Language and lights - $37 million for UQ research

1 Nov 2016

Research projects designed to capture endangered languages and develop better organic lights are among 87 University of Queensland projects funded in the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) latest grants round.

The ARC announced funding of more than $37 million today  for UQ projects spanning fields as diverse as humanities, behavioural science, bio-medicine and frontier technologies.

Acting UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Aidan Byrne, a former head of the ARC, said competition for the grants was hard-fought.

“We congratulate our lead researchers and their dedicated teams and support staff in securing funding for these 87 projects,” he said.

“I know from experience that these grants are hotly-contested, and the submissions are always of a very high quality.

“These grants will assist in researching diverse topics such as how to offset the environmental impact of development, and the ways in which historic photographs can be used in Indigenous land title claims.

“I’m pleased to see that projects have been funded across a broad range of academic fields, meaning our researchers can create change by contributing to social, cultural and scientific advances.”

Some of the highlights from today’s announcement include:

  • Two Discovery Indigenous grants valued at almost $1 million in total will be led by Indigenous UQ researchers.
    •  Mr Michael Aird (School of Social Science) for his project From illustration to evidence in native title: the potential of photographs; and
    • Mr Alistair Harvey (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit) for his project Saibai Island Language and Cultural Knowledge Project
  • $550,000 in infrastructure funding was awarded to the Institute for Molecular Bioscience’s Professor Jennifer Stow to establish a Lattice Light Sheet Microscope facility in Queensland.
  • Professor Paul Burn from the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences was awarded $652,000 for his Poly(dendrimer) organic light-emitting diodes project.
  • Early career researcher Dr Laura Sonter, from the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management, has secured $372,000 over three years for her Offsetting impacts of development on biodiversity and ecosystem services project.

A full list of UQ’s ARC-funded projects can be found here.

Media: UQ Communications,, +61 7 3365 3439.