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ARC success for University of Sydney researchers

16 November 2020
Recently announced grant outcomes for Sydney researchers
The Australian Research Council (ARC) has announced University of Sydney researchers will receive funding for more than 50 new Linkage and Discovery projects.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Duncan Ivison congratulated the successful recipients and said this success was further recognition of the University of Sydney’s outstanding research record.

“I am delighted to see colleagues from a diverse range of disciplines across the University being supported to undertake research that will have significant benefits for our community – whether it be by helping us better understand Indigenous cultures, improving the health and wellbeing of Australians, contributing to the conservation of our natural environment and more,” he said.

Successful Linkage projects:

The Linkage projects program supports academics to work with government and industry partners to tackle complex problems and fast-track solutions to benefit end-users.

Five University of Sydney-led projects were awarded funding in this round, including:

  • Co-design guide for transforming ageing apartment buildings: Associate Professor Sandra Löschke from the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning will lead a multi-university team which has been awarded $320,184 to work with Cox Architecture Limited, the Government Architect’s Office, Allen Jack and Cottier’s Architects Pty Limited, Lannock Strata Finance 2 Pty Ltd, Max Build Pty Ltd on a project aiming to unlock the redevelopment potential of ageing apartment housing.
  • Climate risk disclosure: developing measures for best practice: A multi-university team including Professor Baljit Sidhu, Professor Stewart Jones and Dr Arunima Malik from the Business School have been awarded $299,969 to work with the Australian Accounting Standards Board and the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board on a project to investigate how firms should disclose the impact of climate-related risk on financial statements, the contribution of their own activities to climate risk and a best practice set of quantifiable metrics that can be assured by auditors.
  • Design guidelines for safety-critical controllers in high-risk environments: Professor Cara Wrigley, Dr Erez Nusem, Dr Karla Straker and Dr Shaun Gregory from the Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning have been awarded $274,933 to work with Bivacor Pty Ltd on a project to generate novel product design guidelines for developing safer controllers for use by potentially stressed individuals in high-risk situations.
  • Solar solutions to improve energy affordability for low-income renters: Associate Professor Lynne Chester and Dr Amanda Elliot from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have been awarded $257,156 to work with AGL Energy Ltd and the South Australian Council of Social Service Inc on a project to develop solutions for low-income renters to access solar energy.
  • Better responses to gender-based violence in Cambodia's construction sector: Professor Michele Ford and Dr Kristy Ward from the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have been awarded $239,777 to work with Union Aid Abroad, Building and Wood Workers International and Solidarity Centre on a project aiming to produce the first systematic assessment of gender-based violence in Cambodia’s construction sector, which employs an unusually high percentage of women. 

Further details of successful grant recipients and projects are listed on the ARC website.

Read previous articles about succesful University of Sydney ARC Linkage projects previously announced in January and April this year.

Successful Discovery projects: 

The Discovery projects scheme provides grant funding to support research projects that may be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.

University of Sydney-led projects awarded funding are listed below. Further details of successful grant recipients and projects are available on the ARC website.

Investigator/s Project Amount awarded
Professor Adrian Vickers; Professor Yixu Lu; Associate Professor Rebecca Suter; Dr Sophie Loy-Wilson; Dr Cat Moir; Dr Sonia Wilson; Dr Josh Stenberg; Associate Professor Giorgia Alù Opening Australia's Multilingual Archive $949,564
Professor Brent Kaiser; Professor Dabing Zhang; Dr Chandrika Deshpande; Dr Kanwarpal Dhugga; Dr Nijat Imin How do plant roots align nitrogen uptake to soil opportunities? $621,878
Professor Peter Lay; Professor Georges Grau Metal Virulence and Therapeutic Factors in Pathogen Bioinorganic Chemistry $600,000
Professor Alison Betts; Professor Lloyd Weeks; Dr Kunlong Chen; Professor Jianjun Mei Bronzes of Xinjiang: technology, society and power on the road to China $596,789
Professor Justin Harris; Professor Mark Bouton Extinction of conditioned responding: Learning from the evidence of absence $590,356
Associate Professor Anthony Cesare; Professor Simon Boulton Understanding telomere privilege in pluripotent stem cells. $555,892
Professor David James; Associate Professor Elizabeth New; Dr James Burchfield; Dr Jacqueline Stoeckli; Dr Guang Yang; Dr Guang Yang; Professor Scott Summers Unravelling a canonical mitochondrial stress response pathway $545,000
Professor Hak-Kim Chan; Professor Mark Banaszak Holl; Dr Sandra Morales Understanding bacteriophage deactivation and stabilisation in formulations $540,762
Professor Fariba Dehghani; Dr Sina Naficy; Dr Farshad Oveissi; Professor Anthony Weiss; Professor Alessandro Paccagnella Miniaturised biosensors with high selectivity $539,765
Dr Camilla Whittington; Dr Catherine Grueber; Professor Scott Edwards Watching evolution in action using transitional forms of lizard pregnancy $514,943
Professor Min Chen Molecular adaptation of photosynthesis powered by long-wavelength light $509,000
Professor Louise Sharpe; Associate Professor Ben Colagiuri; Dr Jemma Todd; Associate Professor Hamish MacDougall; Assistant Professor Dimitri Van Ryckeghem; Professor Dr Geert Crombez To focus on pain or not to focus: WHEN is the question $506,237
Professor David Alais; Professor Frans VerstratenProfessor David Burr Multisensory perception in active observers $503,000
Professor Nalini Joshi Dynamics on space-filling shapes $501,777
Associate Professor Buhui Qiu; Associate Professor Eliza Wu; Professor Iftekhar Hasan; Professor Yan Yu Reshaping the landscape of bank monitoring and risk disclosures $496,288
Associate Professor Damian Birney; Professor Sally Cripps; Professor Dr Jens Beckmann; Associate Professor Rui Nouchi A paradigm shift in understanding cognitive flexibility $493,123
Dr Chang Xu; Dr Surya Nepal; Dr Siqi Ma DeepHoney: Automatic Honey Data Generation for Active Cyber Defence $480,000
Professor Karl Maton; Associate Professor Sarah Howard; Associate Professor Philip Roberts; Professor Christian Ritz; Dr Jie Yang; Dr Yaegan Doran Building on rural knowledges to unlock the potential of rural students $467,340
Professor Neal Peres Da Costa; Dr Amanda Harris; Professor Jaky Troy; Dr Toby Martin; Dr Matthew Stephens Hearing the music of early New South Wales, 1788-1860 $457,669
Associate Professor Laurence Macia; Professor Georges Grau; Professor Nicholas King; Professor Ralph Nanan The maternal gut microbiota drives foetal thymic T cell development $451,750
Dr Anne Mai-Prochnow; Professor Dee Carter; Associate Professor Scott Rice Biofilm responses to cold atmospheric plasma $451,480
Professor Alan Fekete; Professor Willy Zwaenepoel; Dr Shuaiwen Song; Associate Professor Bernhard Scholz Adaptive Key-value Store for Future Extreme Heterogeneous Systems $450,000
Associate Professor Zhiyong Wang; Professor Mohammed Bennamoun; Associate Professor Markus Hagenbuchner; Professor Ah Chung Tsoi; Professor Simon Lewis Fine-grained Human Action Recognition with Deep Graph Neural Networks $444,416
Dr Kevin Coulembier; Dr Pavel Etingof New constructions and techniques for tensor categories $422,887
Associate Professor Zongwen Liu A Self-Repairing Entropy-Stabilized Oxide as a Protective Coating $420,000
Professor Branka Vucetic; Professor Yonghui Li; Dr Peng Cheng; Dr Wibowo Hardjawana Wireless Cellular Connectivity for Large Scale Critical Applications $420,000
Professor Dean Rickles The Development of Quantum Gravity (1957-1988): The Great Divide $412,000
Professor Kim Rasmussen; Associate Professor Hao Zhang; Professor Anna Paradowska; Dr Ondrej Muransky; Professor Leroy Gardner Reliability and design of 3D printed metal structures $408,164
Dr Liwei Li; Professor Xiaoke Yi Microwave photonics and photonic integration for advanced sensing $405,000
Professor Timothy Bedding; Assistant Professor Daniel Huber Unveiling missing physics: looking inside stars with NASA's TESS Mission $390,000
Associate Professor John Ormerod; Dr Garth Tarr; Professor Samuel Muller Fast flexible feature selection for high dimensional challenging data $390,000
Associate Professor Carolyn MacCann; Dr Rebecca Pinkus; Associate Professor Helena NguyenAssociate Professor Anya Johnson; Dr Karen Niven; Professor James Gross When, why, and how well do we regulate other people's emotions? $389,000
Professor Olivier Piguet; Dr Ramon Landin-Romero Human hippocampus subregions organisation and associative memory processes $382,865
Professor Glenda Wardle; Professor Chris Dickman; Dr Aaron Greenville; Dr Ayesha Tulloch; Dr Thomas Newsome; Associate Professor Michael Dietze Ecological forecasts of species response to fire, drought and heatwaves $371,000
Professor Philip Gale; Associate Professor Vítor Félix; Dr Jonathan Steed Creating custom microenvironments for anion complexation in water $370,000
Professor Bart Anderson; Professor Karl Gegenfurtner; Professor Dr Felix Wichmann Emergent cues underlying the perception of shape, colour, and material $365,000
Dr Laurence Troy; Professor Bill Randolph The precarious city: the suburban settlement in an age of uncertainty $348,000
Dr Alexander Fish Additive combinatorics of infinite sets via ergodic theoretic approach $340,000
Associate Professor Nicolas de Roos; Associate Professor David Byrne; Associate Professor Matthew Lewis Price Transparency, Search, and Collusion in Markets $311,801
Professor Holger Dullin; Dr Robert Marangell; Professor Yuri Latushkin Spectral Theory of Hamiltonian Dynamical Systems $310,000
Professor Gregory Hancock; Dr Cao Hung Pham; Professor Colin Rogers New Systems for High Rise Steel Structures in Rising Factory Construction $295,010
Professor Benjamin Oldroyd; Professor Madeleine Beekman; Associate Professor Amro Zayed The Cape honey bee and the origins of virgin birth $288,760
Associate Professor Francesco Borghesi; Professor Yixu Lu; Dr Daniel Canaris; Professor Thierry Meynard Transforming the East: Jesuit Translations of the Confucian Classics $229,950
Professor Sujatha Fernandes Migrant Worlds: Labouring Lives and Worker Consciousness in Global Cities $228,435
Associate Professor Yane Svetiev; Associate Professor Andrew Edgar Peer Review of Financial Regulatory Agencies $212,000
Associate Professor Nicole Graham; Associate Professor Robyn Bartel Tenants of the soil: adapting agricultural land ownership in Australia $171,488
Associate Professor Wendy Davis; Assistant Professor Dorukalp Durmus; Dr Wenye Hu Reducing the energy consumed by lighting with gaze-dependent illumination $111,689

In addition to the University of Sydney-led projects, Dr Myra Hamilton from the Business School was part of the research team that was awarded $318,385 to investigate how and why parents and grandparents share childcare responsibilities in contemporary Australia. Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright from the School of Education and Social Work was part of the research team that was awarded $378,107 to investigate how cultural connections can be maintained for children in out-of-home care. 

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