Sydney academics awarded prestigious ARC Grants

3 November 2023
$24m funding injection for research
University of Sydney academics have been awarded more than $24 million in funding for 42 new research projects, spanning accessible playgrounds for children with vision impairments, attracting and retaining quality teachers in early education, and developing facilities to improve renewable technology.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) have announced the latest round of successful Discovery Project and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grants.

The University was awarded 36 Discovery Project grants, totalling $18 million, and six LIEF grants totalling almost $6 million, which accounts for more than 20 percent of the total LIEF funding allocated this year. 

ARC Chief Executive Officer, Judi Zielke, said that for every $1 of research that the ARC funds, $3.32 is generated in economic output back into the Australian community.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Emma Johnston emphasised the significance of these grants in driving transformative research agendas. 

"The success of our researchers in securing these prestigious grants underscores the University of Sydney's commitment to fostering an environment of academic excellence and innovation," stated Professor Johnston. 

"Through these grants, our researchers will have the opportunity to push the boundaries of knowledge, driving impactful change in their respective fields and contributing to solutions for the most pressing global challenges."

Below is a list of the University of Sydney’s successful ARC grants funded in this round, including the lead academic and the funding awarded.

ARC Discovery Projects



ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)

The majority of LIEF funding will support the Univerisity's Core Research Facilities (CRF) network, further bolstering the open-access research infrastructure that the University operates.

In the infrastructure space, the University also stands to benefit from the federal government’s recent commitment of $650m to support research infrastructure through its National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) program, with four established nodes within the CRF network and new nodes in the pipeline.