Continuing ARC grant success

17 November 2011

As you may have seen earlier this week, the University has achieved further recognition by the Australian Research Council, this time in the Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) and Future Fellowship schemes.

We were outstandingly successful in the inaugural DECRA fellowships, worth $375,000 to each project over three years. Thirty-six of our early-career researchers were among the 277 successful recipients nationwide - the best performance of any university in Australia. We also attracted 17 Future Fellowships, worth a combined $12.3 million over five years.

I would like to congratulate all successful applicants, and am especially pleased that we led the country in attracting government funding for early-career researchers.

Our success again reflects the breadth of excellent work going on across the University and the effectiveness of recent work undertaken by the Research Portfolio to help researchers improve their funding applications. This is a continuing process and we will consider how we can do even better in national funding rounds next year.

As I wrote to you recently, enabling our researchers to deliver is core to our purpose as an institution. I look forward to hearing about the breakthroughs and new insights that will result from the research that has been supported in this round.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Spence

Vice-Chancellor and Principal