QCAS previous recipients

Successful grant recipients

The Queensland–Chinese Academy of Sciences Collaborative Science Fund has provided grants of $125,000 over two years to Queensland research organisations in a series of funding rounds since 2014.

View the list below of previous Q-CAS recipients and their project details.

Q-CAS Collaborative Science Fund recipients
RoundProjectLocationPriorityAmount
2020

Antimicrobial nanoadditive for poultry feed

The University of Queensland

This project aims to develop a high-value natural nanoadditive containing natural plant extracts for foodborne bacteria control in chickens.

Brisbane Agricultural biotechnology and food research, including food safety $125,000
2020

COVID-19 vaccines and inhibitors

The University of Queensland

This project will use structural biology to help develop new potential vaccines and inhibitors (both neutralising antibodies and small molecules) for SARS-CoV-2.

Brisbane Human Health and Medical Research $125,000
2020

Targeted liver cancer therapy

Mater Research Institute–University of Queensland

This project aims to develop targeted therapies for liver cancer, generating new agents that home specifically to and accumulate in this cancer.

Brisbane Human Health and Medical Research $125,000
2017–18

Multifunctional nanomedicines for Alzheimer's disease

The University of Queensland

This project is developing novel multifunctional nanomedicines for efficient Alzheimer's Disease treatment, through enhancing brain blood barrier penetration and brain cell uptake via targeting technology and simultaneously delivering four carefully-selected therapeutics to the brain intracellular and extracellular milieu for combinational Alzheimer's Disease treatment.

Brisbane Agricultural biotechnology and food research, including food safety $125,000
2017–18

Therapeutics for stroke and pain

The University of Queensland

This project is using structural biological approaches to determine the molecular mechanism by which particular compounds inhibit acid-sensing ion channels, and use this information to rationally engineer optimised compounds for development as drugs for the treatment of chronic pain and stroke.

Brisbane Human health: immunology or neuroscience $125,000
2016–17

Predicting crop yield from space

The University of Queensland

This project sought to develop crop yield prediction systems using remotely-sensed data from satellite platforms in combination with crop modelling and simulation technologies.

Brisbane Agricultural biotechnology and food research, including food safety $125,000
2016–17

Better, cheaper, rechargeable batteries

The University of Queensland

This project sought to develop a new generation of high performance, cost-effective cathode materials for rechargeable lithium ion batteries for use in large-scale applications of importance to Queensland and China including household solar-charged batteries and electric vehicle batteries.

Brisbane Energy $125,000
2016–17

Nanoparticle-mediated brain iron chelation

QIMR Berghofer

This project investigated a novel approach for delivering iron chelators to the brain by encapsulating them in nanoparticles or nano-sized vesicles.

Brisbane Human health: immunology or neuroscience $125,000
2015–16

Liposomal semi-synthetic whole-parasite malaria vaccine

Griffith University

This project brought together two separate technologies that the partners independently pioneered to develop an advanced whole-parasite malaria vaccine.

Brisbane Human health: immunology or neuroscience $125,000
2015–16

Advancing ultrahigh-field MRI based neuroimaging

The University of Queensland

This project sought to develop new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to significantly improve how we view the development of schizophrenia in the human brain.

Brisbane Human health: immunology or neuroscience $125,000
2015–16

Graphene-based thin film supercapacitors

Queensland University of Technology

This project was focussed on developing advanced nanotechnology to make thin film supercapacitors based on graphene.

Brisbane Energy $125,000
2015

Ancient knowledge, modern methods

Griffith University

This project analysed and tested Traditional Chinese medicines, specifically those that protect the central nervous system against damage or degeneration caused by diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, to determine their mechanism of action and then accelerate their acceptance by Western regulatory agencies.

Brisbane Human health: immunology or neuroscience $125,000
2015

Clean, low cost solar electricity

Queensland University of Technology

This project focused on developing new materials and technologies to make durable, non-toxic, high-efficiency solar cells using a low-cost method.

Brisbane Energy $125,000
2014

Sweet sorghum for valuable sugars

The University of Queensland

This project focussed on identifying elite sweet sorghum lines with high and stable sucrose production and transform the stem into an industrial model for value-added sugars such as isomaltulose (low glycaemic and insulin indices and low tooth decay).

Brisbane Agricultural biotechnology and food research, including food safety $125,000
2014

Immune responses in the development of bone substitute biomaterials (immune responses in biomaterials development)

Queensland University of Technology

This project focussed on using materials-based strategies to design bone grafts that regulate the innate immune response for the purpose of reconstructing and regenerating skeletal tissue.

Brisbane Human health: immunology or neuroscience $125,000