Future Fellows: how many and where

There are 100 new Future Fellows, which means another 575 researchers are wondering what happens next

The Australian Research Council has announced details of the new round of its mid-career researcher scheme.

The successful 15 per cent of applicants share $93m of the $100m they asked for in the round announced yesterday.

Where they work: As usual the Group of Eight scooped up buckets of money and 58 per cent of total awards.

Uni Melbourne has 12 new FFs, UNSW ten, Uni Sydney nine, ANU and Uni Queensland have seven each, Monash U and Uni Adelaide both have five and UWA three.

Outside the golden group, QUT does well with seven and Curtin U and Macquarie U both have six.

However, the per centage success rate for institutions making a major investment in the scheme (say, 20 or more applications) is quite distinct.

applications per centage success
Macquarie U 20 30
Curtin U 22 27
Griffith U 21 23
ANU 31 22
Uni Adelaide 25 20
QUT 39 17
Swinburne U 23 17
Uni Melbourne 67 17
UNSW 71 14
Uni Sydney 69 13
Uni Queensland 57 12
Monash U 49 10
RMIT 21   9
UTS 23   4

Gender: 257 applicants were women (16.3 per cent success rate), 411 men (13.9 per cent) and seven (14.3 per cent) did not specify gender.

CMM’s pick of the projects (base criteria: having at least a vague grasp of what academics will work on):

Anita Ho-Baillie (Uni Sydney): photovoltaics to power space hardware

Julia Blanchard (U Tas): ocean-based food security under climate change

Bina D’Costa (ANU): protection of children in forced migrations

Christopher Drovandi (QUT): fitting complex simulation-based statistical models to data

Jennifer Flegg (Uni Melbourne): data integration modelling for infectious diseases response

Ajmal Mian (UWA) “robust and explainable” 3D computer vision

Nigel Rogasch (Uni Adelaide): neural mechanisms of working memory




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