Q-CAS Collaborative Science Fund recipients

Program Period Project Location Sector Amount
Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science Funding 2016
Ancient knowledge, modern methods

Griffith University

This project will analyse and test traditional Chinese medicines to determine their mechanism of action, and accelerate their acceptance by Western regulatory agencies.


Brisbane Service Industries and Professionals $125,000
Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science Funding 2016
Developing whole parasite malaria vaccine

Griffith University

This project will develop a whole parasite malaria vaccine to produce a liposome-targeted vaccine capable of inducing both cellular and anti-body mediated immune responses.


Brisbane Service Industries and Professionals $125,000
Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science Funding 2017
Nanoparticle-mediated brain iron chelation

QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute

Iron is an essential trace element that is critical for maintaining brain function. However, iron is also toxic when present in excess, and increased brain iron plays a major role in the progression of a broad range of neurological disorders, including Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Removing excess iron from the brain using drugs known as iron chelators represents a very attractive therapy for these conditions, but most chelators do not efficiently penetrate the blood brain barrier. This project will investigate a novel approach for delivering iron chelators to the brain by encapsulating them in nanoparticles or nano-sized vesicles.


Brisbane Service Industries and Professionals $125,000
Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science Funding 2016
Advancing nanotechnology to make thin film supercapacitors based on graphene

Queensland University of Technology

This project will develop an alternative to batteries by using graphene supercapacitor for an array of products currently relying on batteries such as electric cars, mobile phones and solar energy storage.


Brisbane Mining, Energy and Water $125,000
Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science Funding 2016
Clean, low-cost solar electricity

Queensland University of Technology

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


Brisbane Mining, Energy and Water $125,000
Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science Funding 2016
Advancing ultrahigh-field MRI based neuroimaging

The University of Queensland

This project will develop new MRI hardware and techniques to view schizophrenia in the human brain, including the use of MRI scans to predict the risk of schizophrenia as well as gain an understanding of how the biologically based illness emerges. Research will define neuroimaging biomarkers of schizophrenia that might lead to earlier diagnosis and management of the disease.


Brisbane Service Industries and Professionals $125,000
Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science Funding 2017
Better, cheaper, rechargeable batteries

The University of Queensland

This project aims 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. We will: Develop materials and synthetic methods for battery cathodes with higher capacities and lower prices. Determine how composition and structure affect the performance of the new cathodes. Assemble batteries containing the advanced cathodes, and evaluate their performance for off-grid energy storage and powering electric vehicles. Establish pathways to translation, working with UQ Dow Centre and Queensland industries.


Brisbane Mining, Energy and Water $125,000
Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science Funding 2017
Predicting Crop Yield from Space

The University of Queensland

This project will develop crop yield prediction systems using remotely-sensed data from satellite platforms in combination with crop modelling and simulation technologies. Existing systems in both Queensland and northeast China will be enhanced through close collaboration and specific research to increase spatial and temporal resolution of crop yield forecasts. The integration of climate modelling, biophysical crop modelling, and satellite based metrics, will enable increased spatial specificity to field scale and cutting-edge crop yield forecasting throughout the growing season.


Brisbane Farms, Fishing and Forestry $125,000
Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science Funding 2018
Novel multifunctional nanomedicines to treat Alzheimer’s disease

University of Queensland

This project aims to develop two novel multifunctional nanomedicines to efficiently treat Alzheimer’s disease and ameliorate its symptoms. The nanomedicines will be designed to enhance penetration of the brain blood barrier and brain cell uptake, simultaneously delivering four carefully selected therapeutics to the brain intracellular and extracellular milieu.


Brisbane Service Industries and Professionals $125,000
Queensland-Chinese Academy of Sciences (Q-CAS) Collaborative Science Funding 2018
Therapeutics for stroke and pain

University of Queensland

This project will use structural biological approaches to determine the molecular mechanism by which these 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 Service Industries and Professionals $125,000
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