Internal Research Grants Awarded

Western Sydney University supports the development of research projects through its competitive research grant schemes. These schemes are designed to enable researchers to bring projects to a point where they would be competitive in major grant schemes, including the ARC and NHMRC.

2016 Grants Awarded

Research Partnerships Program

Grants awarded under the Research Partnerships Program for 2016
Researcher Project title Funding
Dr Farzaneh Ahmadi
The MARCS Institute

Partner Organisations:
Children's Hospital at Westmead; University College London
Clinical trials of the first bionic voice prosthesis for voice-loss children $35,000
Dr Scott Johnson
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Partner Organisation:
Australian Steel Mill Services
Get tough, get toxic and get a bodyguard: Using silicon to augment direct and indirect anti-herbivore defences in cereals $29,469
Associate Professor Amanda Third
Institute for Culture and Society

Partner Organisation:
Google Australia
Young and Resilient Living Lab Foundation Project $33,406

Translational Health Research Grants Scheme

Grants awarded under the Translational Health Research Grants Scheme for 2016
Researcher Project title Funding
Professor Lynn Kemp
Translational Research and Social Innovation (TReSI) Research Group; School of Nursing and Midwifery

Partner Organisations:
South Western Sydney Local Health District; Southern NSW Local Health District
Translating 'proportionate universal healthcare' into meaningful service system design to achieve outcomes for families with young children $24,638
Dr Freya MacMillan
School of Science and Health

Partner Organisations:
South Western Sydney Local Health District; South Western Sydney PHN; Nepean Blue Mountains PHN; Western Sydney PHN
Reducing the impact of diabetes and its complications in the Greater Western Sydney Samoan community $60,000

2015 Grants Awarded

Research Partnerships Program – Round 1

The following researchers were awarded Research Partnerships Program funding in 2015 (Round 1):

Research Partnerships Program 2015 – Round 1
Researcher Project title Funding
Associate Professor Jason Siegler
School of Science and Health

Partner Organisation:
NSW Institute of Sport
Determining the relationship between resting blood-based measures associated with oxygen carrying capacity and the adaptive response to exercising at altitude $7,500
Professor Zhong Tao
Institute for Infrastructure Engineering

Partner Organisation:
Shenzhen City Bridge Bo Design Institute Co Ltd
Development of durable and resilient bridge columns through the use of emerging materials $34,960

Research Partnerships Program – Round 2

The following researchers were awarded Research Partnerships Program funding in 2015 (Round 2):

Research Partnerships Program 2015 – Round 2
Researcher Project title Funding
Dr Erika Gyengesi
Molecular Medicine Research Group

Partner Organisation:
Verdure Sciences
In vivo evaluation of the anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective activity of curcumin in a mouse model of chronic neuroinflammation $25,000
Professor Rosemary Leonard
School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Partner Organisation:
Western Sydney Community Forum
Journeys to safety: The survival stories of women who have experienced domestic violence in the past $25,550
Professor Caroline Smith
National Institute of Complementary Medicine

Partner Organisations:
Oncology Massage Ltd; South Western Sydney Local Health District
Integrative oncology in Australia: Exploring unmet needs and mapping service provision $15,000
Associate Professor Amanda Third
Institute for Culture and Society

Partner Organisation:
Google Australia
Digital Inclusion Index: Measuring the digital capacity of Australian families $33,804

Research Partnerships Program – Round 3

The following researchers were awarded Research Partnerships Program funding in 2015 (Round 3):

Research Partnerships Program 2015 – Round 3
Researcher Project title Funding
Associate Professor Qihan Dong
National Institute of Complementary Medicine

Partner Organisation:
Actel Medicine International Pty Ltd
Evaluation of Chinese herbal medicine in preventing prostate cancer progression in patients under active surveillance $25,000
Dr Matthew Liston
School of Science and Health

Partner Organisation:
South Western Sydney Local Health District
Can a rapid access physiotherapy service (RAPS) improve satisfaction and clinical outcomes in acute low back pain? $12,500
Professor Andrew Page
Centre for Health Research

Partner Organisations:
Synergia Consulting Pty Ltd; University of Sydney
Towards a national suicide prevention surveillance and simulation system $24,416

2014 Grants Awarded

Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme

The following researchers were awarded funding under the Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme in 2014:

Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme 2014
Researcher Project title Funding
Dr Abbas Amini
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
Development of novel compostable polymeric composites with graphane nanofiller using indentation moulding method for the health and water treatment industries $6,500
Dr Alison Barnes
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Sensing 'home' in Greater Western Sydney. A sensory ethnographic study of the relationship between migrants' material and imaginative home-making practices $2,535
Dr Paul Glew
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Validation of an academic literacy and languages skills (VALUES) model for undergraduate nursing students $7,032
Dr Clare Maclean
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Between sound and silence: expression of transcendence and ma in a musical work and exegesis $4,000
Dr Freya MacMillan
School of Science and Health
Changes in incidental lifestyle activity and sitting time after the introduction of a supermarket and mall to a new neighbourhood in South Western Sydney $7,495
Dr Lise Mogensen
School of Medicine
Medical students and doctors with disabilities in the Australian health care system $6,279
Dr Elizabeth Thyer
School of Science and Health
Burnout in Australian paramedics $7,455
Dr Jessica Whyte
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Suffering and Morality in the New Humanitarianism $7,078
Dr Jerry Zhou
School of Medicine
The effects of aging and anticholinergic treatment on gastrointestinal motility $6,363

Research Partnerships Program – Round 1

The following researchers were awarded Research Partnerships Program funding in 2014 (Round 1):

Research Partnerships Program 2014 – Round 1
Researcher Project title Funding
Professor Catherine Best
The MARCS Institute

Partner Organisations:
Department of Classical Philology and Italian Studies, University of Bologna; Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies, National Research Council, Italy; Federation of Italian Migrant Workers and their Families
Tracing regional Italian roots in the speech of Italian-Australians $22,687
Dr Louise Crabtree
Institute for Culture and Society

Partner Organisations:
St Kilda Community Housing Ltd; City of Port Phillip; Inner Melbourne Action Plan; Mount Alexander Community Land Trust; SEMZ Property Group; Servants Community Housing Inc
Community land trust research project - phase 2 $24,992
Associate Professor Kamali Kannangara
School of Science and Health

Partner Organisation:
AusBiodiesel Pty Ltd
Low-cost, scalable approach for conversion of glycerol to 1,3-propanediol $33,350
Dr Chwee Beng Lee
School of Education

Partner Organisation:
Department of Education and Communities
Capturing and assessing the experience of experiential learning: Understanding teaching and learning in a behaviourally challenging context $12,190
Dr Sheridan Linnell
School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Partner Organisation:
RichmondPRA
Recovering Creativity: understanding the role of art in mental health recovery, through the voices and images of people with lived experience of a major mental illness $25,000
Professor Gerald Muench
School of Medicine

Partner Organisation:
Australian Mushroom Growers' Association
Identification of anti-inflammatory compounds from white button mushrooms $6,000
Professor Jane Ussher
Centre for Health Research

Partner Organisation:
Gunawirra Ltd
Experiences and constructions of motherhood and fertility planning amongst young Aboriginal mothers attending an early intervention program: a comparison of perspectives $25,000

Research Partnerships Program – Round 2

The following researchers were awarded Research Partnerships Program funding in 2014 (Round 2):

Research Partnerships Program 2014 – Round 2
Researcher Project title Funding
Dr Thomas Astell-Burt
School of Science and Health

Partner Organisations:
Greenfields Development Company Pty Ltd; Urban Growth NSW; Centre for Research, Evidence Management and Surveillance (REMS) – South Western Sydney Local Health District
The Healthy Environments and Active Living Study ('HEALStudy') $30,000
Dr Tara Hamilton
The MARCS Institute

Partner Organisation:
Defence Science and Technology Organisation, Department of Defence
Optimisation of Supporting Circuits for High-Density SPAD Arrays $35,000
Associate Professor Chun Guang Li
National Institute of Complementary Medicine

Partner Organisation:
Integria Healthcare (Australia) Pty Ltd
Anti-inflammatory activity and synergistic potential of herbal medicines $22,500
Professor Virginia Schmied
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Partner Organisations:
NSW Kids and Families; Liverpool Hospital
POstnatal Processes & PathwaYs (POPPY): A study investigating postnatal pathways and care for women and their infants in NSW $10,358
Dr Charlene Thornton
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Partner Organisation:
NSW Kids and Families
The effect of prenatal and antenatal factors on outcomes for mothers and babies: A NSW population-based data linkage study $28,530
Professor Lesley Wilkes
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Partner Organisation:
Southern Cross Care (NSW & ACT)
Feeding at end-of-life for people with advanced dementia: An exploratory study of decision-making $24,750
Associate Professor Richard Yang
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics

Partner Organisation:
SNS Unicorp Pty Ltd
Chain-die forming for fibre reinforced thermoplastic composites $15,000

2013 Grants Awarded

Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme

The following researchers were awarded funding under the under the Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme in 2013:

Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme 2013
Researcher Project title Funding
Dr Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Searching for the Jirrawun: A pilot study of contemporary Indigenous inscription practices in the Kimberley region of Western Australia $4,734
Dr John Giblin
School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Contemporary archaeology of displacement, internment and abandonment: IDP camp heritage in post-conflict northern Uganda $6,386
Dr James Gourley
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Vladimir Nabokov and Thomas Pynchon: temporal affinities $3,557
Dr Erika Gyengesi
School of Medicine
Effects of chronic inflammation on the cholinergic neurodegeneration and its therapeutic prevention by using highly bioavailable curcumin as an anti-inflammatory agent $6,580
Dr Morwenna Kirwan
School of Science and Health
Development and validation of a smartphone application that measures physical activity and sedentary behaviour $6,797
Dr Glenda McDonald
School of Nursing and Midwifery
The use of seclusion and its effects on recovery and personal resilience: perceptions of mental health service consumers $7,285
Dr Saad Nagi
School of Medicine
A novel substrate of pain in humans $7,330
Dr Tracy Olverson
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
In retrospect: a digital resource of nineteenth-century Australian women writers $6,125
Dr Duong Tran
Centre for Health Research
Use of primary care and hospitalisation in older Australian culturally and linguistically diverse populations with Type 2 diabetes $7,500
Dr Scott Willis
Nanoscale Organisation and Dynamics Research Group
Development of pulse sequences and phantom samples for magnetic resonance imaging $7,250

Research Grants Scheme

The following researchers were awarded funding under the Research Grants Scheme in 2013:

Research Grants Scheme 2013
Researcher Project title Funding
Professor Janice Aldrich-Wright
School of Science and Health
Synthesising G4-DNA Metallodrugs $18,162
Professor Moira Carmody
School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Sexual and gender diverse women's experiences of negotiating intimacy in later life $22,617
Dr Tania Ferfolja
School of Education
The elephant in the (class)room: Parents' and students' perceptions of LGBTQ education $21,025
Dr Gisselle Gallego
Centre for Health Research
Disability and health: People with disabilities and professionals' views on access to health services in western Sydney $21,625
Associate Professor Simon Green
School of Science and Health
Potassium and the control of blood flow in contracting human skeletal muscle $17,994
Associate Professor Chun Guang Li
Centre for Complementary Medicine
Synthesis and testing of novel tanshinone analogues $22,094
Dr Fidelis Mashiri
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
Fatigue behaviour of retrofitted steel structures using innovative materials $17,500
Dr Oliver Morton
School of Science and Health
Predicting susceptibility to invasive Aspergillosis through the characterisation of the immune regulatory response of monocytes during interaction with the fungus Aspergillus fumigatus $19,200
Dr Julie Old
School of Science and Health
Molecular markers of protective immunity in dasyurid mammals $23,000
Dr Dallas Rogers
School of Social Sciences and Psychology
The politics and practice of Chinese direct foreign investment into Australian housing $14,996
Associate Professor Pauline Ross
School of Science and Health
Current and future threats to the biodiversity of Sydney Harbour - shifting studies of climate change from the laboratory into the harbour $13,555
Dr Siobhan Schabrun
School of Science and Health
Targeting pain mechanisms from 'top-down' and the 'bottom-up' in chronic tension-type headache $19,746
Associate Professor Caroline Smith
Centre for Complementary Medicine
Assessing health literacy in a population of complementary medicine users $23,231
Dr Vivian Tam
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
The use of recycled concrete in steel-concrete composite construction $23,000
Dr Chloe Taylor
School of Science and Health
The morning surge in blood pressure: Role of the sympathetic baroreflex? $15,004
Dr Gang Zheng
School of Science and Health
Development of a NMR spectroscopy based biomedical research platform drive by designing the next generation water signal filtering techniques $9,500

Research Partnerships Program – Round 1

The following researchers were awarded Research Partnerships Program funding in 2013 (Round 1):

Research Partnerships Program 2013 – Round 1
Researcher Project title Funding
Dr Ann Dadich
School of Business

Partner Organisation:
Cancer Council NSW
Feasibility study of research methods to capture lifestyle choices among young people $11,067
Dr Paul Rymer
Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment

Partner Organisation:
WA Department of Environment and Conservation
Adaptive capacity of Corymbia calophylla to future temperature extremes $23,676

Research Partnerships Program – Round 2

The following researchers were awarded Research Partnerships Program funding in 2013 (Round 2):

Research Partnerships Program 2013 – Round 2
Researcher Project title Funding
Dr Ricky Spencer
School of Science and Health

Partner Organisation:
Goulburn Broken Catchment Management Authority
Ecological function of turtles in the Murray River: Risks of extinction and human induced changes in the structure of food webs $25,000

2012 Grants Awarded

International Research Initiatives Scheme

The following researchers were awarded funding under the International Research Initiatives Scheme in 2012:

International Research Initiatives Scheme 2012
Researcher Project title Funding
Dr Andrew Gorman-Murray
School of Social Sciences and Psychology

International Link:
Brock University, Canada
LGBT neighbourhoods in transition: urban and political change in Sydney and Toronto $14,534
Associate Professor Paul Holford
School of Science and Health

International Link:
Zhejiang University, China
Plant-soil cadmium interactions $10,296
Dr Feng Li
School of Science and Health

International Link:
National Centre for Scientific Research, France
Spin-switch materials in molecular recognition: Towards molecular devices $13,660
Associate Professor Adam Possamai
Religion and Society Research Centre

International Link:
University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Non-religion amongst Australian Aboriginal peoples $10,851
Professor Yang Xiang
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics

International Link:
Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
Buckling and vibration analysis of functionally graded carbon nanotube reinforced composite structures $12,179

Research Grants Scheme

The following researchers were awarded funding under the Research Grants Scheme in 2012:

Research Grants Scheme 2012
Researcher Project title Funding
Professor Kelvin Chan
Centre for Complementary Medicine
Synergistic activity of herbal medicines in stroke $24,985
Dr Zhonghua Chen
School of Science and Health
Molecular mechanism of halophytic NHX1 genes for improving salt tolerance in Australian malt barley $11,875
Associate Professor Raymond Clarke
School of Medicine
Optimising molecular profiling for prostate cancer detection and diagnosis $25,000
Associate Professor Qihan Dong
School of Science and Health
To determine the mechanism of cell cycle re-entry by quiescent prostate cancer cells $22,448
Professor Iain Gosbell
School of Medicine
ICU environmental biofilms and healthcare-associated infections $19,438
Dr Benedict Imbun
School of Business
Food security challenges in the hydrocarbon enclaves of Papua New Guinea: An exploratory study $20,070
Dr Slade Jensen
School of Medicine
Mechanism(s) of Daptomycin resistance in MRSA and VRE clinical isolates $24,000
Dr Antonio Lauto
School of Science and Health
Fabrication of graft-antenna prototype for nerve stimulation $23,000
Dr Joanne Lind
School of Medicine
Are short telemeres a cause or consequence of high blood pressure? $22,000
Associate Professor Alexandre Morin
School of Education
Cultivating capability for youth with intellectual disabilities: A longitudinal investigation of school life and physical activity benefit $16,245
Dr Ahmed Moustafa
School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Identifying factors underlying the development of Psychiatric Symptom's Disease using behavioural and computational methods $12,597
Dr Olayide Ogunsiji
School of Nursing and Midwifery
Female genital mutilation: Prevalence, attitudes and associated health issues amongst African migrant $18,295
Dr Laura Parker
School of Science and Health
The cost of living in a high-C02 world: Does food availability limit the capacity of molluscs to acclimate to ocean acidification? $22,914
Associate Professor Adam Possamai
Religion and Society Research Centre
Muslims on campus: University life for muslim students in Australia $18,163
Dr Alphia Possamai-Inesedy
Religion and Society Research Centre
Sex and post-secularism: A marriage of convenience? $16,249
Dr Ruying Qi
School of Humanities and Communication Arts
Person and Identity in Mandarin-English children's language development: a singleton and sibling case study in Australia $15,291
Associate Professor Kerry Robinson
School of Social Sciences and Psychology
An historical analysis of queer youth identities: A pilot study $16,400
Dr Colin Stack
School of Science and Health
Tritrichomonas foetus - epithelial interactions: Dissecting the roles of attachment, cytotoxicity and host factors in the infection process $23,050
Dr Chloe Taylor
School of Science and Health
Inter-individual differences in blood pressure responses to stressors $13,760

Research Partnerships Program – Round 1

The following researchers were awarded Research Partnerships Program funding in 2012 (Round 1):

Research Partnerships Program 2012 – Round 1
Researcher Project title Funding
Professor Kelvin Chan
Centre for Complementary Medicine

Partner Organisation:
PuraPharm Australia Pty Ltd
Pharmacological interactions of Oncozac (Coriolus versicolor,Yunzhi) and chemotherapy medications $25,000
Associate Professor Gary Dennis
School of Science and Health

Partner Organisation:
Phenomenex Australia Pty Ltd
Green preparative supercritical - fluid separations $30,000
Dr Emma Power
School of Social Sciences and Psychology

Partner Organisation:
Petcare Information and Advisory Service Australia Pty Ltd
Renting with pets in Sydney, Australia: A social and animal welfare challenge $22,732
Associate Professor Arumugam Sathasivan
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics

Partner Organisation:
Sydney Water
Trial of a new nitrification management approach for chloraminated systems $35,000
Dr Jason Siegler
School of Science and Health

Partner Organisation:
Western Sydney Football Club Ltd
Physiological fatigue and performance monitoring in Australian Rules Football $32,970

Research Partnerships Program – Round 2

The following researchers were awarded Research Partnerships Program funding in 2012 (Round 2):

Research Partnerships Program 2012 – Round 2
Researcher Project title Funding
Dr Ajesh George
School of Nursing and Midwifery

Partner Organisations:
NSW Ministry of Health - Centre for Oral Health Strategy
Australian Dental Association (NSW)
Philips Australia
Developing perinatal oral health guidelines for dentists and prenatal care providers in Australia $29,940
Associate Professor Charles Morris
School of Science and Health

Partner Organisation:
Greening Australia
Overcoming barriers to restoring Cumberland Plain Woodland $24,985
Dr Paul Rymer
School of Science and Health

Partner Organisation:
Greening Australia
Genetic issues in seed production for ecological restoration $25,133
Dr Shameran Slewa-Younan
School of Medicine

Partner Organisation:
NSW Refugee Health Service
Mental health literacy in a resettled refugee community in New South Wales: Paving the way for mental health promotion in vulnerable communities. $16,844
Dr Chunwei Zhang
Institute for Infrastructure Engineering

Partner Organisation:
Tanjin Haixu Technology Development Co. Ltd
Monitoring, evaluation and control of ship motions for offshore infrastructure construction $35,000

Research Seed Grant Scheme for Early Career Researchers

The following researchers were awarded funding under the Research Seed Grant Scheme for Early Career Researchers in 2012:

Research Seed Grant Scheme for Early Career Researchers 2012
Researcher Project title Funding
Dr BriAnne Addison
School of Science and Health
Immunoecology of Manorina honeyeaters: Effects of landscape, range size, and extinction risk $6,500
Dr Thomas Astell-Burt
School of Science and Health
The influence of crime, and fear of crime, on physical activity and mental health. Evidence from New South Wales, Australia $7,500
Dr Yossi  Buskila
The MARCS Institute
Astrocytic K+ regulation as a mechanism to modulate brain waves $7,300
Mrs Rakime Elmir
Family and Community Health
A time of joy or distress: Men's experiences of birth trauma $7,471
Dr Zhouyu Fu
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
Learning simple classifiers for complicated problems $4,366
Dr Xiaohua Jin
School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics
Exploring stakeholder-associated transaction costs in privately financed public infrastructure projects $5,936
Dr Kylie Steel
School of Science and Health
Can the use of video-self modeling improve the bilateral skill execution of a reach and grasp task for stroke patients? $7,458
Dr Son Truong
School of Education
A photo-elicitation pilot study on children's views of play opportunities in Greater Western Sydney $6,388
Dr Jacqueline Ullman
School of Education
Locating 'Gender Climate' inside 'School Climate' to safeguard academic identity development for Australia's same-sex attracted youth $7,410
Dr Elise Wright
Molecular Medicine Research Group
Quantitative analysis of differential gel electrophoresis (DIGE) - based protein detection $7,467