Future Research Talent Awards - India

The Future Research Talent (FRT) awards are jointly offered by ANU College of Science, ANU College of Health and Medicine and ANU College of Engineering and Computer Science to students from India.

The FRT is a competitive and prestigious program that attracts the very best international students from high-quality Indian institutions and provides them exposure to ANU research in the Science, Health, Medicine and Computer Science disciplines. The program offers a valuable opportunity for India’s emerging research talent to form international linkages and develop research skills at Australia’s best university (QS World University Rankings 2018/19).

Value and benefits

The value of each FRT award is A$6000.

FRT awards provide selected Indian students with an opportunity to travel to ANU to pursue collaborative research, for a period of 10-12 weeks, in a range of Science, Health and Medicine disciplines.

The amount offered under the FRT program must be utilised to directly support the recipient’s participation in collaborative research at the ANU Colleges of Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering & Computer Science and may be allocated towards costs associated with, but not limited to: return airfare, visa (including any associated medical expenses), travel insurance, accommodation, and general living expenses. The management of award funds is the responsibility of the recipient. 

Eligibility

To be eligible for an FRT award, the candidate must:

  • be a citizen of India residing in India;
  • be able to demonstrate a high level of academic ability and research potential;
  • be enrolled in a program at a collaborating institution in India which includes a research component;
  • be nominated for award consideration by a collaborating Indian institution specified by the ANU Colleges of Science, Health & Medicine;
  • be seeking to undertake a research project in one of the specific fields of research proposed by the ANU Colleges of Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering & Computer Science; and,
  • have not previously received an FRT award from the ANU Colleges of Science, Health & Medicine, Engineering & Computer Science.

In exceptional circumstances, applications from students enrolled at institutions other than the selected partner institutions may be permitted at the discretion of the Dean of either of the two Colleges, at the request of a Research School Director.

Research areas

Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Research Area/Group Short description of Research Area/Group/Project

Taipan Galaxy Survey (Prof Matthew Colless)

Construction of the Fundamental Plane and peculiar velocity measurements for the Taipan galaxy survey 

The Galactic ASKAP Survey (Prof Naomi McClure-Griffiths)

Unbiased survey of HI absorption in the Large Magellanic Cloud from ASKAP

Star Formation, Interstellar Medium, Computational Astrophysics (A/Prof Christoph Federrath)

The role of turbulence for the origin of stellar masses

Star Formation, Interstellar Medium, Computational Astrophysics (A/Prof Christoph Federrath)

Quantifying the velocity structure in turbulent rotating molecular clouds

Star Formation, Interstellar Medium, Computational Astrophysics (A/Prof Christoph Federrath)

The world's largest turbulence simulations

Star Formation, Interstellar Medium, Computational Astrophysics (A/Prof Christoph Federrath)

Supernova feedback and star formation

Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (Prof Anna Moore, A/Prof Rob Sharp)

Optical/Infrared Astronomical Instrumentation for Ground-Based Telescopes

Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (Prof Anna Moore, A/Prof Rob Sharp)

Instrumentation for Small Satellites

Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (A/Prof Francois Rigaut, A/Prof Celine D'Orgeville)

Adaptive Optics Research and Development

Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (Dr Francis Bennet)

Laser Communications Reseach and Development

Galactic Archaeology and Stellar Physics (Prof Martin Asplund)

The Oldest Stars in the Universe

Galactic Archaeology and Stellar Physics (Prof Martin Asplund)

Stellar magnetic fields and stellar spectra

YerraLoon high-altitude balloon platform (Prof James Gilbert) 

Development of a re-usable high-altitude balloon platform for stratospheric testing of space systems and astronomical instrumentation

Research School of Biology

Research Area/Group Short description of Research Area/Group/Project

Phenotypic plasticity in thermal tolerance in Australian plants (Prof Adrienne Nicotra)

Projects are available examining the ecophysiology and evolution of thermal tolerance in Australian plants. Applicants will join an enthusisastic and hard-working team to conduct experiments in the field and in glasshouse/controlled environment conditions. Field work opportunities to the Australian high country and dryland are available.

Discovering the functions and roles of transporters of biomedical importance in parasites and mammals (Dr Rowena Martin)

Our research is enabling robust characterisations of transporters involved in drug action and drug resistance in the malaria parasite, as well as transporters of biomedical or agricultural significance from mammals, insects, and plants.  This work is providing substantial new biological insights and strategies for combatting high-priority challenges such as drug resistance.

Genomics, evolution, and host adaptation (Dr Benjamin Schwessinger)

Fungal pathogens constantly evolve to evade plant immunity. Here you will learn different methods, either biochemistry or bioinformatics, that will enable you to study pathogen evolution and plant immune signalling

Pathogen detection and the microbiome  (Dr Benjamin Schwessinger)

The microbiome is the consortium of microbial organisms colonizing a specific habitat. This project is targeted towards understanding the principles of leaf microbiomes and its effect on plant pathogen interactions

Structural basis of cell adhesion in health and disease (Dr Jospeh Brock)

This project focuses on the molecular basis of the disease endometriosis, a  disease estimated to effect up to 10% of reproductive age women world-wide which can lead to internal cross-organ attachment, excruciating pain and infertility. This project incoporates 3-dimensional structure analysis of associated membrane proteins using cryo-Electron Microscopy (cryo-EM).

Structural basis of drug resistance in the Malaria parasite (Dr Joseph Brock)

The best treatment for Malaria is currently via the combination of the drugs such as Artemisin. Emerging resistance means there is an urgent need a better understanding of the underlying mechanisms. This project seeks to understand the structural basis of antimalarial resistance, aiding the development of new therapeutics against the parasite.

Structural basis of Resolvin mediated GPCR signalling (Dr Joseph Brock)

G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) are the cellular “inbox” for external messages. A newly discovered class of omega-3 fatty acid derivatives known as Pro-Resolving Mediators have a potent ability to resolve states of chronic inflammation via binding to specific GPCRs. This project seeks to understand the molecular details of these interactions

Understanding chromosomal evolution (Dr Alexander Mikheyev)

Using the unique biology of local social huntsman spider, which has extreme polymrphisms in chromosomal structure, this project aims to understand how chromosomes evolve.

Inferring the ancestral population size of pre-Columbian North American human populations (Dr Alexander Mikheyev)

Advances in computational algorithms provide an opportunity to examine the demographic history of populations, i.e., whether they have grown or shrank over time. We would like to investigate the history of humans in North America, before European contact to see how many people lived there and how the population changed over time.

Using computer vision and machine learning to study honey bee behavior (Dr Alexander Mikheyev)

The success of social insects depends on organization and cooperation of individuals that make up a colony. We are using neural networks and machine vision to understand how a honey bee colony is organized and how it responds to a changing environment.

Other potential projects available within the Research School of Biology

http://biology.anu.edu.au/education/potential-projects

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Research School of Chemistry

Research Area/Group Short description of Research Area/Group/Project

Photoredox catalytic CO2-to-valuables conversion (Dr Zongyou Yin)

To mitigate global warming and energy crisis issues, decarbonisation with converting CO2 to valuable resources stands out a sustainable strategy currently. This project intends to develop novel sustainable Solar-driven technology for converting CO2 to valuable resources with the understanding of fundamentals in CO2 photoreduction and the received products. 

Cooperativity in catalysis (Dr Annie Colebatch)

Catalysts are key to achieving efficiency and selectivity in many chemical processes. However, the behaviour of catalysts during reactions is often not well understood. We aim to synthesise cooperative homogeneous organometallic catalysts and study how they function during catalysis. This understanding of reactivity will enable us to design improved catalysts with higher efficiencies and selectivities.

Soft Condensed Matter (Prof Edie Sevick)

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded for the synthesis of molecular machines.  Feringa's specific advance was the design of a  photo-driven, molecular rotary motor.  This optically driven rotor could serve as the driver of different nanomachines, but we need to understand how these transmit torque/motion at the molecular scale.  The student will apply theory/simulation tools to describe molecular gearing.

Soft Condensed Matter (Prof Edie Sevick)

Active materials, such as self-propelled colloids/Janus particles and chemotactic organisms, show interesting flow behaviour. Solutions of rod-like particles flow autonomously when these rods are elongated and form nematic phases. What properties of these particles are necessary to achieve autonomous flows and how does chemical energy power these directional micro flows? The student will apply theory/simulation tools with potential experiment.

Biocatalysis for sustainable chemical processes (Dr Lee Alissandratos)

The project will employ Synthetic Biology to develop new Biocatalysis platforms using multi-enzymatic cascades as replacements for unsustainable fossil-based processes. This includes engineering of new enzyme activities using renewable substrates (e.g. CO2, ammonia), optimisation of cofactor-dependent biotransformations, and new tools for control of multi-enzymatic reactions. Target bioproducts include platform chemicals, fuels, green fertilisers, fine chemicals and therapeutics.

Nonlinear Optical Studies of Molecular Materials (Prof Mark Humphrey)

Molecules possessing nonlinear optical (NLO) properties that can modify certain propagation characteristics of light are urgently needed for a range of applications in modern technologies. This project, which is suitable class="fullwidth tbl-cell-bdr anu-wide-scroll anu-long-area nounderline" for those with experience working in a laser lab and with an interest in nonlinear optics, will involve using unique instrumentation and experiments to explore the NLO properties of new organometallic materials. 

Development of antiviral agents (Dr Christoph Nitsche)

Our research targets viral proteases as the Achilles heel of viral replication to combat neglected tropical diseases like dengue or Chikungunya fever. The project offers participation in the design of selective inhibitors that serve as lead compounds for drug discovery campaigns. Our projects are interdisciplinary, welcoming students with various backgrounds, ranging from organic chemistry to structural biology.

Lighting up sugars – fluorescent probes for mono-saccharides (Prof Penny Brothers)

We have developed a method of attaching a fluorescent BODIPY label directly to glucose. This allows for highly targeted, sensitive, fluorescent labelling of sugars which could be applied to the detection of specific sugar disease markers, the labelling of saccharide capsules, and the determination of polysaccharide fine structure.  This synthetic chemistry project will involve exploring the chemistry of BODIPY-sugar conjugates.

Novel Water-Soluble Photoinitiators (Dr Pu Xiao)

To utilise the photopolymerisation technique for application of biocompatible polymeric materials, it is important to develop waterborne formulations, in which water-soluble photoinitiators constitute the key component. However, although widely used biocompatible water-soluble photoinitiators exhibit minimal toxicity, the UV light exposure necessary during the fabrication process is harmful to living cells. This project aims to develop new visible-light-sensitive and water-soluble photoinitiators.

Research School of Computer Sciences

Research Area/Group Short description of Research Area/Group/Project

High Performance Computing

The objectives are to support large-scale scientific simulations, including highly accurate weather forecasting, flood modelling and nuclear fusion simulation.

Evaluating and Analysing Machine Learning Workloads on Contemporary Processors

Human-Centred Computing

Aims to produce more robust, scalable and flexible computational tools that can interact with humans effectively.

Programming Language Systems

Addresses the foundations of language implementation, including how those foundations perform, their correctness and how they influence language design.

Software Engineering

Develop the theories and practices of a new kind of software engineering with systems and design thinking at its core.

Advanced Optical Imaging and Manipulation I

Data Mining & Matching

Develop unique data mining and matching techniques that enable the linkage of large and dynamic databases, without revealing any private information.

Advancing data integration: Privacy and semantics for record linkage

Intelligent Agents

Interdisciplinary research on intelligent agents involves machine learning, reinforcement learning, artificial intelligence, information theory and statistics.

Knowledge Representation & Reasoning

Aims to develop methods for representing knowledge of physics, predicting consequences of physical actions (most of which are spatial and temporal) and selecting physical actions that have no undesired consequences

Machine Learning

Aims to understand the theoretical foundations of how machines learn, their guarantees and limitations, and the relationship between different approaches to learning.

Planning and Optimisation

Aims to build systems that can generate solutions to these real-world puzzles—following the rules and achieving the best outcomes within given constraints.

Algorithms Covers the theoretical analysis of algorithms through to the creation of efficient algorithms for a range of real-world applications, including: environmental monitoring; reducing electricity usage for cloud service providers; identifying communities on the Internet to help prevent crime and terrorism; and modelling the behaviour of complex chemical compounds in order to design new medicines.

Databases

Addresses challenges in various areas of data management, including: data modelling and database design; query processing and optimisation; data integration at different levels (record linkage, schema mapping and ontology matching); data provenance; and data cleaning.

Logic

Aims to design the logical language that is appropriate for a user's task, find proof-methods for this language and build prototypes to show that our methods are effective.

Formally Verified Vote Counting: The case of Fractional Transfer Values

Research School of Earth Sciences

Research Area/Group Short description of Research Area/Group/Project

Climate and Fluid Physics

The Climate and Fluid Physics group carries out research on fluid flow problems relevant to Earth, using both numerical modelling and laboratory experiments in the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics (GFD) laboratory.

Experimental Petrology

The Experimental Petrology group uses a laboratory-based experimental approach combined with filed observations to study the Earth, its origin, evolution and mineral wealth.

Earth Dynamics

Research in geodynamics and environmental geodesy encompasses all aspects of deformation of the solid Earth and its fluid envelope, including the development of models of the past ice history of the Earth.

Palaeoenvironments

The Palaeoenvironments Group specialises in environmental reconstruction on times scales that range from thousands to millions of years for both marine and terrestrial environments.

Seismology and Mathematical Geophysics

The Seismology and Mathematical Geophysics group pursues research ranging from earthquake mechanisms and geohazards to elucidating lithospheric structures, to studying the inner core, to developing new methods for imaging Earth's interior. 

Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry

We constrain the timing and nature of processes in geological and planetary systems using chemistry, isotopes and mineralogy, plus field and petrologic observations.

Biogeochemistry

We research nutrients, trace metals and carbon cycling in the present and past oceans, with emphasis on silica and calcium carbonate biomineralising organisms.

Fenner School of Environment and Society

Research Area/Group Short description of Research Area/Group/Project

Centre for Water and Landscape Dynamics

We develop new methods to measure, monitor and forecast climate, water availability and landscape conditions. Our solutions frequently combine Big Data from satellite observation and sensor networks, with field research, biophysical modelling and machine learning.

Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre

The Integrated Catchment Assessment and Management Centre (iCAM) is a team of interdisciplinary Fenner School researchers at ANU specialising in integrated environmental assessment and modelling. Our mission is to develop and integrate the knowledge required to clarify management and policy options for sustaining vital water and related resources. It is underpinned by targeted research in hydrology, ecology and socio-economics, and by interdisciplinary projects codesigned with interest groups. Integrated models and decision support tools are typical software products of our engagement.

Mathematical Sciences Institute

Research Area/Group Short description of Research Area/Group/Project

Algebra & Topology

The Algebra & Topology research program explores the areas of algebraic geometry, representation theory, algebraic topology, K-theory, analytic number theory, operator algebras, low-dimensional and symplectic topology, and homological algebra.

Analysis & Geometry

The Analysis & Geometry research program explores the areas of differential geometry, several complex variables, non-commutative geometry, harmonic analysis, microlocal analysis, partial differential equations, operator theory, spectral theory, convex geometry and statistical learning theory, and banach algebras.

Applied & Nonlinear Analysis

Current research in the Applied & Nonlinear Analysis research program emphasises elliptic and parabolic partial differential equations, geometric and physical variational problems, geometric partial differential equations, geometric evolutions, geometric measure theory, optimal transportation, affine differential geometry, conformal differential geometry, finite element and difference equation approximations, and geometry of fractals.

Bioinformation Science

mathematics, statistics, quantitative biology, goal of developing new techniques for analysing complex biological systems.

Computational Mathematics

The Computational Mathematics research program actively studies theoretical aspects of computational algorithms, both in the continuous and discrete settings, as well addressing implementation issues to ensure efficient and reliable solution techniques.

Mathematical Physics

The Mathematics Physics research program spans the ANU College of Science, with several members having joint appointments with the Department of Theoretical Physics in RSPE. The program is active in studying fundamental problems across a broad spectrum of Mathematical Physics.

Stochastic Analysis & Risk Modelling

The Stochastic Analysis & Risk Modelling research program explores the areas of stochastic modelling of financial processes, statistical inference relating to those models, stochastic integration and numerical aspects of partial differential equations, and option pricing models.

Theoretical Astrophysics

The Theorectical Astrophysics research program explores the areas of compact stars, radiation processes and transfer mechanisms in accretion flows on to highly magnetic compact stars, modelling of accretion disks, modelling of stars and magnetic atmospheres, cataclysmic variable binaries, and searching for the progenitors of type Ia supernovae.

John Curtin School of Medical Research

Research Area/Group Short description of Research Area/Group/Project

The Andrews Group

A data revolution is underway in modern biological science, now that obtaining the genome sequence for an individual organism has become routine and increasingly affordable due to exponential advances in sequencing technologies. 

The Arabzadeh Group

The Neural Coding Group has a broad interest in systems neuroscience spanning areas such as sensory coding, adaptation and behaviour.

 The Arkell Group

We aim to understand the complex molecular processes by which these transcription factors interact with signal transduction pathways, chromatin, RNA and other proteins in order to orchestrate these important developmental processes

The Bekkers Group

We are interested in how the mammalian brain processes sensory information received from the external world, with a focus on olfaction.  We use patch clamping, 2-photon microscopy and molecular approaches to study olfactory circuits 'in vivo', in acute slices and in cultures.

The Billups Group

The Synaptic Mechanisms Laboratory investigates how individual synapses in the central nervous system function and how they are modulated.

The Bruestle Group

The Bruestle Group studies different T helper cell subsets and how they modulate immunity in diverse autoimmune mouse models.

The Burgio Group

Our research aims to better understand how antimicrobial resistance occurs in microorganisms and how to find new therapies.

The Casarotto Group

The Casarotto Group explores how the structural properties of biological molecules can impact on the biological process involved in health and disease.

The Cockburn Group

The focus of our research is understanding how to generate effective immunity against the malaria parasite Plasmodium.

The Cook Group

The group is seeking to understand the genetic etiology and cellular pathogenesis of human diseases arising from dysregulated immunity.

The Dehorter Group

The Dehorter Group aims to determine how interneurons shape neuronal networks activity and contribute to circuits balance in health and disease.

The Easteal Group

We study the evolutionary interplay between humans and their environments to understand how this dynamic process gave rise to our complex biology; how it made us such a diverse species; and how it impacts our health and wellbeing.

The Enders Group

The main focus of the lab is to investigate novel pathways regulating B cell development and function.

The Eyras Group 

The Eyras Group is working to understand the biology of RNA and cancer using computational methods.

The Fischer Group

The Fischer lab investigates the connection between chromatin structure, pervasive transcription and RNA surveillance, and their influence on genomic stability.

The Gardiner Group

The group investigates the molecular basis of processes coordinated by platelets across vascular biology.

The Hannan Group

This group focuses on the molecular analysis of major pro-malignant transcription factor networks that operate in cancer cells using an integrated approach.

The Hayashi Group

We are interested in learning how gene expression controls mechanisms through the lens of host-transposon interaction and how they, in turn, play roles in animal development.

The Maddess Group

My interest in the optical designs of invertebrate eyes led me to study how visual systems squeeze real-time information into brains of limited capacity

The Man Group

The Man Group investigates the role of innate immunity in infectious diseases and cancer.

The McMorran Group

The main focus of our research is to understand the host response to malarial infection.

The Natoli Group

Our lab studies a number of retinal diseases, with our main focus on finding novel diagnostics and treatment options for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD).

The Preiss Group

Our group studies the mechanisms and transcriptome-wide patterns of eukaryotic mRNA translation and its regulation by RNA-binding proteins and non-coding RNA.

The Quinn Group

The Quinn Group's current research involves generating genetic models using Drosophila melanogaster to understand the initiation and progression of human cancer.

The Simeonovic Group

We propose that during T1D development, neutrophils are activated by platelets to release NETs/histones inside blood vessels and within islets.

The Soboleva Group

The Soboleva Group studies mechanisms by which epigenetics controls cell differentiation and how those processes are affected in cancer.

The Stuart Group

The Neuronal Signalling Group studies the electrical and chemical signals that nerve cells in the brain use to communicate with one another.

The Thompson Group

Our lab studies the molecular mechanisms of epithelial tissue development, tissue regeneration and carcinoma formation.

The Tremethick Group

The Group studies chromatin and transcriptional regulation during development.

The Tscharke Group

Our research interests are Immunity to virus infection and in particular CD8+ T cells, poxviruses and herpesviruses and antigen presentation.

The Vinuesa Group

The Humoral Immunity and Autoimmunity Group is investigating the cellular and molecular events that regulate production and selection versus elimination of memory B cells, which is of critical importance to understand how best to harness immune responses against infection, and to mitigate against autoimmunity.

The Wen Group

The Wen Group focuses on the computational biology of RNA and functional genomics.

ANU Medical School

Research Area/Group Short description of Research Area/Group/Project

Role of islet beta-cell in pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes (Prof. Christopher Nolan (Endocrinology Research)

We study pancreatic islet biology in novel mouse models prone and resistant to the development of type 2 diabetes. Our research suggests that an initial phase of insulin hypersecretion to diet-induced stress is important and may be a target for new preventive strategies. We also are interested in early life environment and epigenetics in islet beta-cell susceptibility to failure.

Assessing diabetes complications via the eye in young type 1 diabetic patients (Profs Christopher Nolan & Ted Maddess)

We have a research program in place investigating the utility of a new eye test - called multifocal pupillographic obejective perimetry (mfPOP) for assessing early staged of diabetic eye disease and neuropathy in patients with type 1 diabetes. Our hypothesis is the mfPOP can be used as a screening and monitoring tool for diabetic eye disease, diabetic neruropathy and diabetes-induced tissue injury.

Research School of Physics

Please see School's research project website. You may filter for 'summer scholars' but please do not limit your search to only those projects. Most research projects can be adjusted to suit a 10 - 12 week research period. 

Research School of Population Health

Research Area/Group Short description of Research Area/Group/Project

Evaluation of arboviral diseases surveillance systems in India (Dr Meru Sheel)

This project will use a mixed-method approach to assess public health surveillance systems used in India. Methods may use quantitative and qualitative data analyses skills to understand the ability of surveillance system to detect outbreaks of arboviral infections.

Review of influenza surveillance methods used in South India (Dr Meru Sheel)

This project will use a mixed-method approach to assess public health surveillance systems used to monitor trends of influenza and assess implications for vaccination against influenza.

Comparison of surveillance systems for outbreak detection in routine and emergency settings (Dr Meru Sheel)

A systematic review of comparison of surveillance systems for outbreak detection in routine and emergency settings

Selection

The selection process for FRT program will be undertaken by a selection committee which will consider the following factors when shortlisting FRT award recipients:

  • academic merit and candidate’s research proposal;
  • ranking of nominated candidates by the collaborating Indian institution; and,
  • ranking of nominated candidates by the host ANU School within the Colleges of Science, Health and Medicine.

Nomination and application

The FRT award program is only open to students from specific collaborating institutions in India. Every year, the collaborating institutions will be provided with nomination instructions, including a link to the nomination and application portal.

Applications open: from early September

Applications close: late October

Successful FRT award recipients will be notified by 31 December.

Further information

Funds awarded under the FRT program must be fully expended by the recipient within 12 months from the date on which the recipient was notified of their award.

It is suggested that the candidates undertake their research project at ANU from May – July. However, the timing can be negotiated between the award recipient and the host Research School/Research group at ANU.

The Research Schools, in consultation with the award recipient and the collaborating Indian institution, may also extend the research project beyond 12 weeks. Any ongoing funding to support research experience/projects longer than 12 weeks will be at the discretion of the ANU Research School and the Research group/department hosting the student.

Reference documents

Conditions of Award and Code of Practice (pdf, 670 KB)

Contact

frt.science@anu.edu.au

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