The Australian government is funding 100 mid-career researchers to focus on finding solutions to key industry challenges and training the next generation of researchers through the ARC Future Fellowships program.
Ms Judi Zielke PSM, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Australian Research Council (ARC), welcomed the decision of Education Minister Jason Clare MP to provide $94 million in funding for future new scholars for 2022 .
“The ARC Future Fellowships program attracts and helps retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers as they undertake research in areas of national significance,” said Ms. Zielke.
“These new Future Fellowships are awarded to outstanding mid-career researchers, who will receive financial support for the next 4 years to undertake innovative research in many exciting areas, with many potential benefits for Australians.”
Some of the future 2022 scholars and their projects include:
- Macquarie University – identifying the genetic basis of microbial breakdown of plastic from the gut of caterpillars, which could lead to technologies capable of breaking down the billions of tons of unrecycled plastics.
- Australian National University – investigating aspects of quantum entanglement – where changing one quantum particle changes another, even a distant one – a key phenomenon in unlocking the potential of quantum technologies such as quantum computing, which will accelerate everything from development of vaccines to transport networks.
- University of Adelaide – using state-of-the-art modeling to improve the assessment of the economic and social impacts of droughts in rural communities, leading to drought policy improvements that build community resilience in rural and regional parts of the Australia.
- Curtin University – investigating aspects of hybrid breeding in important crops like wheat and barley that will provide new tools for large-scale breeding that could increase yields of hybrid varieties by up to 20%.
For more details on the funding results of the future ARC Scholarship 2022, please visit the ARC website.