotting ability.-In recent years, snake venom compounds have been demonstrated as useful models from which to synthesise therapeutic drugs to improve health and well-being. This project will test these important toxins on model systems that represent natural prey items in order to determine the molecular and functional evolution of blood-clot forming enzymes. Expected outcomes include substantial contributions to the body of evolutionary biology knowledge, as well as narrowing the search for the ultimate drug candidates.
ActivityFunctional evolution and therapeutic potential of snake venom coagulotoxins
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201822 Feb 201921 Feb 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $530,000
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to give experimental answers to long existing theoretical questions about the origins and nature of dark matter. Dark matter is a fundamental component of the universe, yet the nature of its composition is still unknown. There is growing evidence that dark matter is comprised of low mass and weakly interacting particles. By developing ultra-precise measurement tools and new techniques, this project aims to perform a stringent and comprehensive new laboratory search for ultra-light dark matter particles, over likely mass ranges not yet searched. The knowledge gained will provide economic benefits through commercialisation and stimulation of new research and development, and to defence through applications in radar, communications and sensing.
ActivityPrecision low energy experiments to search for new physics
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $408,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop new algorithms that automatically generate explanations for the results produced by complex computational models. In recent times, these models have become increasingly accurate, and hence pervasive. However, the reasoning of Deep Neural Networks and Bayesian Networks, and of complex Regression models and Decision Trees is often unclear, impairing effective decision making by practitioners who use the results of these models or investigate the decisions made by the systems. Practical benefits of clear decision making reasoning by complex computational models include reduced risk, increased productivity and revenue, appropriate adoption of technologies including improved education for practitioners, and improved outcomes for end users. Significant benefits will be demonstrated through the evaluations with practitioners in the areas of healthcare and energy.
ActivityExplaining the outcomes of complex computational models
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $538,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to understand dendritic cell recirculation. It will use virological tools to track dendritic cell migration, and identify key decision points. Expected outcomes include enhanced capacity in basic research and greater interdisciplinary collaboration between virology and immunology research groups. Significant benefits will include a new understanding of how G protein coupled receptor signalling and other tissue cues guide dendritic cell recirculation, and what consequences the recirculation has for immune cell function. This understanding will significantly advance our basic understanding of the immune system.
ActivityThe recirculation of myeloid dendritic cells
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201830 Jun 201929 Jun 2022 2018-19
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
Fadden  $475,000
Address SOUTHPORT 4222 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 78106094461
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to address the need for improved predictions of cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) harmful algal blooms. Accurate predictions of blooms with computer models are important to support management strategies to prevent their occurrence. This project is expected to generate new knowledge of strain-level variation in cyanobacteria that leads to toxic blooms. This project will lead to new knowledge of the significance of strain-level variation in cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms, how strains influence toxin production and models for prediction of bloom and toxins. The project will generate significant benefits for water security for the purposes human consumption and recreation, and ecosystem health.
ActivityNext-generation models to predict cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms
Delivery Area 4222 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $470,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to study the fundamental processes governing interaction of ultrafast light pulses with an important class of ferroelectric materials. In particular, it will investigate the physics of light-induced ferroelectric domain reversal in various types of ferroelectrics. Project outcomes will lead to the development of a novel, ultrafast laser domain patterning technique for application in nonlinear photonics, optical memories, and photovoltaics. This technique will be employed to create the first example of three-dimensional domain patterns for versatile wave interactions. This project expects to expand Australia's knowledge in ultrafast laser engineering of materials and contribute towards its rapid uptake by industries, with great potential for commercialisation.
ActivityFormation and manipulation of ferroelectric domains with ultrafast light
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Adelaide  $520,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 61249878937
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to deepen our understanding of the underpinning scientific and engineering solutions required to adapt carbon free renewable fuels to high temperature industrial processes. The project will advance the knowledge base of innovative strategies, such as fuel blending and oxidant stream vitiation needed to replace fossil based fuels with alternatives such as hydrogen, or ammonia. Advance experimental and computational tools will be used to investigate the controlling parameters to facilitate adaptation including burning characteristics, modes of heat transfer and pollutant emissions. The project will generate deeper understanding of the proposed approaches, detailed and unique high fidelity data, and suitable predictive models.
ActivityAdaptation of carbon free fuels to high temperature industrial processes
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $500,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to capture conditions responsible for the generation of the coherent structures that are formed in wall-bounded turbulent flows, through the use of variational data assimilation and adjoint-based optimisation techniques. The project is expected to provide knowledge and intellectual property that is essential for the accurate modelling and prediction of the interaction between the ground-level activities like pollutant emissions and the atmosphere and the flow over vehicles through pipes, turbines and compressors. This project will provide benefits such as reducing the risk in environmental and commercial design and decision making and will facilitate new opportunities for the commercial development of devices to reduce drag and enhance mixing and heat transfer via the direct manipulation of coherent structures.
ActivityGenesis and evolution of coherent structures in wall-bounded turbulence
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $349,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to reveal how mammalian herbivores exploit leaf odour to detect plants while foraging. Insects track plant odour to find host plants, yet how mammalian herbivores use olfaction to forage and how this can be harnessed is unknown. This project will provide new perspectives on foraging ecology, and will pioneer novel ways to help protect plants using chemical camouflage, and to help protect animals from road collisions by attracting them to safety.
ActivityManipulating foraging by mammalian herbivores with plant odours
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201815 Feb 201914 Feb 2022 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF CANBERRA
Fenner  $380,000
Address BRUCE 2617 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 81633873422
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop multimodal affective sensing techniques that can sense very subtle expressions in human moods and emotions. Much research in affective computing has investigated ways to improve the sensitivity of affect sensing approaches, resulting in more accurate estimates of affective states such as emotions or mood. What remains unsolved so far is the issue of specificity. This project will address this issue through novel analyses of very subtle cues in facial and vocal expressions of affect embedded in a multimodal deep learning framework. Current approaches can successfully assist in binary classification tasks. This project will tackle the much more difficult problem of developing advanced affective sensing technology to simultaneously handle homogeneous and heterogeneous affect classes as well as continuous range estimates of affect intensity.
ActivityImproving the specificity of affective computing via multimodal analysis
Delivery Area 2617 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Oct 201930 Sep 2022 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $480,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to uncover the reengineering potential of the biosynthetic machinery that produces glycopeptide antibiotics by advancing our understanding of how the core peptide production line functions. Natural product biosynthesis often produces complex peptide structures, with one important example being the glycopeptide antibiotics. This project expects to generate new knowledge about enzymatic peptide biosynthesis using a highly interdisciplinary approach and previously developed tools. The anticipated outcomes of this project will be an enhanced understanding of how such complex peptide biosynthesis is performed, which is knowledge vital for future efforts to reengineer such biosynthetic peptide assembly lines as a series of modular LEGO blocks to produce new bioactive peptides.
ActivityBiosynthetic LEGO: enzymatic redesign to produce new vancomycin analogues
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $414,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to describe a new class of naturally occurring multivalent molecules termed secreted cysteine-rich repeat proteins (SCREPs). Multivalency is a key feature of molecular interaction in biology, underlying the high specificity and potency found in many proteins. Focusing on bivalent peptides, the project will generate a database of bioactive SCREPs with similarity to known bioactive peptides, and develop new recombinant methods for their production. The project will use advanced nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to characterise members of this new class, providing new insights into the design of bivalent and multivalent peptides and establishing a new source of molecules with applications in the rapidly growing biotechnology sector.
ActivityA new source of bivalent molecules from nature
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201810 Jan 201909 Jan 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $410,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeFerroelectric materials have extensive applications in electromechanical devices and memories and in service are often subjected to repeat mechanical and/or electrical loading, leading to cyclic fatigue and failure. This project aims to apply in'situ electron microscopy techniques and computational modelling to explore cyclic ferroelectric fatigue behaviour and to understand the relationships between local atomic scale structure and fatigue. The structural origin of ferroelectric fatigue has not been clear because of the limitations of previous measurement capabilities. This project will provide guidance in materials design to increase ferroelectric fatigue lifetime for more reliable ferroelectric-based electronic devices.
ActivityUnravelling the structural origin of cyclic fatigue in ferroelectrics
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY
Sydney  $320,000
Address BROADWAY 2007 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 77257686961
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to build a systematic theory for the deep analytics of complex and important occurring and non-occurring behaviours. Behaviours that should occur but do not take place, called non-occurring behaviours (NOB), are widely evident but easily overlooked, such as missed important medical treatments. While often occurring behaviours are focused, such NOB may be associated with significant effects such as a threat to health. This project expects to fill the knowledge gaps in representing, analysing and evaluating NOB complexities and impact, with significant benefits for the evidence-based detection, prediction and risk management of covert NOB applications and their important effects.
ActivityDeep analytics of non-occurring but important behaviours
Delivery Area 2007 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $680,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to study the process of branching morphogenesis which drives the development of the kidney. Previous studies group have demonstrated, in general terms, how branching progresses during gestation. However, little is known about the fundamental cellular events which trigger or characterise this basic developmental process. This project expects to provide deep insights into the cellular basis of tissue and organ development. In studying this process the project should provide critical insights into how cells act, individually and collectively, to build tissues.
ActivityThe cellular basis of branching morphogenesis during kidney development
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Oct 201930 Sep 2022 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY
Sydney  $314,000
Address BROADWAY 2007 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 77257686961
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop a novel infrastructure operational monitoring and management strategy to reduce the redundant maintenance actions and achieve a cost-effective approach for civil infrastructure asset management. The project will use multiple social networks as a platform for the project, with the potential for the results to be extended to any dynamic cyberspace. Project outcomes will include a set of new analysis theories and tools to facilitate government, companies, individuals, and organisations to enhance their information gathering and privacy-preserving capabilities. This is expected to enhance the credibility of the government and organisations and save the possible financial loss of companies and individuals.
ActivityEnhancing privacy preserving in dynamic cyberspace
Delivery Area 2007 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201831 Aug 201931 Aug 2022 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY
Sydney  $440,000
Address BROADWAY 2007 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 77257686961
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to provide new knowledge on how bacteria produce dormant, stress-resistant cells called spores, and how bacteria transport molecules across their cellular layers to execute biological functions. Spores can act as a source of new and recurring infections in many bacterial pathogens. This project expects to reveal molecular details on a new class of nanomachines required for spore development. The new knowledge generated may expand the arsenal of molecular targets required to develop strategies interfering with spore formation. This provides a platform from which industry could attract investment for exploring innovative strategies for controlling bacteria.
ActivityA new molecular machine required for bacterial development into spores
Delivery Area 2007 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $270,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate whether ocean surface temperatures can increase beyond the 35 degree centigrade threshold for the survival of humans and many other mammal species. Climate models predict that ocean surface temperatures will exceed 35 degree centigrade in parts of the middle east and throughout much of South East Asia in as little as 50 years. This project will use a series of laboratory experiments to test whether parts of the ocean surface can be warmed beyond this limit under natural conditions. Expected outcomes of this project are a new understanding of what sets the maximum surface temperature of the ocean, thereby allowing us to determine whether coastal regions of the humid tropics and sub-tropics will remain habitable for humans and other mammal species in the near future.
ActivityLimits to ocean surface temperature in future climates
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $345,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to uncover how a ubiquitous agricultural endocrine disruptor affects development, survival and reproduction in frogs. Widespread pollution by endocrine disrupting chemicals poses a serious threat to wildlife, human health, and the environment. This project will integrate laboratory- and field-based experiments to provide insights into how aquatic contamination by endocrine disruptors can affect vulnerable early life stages and, in turn, adult performance and reproduction. The findings will add significantly to understanding the impact of chemical pollution on wildlife responses to human altered environments.
ActivityWildlife responses to endocrine disruptors
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $361,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis proposal aims to assess the impact of geographical and genetic isolation of the Australian Indigenous population on adaptive and innate immune systems. The project will use novel DNA sequencing approaches to generate the high resolution sequences of two genetic loci that regulate innate and adaptive immune responses, the major histocompatibility complex locus and the killer cell immunoglobulin-like receptor locus. In an initial screen, distinct variants and combinations of these genes were identified. This project aims to interrogate how variation in these critical genes impacts on the function of cytotoxic lymphocytes, providing insights into the evolutionary drivers of immune recognition mechanisms.
ActivityInvestigating the evolution of innate and adaptive cellular immunity
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY
Dawson  $620,000
Address TOWNSVILLE 4811 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 46253211955
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to re-evaluate principles for designing marine reserves to conserve reef fish and sustain fisheries under current and future scenarios of habitat quality and population connectivity. The project will integrate advanced genetic methods, novel field experiments and new quantitative approaches to optimise reserve network design to promote population recovery, persistence and yield for a range of fish species. It will recommend optimal reserve size, spacing and location for geographic regions subject to different levels of habitat degradation and fishing pressure. It will benefit Australia and our regional neighbours by providing the critical science necessary for the successful management of shared coral reef assets and resources.
ActivityConserving coral reef fish and sustaining fisheries in the anthropocene
Delivery Area 4811 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2022 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $430,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate the roles of plant malectin receptor kinases in pathogen recognition and response. The project will utilise molecular and cell biological tools to detect complex formation and changes in sugar import into cells. Expected outcomes of this project include a better understanding of how pathogens manipulate plant cells to their benefit, and greater knowledge of which host molecules participate in this process. This should provide significant benefits such as a new theoretical basis to engineer crop plants for resistance against devastating diseases.
ActivityControl of sucrose source/sink status by the plant immune system
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
RMIT UNIVERSITY
Melbourne  $350,000
Address MELBOURNE 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 49781030034
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to reveal the 3D nanostructure of disordered matter with x-rays for the first time. Existing x-ray scattering techniques for disordered structures currently provide limited, one-dimensional information only. The expected outcomes of the project include an enhanced new capability for the Australian Synchrotron and international x-ray laser facilities, and new insights into the microscopic origins of the properties of liquids and biological membranes. This should benefit research areas that use x-ray scattering to probe the nanostructure of materials for diverse applications such as nanotechnology, fuel cells and drug design.
ActivityProbing nanoscale disorder in 3D with x-ray free-electron lasers
Delivery Area 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jun 201931 May 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Newcastle  $502,000
Address CALLAGHAN 2308 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15736576735
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project will develop advanced digital control techniques to address security, resilience and robustness in complex networks and deliver fundamental advances in the technology for secure and reliable networks. The project will advance the theory on consensus of networked multi-agent systems to facilitate the fast adoption of the internet of things and the continuous growth of cyber-physical systems These systems in many cases work with high efficiency, stability, and low communication overheads. However, there are cases where disturbance amplification and cascading failures can arise from relatively small unforeseen events. The theoretical work will be complemented by detailed nonlinear networked simulations, using intelligent vehicle systems as a case study.
ActivityRobustness, resilience and security of networked dynamic systems
Delivery Area 2308 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $380,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to provide efficient, distributed resource allocation algorithms that can perform satisfactorily within time limits imposed by real-time systems. Real-time Internet of Things (IoT) devices will play a significant role in future transport technologies, such as autonomous vehicles and smart traffic management, and will place significant demands upon distributed computing systems to provide timely information updates. The computing challenge is to provide reliable, accurate and timely information to IoT devices. The outcomes of this project will directly be beneficial to a variety of IoT applications in transportation, autonomous vehicles, and smart cities. The valuable engineering insights and novel algorithms will support industry, government, and practitioners for future real-time IoT design and deployments.
ActivityReal-time internet of thing algorithms with performance guarantees
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $390,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to gain a better understanding of digital nomadism. Digital nomads use IT platforms to work remotely over the Internet while perpetually travelling. The project will develop new knowledge by better understanding of how IT transforms work and enable digital nomadism, the motivations and values of workers and their clients/organisations engaged in digital nomadism and the implications and consequences of digital nomadism for workers and clients/organisations. The project is expected to have a significant impact on policy and public discourse by providing an in-depth explanation and understanding of digital nomadism based on rigorous research.
ActivityDigital nomadism: How IT enables new forms of working and organising
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $376,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to decipher how the boundaries between the different organs are established in the developing embryo. The project aims to identify the components of the gene regulatory network that controls lateral plate mesoderm formation, develop a mathematical model that can explain how the domains are formed within this region, and validate novel interactions in vivo in zebrafish. The expected outcome of the project is to reveal how the progenitors of our body parts are instructed to be positioned at the right time and at the right place in the embryo. This project should provide significant benefit such as the expansion of Australia's knowledge base and research capability in cross-disciplinary science.
ActivityFormation of boundaries in the developing embryo
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
Bennelong  $465,000
Address MACQUARIE PARK 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 90952801237
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop more efficient algorithms to simulate quantum chemistry on quantum computers. Quantum computers have the potential to perform calculations that would be intractable for even the largest supercomputers, but need to be programmed in a radically different way to achieve this speed. One of the most important applications of quantum computers is to simulate quantum mechanics to predict the properties of molecules and materials, and thereby design them. Current quantum algorithms are very resource intensive, making them impractical for the foreseeable future. The expected outcome of this project is to provide much more efficient algorithms that can be run on quantum processors in the near future.
ActivityQuantum algorithms for quantum chemistry
Delivery Area 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $538,287
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to understand how resistance proteins function and to find new sources of these proteins. Plant diseases account for 15% loss of global crop production, representing a threat to food security. Fungicides, one key form of protection, represent environmental concerns. The other key form of protection corresponds to resistance gene breeding, which is limited by lengthy breeding processes, restricted choice of genes from sexually compatible species and short effective time spans in the field. Building on previous research, this project aims to characterise the molecular basis of the Toll/interleukin-1 receptor domain-mediated nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) cleavage and the structural architecture of plant NLR complexes. This knowledge will support the long-term objective of protecting crops from pathogens.
ActivityMolecular mechanisms of signalling by plant immune receptors
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201814 Mar 201913 Mar 2022 2018-19
CURTIN UNIVERSITY
Swan  $380,000
Address BENTLEY 6102 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 99143842569
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop real-time optimal control algorithms for distributed parameter systems involving both time and spatial variables and multiple time-delays, with a focus on mining and energy applications. Current optimal control algorithms for such systems are too slow for real-time use and often get trapped at local optima, which can be vastly inferior to the global solution. This project will result in a new optimal control framework, underpinned by recent advances in constraint propagation, switching surface optimisation, and input regularisation. It will result in cutting-edge mathematical tools to complement and exploit new technologies and optimise key processes in natural gas liquefaction and zinc and alumina production, increasing efficiency and reducing the ecological footprint. This project will lead to new cutting-edge control algorithms for replacing the inefficient manual operations endemic in Australia's natural gas and mineral processing plants.
ActivityReal-time global optimisation for distributed parameter control systems
Delivery Area 6102 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $426,000
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeComputer vision applications rely heavily on deep learning, which is highly vulnerable to being fooled by adding subtle perturbations to object/image textures that are imperceptible to humans. This project aims to develop defense mechanisms to detect and remove adversarial patterns from the input images. The project expects to advance knowledge in understanding the vulnerabilities of deep learning, and to design deep learning architectures that are inherently robust. The outcomes of this project will increase the security and reliability of computer vision by detecting, reporting and nullifying such attacks and will benefit the general public and industry on many fronts.
ActivityDefense against adversarial attacks on deep learning in computer vision
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
Bennelong  $453,000
Address MACQUARIE PARK 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 90952801237
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop tools for synthetic reasoning in the mathematical discipline of higher category theory. Since its introduction in Euclidean geometry, synthetic reasoning has repeatedly revolutionised mathematics. The project expects to bring these benefits to important new structures such as (infinity, 2)-categories and monoidal bicategories, as well as building the expanding circle of applications of these structures. The project's key outcome will be new scientific tools which will greatly benefit workers in areas of application as diverse as algebraic topology and geometry, quantum physics and computer science, while also helping to train Australia's next generation of scientific leaders.
ActivityWorking synthetically in higher categorical structures
Delivery Area 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $300,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to advance our understanding of knots and 3-dimensional spaces, which arise naturally in fields as diverse as physics, computer graphics, chemistry and biology. Recent ideas from quantum field theory link physics to topology in dimensions 3 and 4, leading to powerful invariants of knots and 3-dimensional manifolds that include the Jones polynomial and the 3D-index. This project aims to resolve key questions relating these quantum invariants to classical topology and geometry. The project will have a major impact in low-dimensional topology, and lead to deep and unexpected connections between mathematics and mathematical physics.
ActivityClassical and quantum invariants of low-dimensional manifolds
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Adelaide  $380,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 61249878937
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop tools to assist the study of partial differential equations, which are fundamental to our understanding of the physical world. Symmetries of the Laplace equation are fundamental in both finding and interpreting its solutions and can be traced to the conformal symmetries of the underlying space. Only for the most symmetric of spaces, Euclidean space and the sphere, is this correspondence well understood. Using powerful geometric tools from conformal geometry, the project will extend this to less symmetric spaces. The knowledge generated from this project will extend to more general geometric contexts providing a concrete setting for the study of the associated natural equations in curved spaces.
ActivitySymmetry and geometric partial differential equations
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $493,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to determine the mechanisms by which arrays of high speed jets interact. The project will combine experiments at multiple specialist facilities with analytical approaches to unlock the physics behind both steady and transient behaviour in high'speed multijets. Understanding multijet interaction mechanisms is crucial in the development of more efficient power-generation turbines, and the operation of high'speed flight vehicles. Expected outcomes of the project include deep insight into the characteristics of multijet arrays, and the forging of strong links with multiple international research centres. As well as fundamental knowledge, the project will facilitate improved efficiency in gas turbine systems, using pulsed-detonation combustion.
ActivityThe art of controlling multijet resonance in jet noise and power generation
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA
Clark  $475,000
Address SANDY BAY 7005 TAS AUSTRALIA ABN: 30764374782
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate validated, rapid and pragmatic solutions to managing plant and animal maladaptation caused by global environmental change. Using Australia's iconic blue gum (Eucalyptus globulus), this project will test strategies for identifying the major climatic predictors of, and key genomic regions that underlie, adaptation to climate change. By integrating climate variables and genome sequences with field trial-derived trait and performance data from decades of research and thousands of trees, we will develop validated DNA-based tools for monitoring the rate of adaptation in our native forests and identifying climate-ready seed sources for environmental and industrial plantings.
ActivityThe genomics of climate adaptation in eucalypts
Delivery Area 7005 TAS AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $462,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate the causes and consequences of variation in rate of DNA sequence evolution across three kingdoms of life. Dates estimated from DNA sequences have a wide range of applications, including evolutionary biology, conservation prioritisation and epidemiology. These methods rely on accurate rate estimates, but current models lack information about the biological drivers of rates of genomic change. This project will test reliability of current methods, identify potentially misleading estimates of disease origin or conservation priorities, and develop new approaches with empirically-informed models of rate change.
ActivityEvolving rates: foundations for the next generation of molecular clocks
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $320,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop highly porous, transparent and electrically conducting networks of oxide nanoparticles for artificial photosynthesis applications. The majority of hydrogen is currently produced via natural gas reforming, a process that generates a significant carbon footprint due to the use of fossil fuels. This project will develop novel materials and fabrication methods to improve the efficiency of hydrogen production using clean and renewable solar energy. This project will contribute to development of technologies for the chemical storage of renewable energy, and reduction of carbon dioxide emissions. This will have applications in the areas of optoelectronic devices, medical biosensors, and photocatalysis, offering downstream benefits for the society, the economy and the environment.
ActivityPorous transparent conducting oxides for efficient solar fuel production
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $338,774
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate a novel scheme that uses signals present in interferometers to directly control and stabilise the shapes of mirrors to atomic scale precision. The discovery of gravitational waves from colliding black holes and neutron stars was made possible by the development of large'scale, high-laser-power interferometers. The project builds on experience with current detectors and aims to develop techniques that will provide the next leap in sensitivity by improving control of the quantum state of light. The project will also test a new technique called white light resonance, which has the revolutionary capability of increasing sensitivity over a broad frequency range. The project will help maintain Australia's significant impact on the worldwide effort to harness gravitational waves.
ActivityAdvanced technologies for next generation gravitational wave detectors
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $376,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop a holistic framework for prioritisation of uncertainties in Integrated Water Resource Assessment and Management to assist water resource analysts and planners to improve sustainability of water resource management outcomes. The framework will help scientists, consultants, policy makers and water users better select which sources of uncertainty to address in their work, with what resources, and what methods. Expected outcomes are novel analytical methods to evaluate current practice in uncertainty prioritisation, communicate when and how to use established and novel uncertainty management techniques, and improve prioritisation of uncertainty using proof-of-concept model-based analyses. The project should improve decision making in policy and industry, and societal and environmental outcomes of water management.
ActivityAdvancing uncertainty prioritisation in water resource management
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG
Cunningham  $408,000
Address WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 61060567686
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to overcome poor reaction kinetics and the lack of effective anode materials owing to the large size of sodium-ions in high performance sodium-ion batteries. The project will explore a series of functional nanomaterials with unique nanostructures and complex compositions, enabled by metal-organic framework assisted synthetic methods. High performance sodium ion batteries are demonstrating great potential to meet the future demand for large'scale and low-cost stationary energy storage. However, their practical implementation is still hindered by their poor reaction kinetics and the lack of effective anode materials owing to the large size of sodium-ions. The project outcomes will promote the commercialisation of sodium ion batteries and power Australia's sustainable economy in the long run.
ActivityNanostructures derived from metal-organic frameworks for sodium-ion batteries
Delivery Area 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $0
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to uncover the origins of extremely bright supernovae called superluminous supernovae. How and why massive stars end their lives as superluminous supernovae is unknown. Based on their shapes and similarities to other peculiar supernovae, this project should clarify the mechanisms that lead massive stars to explode as superluminous supernovae. The project also aims to develop superluminous supernovae as a tool to investigate the distant universe. By observing superluminous supernovae in the distant universe, this project should address the properties of the first generation stars in the universe and advance our understanding of stellar evolution, supernovae, and the early universe.
ActivityUncovering the enigmatic origins of the brightest supernovae
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201901 Jan 2019 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Adelaide  $473,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 61249878937
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to build up and establish the area of evolutionary diversity optimisation. The project will cover the design and application of evolutionary diversity optimisation methods to complex problems of significance and high national economic benefit and build up the theoretical foundations of these methods. The project is expected benefit decision makers by providing them a diverse set of high quality alternatives to choose from. This project will allow them to make highly informed decisions and lead to more reliable solutions for optimisation problems, in areas of high economic impact such as manufacturing and supply chain management.
ActivityEvolutionary diversity optimisation
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $355,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to determine and quantify key mechanisms governing chemical transport and transformation in a tidally dominated subterranean estuary. The project will be the first attempt worldwide to measure simultaneously the temporal and spatial variability of coupled physical and geochemical processes in the intertidal zone of a subterranean estuary. The project will generate much-needed understanding of the role of subterranean estuaries in controlling fluxes of land-derived chemicals to the ocean via submarine groundwater discharge. The outcomes will have important implications for assessing and minimising the impact of groundwater contamination on the coastal zone.-It will provide better understanding of the pathway of land-derived nutrients and contaminants entering coastal waters, leading to improvement of strategies for sustainable coastal resources management and development, and integration of upland and lowland catchments management.
ActivityPhysical and geochemical coupling in a subterranean estuary
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201803 Jun 201902 Jun 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
New England  $464,000
Address ARMIDALE 2350 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 75792454315
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop new theories in nonlinear partial differential equations to better understand propagation phenomena. Propagation occurs in various forms, such as the spreading of invasive species, infectious diseases or cancer cells, or the progression of the healing front of a wound. This project aims to understand propagation speed and profile, criteria for spreading and vanishing, and other qualitative properties of the equations. The project will develop new mathematical theories, and build bridges between the theories and applications.
ActivityPropagation via nonlinear partial differential equations
Delivery Area 2350 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $569,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to increase knowledge of the way in which cells maintain their genomes, including the ends of their chromosomes, to enable their own survival. The ends of chromosomes (telomeres) are essential for survival and proliferation of the cells of most organisms. This project aims to determine the molecular details of a recently discovered link between telomere maintenance and the way cells maintain the integrity of their genome. This is likely to lead to increased understanding of the fundamental biological process of genome maintenance, representing a significant scientific advance. The project expects to have far-reaching implications for biotechnology applications that require the survival of cells.
ActivityLinks between DNA replication and chromosome end maintenance
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA
Clark  $470,000
Address SANDY BAY 7005 TAS AUSTRALIA ABN: 30764374782
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate the relationship between dust deposition and marine productivity. This project will quantify dust deposition to the ocean and its chemical and ecological impact by using new geochemical techniques and novel approaches with autonomous ocean sensors. Expected outcomes of this project include improved estimates of dust deposition to the ocean and the development of globally-applicable methods for quantifying the link between dust and biology using profiling floats. This should provide significant benefits such as improved dust models used to predict future changes in nutrient deposition, with implications for predicting future ocean fish production and carbon uptake.
ActivityDust to the ocean: Does it really increase productivity-
Delivery Area 7005 TAS AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jul 201930 Jun 2022 2018-19
CURTIN UNIVERSITY
Swan  $400,000
Address BENTLEY 6102 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 99143842569
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to carry out a systematic investigation into the phase behaviour and control of biomass fast pyrolysis into bio-oil and its derived fuels. The project addresses the major problem of fuel phase separation during processing and handling that cause significant operational challenges, for example pumping difficulties and line clogging, during storage, transport and applications of these fuels. The outcomes include the discovery of fundamental knowledge on the phase structure, stability and behaviour of the products of biomass fast pyrolysis bio-oil and its derived fuels and the development of essential engineering tools for predicting and controlling phase behaviour and stability of these fuels.
ActivityPhase stability of biomass fast pyrolysis bio-oil: behaviour and control
Delivery Area 6102 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
CURTIN UNIVERSITY
Swan  $445,000
Address BENTLEY 6102 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 99143842569
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeBiochemical production utilising fermentation processes evidences poor product repeatability. This project aims to control and optimise 1,3-propanediol production via microbial fermentation. 1,3-propanediol is an essential ingredient for many polymeric materials and is present in cosmetics, personal care and cleaning products. New theory and parallel algorithms will be developed for the control and optimisation of the microbial fermentation of 1,3-propanediol production, where the bacteria kinetic parameters are uncertain without full knowledge of the probability distribution. This theory will also be applicable to other fermentation processes. The project outcomes are expected to significantly improve the productivity of the biochemical engineering industry involving fermentation processes.
ActivityDistributionally robust dynamic optimisation for nonlinear switched system
Delivery Area 6102 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Adelaide  $402,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37191313308
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to better understand microRNAs, which are of central importance to how genes are regulated.-Despite recent data indicating microRNAs may also play more extensive and diverse roles as nuclear regulators of gene transcription, research has been restricted to their well known mechanism of action in the cytoplasm where they post transcriptionally silence genes. This project will investigate the potential for microRNAs to regulate transcription on a genome-wide scale and will thereby reveal the full extent of mechanisms by which these important genetic switches control gene expression networks the characteristics of cells. This is of fundamental significance to our understanding of gene regulation.
ActivityTranscriptional regulation by microRNAs
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $520,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims at a step-change in functional, porous microparticle manufacture. To achieve this, the project will use precision flow chemistry techniques that will integrate emulsion preparation, microparticle production and chemical functionalisation in one continuous process. The expected outcome of the project is a process for the manufacture of a suite of designer porous polymer microparticles. Expected benefits are disruptive advances in a number of key technological sectors, including biomedicine, pharmacy, energy and bioprocessing. Platform technology for cartilage tissue engineering has been chosen as an exemplar of the power of precision microparticles.
ActivityPrecision porous polymer microparticles via integrated flow processes
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $490,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to determine the electrical properties of dendrites in human neurons. Dendrites are the primary site of synaptic input to neurons and their electrical properties play a key role in information processing in the brain. While we know much about the electrical properties of dendrites in other species, primarily rodents, little is known about the electrical properties of human dendrites. This project aims to address this gap in knowledge for the first time. The results obtained will shed light on the mechanisms the brain uses to process information, and therefore will bring us a step closer to truly understanding ourselves.
ActivityElectrical properties of human dendrites
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG
Cunningham  $498,000
Address WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 61060567686
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Indigenous
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate the unique approaches used by Aboriginal community-controlled organisations to enable community ownership of holistic health and social programs in complex community settings. Focusing on a close analysis of regional south eastern NSW, the project will produce a robust theorisation of a place-based model for Aboriginal community-led solutions to health and social issues. This project will include mechanisms for the transfer and sharing of learnings to other locations, and the early engagement of key stakeholder groups to ensure the benefits from the project are accessible and widely disseminated. The project will also provide training and employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.
ActivityA place-based model for Aboriginal community-led solutions
Delivery Area 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW ENGLAND
New England  $370,000
Address ARMIDALE 2350 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 75792454315
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to reveal the role of diet in the spread and subsequent dominance of Mesozoic dinosaurs. Previous research has revealed much about dinosaur anatomy and diversity, but their diets remain broadly classified into two categories, herbivores and carnivores. This project will use 3D scans of dinosaur teeth to calculate anatomical indicators of diet, and interpret diet as a continuous variable which will permit unprecedented evolutionary analyses of dinosaur ecology. Anticipated outcomes include an innovative framework with which to reconstruct the ecological diversity of dinosaurs from Australia and around the world and understand the processes that led to their success for over 150 million years.
ActivityRevealing the diets of dinosaurs through the complexity and shape of teeth
Delivery Area 2350 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $353,085
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop the first national consensus statement on the use of technology in mental health care in Australia. The project will examine how Australian health practitioners currently use digital therapy programs, and synthesise this data with international evidence and input from Australian government, health service, and digital health experts. This project expects to improve the implementation of digital therapy tools using an innovative, theory-driven approach. Expected outcomes of this project include increased and optimal implementation of digital therapy tools among mental health care providers and enhanced capacity within the Australian health system to meet the high demand for services in the community.
ActivityOptimising digital mental health care: how technology is used in practice
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Feb 201913 Mar 2023 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $406,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to rationally design new perovskite quantum dots featuring prominent phase and thermal stability in humid air and remarkable optoelectronic properties. These will be crucial for the development of next-generation flexible, lightweight solar energy conversion devices. This project expects to generate new knowledge in the fundamental mechanism of functional materials for more efficient solar energy conversion. Expected outcomes include new advanced materials and commercially compelling technology for sustainable and decentralised energy utilisation. This project will position Australia at the frontier of clean energy, flexible optoelectronics and related research areas.
ActivityDesigning new perovskite quantum dots for efficient solar energy conversion
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201809 Jul 201908 Jul 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $391,546
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop new biostatistical methods for addressing complex analytic questions that arise in studies of the causes of health, social, educational and other outcomes in the course of human life. These questions concern the pathways that explain how intermediate factors contribute to a statistical relationship between a probable cause of a later outcome. Mathematical and statistical innovation is needed to address them. The expected outcomes include a suite of novel methods designed to evaluate the impact of intervening to modify causal pathways, while also accommodating common complexities of data such as incompleteness. This project should provide major benefits to studies in public health, social sciences and economics.
ActivityStatistical methods for modelling the pathways between cause and effect
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $420,256
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to solve fundamental problems in representation theory by combining cutting-edge techniques and developing novel higher level structures. Representation theory is the mathematical study of symmetry, an essential concept in science. Since the 1990s, mathematicians have been observing shadows of a more general notion of symmetry but so far have failed to explain it. Expected outcomes include a structural explanation of these shadows, new mathematical software to understand them and solutions to important conjectures. This project will make a significant contribution to the field of representation theory, with ramifications in mathematical physics and computer science.
ActivityRepresentation theory: studies of symmetry shadows
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Apr 201931 Mar 2022 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $0
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to build a physical-organic chemistry framework of transferable molecular descriptors for a relatively new but a rapidly developing area of unimolecular electronics (UE) using advanced computational chemistry tools. Established structure-property relationships will drive the cutting-edge applications of UE in sensing and catalysis and significantly expand our understanding of charge transport involving free radicals and non-covalent assemblies. Expected outcomes of this project include new design guidelines and candidate molecular architectures for such practical applications as organocatalysis inside molecular junctions, molecular spintronics and molecular sensors for reactive oxygen species and nitroaromatic pollutants.
ActivityUnifying chemical concepts for advanced molecular electronics applications
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201901 Jan 2019 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $314,574
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate the flow transition from laminar to turbulent in the wake of a circular cylinder subjected to steady current. The project expects to generate new knowledge on the complicated flow behaviours and physical mechanisms for flow transition to turbulence through advanced numerical modelling. Expected outcomes include a physical understanding of the flow evolution to turbulence, as well as an understanding of the laminar and turbulent flow characteristics and the suppression of turbulence in the context of flow control. The knowledge generated will be applicable to improved design and safe operations of the sub'sea transmission and communication cables used in the offshore oil and gas industry and the emerging offshore renewable energy industry.
ActivityTransition to turbulence in the wake of a circular cylinder
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $418,956
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to mitigate energy and environmental problems by fusing the fields of membrane separation, biocatalysis and electrochemistry. The novel single-enzyme biofuel cells can generate electrical power from processes like wastewater micropollutant degradation and flue gas carbon dioxide conversion. However, the bottleneck is the lifetime of enzymes and the lack of efficient reactor design. This project expects to overcome these challenges by developing metal-organic framework-based bioelectrode materials, and integrating them with separation membranes and single-enzyme fuel cells for energy generation. This project is expected to transform the current biocatalytic process for wastewater treatment and gas separation.
ActivitySingle-enzyme membrane biofuel cells for wastewater and flue gas treatment
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201804 Apr 201903 Apr 2022 2018-19
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
Fadden  $422,492
Address SOUTHPORT 4222 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 78106094461
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to address the emerging global health threat posed by zoonotic bat-borne viruses, by determining why bats shed multiple viruses in synchronised pulses. The project expects to identify universal drivers of multi-viral shedding pulses, using Hendra virus as a model system for other bat viruses in Australia and globally. Expected outcomes include insights into the interactions between environmental change, bat ecology, viral dynamics and spillover, prediction of when and where bat viral shedding will most likely occur, and development of new ecological interventions to prevent bat virus spillover in Australia and globally. This will provide significant benefits by pre-empting spillover and global pandemics before they occur.
ActivityBeyond Hendra: the significance of viral communities in bat virus spillover
Delivery Area 4222 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $422,574
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to characterise and manipulate a novel oxygen sensing system, the cysteamine dioxygenases, to help understand how mammalian cells respond to low oxygen concentrations, a condition known as hypoxia. A number of the world's most destructive diseases can impair oxygen delivery, altering biochemical landscapes. By understanding how cells respond to fluctuations in oxygen, the project expects to develop effective methods to treat these detrimental conditions. Characterisation of the cysteamine dioxygenases could establish a novel mechanism by which cells monitor changes in oxygen, assisting in understanding hypoxia and disease. The project will also enable new cysteine initiating substrates to be identified, allowing the full impact of this regulatory process to be appreciated in mammals.
ActivityCysteamine dioxygenases: novel oxygen sensors implicated in hypoxia-
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 May 201930 Apr 2022 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $344,682
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate the impact of the four basic forces of evolution, mutation, selection, neutral drift, and gene flow, on the genome. Genome'scale data have a signature of these forces and extracting it would greatly improve the quality of evolutionary models fit to the data, but the framework to identify the evolutionary forces has not been developed. This project will develop tests for assessing the impact of the primary evolutionary forces on the genome, and test these methods using simulations. The new framework of genomic analysis will be disseminated through an intuitive software package, and will be used to estimate with unprecedented confidence the history of diversification and genome evolution of marsupials.
ActivityThe drivers of genome evolution and diversification in marsupials
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG
Cunningham  $384,000
Address WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 61060567686
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to improve the fundamental understanding of interfacial interactions in multicomponent materials, which is a critical precursor to successfully designing and experimentally validating novel layered sulphide systems for potassium-ion batteries. A new layered structure construction technique will be employed to enhance the intrinsic electronic and ionic conductivities in the anode by controllable interphase and interface engineering. The expected outcomes of this project are to generate potassiumion batteries with high energy density, high safety, and long cycle life for next generation energy storage. This project should give Australia a competitive edge in the globally emerging sustainable manufacturing and energy'storage technologies.
ActivityInterphases and interfaces of nanomaterials in potassium-ion batteries
Delivery Area 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $390,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to explore the design, synthesis, characterisation and applications of novel materials in which metals are bridged by a single carbon atom. Materials based on metals (M) separated by a single oxygen atom (O) underpin all manner of technologies from the pigments of antiquity to modern electronics. Electronic/magnetic communication across MOM bridges is thus extremely well understood. Materials with two metals bridged by one carbon atom (MCM) are in contrast, rare and poorly understood. Developing synthetic routes to such materials will make it possible to map the diversity of chemical and electronic features against theoretical models in search of new materials with unique reactivities and properties for commercial exploitation.
ActivityBimetallic carbidos: hard-wiring a single atom of carbon
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG
Cunningham  $300,000
Address WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 61060567686
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to explore the effect of shape and size of pi-conjugated molecules on interfacial electron transfer reactions, which are fundamentally important in all applications of photo-electrochemical conversion and storage of energy. By making two series of pi-conjugated molecules and determining electron transfer rates using a combination of transient spectroscopies and computational chemistry, the project expects to generate new design principles for molecules with the potential to significantly improve the efficiencies of solar energy conversion and photo-catalytic processes. The new materials and findings will be exploited in a novel redox-mediated water splitting device as a practical outcome with potential end user benefits.
ActivityFaster interfacial electron transfer: the effect of molecule shape and size
Delivery Area 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Brisbane  $400,000
Address BRISBANE CITY 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 83791724622
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to synthesise the first examples of advanced biological imaging agents that can reversibly respond to the oxidative status of living cells. Novel mitochondrially-targeted, fluorescent probes will be derived from several well-established families of biological dyes through the introduction of a stable free radical within the parent structure. The design of the new imaging agents aims to both enhance retention in, and restrict the fluorescence response to, the mitochondria so that changes in oxidation and reduction can be monitored. The probes will provide an innovative new means to assess reactive species and associated oxidative stress, thus delivering a new methodology to aid research into mitochondrial chemical biology.
ActivityRadical redox indicators
Delivery Area 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jun 201931 May 2022 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $410,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop novel methods of controlling multi'species particles in fluid suspensions, such as microorganisms in wounds. Physical methods of control offer additional opportunities for wound healing in the era of increased microbial resistance to antibiotics. The project will develop methods of controlling the local concentration of microorganisms, such as bacteria and cells, using wave-driven turbulent transport and active synthetic agents. The proposed methods will also benefit applications in microfluidics, liquid metamaterials, micro-assembly and technologies for cleaning liquid surfaces. The project will advance our fundamental knowledge of particle interaction with matter waves.
ActivityTransport control in multi-species fluid suspensions
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201815 Sep 201914 Sep 2022 2018-19
DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
Corangamite  $270,000
Address WAURN PONDS 3216 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 56721584203
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to provide new knowledge about how to use surface engineering techniques to produce highly efficient, energy'saving fibrous filters for separating oil mists from air streams. The focus is to address the challenge of the low efficiency of current generation coalescing filters for removal of oil mists smaller than one micrometre. The project will result in new methods to precisely control fibre surface wettability and oil drainage within fibrous filters. The new knowledge and coalescing filters developed will benefit scientific and industrial fields including metal processing, automotive, engineering and manufacturing, electronics, food, hospital, mining, pharmaceuticals and energy generation.
ActivitySuperwettability effects on oil-mist coalescing fibrous filters
Delivery Area 3216 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201806 Mar 201905 Mar 2022 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $400,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to study the fabrication and application of nano-porous antimony based semiconductors prepared by high-energy ion irradiation. Using a unique combination of synchrotron and laboratory- based analytical techniques as well as computer simulations, the project expects to identify the physical mechanisms for porous structure formation and exploit the materials for application in thermoelectric and thermo-photovoltaic devices. Expected outcomes of the project include fabrication processes compatible with current device fabrication methodologies that should enable rapid integration of the materials into advanced device applications. Significant benefits should result from novel applications of the technologies such as energy harvesting and sensor devices.
ActivitySwift heavy ion induced nano-porous antimony-based semiconductors
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF WOLLONGONG
Cunningham  $410,000
Address WOLLONGONG UNIVERSITY 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 61060567686
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeMagnetic skyrmions are a novel class of materials with unique spin arrangement, making them suitable for the next generation of information processing and storage with ultrahigh density and extremely low energy consumption. This project aims to establish Australia as a world authority in the field of magnetic skyrmions and their applications, by developing ground-breaking materials and advanced technologies. The expected outcomes of this project include the creation of new functional materials, leading to a better understanding of the skyrmions and producing a foundation for the future development of novel information storage devices.
ActivityMagnetic skyrmion materials for next generation spintronic-based devices
Delivery Area 2522 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $420,000
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to use chemical approaches to develop molecular transistors, which are critical components for a future molecular electronics technology. The use of molecules as ultra-miniaturised electronic components is gathering attention from industry and academia, as a solution to the approaching limits of top-down scaling. However, current molecular designs based on gating through chemical reaction or redox state changes are slow and inefficient. The project will develop molecular transistors with exceptionally high gain and fast response based on gating the energy of quantum interference features in molecules with cross-conjugated or ring-like shapes. This will provide significant benefits including new strategies for nanofabrication of molecular devices.
ActivityMolecular transistors: from strings and rings to other things
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $480,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to formally verify automatic memory managers in the presence of concurrency and the weakly ordered memory of modern processors. A new framework for verifying memory managers, reusable for a wide range of managed programming languages, target hardware, policies, and algorithms will be developed. Expected technical outcomes include improved techniques to ensure trustworthiness of the foundations on which critical software infrastructures are built. This will significantly enhance the security of public and private cyber assets, and deliver applications that are more robust and trustworthy, across a range of critical infrastructure such as transportation, communication, energy and defence.
ActivityVerified concurrent memory management on modern processors
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $445,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate how local tissue renin-angiotensin systems operate. A blood-borne renin-angiotensin system (RAS) produces a peptide (AngII) to control blood pressure, and fluid/salt balance. Many tissues, such as the brain and heart, also possess an independent, tissue RAS, but how these function is not well understood. The project will use a model whereby infiltrating macrophages (following damage to the heart) drive the activation of this system to trigger the local generation of AngII. This project addresses the question of where exactly in the heart the RAS components are turned on, how they interact to generate AngII and whether the activation of the local RAS is beneficial or not to cardiac function. The findings should provide critical insights into an important hormonal system.
ActivityHow tissues generate the peptide hormone angiotensin II
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201810 Jan 201909 Jan 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $469,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to examine the mechanisms that explain the origin of the matter-antimatter asymmetry of the universe.-Particle physics seeks to understand the fundamental constituents of matter and their interactions. This project will use the new Belle II detector at the SuperKEKB collider in Japan to address the origin of matter-antimatter asymmetry, and why fundamental matter particles have enormous mass differences across the three generations. The project aims to develop new data mining techniques to fully exploit the data from the Belle II experiment, placing Australian researchers in a position to make a major discovery of new physics phenomena in order to complete the theory of the universe at the smallest scale.
ActivitySearching for new phenomena in semileptonic B decays with Belle II
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201819 Dec 201918 Dec 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $596,040
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to improve our understanding of how the heart develops after birth and the molecules that control this process. Recent advances in tissue engineering have opened up opportunities for the generation of synthetic tissues but these studies have also highlighted a fundamental knowledge gap in our understanding of how complex tissues mature to prepare for life as an adult. Much is known about the molecules that control early embryonic development but little is known about the molecules that control maturation after birth. This project aims to build new knowledge that is expected to improve our ability to generate mature heart muscle cells for stem cell applications, tissue repair and regeneration.
ActivityMolecular control of postnatal heart development.
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $487,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to understand how thermosensing mechanisms in plants result in transgenerational change, and potentially adaptation to climate. Exploiting the recent discovery of the thermosensor phytochrome B, this project will decipher the molecular cascade which, either through long-distance communication or through persistence of an epigenetic state in the cell lineage, could lead to a trans generational memory in plants helping with climate adaptation. This project will unravel novel molecular mechanisms, which have the potential to pave the way for designing new climate-proofing solutions to cope with temperature uncertainty.
ActivityThe transgenerational effect of thermosensing in plants
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $437,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to improve our understanding of cell types, lineage relationships, cell-cell interactions and morphogenetic processes in human kidney development. Investigators have developed a method to produce multicellular kidney organoids from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSC). This project will use gene-edited reporter hPSC lines and high-res imaging to study the lineage relationships and morphogenetic mechanisms of these human kidney organoids. This project aims to validate the origin of nephrons in kidney organoids, study the origin of the renal stroma versus the nephron progenitor, and monitor nephron patterning and segmentation at a clonal level. This will improve our knowledge of human kidney development in a human model.
ActivityStudying early human kidney development using stem cells
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Brisbane  $585,000
Address BRISBANE CITY 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 83791724622
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to reconnect people with nature through new technology. Events in nature occur at times, places and scales that are hard to witness, leading to human disconnection from nature. This project proposes to address this issue by researching and designing new low-cost devices that combine environmental sensors with new interfaces to reveal local nature in parks and gardens in calm, engaging ways within and between homes in medium and high density environments. Outcomes will include new connected devices, playful interfaces and social sharing mechanisms, an evaluation with local groups, and a new theory of technology supported human-nature interaction. Benefits will include better community connection to nature, engagement in local citizen science, environmental initiatives and novel monitoring services and products.
ActivityAmbient nature network: new technologies to connect people to nature
Delivery Area 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $380,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to reveal the process of gaseous accretion in interacting galaxies by elucidating the origin and evolution of the Magellanic Stream. The Magellanic Stream is an enormous tail of hydrogen gas extending from the Magellanic Clouds almost fully around the Milky Way. Through unravelling the Magellanic Stream and revealing how it will impact the Milky Way, this project will help understand how galaxies receive new gas to continue their star formation and very existence. The project will use the newly constructed Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder to shed light on the question of how galaxies evolve, one of the highest priority questions in Australian Astrophysics as defined by the Australian Astronomy Decadal Plan.
ActivityDisentangling the origin and evolution of the tangled magellanic stream
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF TASMANIA
Clark  $459,000
Address SANDY BAY 7005 TAS AUSTRALIA ABN: 30764374782
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to measure the vulnerability of forest trees to more extreme drought as global temperatures inevitably rise. Australian forests face the immediate threat of increased mortality associated with intensifying drought stress in the future. Understanding the magnitude of this threat is of the utmost urgency. This project aims to predict future mortality of forest communities in Australia and worldwide using recent breakthroughs enabling the rapid quantification of lethal stress in trees. This new understanding will provide a basis upon which to make far-reaching decisions about land management, conservation and restoration.
ActivityThe future of forests under climatic stress
Delivery Area 7005 TAS AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $291,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to provide new knowledge about the relationships between energy, entropy and information in the quantum realm of nanoscale machines and few-atoms systems.-The Second Quantum Revolution is currently underway, and represents the merging of thermodynamic concepts of heat and work, with quantum concepts of information processing and entanglement. The project intends to shed light on how classical ideas on the nature of heat and work translate to quantum devices. The knowledge arising from the project is expected to underpin experimental breakthroughs in the field and aid the development of new quantum technologies. The benefits lie in informing the design of new energy-efficient quantum materials, making future quantum technologies thermodynamically viable, and strengthening Australia's capacity to develop a modern, knowledge-based economy.
ActivityQuantum thermodynamics of ultra-cold atoms
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201810 Jan 201909 Jan 2022 2018-19
RMIT UNIVERSITY
Melbourne  $390,000
Address MELBOURNE 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 49781030034
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop a situation recognition framework to recognise and anticipate unforeseen emerging situations, such as schedule changes, incidents, and disruptions in an urban environment. The project will address a significant knowledge gap by capturing and modelling unpredictability in human mobility and work routines. The outcome will be a situation recognition framework that can be applied at the individual, social group, and urban level, and at multiple locations and time scales. This should provide users with timely notifications and recommendations to resume their activities and routines. The expected benefits will be far-ranging and adaptable to many domains, from personal smart assistants to trip planning and emergency services.
ActivityMulti-resolution situation recognition for urban-aware smart assistant
Delivery Area 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201822 Mar 201921 Mar 2022 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $420,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to elucidate fundamental principles of alternative splicing, a basic mechanism that plays a vital role in several biological processes across all organisms. Plants are highly effective in adapting to varied environmental, seasonal and climatic conditions and this project aims to uncover how alternative splicing contributes to regulation of gene expression in response to developmental and environmental cues. Uncovering the underlying mechanisms of alternative splicing will not only advance fundamental knowledge, but also has the potential to provide tools and technologies through which sensitivities of plants to environmental stress can be potentially manipulated to benefit agriculture.
ActivityEvolution and specificity of alternative splicing in plants
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $395,000
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to use a solution of natural oil resin extract in carbon dioxide to break problematic water-in-crude oil emulsions with no secondary environmental consequences. Extracted crude oil contains water, which can result in problematic water-in-crude oil emulsions. These can be difficult to break into separate water and oil phases with potentially severe economic and environmental consequences. In Australia, such oilfield emulsion problems are frequently encountered in both the Bass Strait and across the Carnarvon Basin. The treatment option proposed will target both asphaltene and silt stabilised water-in-oil emulsions and will be readily deployable.
ActivityBreaking bad oilfield emulsions
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Adelaide  $384,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 61249878937
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate how developing central cell epitranscriptomes are linked to seed growth, how the cell regulates the unique epigenetic states, and the role of the system in driving phenotypic diversity. Maternal and paternal effects determine growth and development of multicellular angiosperm plants. Previous work has discovered unique ribonucleic acid (RNA) epitranscriptome states dependent on the parent-of-origin in developing central cell that gives rise to the endosperm tissue of the seed that impacts on growth of the seed. This project expects to provide economic benefits by increasing yield of agricultural crops during increasingly challenging conditions.
ActivityUnique parental epitranscriptome states regulate seed development
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $0
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to understand how the elements forged in stars flow through space and find their way into new stars and planets. The history of these elements, and how they came to be in planets like ours, is one of the most basic questions remaining in astrophysics. The expected outcome is to provide a model for the history of the elements that can provide a theoretical basis and a vital set of statistical tools to interpret the flood of data that will arrive from Australian and international telescopes over the next five years. The results will significantly benefit astronomical fields from cosmology to chemical evolution, and the machine learning methods developed will have applications well beyond astronomy. The end result will be a new and deeper insight into our cosmic origins.
ActivityThe cosmic distribution of metals
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201904 Feb 2019 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $474,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate how cargo is trafficked to the right destination inside cells. The project will investigate the trafficking routes and the critical machinery required. This project is expected to generate fundamental new knowledge in the areas of cell biology and immunology. Expected outcomes of this Project include scholarly publications and highly-trained personnel in cell biology and immunology. This project will provide significant benefits such as advances to fundamental knowledge, training for higher research degree students, opportunities for the biotechnology sector and strengthened international (research collaborations.
ActivityTrafficking inside the cell for effective immunity
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $435,449
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to resolve simultaneously the timing and space localisation of photoelectron emission from atoms and molecules as a means for targeted breaking of molecular bonds. Existing techniques determine the timing and spatial characteristics of photoemission independently. The simultaneous time'space resolution will allow for the precise manipulation of photoelectrons by a sequence of phase'stabilised laser pulses, a technique known as coherent control. The benefit of this project will be the coherently controlled breaking of molecular bonds in oxide, carbonyl and hydrocarbon molecules. The outcome will be a significant step forward in driving complex photochemical reactions in industry.
ActivityTime-space resolved photoelectron emission to control molecular processes
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
RMIT UNIVERSITY
Melbourne  $380,000
Address MELBOURNE 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 49781030034
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to synthesise new carbohydrate-based surfactants optimised for use as cryoprotectants, and to accurately measure, model and optimise their performance. The project will use state-of-the-art experimental methods and advanced phase-field modelling techniques to optimise the cryoprotectants so that they reduce osmotic stress in cells and inhibit ice crystal growth during freezing and thawing. The expected outcomes will be novel cryoprotectants that are easy to synthesise, non-toxic and effective, opening up new possibilities for the cryopreservation of cells, organs and possibly even whole organisms.-This will have broad impact in critical applications such as long-term blood storage, reproductive technology and stem cell therapy, as well as preservation of endangered species.
ActivityRational design of new synthetic antifreeze molecules for cryopreservation
Delivery Area 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 May 201930 Apr 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $510,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to harness the ability to control the fundamental interactions which limit the precision of a diamond quantum sensor, enabling more sensitive magnetometry. Quantum sensors are unveiling new insights into nano'scale phenomena. Single atom defects in diamonds have been at the forefront of this revolution in nano'scale sensor technology. A unique capability, spinning diamond quantum sensors at up to 500,000 rpm, fast enough that quantum properties of the defects are preserved during a cycle has been established. This project will address the long'standing problem of nano'scale solid-materials characterisation using rotationally-enhanced quantum magnetic resonance spectroscopy.
ActivityControlling spin coherence with rotation
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $386,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to examine the genetic mechanisms that generate limb diversity, using wing reduction in the emu as a model. A hot topic in biology at present is evolutionary developmental biology, or how genes control morphological diversity. This project will explore the functions of two novel genes implicated in wing reduction. The project expects to expand knowledge in the area of developmental biology, and limb morphogenesis specifically. It will bear upon the phylogeny of flightlessness among birds. It also has potential implications for studying human limb deformities. Overall, the project will enhance our understanding of how genes control the great diversity that we see in nature.
ActivityGenetic regulation of wing reduction in the emu
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Oct 201930 Sep 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $448,955
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to synthesise and investigate metal-based molecules that can be reversibly switched between forms with different physical properties, such as colour or electrical conductivity, upon exposure to heat, light or electrical potential. The project expects to develop compounds that offer physical properties relevant for deployment in advanced materials or nanodevices. Expected outcomes of this project include elucidation of chemical routes to tuning the switchability and candidate compounds for future applications. As well as achieving important advances in fundamental chemistry, this project should provide significant benefits, such as novel materials for molecular electronics/spintronics, photoresponsive devices or sensors.
ActivityHarnessing redox-active ligands in functional metal complexes
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Kooyong  $483,401
Address HAWTHORN 3122 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 13628586699
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to create a new exotic form of quantum matter in which a many-body system of ultracold atoms bouncing on a vibrating mirror spontaneously self-organises its motion with a period tens of times longer than the driving period of the mirror. Such -time crystals- are predicted to be robust against external perturbations and to persist for very long times. The project expects to generate new knowledge on exotic non-equilibrium crystalline phenomena in the time domain, such as many-body localisation with temporal disorder, which has counter-intuitive characteristics such as absence of thermalisation and vanishing direct current transport. Time crystals could provide significant benefits for the storage and transfer of quantum information, and this, and other outcomes may ultimately lead to commercial products.
ActivityBuilding time crystals with ultracold atoms
Delivery Area 3122 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
WESTERN SYDNEY UNIVERSITY
Lindsay  $500,000
Address RICHMOND 2753 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 53014069881
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to determine key ecological and molecular mechanisms that regulate microbial colonisation of new environments and their functional consequences. Microbial communities are important yet unseen contributors to the functioning of ecosystems, driving key ecological and economically important processes such as carbon and nutrient cycling. The project will provide a unifying framework for characterising colonisation success of alien species across different scales, habitats, ecosystem types and environmental disturbance such as climate change.
ActivityColonisation by alien microbiota: identifying key ecological processes
Delivery Area 2753 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jul 201930 Jun 2022 2018-19
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Brisbane  $590,000
Address BRISBANE CITY 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 83791724622
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to characterise epigenetic diversity and inheritance patterns in whole genome sequencing data from a unique human population. The project will employ the well-characterised Norfolk Island genetic isolate, cost-effective whole genome bisulphite sequencing technologies and advanced bioinformatics pipelines and statistical models. It will involve cross-discipline collaboration between human geneticists, epigeneticists, statistical geneticists and bioinformaticians. This project will advance our understanding of the interaction of genetics and epigenetics and their relationship to diversity and inheritance in humans.
ActivityCharacterising inheritance patterns of whole genome DNA methylation
Delivery Area 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201815 Apr 201914 Apr 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Adelaide  $395,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 61249878937
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to derive mathematical models to reveal the geological history of how petroleum accumulates at laboratory, reservoir, and basin scales. The project will identify secondary migration trajectories of hydrocarbons from source rocks to stratigraphic traps, to optimise exploration for energy resources. By enabling multiscale analytical modelling, the new model will improve the reliability of reservoir characterisation at the crucial initial exploitation stage, and prediction of oil-gas distribution in petroleum basin. The novel multiscale approach is expected to significantly improve exploration and exploitation and create highly skilled jobs to incorporate such modelling into the energy sector.
ActivityMultiscale physics theory to understand secondary migration of hydrocarbons
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201819 Aug 201918 Aug 2022 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $445,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate how polycomb-like proteins regulate polycomb group (PcG) proteins and recruit them to their target genes. During the development of all multicellular organisms, PcG proteins are essential for keeping thousands of genes in a repressed state. PcG proteins are recruited to their target genes with the aid of their Polycomb-like protein cofactors, in a process that is poorly understood mechanistically. This project will determine the mechanism that underpins the recruitment and regulation of PcG proteins by polycomb-like proteins. Outcomes will have relevance for most development processes of multicellular organisms.
ActivityRegulation of histone methylation by polycomb-like proteins
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
Bennelong  $570,000
Address MACQUARIE PARK 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 90952801237
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop a revolutionary antenna beam steering method. A high-gain antenna with the ability to steer its pencil beam to any direction in two-dimensions within a wide range is an essential part in many telecommunication and defence systems. The project expects to produce compact, low-cost antenna systems with high performance, to circumvent the limitations of existing methods in applications such as providing internet connectivity to those who are unconnected or poorly connected, or data transfer from satellites to earth stations. The proposed technology should significantly improve internet services in regional Australia and connect billions of people worldwide who do not have regular internet access at present.
ActivityThin antenna beam steering systems with exceptional performance
Delivery Area 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $420,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to deliver new models, metrics and algorithms for Faithful Visual Analytics of complex data. For a purported visual representation of some data, "faithfulness" measures how accurately the visual representation describes the data. This project will develop new models for Faithful Visual Analytics, design new faithfulness metrics for faithful visual analytics of complex networks, design new algorithms to compute faithful visualisations, and evaluate using real world social network and biological network data sets. The new models, metrics and algorithms produced by this project will be used in the next generation Visual Analytic tools to enable analysts develop accurate insights and new knowledge of complex data.
ActivityFaithful Visual Analytics: models, metrics and algorithms
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201819 Jun 201918 Jun 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $410,000
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop experimentally verified models for designing and monitoring of hydraulic fractures with constricted openings, to ensure adequate and robust hydraulic fracture control for example in petroleum production. Hydraulic fractures are often constricted by bridges that hold two sides of the fracture together. Failure to account for bridges and constriction of fractures can lead to premature screen-out (exceeding available pump pressure) of proppant and inadequate fracking control. The project results are expected to substantially increase the accuracy of design and monitoring of fracture opening, geometry and fluid flow to improve efficiency, safety and environmental security of the resource and energy extraction.
ActivityConstricted hydraulic fracture opening
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $505,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to create a degenerate Fermi gas of metastable helium atoms to study some basic properties of elementary quantum systems. The unique properties of helium provide access to observe many-body correlation functions. Expected outcomes are a new demonstration of the Pauli exclusion principle, where no two Fermions can be in the same location, and revealing the fundamental correlations that underlie many-body quantum systems. Correlations between Fermions underpin many effects in physics, such as high temperature superconductivity and quantum magnetism. This knowledge will have an influence on the development of new quantum technologies, such as quantum computers.
ActivityMany body correlations in a Bose Fermi gas
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Adelaide  $399,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 61249878937
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to understand the role and function of the bacterial communication system that enables bacteria to form complex communities and alter phenotypic traits, essential for survival in their environment. Bacteria survive in their environmental niches by developing complex multicellular communities. Cell to cell communication, termed quorum sensing (QS), is critical for this process and is linked to their capacity to detect and secrete small signalling molecules, autoinducers. This project will provide a new paradigm in bacterial adaptation through comprehensive characterisation of the Autoinducer-2 QS system. This knowledge will provide future opportunities for intervention in microbial infestation with broad potential benefits.
ActivityNovel link between bacterial sugar metabolism and cell-to-cell signalling
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $180,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop a method for the direct detection of biomarkers based on a new class of highly porous superparamagnetic nanoparticles with peroxidase-like activity. The particles will be used as dispersible capture agents for isolating specific targets in biological samples, and electrocatalytic nanozymes for naked-eye evaluation and electrochemical detection. The project is expected to develop simple, low-cost, portable devices for the analysis of exosomes and exosomal miRNA in biological samples. The future development of this technology into diagnostic devices will improve patient outcomes by enabling earlier disease diagnosis and improved monitoring of treatment.
ActivityNanoarchitectured multifunctional porous superparamagnetic nanoparticles
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201827 Jun 201926 Jun 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $300,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to expand the theory of polynomials and develop generalised polynomial families using connections to affine and toroidal algebras.-Many combinatorial and computational problems in pure and applied mathematics as well as mathematical physics can be solved using polynomials in many variables, such as Macdonald polynomials. This project is anticipated to address the current difficulty of implementing symmetric and non'symmetric polynomials in symbolic algebra packages by developing completely new algorithms. New understanding from the project is expected to facilitate challenging computational problems of measurable quantities in quantum systems.
ActivityMatrix product multi-variable polynomials from quantum algebras
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
FLINDERS UNIVERSITY
Boothby  $385,000
Address BEDFORD PARK 5042 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 65542596200
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate the role of prenatal sound discrimination on postnatal vocal learning and foraging breadth. The project expects to generate new knowledge in the area of neuroscience and psychology using an innovative approach to measure how embryos learn, and determine effects of prenatal vocal experience on the repertoire of postnatal behaviour. Expected outcomes include understanding biological mechanisms for effective learning across life stages that would be useful to develop novel approaches for non-invasive monitoring of embryonic cognition.
ActivitySound discrimination in embryos affects lifetime fitness
Delivery Area 5042 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
RMIT UNIVERSITY
Melbourne  $420,000
Address MELBOURNE 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 49781030034
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to create photonic circuit technologies that will generate hundreds of coherent laser lines from a single chip. The emerging industrially scalable silicon nitride on thin-film lithium niobate platform will be advanced to create resonant modulators and nonlinear waveguides with unprecedented efficiency and innovative monitoring and control techniques. When combined, these components will enable highly flexible and robust systems for generating a comb of coherent laser lines. These photonic chip comb sources will be inexpensive, compact and energy efficient with transformative impact in spectroscopy, microscopy, precision measurement, quantum computing and ultra-fast optical fibre communications.
ActivityRainbows on demand: coherent comb sources on a photonic chip
Delivery Area 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
Bennelong  $380,000
Address MACQUARIE PARK 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 90952801237
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to understand the role of water in the building of our solar system, Mars and Earth. Surprisingly little is known about key issues surrounding the origin of water and its subsequent recycling on Earth. This project will use new techniques for measuring low abundances of water along with oxygen isotopes, to measure water abundances and oxygen isotopes in meteorites and terrestrial rocks to establish how water was delivered to Earth and to understand how water is geologically recycled. This is expected to have direct bearing on where and how Earth's water originated, how water is retained in mantle and crustal minerals and it will have broad implications for understanding volcanic hazards and formation of ore deposits.-This will lead to a new capability for combined water and oxygen isotope analysis in Australian geoscience leading to technological development and commercialisation of instrumentation.
ActivityRole of water in earth and planetary evolution
Delivery Area 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $360,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to resolve the role of super-massive black holes in the life-cycles of galaxies.-Accretion of matter onto super-massive black holes should profoundly change their host galaxies, heating gas and shutting down star formation, particularly when the black hole is accreting at its highest rate. It has been difficult to find clear evidence of the impact of such feedback due to lack of knowledge concerning the time'scales for star formation shut-down and accretion triggering. This project will combine data from the world's premier imaging spectrograph with multi-wavelength imaging and numerical simulations to discover whether black holes influence galaxies, and position Australian researchers to exploit next generation technologies.
ActivitySetting the quasar feedback clock
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201815 Jun 201914 Jun 2022 2018-19
DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
Corangamite  $445,000
Address WAURN PONDS 3216 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 56721584203
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to produce novel two-dimensional nanomaterials, in the form of functionalised boron nitride nanosheets and investigate their chemical, thermal and mechanical properties. The project expects to design and develop unique boron nitride nanosheets with targeted thermally conductive and electrically insulating properties, to address the critical technological problem of heat management in electronic devices. The resulting new nanoscience and ground breaking design and processing techniques will have the capacity to address the current technical obstacles which are preventing further development of fast and smaller electronic devices.
ActivityThermally conductive materials from boron nitride nanosheets
Delivery Area 3216 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $410,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop the theory and supporting research tools to investigate how, where, and why people engage in digital emotion regulation. Individuals often use digital technologies to shape their emotions, yet social norms often cast such technology use as disrespectful or distracting. The discrepancy between the practice and perception of digital emotion regulation may be due to the lack of a systematic understanding of this behaviour. The project will inform the debate about technology use and its impact on work, education and interpersonal relationships. Additionally, the created knowledge will inform policy-makers, designers, and end-users about how technology use is perceived, as well as effective use of technology in everyday settings.
ActivityConceptualising and measuring digital emotion regulation
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Newcastle  $320,000
Address CALLAGHAN 2308 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15736576735
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop an accurate and efficient simulation framework that allows the consideration of realistic discrete behaviour in geomechanical models without the computational overheads of current models. New computational methods and open'source simulation tools will be developed which will enable the efficient and accurate dynamic simulation of large'scale problems in geomechanics, problems that had formerly been intractable because of their computational size. The unique combination of discrete and continuum methods will allow the economical solution of a range of important geotechnical problems such as the accurate prediction of dynamic effects due to tunnelling, underground workings and mining activities. The outcomes will lead to safer and more economic construction methods and a more accurate assessment of the environmental effects.
ActivityA new framework for large-scale dynamic geotechnical simulations
Delivery Area 2308 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $262,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to enable individuals, industries and governments, to freely access vital and linked information carried in different media types from different sources by developing a deep attribute-aware framework that embeds heterogeneous features into a shared data space to achieve effective and efficient cross system information retrieval. With the proliferation of heterogeneous data sources, there is an urgent need to enable search and retrieval across different media types and domains. The framework developed by the project uses deep learning methods to develop meaningful image attributes to positively bridge the modality gap and the domain gap when hash functions are affixed to data. This project will significantly advance the research of multimedia retrieval, and benefit a series of related research problems whenever heterogeneous multimedia data are involved in their applications.
ActivityDeep attribute-aware hashing for cross retrieval
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201810 Jan 201909 Jan 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Adelaide  $415,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 61249878937
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to generate new tools for vertebrate pest management through development of cutting-edge gene drive technology in mice. Vertebrate pests cost Australia over $1 billion each year in agricultural losses and environmental damage and novel strategies are required to tackle this challenge. Newly developed -gene drives-, which can rapidly spread through populations, have enormous potential for the sustained management and even eradication of pests. This project aims to develop gene drive technology in mice as a prototypical vertebrate pest species. The project will potentially deliver valuable tools that directly impact Australia's Science and Research Priority on Food.
ActivityDevelopment of efficient CRISPR gene drives in mice
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
Bennelong  $386,000
Address MACQUARIE PARK 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 90952801237
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to understand how the left and right sides of the brain become specialised for different cognitive functions, a phenomenon called lateralisation. Lateralisation is one of the least understood organisational principles of the brain, yet is crucial to the way we think and behave. Manifested most clearly as handedness, the brain is lateralised for many cognitive tasks such as language, reasoning, memory and emotion. However, the developmental origin and anatomical substrate of most cognitive asymmetries are unknown. This project will use a chick model of brain lateralisation to quantify and localise to specific brain circuits the patterns of differential gene expression that give rise to anatomical and functional asymmetries.
ActivityHow brains become lateralised
Delivery Area 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Adelaide  $550,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37191313308
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to visualise and measure flow of blood from the umbilical cord to the fetal brain and to understand how delivery of oxygen and glucose to the brain is prioritised by constriction or relaxation of a specialised shunt, the ductus venosus. The project will directly and non-invasively measure this fundamental phenomenon with novel MRI protocols. Expected outcomes of this project include advances in measuring fetal blood flow and the exchange of expertise between leading researchers in Australia and Canada. In the long-term, this will enhance Australia's research capacity in fetal physiology and may lead to new tools for monitoring or supporting fetal development.
ActivityGoing with the flow: directing nutrient rich blood to the brain
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $450,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate how much carbon plants need to invest belowground in return for water and nutrients. By using economic principles of supply and demand the project will quantify carbon expenditure for water and nutrients in grasslands and crops under different climate and land management scenarios. This project will use triple and quadruple isotope labelling techniques and explore the dependency of carbon investment on plant-microbial interactions and availability of belowground resources. Expected outcomes include new knowledge to build a universal framework about plant carbon-water-nutrient economics. This will benefit global carbon cycling models and efforts to increase nutrient and water use efficiencies in agricultural crops.
ActivityCarbon costs of plant nutrient and water uptake
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $370,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop novel membrane support materials and novel membrane structures to enhance chemical separation processes. These materials can be used in desalination and water treatment, reducing the resistance to water flows. In turn, this will reduce the energy required to produce fresh drinking water for Australians, as well as the cost. The approach will also be applied to carbon dioxide capture from flue gas streams, increasing the energy efficiency of these processes, so that they can become economically viable. The project has the potential to develop localised manufacturing operations to produce these materials, adding value to Australian manufactured products.
ActivityNovel membranes and membrane structures using electrospinning
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $864,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project will secure membership for Australia's ongoing participation in cutting-edge experimental particle physics, which explores the fundamental nature of matter and energy and how the universe works. The two frontiers of the field are the energy frontier at CERN's Large Hadron Collider and the intensity frontier at Japan's SuperKEKB collider. By providing the basic contributions required for Australian membership of these two key programs and capitalising on decades of work and accumulated expertise, significant project outcomes and benefits are expected. These include access for Australia to advanced international research facilities, training of the next generation, and a rich scientific program.
ActivityEnabling the future of the Australian collider physics program
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2020 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $346,500
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to acquire an advanced mechanical testing facility for small'sized structural materials in the temperature range from -100-C to +350 -C. This state-of-the-art instrument for mechanical testing of advanced materials at a wide temperature range and dynamic conditions will develop Australia's research infrastructure for solving real-world problems. The facility will significantly broaden our capability in materials research and provide critical insights for engineering materials design with applications in infrastructures, aerospace, transportation, and medical devices. This will provide economic benefits to Australian industries, contribute significantly to the advancement of scientific knowledge in Australia and further enhance research collaborations.
ActivityAdvanced mechanical property testing suite
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2019 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $489,045
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Linkage
Component Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to fill a major gap in Australia's metabolic analytical infrastructure by making available an automated, high-resolution, two-dimensional gas chromatography quadrupole time-of-flight mass spectrometer. In a collaborative effort to build a critical mass of cutting-edge metabolic analytical tools, this is expected to give Australia a world-leading edge in metabolic research. This project will enhance skills and capabilities of the Australian research community to enable the discovery of important biochemicals and molecular mechanisms and provide an unprecedented capacity to resolve complex metabolic samples, study the volatile metabolome, discover valuable new compounds and measure metabolic flows. Outputs are expected to inform the independent development of new technologies, commercial products and services, creating jobs and generating revenue while benefiting the agriculture, health and environmental sectors.
ActivityHigh resolution gas chromatography mass spectrometry for metabolic research
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2019 2018-19
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Brisbane  $392,556
Address BRISBANE CITY 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 83791724622
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop non-plasmonic, transition metal-based, photocatalysts with enhanced light absorption, to achieve irradiation controllable product selectivity in organic synthesis. The project demonstrates how hollow-particle morphology alloy nano'structures can enhance photocatalytic activity. Alloy structures such as iridium-nickel (IrNi), iridium-cobalt (IrCo) and iridium-tin (IrSn) nanoparticles with a hollow morphology, exhibit dramatically increased photocatalytic activity over their individual components, Ir, Ni, Co and Sn respectively. The project is expected to expand the application of photocatalysis and generate knowledge that can be used to design efficient photocatalysts from non-plasmonic metals. Intended benefits are the generation of new knowledge and capabilities in synthetic catalysis and applications in fields such as the conversion of solar energy to chemical energy.
ActivityTuning non-plasmonic metals to high performance photocatalysts
Delivery Area 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201822 Jan 201921 Jan 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $396,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate and develop a novel air flow enhancement concept, induced plume swirl, and its engineering approaches to boost the cooling capacity of natural draft cooling towers (NDCTs). These towers are widely used in thermal power plants due to their low operating costs. The project will explore why and how the artificial natural convective air swirls (vortices) significantly increase the updraft inside NDCTs and identify effective, low-energy cost swirl inducement methods to increase the efficiency of operation. A wide application of this technology will result in economic and environmental benefits, including increases in overall energy conversion efficiencies, cuts in operational costs in the order of billions, and reductions in carbon emissions in the thermal power sector.
ActivityArtificial tornados enhance updraft in natural draft cooling towers
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201826 Sep 201925 Sep 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $0
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to lay down a rigorous mathematical foundation of the gauged linear sigma model and seek its mathematical applications. The gauged linear sigma model is an important theory introduced by the great physicist Edward Witten. It is a fundamental framework in studying superstring theory, which is one of the most promising candidates for the unification of all aspects of physics. This project will generate new and significant results in geometry, with many benefits, providing solid mathematical foundations of the gauged linear sigma model, deepening the understanding of this theory, and providing new methods for solving classical problems.
ActivityGauged sigma model, mirror symmetry, and related topics
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201901 Jan 2019 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $395,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to implement a quantum computer memory module which can be integrated in a future hybrid quantum computer, where the advantages of different quantum platforms are combined. The memory module will be achieved by coupling a superconducting qubit to the surface vibrations of superfluid helium and exchanging quantum information between the qubit and helium. By simulating chemical reactions, the project expects to find cleaner alternatives of current industrial processes, reducing environmental impact. The outcomes should provide significant benefits for testing the validity of quantum mechanics, and by contributing to the realisation of a quantum computer, contribute to broad socio-economic benefits.
ActivityBuilding a mechanical quantum memory from superfluid helium
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201809 Jul 201908 Jul 2022 2018-19
RMIT UNIVERSITY
Melbourne  $398,000
Address MELBOURNE 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 49781030034
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop and test novel augmented eating interfaces in order to address the contradiction between the concept of mindful eating (no distractions) and the reality of screen cultures (eating with screens). Eating while watching screens can be problematic because it can cause overeating, which can manifest into bigger health concerns such as obesity and heart disease. This project expects to generate new knowledge in the field of human-food interaction. It presents two new augmented eating systems and a socio-technological study of these systems in use within Australian households. The expected outcomes include a framework on how to design interactive systems that encourage mindful eating without compromising the pleasures of screen-based media and the eating experience, and a greater theoretical understanding of how to support mindful eating in everyday practice.
ActivityDesigning augmented eating interfaces to promote mindful eating
Delivery Area 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Mar 201901 Mar 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $319,474
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to carry out analysis for the Ricci flow and a number of recent flows in complex geometry. Geometric evolution equations are a trending topic in modern mathematics, with successful applications such as the celebrated proof of the century-old Poincar- Conjecture in 2002-03 by means of the Ricci flow. An analysis of the behaviour of solutions with symmetry is an essential component in any mature theory on the subject. The project will use the novel tools and ideas resulting from this analysis to address the Alekseevskii Conjecture, a 40-year old fundamental open question in the field with major ramifications in mathematics and beyond. This project will further reinforce Australia's leading role in geometric analysis.
ActivityGeometric flows and distinguished geometric structures with symmetry
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY
Sydney  $408,000
Address BROADWAY 2007 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 77257686961
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to construct an intelligent bibliometric system to track and predict technological change and recombination from bibliometric streaming data. This project expects to spearhead a new cross-disciplinary direction of research in both bibliometrics and innovation and technology management. Expected outcomes of this project include an intelligent bibliometric system, a technological change tracking method and a dynamic knowledge mapping and prediction method. The project seeks to create a systematic solution for understanding technological change in Australia's emerging sectors that support governments in developing science policy, and assists researchers to explore frontier research priorities
ActivityIntelligent bibliometrics for tracking and predicting technological change
Delivery Area 2007 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
LA TROBE UNIVERSITY
Cooper  $419,854
Address BUNDOORA 3086 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 64804735113
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to target herbicide resistant weeds which represent one of the largest threats to Australian and global food security. Targeting of unexplored pathways in plants to develop a novel herbicide strategy is expected to be achieved, and will include the structural and functional characterisation of key enzymes in these pathways. This project is expected to provide significant benefits for effective weed management to sustain Australia's agricultural industry through enhanced food production from increased crop yields, whilst ensuring food security. These outcomes, coupled with decades of over-reliance on current herbicides, means there has never been a greater need for new and effective herbicides.
ActivityTowards herbicide cocktails with a new mode of action to avert resistance
Delivery Area 3086 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $368,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to address a fundamental question in mechanobiology on how integrin receptor coordinates with force to mediate cell spreading, migration, growth and survival. With an observation that membrane deformation enhances integrin binding, the project expects to establish a new model of integrin activation by membrane tension. It will develop an integrated approach combining single-molecule force probes, super resolution microscopy, microfluidics and molecular dynamics simulations. It is expected that the role of membrane tension in promoting cell adhesion will be defined at molecular scale, and the link between integrin activation and Piezo calcium channel mediated membrane tension sensing will be delineated.
ActivityMechanobiology: a new model of integrin activation by membrane tension
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jul 201930 Jun 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Adelaide  $408,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 61249878937
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop a novel learning framework, Vision-Ask-Answer-Act (V3A). This framework will allow a machine to perform a sequence of actions via a conversation with human users, based on intricate processing of not just visual input, but human-computer verbal exchanges. Artificial intelligence has great potential as a tool for economic productivity and daily tasks. Applications in cars and assistant robots, still in their early days, typically require significant expertise to use effectively. The outcomes of this project will push the boundary of vision-language research to produce a conversational intelligent agent that can be easily used in common situations across industry, transport, the medical sector, and at home.
ActivityTowards conversational vision-based Artificial Intelligence
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $418,386
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to provide a suite of theories, methods and software to enhance our understanding on how the generation of variation at molecular level is linked to the generation of species richness at lineage level. This new approach tests various ways that molecular changes are manifested as patterns of diversification, as revealed by genomic data analysed at the lineage level in phylogenetic studies. Expected outcomes of this project add to a growing body of evolutionary theory and provide practical phylogenetic tools for future analyses. These should benefit Australia by improving our understanding on the formation of Australia's biodiversity hotspots.
ActivityLinking genomic changes to the generation of biodiversity
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $330,000
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to determine the optimal use of geophysical methods to model the Australian crust in four dimensions. These models provide an understanding of the tectonic history of a region and thus its mineral potential. Mineral resources are mostly being found undercover, requiring geophysical data to locate them. This project will combine recent developments in modelling geological uncertainty with data acquired for locating zones of mineralisation. The outcomes will help guide Australian government policy to draw on publicly-available datasets that provide a basis for mineral exploration performed by companies, and supported by research institutions.
ActivityOptimising the use of geophysical data for modelling the Australian crust
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $330,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop proposals for the next generation of solid state quantum bits, enabling quantum computers that can solve real world problems. The project will address the lack of sufficiently good physical quantum bits, one of the most important bottlenecks for the realisation of a quantum computer. Key expected outcomes include new proposals for quantum computing architectures that can be implemented with current technology, and a deepened understanding of the interplay between noise, quantum hardware design and error correction. Benefits include enabling new milestone experiments in quantum computing, insight into the potential for near-term quantum computers, and accelerating the development of useful quantum computers.
ActivityNext generation solid state qubits
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Feb 201931 Jan 2022 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF THE SUNSHINE COAST
Fairfax  $379,574
Address SIPPY DOWNS 4556 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 28441859157
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate the epidemiology of an avian Chlamydia pathogen that is known to infect humans and animals, causing serious disease. Utilising molecular epidemiology approaches, this project will generate new knowledge about dynamics of where, when and how this infection spill-over occurs between different hosts. This project also aims to extend early development work on an innovative diagnostic system for detection of chlamydia in laboratory and point-of-care scenarios. The expected outcomes are a greatly enhanced understanding of infections in humans and animals caused by this understudied pathogen, which will allow for more effective control and management of these infections.
ActivityChlamydial infections of birds, domesticated animals and humans
Delivery Area 4556 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201820 May 201919 May 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $405,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop and validate fundamental theories and techniques for a novel intelligent wireless access paradigm to enhance the efficiency in frequency usage. This innovative approach will be one of the critical enablers for massive device access necessary for future wireless network evolution to support the growing Internet-of-Things. It will enable co-working devices to autonomously sense the local radio frequency landscape, determining how to avoid interference, and exploiting opportunities to intelligently and efficiently access the available radio resources. This will lead to enhanced efficiency in radio resource usage. The project will significantly improve the efficiency of current radio resource utilisation and offer solutions to a challenge of national significance.
ActivityIntelligent wireless access for Internet of Things
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Apr 201931 Mar 2022 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $414,864
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to improve our understanding of the complex regulatory mechanisms that increase genetic and phenotypic robustness. Survival of organisms depends on their ability to cope with genetic variation. A novel process of genetic compensation has recently been identified, producing a normal phenotype in a homozygous mutant, that would be expected to have deleterious effects. This project will reveal how compensation is achieved by examining the molecular pathways that are activated following genetic mutation. This project is expected to strengthen Australian reputation in evolutionary genetics, and in turn enhance our understanding of how organisms adapt to changing environments.
ActivityElucidating a novel mechanism for coping with harmful mutations
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $404,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to determine the underlying cause of recent earthquake activity in central Australia. Of all the stable continents, Australia is surprisingly seismically active, with intra-plate earthquakes occurring relatively frequently. However, these are unpredictable, placing lives and infrastructure at risk. This project offers the opportunity to use a new seismic experiment to improve detection of small events that may warn of a more dangerous earthquake to come, and provide sub'surface imaging of the hidden crustal boundaries and faults that are ultimately responsible. Benefits will include improved hazard assessment, and a new predictive model for exploration that relates regional seismicity, crustal faults, and mineral systems.
ActivityWhat's shaking down under-
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Curtin  $465,000
Address CRAWLEY 6009 WA AUSTRALIA ABN: 37882817280
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to use the microwave communication links of low earth and/or medium earth orbit satellites to achieve three dimensional tomographic reconstruction of rainfall. The path loss of microwave signals due to rainfall, known as rain attenuation can be used to measure rain. Similar to using X-ray to carry out human-body CT scans. With the aid of advanced signal processing techniques, the proposed method will achieve 3D measurements with resolution and coverage unachievable before, paving the way for innovative water relevant applications such as hydrology and agriculture, and new findings in atmospheric research.
Activity3D tomographic reconstruction of rainfall using satellite signals
Delivery Area 6009 WA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
DEAKIN UNIVERSITY
Corangamite  $259,225
Address WAURN PONDS 3216 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 56721584203
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to explore industry and socio-cultural factors that contribute to the normalisation of gambling. Gambling is recognised as an urgent public health issue in Australia, posing a health threat to individuals and communities. However, there is limited empirical evidence about the processes that may contribute to the normalisation of different forms of gambling. This project aims to explore the interplay between the sophisticated promotional tactics used by the gambling industry, and the socio-cultural mechanisms which may interact with these promotional tactics to normalise gambling beliefs in youth, women, and older adults. This project expects to help local governments and related stakeholders develop a comprehensive range of public health strategies aimed at preventing the risks and harms posed by the normalisation of gambling.
ActivityThe big gamble: an interdisciplinary study of the normalisation of gambling
Delivery Area 3216 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201803 May 201902 May 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $381,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to use three Australian radio telescopes to search for and monitor radio waves from future gravitational wave events.-The detection of gravitational waves and electromagnetic radiation from a neutron star merger was a scientific breakthrough, with important implications for physics and astronomy. The observations from this project will provide key information to reveal what causes some of the most energetic events in the Universe, their environment and how they evolve. The outcomes of this project include increased international collaboration with this global effort, and new techniques for automatic data processing and analysis, as well as engaging future students as we build Australian expertise in a new area of research.
ActivityRadio follow-up of gravitational wave events
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201804 Mar 201903 Mar 2022 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $326,066
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to advance knowledge of an important class of Lie algebras, for which recent work has shown that a deeper mathematical theory, and better computational tools are required. Lie theory is a mathematical area with rich applications in the physical sciences. Expected outcomes from this project include the first systematic treatment of these algebras, new powerful algorithms to compute with them, and explicit nilpotent orbit classifications that will solve open problems in black hole theory. This should significantly enhance fundamental mathematical research and the Lie functionality of leading computer algebra systems, and is expected to strengthen international linkages.
ActivityComputing with Lie groups and algebras: nilpotent orbits and applications
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Brisbane  $504,000
Address BRISBANE CITY 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 83791724622
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project will enable automatic re-engineering of large enterprise applications to run in modern cloud environments as microservices. Microservices are the latest wave of service-based software, capable of exploiting the high performance and third-party integration opportunities made available through the cloud. The project will develop new techniques for analysing enterprise systems code and execution data, and making recommendations for restructuring suitable parts as microservices. These microservices manage individual business objects via sets of lightweight distributed computational operations. The outcomes will support progressive evolution of an enterprise system, into distributed microservices running in public clouds, while still being integrated with "backend" systems.
ActivityRe-engineering enterprise systems for microservices in the cloud
Delivery Area 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $445,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop and realise experimentally integrated circuits where light propagation mimics dynamics in arbitrarily complex imaginary photonic lattices. The project puts forward a universal and mass-fabrication compatible design concept of planar optical structures featuring unconventional synthetic multi-dimensional properties, which can also be reconfigured in real time. This underpins expected outcomes in optical detection with fundamentally enhanced sensitivity and optical signal switching with ultra-low threshold. The benefits of such breakthrough improvements can have broad applications spanning from future optical communication networks to optical sensors for monitoring and health applications.
ActivitySynthetic multi-dimensional integrated photonics
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
GRIFFITH UNIVERSITY
Fadden  $390,000
Address SOUTHPORT 4222 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 78106094461
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to design and develop functional nanomaterials and nanocomposites for high-performance wearable tactile sensors, integrating the sensors with nanogenerator and charge storage devices. In addition to the functional materials approach, precise control of device architecture through additive manufacturing and laser patterning will be implemented to maximise device performance. The expected outcomes of this project include the detailed understanding of the nanomaterials structural-property relationship under constant mechanical stresses and establishing fundamental principle on the microfabrication of nano device wearable devices. This project will advance the field of materials chemistry and advanced manufacturing with niche high value-added products.
ActivityTowards high-performance wearable devices: materials and microfabrication
Delivery Area 4222 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $515,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop an automated early warning social network to systematically detect newly identified emerging chemical threats.-Rapid identification of chemical exposures is key to managing chemical threats and associated risks. Global collaboration and sharing of archived, high-resolution mass spectrometry data through open/social platforms will revolutionise data processing and chemical threat identification. This project will result in a new and cost-effective approach for the identification, tracking and prioritisation of emerging chemical threats and address key national and global health risks. The outcomes include the first spatial and temporal distribution of new emerging chemical threats in Australia.
ActivityA global platform for identifying emerging chemical threats
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201817 Apr 201916 Apr 2023 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $386,660
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to better understand where the elements in the periodic table come from, by investigating spectacular but poorly understood nuclear-burning events that occur in stars. The project aims to understand the inner workings of stars by calculating detailed three-dimensional simulations using Australia's largest supercomputers, and to combine this with telescope surveys that are recording the chemical make-up of millions of stars. The project expects to create new knowledge in the areas of stellar physics and nucleosynthesis. Many branches of astronomy rely on stellar models so the impact would extend far beyond the immediate field, ultimately expanding our understanding of the Universe.
ActivityNucleosynthetic signatures of convective-reactive events in stars
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $375,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims at practical representations of 3-dimensional and 4-dimensional spaces as needed in applications. Topology is the mathematical study of the shapes of spaces. Geometry endows spaces with additional structure such as distance, angle and curvature. Special combinatorial structures, such as minimal triangulations, are often closely connected to geometric structures or topological properties. This project aims to construct computable invariants, connectivity results for triangulations, and algorithms to recognise fundamental topological properties and structures such as trisections and bundles.
ActivityTrisections, triangulations and the complexity of manifolds
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jul 201930 Jun 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $360,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to explore the mechanisms of how heterogeneous structures have superior mechanical properties relative to homogenous structures by investigating how stacking fault energy affects the mechanical properties of materials. Materials with heterogeneous structures demonstrate superior mechanical properties, partly due to the simultaneous activation of multiple deformation mechanisms. Stacking fault energy plays a critical role in determining deformation mechanisms, yet the mechanism of this effect on the mechanical properties of materials with heterogeneous structures is not understood. This project is expected to provide guidance in structural and compositional design of heterogeneous metallic structures with optimum mechanical properties, which will significantly benefit Australian metallurgical and related industries.
ActivityImproving mechanical properties through heterogeneous structures
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $541,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to use complex systems science to detect and prevent colony collapse in honey bees while advancing knowledge of tipping points in complex social systems. Understanding the mathematics of colony collapse can help us develop strategies for safeguarding managed bee populations and the valuable pollination services they provide. Expected outcomes include methods for the early detection of stress in colonies, methods for reversing declines, and new mathematical techniques for studying tipping points in complex social systems. This will provide significant benefits for Australian agriculture, much of which depends on bee pollination, while building scientific capacity in complex systems science.
ActivityA complex systems approach to preventing colony failure in honey bees
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201815 Jun 201914 Jun 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $477,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to address roadblocks in perivascular stem cell manufacturing by discovering novel mechanisms and materials that improve cell quality outcomes during extended culture. An innovative, interdisciplinary approach to biomaterials discovery, combining live cell-based screening of cell surface glycans, bio-inspired materials design and synthesis, and niche mimicry, will enable the discovery of cell surface glycan-mediated interactions that support long-term expansion and potency maintenance, and synthetic biomaterials that can mimic them. Significant benefits for stem cell researchers, manufacturers and end users are expected from the project and the application of this scalable biomaterial platform.
ActivityMimicking the perivascular niche with boronolectin-based biomaterials
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201827 Mar 201926 Mar 2022 2018-19
MONASH UNIVERSITY
Hotham  $450,000
Address CLAYTON 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 12377614012
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop new chemical-biology tools and approaches for selectively targeting signalling pathways mediated by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR). GPCRs are an important family of cell surface signalling proteins that are responsible for the regulation of numerous vital physiological functions. The A1 adenosine receptor is an important model and therapeutically relevant GPCR that will be the focus of this project. Compounds known as bitopic ligands, which can interact with distinct binding sites (termed orthosteric and allosteric sites), will be explored as pathway selective agents capable of activating the signalling pathways mediating the desired effect in preference to those producing adverse effects. Longer-term benefits include the identification of bioactive compounds with more selective modes of action and improved safety profiles.
ActivityChemical-biology approaches to pathway selective adenosine receptor ligands
Delivery Area 3168 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jul 201930 Jun 2022 2018-19
SWINBURNE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Kooyong  $420,000
Address HAWTHORN 3122 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 13628586699
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposePersonal privacy protection is becoming increasingly important as personal data is increasingly being hosted in cloud servers, accumulating as big personal data. This project aims to develop innovative solutions for effective and efficient to address the issue of protection of personal privacy. Current approaches are neither effective nor efficient, and lack robustness. The project is expected to enhance theoretical foundation of personal privacy protection in big data and cloud, and deliver an effective and efficient personal privacy protection framework with associated algorithms and prototype. These outcomes will help to protect fast-growing privacy sensitive personal data hosting and applications on cloud servers.
ActivityEffective and efficient protection of personal privacy in big personal data
Delivery Area 3122 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $390,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop high performance composite oxygen electrodes by using both negative thermal expansion materials and electrolyte materials to tailor the thermal expansion and activities of the perovskite-based electrodes for use in reduced temperature solid oxide cells. Such composite electrodes will show highly matched thermal expansion with electrolyte without sacrificing high activity at reduced temperatures. This project seeks to address an important practical issue in the operation of solid oxide power cells - thermal expansion compatibility, which causes poor efficiency outside a narrow temperature band.
ActivityComposites for thermal expansion matched oxygen electrodes
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jul 201930 Jun 2022 2018-19
UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY SYDNEY
Sydney  $467,000
Address BROADWAY 2007 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 77257686961
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to provide application-ready real-time decision support systems for big data situations. Real-time support for organisational decisions is crucial in fast-changing environments that are highly dependent on data from multiple large streams. Unforeseen changes in data distribution (drift) are inevitable. The ability to learn drift in dynamic environments with multiple large data streams will benefit innovation and decision quality in challenging data situations. The project will have wide applications, such as in cybersecurity, telecommunications, bushfire control and logistics. The project will advance machine learning knowledge, providing a foundation and technologies to support real-time decision-making in big data environments.
ActivityDrift learning for decision-making in dynamic multi-stream environments
Delivery Area 2007 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Newcastle  $370,000
Address CALLAGHAN 2308 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15736576735
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to create a ground breaking approach for the scale-free prediction of shear strength of large in'situ rock discontinuities. Failure of rock slopes or rock cliffs can have disastrous consequences for human life, infrastructure and the economy. The stability of a fractured rock mass is controlled by the presence and characteristics of discontinuities, and any rigorous stability assessment requires quantification of discontinuity shear strength. The issue of rock instability affects both the civil and mining sectors. Developing a design methodology that addresses the scale effect for rock slope stability will provide safer civil environments and will allow the optimisation of resource extraction. This project will have significant economical and societal benefits which will apply not only to Australia but also internationally.
ActivitySolving the scale effect for rock discontinuities
Delivery Area 2308 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
JAMES COOK UNIVERSITY
Dawson  $285,000
Address TOWNSVILLE 4811 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 46253211955
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to investigate the past stability and configuration of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet by examining genomic signatures in present day bottom-dwelling Antarctic marine animals. By employing this novel biological approach this project will provide an independent test of the hypothesis that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapsed during the most recent interglacial period and formed a trans-Antarctic seaway. Expected project outcomes include increased resolution of the most recent collapse of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. This project should provide benefits in predicting future ice sheet collapse and its impact on sea level rise, which is a key uncertainty resulting from climate change.
ActivityDating West Antarctic ice sheet collapse using molecular sequence data
Delivery Area 4811 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Fraser  $560,000
Address Acton 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA ABN: 52234063906
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to explore how the sex of cells impacts virus infections in culture. To date, the sex of cells in culture has been overlooked as an important source of biological variability, but may be found to affect basic science through to anti-viral drug discovery. Using a model in which a virus can be adapted to grow better in cells of a single sex, this project expects to generate new knowledge about how sex differences impact virus-host interactions. This project expects to provide new insights into sex-based differences in how cells detect and respond to virus infection, and the extent to which the sex of cells impacts viruses in general.
ActivityThe cellular basis of sex-specific responses to virus infection
Delivery Area 2601 ACT AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $351,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to improve reliability and accuracy of wearable devices by developing a new set of computationally efficient algorithms. Wearable devices can be very effective in remote and continuous monitoring to detect short or bursty anomalous events. Present devices are unable to detect such events effectively due to limited capability in processing short length signal. This project will provide computationally efficient algorithms for signal quality analysis and enhanced feature extraction methods in resource constrained wearable devices. This will improve the reliability and performance of wearable devices for adoption in intelligent decision-making systems.
ActivityNew entropy measures of short term signals for smart wearable devices
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Adelaide  $537,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 61249878937
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to address shortcomings in understanding the mechanics of neck trauma. Understanding the mechanical factors leading to cervical facet dislocation and fracture is necessary to improve injury prevention strategies and their assessment. This project expects to generate new knowledge in the area of spinal injury biomechanics, developing and using new experimental techniques. The project expects to provide knowledge necessary to improve crash test dummy design, associated injury criteria, and computational models, which provide the potential for improved injury prevention measures and methods for assessing existing and new technologies. The anticipated benefits of this project will be significant in reducing the personal and economic burden of spinal injuries.
ActivityElucidating the mechanics of facet dislocation and fracture in the neck
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
RMIT UNIVERSITY
Melbourne  $380,000
Address MELBOURNE 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 49781030034
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop new tools and techniques to improve the accuracy and speed of search and data analytics for complex information tasks. There are currently no publicly available search engines which support users engaged in complex interactive search, or that allow searchers to fully control their own data and privacy. Fundamental research advances, based on understanding real user behaviour and search needs will have an impact on important academic, industrial, and government domains, including virtual assistants, health care (clinical decision support), precision medicine, eDiscovery, crime prevention, and detailed socio-economic evaluations.
ActivityNew approaches to interactive sessional search for complex tasks
Delivery Area 3000 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE
Melbourne  $441,000
Address CARLTON 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA ABN: 84002705224
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to use matchstick grasshoppers as a model system to develop strategies and protocols for maximising the adaptive potential of species when movement of individuals or genes is required. Biodiversity management increasingly requires translocation or targeted gene flow to maintain genetic diversity, raising the issue of disrupting local environmental adaptations. Matchstick grasshoppers are extremely well understood genetically, are highly amenable to experimental investigation, and include populations and species threatened by habitat destruction. This project will generate novel conservation tools for the focal species as well as empirical precedents for resolving the problem of environmental mismatch in translocation.
ActivityEnvironmental mismatch in invertebrate translocations for conservation
Delivery Area 3053 VIC AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2022 2018-19
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
Bennelong  $390,000
Address MACQUARIE PARK 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 90952801237
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to solve a number of important problems at the frontier of harmonic analysis on metric measure spaces. Harmonic analysis has been instrumental to several fields of mathematics including complex analysis and partial differential equations which have had many applications in engineering and technology. This project will solve a number of important problems as well as develop new approaches and techniques for research in harmonic analysis and related topics. The project will maintain and enhance the strength of Australian mathematical research in harmonic analysis and contribute to the training of the next generation of mathematical researchers in Australia.
ActivityHarmonic analysis: function spaces and partial differential equations
Delivery Area 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
MACQUARIE UNIVERSITY
Bennelong  $420,000
Address MACQUARIE PARK 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 90952801237
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to develop innovative catalytic systems on semiconductor surfaces, to use sunlight for conversion of carbon dioxide (CO2) into high energy-content products. Sustainable chemical transformation of CO2 into valuable products, especially fuels, is one of the most important chemical processing challenges. This project will use innovative molecular engineering to covalently fix light-harvester to semiconductors. The expected outcome will be an efficient system to enhance CO2 conversion, which will not only reduce the environmental impact but also generate a cheap source of energy by closing the carbon loop. Using this approach, existing high carbon-emitting processes will be able to be replaced by new carbon-neutral or even carbon-negative ones for much-reduced environmental impact on our society.
ActivityCovalently immobilised molecular catalysts for carbon dioxide reduction
Delivery Area 2113 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE
Adelaide  $364,000
Address ADELAIDE 5000 SA AUSTRALIA ABN: 61249878937
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project will develop a new analytical framework to build detailed genomic maps of speciation genes across different taxa, to determine whether observed speciation is the result of background selection and demography alone, or whether there are actual barriers to gene flow and introgressed DNA. The model will provide novel insights into the mechanistic basis of speciation, specifically whether a common set of genes or pathways are central to the speciation process. The framework will be developed using the large genomic datasets available across a range of plant and animal species. Applying the model to a modern human population dataset will elucidate the role introgressed DNA from Denisovan and Neanderthals has played in shaping human evolutionary history and may provide novel insights into the genetic basis of disease.
ActivityThe genomic landscape of speciation in hominins and other taxa
Delivery Area 5000 SA AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201822 May 201921 May 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $425,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project will investigate the crumbling of geomaterials such as soil and rock by analysing the microscopic mechanisms controlling their deterioration in acidic water. The project will help predict weathering processes using an experimentally validated theory and innovative pore'scale numerical simulations. Expected outcomes include a detailed knowledge of the multi'scale interactions between brittle geomaterials and acidic water, leading to accurate forecasts of the long-term response of large'scale geotechnical structures. This project should provide significant benefits by improving soil management for mining remediation, increasing carbon dioxide storage efficiency, and preventing the deterioration of tailings dams.
ActivityLong-term chemically induced crumbling of unsaturated brittle geomaterials
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $420,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to use mathematics, in particular the theory of micro-local analysis, to determine the amount of measurements one needs in order to reconstruct an image by some of the tomography methods commonly used in medical imaging. Expected outcomes of this project include showing that an arbitrarily small set of boundary measurements is sufficient to reconstruct the coefficients of various important partial differential equations such as Schrodinger equation, Dirac operators, and Maxwell equations. In addition to providing a theoretical foundation upon which one can build numerical algorithms, this project will also provide the missing link between inverse problems and unique continuation theory. The downstream impact of this research will lead to more efficient and accurate tomography methods which can be implemented in a range of imaging applications.
ActivityInverse problems with partial data
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201820 May 201919 May 2022 2018-19
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Brisbane  $325,000
Address BRISBANE CITY 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 83791724622
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeBy advancing pollutant transport modelling that use recent developments in drift sensors, this project aims to investigate water quality of estuaries and coastal rivers under pressure from urban growth. The project expects to generate a new capability for quantitative particle concentration predictions through detection and innovative analysis of Lagrangian Coherent Structures. The expected outcome is a new particle transport modelling framework and algorithms for shallow water systems, which effectively exploit extensive datasets becoming available from GPS-enabled drifters. This should provide significant benefits such as reliable assessment of possible effects of catchment and waterway changes on pollutant and sediment concentration which can impact waterway health.
ActivityUnderstanding pollutant transport in estuaries and coastal rivers
Delivery Area 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201829 Apr 201928 Apr 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
Newcastle  $255,000
Address CALLAGHAN 2308 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15736576735
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to propose a new conceptual design of an internal aircraft electrical system and its control, which minimises the issues of traditional power systems and takes advantage of contemporary control and technology advances to minimise weight/volume and maximise reliability. The project will target a specific design, which includes consideration of novel power electronic topologies, to achieve these goals. The results will be validated through simulation, experiments and field testing. It is anticipated that the ideas developed within this project will have a major impact on More Electric Aircraft technology, as well as on general interconnected energy resource systems, such as DC and AC microgrids.
ActivityNovel power system architecture and control for 'More Electric Aircraft'
Delivery Area 2308 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201819 Dec 201918 Dec 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $351,142
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to understand the activity of three novel, but related, molybdenum enzymes, human mARC and its bacterial homologs YcbX and YiiM. The role of mARC in humans remains unknown twelve years after its discovery. All three enzymes catalyse the reduction of potentially harmful N-hydroxylated compounds and there is interest in this area from the perspective of drug design. This project will apply an electrochemical methodology to rapidly identify enzyme substrates and inhibitors. Molybdenum enzymes pervade all life forms and the outcomes of this research include a unified understanding of an emerging enzyme class involved in drug metabolism.
ActivityMolybdenum enzyme electrochemical communication
Delivery Area 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Feb 201931 Jan 2022 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF SYDNEY
Sydney  $375,000
Address SYDNEY 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA ABN: 15211513464
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to generate new classes of advanced materials that possess multiple high-order properties.-The project targets the strategic incorporation of three high-order functionalities into molecular materials. These are anomalous mechanical response to changes in temperature, pressure and included guests, electronic and magnetic function, involving the transport and alignment of electrons, and nanoporosity, involving the reversible inclusion of molecules and ions. Examination of the dynamic interplay between these properties will address key questions in the science of nanoscale systems. This will underpin the development of advanced new technologies spanning high precision device componentry, molecular electronic devices and gas separations.
ActivityEmergent function in coordination framework materials
Delivery Area 2000 NSW AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
QUEENSLAND UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Brisbane  $425,000
Address BRISBANE CITY 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 83791724622
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program ARC Discovery
Component Discovery Projects
CategoryScience, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Research Targeted or Restricted Competitive
PurposeThis project aims to improve measurement of retinal directionality, which is the reduction in brightness when a light beam's entry into the human eye is shifted from the centre to the edge of the pupil. This influences retinal image quality and can be used to measure changes in shape of the peripheral eye. This project will apply advanced technologies in holography, and heads-up displays to explore how retinal directionality changes during accommodation (focusing). The expected outcome is improved understanding of retinal stretching changes during focusing. The benefit is that the project will lead to advancements in retinal imaging.
ActivityRelationship of retinal directionality to human retinal anatomy variations
Delivery Area 4000 QLD AUSTRALIA
ApprovedPublishedStartEndBudget
27 Nov 201818 Dec 201801 Jan 201931 Dec 2021 2018-19
THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND
Ryan  $575,000
Address ST LUCIA 4067 QLD AUSTRALIA ABN: 63942912684
Portfolio Education and Training
Agency Australian Research Council
Program