UNSW Faculty of Science researchers have again performed strongly in the recently announced Australian Research Council linkage grants round for funding commencing in July 2010. UNSW topped the grants table nationally.
The grants fund collaborative projects between university researchers and partner organisations. Projects led by Faculty researchers received nearly $2.4million in funding, with another $700,000 awarded to three further grants with Science Chief Investigators in the UNSW Faculty of Engineering.
Projects led by Faculty researchers include research:
- to better understand what drives extreme climate events and make timely predictions of their future risk (Dr Lisa Alexander - Climate Change Research Centre);
- using emerging technologies to unravel relationships between prehistoric climate changes and environmental impacts in northern Australia (Professor Mike Archer and Dr Suzanne Hand - School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences);
- improving methods for early detection of child psychopathology, with potential for implementation in both community health and educational services nation-wide (Professor Mark Dadds - School of Psychology);
- reducing the economic and social costs of road accidents by identifying when risky, aggressive, and impaired driving will occur and who will be most likely to commit these behaviours (Dr Tom Denson and Associate Professor Michelle Moulds - School of Psychology);
- preventing injuries in vehicle crashes involving young drivers: development and evaluation of impulse control training (Dr Julie Hatfield, Professor Jim Kehoe and Professor Ann Williamson - Department of Aviation, Injury Risk Management Research Centre and School of Psychology);
- into new strategies for characterising and monitoring protein surface interactions: application to a biosensor for diabetic's blood glucose regime effectiveness (Professor Justin Gooding - School of Chemistry);
- into the synthesis of novel biologically active isoflavones that may lead to the discovery of new drug leads or therapeutic agents (Associate Professor Naresh Kumar and Professor David Black - School of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Chemistry).
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