Fraud in Australia, how mammals evolved large brains, and the possibility of Pacific communities being relocated due to climate change are some of the areas of research to receive funding in the latest round of Australian Research Council grants.

UNSW was awarded 15 Future Fellowships, worth $10.8 million, as well as $10.5 million in Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).

Professor Jane McAdam from the Faculty of Law will use her Fellowship to look at potential legal responses to climate change displacement, in particular, the feasibility of en masse relocation of whole communities in the Pacific.

Dr Clinton Free from the Australian School of Business will investigate fraud in Australia by drawing on data including interviews with convicted perpetrators, to improve the detection and prevention of such activity in the future.

Dr Vera Weisbecker from the Faculty of Science has won one of 28 DECRAs awarded to UNSW, to look at how mammals evolved large brains. The grant will allow her to focus on brain structure, development and evolution in the mostly Australian marsupials.

Two Future Fellowships worth almost $1.25 million were also awarded to the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.

For all the results, go to the ARC website

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