ACU has been awarded more than $2.5 million, supporting seven projects, in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding.
Professor Wayne McKenna, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), said particularly pleasing was Australian Catholic University's (ACU’s) pick up of two Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).
Dr Tom Barnes from the Institute for Religion, Politics and Society, will use his $346,000 DECRA grant to help better understand the social impact of Australian automotive manufacturing's decline in Melbourne and Geelong.
While Dr Hannah Forsyth from the Faculty of Education and Arts will use her $358, 506 DECRA grant to produce a history of professions in 20th-century Australia and ask are we all middle class now?
ACU’s DECRA success rate of 33 per cent compared to the average scheme success rate of 16.7 per cent shows that ACU’s five-year research intensification strategy is generating real results.
“These wins for early career researchers are really significant and affirm ACU's rapidly rising research trajectory and our ability to develop and support the nation’s newest research stars,” Professor McKenna said.
The University also received funding for five Discovery Projects to support a diverse range of research projects at ACU including:
- $446,000 for Associate Professor Vince Geiger from the Learning Sciences Institute Australia for Using mathematics to solve real world problems: The role of enablers
- $373,500 for Professor Terri Seddon from the Faculty of Education and Arts for Teaching workforce development through integrated partnerships
- $356,500 for Professor Bruce Kemp from the Faculty of Health Sciences for Mechanism of AMPK activation by drugs and metabolites
- $320,000 for Associate Professor Stephanie Taplin from the Institute of Child Protection Studies for Infants removed by child protection: nature, extent and impact
- $396, 500 for Associate Professor Bronwen Neil from the Institute for Religion and Critical Inquiry for Memories of Utopia: Destroying the Past to Create the Future (300- 650CE)
Professor McKenna said the results reflected the quality of the research being undertaken at the University.
“On behalf of the University, I congratulate all our talented researchers who were successful in securing funding.
“Our strong performance in our research priority areas of education, health (including mental health), theology and philosophy and social justice and the common good demonstrates the value of our commitment to research.
“We continue to be at the forefront in the development of new responses to the challenges facing the world today and strive to create an environment where our academics can meet these challenges and reach out into the community to make a difference.
“Our rich research culture also benefits our students by informing our teaching and engaging our staff with researchers across the world.”