Centre researchers feature strongly in competitive grants
Submitted by astone on Thu, 11/08/2012 - 10:26
Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science have had a strong showing in the most recent round of Australian research council's National Competitve Grants Program with nine researchers receiving funding across eight grants.
Six of the grants were for specific projects, one was for advanced scientific equipment and two, awarded to Dr Erik Van Sebille and Dr Shayne McGregor, were Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA). DECRAs are awarded to up and coming researchers who have completed PhDs within the past five years.
The Centre also were named as members of two earlier Linkage Project grants in July, for large scale projects across multiple organisations.
“The number of successful grants across the five Universities in the ARC Centre of Excellence highlights the quality of our researchers and the importance this research has for Australia,” said Centre of Excellence Director, Prof Andy Pitman.
“I am particularly delighted by the ARC’s leadership in supporting the DECRA scheme to help retain the best and brightest young researchers in Australia “
The award of DECRAs to young researchers can also be transformational to their careers. DECRA funding means they will now, often for the first time, be able to develop their own research without having to rely on projects and funding delivered by supervisors.
“The DECRA is basically a tremendous Career boost,” said Dr McGregor
“It will provide me with the research freedom to continue building my research profile, while the associated recognition and exposure will likely enhance future collaborative research opportunities."
The DECRA and Discovery Project grants will extend over the next three years.
Dr Katrin Meissner (team leader Prof Chris Turney)
Prof Christian Jakob
Dr Todd Lane and Prof Michael Reeder
Prof Nathan Bindoff and Dr Jessica Benthuysen
LINKAGE, INFRASTRUCTURE, EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES
Prof Steven Sherwood
Dr Shayne McGregor
Dr Erik Van Sebille
LINKAGE PROJECTS (AWARDED JULY 2012)
Dr Jason Evans, Dr Lisa Alexander, Prof Steven Sherwood
Dr Christopher Fogwill, Dr Katrin Meissner