ARC Funding Commencing in 2020

University of Newcastle as lead institution

Project ID

Chief Investigator

Scheme Name

Project Title

Recommended Budget

Announced January 2020
LE200100016Professor Brett NeilanLinkage Infrastructure Equipment &Facilities (LIEF)Synthetic Biology: from Genomics to Valuable Bioproducts$400,000
LE200100220Professor Behdad MoghtaderiLinkage Infrastructure Equipment &Facilities (LIEF)Adaptive Electrical Capacitance Volume Tomography for Multiphase Flows$760,000

Announced November 2019


Dr Olivia EvansDiscovery IndigenousImproving the Well-Being of Low Socioeconomic Status Students at University$488,698
DP200103287Professor Michael StockenhuberDiscovery ProjectCatalytic conversion of Australia's natural gas to value added products$528,000
DP200103507Professor Minyue FuDiscovery ProjectDistributed Estimation, Control and Optimisation for Networked Systems$450,000
DP200103390Professor Andrei LyaminDiscovery ProjectEfficient Computational Strategies for Three-Dimensional Limit Analysis$395,000
DP200102940Associate Professor Hongyu ZhangDiscovery ProjectData-driven Approach to Resilient Online Service Systems$250,000
DP200102605Associate Professor Elham DoroodchiDiscovery ProjectBubble Dynamics in Fine Droplets: Behaviour and Control$280,000
DP200102122Laureate Professor Kevin GalvinDiscovery ProjectEnhanced Fractionation of Mineral Particles According to Density$520,000
DP200102364Professor Pablo MoscatoDiscovery ProjectMultiobjective Memetic Algorithms for Multi-task Symbolic Regression$518,000
DP200102346Professor Juanita ToddDiscovery ProjectMoving from assumptions to new learning$171,196
DP200101969Professor Graeme MurchDiscovery ProjectControl of Thermodiffusion in Liquid Multicomponent Alloys$490,000
DP200101079Associate Professor Bill PalmerDiscovery ProjectLandscape, language and culture in Indigenous Australia.$445,000
DP200100746Professor Robert MelchersDiscovery ProjectLonger-term progression of localised corrosion of critical infrastructure$550,000
DP200100375Professor Victoria HaskinsDiscovery ProjectAyahs and Amahs: Transcolonial Servants in Australia and Britain 1780-1945$191,437
DP200101471Professor Frini KarayanidisDiscovery ProjectLinking arterial, brain and cognitive integrity in healthy older adults$539,056
DE200101834Dr Mat LangfordDiscovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)The proposed research aims to develop our understanding of the structure of singularities in mean curvature and related flows, with certain applications in mind.$418,410
DE200101622Dr Yanpeng LiuDiscovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)Synthesis of High-quality 2D Perovskites for Efficient Light Harvestings$424,498
DE200100099Dr Kate AriottiDiscovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)Between Death & Commemoration: An Australian History of the War Corpse$379,405
Announced October 2019
CE200100009Laureate Professor Kevin GalvinARC Centres of ExcellenceARC Centre of Excellence for Enabling Eco-Efficient Beneficiation of Minerals$35,000,000
Announced September 2019
SR180200015Dr Cheng FangSpecial Research InitiativesCombination of electrochemistry with sono to destroy and detoxify PFAS$589,007
SR180200059Professor Behdad MoghtaderiSpecial Research InitiativesPFAS Harvester: A Technology for Destruction / Resource Recovery from PFAS$820,000
Announced April 2019
LP180100704Prof Rosalind SmithLinkage Projects 2018Transforming the Early Modern Archive: the Emmerson Collection at SLV$247,000
Announced February 2019
LP180100835Prof Brett NeilanLinkage Projects 2018Mitigating the Risk of Cyanobacterial Blooms in Wastewater Ponds$456,527
Announced November 2018
DE190100965Dr Siddulu Naidu TalapaneniDiscovery Early Career Researcher Award 2019Janus nanosheets for the capture of CO2 and its conversion into clean fuels$408,000
DE190101134Dr Melissa HarrisDiscovery Early Career Researcher Award 2019Contraceptive choice for women with chronic disease$342,338
DP190100091Professor Phil HansbroDiscovery Projects 2019Elucidating the roles of steroid receptors in mitochondria$441,000
DP190100113Professor George KuczeraDiscovery Projects 2019Optimal trade-offs for managing environmental water in inland wetlands$505,000
DP190100646Associate Professor Mark HarveyDiscovery Projects 20191 potato, 2 wotatoes, 3 otatoes: Lexical access in Australian languages$484,000
DP190100770Dr Lawrene OngDiscovery Projects 2019Information-theoretic secure communications via caching$420,000
DP190100788Professor Erica WanlessDiscovery Projects 2019Unravelling the dominant drivers of ion specificity$533,038
DP190100861Dr Amy WallerDiscovery Projects 2019Taking action: Increasing Advance Personal Planning by older adults$542,000
DP190101558Professor Olivier BuzziDiscovery Projects 2019Solving the Scale Effect for Rock Discontinuities$370,000
DP190101592Associate Professor Jinsong HuangDiscovery Projects 2019Probabilistic Geotechnical Site Characterisation$168,000
DP190102103Dr David FarrugiaDiscovery Projects 2019Young Hospitality Workers and Value Creation in the Service Economy$197,433
DP190102407Dr Klaus ThoeniDiscovery Projects 2019A new framework for large-scale dynamic geotechnical simulations$320,000
DP190102455Associate Professor Mark BakerDiscovery Projects 2019Proteomic and genetic analysis of subfertile bull spermatozoa$472,000
DP190102751Professor Lyazid DjenidiDiscovery Projects 2019Wall Turbulence Control: Beyond the Canonical Smooth Wall Case$550,000
DP190102859Professor Rick MiddletonDiscovery Projects 2019Robustness, Resilience and Security of Networked Dynamic Systems$502,000
DP190103221Associate Professor Kenneth WilliamsDiscovery Projects 2019Modelling and Characterisation of Biomass Materials for Pneumatic Transport$390,000
DP190103307Dr Galina MirzaevaDiscovery Projects 2019Novel power system architecture and control for 'More Electric Aircraft'$255,000
DP190103314Professor Brett NeilanDiscovery Projects 2019Novel ultraviolet radiation filters from extreme environments$395,000
DP190103459Laureate Professor Graeme JamesonDiscovery Projects 2019Predicting the recovery of composite mineral particles in froth flotation$540,000
IN190100044Dr Dane LambDiscovery Indigenous 2019Developing a predictive toxicity model for metallic anions in plants$496,166
LE190100019Professor Hugh CraigLinkage Infrastructure Equipment &Facilities (LIEF)Time-layered cultural map of Australia$420,000
Announced August 2018
FT180100371Professor Rosalind SmithFuture Fellowships 2018Marginalia and the early modern women writer, 1530-1660$1,054,816
FT180100123Dr Karl HassanFuture Fellowship 2018Breaking through the Gram-negaive cell barrier$874,125
Announced February 2018
LP170100576Prof Graham GoodwinLinkage Projects 2017Control strategies for Bagasse-fuelled boiler units$243,627
Announced November 2017
DE180100894 Dr Zamira Gibb Discovery Early Career Researcher Award 2018 Molecular mechanisms of equine fertility and early recognition of pregnancy $365,058
DP180100285 Laureate Professor Jennifer Gore Discovery Projects 2018 Investigating the efficacy, complexity and sustainability of teacher change $567,574
DP180101781 Professor Adam McCluskey Discovery Projects 2018 Micro-dissection of clathrins role in mitosis via chemical biology probes $802,912
DP180102064 Professor Daniel Nyberg Discovery Projects 2018 Low carbon transition in the Australian energy sector $184,426
DP180102334 Professor Mark Stewart Discovery Projects 2018 Stochastic Hazard Assessment of Unreinforced Masonry Wall Systems $473,315
DP180102421 Professor Christopher Grof Discovery Projects 2018 Identification of novel plant transporters responsible for sucrose efflux $353,664
DP180102522 Associate Professor Anthony Kiem Discovery Projects 2018 Flooding in Australia - are we properly prepared for how bad it can get? $333,267
DP180103026 Professor Steven Weller Discovery Projects 2018 Uncertainty in the social cost of carbon dioxide: control theoretic methods $357,999
DP180103497 Doctor George Kouretzis Discovery Projects 2018 Large-scale geotechnical analysis of new and aged pipeline infrastructure $365,812
DP180103613 Doctor Guy Hawkins Discovery Projects 2018 The value of time during decisions $327,019
DP180100448 Professor Allyson Holbrook Discovery Projects 2018 Doctoral examiner feedback and its impact on doctoral outcomes $163,460
DP180100452 Professor Julie Byles Discovery Projects 2018 Beyond successful ageing: Longevity - healthy ageing among Australian women $236,310
DP180100606 Professor Sarah Johnson Discovery Projects 2018 Communications strategies for the internet of things $433,122
DP180101617 Laureate Professor Kevin Galvin Discovery Projects 2018 Hydrophobic Particle Recovery using Permeable Hydrophobic Media $445,320
DP180103748 Professor Daichao Sheng Discovery Projects 2018 Quantitative Risk Assessment of Unsaturated Soil Slopes $400,901
DP180103834 Professor Yong-Ling Ruan Discovery Projects 2018 Improving plant reproductive success under heat stress: A sweet approach $412,121
DP180103971 Professor Geoffrey Evans Discovery Projects 2018 Tuneable energy dissipation for optimal flotation recovery $488,418
Announced June 2017
FL170100032 Professor George Willis Australian Laureate Fellowship Zero-dimensional symmetry and its ramifications $2,837,520
FT170100460 Dr Michael Rotkowitz Future Fellowship Decentralisation and robustness for practical control of complex systems. $780,000
FT170100077 Dr Nicole Verrills Future Fellowship Novel models to advance our understanding of mammalian development. $928,140
Announced November 2016


Dr Guy Hawkins


Cognitive models of mental architectures in consumer preference



Dr Mariano Heyden


A global analysis of the effectiveness of corporate board diversity quotas



Dr Amir Salehipour


Exact and hybrid algorithms for the Aircraft Landing Problem



Dr Kalpit Shah


A Novel Chemical Looping Process For Carbon Fiber Production From Plastics



Dr Malcolm Starkey


Understanding how innate lymphoid cells regulate mammalian lung development



Dr Sze Lin Yoong


Theory-based implementation of nutrition guidelines into childcare settings



Professor Paul Dastoor

Discovery Project

Phonon based condensed matter imaging



Professor Frini Karayanidis

Discovery Project

Modelling trajectories of cognitive control in adolescents and young adults



Professor Robert Melchers

Discovery Project

Microbiological and abiotic marine corrosion of steel in particulate media



Professor Graeme Murch

Discovery Project

Investigation of Mass Transport in High Entropy Alloys



Professor Rosalind Smith

Discovery Project

Early Modern Women and the Poetry of Complaint, 1540-1660



Professor Erica Wanless

Discovery Project

Electrostatic Formation of Liquid Marbles



Associate Professor Christopher Wensrich

Discovery Project

Bragg-Edge Neutron Transmission Strain Tomography



Dr Yuen Yong

Discovery Project

Novel Microcantilevers for Multifrequency Atomic Force Microscopy



Associate Professor Sarah Wright

Future Fellowship

Weather cultures: Enhancing adaptive capacity to environmental change


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The unsuccessful, ineligible or withdrawn applicants will receive an email notification from the Research Office, however the ARC no longer provides individual unsuccessful letters. A ranking will be provided for those in the top 10% and top 25% of unsuccessful proposals in the email notification received from the Research Office.

For grants held at other universities

Please advise research-grants@newcastle.edu.au as soon as possible if you are a named Investigator on an ARC grant administered elsewhere and whether you expect to receive ARC funds from the Administering Institution.

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NHMRC Funding Commencing in 2020

APP ID Chief Investigator Scheme Name Project Title Recommended Budget
1180782Doctor Heather LeeIdeas GrantProbing Epigenetic Clonal Evolution in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia.$546,800.00
1181024Doctor Tessa LordIdeas GrantInvestigating the role of hypoxic niche microenvironments and hypoxia-induced transcription factors in regulating spermatogonial stem cell function$559,753.00
1181825Professor Hubert HondermarckIdeas GrantThe perineural niche to predict the development of bone metastases in prostate cancer$372,612.00
1182153Doctor Daniel BeardIdeas GrantShear-activated nanotherapeutics to selectively enhance collateral cerebral blood flow during ischaemic stroke$462,635.00
1182379Associate Professor Susan HuaIdeas GrantDevelopment of Improved Treatments for Oesophageal Diseases$564,008.00
1182948Associate Professor Mark BakerIdeas GrantHeat-shock induced alternative splicing and its role in oligoasthenoteratozoospermia$673,293.00
1184974Associate Professor Brett GrahamIdeas GrantProjection neuron axon collaterals in the dorsal horn: the missing link in spinal pain processing?$500,185.00
1188181Professor Alan BrichtaIdeas GrantThe Efferent Vestibular System as a new target to treat balance disorders and motion sickness$637,703.00
1188400Doctor Nicole VerrillsIdeas GrantTargeting DNA-PK in acute myeloid leukaemia$741,610.00
1188493Professor Murray CairnsIdeas GrantDysregulation of the RNA regulatory matrix in schizophrenia$982,622.00
1186216Doctor Gerard KaikoTargeted Call for Research - Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS)Using advanced technologies to investigate the impact of PFAS exposure on the human mucosal barrier and interaction with pre-existing medical conditions$910,060.00
1189415Professor Brett NixonTargeted Call for Research - Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkylated Substances (PFAS)Utilising male fertility as a biomarker of health to understand the biological effects of PFAS$1,301,122.00
1178993Associate Professor Kym RaeTargeted Call for Research into Nutrition in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PeopleWinanga-li: Indigenous worldview's incorporated into m-health approaches for Indigenous women and children$1,127,874.50
1173252 Laureate Professor Nick Talley Investigator Grant Immune-microbiota interactions in functional gastrointestinal disorders: understanding pathogenesis for improved diagnosis and targeted treatment. $3,000,000
1173681 Associate Professor Tracy Burrows Investigator Grant Better Treatments for addictive and compulsive overeating behaviours $1,554,485
1173892 Doctor Matt Dun Investigator Grant Mechanistic and translational studies to improve the outcomes of high-risk paediatric cancers $627,250
1177087 Doctor Lei Jin Investigator Grant Insight of the regulatory roles of pan-cancer deregulated lncRNAs in cancer cell adaptation to cellular stress $1,399,339
1177226 Doctor Christopher Williams Investigator Grant Advancing integration of care for musculoskeletal conditions and chronic disease risks $1,515,540

NHMRC Funding Commencing in 2019

APP ID Chief Investigator Scheme Name Project Title Recommended Budget
1156997 Doctor Geoffry De Iuliis Project Grant Utilising the male germline to define our understanding of the biological effects of radio frequency electromagnetic energy $425,394
1156898 Doctor Malcolm Starkey Project Grant Understanding how group 2 innate lymphoid cells in early-life regulate postnatal lung development and susceptibility to chronic respiratory diseases $501,022
1156589 Conjoint Professor Peter Wark Project Grant Development of new therapies for COPD $886,503.60
1158344 Professor Lee Smith Project Grant The Importance of Classical Versus Backdoor Androgen Production Pathways in Masculinisation, Fertility and Lifelong Male Health $507,127
1159616 Doctor Yogavijayan Kandasamy Project Grant The Relationship between Maternal Health and Infant Renal Development and Function $1,552,841.60
1160245 Professor Billie Bonevski Project Grant A trial of vaporised nicotine products for smoking cessation following discharge from drug and alcohol residential withdrawal services $1,833,513.20
1161957 Associate Professor Kirsty Pringle Project Grant Factors regulating maternal levels of soluble (pro)renin receptor and its role in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia $578,527.80
1161981 Professor Jon Hirst Project Grant Replacement therapies for improving outcome following preterm birth $892,047
1162515 Professor Adam McCluskey Project Grant Dynamin modulators for reversing immunotherapy resistance in head and neck cancer $1,493,752
1162684 Doctor Jonathan Paul Project Grant Uterine-Targeted Delivery of Dual Action Therapy for Preventing Preterm Birth $461,472.80
1162753 Professor Xu Dong Zhang Project Grant Role of lncRNA glycoLINC in coordinating the Warburg effect and serine metabolism $702,521
1163319 Professor Brett Nixon Project Grant Targeted disruption of lipoxygenase enzymes to prevent oxidative stress-mediated pathologies in the male germline $572,393.60
1165487 Laureate Professor Paul Foster Project Grant Modelling the role of innate immune cells in exacerbation of asthma $1,266,560
1165679 Professor Chris Dayas Project Grant A novel pathways linking stress with mood disorders $751,653
1159094 Associate Professor Pradeep Tanwar Career Development Fellowships Translational Research Program in Gynaecological Cancers $483,404
1162666 Doctor Gerard Kaiko Career Development Fellowships Investigation of the role of novel cell types and metabolites in the pathogenesis of asthma $437,036
1153479 Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) - Centres of Population Health Research Excellence NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence in Implementation for Community Chronic Disease Prevention. $2,497,647.70
1170893 Laureate Professor Nick Talley Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) - Centres of Clinical Research Excellence Centre for Research Excellence in Digestive Health
1158670 Doctor Michelle Bovill Early Career Fellowships Non-pharmacological strategies for smoking cessation during pregnancy with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women $338,192
1160419 Doctor Rebecca Hodder Early Career Fellowships Improving the translation of school-based interventions targeting health risk behaviours for chronic disease $327,192
1159582 Dr Caitlin Gillis Early Career Fellowships Apoptotic cell clearance: from basic biology to new therapeutic strategies for chronic respiratory disease $417,192
1169324 Professor Christine Paul Partnership Projects Improving outcomes for cancer patients who smoke: The Care to Quit stepped wedge randomised trial to implement best-practice cessation care in cancer centres $1,408,506.30
1169822 Doctor Steve Smith Partnership Projects Testing the impact of an Interactive Health Communication Application on days alive out of hospital and quality of life following surgery for colorectal cancer $298,835.44
1170042 Doctor Serene Yoong Partnership Projects A randomised trial of a multi-component implementation intervention to support childcare services with scheduling opportunities for outdoor free play consistent with sector guidelines $941,274.50
1170181 Professor Frances Kay-Lambkin Partnership Projects The eCliPSE Project: implementing evidence-based eHealth interventions for comorbid mental health and alcohol/other drug use problems into health and community settings $196,973.70
1155810 Conjoint Professor Peter Gibson Practitioner Fellowships Targeted treatment to reduce asthma prevalence and the impact of severe asthma $585,270
1154503 Professor Geoff Isbister Research Fellowship Improving Health Outcomes for Envenoming and Poisoning: Studies of Risk Assessment and Interventions $792,275
1154507 Professor David Lubans Research Fellowship Optimising the adoption and implementation of evidence-based physical activity interventions in schools $724,175
1154837 Professor Brett Nixon Research Fellowship Mechanistic and translational studies in male reproductive health $649,175
1170385 Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-Fisher Targeted Call for Research into Healthy Ageing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Improving implementation of Health Assessments for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients in mainstream general practice: a cluster randomised controlled trial $745,056.50

NHMRC Funding Commencing in 2018

APP ID Chief Investigator Scheme Name Project Title Recommended Budget
1137995Prof Philip HansbroProject GrantElucidating the role and potential for therapeutic targeting of TLR7 in emphysema and COPD$925,780
1138004Prof Philip HansbroProject GrantDefining the roles and targeting interferon-epsilon as a new therapy for influenza in asthma and COPD$905,904
1138402Dr Chantal DonovanProject GrantTargeting remodelling in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic asthma and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis(IPF)$386,634
1139125Prof Amanda BakerProject GrantQuitlink: Accessible smoking cessation support for people living with severe and enduring mental illness$1,141,189
1142861A/Prof Rohan WalkerProject GrantMicroglial paralysis in post-stroke neurodegeneration: help or hindrance?$512,351
1142862A/Prof Rohan WalkerProject GrantStroke induced disturbances in glymphatic clearance: implications for brain repair?$491,688
1143614Dr Heather LeeProject GrantTargeting cancer-initiating cells with DNA methyltransferase inhibitors: single-cell analysis to decipher molecular mechanisms and improve efficacy.$175,000
1144638A/Prof Brett GrahamProject GrantExcitatory interneurons: a sensory amplifier for pathological pain$649,848
1145332A/Prof Christopher GraingeProject GrantHow does bronchoconstriction worsen asthma?$1,064,747
1145998Dr Kirsty PringleProject GrantMaternal Recognition of Fetal Sex in the Regulation of Labour$455,821
1146524Dr Gerard KaikoProject GrantFunctional characterisation of novel metabolites in asthma and identification of new biomarkers$818,464
1147207A/Prof Christopher DayasProject GrantCognitive inflexibility and the development of pathological habits in brain diseases$871,742
1147271Prof Xu Dong ZhangProject GrantRole of lncRNA IDH1-AS1 in regulating c-Myc driven-glycolysis and tumorigenesis$675,585
1147533A/Prof Joerg LehmannProject GrantFirst ever system to continuously and directly measure the internal anatomy to guide breast cancer radiation treatment under deep inspiration breath hold$404,109
1147644A/Prof Murray CairnsProject GrantComplete genomics for mechanistic insight and precision treatments of schizophrenia$1,133,341
1147894A/Prof Murray CairnsProject GrantNetwork biomarkers of traumatic stress resilience and sensitivity$638,407
1147932Prof Brett NixonProject GrantElucidating the role of epididymosomes in the transfer of fertility-modulating proteins and regulatory classes of RNA to maturing spermatozoa$531,978
1150165A/Prof Gillian GouldTranslating Research into Practice (TRIP) FellowshipTranslating evidence based smoking cessation care for pregnant Indigenous smokers$179,118
1150661Mrs Rachel SutherlandTranslating Research into Practice (TRIP) FellowshipA randomised trial of an intervention to facilitate the implementation of evidence based secondary school physical activity practices.$179,118
1150476Dr Melaine KingslandTranslating Research into Practice (TRIP) FellowshipImproving the implementation of screening, brief advice and referral for alcohol use by pregnant women attending public antenatal clinics$179,118
1141606A/Prof Mitch DuncanCareer Development FellowshipEnhancing understanding of the combined influence of physical activity and sleep as CVD risk factors$476,728
1135901Prof Amanda BakerResearch Fellowship‘Equally Well’: Addressing Comorbid Physical, Mental, and Substance Use Disorders with Psychological Interventions$715,210
1136064Prof Chris LeviPractitioner FellowshipDiscovery to therapy implementation in acute stroke$577,189
1150636Dr Michael PotterPostgraduate ScholarshipThe role of wheat proteins in dyspepsia$87,956

Additional information, including previous funding announcements, can be obtained directly from the NHMRC website.

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We will send the first named Chief Investigator an electronic copy of the NHMRC official documentation once received. This will list any NHMRC special conditions and include an Acceptance Form which needs to be completed and returned to the Research Office.

For unsuccessful applications

We will send the NHMRC documentation to the first named Chief Investigator once received.

For grants held at other universities

Please advise the Grants Team via research-grants@newcastle.edu.au as soon as possible if you are a named Investigator on an NHMRC grant administered elsewhere and whether you expect to receive NHMRC funds from the Administering Institution.

The NHMRC requires a MIA (sharing agreement) to be signed by all universities whether funds are transferred or not and this should be emailed to research-grants@newcastle.edu.au once received.