Research boosted by $4.5 million in ARC funding

Curtin University has been awarded almost $4.5 million by the Federal Government for 12 research projects, ranging from supercontinent cycles and the Earth’s origins, to the evolution of the solar system and fast radio bursts.

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The Curtin-led projects, funded under the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project scheme, were announced by Federal Minister for Education Dan Tehan.

A research project led by John Curtin Distinguished Professor Zheng-Xiang Li, from Curtin’s School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, was awarded $525,000 in funding to further investigate how the Earth System evolved as a whole and how this evolution has led to life on Earth and the environment as we know it.

Professor Gretchen Benedix, also from Curtin’s School of Earth and Planetary Sciences, and her team were awarded $455,000 for their research which aims to answer fundamental questions about the evolution of the solar system, specifically looking at Mars.

Curtin University Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Chris Moran congratulated the Curtin researchers on being awarded ARC Discovery Projects grants.

“Curtin has been successful in this round of ARC Discovery Projects grants, which is testament to the high-quality and quantity of important research projects being undertaken at the University,” Professor Moran said.

“Some of the Curtin-led research projects will focus on how the Earth, planets and solar systems evolved, while others will investigate the critical role of ocean deserts, emerging transport technologies and artificial intelligence,” Professor Moran said.

“I would like to congratulate all the Curtin researchers who were awarded these highly-competitive grants in recognition of their commitment to addressing real-world challenges and seeking answers to some of the world’s biggest mysteries.”

The ARC Discovery Projects scheme aims to expand the knowledge base and research capacity in Australia as well as the country’s economic, commercial, environmental, social and cultural benefits.

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