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University of Melbourne has welcomed Australian Research Council (ARC) funding today for Australian Laureate Fellowships, Future Fellowships and a University of Melbourne-led ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre.

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Exciton Science was launched today, forming a new international research hub dedicated to the discovery of new ways to source and use energy from light.

University of Melbourne researchers have been awarded the largest share of ARC Future Fellowships funding with more than $17 million allocated to support 22 outstanding researchers.

The 2012 Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research in the Physical Sciences has been awarded to Professor Frank Caruso, The University of Melbourne, in recognition of his outstanding work in the fields of nanoscience and nanotechnology.

Novel research projects across fields such as health, science and engineering have received 18 Australian Research Council Future Fellowships, awarded to the University of Melbourne from the Australian Government today.

The University of Melbourne has been awarded $21 million from the Australian Research Council to establish Stem Cells Australia (SCA), an initiative that will position Australia as a major world player in stem cell research.

University of Melbourne researchers have been awarded the most ARC Discovery grants – and the highest funding - nationally for funding starting in 2010. The multi-year grants were announced yesterday by Minister for Innovation, Industry Science and Research, Senator the Hon Kim Carr.

Ensuring children are offered the best possible start to formal learning will be the result of a new study into the quality of early childhood education and care in Australia. The five year project, drawing on expertise from education experts in Australia, Canada and the UK along with the Victorian and Queensland Governments, was announced today following a Federal Government grant of $2.2million through the Australian Research Council.