Australian universities will receive almost $360 million in Australian Research Council funding for 1014 research programs. Funding of $3,2 million is being provided to establish a National Indigenous Research and Knowledges at Queensland University of Technology (QUT), in partnership with other Australian universities and the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS).
The projects span a variety of topics – mapping the universe, reducing Indigenous incarceration, gravitational waves, energy efficient lighting, the role of mentoring, local and foreign diseases and parasites. Research minister Chris Evans says the research will deliver results that not only benefit Australians, but keeps Australia at the forefront of global science.
Some $254 million was for Discovery Projects 2013, the success rate for which was 21.37%, below last year’s 21.95% and 22% in 2010.
However, funded proposals received 61% of the funding requested, compared to 51% last year.
Early career awards were allocated $72.3 million for 200 awards in 2013, compared to $103m last year across 277, with a success rate of 15.6%, compared to 12.8% last year.
The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme was allocated $29 million, for a 42.6% success rate, compared to $28.3 million in 2012 for a 45.3% success rate.
For the full details of funded projects, including state/territory breakdowns, go to