Australian Research Council success for UWS

UWS Parramatta campus 

The University of Western Sydney has added to its growing research reputation with the announcement this week by the Australian Research Council (ARC) of four new Fellowship awards for early career researchers worth $1.44 million. UWS also received funding for six new Discovery Projects totalling $1.71 million.

Diverse topics covered by the latest round of grants include exploring second language learning to be carried out by researchers at the MARCS Institute. Researchers from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment (HIE) will investigate the relationship between fungi and plants as well as continuing their work on climate change looking at the effects of climate variability on plants.

The Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) will investigate the stability of housing for older women as well as migrant mobility between Asia and Australia, while engineering researcher, Associate Professor Vivian Tam will look for ways to improve the 'green' status of buildings.

Nationally, the ARC awarded $250 million under the Discovery Project scheme and considered 3,689 applications in the process.  Of those applications, 665 grants were awarded.

UWS researchers had a success rate of 17.4 per cent with its Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards grants. This compares favourably with national success figures where 200 proposals were supported with a success rate of 14.4 per cent.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) Professor Scott Holmes says he is delighted with the latest ARC Awards result.

"Congratulations to our superb researchers our research development staff and our research institutes centres and schools," says Professor Holmes.

"This fantastic result reflects the hard work and dedication of a lot of people, and on behalf of the University of Western Sydney I congratulate the researchers."


10 November 2014

Lyn Danninger, Media Unit

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