QLD awarded more than $60m in ARC grants

Queensland once again punched above its weight in securing Australian Research Council grants totalling more than $60 million for university research projects in 2019.

QCIF infrastructure already underpins a wide range of grants, helping researchers to store and analyse data. If you are thinking of submitting a grant in future rounds, please feel free to contact your institution’s QCIF eResearch Analyst to see how the data storage, analysis and compute aspects of your proposal can be supported by QCIF’s services.
Queensland was the third most-funded state in last month’s announcement of ARC grants.
Queensland will receive a total of more than $60 million in ARC funding across 143 projects, largely Discovery Projects (101 projects) and Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA—35 projects). This places Queensland behind New South Wales’ total funding of more than $129 million and Victoria’s almost $95 million.
Each of QCIF’s seven member universities received ARC grants.
The University of Queensland did particularly well, being ranked number one nationwide in both funds and number of grants in DECRAs, and having the second highest number of total projects funded with 95 projects, just behind The University of New South Wales with 114 projects.
UQ will also receive the third largest amount of total funding for an individual university at more than $38 million, just behind the University of New South Wales (more than $45 million) and Australian National University (almost $40 million).
Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan announced on Tuesday, 27 November, that the Government would spend more than $380 million in the latest ARC funding round, an increase of about $48 million from last November.
Mr Tehan also announced a new National Interest Test would apply to future ARC grant applications. 
"Applicants will be asked to explain ‘the extent to which the research contributes to Australia’s national interest through its potential to have economic, commercial, environmental, social or cultural benefits to the Australian community’," he said.
Many of the funded Queensland projects fit this bill, with a focus on physical and mental health, renewable energy, environmental management, urban planning and social problems.
Mr Tehan’s media release highlighted a handful of research projects being funded, including a UQ project to reduce traffic congestion by developing a low-cost, data-driven traffic simulation model to better inform decisions by urban planners and traffic operators.
QCIF congratulates all its members’ researchers on securing ARC grants for their projects, and would like to remind them that if they need help with high-performance computing, cloud computing or data storage, to please contact their institution’s QCIF eResearch Analyst.

Snapshot of November 2018 ARC grants for Queensland

(click on links for
media release, where available)
Total projects funded Total funding
Queensland 143


UQ 95 $38,665,468
QUT 20 $10,868,345
Griffith 16 $5,630,050
JCU 5 $2,112,811
USQ 5 $1,883,747
CQU 1 $626,825
USC 1 $379,574