Tranche One summaries

Twenty‑one successful research projects were awarded funding in Tranche One of Australia’s Economic Accelerator (AEA) Seed Grants.

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Funding was awarded in the following National Reconstruction Fund priority areas:

  • 11 renewables and low emission technologies projects
  • 10 medical science projects

Renewables and low emission technologies

Funding awarded for renewables and low emission technologies projects


Project Title

Lead Entrepreneur

Grant Funding

Griffith University

Lithium-ion Battery Recycling and Reclamation

Dr Zhenzhen Wu


Macquarie University

Industrially viable manufacturing for next generation solar cells

Prof Shujuan Huang


Monash University

Direct air capture of carbon dioxide and water to enable sustainable biomanufacturing

Dr Masood Sheikh Alivand


RMIT University

NanoVibeH2: High Frequency Sound Wave Electrolytic Enhancement for Efficient Green Hydrogen Production

A/Prof Amgad Rezk


The University of Adelaide

Developing high-performance nickel-rich layered cathodes for automotive lithium-ion batteries

Dr Gemeng Liang


The University of Adelaide

On-sun testing of thermo-photocatalytic water-splitting for hydrogen production

Prof Greg Metha


The University of New South Wales

Low-Emission Carbon Dioxide Recycling Technology for Concrete Masonry Production

Dr Alireza Kashani


The University of New South Wales

Commercialisation of a novel conductive polymer for next-generation solar modules

Dr Ziheng Liu


The University of New South Wales

Geothermal Cities: Transforming Urban Energy Supply with Innovative and Cost-Effective Shallow Geothermal Systems

Dr Asal Bidarmaghz


The University of Queensland

Market-relevant Rechargeable Aluminium Battery Prototyping

Dr Xiaodan Huang


University of Southern Queensland

Development of low carbon emission and sustainable reformable thermoplastic GFRP composites

Dr Omar Alajarmeh


Medical science

Funding awarded for medical science projects


Project Title

Lead Entrepreneur

Grant Funding

Monash University

Targeting the Kv1.3 potassium channel to treat chronic kidney disease

Dr Dorothy Wai


Queensland University of Technology

Development of a mini-gut reactor system for functional screening of gut microbiome modulators

Prof Yi-Chin Toh


The Australian National University

Developing Spatial Adaptive Imaging for Clinics

Dr Woei Ming Steve Lee


The University of Adelaide

Improving diabetes treatment with a point-of-care device to objectively assess disease

Prof Robert McLaughlin


The University of Melbourne

High resolution cortical recording for the prediction and prevention of epileptic seizures

Prof Steven Prawer


The University of Melbourne

A Better Fail-Safe Device to Reduce Femoral Fractures in Patients with Osseointegrated Implants

Dr Hans Gray


The University of New South Wales

Establishing Vision-BaDGE anti-VEGF DNA therapy for age-related macular degeneration

Dr Georg von Jonquieres


The University of Queensland

Utilising alternative cytokine receptor signalling for enhanced cell-based cancer immunotherapy

A/Prof Andrew Brooks


The University of Queensland

ChimerDx - Next generation rapid diagnostics using chimeric viral antigens

Dr Jody Hobson-Peters


The University of Queensland

Antigen specific immune tolerance induction technology using liposomes for treatment of drug free remission rheumatoid arthritis

Dr Hendrik Nel


Further information on the research projects will be published shortly.