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ARC large grants
The ARC announces the results of its Large Grant applications at the
end of each calendar year. We hope to keep a reasonable list of the
holders of these grants within the discipline of Mathematics. (This is
of course slightly illdefined.) Unfortunately at present the ARC has
not released a list of the successful applicants to the Mathematics
and Physics panel announced in 1998, so preparing the latest
list is proving a little time consuming.
In the meantime, interested readers can download the
entire list of successful large research grants
across all disciplines (about 500K).
(This page is no longer available, but a selection of the information
is available here.)
This file contains a list of successful mathematics grants which
were announced in November 1997 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 (web@austms.org.au).
Also of interest might be
 The
Australian Research Council home page.

ARC page of Successful Large Grants.
This contains some (very large) files of 1998 Grants awarded,
plus a much smaller and more helpful file of the grants awarded in 1997.
(This page is no longer available, but a selection of similar information,
for 1997 and later years, can be found by browsing
here.)
Mathematics grants from Mathematics & Physics
Panel 19992001
Note: The institutions named below are those that will
administer the grant. Some of the Chief Investigators are based at
other institutions.
 VV Anh, CC Heyde, M Farge,
QUT,
Structural Study of LongRange Dependence, Infinite
Variance and Coherent Structures.
$60,000
$62,000
$64,000
 RA Bartnik,
U Canberra,
Einstein Equations, Black Holes and Gravitational Waves:
Theoretical Properties, Algorithms and Computer Simulation
$52,000
$52,000
$52,000
 JJ Cannon,
U Sydney,
An Integrated Approach to Computation in Arithmetic Fields
$88,000
$90,000
$96,000
 A Carey ,
U Adelaide,
Type II spectral flow and applications to mathematical physics
$36,000
$36,000
$36,000
 EN Dancer,
U Sydney,
Population Models and Partial Differential Equations
$68,000
$70,000
$72,000
 K Ecker ,
Monash,
Mean Curvature Flow of Noncompact Spacelike Hypersurfaces in
Asymptotically Flat Spacetimes with
Applications in General Relativity
$53,000
$55,000
$57,000
 P Hall,
ANU,
Theory and Applications of ComputerIntensive Statistical Methods
$180,000
$186,000
$204,000
 IR James and RA Maller,
Murdoch,
Multivariate Failure Time Analysis
$50,000
$52,000
$54,000
 N Joshi, MD Kruskal, MJ Ablowitz, S Chakravarti ,
U Adelaide,
Complex Asymptotics and Integrability
$65,000
$67,000
$69,000
 R Kohn, SJ Sheather,
UNSW,
Flexible methods for estimating regression models
$60,000
$55,000
$57,000
 GI Lehrer,
U Sydney,
Group Representation Theory and Cohomology of Algebraic Varieties
$100,500
$102,500
$104,500
 A McIntosh,
Macquarie,
Harmonic Analysis, Boundary Value Problems, and Maxwell's
Equations in Lipschitz Domains
$79,000
$81,000
$83,000
 RK Milne, GF Yeo, BW Madsen,
UWA,
Ion Channel Interactions: Stochastic Modelling and Inference
$53,000
$55,000
$57,000
 ES Noussair, EN Dancer,
UNSW,
The effects of the domain geometry and topology in nonlinear elliptic
equations
$58,500
$60,500
$66,500
 CE Pearce,
U Adelaide,
Tight bounds for some performance measures in loss systems occurring
in telecommunications networks
$53,000
$55,000
$57,000
 CE Praeger,
UWA,
Transitive Graphs and Quasiprimitive Permutation Groups
$60,000
$57,000
$63,000
 L Qi, R Womersley,
UNSW,
SQP and QPfree algorithms for nonlinear programming
$55,000
$57,000
$59,000
 I Raeburn ,
U Newcastle,
Toeplitz algebras, semigroup corssed products, and number theory
$78,000
$80,000
$82,000
 RA Sammut, AV Buryak, YS Kivshar,
UNSW (ADFA),
Parametric wave mixing in nonlinear optical materials
$53,000
$50,000
$55,000
 IH Sloan,
UNSW,
Numerical integration and approximation in high dimensions
$68,000
$70,000
$76,000
 R Street, G Kelly, RFC Walters, M Johnson,
Macquarie,
Category Theory Arising from Geometry, Algebra, Computer
Science and Physics
$121,000
$124,000
$127,000
 RC Wolff and KL Mengersen,
QUT,
Convergence Diagnostics for Markov Chain Monte Carlo:
A NonParametric and NonLinear Dynamical Systems Approach
$25,000
$24,906
$50,000
Some comments from Ian Sloan
(Chair of the Mathematics and Physics Panel)
This year there were 60 large grants from the Maths and Physics
Panel,
plus one special investigator (J F Williams for UWA, in experimental
atomic physics). That represents a success rate (counting the
special
investigator) of around 19.7%.
I think it is important to reflect a little on what a success
rate of this order actually means. People often speak as if a
successs
rate of 20% means that one in five of Australia's academic
researchers
receive funding, but that is simply incorrect. What it means
is that (on the average) one in five OF THOSE WHO APPLY receive
funding. In some disciplines it is already the case
that the pool of applicants taken over a three year
cycle is much smaller than the number of academic
researchers in the discipline, because many in the
discipline have decided that applying for large grants
is for them a waste of time, and so have withdrawn from the
competition.
The result of the withdrawals is that the remaining pool of
applicants
contains a higher proportion of applicants who ought to have a
reasonable expectation of success.
In such a situation there is a real possibility of a progressive
downward spiral in the number of applications, very soon leading
to complete collapse. In some disciplines I think that there is
evidence
that this is already happening. This is something that ought to
concern
professional associations, who might want to argue that the
extremely low
funding levels of the last two years put at risk
the very viability of the Large Grants scheme.
I finish with one further comment about the 1998 maths grants.
I know that there has been much comment about the grants in pure
mathematics
in particular, so let me give some figures. If we say that there
were
10 pure mathematics grants (there is always some question of
definition),
then that represents a success rate of 25%  for there were only 40
pure maths applications! The fact that this is higher than the
general
success rate reflects a perception of high quality of the
pure maths applications (see above!). But
it is obvious that other disciplines have to "pay" for this.
I hope that this casts a little light on a troubled subject.
Ian Sloan
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Last Update: 6 May 1998