Four Researchers/Research Teams Receive China Studies Seed-funding Research Grants

Four researchers/research teams have been successful in applying for inaugrual China Studies Seed-funding Research Grants.

The China Studies Research Centre (CSRC) is pleased to announce that four researchers/research teams have been successful in applying for China Studies Seed-funding Research Grants. Please join us in congratulating the following chief investigators:

  • Dr Ashley Franks (Lead CI), Eleanor Egidi and Wuxing Liu: Working Together: Fungal-plant Interactions for Improved Removal of Hydrocarbon Contamination from Soils
  • Associate Professor James Leibold (Lead CI) and Dr Yangbin Chen: China Pivots West: Ethnic Contact & Conflict Along the New Silk Road
  • Dr Lisa Tam (Lead CI), Dr. Chen Lyu, Dr. Soojin Kim, Dr. Jeong-Nam Kim: Gao Guanxi in China: A Model of Relational Public Diplomacy
  • Dr Nadia Rhook (Lead CI): Touched beyond Herbs: Chinese Medical Practice in Victoria, 1850-1900

The CSRC was established to foster China-related research across the University, to strengthen research links with China, and to promote La Trobe’s research reputation and expertise. The China Studies Seed-funding Research Grant Scheme supports these goals by providing competitive seed-funding grants for projects that will grow the calibre and quantum of China-related research drawn from across the University, deliver high quality research outputs, and enhance the University’s capacity to win competitive research funding. The successful projects were each awarded up to $10,000.

“It was encouraging to receive these high quality applications in our inaugural Call for Applications,” said Professor John Makeham, Director of the CSRC. “These projects span a wide range of research areas, reflecting the diversity of La Trobe’s research capacity and expanding links with international collaborators…. Through this grant scheme we hope more La Trobe academics will be involved in the China focused research”.

The second round of the 2016 China Studies Seed-funding Research Grant Scheme will open in early August. The Centre welcomes all eligible researchers to submit applications.

For more information, please visit the Centre’s website:

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