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University of Melbourne researchers have received $37.2 million to assist with a range of projects, from looking at new ways of measuring greenhouse gases critical to Australia’s obligations to reduce carbon emissions, to the development of bionic devices that can soon be used to treat disorders such as epilepsy, Parkinson's disease and depression.

The funding is part of $360 million in new research projects announced by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the Federal Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans this week.
The funding includes $24.8 million for Discovery projects, $8.3 million for Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) and $3.2 million for Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF).

University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor James McCluskey said the grants recognised the range and reach of research projects conducted at the University of Melbourne as well as investments in early career researchers and major research equipment.

Professor McCluskey welcomed the funding and said the grants and quality of the projects was testament to the University of Melbourne’s status as Australia’s leading research university, backing up its performance in recent international university rankings.

“The support from the ARC is based on a rigorous competitive process and reflects the outstanding quality of research at the University of Melbourne,” he said.

“This funding is welcome and is a great investment in the future. We are pleased to be at the forefront of many new projects and ideas.”