November 4, 2016

South Australian universities were among the big winners from the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) grants. The ARC awarded $26.8m across 59 projects in South Australia.

The ARC grants are awarded to groups or individuals to support fundamental and applied science research.

Flinders University secured $3.6million to fund 9 projects. One of the recipients is Dr Karin Nordstrom, who will use the grant to better understand the visualisation mechanism of flies. The research may assist in developing technology for unmanned vehicles.

The University of South Australia secured $6.6million to fund 14 projects. Successful applicant Professor Lester-Irabinna Rigney secured one of the grants to improve the quality of teaching to Indigenous Australians.

The University of Adelaide secured $16.5million to fund 36 projects. Professor Dabing Zhang and his team scored a grant to develop the fundamental biology of rice and barley, hoping to boost crop yields in the future.

Congratulations to all South Australian researchers who were successful. We look forward to hearing all about the great science in the future.