NHMRC Success

While the below funding outcomes list only the first-named Chief Investigator on a successful grant, the university also acknowledges the hard work of all members of the research teams who prepare, submit and participate in successful grant applications.

NHMRC Funding Commencing in 2021

APP IDChief InvestigatorProject TitleRecommended Budget
2001767Doctor Michelle BovillYindymarra (to honour, respect) Aboriginal experiences
in the conduct of health research: the development of practical recommendations to enhance the uptake of ethical research guidelines
2002882Professor Michael NilssonUsing a national level multi-registry analysis to determine whether prescribed anti-platelet therapies post-stroke can modify the risk of cognitive decline or dementia$446,302.05
2002953Professor Peter WarkER stress-Unfolded Protein Response a critical metabolic pathway for airway remodelling in asthma$789,474.50
2002141Professor Jon HirstNeonatal therapy for improving myelination and long term outcome following preterm birth$799,883.00
2003933Professor Juanita ToddPerceiving is believing: Perceptual inference anomalies in schizophrenia.$344,823.00
2004514Professor Peter GibsonBushfire smoke exposure during pregnancy and epigenetic changes in offspring$1,707,578.55
2004860Professor Simon KeelyWheat proteins, the duodenal microbiome and immune activation in the aetiopathogenesis of non-coeliac gluten sensitivity and functional dyspepsia

NHMRC Funding Commencing in 2020

APP ID Chief Investigator Scheme Name Project Title Recommended Budget
1193234Laureate Professor Robert Sanson-FisherPartnership ProjectsThe impact of individualised care plans for elderly patients discharged home from hospital after neck of femur fracture: A randomised controlled trial$475,920.50
1198362Professor Vanessa McDonaldCentres of Research Excellence - Centres of Clinical Research Excellence (CRE)Centre of Research Excellence in Asthma Treatable Traits (CREATT)$2,500,000.00
1197131Professor Frances Kay-LambkinInvestigator GrantTransforming treatment for mental health and substance use disorders: Leveraging technology to bridge the evidence-practice gap$2,090,576.00
1197022Associate Professor Luke WolfendenInvestigator GrantTransforming approaches to chronic disease prevention in community settings$2,738,220.00
1196514Dr Kelvin KongInvestigator GrantImproving Aboriginal Children's Access to Better Ear and Hearing Health through Telehealth ENT$1,123,450.00
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
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
APP ID Chief Investigator Scheme Name Project Title Recommended Budget
1137995 Prof Philip Hansbro Project Grant Elucidating the role and potential for therapeutic targeting of TLR7 in emphysema and COPD $925,780
1138004 Prof Philip Hansbro Project Grant Defining the roles and targeting interferon-epsilon as a new therapy for influenza in asthma and COPD $905,904
1138402 Dr Chantal Donovan Project Grant Targeting remodelling in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic asthma and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis(IPF) $386,634
1139125 Prof Amanda Baker Project Grant Quitlink: Accessible smoking cessation support for people living with severe and enduring mental illness $1,141,189
1142861 A/Prof Rohan Walker Project Grant Microglial paralysis in post-stroke neurodegeneration: help or hindrance? $512,351
1142862 A/Prof Rohan Walker Project Grant Stroke induced disturbances in glymphatic clearance: implications for brain repair? $491,688
1143614 Dr Heather Lee Project Grant Targeting cancer-initiating cells with DNA methyltransferase inhibitors: single-cell analysis to decipher molecular mechanisms and improve efficacy. $175,000
1144638 A/Prof Brett Graham Project Grant Excitatory interneurons: a sensory amplifier for pathological pain $649,848
1145332 A/Prof Christopher Grainge Project Grant How does bronchoconstriction worsen asthma? $1,064,747
1145998 Dr Kirsty Pringle Project Grant Maternal Recognition of Fetal Sex in the Regulation of Labour $455,821
1146524 Dr Gerard Kaiko Project Grant Functional characterisation of novel metabolites in asthma and identification of new biomarkers $818,464
1147207 A/Prof Christopher Dayas Project Grant Cognitive inflexibility and the development of pathological habits in brain diseases $871,742
1147271 Prof Xu Dong Zhang Project Grant Role of lncRNA IDH1-AS1 in regulating c-Myc driven-glycolysis and tumorigenesis $675,585
1147533 A/Prof Joerg Lehmann Project Grant First ever system to continuously and directly measure the internal anatomy to guide breast cancer radiation treatment under deep inspiration breath hold $404,109
1147644 A/Prof Murray Cairns Project Grant Complete genomics for mechanistic insight and precision treatments of schizophrenia $1,133,341
1147894 A/Prof Murray Cairns Project Grant Network biomarkers of traumatic stress resilience and sensitivity $638,407
1147932 Prof Brett Nixon Project Grant Elucidating the role of epididymosomes in the transfer of fertility-modulating proteins and regulatory classes of RNA to maturing spermatozoa $531,978
1150165 A/Prof Gillian Gould Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship Translating evidence based smoking cessation care for pregnant Indigenous smokers $179,118
1150661 Mrs Rachel Sutherland Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship A randomised trial of an intervention to facilitate the implementation of evidence based secondary school physical activity practices. $179,118
1150476 Dr Melaine Kingsland Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship Improving the implementation of screening, brief advice and referral for alcohol use by pregnant women attending public antenatal clinics $179,118
1141606 A/Prof Mitch Duncan Career Development Fellowship Enhancing understanding of the combined influence of physical activity and sleep as CVD risk factors $476,728
1135901 Prof Amanda Baker Research Fellowship ‘Equally Well’: Addressing Comorbid Physical, Mental, and Substance Use Disorders with Psychological Interventions $715,210
1136064 Prof Chris Levi Practitioner Fellowship Discovery to therapy implementation in acute stroke $577,189
1150636 Dr Michael Potter Postgraduate Scholarship The role of wheat proteins in dyspepsia $87,956

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