Research Grants Lift Uni's National Profile

Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia), November 19, 2011 | Go to article overview

Research Grants Lift Uni's National Profile


ONE of the key objectives in the University of the Sunshine Coast's new strategic plan is to lift the research profile of the institution. To do this, we need to be able to demonstrate success at the big end of town, and for the university sector this means success with national competitive grants, especially through the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Year one of the new strategic plan has been an eventful one on the research front. It started with the appointment of our first Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Roland De Marco, and was followed a little later with a $5.4 million grant through the Collaborative Research Networks fund.

The next achievement was with the NHMRC, which awarded a grant to USC's Associate Professor of Biomedical Science Shelley Walton through the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.

In the past couple of weeks, ARC research grants for next year were announced and we were delighted that two separate Discovery Projects grants were awarded to molecular and cellular biology lecturer Dr Scott Cummins and Professor De Marco.

USC was also a partner in three successful ARC research infrastructure grants via Dr Cummins, Professor De Marco and environmental microbiology senior lecturer Dr Ipek Kurtboke. …

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