La Trobe doubles share of research funds

La Trobe University has doubled the amount of highly competitive funding it has received from the Australian Research Council (ARC) – a total of more than $6 million for 18 major projects.

This places La Trobe third top in ARC allocations in Victoria, in terms of funds awarded and number of grants, after the University of Melbourne and Monash.

The University has also been highly successful gaining support for five of its promising young researchers. 

They have been allocated more than $1.7 million in Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).

La Trobe also ranked number four nationally for the success rate of research projects submitted – 23.2 per cent of its applications were funded. The national average was 18%

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Keith Nugent said it was an extremely good result.

'ARC grants illustrate the achievements and high calibre of our research staff. They also help our progress towards the University's new Research Focus Areas under La Trobe's Future Ready strategy,' he said.

Professor Nugent said the research projects related to a wide range of community concerns and interests, such as pharmaceutical drug design, new medical diagnostics for major illness and fungal crop diseases.

They also aimed to make a difference to sustainable lobster fisheries, conservation management of native plants, the history of early human occupation in Tasmania and southern NSW, and the future of journalism in the new digital age.

See here for more details about the projects:

http://www.latrobe.edu.au/news/announcements/2014/discovery-project-grant-outcomes

or contact Ernest Raetz, Media and Communications, Tel: 0412 261 919.

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