Four Hunter research projects will share in $1.79 million from the Australian Research Council (ARC) in the latest funding announcement. The funds have been awarded to HMRI researchers for three Discovery Projects and a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award.
University of Newcastle Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), Professor Kevin Hall, said “We are incredibly proud of our hard-working researchers and we thank the ARC for recognising their potential. This funding enables us to continue to drive some very promising, high impact research that will contribute to Australia’s national interest and beyond".
The successful projects are outlined below:
$542,000 to Dr Amy Waller to provide a model of community action to build capacity and collaboration across social services and improve the wellbeing of older people.
$472,000 to Associate Professor Mark Baker to understand the genetic causes that underpin bull and cattle infertility and investigate better methods to predict the fertility status of bulls.
$441,000 to Conjoint Professor Phil Hansbro to lead to new and more effective ways to control inflammation that will have significant benefits to mammalian health and improve health care and agriculture outcomes.
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
$342,338 to Dr Melissa Harris for contraceptive choice for women with chronic disease, reducing high-risk unintended pregnancies and developing a tailored educational app to support women to make contraceptive choices and establish a reproductive life plan.