Success in competitive funding rounds

4 November 2011

The end of 2011 is fast approaching - a year when many of you have worked very hard during the first year of our Strategic Plan 2011-15. Some of that hard work has been reflected in the University's success in the latest national competitive funding rounds. That success gives us a taste of what is to come in the next few years - of the many areas in which University of Sydney researchers will be working to make a difference.

In October the University received $87.8 million for 149 National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants, more funding than any other research institution.

Earlier this week, we learned that our researchers had secured a total of $26.8 million in funding for Australian Research Council (ARC) 'Discovery' grants commencing in 2012 and spanning 89 different projects. This is roughly 11 percent of the national pool of $236 million, a fantastic result in light of the highly competitive nature of research funding. The ARC also announced University of Sydney researchers would receive $2.5 million for nine 'Linkage' projects, and we are in line for at least $500,000 in contributions from partner institutions and 'in-kind' support. The ARC will announce outcomes for its prestigious fellowships for early-career researchers and mid-career researchers later this month, and I am confident our impressive results will continue there. (Keep an eye on Staff News for updates.)

While these financial figures provide a clear indicator of our success, they do not tell the whole story. Behind these impressive figures lies the effort, expertise and creativity of many of you - our researchers. I do not have space in this email to single out individuals or specific projects, but I would like to stress that your success reaffirms one of the University of Sydney's greatest strengths: our research spans all academic disciplines and demonstrates our capacity for collaboration.

Research is core to our purpose as an institution. Thank you for all that you do so well in this area, and thanks also to those of you who support research in many other ways. Amazing work is happening across the University and our funding success in the recent ARC and NHMRC rounds is testament to that. I wish you well as you embark on your new projects.

Michael Spence

Vice-Chancellor and Principal