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Funding initiatives


Seed funding 2022- AWARDED

03 August 2022

CAR has awarded five seeding grants for interdisciplinary research on air pollution, energy and health related projects or systematic reviews supervised by CAR investigators. The following projects have been awarded up to $20,000:

1. Evaluating the selection of safe, healthy routes to school for actively commuting children

Principal Investigator: Dr Amanda Wheeler

2. Driving technological innovation to reduce air pollution from wood heaters Stage 2: Adapting the Canterbury Method for Australia.

Principal Investigator: Prof. Fay Johnston

3. Global mortality burden attributable to short-term exposures to wildfire-related PM2.5

Principal Investigator: Rongbin Xu

4. Co-design and capacity building workshop in Sarawak, Malaysia to create new Mortality Burden due to Forest Fire Smoke in Malaysia and Implications for Climate Change Planning research.

Principal Investigator: Prof Bin Jalaludin

5. The association of ambient temperature with sleep disordered breathing and sleep quality

Principal Investigator: Chamara Senaratna


CAR Postdoctoral training grant - AWARDED

14 July 2021

DInh Bui from the University of Melbourne has been awarded the CAR postdoctoral training grant to undertake two training courses:

1. Group-Based Trajectory Modelling for the Medical and Social Sciences 

2. Latent Class/Cluster Analysis and Mixture Modelling 

Total Funding $5,500.


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 - AWARDED

26 April 2021

Six seed funding applications have been awarded to CAR researchers:

(i) Ascertaining neighbourhood variation in wood heater emissions in Sydney: a case study

Prof Guy Marks and Dr Christine Cowie, University of New South wales, Woolcock Institute of Medical Research


(ii) Driving technological innovation to reduce air pollution from wood heaters: can Australia benefit from successful approaches pioneered in New Zealand?

Prof Fay Johnston, University of Tasmania


(iii) Creating an Australian wood heater emissions inventory and calculating the annual mortality burden

Prof Johnston and Dr Borchers-Arriagada, University of Tasmania


(iv) Estimating high-resolution global daily ambient and wildfire-related PM2.5 using machine learning models

Prof Yuming Guo and Dr Shandy Li, Monash University


(v) The health burden due to source specific pollutant emissions in Sydney and Melbourne.

Prof Geoff Morgan, University of Sydney


(vi) Transition to hydrogen energy and related health risks and health co-benefits: production, storage, transportation (a review)

Prof Geoff Morgan and Prof Bin Jalaludin, University of Sydney and University New South Wales


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

  1. no safe level of air pollution;

  2. bushfire smoke; and

  3. wood heaters.

The grant proposals are for work that is relevant to implementation or late-stage of translation of evidence into policy or practice. 

Funding initiatives pre-2021

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