$13.8 million research win for University of Adelaide

University of Adelaide researchers have been awarded more than $13.8 million for new research to benefit our environment, health, industry and Indigenous and urban communities, and to advance knowledge of the workings of our Universe.

A total of 36 new research grants have been successful in winning funding from the Australian Research Council for projects starting in 2019: 29 Discovery Projects, four Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards and three Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) awards.

Among the projects are a study of the reclamation of the Kaurna language of the Adelaide Plains to enable recommendations for Indigenous languages as living, viable languages into the future; and research into Australia’s climate variability over the past 11,500 years which will develop an unparalleled record of drought duration, frequency and intensity.

University of Adelaide was second in the country for LIEF funding and received 56 per cent of South Australia’s total funding.

All five of the University’s faculties received funding, including a very successful outcome for the Faculty of Arts with six Discovery Project grants. There were 12 successful projects in Sciences, 11 in Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), six in Arts, five in Health and Medical Sciences, and two in the Faculty of the Professions.

The successful projects included:

• $726,921 LIEF grant to Professor Anton van den Hengel (School of Computer Sciences, ECMS) – A world-class machine learning facility for Australia;
• $404,000 Discovery Project grant to Associate Professor Rob Amery (School of Humanities, Arts) – Towards sustainable language revival: a Kaurna case study;
• $465,534 Discovery Project grant to Associate Professor John Tibby (School of Social Sciences, Arts) – East Australian climate extremes through the Holocene (the past 11,500 years);
• $390,000 Discovery Early Career Researcher Award to Dr Raymond Tobler (School of Biological Sciences, Sciences) – Adaptation and diversification of the first peoples of Sahul;
• $385,688 Discovery Project grant to Professor Peng Bi (School of Public Health, Health and Medical Sciences) – Heat stress in the workplace: health burden and labour productivity loss;
• $372,210 LIEF grant to Associate Professor Emma Baker (School of Architecture and the Built Environment, The Professions) – An Australian rental housing conditions data infrastructure.

Details of the ARC funding announcement can be found here.

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