Funding initiatives

PhD Top-up funding: Call for Applications - AWARDED

11 May 2021

Two PhD Top Up scholarships have been awarded: (i) Rongbin Xu and (ii) Wenhua Yu both are from Monash University. We look forward to welcoming both scholars into our CAR team.


The PhD Top ups of $10,000 per year are awarded to those scholars who have already secured a PhD Scholarship, who are interested in a career in air pollution and energy transition and health research, and who are supervised or co-supervised by CAR investigator(s) at participating institutions. 

SEED funding: Call for Applications - NOW OPEN

26 April 2021

Applications are now open for CAR seed funding grants due 5:00pm AEST 30 May 2021


For this round, there will be a focus on three strategic themes:

  1. no safe level of air pollution;

  2. bushfire smoke; and

  3. wood heaters.

The grant proposals should be for work that is relevant to implementation or late-stage of translation of evidence into policy or practice. There are up to five grants valued up to $20K. Applications are only open to the research institutes on the multi-institutional agreement. Refer to the attached for more information. 

Postdoc Fellowship 2020- AWARDED

June 02, 2020

Applications are due 5pm AEST, 22 July 2020

Only Australian citizens or residents of Australia or New Zealand, at the time of the application closing date, will be eligible to apply.

Conference and Project support grant awarded

May 07, 2020

CAR has awarded Dr Dinh Bui a Conference and Project support grant for 2020. Dinh is a postdoc from the University of Melbourne. The funding will be used towards the attendance of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) international congress, 5 Sep - 9 Sep, 2020 in Austria.


Dinh will be presenting his research on the “Patterns of atopy, traffic related air pollution and allergic-respiratory outcomes in middle age”. Congratulations Dinh!

Postdoc training grant awarded

December 17, 2019

Mahsan Sadeghi was awarded the postdoctoral training grant to attend a training course on understanding how to use the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model. This is a next-generation mathematical weather prediction program which could be applied to climate change, mitigation, and adaptations. 

Mahsan will use the model for her research into the “Health impacts and benefits of urban heat island mitigation technologies in Metropolitan Sydney.”

CAR seed funding grants AWARDED

September 17, 2019

The Centre for Air pollution, energy and health Research (CAR) is providing seeding grants to enable the leverage of funds for larger competitive research grants, translational activities or capacity building.

The following projects will be supported in 2019:

  1. Amanda Wheeler: A feasibility study of indoor air cleaners as a public health response to fire smoke pollution in Indonesia

  2. Dinh Bui and Shyamali Dharmage: Characterizing patterns/profiles of exposures to multiple sources of air pollution (indoor, outdoor and work-related) and investigating the impact of these profiles on multimorbidity

  3. Yuming Guo: Initiating The Asia Pacific Cohort Consortium for Health Effects of Air Pollution

Industry PhD application

April 04, 2019

We are looking for top candidates for a new and innovative, industry-led PhD at UNSW for 2019. You will work with NSW Ministry of Health, CSIRO, UNSW and CAR to look at the health impacts of ammonia as a hydrogen carrier for vehicle fuel.


Impact on health from new alternate energy sources

This is a 4 year PhD scholarship researching the impact on health from transitioning away from fossil fuels to new alternate energy sources with UNSW Medicine, CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere and the NSW Ministry of Health.

Applications close 13 May 2019

For more information:

Expression of Interest UNSW-CSIRO Industry PhD Program

Project details

Pitch development projects in energy transitions awarded

April 02, 2019

CAR has awarded three pitch development projects, which will focus on evaluating the health impacts in the new area of energy transition research. 


The projects are:

  1. Dr Christine Cowie (University of New South Wales): Waste-to-energy schemes: what are the potential health impacts and how do we embed health into approvals processes?

  2. Professor Lidia Morawska (Queensland University of Technology): Overcoming cultural and developmental barriers to transition towards cleaner energy practices in Oceania: A pilot study in Solomon Islands

  3. Associate Professor Geoff Morgan (University of Sydney) and Dr Christine Cowie (University of New South Wales): Including air pollution related health co- benefits into Life Cycle Assessment of the social, economic and environmental impacts of transitions to a more sustainable energy future.


Awarded: 2019 Postdoctoral Fellowship

May 02, 2019

2019 Postdoctoral Fellowship awarded to: Dr Mahsan Sadeghi 

Postdoctoral Fellowships are for those interested in a career in air pollution research and/or understanding the impacts of energy transitions on human health. Candidates may come from a variety of backgrounds including medicine, science, public health and epidemiology, occupational and environmental health, computer science or other relevant fields.

CAR Seed Funding 2018 - AWARDED

July 24, 2018

Funds were awarded to:

Graeme Zosky: Identification of novel biomarkers of pollution exposure in adults


Gayan Bowatte: Building a 3D air pollution model for the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka:  a platform to evaluate health outcomes

Lidia Morawska: Assessment of children’s exposure to air pollution in Fiji, its drivers and the burden of disease attributable to it


Guy Marks: Biomarkers of “deep lung” effects of ultrafine particles


Farhad Salimi: Health and air pollution from fire smoke in Indonesia.


Seed funds are aimed at early career researchers to carry out interdisciplinary air pollution, energy and health related projects or systematic reviews supervised by CAR investigators. There are a maximum of five seed grants available, each worth a maximum of $20,000 per project. 

Priority Area: For this round, there will be a focus on air pollution, energy and health related projects that:
(i)    Build collaborations in the Asia-Pacific region;  
(ii)   Improve exposure assessment for epidemiological studies;
(iii)  Have a focus on biomarkers of exposure to specific pollution sources; and
(iv)  Use health impact assessments to inform policy decisions in energy transitions or air quality.


Conference and Project support grant recipient announced

June 14, 2018

CAR has awarded Lewis William its Conference and Project support grant. Lewis is a PhD candidate from University of Tasmania. The funding will be used towards laboratory materials to undertake experiments on how iron oxide particles induce inflammation and exacerbate bacterial infection.   

CAR PhD top ups 2018 - AWARDED

June 14, 2018

CAR PhD top ups 2018 awarded to:

Mr Josh Horsley - Fire Smoke Exposure and Health Impacts in Australia

Mr Stephen Robert Vander Hoorn - Impact of urban land use and transport planning on air quality and associated health outcomes: case studies within the Perth metropolitan area


Ms Mona Elbarbary - Air Pollution and Health outcomes in elderly populations: Data from the World Health Survey and Study on global AGEing and adult health.

PhD top ups are aimed at those commencing a higher degree in 2018 which is supervised or co-supervised by CAR investigator(s) at the participating institutions. PhD Top Ups are for those candidates that have already secured a PhD Scholarship and those who are interested in a career in air pollution research and understanding the impacts of energy transitions on human health. The stipend will be $10,000 per calendar year. 

Applicants must be an Australian citizen, a New Zealand citizen or an Australian permanent resident.

Priority Area: For this round, there will be a focus on projects that:

  • Provide improved exposure assessment with application to health related studies;

  • Extend health outcomes beyond respiratory and cardiovascular health outcomes, such as mental health, dementia, birth outcomes, neurodevelopmental, autism, biomarkers, toxicology (mechanisms, how does it work), lung development; and 

  • Studies that use a framework of health impact assessments to inform policy decisions in energy transitions or air quality. 


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