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Southern Cross University has received more than $1.94 million in government funding for innovative research at the institution.

The funding was awarded by the Australian Research Council this week, giving local researchers a positive start to the year.

‘This is a stunning result for Southern Cross University with a 27 per cent success rate for Discovery Projects, compared to the sector average of 19 per cent,’ Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Mary Spongberg said.

First-time ARC recipient Associate Professor Lynne McPherson from the Faculty of Health has been awarded a Linkage Project grant for her project ‘Strengthening relationships for young people in residential care’, along with renowned Southern Cross University researcher Professor Anne Graham, and Dr Kathomi Gatwiri.

First-time ARC recipient Associate Professor Lynne McPherson from the Faculty of Health at Southern Cross University. Image supplied

The ARC will provide $429,569 to fund the project, which will provide policy-makers and therapeutic care providers with the information required to help improve approaches to therapeutic care and enable greater participation for young people in care.

In the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Professor Bradley Eyre has achieved the rare feat of securing two Discovery Project grants as first named researcher in the same round, worth a total of $893,000.

The money will support ground-breaking research to better understand the global carbon cycle: the biogeochemical exchange of carbon between the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, land and fossil fuels.

Professor Eyre’s projects ‘Shallow water carbonate sediment dissolution in the global carbon cycle’ ($437,000), and ‘Resolving the role of dryland flooding in the global carbon cycle’ ($456,000) top off an impressive three years of ARC success for Professor Eyre.


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