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The Swinburne Research Bulletin

Issue No. 189 - 14 December 2010


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ARC

ARC Progress Reports – internal due date 14 February 2011

The ARC is currently reviewing its processes regarding Progress Reports. In view of this, the internal deadline for submission of Progress Reports has been extended to Monday 14 February 2011. Report templates will be made available shortly on the Swinburne Research website and their availability announced in the Research Bulletin.

Discovery Projects commencing in 2012

The ARC expects to release the Funding Rules for the DP12 round in late January 2011. Until the Funding Rules are released, the closing date is not confirmed; however indications are that the internal closing date will be 21 February 2011.

DP12 seminar slides

The slides from Warrick Couch’s and Alan Johnson’s talk on the DP scheme are available on the Swinburne Research website, along with the ARC’s slides regarding the proposed changes to the scheme.

LIEF commencing in 2012 Expressions of Interest – due Swinburne Research 23 February 2011

The ARC has not yet released information on the LIEF scheme for funding to commence in 2012. However, given the Scheme's importance for establishing and accessing vital research infrastructure, the Victorian Deputy Vice Chancellors (Research) have agreed to increased involvement in the process, so that Victorian Universities can be better able to make more strategic decisions regarding the applications they intend to support. This will mean an earlier submission timetable for formally expressing interest in the Scheme, with Expressions of Interest due on 3rd February (available on Swinburne Research website).

The University's web page on the Scheme will be updated once material is released by the ARC. Information will also be promulgated through the Research Bulletin.

LEIF 2011 results

Results of applications to the ARC Linkage Equipment, Infrastructure and Facilities 2011 scheme have been announced. 2010 has been a successful year in ARC results for SUT and the recent LIEF outcomes are no different. SUT has again exceeded the national success rate. 

LIEF (SUT lead organisation) previous year and national comparisons

  • LE11: SUT was awarded 3 out of 4 applications (a success rate of 75%) giving us $1,480,000. Nationally the success rate was 47.3%; total funded was $30,873,624. 
  • LE10: SUT was awarded 1 out of 5 applications (a success rate of 20%) giving us $350,000. Nationally the success rate was 41.3%; total funded was $30,367,412. 

We congratulate the following SUT awardees:

SUT lead organisation

  • Riadh Al-Mahaidi, John Wilson, Jay Sanjayan, Emad Gad and Arul Arulrajah, "Hybrid testing facility for structures under extreme loads", $870,000
  • Lap Van Dao and Peter Hannaford, "Femtosecond broad wavelength range laser facility", $250,000
  • Min Gu, Xiaosong Gan, Saulius Juodkazis, Daniel Day and Baohua Jia, "Three-dimensional super-resolution nanophotonic fabrication facility", $360,000

SUT collaborating organisation

  • Alex Babanin, Ian Young and William Phillips, "Experimental facility for extreme air/sea interaction studies", led by The University of Melbourne
  • Matthew Bailes, "Deep investigations of galaxies and pulsars", led by The University of Western Australia
  • Karl Glazebrook and Warrick Couch, "Koala: a new integral field capability for the Anglo-Australian Telescope", led by Macquarie University
  • Sarah Maddison, "The NANTEN2 Observatory sub-millimetre wave telescope", led by The University of New South Wales
  • Syed Masood, "Selective laser melting - an advanced manufacturing and physical modelling technology for the digital age", led by The University of Western Australia
  • Sarah Russell, "Fluorescence microscopy with optical tweezers: imaging cellular responses", led by The University of New South Wales
  • Chris Vale and Brenton Hall, "Ground station facility for membership of the atomic clock ensemble in space mission", led by The University of Western Australia
Full sector breakdowns are available on the ARC website at http://www.arc.gov.au/ncgp/lief/LIEF11_selrpt.htm  
  
Many thanks also to those who applied but were not successful. We acknowledge and appreciate the time spent by everyone who worked on applications.  

NHMRC

Project grants now open - internal due date 15 February 2011

Applications for Project grants for funding commencing in 2012 are now open. Applicants are advised to read the Project Grants Funding Policy prior to commencing an application.

The Project Grants scheme is the NHMRC’s main avenue of support for individuals and small teams of researchers undertaking biomedical, public health and health services research.

The scheme provides support for projects with the following attributes:

  • Investigator-initiated research across all fields of research, from basic research through to research in clinical and community settings, relevant to health; and
  • Single investigators or small teams of researchers (usually up to 6 investigators) and early career researchers (new investigators).

In 2011, the following areas will be supported:

NHMRC’s Priority Research Area 

  • Indigenous Health

The Strategic Plan Initiative Areas

  • Building a Better Health System
  • Comparative Effectiveness Research
  • Public Health Intervention Research
  • Obesity Intervention Research
  • Ageing and Health
  • Chronic Disease
  • Mental Health
  • Frontier Technology: Nanotechnology and Health
  • Emerging Infectious Disease Threats
  • Examining alternative Therapy Claims
  • Global Health

Special Initiatives for 2011 (additional funding available from other funding partners)

  • Asbestos-related Diseases
  • Electromagnetic Fields
  • Health Challenges of Climate Change
  • Maternity Services
  • Hearing Loss Prevention

In 2011, other organisations offering funding through the NHMRC Project Grants funding scheme include: Cancer Council, Cancer Australia and Heart Foundation. Applicants are able to choose whether to apply for funding from one to several organisations.

The success rate for Project grant applications commencing research in 2010 was 22.9%.

For advice and assistance, please contact Paul Forsyth (pforsyth@swin.edu.au or ext. 8069) or Asha Rawlings (arawlings@swin.edu.au or ext. 8251).

NHMRC 2011 Funding Calendar

An updated calendar of NHMRC funding opportunities is available on the Swinburne Research website.

Word Templates of application forms

To enable applicants and their teams to work more easily on applications when they are not logged into RGMS, NHMRC have prepared Word templates that mirror the application exactly.

Applicants will be able to download the templates from the NHMRC website or via RGMS and work on their application as convenient. To move information from the templates to RGMS, you can ‘cut and paste’ the information into the relevant part of the RGMS form.

Applications are only accepted via RGMS so please ensure you fill in mandatory fields and use the word templates to cut and paste from if you choose to use them.

RAO Edit Access

NHMRC has been consulting the research community about the risks and benefits associated with allowing CI(A)s to authorise RAOs to have edit access. Based on further consultation, NHMRC have agreed to enable RAO edit access in RGMS.

NHMRC strongly urges all RAOs and CI(A)s wishing to authorise RAO edit access to discuss the nature of the access before it is authorised in RGMS. NHMRC will accept no responsibility for any errors or omissions occurring because of RAO edit access.

Streamlined Snapshot Reports

NHMRC have reviewed the number and content of snapshot reports to provide easier access to this important information. They will have intuitive file names to support easy access. Snapshot reports now directly map onto questions, and are generally shorter and easier to read. They will take less time to generate and will ease the load on RGMS.

CI(A)s and RAOs who are authorised to have edit access can generate Snapshot reports. Team members can view, download, and/or email any snapshot report and see the time and date of its creation.

Other News

Drinks for Researchers - Friday 17th December

Poster

Where: Haddons, Ground Floor AR Building
When: Friday 17th December, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
What: An acknowledgement of research progress at Swinburne - finger food and drinks will be provided!

Swinburne Research would like to invite Swinburne academic staff, research involved staff and postgraduate researchers to this event which is being held to recognize the exceptional efforts of Swinburne researchers. Swinburne University has accomplished a lot in the area of research in the last two years, and our national and international research profile has rapidly increased. This is largely due to the fantastic efforts of our researchers - how best to say thank you than an afternoon of free drinks and food hosted by Swinburne Research!

For more information or to RSVP please email research@swin.edu.au. An RSVP is not essential.

Please note that the event is open for Swinburne academic staff, research involved staff and postgraduate researchers from all campuses, however, corporate and administrative staff are also more than welcome to attend.

VicHealth – NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence/Partnership Project Grants Partnership Opportunities Expressions of Interest website

The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) is inviting expressions of interest (EOI) from:

  • organisations planning on applying for an NHMRC Centres for Research Excellence grant in March 2011 who wish to have VicHealth represented as an industry partner in their application to the NHMRC. VicHealth is interested in being an industry partner for projects that will support health promotion and public health research and development. EOIs for Centres for Research Excellence are due with VicHealth 4 January 2011.
  • research organisations that intend on applying for an NHMRC Partnership Project grant in April 2011, who wish to have VicHealth represented as a policy/practice partner. VicHealth is particularly keen to identify research projects that will support health promotion and public health research and development. EOIs for Partnership Project Grants are due with VicHealth 13 January 2011.

Updated Conduct of Research Policy website

The University's Conduct of Research policy has been updated to reflect the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. The Australian Research Code was developed by the ARC, NHMRC and Universities Australia. All institutions in receipt of public funding are required to comply with the Australian Research Code.

Swinburne's new policy on the Conduct of Research was approved by University Council on 11 October 2010 and is now available through the policies and procedures database.
Swinburne Research strongly encourages all staff to familiarise themselves with this new policy.

Research Australia – ‘The Economic Value of Australia’s Investment in Health and Medical Research: Reinforcing the Evidence for Exceptional Returns’ website

A report on the contribution health and medical research makes to the Australian economy is available from the above website.

The report supports the long-term commitment of policy makers to long term targets to increase research.

This report was conducted by Lateral Economics and commissioned by Research Australia.

Seasons Greetings from Swinburne Research!

Staff at Swinburne Research would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We hope you enjoy the break and return refreshed for a successful research year in 2011!


v Research News In Brief

The DVC R provides a daily briefing email to Swinburne Research staff, where they can track the major happenings relevant to them. Selected points are available to the Research Bulletin's wider audience, as listed below:

There is no new 'Research News in Brief' in this edition of the Swinburne Research Bulletin.


v ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

New ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

LIEF commencing in 2012 Expressions of Interest – due Swinburne Research 23 February 2011

The ARC has not yet released information on the LIEF scheme for funding to commence in 2012. However, given the Scheme's importance for establishing and accessing vital research infrastructure, the Victorian Deputy Vice Chancellors (Research) have agreed to increased involvement in the process, so that Victorian Universities can be better able to make more strategic decisions regarding the applications they intend to support. This will mean an earlier submission timetable for formally expressing interest in the Scheme, with Expressions of Interest due on 3rd February (available on Swinburne Research website).

The University's web page on the Scheme will be updated once material is released by the ARC. Information will also be promulgated through the Research Bulletin.

ARC, NHMRC & Major Initiatives Closing Soon - Featured in previous editions of the Research Bulletin

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
188 Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research – Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Grand Challenge Round One 2010/11 Expressions of Interes 18 January 2011




v Grants

A Note on Application and Acceptance Procedures

  • Swinburne Research has specific procedures that relate to the review and submission of research grant applications. Please visit the Swinburne Research Grants Information and Procedures webpage for more information.
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  • Generally, research income other than donations and income from schemes listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register will incur a 15% levy. Please refer to the 'Administration of Infrastructure Contribution on Research-related Income' and 'Infrastructure Overhead Contributions' policies for more information on this levy, including the definition of 'donation' in this context and further instances of levy-applicable/levy-exempt funding.
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  • Please note that Research funds are assessed for inclusion in the annual HERDC research data collection only where funds are lodged in a research account opened by Swinburne Research as part of the funds acceptance process.
  • All new funding applications submitted to Swinburne Research must be accompanied by an Application Coversheet. Please visit the Swinburne Research website to download the Coversheet.
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New Research Grant Opportunities

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Pilot Awards Letter of Intent website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 17 December 2010

The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by driving, catalysing, and funding research of the greatest quality and relevance.

SFARI Pilot Awards provide resources to support exploratory experiments that will strengthen hypotheses and lead to the formulation of competitive applications for subsequent larger-scale funding by the Simons Foundation or other organisations. Innovative high-risk, high-impact proposals are encouraged. Junior and senior investigators who are new to the field of autism should consider applying for a Pilot Award rather than an Individual Award. Receiving support for an exploratory grant does not guarantee future support from the Simons Foundation.

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Individual Awards Letter of Intent website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 17 December 2010

The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by driving, catalysing, and funding research of the greatest quality and relevance.

SFARI Individual Awards provide resources to support compelling high-impact research performed by single laboratories. SFARI expect that in most cases, the feasibility of the proposed experiments will be strengthened by appropriate preliminary data.

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) Project Awards Letter of Intent website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 17 December 2010

The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders by driving, catalysing, and funding research of the greatest quality and relevance.

SFARI Project Awards provide resources for multiple independent labs to work on an experimental hypothesis for which preliminary data have already been gathered and the expertise of the collaborators in the field has already been proven. These awards are appropriate for projects focused on a central hypothesis where success depends on close collaboration between two or more labs. In most cases, Project Awards will be between US$400,000 and US$700,000 per year for three years, but exceptional proposals may be awarded as much as US$1,000,000 per year for three years.

Australian Academy of Science (AAS) – Scientific Visits to Japan website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 5 January 2011

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from professional scientists to collaborate with researchers in institutes in Japan between 1 April and 30 September 2011.

Proposals in any field of natural science, basic and applied, including mathematics and engineering science will be considered. Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent at the time of application. Support will not be given when the primary purpose of the visit is to attend a conference. Preference will be given to visits which are short-term and highly-focused. The grant scheme is not to supplement or extend either study or sabbatical leave that is being conducted overseas.

Please note applications are unlikely to be supported if the applicant has received funding for two awards from the Academy in the last five years.

Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities – 2011 – 12 Indigenous Heritage Program (IHP) website
Internal Closing Date: 12 January 2011

The Indigenous Heritage Program (IHP) is an Australian Government initiative that supports the identification, conservation, and promotion (where appropriate) of Indigenous heritage. Projects which aim to identify, conserve or promote the Indigenous heritage values of places which have or may have outstanding heritage value to Australia against one or more of the National Heritage List criteria will be favourably considered.

Expression Analysis (EA) and Illumina – Cancer GWAS (Genome-Wide Association Study) & Data Analysis Grant website
External Closing Date: 15 January 2011

With the recent advancements in detecting genetic variation and next-generation sequencing technology, it is important to further cancer research efforts in order to find additional genetic elements important to treating and finding a cure for this disease. Many organisations are either not set up to run high throughput-GWAS efficiently or do not have sufficient funding for a comprehensive study. EA and Illumina have partnered to offer this grant opportunity to further GWAS enabled cancer research with no funding obligation by the grant recipient.

This grant seeks projects that show promise of identifying genetic element(s) that are important to cancer research and treatment. There should be strong evidence that the study design and analysis proposed are likely to have the power to detect genetic factors affecting the trait under study. Additionally, there should be a clear need for the GWAS.

Applications in response to this grant will not receive funds or personnel to use as resources. EA and Illumina will provide the following services:

a. Genotyping services will be performed and data provided on the Illumina platform by EA. Illumina will provide reagents and microarrays for up to 600 samples, at no cost to EA, and EA will process the arrays at no cost
b. EA will analyse the data to locate regions of interest based on allelic frequency and copy number variation, at no cost
c. EA will provide consultation to the grant awardee with one of its senior bioinformaticists, at no cost

PADI Foundation – Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 19 January 2011

The PADI Foundation encourages and supports underwater science, environmental projects, and education. The Foundation will fund and assist worthwhile projects that will enrich humankind's understanding of the aquatic environment and encourage sensitivity to, and protection of, the delicate ecological balance of underwater life. The Foundation will also fund worthwhile projects to increase understanding of sport diving physics and physiology that will benefit the general diving public and add to the scientific understanding of humans’ relationships with, and ability to survive in, the underwater environment.

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) – International Research Grants Program (IRGP) website
Internal Closing Date: 20 January 2011

The International Research Grants Program (IRGP) is designed to promote innovative research that has a high potential to significantly advance the knowledge of Parkinson's disease (PD) but little likelihood of securing funding through more traditional sources. By supporting novel, ‘high risk/high reward’ research, the goal of the IRGP is to enable investigators to demonstrate the feasibility of their ideas while generating preliminary data necessary for the support of future funding.

At its core, research supported by the IRGP must be directly relevant to the treatment and/or understanding of Parkinson's disease. Successful IRGP projects are:

  • Novel research hypotheses of Parkinson's disease;
  • Inventive in terms of methodology or approach; and
  • Clinical, preclinical or basic research proposals that will directly impact Parkinson's disease or its treatment

The IRGP is open to applicants both nationally and internationally, possessing postdoctoral training or a medical degree, with clinical, preclinical or basic research proposals that will directly impact Parkinson's disease or its treatment. Preference will be given to scientists who are at an early stage in their professional careers. Postdoctoral researchers/scientists and fellows are not eligible to apply for this program.

Please note investigators who receive funding from PDF may not receive funding for other projects supported by PDF during the same year, nor receive funding from other foundations or institutions for the same project during that year. Please also note applicants may only submit one proposal at a time for review.

Google – Faculty Research Awards website
Internal Closing Date: 20 January 2011
Please note there are two rounds per year – the internal closing date for the next round is 21 July 2011.

The purpose of this program is to facilitate more interaction between Google and academia and also nurture stronger relations and partnerships with universities. The intent of the awards program is to support academic research aimed at improving information access (defined broadly). Google funds Research Awards unrestricted and retains no intellectual property from the research. Google prefer that the results from the research are open sourced and widely published. Awards through this program are for one year in the range from US$10,000 - US$150,000.

Areas that are of particular interest include (but are not limited to): Economics and market algorithms; Education innovation; Geo/maps; Health; Information retrieval, extraction, and organisation; Machine learning and data mining; Machine translation; Mobile; Multi-media search and audio/video processing; Natural language processing; Policy and standard; Security and privacy; Social systems; Speech; Structured data and database management; Software and hardware systems infrastructure; and Human-computer interaction.

Full-time faculty members from universities worldwide may submit proposals describing the research they wish to pursue. Faculty members should submit only one proposal per funding cycle.

Heart Foundation – Travel Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 24 January 2011
Please note there are three rounds per year – the internal deadlines for the next two rounds are 30 March and 3 August 2011.

The Heart Foundation offers Travel Grants to early career researchers working in the area of cardiovascular disease or related areas. Students studying for higher degrees (PhD, Masters etc.) and junior Postdoctoral Fellows (no more than five years postdoctoral) are eligible to apply.

Travel Grants will only be awarded to researchers who are based in Australia and who will be traveling overseas to present their cardiovascular research at a conference. Indigenous Health Researchers wishing to present their research at an appropriate conference in Australia are also eligible for a Travel Grant award. Current Heart Foundation Fellows and Scholars may apply for Travel Grants to supplement their current travel allowance.

Applicants may only submit one application per round. Please note researchers may only receive one travel grant per year and up to two travel grants during their pre and postdoctoral training.

Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) – Call for Proposals website
Internal Closing Date: 25 January 2011

Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) has announced its annual 'Call for Proposals' for organisations interested in on-farm R&D projects with AWI.

AWI is seeking to invest in projects that support its integrated R&D and marketing strategy along the global wool pipeline, from farm to fashion. AWI's on-farm R&D strategic areas over the next three years are:

  • Sheep health, welfare, and productivity
  • Wool harvesting and clip quality
  • The environment, climate change, and carbon
  • Education and extension

AWI welcomes any project proposals from organisations that will assist it to meet its objectives as set out in its 2010-2013 Strategic Plan.

In addition to this broad request for project proposals, AWI has also prepared a table that sets out a list of project areas within each of its four on-farm strategies where opportunities for further research have been identified.

SA Grain Industry Trust Fund (SAGIT) – Research Funding 2011 website
Internal Closing Date: 2 February 2011

The SA Grain Industry Trust (SAGIT or the Trust) was established in 1991 to administer the voluntary research levy collected from South Australian grain growers.

The Trust is required to use the funds for research, development, and extension into the growing, harvesting, storage, processing, and marketing of grain in SA in order to increase profitability and sustainability of the grains industry.

Without losing sight of innovative research, emphasis will be on more immediate outcomes for farmers through development and adaptation of research and extension. Greater emphasis will be placed on the impacts of the work on the farm system and business (rather than just science per se), and on the path to market for project outcomes both at the time of application, during the project, and in the final evaluation.

Children’s Tumor Foundation – Drug Discovery Initiative (DDI) Awards website
Internal Closing Date: 3 February 2011
Please note there are two rounds per year – the internal deadline for the next round is 8 August 2011.

The Children’s Tumor Foundation Drug Discovery Initiative (DDI) Awards program supports early stage screening of candidate drug therapies for the treatment of neurofibromatosis (NF): NF1, NF2, and schwannomatosis. Since its launch in June 2006, DDI Awards has funded over 30 studies. These are fuelling the drug pipeline with promising leads; have forged multiple industry collaborations for NF investigators; have resulted in publications; one drug has already advanced to a clinical trial. DDI funding is a catalyst to test new ideas, generate preliminary data then go on to secure larger grants from other sources.

DDI Awards provide up to US$15,000 for in vitroscreens and US$30,000 for in vivo screens to test efficacy of candidate NF therapies in cell & animal models. DDI Awards require only a brief (three page) application. If in vitroAwards yield promising data, awardees may apply for subsequent in vivofunding to continue the research.

The Australian Army – 2011/12 Army History Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 15 February 2011

In 1993 the Australian Army instituted a Research Grants Scheme to support and encourage research into the role and involvement of the Army in the development of the nation.

Three areas of research relevant to Army's requirements have been identified:

  • Military strategy and operations
  • Military social history (war and society issues)
  • Military heritage (aspects of militaria)

Priority will be given to topics which improve the professional knowledge of the Australian Army within the above areas of research. Applicants are advised to review their projects carefully to ensure the focus is on the history of the Australian Army. Projects in which the history of the Army is peripheral, or the focus is on another entity, are unlikely to be supported.

Scanlon Foundation – Grants Expressions of Interest website
Internal Closing Date: 16 February 2011

The Scanlon Foundation wishes to invest as a ‘Social Entrepreneur’ by assisting eligible organisations (with Deductible Gift Recipient status) through Grant Giving for innovative and creative projects, with a focus on Cultural Diversity and Social Cohesion, aimed at:

  • Encouraging leadership from culturally diverse groups or individuals from culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Building awareness and acceptance of the right to cultural identity and understanding of difference
  • Enhancing the social development of individuals and/or groups from culturally diverse communities by improving self-awareness, self-esteem, tolerance, and communication
  • Fulfilling the potential of youth from multicultural backgrounds though education, mentorship, and early intervention
  • Supporting issues-based research that focuses on achieving cohesive social change

In its approach to Grant Giving through its Expression of Interest process, the Scanlon Foundation is seeking to support projects that meet the Foundation’s Cultural Diversity and Social Cohesion focus through:

  • Multicultural community-based organisations providing initiatives aimed at contributing to the Foundation’s mission, and
  • Ideas at the early stage of their development which may lead to an ongoing relationship and a future, more significant level of funding support for projects over a number of years

Researchers wishing to apply for funding for a research project must meet Swinburne Research’s internal deadlines and lodgement requirements. Where funding bodies also provide funds for non research projects, applicants may contact the Alumni and Development office to discuss their proposal before completing an application. Please contact John Humann, Trusts & Foundations Manager (jhumann@swin.edu.au ext 5589), to discuss the matter further.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) - High Priority, Short-Term Bridge Award website
Internal Closing Date: 18 February 2011

JDRF recognises the need at this time to support the research of investigators whose research is being curtailed or delayed by failure to receive funding. It is beneficial and of mutual interest to both the scientific community and JDRF to keep these scientists in the field, to help them receive funding for their proposals, and to have them help accelerate the JDRF mission.

This award will provide one year of funding of US$55,000 for research grant applications that address a high priority research area for JDRF and failed to receive funding but scored within 10% of the funding payline for a review cycle of a research funding agency up to a year prior to the request to JDRF. The goal of this ‘bridge’ funding is to help investigators generate additional supporting data for an amended, competitive application.

Legal Services Board of Victoria (LSB) – 2010/2011 Major Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 22 February 2011

The Legal Services Board (LSB) was established by the Legal Profession Act 2004 as the peak regulator of the legal profession in Victoria.

This Major Grants round has a continuing focus on improving access to justice for those who are socially and economically disadvantaged. It also has a focus on public interest issues such as the environment.

The LSB has highlighted the issue of the Prevention of Violence against Women as a priority theme for this year. This means that, subject to the quality of applications, the LSB will allocate approximately one million dollars from the Major Grants 2010-2011 funding budget to respond to this issue. This allocation may be spread over one or several projects. The LSB will give preference to applications for projects completed over three years and encourages major partnerships between legal and non-legal services.

All applicants should discuss their proposal with the Grants Team at the LSB prior to submitting.

Please note that only one application will be accepted per applicant. It is preferred that applications from each University faculty are limited to two.

Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) – Research Grants Stage 1 Round 3 Expressions of Interest website
Internal Closing Date: 22 February 2011

All proposals for research grants must align with the SIEF Primary Purpose and at least one Special Purpose Area as well as with the priorities of the requesting institution.

  • SIEF Primary Purpose means that projects must be for:
    • Activities in the fields of natural or applied science for the extension of knowledge, including the practical application of such knowledge; and
    • national benefit for the purposes of assisting Australian industry, furthering the interests of the Australian community or contributing to the achievement of Australian national objectives
  • SIEF Special Purpose Areas means the following areas which fall within the SIEF Primary Purpose:
    • Emerging Research comprising projects in emerging areas of research of a special or priority character;
    • Strategic Research comprising research into scientific approaches to solutions to threats, challenges or opportunities arising in or for Australia;
    • Supporting Research for established or long term research programs which aim to deliver scientific advances in areas in areas of benefit to Australia;
    • Landmark Research Infrastructure comprising the creation or development of nationally significant facilities for the conduct of research; and
    • Promotion of Science comprising the granting of scholarships and fellowships for research

Collaborative proposals (involving more than one institution) are encouraged.

James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) – 21st Century Research Awards website
Internal Closing Date: 4 March 2011

Founded in 1950 by aerospace pioneer James S. McDonnell, the Foundation was established to ‘improve the quality of life,’ and does so by contributing to the generation of new knowledge through its support of research and scholarship.

21st Century Research Awards are designed to support research projects with a high probability of generating new knowledge and insights. Projects submitted for funding consideration should be at an early, even preliminary, stage of development, and should be intended to break new ground or to revisit commonly-held assumptions. Projects submitted should be sufficiently cross-disciplinary or heterodox to have a strong likelihood of influencing the development of new ways of thinking about important problems.

The applicant can apply the grant funds towards any research-based expense, including travel, equipment, and supplies. Funds can be used to support collaborative research projects. A percentage of the funds can also be used to support small workshops organised by the applicant where the goal of the workshop is to gather expertise in support of the research objective.
All projects must qualify for one of the 21st Century Science Initiative's two program areas (see below) awarding 21st Century Initiative Research Awards:

  • Studying Complex Systems
  • Brain Cancer Research

Applicants submitting proposals to the 2011 Research Awards will not be eligible to submit proposals to future JSMF Research Awards competitions until 2014. Researchers with current grant support from JSMF are not eligible to apply to the Foundation for continued support of ongoing research. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to serve as principal investigators for 21st Century Research Awards.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) – Translational Research Program (TRP) website
Internal Closing Date: 4 March 2011

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to funding blood cancer research, education, and patient services. LLS's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease, and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families.

The Translational Research Program (TRP) was developed to encourage and provide early-stage support for clinical research in leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, which is intended to develop innovative approaches to treatment, diagnosis or prevention. Applications are sought proposing novel approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. Proposals should be based on molecular, cellular or integrated systems findings and be conceptually innovative.

Applicants (Principal Investigator) must hold a MD, PhD or equivalent degree, and work in non-profit organisations, such as universities, colleges, hospitals or laboratories. Applications may involve multiple such institutions and the Applicant (Principal Investigator) should have an independent research or academic position. An Applicant (Principal Investigator) may only submit one application at a time.

Please note applicants are required to submit a Letter of Intent prior to submitting their application. Applicants must have proof they have done so upon submission of their application to Swinburne Research.

L. E. W. Carty Charitable Fund – Grants website
Internal Closing Date for Expressions of Interest: 7 March 2011
Internal Closing Date for final applications: 22 March 2011

The L. E. W. Carty Charitable Fund makes grants to authorised charities within the State of Victoria, being either a hospital, institution, society, organisation, body or fund, which are in need of funds to assist or promote research into the diagnosis, prevention or treatment of physical or mental disorders of human beings.

Preference is given to specific laboratory research projects or for essential equipment to undertake such projects.

Please note that as per the Foundation’s specifications, Swinburne will be required to rank all applications in priority. Therefore, because there is a limit on the number of applications the university may submit, an earlier deadline has been set for expressions of interest. If there is more interest than the number of applications permits, the DVC(R) will make a strategic decision as to which should go forward.

Researchers wishing to apply for funding for a research project must meet Swinburne Research’s internal deadlines and lodgement requirements. Where funding bodies also provide funds for non research projects, applicants may contact the Alumni and Development office to discuss their proposal before completing an application. Please contact John Humann, Trusts & Foundations Manager (jhumann@swin.edu.au ext 5589), to discuss the matter further.

Australian Flora Foundation – Research Grants for funding in 2012 Preliminary Applications website
Internal Closing Date: 9 March 2011

The Australian Flora Foundation was established in 1981 with the aim of fostering scientific research on the biology and cultivation of Australian plants. It was thought that by encouraging research, a greater awareness of the value of the Australian flora would be developed resulting in explicit measures for their conservation and utilisation. Funds for research are raised through the membership of the Foundation, donations from various sources, and the interest from bequests. Grants are available for projects which commence from December 2011. The Foundation expects to support between two and four projects at $5000 - $12,000 each in 2012 with possible extension into 2013.

Applications for grants to support original scientific projects on the biology and cultivation of Australian plants are invited from research workers in Australia. The Australian Flora Foundation will consider all relevant applications, with special interest in the following categories:
General:

 1) conservation of Australian plant diversity, particularly where there are threats from climatic change
 2) plant species with potential for cultivation
 3) enabling cultivation of Australian plants
 4) rare and endangered plants

Priority will be given to projects aiming to reduce plant harvesting from native ecosystems. All applications on rare and endangered plants should indicate how the research relates to the management plan for the species.

European Commission – Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) website
External Closing Date: 17 March 2011

The Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme is an action that aims to strengthen research partnerships through staff exchanges and networking activities between European research organisations and research organisations from countries with which the European Union has an S&T agreement, including Australia, or is in the process of negotiating one, and countries covered by the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). Compared to individual Marie Curie Actions, that provide mobility possibilities to individual researchers, this action will provide support to research organisations to establish or reinforce long-term research cooperation through a coordinated joint programme of exchange of researchers for short periods.

Please note the application must be submitted by the proposal coordinator who has to be from an EU Member State or Associated Country.

Grape Barossa – Funding website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011

Grape Barossa is a Committee of the Barossa Grape & Wine Association. The group’s main objective is to represent its grape grower members on a range of viticultural and winery related topics. Grape Barossa is responsible for identifying areas of research and development in relation to economic and environmentally sustainable practices, and to ensure that viticultural initiatives are implemented for the benefit of Barossa growers.

The financial contributions received from Barossa grape growers enables Grape Barossa to effectively address the needs of their members through a variety of means – including research, extension, and adoption activities. Grape Barossa has financial provisions available to support other individuals or groups seeking to either: 

  • Undertake a research project or study relevant to viticulture in the Barossa
  • Conduct a field day, seminar or workshop pertaining to the development and sustainability of grape production in the Barossa
  • Attend a seminar, conference or training course relating to viticulture

Please note applicants already receiving funding from other sources are still eligible to apply, however the details of these must be disclosed with this application.

Besen Family Foundation – Funding Round One website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011
Please note there are two rounds per year – the internal deadline for the next round is 15 September 2011.

The Besen Family Foundation has been established to build on the philanthropic tradition which was started by Eva and Marc Besen. This tradition has now evolved to encompass three broad areas through which the foundation can express its involvement and commitment: Arts and Culture, Health and Welfare, and Jewish Interests. The foundation seeks to encourage, nurture, and assist in both the maintaining, and also developing, of important programs and projects. It provides support mainly through financial grants. The essence of the foundation is the involvement of family members and the desire to encourage a spirit and culture of giving which can be developed and handed on to future generations.

Grants up to $10,000 will be given. Applicants requesting larger amounts are encouraged to discuss their request with the Executive Officer before submitting. Grant recipients will only be eligible for one grant within a twelve month period.

Grants Closing Soon - Featured in previous editions of the Research Bulletin

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
180 Australian Geographic Society – 2010 Sponsorships round three 15 December 2010
180 The William Buckland Foundation – Grants 15 December 2010
186 Australian Geographic Society – 2010 Sponsorships round four 15 December 2010
187 Perpetual – 2011 Funding Round Expressions of Interest 15 December 2010
187 The Leakey Foundation – Research Grants 16 December 2010
185 Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) – 2011 Research Grant 23 December 2010
187 World Community Grid – Request for Proposals 31 December 2010
188 Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) – Treatment Sciences Creativity Awards 2011 4 January 2011
188 The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art – Research Support Grants 5 January 2011
187 Helen Macpherson Smith Trust – Grants 5 January 2011
186 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) – Career Development Award 10 January 2011
186 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) – Early Career-Patient Oriented Diabetes Award 10 January 2011
186 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) – Innovative Grants 10 January 2011
186 The Ian Potter Foundation – Expressions of Interest 11 January 2011
188 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Letters of Intent 13 January 2011
188 Victorian Women’s Trust (VWT) – 2011 General Grants Program 17 January 2011
186 The Ian Potter Foundation – Final Application 17 January 2011
186 American Asthma Foundation (AAF) – Early Excellence Awards 17 January 2011
186 American Asthma Foundation (AAF) – Senior Investigator Awards 17 January 2011
188 Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research – Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Grand Challenge Round One 2010/11 Expressions of Interest 18 January 2011
187 Defence Health Foundation – Establishment Grants 19 January 2011
187 Defence Health Foundation – Booster Grants 19 January 2011
179 Helen MacPherson Smith Trust – Grants 20 January 2011
187 Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange – Conference and Seminar Grants 20 January 2011
179 Fisheries Research and Development Corporation - Tactical Research Fund 21 January 2011
187 National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Research Grants 21 January 2011
188 Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) – Young Investigator Awards Pre-Application 25 January 2011
188 National Stroke Foundation – Honours Grants 21 February 2011
188 The Hermon Slade Foundation – Project Grants 30 February 2011
188 The Australia and Pacific Science Foundation – Project Grants 30 February 2011
180 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) – Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates, Young Academics and Scientists 22 March 2011
180 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) – Research Stays for University Academics and Scientist 22 March 2011
180 The William Buckland Foundation – Grants 23 March 2011
184 Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada – Canada Conference Grant Program 20 April 2011
179 Helen MacPherson Smith Trust – Grants 20 April 2011
180 Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (ATF) – Grants 20 April 2011
184 Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research – Target Validation 2011 Pre-Proposals 23 May 2011
179 Fisheries Research and Development Corporation - Tactical Research Fund 23 May 2011
184 The Wenner-Gren Foundation – International Collaborative Research Grants 23 May 2011
184 Sunshine Foundation – Round 2 Grants 23 May 2011
184 The Wenner-Gren Foundation – Conference and Workshop Grants 23 May 2011
186 Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) – Research Grants 21 June 2011
180 The William Buckland Foundation – Grants 23 June 2011
187 Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange – Conference and Seminar Grants 23 August 2011




v Fellowships

New Fellowship Opportunities

Australian Marine Mammal Centre (AMMC) – Bill Dawbin Postdoctoral Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 12 January 2011

This Bill Dawbin Postdoctoral Fellowship is named in honour of W.H. (Bill) Dawbin, D.Sc, (1921-1998), an internationally respected marine mammalogist who conducted groundbreaking research on larger whales - particularly the humpback whales of Australia, New Zealand, and the Pacific Islands.

The purpose of the Fellowship is for a salary and project funding for research focused on understanding and conserving the cetaceans in the Australasian region, including the waters of the Indian, Southern, and South Pacific Oceans.

The AMMC research priorities (not in priority order) will guide the assessment of applications submitted. Applicants may have already commenced their postdoctoral studies. Postdoctoral fellows must be less than five years since graduating from a PhD.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) – Postdoctoral Fellowships website
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 14 January 2011

The Japan Society for the promotion of Science (JSPS), in association with the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian Research Council, offers postdoctoral fellowships annually for Australian researchers to work in institutes affiliated with JSPS.

The JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers provides opportunities for Australian postdoctoral researchers to conduct, under the guidance of their Japanese hosts, cooperative research with leading research groups in universities and other Japanese institutions. The program aims to help such researchers advance their own research while contributing to the advancement of research in Japan and the counterpart countries.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified Australian researchers in any field of natural sciences (including technology, engineering, and medicine), the humanities, and social sciences. Applicants must hold a doctorate degree when the Fellowship goes into effect, which must have been received within six years prior to 2 April 2011 (i.e. awarded on or after 2 April 2005), or be scheduled to receive a doctorate degree before the Fellowship goes into effect. Those who have previously been awarded a fellowship under the JSPS Postdoctoral Fellowship Program for Foreign Researchers or an STA Fellowship Program are not eligible.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) – Invitation Fellowships (Short-Term) website
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 14 January 2011

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) offers the JSPS Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short Term) to promote international scientific cooperation and exchange. The Fellowship allows researchers employed at designated Japanese research institutions and universities to invite fellow researchers from Australia to Japan to participate in discussions, attend seminars, give lectures or perform similar functions at their research institutions. These visits presuppose the existence of contacts between scientists in Japan and Australia, a condition considered favourable to the promotion of future scientific cooperation and exchange.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified researchers in any field of natural sciences, including technology, engineering, and medicine. Researchers who have already visited Japan under the JSPS Invitation Fellowship Programs (Short-Term) may not reapply for the same fellowship until three years have elapsed. Therefore, researchers who were awarded an invitation fellowship in FY 2008, 2009 or 2010 are not eligible to apply for the same fellowship in FY2011.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) – Invitation Fellowships (Long-Term) website
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 14 January 2011

The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) offers the JSPS Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (Long Term) to promote international scientific cooperation and exchange. The Fellowship allows researchers employed at designated Japanese research institutions and universities to invite fellow researchers from Australia to Japan to conduct cooperative research work with scientists at Japanese research institutions and laboratories. These visits presuppose the existence of contacts between scientists in Japan and Australia, a condition considered favourable to the promotion of future scientific cooperation and exchange.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified researchers in any field of natural sciences, including technology, engineering, and medicine. Applicants must have a research background equivalent to that of a professor, assistant professor or research associate in a Japanese university. Other researchers may be eligible if they have held a doctorate degree for a period of more that six years prior to 2 April 2011.

Researchers who have already visited Japan under the JSPS Invitation Fellowship Programs (Long-Term) may not reapply for the same fellowship until three years have elapsed. Therefore, researchers who were awarded an invitation fellowship in FY 2008, 2009 or 2010 are not eligible to apply for the same fellowship in FY2011.

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) – Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists website
Internal Closing Date: 20 January 2011

The Postdoctoral Fellowships for Basic Scientists are one-year fellowships for young scientists, fresh from their PhD training, to study at major research institutions. 

This program grants funding in the amount of US$42,500 for one year as well as a research allowance of US$5,000 to be used at the discretion of the Fellow, with approval of the sponsor/mentor, to pay for such items as books, training courses, travel costs (up to US$2,000) or a computer. There is no provision for the deduction of postdoctoral taxes, institutional overhead or fees. However, if the Fellow submits a written request, US$3,000 of the research allowance may be used to defray the cost of premiums for health insurance.

The applicant must be within five years of receiving his or her PhD, and must identify an individual who will serve as his or her mentor and supervisor of the research.

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) – Postdoctoral Fellowships for Clinical Neurologists website
Internal Closing Date: 20 January 2011

For young clinicians who have completed their neurology residency and are seeking clinical research experience, PDF offers the Postdoctoral Fellowships for Clinical Neurologists, one-year awards in the amount of US$55,000.

Similar to the Fellowship for Basic Scientists, a research allowance of US$5,000 may be used at the discretion of the Fellow, with approval of the mentor, to pay for such items as books, training courses, travel costs (up to US$2,000) or a computer. There is no provision for the deduction of postdoctoral taxes, institutional overhead or fees. However, if the Fellow submits a written request, US$3,000 of the research allowance may be used to defray the cost of premiums for health insurance.

Applicants seeking a Postdoctoral Fellowship for Neurologists must possess a MD or equivalent and be within three years of having completed a residency in neurology. Applicants may not have their own lab and must identify an individual who will serve as his or her mentor and supervisor of their research

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) – Summer Student Fellowships website
External Closing Date: 21 January 2011

PDF’s Summer Fellowship Program is used to support students – from advanced undergraduates to graduate and medical students – in their pursuit of Parkinson's related summer research projects.  The goal of the Summer Fellowship is to cultivate an early interest in Fellows into the cause(s) and possible treatments for Parkinson's disease.

Fellows work under the close supervision of a sponsor who is an expert in the Parkinson's community and oversees the project. Typically, summer fellowships are offered for 10 weeks of laboratory work with an award of US$3,000.

Australian Book Review (ABR) – Sydney Myer Fund Fellowship website
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 31 January 2011

Australian Book Review (ABR) seeks applications for the ABR Sidney Myer Fund Fellowship, a major new program marking the magazine’s fiftieth birthday in 2011. This particular Fellowship – the second to be offered by ABR – is supported by the Sidney Myer Fund.

The ABR Fellowships are intended to reward outstanding Australian writers; to enhance ABR through the publication of major works of literary journalism; and to advance the magazine’s commitment to critical debate.

Any writer with a significant publication record (books, creative writing, essays or journalism) is eligible to apply.

Smithsonian Institute – Fellowships in Museum Practice (FMP) website
External Closing Date: 15 February 2011

The Smithsonian's Fellowships in Museum Practice (FMP) program is a professional development opportunity for experienced museum practitioners, academics, and training providers. It was developed in response to an articulated need by the field for career development and renewal opportunities at advanced levels.

The program, unique in the museum profession worldwide, supports research about issues of theory and practice in education, curation, exhibition, administration, and other museum functions and disciplines. It offers competitively selected individuals an opportunity to study a museological topic of their choice for up-to-six months in residence at the Smithsonian.

One or more fellowships are awarded annually for a period of up to six months. An award consists of a stipend of US$3,500 per month plus round trip travel expenses between the recipient's home and Washington, D.C.  Funds to support participation in a relevant conference or seminar will be considered on a case by case basis. A fellow must be in residence at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies (SCEMS) office for the majority of the fellowship period.

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – 2011 Churchill Fellowships website
External Closing Date: Applications must be postmarked by 28 February 2011

The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust was established in Australia in 1965 shortly after the death of Sir Winston Churchill. The Trust administers funds initially raised by the Australian fundraising appeal of 1965 and the annual Churchill Fellowship award scheme.

The aim of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust is to provide an opportunity for Australians to travel overseas to conduct research in their chosen field that is not readily available in Australia. No prescribed qualifications are required and the subject of the proposed project is limitless provided a benefit to Australia is evident. Merit of the proposed project is a key factor and a desire to share the research findings with the Australian community must be displayed.

Past recipients are not eligible to re-apply. Applicants may submit only one application per year.

Fellowships Closing Soon - Featured in previous editions of the Research Bulletin

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Fellowship Title Closing Date
187 The Lalor Foundation – Postdoctoral Fellowships 15 December 2010
187 John Carter Brown Library – Short-Term Fellowships 3 January 2011
186 Liguria Study Center for the Arts and Humanities – Bogliasco Fellowships 5 January 2011
186 Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) - Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial international study grants 5 January 2011
186 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) – Postdoctoral Fellowship 10 January 2011
186 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) – Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship 10 January 2011
188 Brocher Foundation – Brocher Residencies 11 January 2011
188 Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) – 2011 International Visiting Fellowships 14 January 2011
187 Smithsonian Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention & Innovation – Lemelson Center Fellows Program 14 January 2011
188 Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) – 2011 Travelling Fellowships 14 January 2011
187 Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery – Fellowship Opportunities in American Art 2011 – 12 15 January 2011
187 Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum – National Air and Space Museum Research Fellowships 15 January 2011
187 Smithsonian Institute – Molecular Evolution Fellowship Program 15 January 2011
187 Smithsonian Institute – Smithsonian Postgraduate Fellowships in Conservation of Museum Collections Program 15 January 2011
188 The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art – Senior Fellowships 15 January 2011
188 The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art – Paul Mellon Centre Rome Fellowship 15 January 2011
188 The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art – Junior Fellowships 15 January 2011
188 The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art – Postdoctoral Fellowships 15 January 2011
188 The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG) – Dissertation Fellowships 1 February 2011
188 Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy – Harvard Kennedy School of Government Fellowship 1 February 2011
188 Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 – Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering 17 February 2011

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Hansen-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) - Europe Fellowships 17 February 2011
180 United States National Gallery of Art – Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Visiting Senior Fellowship Program 2011 – 2012 10 March 2011
180 European University Institute (EUI) – Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships 21 March 2011
186 Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) - Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial international study grants 22 June 2011
180 United States National Gallery of Art – Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Visiting Senior Fellowship Program 2011 – 2012 12 September 2011




v Travel

New Travel Grant Opportunities

The CASS Foundation – Travel Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 17 February 2011

Please note there are two rounds per year – the internal closing date for the next round is 10 August 2011.

The CASS Foundation will be offering Travel Grants again in 2011. Further information will be supplied upon the Foundation’s release of application information.

Researchers wishing to apply for funding for a research project must meet Swinburne Research’s internal deadlines and lodgement requirements. Where funding bodies also provide funds for non research projects, applicants may contact the Alumni and Development office to discuss their proposal before completing an application. Please contact John Humann, Trusts & Foundations Manager (jhumann@swin.edu.au ext 5589), to discuss the matter further.

Travel Grants closing soon - Featured in previous editions of the Research Bulletin

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Travel Grant Title Closing Date
188 Trans-Antarctic Association – Grants 5 January 2011
178 Cass Foundation - Postdoctoral Travel Grants for Early Career Researchers Round 2 17 February 2011




v Scholarships

Scholarship Search Resources

  • JASON (Joint Academic Scholarships On-Line Network) is a national online system of postgraduate scholarships. It contains information on scholarships available for postgraduate research projects and coursework and can be accessed by all Swinburne staff and students. Swinburne Research maintains a University subscription to this online database
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  • ASiE (Australians - Study in Europe!) is a web based initiative dedicated to helping prospective Australian postgraduate students to find research funding and opportunities to pursue postgraduate studies in the countries of the European Union
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New Scholarship Opportunities

Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Mornington – PhD Scholarship investigating Neurological Physical Disorder website
Internal Closing Date: 17 January 2011

Australian Rotary Health invites applications from recent graduates looking to build a career in research relevant to Neurological Physical Disorders. Applications must be relevant to any field of Neurological Physical Disorders research.

It is intended that Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Mornington will provide salary and incidental support for a postgraduate student who is undertaking full-time research in an area relevant to Neurological Physical Disorders research.

Only applicants about to commence or already those engaged in their first year of, a PhD are eligible to apply for the Scholarship. Applicants must not be receiving an additional scholarship. Applicants enrolled in a combined degree are not eligible.

Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Prospect – PhD Scholarship investigating Infant Limb Deficiency website
Internal Closing Date: 17 January 2011

Australian Rotary Health invites applications from recent graduates looking to build a career in research relevant to Infant Limb Deficiency. Applications must be relevant to any field of Infant Limb Deficiency research. 

It is intended that Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Prospect will provide salary and incidental support for a postgraduate student who is undertaking full-time research in an area relevant to Infant Limb Deficiency research.

Only applicants about to commence or already those engaged in their first year of a PhD are eligible to apply for the Scholarship. Applicants must not be receiving an additional scholarship. Applicants enrolled in a combined degree are not eligible.

Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Bondi Junction – PhD Scholarship investigating Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury website
Internal Closing Date: 17 January 2011

Australian Rotary Health invites applications from recent graduates looking to build a career in research relevant to Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury. Applications must be relevant to any field of Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury research.

It is intended that Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Bondi Junction will provide salary and incidental support for a postgraduate student who is undertaking full time research in an area relevant to Rehabilitation of Spinal Cord Injury research.

Only applicants about to commence, or already those engaged in their first year of a PhD are eligible to apply for the Scholarship. Applicants must not be receiving an additional scholarship. Applicants enrolled in a combined degree are not eligible.

Medical Advances Without Animals (MAWA) – MAWA Trust Honours Research Scholarships website
Internal Closing Date: 15 February 2011

The MAWA Trust is a registered charity established in 1999 with the aim of promoting research into the development and utilisation of valid techniques and procedures to replace the use of living animals in biomedical research.

The MAWA Honours Research Scholarship has been established with the specific intention of encouraging new scientists to advance the development, validation or application of non-animal methods of research.

The MAWA Honours Research Scholarship is only available in support of full-time supervised study and in institutions which offer an academically sound and properly administered, structured Honours program. Applicants should normally hold a Bachelor Degree in Science or Medicine or an equivalent qualification. The MAWA Scholarship cannot be held concurrently with any other award.

Scholarships closing soon - Featured in previous editions of the Research Bulletin

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Scholarship Closing Date
188 Wentworth Group of Concerned Scholarships – Wentworth Group Scholarships 10 January 2011
184 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) – Postgraduate Student Top-up Scholarships 20 April 2011




v Prizes & Awards

New Prize & Award Opportunities

Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) – 2011 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 21 December 2010

The 2011 Science and Innovation Awards for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (the Awards) support young people to undertake a project on an innovative or emerging scientific issue, including biophysical and social sciences, that will contribute to the ongoing success and sustainability of Australia's agricultural, fisheries, and forestry industries.

The Awards aim to encourage the uptake of science, innovation, and technology in rural industries and help to advance the careers of young scientists through national recognition of their research ideas.
Applications for funding are open to young people between 18 and 35 years, who are working, employed or studying in an agriculture, fisheries or forestry related industry (including food and sustainable natural resource management).

Eligible applicants may include young producers (farmers, fishers, foresters etc), extension officers, researchers, processors, students or industry advisers.  
Please note applicants may only apply for one Award category.

The Electrochemical Society (ECS) – Battery Division Student Research Award website
External Closing Date: 15 March 2011

The Battery Division has established the Student Research Awards to recognise promising young engineers and scientists in the field of electrochemical power sources. The awards are intended to encourage the recipients to initiate or continue careers in the field.

To be eligible to receive an award under this program a person must be enrolled in a college or university at the nomination deadline. The recipient cannot receive a second award or grant from the Electrochemical Society during the same year.

Australian Academy of Science – 2011 National Museum of Australia Student Prize for History of Australian Science or Australian Environmental History website
External Closing Date: 25 March 2011

The National Museum of Australia and the Australian Academy of Science through its National Committee for History and Philosophy of Science invite submissions for the 2011 National Museum of Australia Student Prize for the History of Australian Science or Australian Environmental History. The prize will be a certificate and $2,500.

The prize will be awarded for an essay based on original unpublished research undertaken whilst enrolled as a student (postgraduate or undergraduate) at any tertiary educational institution in the world.
Essays may deal with any aspect of the History of Australian Science (including medicine and technology) or Australian Environmental History. ‘Australia’ can include essays that focus on the Australian region, broadly defined, including Oceania. Essays that compare issues and subjects associated with Australia with those of other places are also welcomed. The winning entry, if it is in a suitable subject area, may be considered for publication in Historical Records of Australian Science.

The Tech Awards – Tech Awards 2011 website
External Closing Date: 31 March 2011

The Tech Awards program inspires global engagement in applying technology to humanity's most pressing problems by recognising individuals, organisations, and companies that use innovative technology solutions.

Tech Awards Laureates are profoundly improving the human condition through the use of technology. It is the goal of the Tech Awards to showcase their compelling stories and reward their brilliant accomplishments.

Nominations and applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • The technology application significantly improves the human condition in one of the five award areas: environment, economic development, education, equality or health
  • A serious problem or challenge with global significance is addressed by this use of technology
  • The application of this technology, which may be either a new invention or an innovative use of an existing technology, makes a noteworthy contribution that surpasses previous or current solutions
  • The technology application has the potential to serve as an inspiration or model for further innovation
  • The technology application is in the field and has demonstrated a measurable benefit

Nominators and Applicants may submit their nomination/application in one category only. Self-nominations are accepted. Tech Award Laureates, including those named as category winners, are ineligible for the Tech Awards in the year immediately following the one in which they are honoured, but may apply in subsequent years for technological innovations different from the one(s) for which they were already recognised.

Prizes and Awards closing soon - Featured in previous editions of the Research Bulletin

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Prize or Award Title Closing Date
183 Gruber Foundation – 2011 Gruber Prizes 15 December 2010
185 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) – Beilby Medal and Prize 31 December 2010
184 Epilepsy Society of Australia – Michael Prize 2011 31 December 2010
188 Society for Histochemistry – Robert Feulgen Prize 31 January 2011
188 Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) – Various Prizes & Awards 31 January 2011




v Ethics

New Ethics Announcements

15 October 2010
26 November 2010

SHESC Appraisal Deadlines - Semester Two UPDATE (for SUHREC appraisal deadlines see above)

New Swinburne-administered project applications permitted ethical review by SUHREC Subcommittees (SHESCs) must be submitted by the following deadlines. Submission requirements are: an unstapled (but clipped) properly completed and signed ORIGINAL PLUS 5 double-sided copies; every page should be numbered consecutively, including attachments. Please ensure that you are using correct/updated forms/guides.

4 October 2010
25 October 2010
15 November 2010
1 December 2010



v Swinburne Research Student News

Quantitative Analyses Courses 2011

The Research Higher Degrees office is offering the following courses in 'Quantitative Analysis' in early 2011.

Introduction to Structural Equation Modelling Using Amos

Date: Thursday 27th January to Saturday 29th January 2011

Prerequisites: Participants must have a solid knowledge of basic statistical concepts and procedures including inferential statistics (e.g., Pearson’s r, t-tests, chi-square tests).
Previous experience with statistical software packages such as SPSS is also expected.

For more information and to APPLY online visit: http://www.research.swinburne.edu.au/higher-degrees/training/registrations/2011_amos.html

Advanced Structural Equation Modelling Using Mplus

Date: Tuesday 01 February to Friday 04 February 2011

Prerequisites: Participants must have completed a prior course in structural equation modelling (or equivalent) using a package such as Amos, Lisrel or EQS. No experience in the use of the Mplus statistical package is assumed.

Note: This course is a laptop course so participants will need to bring a laptop.

For more information and to APPLY online visit the Swinburne Research website.

Applicants will be asked to write a paragraph on how the course is relevant to their study. Successful applicants will be notified early in the new year.

***Important note: Students can participate in ONE quantitative analysis course per year***

Courses on ‘Introduction to SPSS’ and ‘Multiple Regression and Exploratory Factor Analysis Using SPSS' will be offered later in the year.

Priority will be given to students who have not completed a quantitative analysis course through Swinburne Research before.

Queries can be directed to mbrocker@swin.edu.au


v Seminars

New Seminar Information

There are no new Seminars advertised in this edition of th Swiburne Research Bulletin

If any staff member would like to have their Faculty/Institute/Centre research seminars advertised in this bulletin please send details (title of seminar, date, time, venue, contact person, cost involved) to rwendt@swin.edu.au at least 14 days prior to the event so that it can be included in the next Research Bulletin.



v Workshops and Conferences

45th Annual Conference on Information Sciences and Systems (CISS)
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA, 23 – 25 March 2011 website
Rapid external abstract submission deadline: 5 January 2011
External early bird registration deadline: 1 March 2011

Authors are invited to submit previously unpublished papers describing theoretical advances, applications, and ideas in the fields of Information Sciences and Systems, including:

  • signal and image processing and analysis
  • systems biology and control
  • communications and information theory
  • computer engineering
  • photonic systems

Papers, requiring 30 minutes for presentation, will be reproduced in full (up to six pages) in the conference proceedings. No short papers will be accepted.

First International Conference on Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences
Hotel Pullman, Dubai Mall of the Emirates, United Arab Emirates, 22 – 24 November 2011 website
External abstract submission deadline: 15 February 2011
External early bird registration deadline: 15 August 2011

The world as a whole and the UAE in particular has been emerging from the wrenching cataclysm that was the recession. The UAE, however, has shown much resilience and it stands well-poised to take wing as the world economy begins to take flight. Academics can contribute much to this process both in terms of explaining why the world stumbled as well as in charting a path for the future. It is in this spirit that the conference is being held and in the expectation that emerging research paradigms will find expression at the Emerging Research Paradigms in Business and Social Sciences conference.

The objective of this conference is to provide an opportunity for academics to discuss new concepts, progressive methodologies, embryonic approaches, and innovative practices within the world of business and the wider social environment. Given that social enquiry is still a maturing field of educational study within this region, it is crucial that business systems, processes, and structures are considered in conjunction with contributions from such contemporary fields of social enquiry as media studies, psychology, sociology, and tourism education. This is indeed pertinent for understanding service sector economies and societies, as well as comprehending the future role of education as a strategy and contributor to a sustainable learning culture and environment.

Statistics Short Courses at Swinburne

Various statistics short courses have been designed in order to suit your particular research needs.  You will find details at:-

http://www.swinburne.edu.au/lss/areas/short-course-statistics.html


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