Australian Research Council Future Fellowships announced

18 November 2010

University of Sydney researchers working on new therapies for cancer treatment and diagnosis, improving the quality of the Australian food supply and how the galaxies were formed are among the recipients of the 2010 Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships.

A total of $15.8 million was awarded to 21 University of Sydney Future Fellows ranging across medicine, the arts, science, law, agriculture, food and natural resources specialisations.

The Future Fellowships scheme promotes research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The aim is to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers and to significantly boost Australia's research and innovation capacity in areas of national importance.

In announcing the ARC Future Fellowships, Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Carr, said the funding reflected the Government's commitment to ensuring a strong Australian research workforce.

"I created the Future Fellowships to address the lack of Australian opportunities available for our talented mid-career researchers," Senator Carr said.

"The Government made sure that the scheme would bring to our shores the best minds from around the globe, strengthening our research capacity and ensuring that we have the skills we need as our academic workforce ages.

"I congratulate the Future Fellows and thank them for their contribution to our country."

Read more about the projects supported by the Future Fellowships scheme.

The Future Fellowships scheme was implemented in 2009 and awards up to 1000 fellowships over five years at a total value of $844 million. The first 200 recipients were announced in September 2009.