Number of Successful Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Division

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Number of Successful Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals
for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Division



010000

Mathematical Sciences


0101

PURE MATHEMATICS

4

0102

APPLIED MATHEMATICS

3

0103

NUMERICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS

1

0104

STATISTICS

3

0105

MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS

1

010000

Mathematical Sciences

12

020000

Physical Sciences


0201

ASTRONOMICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES

5

0202

ATOMIC, MOLECULAR, NUCLEAR, PARTICLE AND PLASMA PHYSICS

1

0204

CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS

2

0205

OPTICAL PHYSICS

3

0206

QUANTUM PHYSICS

4

020000

Physical Sciences

15

030000

Chemical Sciences


0302

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

3

0305

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

5

0306

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL)

3

0307

THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY

1

030000

Chemical Sciences

12

040000

Earth Sciences


0401

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

1

0403

GEOLOGY

3

0405

OCEANOGRAPHY

2

0406

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE

2

040000

Earth Sciences

8

050000

Environmental Sciences


0501

ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS

1

0502

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

4

0503

SOIL SCIENCES

1

050000

Environmental Sciences

6

060000

Biological Sciences


0601

BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY

3

0602

ECOLOGY

8

0603

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

2

0604

GENETICS

5

0605

MICROBIOLOGY

1

Number of Successful Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals
for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Division



0606

PHYSIOLOGY

1

0607

PLANT BIOLOGY

3

0608

ZOOLOGY

4

060000

Biological Sciences

27

080000

Information and

Computing Sciences


0801

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND IMAGE PROCESSING

8

0802

COMPUTATION THEORY AND MATHEMATICS

1

0806

INFORMATION SYSTEMS

2

080000

Information and Computing Sciences

11

090000

Engineering


0903

BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING

3

0904

CHEMICAL ENGINEERING

1

0905

CIVIL ENGINEERING

3

0906

ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING

2

0907

ENVIRONMENTAL ENGINEERING

3

0910

MANUFACTURING ENGINEERING

1

0912

MATERIALS ENGINEERING

5

0913

MECHANICAL ENGINEERING

2

0914

RESOURCES ENGINEERING AND
EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY

3

0915

INTERDISCIPLINARY ENGINEERING

2

090000

Engineering

25

100000

Technology


1007

NANOTECHNOLOGY

7

100000

Technology

7

110000

Medical and Health Sciences


1107

IMMUNOLOGY

2

1109

NEUROSCIENCES

7

1117

PUBLIC HEALTH AND
HEALTH SERVICES

5

110000

Medical and Health Sciences

14

130000

Education


1303

SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION

2

130000

Education

2

140000

Economics


1401

ECONOMIC THEORY

1

1402

APPLIED ECONOMICS

4

140000

Economics

5

Number of Successful Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals
for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Division



150000

Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services


1503

BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT

2

1505

MARKETING

2

150000

Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services

4

160000

Studies in Human Society


1601

ANTHROPOLOGY

2

1602

CRIMINOLOGY

1

1603

DEMOGRAPHY

1

1604

HUMAN
GEOGRAPHY

1

1605

POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION

2

1606

POLITICAL SCIENCE

10

1607

SOCIAL WORK

1

160000

Studies in Human Society

18

170000

Psychology and Cognitive Sciences


1701

PSYCHOLOGY

4

1702

COGNITIVE SCIENCES

3

170000

Psychology and Cognitive
Sciences

7

180000

Law and Legal Studies


1801

LAW

1

180000

Law and Legal Studies

1

190000

Studies in Creative Arts and Writing


1904

PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING

2

1999

OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING

1

190000

Studies in Creative
Arts and Writing

3

200000

Language, Communication and Culture


2001

COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES

4

2002

CULTURAL STUDIES

3

2004

LINGUISTICS

1

2005

LITERARY STUDIES

3

200000

Language, Communication and Culture

11

210000

History and Archaeology


2101

ARCHAEOLOGY

6

2103

HISTORICAL STUDIES

5

210000

History and Archaeology

11

Number

of

Successfu
l

Discovery

Early

Career

Researcher

Award

Proposals

for

Funding

Commencing

in

2013

by

Primary

FoR

Division



220000


Philosophy and Religious Studies


2203


220000


PHILOSOPHY

1


Philosophy and Religious Studies

1


Total Number of Grants

200

Summary of Successful Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals
for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group

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1




0101

PURE MATHEMATICS
The University of Melbourne

DE130100650

Do, Dr Norman N


Approved


The geometry and combinatorics of moduli
spaces

Project Title


2013



$117,247.00


2014

$120,503.00


2015

$121,570.00


Total

$359,320.00


Primary FoR

0101

PURE MATHEMATICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Norman N Do


Administering Organisation

The

University of Melbourne


Project Summary


Moduli spaces are high
-
dimensional geometric objects whose rich structure holds the key to various problems in
mathematics. They are of fundamental importance to modern geometry and theoretical models of the unive
rse. This
project will develop novel techniques to answer questions concerning moduli spaces and yield new insight into their
structure.



DE130100762

Joret, Dr Gwenael


Approved


The interplay between structures and algorithms in
combinatorial optimisation

Project Title


2013



$103,203.00


2014

$103,203.00


2015

$103,203.00


Total

$309,609.00


Primary FoR

0101

PURE MATHEMATICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Gwenael Joret


Administering Organisation

The University of Melbourne


Project Summary


Networks are ubiquitous in science, technology, and virtually all aspects of life. The project aims to make progress on
central questions in the mathematical theory of networks. These include designing efficien
t algorithms for approximating
the Hadwiger number, which is a key measure of the complexity of a network.

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2

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




The University of Western Australia


DE130101521

Smith, Dr Simon M


Approved

Project Title


Permutation groups with finite subdegrees and the structure of totally disconnected loc
ally
compact groups


2013

$104,040.00


2014

$98,135.00


2015

$100,670.00


Total

$302,845.00


Primary FoR

0101

PURE MATHEMATICS


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Simon M Smith


Administering Organisation

The

University of Western Australia


Project Summary


Understanding the symmetries of a structure is one way of determining its nature. Our lack of knowledge of these
symmetries is holding back research in combinatorics and topological group theory. This proj
ect aims to understand the
symmetries of an important collection of infinite structures that arise naturally in other areas of mathematics.



DE130101001

Verret, Dr Gabriel


Approved


Enumeration of vertex
-
transitive graphs

Project Title


2013



$102,000.00


2014

$99,000.00


2015

$99,000.00


Total

$300,000.00


Primary FoR

0101

PURE MATHEMATICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Gabriel Verret


Administering Organisation

The

University of Western Australia


Project Summary


Graphs that are very symmetrical are very useful in constructing and describing large networks in a compact and
understandable form. This project will involve high quality mathematical research on
symmetrical graphs, which are also
central to the mathematical field of algebraic graph theory.

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3

Summary of Successful Discovery Early Career Researcher Awa
rd Proposals
for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




0102

APPLIED MATHEMATICS
The University of Adelaide

DE130100031

Green, Dr John E


Approved

Project Title


Mathematical modelling of the complex mechanics of biological materials and their role in
tissue function and development


2013

$108,728.00


2014

$112,228.00


2015

$112,728.00


Total

$333,684.00


Primary FoR

0102

APPLIED MATHEMATICS


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr John E Green


Administering Organisation

The University of Adelaide


Project Summary


The mechanics of biological materials is complicated because they consist of many components such as fibres, proteins
and polymers. We aim to use mathematical tools to understand how these components interact in tissues such as the
spinal disc which will
aid the development of new treatments to reverse the effects of injury, disease or aging.



The University of Western Australia


DE130101191

Buenzli, Dr Pascal R


Approved


Formation of the osteocyte network in bone matrix

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0102

APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Pascal R Buenzli


Administering Organisation

The

University of Western Australia


Project Summary


The formation of new bone, which occurs throughout life for bone renewal and acutely after fractures, entraps a network
of cells that can detect micro
-
damage and direct repair mechanisms. Mathematical and
computational methods will be
used to understand how this network can lead to a self
-
detecting and self
-
repairing biomaterial.

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4

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




University of Tasmania


DE130100423

Sumner, Dr Jeremy G


Approved


Group theory and phylogenetics: exploiting symmetry to uncover evolutionary history

Project Title


2013



$124,705.00


2014

$123,839.00


2015

$120,517.00


Total

$369,061.00


Primary FoR

0102

APPLIED MATHEMATICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Jeremy G Sumner


Administering Organisation

University of
Tasmania


Project Summary


Using advanced algebra, structural symmetries inherent in phylogenetic methods will be studied and improved
approaches will be derived. DNA sequences contain a wealth of information about evolutionary events that occurred
million
s of years ago, but extracting this information requires the application of robust methods.

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5

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




0103

NUMERICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS
The University of Sydney

DE130100333

Olver, Dr Sheehan S


Approved


A new class of fast and reliable spectral methods for partial differential equations

Project Title


2013



$108,221.00


2014

$106,655.00


2015

$100,764.00


Total

$315,640.00


Primary FoR

0103

NUMERICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL MATHEMATICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Sheehan S Olver


Administering Organisation

The University of Sydney


Project Summary


The project will develop novel fast and reliable spectral methods for computing solutions to general partial differential
equations. These methods will be applied to solve important equations that arise in
mathematical physics and other
areas where high accuracy is essential.

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6

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




0104

STATISTICS
The University of Queensland

DE130100291

Nazarathy, Dr Yoni J


Approved


Adaptive control of stochastic queueing networks

Project Title


2013



$124,865.00


2014

$124,815.00


2015

$124,915.00


Total

$374,595.00


Primary FoR

0104

STATISTICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Yoni J Nazarathy


Administering Organisation

The University of Queensland


Project Summary


Queues of items competing for
service appear on the road, in health
-
care, in manufacturing and in communication
systems. This project will set up methodology for adaptive control and resource allocation for stochastic queueing
network models applicable to a variety of scenarios account
ing for parameter uncertainty.



DE130100819

Rojas
-
Nandayapa, Dr Leonardo


Approved

Project Title


Measuring the improbable: optimal Monte Carlo methods for rare event simulation of maxima
of dependent random variables


2013

$93,500.00


2014

$94,600.00


2015

$93,500.00


Total

$281,600.00


Primary FoR

0104

STATISTICS


Funded
Participants:


DECRA

Dr Leonardo Rojas
-
Nandayapa


Administering Organisation

The University of Queensland


Project Summary


Some events occurring with low frequency can have dramatic consequences: natural catastrophes, economic crises,
system malfunctions. Estimating their probabilities is a very difficult problem. This project will develop new simulation
methods capable of delivering the most precise and efficient estimators for the probabilities of such events.

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7

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




The Uni
versity of Sydney


DE130101670

Ormerod, Dr John T


Approved


Scalable Bayesian model selection for massive
data sets

Project Title


2013



$124,969.00


2014

$121,789.00


2015

$123,652.00


Total

$370,410.00


Primary FoR

0104

STATISTICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr John T Ormerod


Administering Organisation

The

University of Sydney


Project Summary


This project will develop highly innovative, efficient and ultimately effective methodology for Bayesian model selection
for large
-
scale problems which commonly arise in biostatistics and bioinformatics. The
resulting methodology will
dramatically reduce the duration of analyses in these areas from days or weeks to minutes or hours.

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8

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




0105

MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS
The University of Queensland

DE130101067

Marquette, Dr Ian


Approved


New constructions of superintegrable systems and the connection with Painlevé transcendents

Project Title


2013



$101,000.00


2014

$99,600.00


2015

$101,940.00


Total

$302,540.00


Primary FoR

0105

MATHEMATICAL PHYSICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Ian Marquette


Administering Organisation

The

University of Queensland


Project Summary


The research of this project will lead to deep discoveries in the field of superintegrability and expand our knowledge of
their related algebraic structures, supersymmetric quantum mechanics and Painlevé
transcendents. The project will
generate new techniques that will be utilised in future applications of mathematical and theoretical physics.

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9

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




0201

ASTRONOMICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

DE130101270

Breen, Dr Shari


Approved

Project Title


Tracing the evolution of high
-
mass stars: combining
maser evolutionary timelines with
chemical clocks


2013

$106,009.00


2014

$101,550.00


2015

$111,550.00


Total

$319,109.00


Primary FoR

0201

ASTRONOMICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Shari Breen


Administering Organisation

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation


Project Summary


Maser emission (radio analogue of lasers) arises naturally in the dense gas surrounding young, large stars. Studying
many types of masers towards lots

of sources will allow us to uncover the precise stages of star formation that each
maser species is tracing. Such a timeline promises to be an important tool in determining how these big stars form.



DE130100639

Green, Dr James A


Approved


Defining the dynamic magnetised Milky Way

Project Title


2013



$101,444.00


2014

$115,899.00


2015

$115,899.00


Total

$333,242.00


Primary FoR

0201

ASTRONOMICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr James A Green


Administering Organisation

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation


Project Summary


Without understanding how the Milky Way works, it is incredibly difficult to understand the evolution and
structure of
more distant galaxies. This research will show how the pieces of our Galaxy, including the impact of the mysterious
force of magnetism, fit together and move around in space, defining a new image of the Milky Way.

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10

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




The Universi
ty of Melbourne


DE130101087

Haskell, Dr Brynmor D


Approved


Modelling superfluid neutron stars

Project Title


2013



$123,128.00


2014

$115,079.00


2015

$120,819.00


Total

$359,026.00


Primary FoR

0201

ASTRONOMICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Brynmor D Haskell


Administering Organisation

The

University of Melbourne


Project Summary


This project aims to construct realistic neutron star models, that will be used to interpret radio and x
-
ray data, but also to
aid gravitational wave detection. These models will allow the study of matter at extre
me densities in the stellar interior,
well above nuclear density, thus making use of the most exciting physics laboratory in the cosmos.



DE130101252

Taylor, Dr Edward N


Approved


New high precision, direct measurement of the dark matter

distribution

Project Title


2013



$122,038.00


2014

$122,038.00


2015

$124,948.00


Total

$369,024.00


Primary FoR

0201

ASTRONOMICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Edward N Taylor


Administering
Organisation

The University of Melbourne


Project Summary


How do you measure what you cannot see? Using a radically new and exquisitely sensitive technique called Direct
Shear Mapping, which works by measuring the curvature of space
-
time around massive ob
jects, this project will make
the first ever direct measurements of the dark matter halos surrounding approximately 100 individual galaxies in the
local Universe.

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11

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




University of Tasmania


DE130101399

Shabala, Dr Stanislav


Approved


Eternal struggle: star formation and black hole activity in galaxies

Project Title


2013



$124,949.00


2014

$123,900.00


2015

$121,950.00


Total

$370,799.00


Primary FoR

0201

ASTRONOMICAL AND SPACE SCIENCES

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Stanislav Shabala


Administering Organisation

University of
Tasmania


Project Summary


The histories of black holes and stars in galaxies are intricately linked. This project will dissect the link between them by

using supercomputer models and the world's best radio telescopes. Understanding this connection is key
to figuring out
how galaxies have evolved.

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




0202

ATOMIC, MOLECULAR, NUCLEAR, PARTICLE AND PLASMA PHYSICS
Griffith University

DE130101628

Xu, Dr Han


Approved

Project Title


Efficient high
-
order harmonic generation using dissociating molecular ions with
controlled
inter
-
nuclear separation


2013

$124,500.00


2014

$124,500.00


2015

$111,000.00


Total

$360,000.00


Primary FoR

0202

ATOMIC, MOLECULAR, NUCLEAR, PARTICLE AND PLASMA PHYSICS


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Han Xu


Administering Organisation

Griffith University


Project Summary


This project aims to use extremly short laser pulses to
generate strong coherent light of attosecond duration. We expect
to produce more attosecond XUV light with the same pump energy by using inter
-
nuclear distance controlled molecules
as generating medium.

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mary of Successful Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals
for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group


CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS

0204

The Australian National University




DE130101700

Ren, Dr Fang
-
Fang


Approved


Development of terahertz
metamaterials based on III
-
V compound semiconductors

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0204

CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr
Fang
-
Fang Ren


Administering Organisation

The Australian National University


Project Summary


This project will involve the theoretical design and experimental realisation of III
-
V semiconductors based terahertz
metamaterials, which exhibit unique
electromagnetic responses. Such development is expected to significantly benefit
novel applications in defence, sensing and communications. The outcomes of this project will expand the capability of
the existing systems in efficient real
-
time control and m
anipulation of terahertz radiations.



The University of Melbourne


DE130100739

D'Alfonso, Dr Adrian J


Approved


Deterministic coherent diffractive imaging for the nanosciences

Project Title


2013



$121,412.00


2014

$117,888.00


2015

$115,658.00


Total

$354,958.00


Primary FoR

0204

CONDENSED MATTER PHYSICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Adrian J D'Alfonso


Administering Organisation

The University of Melbourne


Project Summary


The technological trend
towards nanoscale device fabrication demands picoscale measurements which will only be
possible with the development of novel and advanced imaging techniques. This project will develop and implement
cutting edge approaches to lensless imaging using both el
ectrons and x
-
rays and will enable real
-
time imaging at the
picoscale.

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group


OPTICAL PH
YSICS

0205

The Australian National University




DE130101432

Chang, Dr Wonkeun


Approved


Dissipative soliton lasers: innovative approach to high
-
energy femtosecond pulse generation

Project Title


2013



$123,935.00


2014

$124,960.00


2015

$123,625.00


Total

$372,520.00


Primary FoR

0205

OPTICAL PHYSICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Wonkeun Chang


Administering Organisation

The Australian National University


Project Summary


The generation of high
-
energy, ultrashort pulses will
benefit various sectors in science and technology, including
fabrication of nanomaterials and precise laser surgery. The dissipative soliton approach is presently recognised as one
of the most useful techniques for the design of laser systems. This project

will provide a roadmap for designing a novel
class of laser systems that can generate high
-
energy femtosecond pulses.



The University of Melbourne


DE130101300

Hutchison, Dr James A


Approved

Project Title


Molecules and mirrors: new
directions in chemistry and organic optoelectronics using hybrid
light or matter states


2013

$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0205

OPTICAL PHYSICS


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr
James A Hutchison


Administering Organisation

The University of Melbourne


Project Summary


This project will explore the exotic mixtures of light and matter that can form when molecules are placed in nano
-
scale
mirror cavities. If the chemical reactivity
of these mixed light or matter states can be controlled, a new generation of
efficient, organic solar energy capture and storage devices is anticipated.

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covery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals
for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




The University of Sydney


DE130101033

Hudson, Dr Darren D


Approved


An ultrafast mid
-
infrared fiber laser: short pulses at long wavelengths

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0205

OPTICAL PHYSICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Darren D Hudson


Administering Organisation

The University of Sydney


Project Summary


This project
will result in the creation of a unique laser system, operating in the mid
-
infrared wavelength range and
generating short bursts of light, which will have a potentially revolutionary impact in many areas of physics, health,
defence and astronomy.

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




0206

QUANTUM PHYSICS
Griffith University

DE130100304

Lobino, Dr Mirko


Approved

Project
Title


Lithium niobate integrated quantum photonics for cluster state quantum information with
continuous variables


2013

$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0206

QUANTUM PHYSICS


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Mirko Lobino


Administering Organisation

Griffith University


Project Summary


A quantum computer capable of solving important problems exponentially faster than any classical machine will have a
huge impact in science,
technology and society. This project targets this goal using photons as quantum information
carriers and miniaturising state of the art quantum optics experiments with innovative micron
-
size waveguide devices.

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for Funding Commencing in 2013 by Primary FoR Group




The University of Queensland


DE130100240

Fedrizzi, Dr Alessandro


Approved


Deterministic photonic quantum gates by amplified optical
nonlinearities

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0206

QUANTUM PHYSICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Alessandro Fedrizzi


Administering Organisation

The

University of Queensland


Project Summary


Quantum devices will reshape future technology in ways similar to the information revolution heralded by modern
computing. This proposal will combine theoretic advances in optical sciences with cutting
-
edge mater
ials to build
photonic quantum gates, removing the last major roadblock on the path to photonic quantum computers and simulators.



DE130100575

Haine, Dr Simon A


Approved


Quantum enhancement for ultra
-
precise atomic sensors

Project Title


2013



$124,714.00


2014

$124,715.00


2015

$124,515.00


Total

$373,944.00


Primary FoR

0206

QUANTUM PHYSICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Simon A Haine


Administering Organisation

The

University of Queensland


Project Summary


This project will investigate methods for drastically improving the sensitivity of measurement devices derived from atom
interferometers. This will enable experimental tests of certain aspects of fundamental phys
ics, as well as practical tools
such as ultra
-
precise geodesy for minerals exploration.

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The University of Sydney


DE130101148

Clark, Dr Alexander S


Approved


Quantum state translation in integrated optics: enabling multicolour quantum processing

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0206

QUANTUM PHYSICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Alexander S Clark


Administering Organisation

The

University of Sydney


Project Summary


This project aims to use nonlinear effects in photonic waveguide devices to shift the energies of photons, single particles
of light, from one state to another. This will have a profound impact on provably secure qua
ntum communication and
potentially provide novel routes to the building of a quantum computer.

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0302

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY


Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation


DE130100635

Chesman, Dr Anthony S


Approved

Project Title


Inks for the fabrication of thin
-
film photovoltaic devices by solution processable
deposition
techniques


2013

$124,390.00


2014

$124,390.00


2015

$124,390.00


Total

$373,170.00


Primary FoR

0302

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Anthony S Chesman


Administering Organisation

Commonwealth
Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation


Project Summary


Due to their high cost the current generation of solar cells has had limited uptake into the market place. With the use of
nanoparticle inks that can form light absorbing layers, solar cells

may be fabricated cheaply in the future with solution
-

based manufacturing techniques, such as spray coating or printing.



The University of Melbourne


DE130100615

Ritchie, Dr Christopher


Approved


Rational design and fabrication of
polyoxometalate based nanodevices

Project Title


2013



$124,747.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$124,860.00


Total

$374,607.00


Primary FoR

0302

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Christopher Ritchie


Administering Organisation

The University of Melbourne


Project Summary


Currently switches, memories and sensors are constructed through physical manipulation of their various components.
Using single molecules we plan to develop self
-
organising systems,
resulting in self
-
constructing devices. This will
enable device miniaturisation to the smallest of length scales, dramatically influencing modern day electronics.

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The University of Sydney


DE130101650

Renfrew, Dr Anna K


Approved


Rational design of novel metal
-
based chaperones for tumour
-
selective drug delivery

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0302

INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Anna K Renfrew


Administering Organisation

The

University of Sydney


Project Summary


This work aims to develop new drug delivery systems based on transition metal complexes for selective delivery and
release of a drug in the tumour.

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0305

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY
La Trobe University

DE130100186

Dutton, Dr Jason L


Approved


Base stabilised dicarbon as a new building block for supramolecular

organometallic chemistry

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0305

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Jason L Dutton


Administering Organisation

La Trobe University


Project Summary


Diamond, coal and graphite are the forms of carbon ("allotropes") found in everyday life. The discovery of two further
allotropes of carbon, the fullerenes and graphene both led to Nobel Prize awards. We have
identified a method to
stabilize another form of carbon, dicarbon, and will harness its properties for the formation of new materials.



The Australian National University


DE130101350

Chooi, Dr Yit
-
Heng


Approved


A synthetic biology
approach for mining the secondary metabolomes of fungal phytopathogens

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$124,973.00


2015

$123,065.00


Total

$373,038.00


Primary FoR

0305

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Yit
-
Heng Chooi


Administering Organisation

The Australian National University


Project Summary


Synthetic biology approaches will be employed to identify the secondary metabolites produced by the two important
wheat pathogens, Stagonospora nodorum and
Mycosphaerella graminicola. This will lead to the discovery of novel
chemicals and facilitate our understanding of the roles of secondary metabolites in wheat diseases.

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The University of Adelaide


DE130100689

George, Dr Jonathan


Approved


Applying nature's chemistry to the synthesis of complex bioactive natural products

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0305

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Jonathan George


Administering Organisation

The

University of Adelaide


Project Summary


Organic molecules come in all shapes and sizes, and the synthesis of them is crucial to industries as diverse as
pharmaceuticals, electronics, cosmetics and agrochemicals. This project aims to develop new ways of m
aking unusual
and potentially useful naturally occurring organic molecules using chemistry that mimics how they are formed in nature.



The University of Newcastle


DE130100513

Gordon, Dr Christopher P


Approved


Advancing flow chemistry:
towards total flow synthesis

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$124,500.00


2015

$124,500.00


Total

$374,000.00


Primary FoR

0305

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Christopher P Gordon


Administering
Organisation

The University of Newcastle


Project Summary


Of all mankind's endeavors, the development and mass production of pharmaceuticals is arguably the most resource
hungry and wasteful. This project aims to advance a branch of chemistry known as
flow chemistry. This emerging
technology has the potential to revolutionise pharmaceutical production by improving quality and reducing chemical
waste.

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The University of Sydney


DE130101673

Wilkinson, Dr Brendan L


Approved


Access to biomimetic carbohydrate receptors using dynamic combinatorial chemistry

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0305

ORGANIC CHEMISTRY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Brendan L Wilkinson


Administering Organisation

The

University of Sydney


Project Summary


This project aims to utilise novel synthetic technology for the development of cyclic peptide libraries as novel drug leads
for the treatment of Dengue virus, HIV and cancer.

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0306

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
(INCL. STRUCTURAL)
The University of Melbourne

DE130100424

Donald, Dr William A


Approved

Project Title


Strike while the iron is hot
-

structure and reactivity of iron
-
oxo complexes that mimic carbon
-

hydrogen bond activating enzymes


2013

$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0306

PHYSICAL

CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL)


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr William A Donald


Administering Organisation

The University of Melbourne


Project Summary


To meet the demands of a burgeoning global population, new and more sustainable methods for producing
chemicals
that are ubiquitous to modern life are required. This project will provide valuable information on how to improve the way
chemicals are made by using nature as a blueprint for designing the next generation of catalysts that contain iron.



The Un
iversity of New South Wales


DE130100770

Aldous, Dr Leigh


Approved

Project Title


Lignin in ionic liquids: electrochemical approaches towards delignification and
depolymerisation


2013

$106,293.00


2014

$124,538.00


2015

$94,544.00


Total

$325,375.00


Primary FoR

0306

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL)


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr
Leigh Aldous


Administering Organisation

The University of New South Wales


Project Summary


Wood contains a wealth of biomaterials, such as cellulose which can be used to make biofuel and lignin which can be
used to make pharmaceuticals. Separating o
ut the cellulose is essential yet difficult, plus lignin must be broken up into
smaller fragments; this project will look at using electrochemistry to achieve these processes more efficiently.

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University of Wollongong


DE130100970

Clarke,
Dr Tracey M


Approved

Project Title


Solar energy conversion: illuminating the origin of long
-
lived
charge
-
separated states in
organic donor/acceptor blends


2013

$124,900.00


2014

$123,500.00


2015

$122,200.00


Total

$370,600.00


Primary FoR

0306

PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY (INCL. STRUCTURAL)


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Tracey M
Clarke


Administering Organisation

University of Wollongong


Project Summary


The origin of exceptionally long
-
lived charges in organic donor/acceptor solid
-
state blends will be established. This will
substantially enhance the efficiency and commercial
viability of applications that rely on these long
-
lived charge
-

separated states, such as organic solar cells.

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0307

THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY
The Australian National University

DE130101441

Loos, Dr Pierre
-
Francois


Approved


Thinking outside the box: spherical geometry in chemistry and physics

Proj
ect Title


2013



$124,661.00


2014

$119,661.00


2015

$120,897.00


Total

$365,219.00


Primary FoR

0307

THEORETICAL AND COMPUTATIONAL CHEMISTRY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Pierre
-
Francois Loos


Administering Organisation

The

Australian National University


Project Summary


Spherical models are extremely powerful for understanding, explaining and predicting physical and chemical
phenomena. This work takes advantage of the spherical model superiority to tackle some fundamental
unsolved
problems in physics and chemistry, and this will lead to new insights in their field.

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0401

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES
The University of Adelaide

DE130101571

Bennetts, Dr Luke


Approved


Assimilation of ocean wave interactions with sea ice into climate models

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0401

ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Luke Bennetts


Administering Organisation

The University of Adelaide


Project Summary


Contemporary climate models do not accurately portray ocean or atmosphere interactions where the open ocean meets
the expanses of floating sea ice within the polar regions, as they lack a component to determine the size of ice floes.
This project will tack
le the omission directly, developing from modelling advances made in recent years.

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0403

GEOLOGY
Monash University

DE130100604

Capitanio, Dr Fabio A


Approved


The dynamics of continent deformations

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0403

GEOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Fabio A Capitanio


Administering Organisation

Monash University


Project Summary


Modeling the coupling of subducting oceanic plates and deforming continents provides a fundamentally new view of the
dynamics of our planet. It

will improve an understanding of the formation of basins in continent interiors and their
evolution over geological times.



The University of Adelaide


DE130101133

Worthy, Dr Trevor H


Approved


Evolution, breeding biology and extinction

of giant fowl in Australia and the Southwest Pacific

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0403

GEOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Trevor H Worthy


Administering Organisation

The University of Adelaide


Project Summary


New investigation of the extinct giant flightless Australian mihirungs and similar giant fowl of Oceania by analysis of
fossils will reveal their relationships and resolve the evolutio
nary history of fowl globally. This project will provide insight
into breeding strategies of these fossil species and the causes and impacts of their extinction.

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The University of New South Wales


DE130100467

Black, Dr Karen H


Approved

Project Title


Limbs and wings: reconstructing Australian environmental change through innovative
analysis
of ancient mammal skeletons


2013

$124,963.00


2014

$124,971.00


2015

$124,889.00


Total

$374,823.00


Primary FoR

0403

GEOLOGY


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Karen H Black


Administering Organisation

The

University of New South Wales


Project Summary


An animal's skeleton is the product of a complex relationship between its habits, habitat and evolutionary history. This
project uses a vast resource of World Heritage fossil skeletons from Riversleigh to
determine how behaviour and
ecology of Australia's mammals have changed over the last 25 million years and will need to adapt in the future.

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0405

OCEANOGRAPHY
The University of New South Wales

DE130100663

McGregor, Dr Shayne


Approved


Understanding the termination of El Nino
-
Southern Oscillation events

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0405

OCEANOGRAPHY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Shayne McGregor


Administering Organisation

The University of New South Wales


Project Summary


Australia's climate is extreme, with significant drought and flooding events driven by cycles of the El Nino
-
Southern
Oscillation (ENSO). This study will improve our understanding of the termination of ENSO events and lead to better
inter
-
seasonal climate forecasting, aiding the sectors reliant on accurate climate prediction.



DE130101336

van Sebille, Dr Erik


Approved


Inter
-
ocean exchange around Australia and its relation to regional and global climate

Project Title


2013



$124,798.00


2014

$124,708.00


2015

$124,848.00


Total

$374,354.00


Primary FoR

0405

OCEANOGRAPHY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Erik van Sebille


Administering Organisation

The

University of New South Wales


Project Summary


The flow of water from the Pacific to the Indian Ocean is important to both regional and global climate. Most of the water
flows through the Indonesian Archipelago, but there is also a westward flow south of

Tasmania. We will study the
dynamics of this inter
-
ocean exchange and investigate how it impacts regional climate and marine ecosystems.

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PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE

0406

James Cook University




DE130100295

English, Dr Nathan B


Approved

Project Title


Forecasting the future of flood and drought in Australia using
multi
-
century tree
-
ring and
isotope chronologies from the tropics


2013

$123,736.00


2014

$124,975.00


2015

$124,968.00


Total

$373,679.00


Primary FoR

0406

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Nathan B English


Administering Organisation

James Cook University


Project Summary


The effects of El Nino on Australian floods and droughts in a globally changing climate is

unclear because we lack long
climate records from the past. This project will measure tree
-
ring and isotope records using kauri pine to advance our
understanding of El Nino's effects on the frequency and intensity of drought and floods in Australia.



The

University of Melbourne


DE130100668

Gergis, Dr Joelle


Approved

Project Title


The further back we look, the further forward we can see: 1,000 years of past climate to help
predict future climate change in Australia


2013

$118,785.00


2014

$115,920.00


2015

$117,100.00


Total

$351,805.00


Primary FoR

0406

PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY AND ENVIRONMENTAL GEOSCIENCE


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Joelle Gergis


Administering Organisation

The

University of Melbourne


Project Summary


Reconstructing 1,000 years of Australia's past climate will greatly extend our understanding of natural climate variability
currently estimated from weather observations. For the first time, Australian climate var
iations over the last millennium
will be used to assess the accuracy of climate model simulations for our region.

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ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS

0501

James Cook University




DE130101705

Graham, Dr Nicholas A


Approved


Ecology of novel coral reef ecosystems

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0501

ECOLOGICAL APPLICATIONS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Nicholas A Graham


Administering Organisation

James Cook
University


Project Summary


Coral reef ecosystems are changing. Some of these changes are predictable, based on how species respond to climate
change. This project will utilise information on species vulnerability to predict what reef ecosystems, includin
g corals,
fishes and invertebrates, will look like in the future and how this will affect the benefits we gain from reefs.

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ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

0502




Griffith University


DE130100565

Linke, Dr Simon


Approved

Project Title


Planning for rare aquatic species:
conservation and restoration priorities at local and
continental scales


2013

$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0502

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Simon Linke


Administering Organisation

Griffith University


Project Summary


This project will develop a new method to include rare species in conservation plans by identifying habitat characteristics
that are responsible for their distribution. After
establishing these relations, cost
-
effective conservation and restoration
actions will target rare fish, waterbird and insect species in Australian and overseas rivers.

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The Australian National University


DE130101671

Ens, Dr Emilie
-
Jane


Approved


Exploring two
-
way ecological research to inform Indigenous natural and cultural resource

Project Title


2013

management


$121,804.00


2014

$121,083.00


2015

$122,992.00


Total

$365,879.00


Primary FoR

0502

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Emilie
-
Jane Ens


Administering
Organisation

The Australian National University


Project Summary


This project will explore ways that Indigenous and non
-
Indigenous knowledge and techniques can be combined for
innovation in Australia's conservation agenda. The project outcomes will includ
e enhanced natural and cultural resource
management and documentation of Indigenous ecological knowledge that will inform policy and have international

reach.



DE130100777

Piggott, Dr Maxine P


Approved


New technology for accurate
freshwater biodiversity assessment using environmental DNA

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0502

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Maxine P Piggott


Administering Organisation

The Australian National University


Project Summary


This project will develop a new biodiversity monitoring tool for identifying freshwater fish species without their capture or

observation, using environmental DNA (faeces, urine and skin cells) extracted from water samples. This new tool will be
used to survey for all fish species in freshwater ecosystems in southwestern Australia, a biodiversity hotspot.

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The Uni
versity of Melbourne


DE130100572

Bode, Dr Michael


Approved


Understanding the ecological and economic
implications of reef fish larval dispersal

Project Title


2013



$124,583.00


2014

$122,551.00


2015

$122,611.00


Total

$369,745.00


Primary FoR

0502

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND MANAGEMENT

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr
Michael Bode


Administering Organisation

The University of Melbourne


Project Summary


Until we understand larval dispersal, the movement of reef fish during their juvenile stage, we cannot sustainably
manage coral reef ecosystems. This project will use
sophisticated mathematical tools to understand how larval dispersal
influences the ecology and management of the Great Barrier Reef and a fishery in Papua New Guinea.

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0503

SOIL SCIENCES
The University of Queensland

DE130100943

Wang, Dr
Peng


Approved

Project Title


Improving risk
-
based assessments of trace metal bioavailability in soil
-
plant s
ystems: a focus
on cadmium (Cd)


2013

$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0503

SOIL SCIENCES


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Peng Wang


Administering Organisation

The

University of Queensland


Project Summary


Contamination of the landscape with trace metals is a serious environmental and agricultural issue costing Australia
billions of dollars each year. This research will provide insights into how contaminated sites
can be managed efficiently
in order to protect Australia's natural environment whilst reducing unnecessary expenditure.

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0601

BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY
Deakin University

DE130101458

Greene, Dr George W


Approved


Investigation and development of biological anti
-
adhesive coatings

Project

Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0601

BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr George W Greene


Administering Organisation

Deakin University


Project Summary


Lubricin
is a biological anti
-
adhesive protein that is found in mammalian joints. This project will investigate the properties
and action of Lubricin and develop novel anti
-
adhesive coating technologies to eliminate problems associated with non
-

specific binding of

biomolecules in microfluidic and biosensor applications.



Monash University


DE130100117

May, Dr Lauren T


Approved


Allosteric fingerprinting of G protein
-
coupled receptor monomers and oligomers

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0601

BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Lauren T May


Administering Organisation

Monash University


Project Summary


Allosteric
modulation describes interactions between distinct, but conformationally linked, binding sites. Research will
develop enabling technology using the unique profile, or 'fingerprint', of allosteric modulation at interacting and non
-

interacting G protein
-
cou
pled receptors to probe for receptor complexes within healthy and diseased tissue.

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The University of New South Wales


DE130100251

Owen, Dr Dylan M


Approved


Biophysical mechanisms regulating early T cell signalling events

Project T
itle


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0601

BIOCHEMISTRY AND CELL BIOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Dylan M Owen


Administering Organisation

The University of New South Wales


Project Summary


T cell activation in response to foreign pathogens or cancer cells requires a complex set of protein interactions which
must be controlled in space and time. This project will use new microscopy methods with single
-
molecule sensitivity to
determine how th
e cell membrane and protein clustering regulate these interactions.

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0602

ECOLOGY
James Cook University

DE130100688

Hoey, Dr Andrew S


Approved


Macroalgal
-
driven feedbacks and the dynamics of coral reef ecosystems

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0602

ECOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Andrew S Hoey


Administering Organisation

James Cook University


Project Summary


Seaweed overgrowth
poses one of the greatest threats to coral reefs. This project aims to understand the role of
seaweeds in shaping ecological processes on degraded coral reefs. In doing so it will not only identify the processes
that maintain and reinforce seaweed dominanc
e on coral reefs, but also identify ways to reverse such states.



The Australian National University


DE130100174

Brouwer, Dr Lyanne


Approved


Family matters: kin selection and competition in cooperative breeders

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0602

ECOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Lyanne Brouwer


Administering Organisation

The Australian National University


Project Summary


In the absence of dispersal of one or both sexes kin competition and inbreeding are expected to increase. This project
will study group living fairy
-
wrens, which vary in whether or not one sex disperses. The results will shed new light
on
how species overcome the negative aspects of this behaviour and inform us about the consequences for populations
and habitat management.

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The University of Melbourne


DE130100434

Murphy, Dr Brett P


Approved

Project Title


What fire regimes can maintain biodiversity in northern Australia's savannah
landscapes, and
how do we implement them?


2013

$124,690.00


2014

$122,768.00


2015

$123,656.00


Total

$371,114.00


Primary FoR

0602

ECOLOGY


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Brett P Murphy


Administering Organisation

The

University of Melbourne


Project Summary


Inappropriate fire regimes (the frequency, intensity and size of bushfires) are causing ongoing declines in Australia's
biodiversity, yet we have little understanding of the fire regimes that should be implemented
. Focussing on Kakadu
National Park in northern Australia, this project will develop optimal fire management strategies for conserving
biodiversity.



The University of Queensland


DE130101410

Niehaus, Dr Amanda C


Approved


To die or not
to die: understanding the energetics of death in nature

Project Title


2013



$124,480.00


2014

$124,800.00


2015

$124,800.00


Total

$374,080.00


Primary FoR

0602

ECOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Amanda C Niehaus


Administering Organisation

The University of Queensland


Project Summary


By better understanding how and why organisms die, we can improve treatment and prevention of age
-
related diseases
such as cancer. This study will use the northern quoll as a model t
o examine the environmental, behavioural and
physiological mechanisms associated with shortened or extended lifespan in nature.

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The University of Sydney


DE130100833

Wilder, Dr Shawn M


Approved


The nutritional regulation of food chain length in terrestrial arthropod communities

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0602

ECOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Shawn M Wilder


Administering Organisation

The University of Sydney


Project
Summary


Little is known about how the behaviour of individual animals affects the structure and function of ecological
communities. By quantifying the diet requirements of predators and comparing them to the nutrients in prey at different
trophic levels,
this project will test if nutrient
-
based foraging by predators regulates food chain length in arthropod
communities.

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The University of Western Australia


DE130100018

Gagliano, Dr Monica


Approved


Understanding bioacoustics in plants

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0602

ECOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Monica Gagliano


Administering Organisation

The University of Western Australia


Project Summary


From lush tropical rainforests to small
urban gardens, plants take advantage of the surrounding soundscape to flourish,
yet how they do this is still unknown. This will be the first experimental study to explore how and why plants sense
sound in their environment, hence pioneering a brand
-
new re
search area in behavioural and evolutionary ecology.



DE130100709

Lach, Dr Lori


Approved

Project Title


Assessing pollination services of honey bees in native ecosystems and threats posed by
parasites


2013

$12
5,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0602

ECOLOGY


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Lori Lach


Administering Organisation

The University of Western Australia


Project Summary


The European honeybee is our most abundant

pollinator but we know little about its role in native Australian ecosystems
or how its many diseases may affect its ability to pollinate. This project will determine whether honeybees are important
pollinators of native plants and how a common parasite a
ffects their pollination ability.

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University of Technology, Sydney


DE130101084

Macreadie, Dr Peter I


Approved

Project Title


From sink to source: does microbial priming of degraded seagrasses contribute to global
warming?


2013

$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0602

ECOLOGY


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Peter I Macreadie


Administering Organisation

University of Technology, Sydney


Project Summary


Australian seagrasses are among the planet's most effective natural systems for removing greenhouse gases; but, if

degraded, they could leak stored carbon and accelerate global warming. This project will test the emerging paradigm
that microbes control carbon leakage, thereby providing information to ensure that seagrass carbon remains locked
away.

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EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

0603

James Cook University




DE130100218

Higgie, Dr Megan A


Approved


Can species
interactions drive diversification?

Project Title


2013



$124,950.00


2014

$123,741.00


2015

$124,481.00


Total

$373,172.00


Primary FoR

0603

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Megan A Higgie


Administering

Organisation

James Cook University


Project Summary


Species interactions may drive the evolution of species diversity but we currently lack the empirical evidence to
demonstrate conclusively how this occurs. Using a group of closely
-
related species nativ
e to Australia's rainforest, this
study will test how species interactions drive the evolution of mating traits and the formation of new species.



The University of Queensland


DE130100470

Kapetanovic, Dr Ronan


Approved


Understanding
mechanisms and functions of evolutionary divergence in innate immune genes

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$125,000.00


2015

$125,000.00


Total

$375,000.00


Primary FoR

0603

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Ronan Kapetanovic


Administering Organisation

The University of Queensland


Project Summary


Microorganisms constantly challenge the immune systems of all multi
-
cellular organisms, and host immune genes must
be able to co
-
evolve with microbes in
order for a species to propagate. This project will investigate how host immune
genes in a species evolve to enable that species to continue.

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GENETICS

0604

James Cook University




DE130100605

Lukoschek, Dr Vimoksalehi


Approved


Larval dispersal: the critical connection in coral reef recovery

Project Title


2013



$125,000.00


2014

$124,880.00


2015

$124,925.00


Total

$374,805.00


Primary FoR

0604

GENETICS

Funded Participants:


DECRA

Dr Vimoksalehi Lukoschek


Administering Organisation

James Cook University


Project Summary


This project will document how
larval exchange connects populations of reef
-
building corals in the Great Barrier Reef
World Heritage Area using an innovative approach that combines genomics with modelling tools. Predictions will be
tested by genetically monitoring the recovery of coral
populations on reefs destroyed by Cyclone Yasi.



Macquarie University


DE130100894

Deng, Ms Wei


Approved

Project Title


Nanolamps: unlocking targeted gene silencing in deep tissue with nanoparticle
-
based light
sources


2013

$119,500.00


2014

$122,340.00


2015

$119,300.00


Total

$361,140.00


Primary FoR

0604

GENETICS


Funded Participants:


DECRA

Ms Wei Deng