NHMRC success for Deakin

Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:58:00 +1100

Deakin University has had outstanding success in the National Health and Medical Research Council results.

In summary:

  1. Project grants have increased from a 8% success rate in 2011 to a 29% success rate in 2012 with a 433% increase in funding on last year's figures
  2. Early Career fellowships had a 40% success rate
  3. Career Development Fellowships recorded a 40% success rate
  4. Research Fellowships had a 100% success rate

"This is superb news!" said Deakin's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Lee Astheimer.

"I wish to congratulate the researchers and also the staff at Deakin Research involved in supporting these applications."

NHMRC Project Grant funding for 2012.

The NHMRC has today announced the outcomes of NHMRC Project Grant funding commencing in 2012.

Deakin has been awarded 12 grants and funding of $7,140,995 an increase of 433% or $5,801,944.

The School of Medicine, Faculty of Health won 11 grants ($6,579,840) and the School of Life and Environmental Science, Faculty of Science and Technology ($561,155) was awarded one grant.

A summary of our Strategic Research Centre performance is listed below.

Institution Number Submitted Number Successful 2012 Funding Funding 2012
Centre for Quality & Patient Safety Research 2 1 $576,727
Centre for Molecular & Medical Research 18 6 $3,013,844
Not aligned to an SRC 8 5 $3,550,424
    12 $7,140,995

Professor Michael Berk won four Project grants one titled "Proof of principle of the inflammatory and oxidative theory of depression: A treatment study" was awarded $1,475,510. Other researchers also won multiple awards including Professor Johnson Mak (two awards) and Dr Sean McGee who, in addition to being awarded two project grants, was awarded a Career Development Fellowship.

Fellowship funding for 2012

Deakin was awarded the following:

Two Early Career Fellowships

  • Ms Cathy Mihalopoulos - Population Health SRC
    Priority-Setting in Australian Mental Health Services: Improving the economic evidence base and its relevance to decision-makers
  • Dr Lisa Gold - Population Health SRC
    Priority-setting in child population health: increasing the effectiveness of population health resources to improve health and quality of life of Australia's children

Two Career Development Fellowships

  • Dr Sean McGee - School of Medicine
    Targeting the class IIa histone deacetylases in metabolic disease
  • Professor Jo Salmon - School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences
    Innovative methods for assessing and intervening on children's sedentary behaviour and health

One Research Fellowship

  • Professor Jo Salmon (School of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences)
    Innovative methods for assessing and intervening on children's sedentary behaviour and health

View the NHMRC 2012 Project Grants & Fellowship Outcomes (PDF - 98KB)

Read the official Federal Government media release featuring Dr Felice Jacka


Dr Sean McGee won a four year career development fellowship.
Dr Sean McGee won a four year career development fellowship.
Showcase facts
  • The School of Medicine, Faculty of Health won 11 grants ($6,579,840) and the School of Life and Environmental Science, Faculty of Science and Technology ($561,155) was awarded one grant.
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