Science and innovation grant recipients

Funding recipients have been announced for the following science and innovation grants:

2016

Smithsonian Fellowships grant recipients

Recipient Project name Funding amount Project description
Dr Andrew Rozefelds, Queensland Museum Cenozoic fossil floras from the volcanoes of southern Queensland provide new insights into the history and evolution of the modern Australian flora $21,250 Dr Rozefelds will visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to investigate the classification of Australian plant fossils and will access digitised fossil archives at the Smithsonian Institution. The classification of fossil plants from northern Australia is poorly understood and the proposed fellowship will assist in addressing this deficiency
Dr David Kopelke, Boyne Island Environmental Centre Protecting our coastal biodiversity through education $20,000 Dr Kopelke will visit the Smithsonian Environmental Centre in Maryland to learn how this Smithsonian Institution develops environmental education programs. He will use the information gained from the fellowship to develop training courses to assist staff from environmental educational centres in developing and delivering environmental education
Ms Virginia Rigney, Gold Coast Arts Centre New culture city: Strengthening Gold Coast City Gallery within the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct to play a leading role for cultural tourism and engagement with the arts $16,250 Ms Rigney will visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to study the relationship of American culture to the growth of the identity of the Gold Coast to better understand cultural tourism and to develop innovative ways for the Gold Coast community to access the Gold Coast City Gallery, including the use of digitised collections
Dr Chris Campbell, The University of Queensland The Smithsonian Learning Lab - Discover, create and share: Unpacking the collections to integrate into teaching $21,250 Dr Campbell will visit the Smithsonian Centre for Learning and Digital Access in Washington DC to evaluate the training sessions that have been recently created for science teachers by the centre's Learning Lab. This will help prepare future science teachers by providing guidelines on how to access and utilise the Smithsonian's digital resources for teaching science

Cooper Hewitt Fellowship grant recipients

Recipient Project name Funding amount Project description
Ms Dana Holden, Kedron State High School Developing opportunities for teachers and community to discuss and implement design $20,000 Ms Holden will participate in various programs organised by the Cooper Hewitt's Department of Education so she can design learning spaces and adopt practices that incorporate the concepts of design into all school subjects

Q-CAS grant recipients

Recipient Project name Funding amount Project description
Queensland University of Technology Advancing nanotechnology to make thin film supercapacitors based on graphene $125,000 This project will develop an alternative to batteries by using graphene supercapacitor for an array of products currently relying on batteries such as electric cars, mobile phones and solar energy storage
Griffith University Developing whole parasite malaria vaccine $125,000 This project will develop a whole parasite malaria vaccine to produce a liposome-targeted vaccine capable of inducing both cellular and anti-body mediated immune responses
The University of Queensland Advancing ultrahigh-field MRI based neuroimaging $125,000 This project will develop new MRI hardware and techniques to view schizophrenia in the human brain, including the use of MRI scans to predict the risk of schizophrenia as well as gain an understanding of how the biologically based illness emerges. Research will define neuroimaging biomarkers of schizophrenia that might lead to earlier diagnosis and management of the disease

2015

Q-CAS grant recipients

Recipient Project name Funding amount Project description
Griffith University Ancient knowledge, modern methods $125,000 This project will analyse and test traditional Chinese medicines to determine their mechanism of action, and accelerate their acceptance by Western regulatory agencies
Queensland University of Technology Clean, low-cost solar electricity $125,000 This project will develop new materials and technologies to make durable, non-toxic, high-efficiency solar cells using a low-cost method

Smithsonian Fellowships grant recipients

Recipient Project name Funding amount Project description
Mr Matthew Hayes, The University of Queensland Growth and interspecific competition in mangroves: The potential effects of climate change on community composition of mangroves $21,000 Mr Hayes will visit the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama to investigate the potential effects of elevated carbon dioxide and nutrient enrichment on interspecific competition in mangroves
Dr Dan Bendrups, Griffith University Presenting the Pacific: A fellowship for building capacity in the practice of Pacific arts curatorship $17,000 Dr Bendrups will visit the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to build capacity of managing and presenting historical music recordings and art objects pertaining to the island cultures of the Pacific
Dr Lucy Cameron, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation The role of government policy in building innovation hot-spots in the digital age $20,000 Dr Cameron will visit the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in Washington DC to investigate the role of digital technologies in stimulating innovative workplaces, and the implications for government policy

Cooper Hewitt Fellowship grant recipients

Recipient Project name Funding amount Project description
Mrs Dawn Boland, John Paul College To empower and align through design $18,000 Mrs Boland will visit the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York to learn how to develop opportunities for teachers and community to discuss and implement design across all disciplines
Mr Silas Middleton, Beenleigh State High School Junior secondary, by design $17,000 Mr Middleton will visit the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York to better understand how design thinking can be fostered and promoted in Years 5-8