Academy receives ARC grants for nutrition science and big data projects

November 10, 2017
Full bowl of yummy looking pho
What do we eat, and what should we eat? The Academy will develop a 10-year plan for nutrition science to help us answer these questions.

The importance of improving our understanding of the changing Australian diet has been recognised with a $118,000 grant to develop a national 10-year plan for nutrition science.

This is one of two Australian Academy of Science projects to receive Australian Research Council funding as part of the Council’s Learned Academies Special Projects (LASP) scheme.

The second project—to identify the challenges and opportunities associated with big data in Australian research—has received $210,000.

The two projects are among five to receive a total of $1.15 million from the scheme, announced today by Education Minister Simon Birmingham.

The objective of the scheme is to support the development of Australian research by providing funding to Australia’s learned academies.

The funding was announced alongside grants for the Discovery, Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards, Discovery Indigenous and Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities programs.

‘Nourishing Australia: A decadal plan for nutrition science’ will be led by Chief Investigators and Academy Fellows Professor Stephen Simpson from the University of Sydney and CSIRO’s Dr TJ Higgins. They will develop a plan to address the complex health and environmental challenges associated with changes in food production and consumption.

‘Big data in Australian research: issues, challenges and opportunities’ will be led by Academy Fellow Professor Michael Barber from Flinders University. The project will explore better utilisation of big data for the research sector by mapping existing capability and infrastructure within and across disciplines and identifying challenges and opportunities.

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