Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

01 November 2019

Professor Lianzhou Wang

The University of Queensland was awarded three Australian Research Council (ARC) Centres of Excellence and three ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships in this round – with UQ securing the largest share of funding in the competitive grants.

This represents $310 million in competitive funding across the life of both schemes — recognising and reflecting the outstanding quality of our 2000-strong interdisciplinary research community.

UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC said he was thrilled the University had secured three Centres of Excellence in this round, enabling UQ academics to undertake research in areas of national significance.

“This is a tremendous outcome for the University which will see in excess of $300 million of funding into UQ-led research,” Professor Peter Høj said.

“With three of the nine highly sought-after ARC Centres of Excellence awarded to UQ, we have now secured more centres than any other university – not only in this round but since the scheme’s inception in 2003 – which exemplifies UQ’s leadership in innovation and transformational research over the past 15 years."

Three University of Queensland researchers have also been awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) Australian Laureate Fellowships – with UQ securing the largest share of funding in the competitive grants.

Professor Debra Bernhardt, Professor Sara Dolnicar and Professor Lianzhou Wang have attracted more than $9.8 million in funding over the next five years for their research.

Australian Research Council Australian Laureate Fellows (from left) Professor Debra Bernhardt, Professor Sara Dolnicar and Professor Lianzhou Wang.

Professor Peter Høj congratulated each new fellow on their achievement.

“The ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships are fiercely competitive and awarded to Australia’s best and brightest researchers,” Professor Peter Høj said.

“Each of our Laureate Fellows are highly regarded academics in their respective fields, and securing five years of funding means they can continue their innovative research that could have not only national but also global impact."

Read the full article on UQ Research.