UTS was one of only 12 universities to be awarded more than $9.5m in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding, announced on 1 November. Twenty-four research proposals across five faculties attracted funding totalling $9.6m.
“In an increasing competitive environment, it is pleasing to see UTS continue its upwards trajectory of funding received by the ARC,” says UTS Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Glenn Wightwick.
“Congratulations to all successful recipients on being awarded funding in this latest round – this result is a testament to our academic talent here at UTS.
“Our successful proposals, which cover the fields of microbiology, data science, energy, and humanities and social science research, showcase the breadth and depth of UTS research, and support our bold vision to become a world-leading university of technology.”
This 2017 funding was awarded across the Discovery Projects (DP), Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Future Fellowships (FT) and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) funding schemes. The successful proposals, across the faculties of Science, Engineering and Information Technology, Arts and Social Sciences, Business, and Law – are as diverse as they impactful.
They include designing protocols to secure cloud quantum computing, studying the technological responses to climate change, measuring the welfare implications of social health insurance reforms and understanding pornography’s effects on its audiences.
Dr Paul Walker, now a 2017 ARC DECRA, follows a strong academic pathway with UTS, having completed his PhD with the Faculty of Engineering and IT, and shortly after, awarded a prestigious Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2014. Walker’s research aims to develop alternative hybrid electric and pure electric vehicle technologies for the Australian commercial vehicle sector, exploring vehicle technologies that have the potential to reduce fuel in this sector by up to 50 per cent.
UTS Future Fellowship awardees for 2016 (3):
Dr Iain Duggin, Faculty of Science - Establishing a New Paradigm in Cell Division: Dual FtsZs in Archaea
Dr Jonathan Marshall, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Society and climate change: A social analysis of disruptive technology
Dr Peter Rohde, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Secure quantum computing in a distributed world
UTS projects awarded in the 2017 ARC Discovery Projects scheme (15):
Dr Mikhail Anufriev, UTS Business School - Real Economy and Financial Networks: Formation, Structure, Policy Responses
Professor Katherine Biber, Faculty of Law - The Last Outlaw: Making a Nation from the Crimes of Jimmy Governor
Professor Carolyn Cartier, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Governing the City in China: The Territorial Imperative
Professor Jinjun Chen, Faculty of Engineering and IT - BigPrivacy: Scaling privacy preservation for big data applications on cloud
Dr Emma Christopher, Faculty of Law - Josefa's Legacy: Cultural Defences against Slavery and Trafficking
Professor Philip Doble, Faculty of Science - Multiplexed bio-imaging mass spectrometry
Professor Jane Hall, UTS Business School - The Medicare Safety Net and its impact on moral hazard, equity and welfare
Professor Alfredo Huete, Faculty of Science - Satellite tracking of emerging health threats from grass pollen exposure
Professor Lesley Johnson, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - The Institutions of the Humanities; an Australian history
Professor Jie Lu, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Cross-Domain Knowledge Transfer for Data-Driven Decision Making
Dr Diane McDougald, Faculty of Science - Effect of predation on virulence traits of opportunistic pathogens
Professor Alan McKee, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - Pornography's effects on audiences: explaining contradictory research data
Associate Professor Youngki Shin, UTS Business School - High-dimensional Models with a Change Point
Professor Darryl Veitch, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Re-Engineering Internet Timekeeping for Scalability, Accuracy, and Trust
Professor Guoxiu Wang, Faculty of Science - Running on salt - sodium-ion batteries for renewable energy storage
UTS is also a participant in four externally-led, collaborative DPs with UNSW, University of Sydney, and University of Adelaide.
UTS DECRA awardees for 2017 (5):
Dr Yanwei Fu, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Life-long learning in the understanding of big data
Dr Danielle Logue, UTS Business School - Impact Investing and the Global Diffusion of Social Stock Exchanges
Dr Peiyuan Qin, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Multi-functional Antenna Arrays for Secure and Reliable Wireless Systems
Dr Dawei Su, Faculty of Science - Materials architecture design for low-cost energy storage application
Dr Paul Walker, Faculty of Engineering and IT - Electrifying commercial vehicles in Australia
UTS project awarded in the 2017 LIEF funding round (1):
Professor Andrew Mowbray, Faculty of Law - Comprehensive free access to Australian industrial and workplace law
UTS is also a participant in seven externally-led, collaborative LIEF grants with UNSW, University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, Monash and Victoria University.