UNSW has received more than $34 million in the latest round of Australian Research Council funding.
Federal Education, Science and Training Minister Julie Bishop today announced UNSW had received $26 million in funding for 87 Discovery Projects, representing nearly nine percent of a total $300 million in funding offered by the Australian government over the next five years.
Among the largest Discovery grants awarded to UNSW was $778,000 awarded over five years to Dr Andreas Fuhrer in the School of Physics for research in the field of semiconductor nanowires.
Dr Gavan McNally, in the School of Psychology, was awarded two grants: one of $530,000 over five years for research into the neural mechanisms behind predictive fear learning; and a second grant of $282,000 over three years for research into mechanisms for the inhibition of fear.
Professor Andrey Savkin, from the School of Electrical Engineering and Telecommunications, was awarded $580,000 over four years for research into the decentralised control of networked systems.
A grant of $564,000 over three years was made to Professor Ian Dawes in the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences for research into cell ageing and oxidative damage of cells.
UNSW's newly established Centre for Climate Change Research performed strongly in the funding announcements, with eight recipients either from or associated with the centre receiving grants.
Among those from the centre awarded funding is Dr Ben McNeill, who received a QEII Fellowship, one of 14 Discovery Projects fellowships awarded to UNSW.
For full details of the latest Discovery Projects funding and Fellowships click here
The minister announced the grants at UNSW on Wednesday, September 24, during a tour of the University's Centre for Quantum Computer Technology.
Ms Bishop said it was vital for Australian research to be supported to ensure Australia remains competitive internationally.
"Our researchers are creating new knowledge and underpinning our global competitiveness," she said.
UNSW's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Les Field, said the latest ARC funding was "a terrific result for UNSW".
"This funding provides support for an enormous amount of exciting research at UNSW," he said.
"This success reflects the real quality of research at UNSW, as a Group of Eight research intensive university."
In additional ARC funding announced this week, UNSW secured 18 Linkage grants - the equal second-highest in the country with University of Sydney - worth a total of $4.9 million.
UNSW's total partner organisation contribution has come to $7.8 million.
Research into protecting aircraft landing systems from radio interference, led by Associate Professor Andrew Dempster in the School of Surveying and Spatial Information Systems, was among the largest grant recipients at UNSW, with $510,000 awarded over the next three years. The collaborating partner is AirServices Australia.
For full details of Linkage Projects visit the ARC website
UNSW was also the country's equal-highest recipient - again with the University of Sydney - of Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grants, with 10 projects at UNSW awarded a total of $3.4 million.
For full details of LIEF grants click here