FHRI Focus Grants - COVID-19 Recipients

The FHRI Focus Grants: COVID-19 program was advertised in September 2020 and more than 80 applications were received.

Following a panel review process $6 million in funding has been awarded across the following three streams:

  • Research Grants – 10 projects valued at $2, 107,953
  • Innovation Grants –3 projects valued at $147,420
  • Infrastructure Grants – 5 projects valued at $3,733,101

The recipients and their project titles are listed below, together with the administering institution.

FHRI Focus Grants: COVID-19 recipients 

Coordinating Principal Investigator/Project Lead

Administering Institution

Project Title

Funding Awarded

Research

 

Dr Katie Attwell

The University of Western Australia

Coronavax 3: Helping the hard-to-reach

$224,991

Ms Kathleen Davern

The University of Western Australia

Humanized Neutralizing Antibodies to SARS-CoV-2

$221,902

Associate Professor Nick Golding

Curtin University

Quantifying contact networks for COVID-19 outbreak preparedness

$223,741

Dr Tim Inglis

The University of Western Australia

Western Australia-driven COVID-19 countermeasures

$225,000

Associate Professor Samuel Lundin

Biotome Pty Ltd

Precision-immunology assisted by on-chip machine learning to create a test for neutralizing antibodies to SARS-CoV-2

$225,000

Dr Brennen Mills

Edith Cowan University

Development and evaluation of a novel gamified education package enhancing pandemic preparedness for frontline healthcare response staff and students

$224,449

Professor George Milne

The University of Western Australia

Analytics to determine effective and cost-effective responses to infectious disease epidemics and pandemics, with application to COVID-19

$224,586

Dr Sandra Salter

The University of Western Australia

COVID-19 Vaccine Safety Monitoring in Community Pharmacy (COVID-19 VIP)

$217,598

Professor Valerie Verhasselt

The University of Western Australia

Determinants of human milk-mediated protective immunity against COVID-19

$223,047

Professor Bu Yeap

The University of Western Australia

Influences of cardiometabolic risk factors and testosterone on risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection in men

$97,639

Innovation

 

Dr Nathan Lawler

Murdoch University

Optimisation and validation of a rapid biomarker screening assay for identifying COVID-19

$47,420

W/Professor Marc Tennant

The University of Western Australia

Tele-screening for tooth decay in early childhood during COVID-19 pandemic

$50,000

Mr Janardhan Vignarajan

CSIRO's Australian e-Health Research Centre

Artificial intelligence technology for automated detection of tooth decay from mobile dental photographs

$50,000

Infrastructure

 

Dr Yit Heng Chooi

The University of Western Australia

COVIDexpress: High-throughput platform for screening of drugs to treat COVID-19 and rapid diagnosis

$862,382

Clinical Professor Dominic Mallon

Pathwest Laboratory Medicine WA

Western Australian COVID-19 Immunity Collaborative (WACIC)

$788,436

Dr David Morrison

East Metropolitan Health Service

Infrastructure to test current and innovative PPE and other medical devices

$322,282

Professor Merrilee Needham and Dr Aron Chakera

South Metropolitan Health Service

TRANSFORM - Building for the WA Research Future

$880,000

Professor Bruce Robinson

The University of Western Australia

An advanced digital monitoring and engagement platform for at-risk and confirmed COVID-19 individuals

$880,000

 

Any queries related to the program can be directed to the Research and Innovation Office.

 

Last Updated: 04/02/2021