*Australian Math Society Web Site *

This file contains a list of successful new mathematics grants which were announced in November 1996 from the Mathematics and Physics Panel of the Australian Research Council. There will of course be a number of mathematicians who will have received funding from other panels, and we'll be happy to publish a supplementary list if recipients send us the appropriate details (amsweb@maths.unsw.edu.au).

Following the list of new grants are some comments by Ian Sloan, who is presently on the Mathematics and Physics Panel.

Also of interest might be

- The Australian Research Council home page.
- Guidelines on ARC Grant applications (courtesy of University of Melbourne).

**Billington, Bryant and Adams**, University of Queensland, ``Trades in graphs", $53k, $55k, $57k.**Cannon**, University of Sydney, ``The hard computational problems in the theory of groups and their algebras", $35k, $48.5k, $33k.**Cowling and Wright**, University of N.S.W., ``Generalized Hilbert transforms and maximal functions", $63k, $65k, $67k.**Filar and Gaitsgory**, University of South Australia, ``Asymptotic properties of stochastic and differential games", $48k, $50k, $52k.**Foda**, University of Melbourne, ``Combinatoric aspects of exactly solvable models", $51k, $53k, $55k.**Guttmann**, University of Melbourne, Special Investigator Award, $200k, $200k, $200k.**Hodgson and Neumann**, University of Melbourne, ``Topology, geometry and number theory of 3-manifolds", $48k, $50k, $52k.**Ivanov**, Deakin University, ``Perturbations of difference equations", $48k, $50k, $52k.**Mees and Abarbanel**, University of Western Australia, ``Dynamical systems modelling and applications", $55k, $57k, $59k.**Neumann**, University of Melbourne, ``Topology of complex affine plane curves", $54k, $56k, $58k.**O'Keefe and Penttila**, University of Adelaide, ``Generalized quadrangles and flocks", $56k, $58k, $60k.**Qi and Womersley**, University of N.S.W., ``Generalized Newton methods in optimization", $55.5k, $57.5k, $59.5k.**Ralph**, University of Melbourne, ``Fast quadratic programming methods for model predictive control", $53k, $55k, -**Rubinov**, University of Ballarat, ``Star-shaped analysis with application to global optimization and dynamical systems", $48k, $50k, $52k.**Shparlinski**, Macquarie University, ``Gauss sums and S units: generalisation, interrelations and applications", $32k, $33k, $34k.**Sloan and McLean**, University of N.S.W. ``Efficient solution of boundary value problems", $79k, $81k, $83k.**Street**, Macquarie, ``Coherence in category theory", $65k, $67k, $69k.**Taylor**, Adelaide, ``Management of Telecommunication Networks'', $58K, $60K, $62K.**Trudinger,**Australian National University, ``Nonlinear partial differential equations and nonlinear applications", $63, $65k, $67k.**van der Poorten**, Macquarie University, ``Diophantine properties", $55k, $56k, $57k.**Willis**, University of Newcastle, ``Symmetry and a structure theory for totally disconnected, locally compact groups", $48k, $50k, $52k.

I have assembled the above list from the partial information available to me at the present time; I apologise in advance for errors and omissions. Note that this list covers only new grants from the Mathematics and Physics (or A6) Panel. The overall success rate was just over 21%, which is extremely disappointing. (However, the figure for pure mathematics, in which area this year's applications were particularly strong, was over 24%.)

Part of the problem for the A6 Panel was that this year there was a substantial increase in the number of applications to this Panel, which was not matched by a commensurate increase in funds. (The benefit will be felt next year - there is a 1-year delay.)

It was particularly unfortunate for our discipline that the increase in number of applicants occurred in physics rather than in mathematics, leading inexplorably to a fall in the proportion of grants going to mathematics. (The mathematics proportion dropped from nearly 40% in 1996 to 31% in 1997). For it is a simple fact of life that the number of successful grant applications in mathematics is closely linked to the total number of (serious) applications. (It should be said, though, that the 1996 proportion was considerably higher than the 1995 figure. I do not have access to information from earlier years.)

In the belief that next year things will be better, I strongly urge those who were not successful this year to absorb whatever lessons they can from this year's brutal experience, and try again. (It is probably good advice not to submit exactly the same proposal: you should think through the whole project afresh, so that it comes across with maximum impact.)

I also believe that mathematics departments need to promote the view (e.g. by giving preference in the award of small ARC grants) that those who make strong but unsuccessful ARC large grant applications (including all those who survive the first cull) deserve to be appreciated and supported in other ways.

If you consider that you received a particularly silly referee's report this year, you can ask that the Panel not use Assessor such and such a number next time. (We hate this, but people do it, and we are apparently obliged to respect your wishes.) Incidentally, a surprisingly large number of nominated assessors don't reply at all. Do make sure that your nominated assessors are available, and willing to act.

Finally, you should be aware that the choice of key words is now important, because the ARC makes increasing use of an electronic assessor database to throw up suggestions for assessors. It is probably good advice to use some key words that are generic e.g. (``analysis"), and others that are more specific (``hyperbolic", ``numerical"). Do not use keywords from another discipline (e.g. ``mechanics") unless you are happy to be assessed by someone from that other discipline.

Ian Sloan

Member, A6 Large Grants Panel

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Last Update: 1 August 1997