Bowen River Utilities Pty Ltd - Contract Research

Urannah Turtles EIS

Indicative funding: $76,660 administered by James Cook University

This project will conduct surveys for Irwins turtle in the Urannah, Massey and upper Broken River catchments. Surveys will includes habitat assessment, snorkelling and collection of eDNA samples. In addition, we will analyse previously collected data on Irwins turtle.

Chief Investigator: Damien Burrows with the help of Jason Schaffer (TropWATER)

Noble Helium Limited - Contract Research

Helium prospectivity analysis of the north Rukwa Rift Basin.

Indicative funding: $199,641 over 2 years administered by James Cook University

The goal of the project is to construct a comprehensive database characterising the reservoir and seal properties in the Rukwa succession. This work will involve compilation of legacy results compiled from past literature, theses and unpublished data, along with a focused analytical campaign on targeted samples designed to fill in gaps developing a robust property distribution database. The analytical campaign will be focus on a combination of techniques to analyse prospective reservoir sandstone samples and mudstone and bentonite seal units.

Chief Investigator: Eric Roberts with the help of Cassy Mtelela and John McClelland (College of Science & Engineering, University of Dar-es-Salaam and GMEX)

Queensland Department of Environment and Science - Contract Research

Mapping of Hervey Bay and Great Sandy Straits seagrass meadows post floods in 2022

Indicative funding: $211,750 administered by James Cook University

This project will map seagrass meadows across Hervey Bay and collect data on intertidal seagrass habitats in Great Sandy Straits to provide post flood update on the state of seagrass meadows in the region.

Chief Investigators: Michael Rasheed and Paul York with the help of Christine Bryant, Paul Leeson and Lloyd Shepherd (TropWATER)

Characterising Mary River flood sediment deposited in Hervey Bay.

Indicative funding: $20,000 administered by James Cook University

Analysis of recently deposited sediments in seagrass meadows offshore from the Mary River.

Chief Investigator: Zoe Bainbridge with the help of Stephen Lewis (TropWATER)

Southern Gulf NRM Ltd - Contract Research

e-beef Evaluation Project.

Indicative funding: $60,326 administered by James Cook University

The project will evaluate the outcomes of the e-beef Project. The e-beef project worked with selected grazing businesses (Smart Farms) and groups of grazing businesses (Innovation Hubs) in regional Qld to demonstrate and trial innovative technologies that aimed to improve the accuracy and timeliness of livestock perfrmance and pasture data. It was expected that the e-beef project would assist grazing businesses to make informed management decisions based on recorded data. The e-beef evaluation project outsomes will inform future research and activity in Innovation and Commercialisation Projects.

Chief Investigators: Rachel Hay and Riccardo Welters with the help of Carrie-Ann Wilson (College of Business and Law & Governance)


Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment - Consultancy

Implementation Plan for Dugong Population Surveillance in the Southern Great Barrier Reef.

Indicative funding: $50,960 administered by James Cook University

There are evidences of dugongs declining in the southern Great Barrier Reef (sGBR) and monitoring is overdue. New technologies such as aerial imagery could enhance the survey of dugongs in the sGBR but an implementation plan needs to be developed to review the latest advances in survey technology as well as knowledge gaps, to better advise on the most adequate way to survey dugongs in the sGBR in the next surveys.

Chief Investigator: Christophe Cleguer with the help of Helene Marsh, Amanda Hodgson and Robert Rankin (TropWATER, Division of Research & Innovation, Murdoch University and Thomson Reuters - Canada)

Geoscience Australia - Contract Research

North Queensland Proterozoic Metallogenesis

Indicative funding: $333,000 over 3 years administered by James Cook University

This project will assess the metallogenic potential of the Croydon and southern Etheridge provinces including their potential to host critical mineral resources

Chief Investigators: Ioan Sanislav and Helen McCoy-West (College of Science & Engineering)

Girringun Aboriginal Corporation - Contract Research

Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples’ Cultural Values Project

Indicative funding: $28,500 administered by Girringun Aboriginal Corporation

The Rainforest Aboriginal Peoples’ Cultural Values Project (RAP CV Project) has three objectives: A. To maintain, protect and conserve the 2012 National Heritage Listed Indigenous cultural values of the Wet Tropics by developing a new management plan B. To develop innovative ways to present Indigenous spatial identities of the Wet Tropics through pilot/s c. To implement activities that enhance the Australian public’s understanding of and engagement with the Indigenous cultural values of the Wet Tropics. The RAP CV Project activities deliver I. The Wet Tropics Cultural Values Management Plan (complementing the Wet Tropics World Heritage Management Plan incorporated into the 2020-2030 Wet Tropics Strategic Plan and the Wet Tropics People and Country NRM Plan, as well as other relevant key plans in the region) II. Indigenous spatial identities mapping pilot/s regarding, at various landscape scales, the right persons speaking for Country, that is, the knowledge holders, apical ancestors and usufructuary rights-based peoples (the people who exercise the activities with plants and animals, minerals etc.) III. Support for existing and emergent cultural heritage information management system developments across the Wet Tropics IV. The draft 2009 intellectual property kit from ARC revisited V. Cultural values capacity development, e.g. for Cultural Heritage Bodies, RNTBCs and PBCs and applicant groups, and other Aboriginal land-owning entities and other Rainforest Aboriginal organisations VI. Progressing a nomination for listing on the Wet Tropics for the Queensland State Heritage Register. The delivery of this service contributes to all deliverables, particularly the CV Management Plan and cultural values capacity development.

Chief Investigator: Allan Dale with the help of Jennifer McHugh, Ellie Brook and Shannon Burns (Cairns Institute)

Queensland Department of Environment and Science - Contract Research

Coastal restoration assessment and case studies to support the uptake of blue carbon.

Indicative funding: $18,410 administered by James Cook University

Coastal wetlands are under threat from a range of past land use changes. Efforts to restore the value back into wetlands is underway in many places, and demonstrating the success of these efforts requires access to scientific data. This project will examine a range of restoration approaches and provide a summary matrix of learnings, land use tenure, and pathways to delivery. The outcomes of this project will be used in the preparation of case studies that will feature on the Land Restoration Fund Queensland Government website, so that future project proponents can use these to assist with preparing project funding grants.

Chief Investigator: Nathan Waltham (TropWATER)

Seqirus (CSL) - Contract Research

Australian Funnel-web spider venom analysis.

Indicative funding: $35,000 over 3 years administered by James Cook University

The aims of the project are to consult and analyse samples associated the Australian Funnel-web spider (FWS) antivenom production program at Seqirus. Venom samples from wild-caught and captive-bred Australian Funnel-web spiders at the Australian Reptile Park will be analysed using liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry to monitor the presence of the lethal toxin in the venom, delta-ACTX-Ar1a. The expected outcomes are that the information obtained from the venom analyses will increase the production and supply of venom to Seqirus. The significance of the project is Seqirus, the only manufacturer of FWS antivenom worldwide, will improve their FWS antivenom production program.

Chief Investigator: David Wilson with the help of Linda Hernandez Duran (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine and College of Science & Engineering)

Sugar Research Australia - Contract Research

Optimising mill mud and ash applications for soil improvement and carbon sequestration

Indicative funding: $94,920 over 3 years administered by James Cook University

Negative carbon dioxide emission technologies are urgently required to offset emissions from fossil fuel burning. Weathering of alkaline metal oxides such as those in ash is a promising technology as it consumes carbon dioxide. This project aims to determine carbon sequestration when sugar mill ash, either alone or mixed with mill mud, is applied to soil in sugarcane fields. The project expects to generate knowledge about the rates of carbon sequestration and the factors controlling it, employing field experiments and geochemical modelling. The main outcome expected is a carbon sequestration methodology that is permanent and unlimited (given continued application mill by-products), unlike soil organic carbon sequestration. Adoption will facilitate trade in carbon credits through the Emissions Reduction Fund and facilitate market access through increased ability of the sugar industry to meet consumer expectations regarding environmental responsibility.

Chief Investigators: Hannah Green, Paul Nelson and Peter Larsen (College of Science & Engineering and Wilmar Sugar Australia)


Auscope - Contract Research

AuScope Geochemistry Laboratory Network (AGN) – IsoTropics Partnership

Indicative funding: $50,000 administered by Curtin University

Curtin has received funding from AuScope Pty Ltd for a research project entitled AuScope Geochemistry Laboratory Network (AGN). As part of the project, Curtin is looking to collaborate with new partners to expand its AusGeochem data repository to allow it to become a key resource in quantitatively understanding the evolution of earth system processes that have shaped the Australian continent and its resource endowment. In 2021, AuScope released additional funding to Curtin to allow an expansion of the AGN through a Data Partnerships Expansion (DPE) project. Expectations of new AGN Data Partner institutions will be to: (1) manage the employment contract for the AGN Data Scientist; (2) register and upload a minimum of 150 geochemical datasets obtained from rock or mineral samples to AusGeochem. At JCU, AUD$50,000 (excl GST) is being provided to support the costs of employing an AGN Data Scientist. The funding will be paid upon invoice to be accompanied by a statement of expenditure.

Chief Investigator: Brandon Mahan (College of Science & Engineering)

CSIRO - Contract Research

Immunogenicity of Inovio SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine candidate in Ferrets.

Indicative funding: $44,000 administered by James Cook University

This project aims to characterise the immune responses following two doses of SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidates produced by Inovio Pharmaceuticals. The Inovio vaccine candidates are DNA-based vaccines (as opposed to RNA-based, such as the Pfizer vaccine; or viral vector-based, such as the AstraZeneca vaccine) and rely upon the injection of a circular DNA (plasmid) that, when it gets into a cell, tells the cell to produce a particular protein from SARS-CoV-2 (in this case the Spike protein, found on the surface of the virus particle). Completion of these studies will further support the Inovio vaccine candidate along its pathway to licensure for use in humans, in the context of emerging variants of concern, thus aiding in the testing of a vaccine that may be used to protect humans from SARS-CoV-2 infection in the future.

Chief Investigators: Serrin Rowarth and Paul Horwood with the help of Socorro Miranda-Hernandez and Kay Robertson (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, College of Public Health and Medical & Vet Sciences)

NQM Gold 2 Pty Ltd - Contract Research


Indicative funding: $15,000 administered by James Cook University

This project with Minjar Gold involves thesis students solving industry related problems. Therefore, the funding provided by Minjar Gold in mainly to cover analysis that will be performed at the AAC. The main objective is to optimise the production of gold covering 3 main aspects: (1) exploring alternatives to slurry dewatering; (2) investigating pump capacity within Processing Plant and suggest alternatives; (3) investigating and modelling the average slurry residence time in the adsorption tanks in different scenarios.

Chief Investigator: Elsa Dos Santos Antunes with the help of Sakthivel Prakash, Tewodros Kassa Dada and Matthew Drane (College of Science & Engineering)

OK Tedi Mining Ltd - Consultancy

Assessment of fisher livelihoods and swim bladder trade in the Fly River, Papua New Guinea.

Indicative funding: $80,293 over 3 years administered by James Cook University

Conduct interview surveys with local fishers to gather information about use, values, and trade within the swim bladder fishery in the Fly River. Establish conservation efforts for sawfish through introduction of the Piku Biodiversity Network to Fly River communities.

Chief Investigator: Michael Grant with the help of Yolarnie Amepou (College of Science & Engineering and Piku Biodiversity Network)

Queensland health - Contract Research

QoVAX SET Testing and Biobank Project – North Queensland

Indicative funding: $195,464 administered by James Cook University

The QoVAX SET (Queensland COVID-19 Vaccination Safety and Efficacy Trial) program is a population-based study of COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness, providing a resource for studies to understand how the immune system responds to the COVID-19 vaccines, and what factors might affect vaccine response. Though this contract, JCU is supporting the North Queensland arm of this program - QoVAX Program participants recruited in Cairns.

Chief Investigators: Denise Doolan and Maggie Veitch with the help of Jamie Brady (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine)

South32 - Contract Research

JCU Ship-loader dust minimisation work.

Indicative funding: $16,650 administered by James Cook University

This work involves full-scale on-site sampling and analysis at the Townsville Port to determine lead powder product moisture content along a ship-loader conveyor system. Determining changes in moisture resulting from conveying will enable more precise moisture control schemes to be developed. Controlling moisture can lead to massive reductions in environmental dust emissions during ship-loading of fine powders.

Chief Investigator: Madoc Sheehan with the help of Julian Nylen (College of Science & Engineering)

Sunshine Coast Regional Council - Land for Wildlife South East Queensland (LFWSEQ)

Socio-Economic Dimensions of the Program for Managing the Land for Wildlife South East Queensland.

Indicative funding: $24,900 administered by James Cook University

Land for Wildlife is a free, voluntary nature conservation program that encourages and supports landholders to maintain and enhance wildlife habitat on their properties through cooperation and advisory services. This project will explore ecological, social and economic assets, opportunities and barriers within the program, based upon surveying the LfW membership. Priority themes include, but are not limited to, assessing program effectiveness in building conservation skills, knowledge and confidence of LfW members; contributing to member's health and wellbeing; cost effectiveness of outcomes; value for money; alongside profiling the target market to identify potential behavioural appeals to retain and increase membership base.

Chief Investigators: Diane Jarvis and Tracey Mahony (College of Business and Law & Governance)