Sydney academics awarded prestigious ARC Grants

University of Sydney academics have been awarded more than $24 million in funding for 42 new research projects, spanning accessible playgrounds for children with vision impairments, attracting and retaining quality teachers in early education, and developing facilities to improve renewable technology.

The Australian Research Council (ARC) have announced the latest round of successful Discovery Project and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grants.

The University was awarded 36 Discovery Project grants, totalling $18 million, and six LIEF grants totalling almost $6 million, which accounts for more than 20 percent of the total LIEF

ARC Discovery Projects



Professor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh , $587,000 - Exploring liquid metal solvents for high entropy and atomically configured systems. 

Professor Fernando Calamante , $469,263, Developing novel tractography-guided MRI methods for studying healthy brain ageing. 

Professor Jennifer Gamble , $709,714 - Investigating whether the plasma membrane is the control hub for cellular ageing. 

Associate Professor David Ubilava , $190,000 - Investigating the effect of political conflict on food markets in lowand middle-income countries.

Associate Professor Dagmar Reinhardt , $398,033 - Developing accessible playgrounds for children with vision impairment. 

Associate Professor Marianne Fenech , $664,259 - Attracting, preparing, and sustaining quality teachers in early education. 

Associate Professor Giorgia Alù  and Professor Rebecca Suter , $391,371 - Mapping creativity in captivity during WWII. 

  • Professor Brian Uy, $569,705 - Composite clad steel-geopolymer concrete systems for resilient structures. 


  • ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)



    Professor Gwenaelle Proust , $546,254.00 - improving access to powder manufacturing.

    Professor Chris Ling , $1,341,398 - to develop a diffrractometer to rapidly solve the atomic-scale structures of molecules and materials.

    Associate Professor Lining (Arnold) Ju , $928,291 - to establish a single-molecule facility allowing researchers to explore cellular processes and molecular mechanisms.

    The majority of LIEF funding will support the Univerisity’s  Core Research Facilities (CRF) network, further bolstering the open-access research infrastructure that the University operates.

    In the infrastructure space, the University also stands to benefit from the federal government’s recent commitment of $650m to support research infrastructure through its  National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) program, with four established nodes within the CRF network and new nodes in the pipeline.