Research Grants Awarded for 2017

Australian Research Council (ARC)

Future Fellowships

Western Sydney University is pleased to announce that Dr Scott Johnson from the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship with funding totalling $903,743. This funding is provided by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Future Fellowships scheme.

The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The scheme aims to attract and retain Australia's best and brightest mid-career researchers.

  • Dr Scott Johnson – Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
    Time to prime: using silicon to activate grass resistance under higher CO2

For further details see ARC Funding Outcomes

Linkage Projects

We are pleased to announce that Western Sydney University has been awarded two Linkage Projects grants with a funding total of $529,069. This funding is provided by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council's Linkage Projects scheme.

The Linkage Projects scheme promotes national, and international, collaboration and research partnerships between key stakeholders in research and innovation including higher education institutions, government, business, industry and end-users.

Congratulations to the following lead researchers on their funding success:

  • Professor Zhong Tao – Centre for Infrastructure Engineering
    Development of next generation fire-resistant composite columns
  • Associate Professor Chun Guang Li – National Institute of Complementary Medicine
    Mechanism of synergy of ingredients in natural products and functional foods

For further details see ARC Funding Outcomes


We are pleased to announce that the University has been awarded ten Discovery Projects grants, one Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) and one Future Fellowship for 2017 with a funding total of $5.1 million.

Discovery Projects

Discovery Projects grants are awarded to support excellent basic and applied research by researchers and teams to conduct research that expands Australia's knowledge base and research capability. These awards aim to encourage research and training in high-quality research environments and improve international collaboration so that the international competitiveness of Australian research is maintained.

Congratulations to the following lead researchers on their funding success:

  • Dr Scott Johnson – Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
    Down to earth defence: unlocking silicon defences for plant protection
  • Professor Elise Pendall – Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
    Temperature sensitivity of soil respiration and its components
  • Professor Brajesh Singh – Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
    Do microbial and plant diversity interact to regulate multifunctionality?
  • Dr Justin Welbergen – Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment
    Movement ecology of flying-foxes
  • Professor Tony Bennett – Institute for Culture and Society
    Assembling and Governing Habits
  • Dr Denis Byrne – Institute for Culture and Society
    The China-Australia Heritage Corridor
  • Professor Donald McNeill – Institute for Culture and Society
    Volumetric urbanism
  • Dr Manuel Varlet – The MARCS Institute
    Effects of audio-visual rhythmic stimulation on motor functioning
  • Professor Anthony Uhlmann – Writing and Society Research Centre, School of Humanities and Communication Arts
    Other Worlds: Forms of World Literature
  • Dr Tamara Watson – School of Social Sciences and Psychology
    Flower Power: Natural Form, Aesthetics and the Human Brain

Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRAs)

DECRAs are awarded to promising early career researchers (ECRs) who have been awarded a PhD within five years, or longer if combined with periods of significant career interruption. The award gives ECRs an opportunity for diverse career pathways in both teaching and research, and research-only positions in high quality and supportive environments with a broadened aim to expand Australia's knowledge base and research capability.

  • Dr Andrew Milne – The MARCS Institute
    Uncovering universal mechanisms for the communication of musical emotion

Future Fellowships

The Future Fellowships scheme supports research in areas of critical national importance by giving outstanding researchers incentives to conduct their research in Australia. The scheme aims to attract and retain Australia's best and brightest mid-career researchers.

For further details see ARC Funding Outcomes

Internal Research Grants

The University supports the development of research projects through its competitive research grant schemes. In 2016, funding is provided through the Research Partnerships Program, the Researcher Development Funding Program, and through the Translational Health Research Institute's Research Grants Scheme

For details of grants awarded see Internal Research Grants Awarded