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The Swinburne Research Bulletin

Issue No. 169 - 9 March 2010

Special Announcements - ARC

ARC Future Fellowships - applications now open

Applications for Future Fellowships are now open in RMS. Please refer to for Scheme and RMS information, and for submission requirements.

Applications are due as follows:
31st March 2010 - complete drafts (submitted to research office from within RMS) due for those who have booked one-on-one consultations with Prof Alan Johnson.
9am, 7th April - complete drafts (submitted to research office from within RMS) due for those who have not booked one-on-one consultations with Prof Alan Johnson.

Due to the reduced time-frame caused by the easter break, these are hard deadlines.

Consultations with Alan Johnson:
As previously announced in the Research Bulletin, Prof. Alan Johnson will be visiting Swinburne on Wednesday 7th April for one-on-one consultations with applicants. Alan will be available for one hour consultations to discuss the details of complete proposals that staff have submitted to Swinburne Research via RMS by 31 March 2010. Previous applicants who received a mark within the top 40 percent of the salary level will be given preference. To request a consultation with Alan, contact Reema Rattan on ext. 8356 or email by Friday 19 March 2010.

Queries regarding access to RMS should be directed to Sally Fried, ext. 8145, email

Queries about the application and Funding Rules should be directed to Asha Rawlings, ext 8251, email or Paul Forsyth, ext 8069, email

ARC Discovery Projects 2011

Thank you to those who submitted Discovery Project applications this round. This year Swinburne submitted a total of 55 applications: 26 (EIS), 15 (ICT), 13 (LSS) and 1 (B&E).

This compares with:

57 submitted in 2009: 22 (EIS), 22 (ICT), 11 (LSS) and 2 (B&E)
62 submitted in 2008: 20 (EIS), 21 (ICT), 20 (LSS) and 1 (B&E)

Rejoinders are currently scheduled for August and announcements scheduled for October 2010.

Reminder - 2011 ARC LIEF (Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities) Scheme

The LIEF scheme Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2011 are now available on the ARC website.

Given the Scheme's importance for establishing and accessing vital research infrastructure, and in light of the disappointing results for Victoria last year, 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 with Swinburne Research on 9 March. This is a hard deadline given that the Victorian DVC(R)s will meet shortly afterwards to discuss potential joint bids.

Faculty Associate Deans of Research, Deans, and Directors of Research Centres have been forwarded an email on the process for Expressions of Interest. It is important that applicants discuss potential applications with line management to establish resource implications.

Swinburne’s LIEF web page will be updated when the ARC provides further documentation. Information will also be promulgated through the Research Bulletin.

Special Announcements - NHMRC

VicHealth/NHMRC Partnership Project Grants – Expressions of Interest website
Rapid External Closing Date: 17 March 2010

Through the NHMRC Partnership Project grants, VicHealth aims to encourage and develop strategic research partnerships between higher education institutions and practitioners and policy makers.

These grants are for organisations applying for an NHMRC Partnership Project grant 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.

Project Grant applications updates from the NHMRC

Based on the number of applications currently being prepared in RGMS, NHMRC is expecting to receive a record number of Project Grant applications - a sizeable increase on the number received in 2009.

Peak usage period of RGMS use and Snapshot reports

The system slows markedly when a large number of applicants are simultaneously running Snapshot reports, especially around internal closing dates for some institutions. The NHMRC are addressing this performance issue and it would assist them and all RGMS users, while they work on this, if the requests for Snapshot reports are kept to a minimum.

The NHMRC understand that these reports are integral to reviewing applications internally. However, there have been instances where individual researchers have called for multiple Snapshot reports during a short period. It is also important to note that, prior to requesting a Snapshot Report, the Snapshot Reports tab be checked. In this tab you will be able to see the date and time the last Snapshots were run.

A team of technical experts are reviewing documentation, with the aim of continuing to address some of the performance issues being encountered.

CI Certification

A number of users have experienced difficulty with following the process of 'Chief Investigator Certification' and 'RAO Endorsement and Certification'.  In most cases users had not reviewed the step-by-step instructions available in the 'RGMS How To' sheet available in RGMS (  You may find this a very useful document and we recommend all users have a copy handy to follow until they become familiar with RGMS.

In addition to this, there are step-by-step video instructions for all stages available in RGMS.  These can be accessed via the small icon (2nd from the right) in the top right hand corner of RGMS:

There are two stages for CI Certification:
1st - the CIA must request certification; and
2nd - all CIs, including the CIA must certify the application

Once the certification process has been requested, each CI will receive an email which contains a link that will take them directly to the CI certification screen.  Within that page each CI must select Certify or Reject from the pick list and then select 'Submit'.  In addition to the email, an action item will appear under the 'Action Items' section of the RGMS Welcome Page.  The certification screen can also be accessed via this Action Item link.

HelpDesk Support

Some researchers have experienced delays receiving a response from GrantNet. Users can assist this process by reporting all help requests to the GrantNet Help team via or in urgent cases via 1800 500 983.

At present, 30-40% of emails to GrantNet duplicate other requests for help, including some account activations requests submitted directly into RGMS.  Researchers are requested not to attempt to report the same issue multiple times to GrantNet, or directly to individual NHMRC staff, as this unfortunately slows processing of requests for all users.

Nearly all activations requests are actioned within 24 hours, and GrantNet is responding to most email queries within 24-48 hours, sometimes sooner. Please wait for these time periods to elapse prior to making further inquiries.

'Corrupt' Applications

Some users have experienced instances where their application didn't create correctly and were advised to create a new application.  While this may have caused delays for some users, the RGMS Team has now applied a 'fix' so that this no longer occurs.

Further updates to RGMS

Progress and final reports

The NHMRC is in the process of redeveloping progress and final reports to be submitted within RGMS. As a result, the due dates for both financial and scientific reports have been rescheduled. For 2010 only, the due date for submission of the following reports is to be deferred by three months as follows:

  • Annual Financial Statements and scientific reports deferred from 31 March to 30 June 2010
  • Final reports and Acquittals to have a due date of 30 September 2010

Migration of all active grants
Subject to successful testing, all active grants will be migrated from RMIS to RGMS. The migration includes grants ending in 2008, 2009 and those in receipt of funds for 2010 and beyond.
Contact Swinburne Research for further information or visit the NHMRC’s RGMS page

Special Announcements - Other

Sustainable Research Excellence - Academic Staff Survey

As part of the Australian Government initiative announced in September 2009 called the "Sustainable Research Excellence (SRE)", SUT is required to participate in a trial of Transparent Costing. Significant funding, used by us to support research students, is contingent on staff participation in this process.

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) has developed the survey and provided minimum data elements that must be collected. The survey will be undertaken over two periods where each period has a duration of two weeks. The first survey period will be conducted end of March/April and the other in June/July. Academics will be required to logon to the EWSS system to put in their hours against Teaching, Research-ACG, Research-Other, Research Training and Other activities, over the course of that two-week period.

It is extremely important for SUT to complete the survey as comprehensively as possible to ensure that we receive the maximum allocation to assist us to build capacity, strengthen our performance and maximise the realised outcomes of our strategic investments.

DIISR have set a very high return rate as a condition of receiving the funding. The University, and in particular the research students whose stipends are supported by this funding, therefore need you to complete this survey. The survey is relevant to all higher education academic staff who do research.

Survey dates and further information on the survey process will be released shortly.

Women in Research Public Forum - Feedback request

Thank you for registering for the Monash University public forum: 'Women in Research - Achieving it All' held on Thursday 4 March 2010.

Please can take a couple of minutes to complete a short feedback survey (whether you were able to attend the event or not) to help us to continue to provide relevant events.

Link to survey:

Times Higher Education World University Rankings

Times Higher Education recently announced plans to work with Thomson Reuters on revamping its popular World University Rankings. Swinburne has been ranked within the Top 500 World Universities on this ranking and the Shanghai Jiao Tong University ranking. As a part of this revamp, selected academics will be asked directly via email by Thomson Reuters to highlight what they believe to be the strongest universities in their specific fields, both in teaching and research. If selected, we strongly encourage academics to respond as they will represent thousands of peers with their survey submission. The survey, including an optional supplemental section, should take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete. Further information is available from:

Swinburne University is interested in knowing which of our academics have been approached to complete the survey, and the exact content of the survey itself. It would be appreciated if any staff contacted by Thomson Reuters could alert Sharon Kitt within Swinburne Research of this, and to allow access to the survey questions (but not your individual responses, of course).

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) update

Swinburne Research is currently preparing Eligible Researcher Data for ERA. An eligible researcher is any academic staff member at Swinburne on the ERA census date of 31 March 2009. Some of our eligible researchers are either without Field of Research (FoR) code(s) in Swinburne Researchers and/or haven't submitted current academic CV's to Swinburne Library. For those researchers for whom we are still missing data, you will be contacted over the course of the next few days by your Faculty to ensure that you have supplied the necessary information, by Monday 22 March 2010.

Federal Government Initiatives Recently Announced

CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship Announced

Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Kim Carr and Agriculture Minister Tony Burke have launched a $70 million research initiative to simultaneously reduce carbon emissions and increase productivity in the agriculture and forestry sectors. The CSIRO Sustainable Agriculture Flagship aims to balance environmental concerns and the need for ongoing prosperity in agriculture.

The flagship teams will take a collaborative approach, working with government, rural R&D corporations, and agribusiness bodies and companies to produce practical, science-based policy.

This latest scheme is one of 10 CSIRO Flagships. More information on all the flagships is available here.

First National Science Communication Report Launched

Inspiring Australia: a national strategy for engagement with the sciences was launched at the 2010 Australian Science Communicators Conference by Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr.

The report proposes a strategic initiative to establish a national approach for community engagement with the sciences and increase the return on investment in research institutions, infrastructure and programs.  

It is available for download here.

Swinburne Research Bank website

The team at Swinburne Research Bank have put together a newsletter to tell you a bit more about the services we offer and what happens behind the scenes.
At the moment we are working furiously to keep up with all of your publications. So, if you are not yet represented in Swinburne Research Bank, you soon will be. We are aiming to provide you with a full record of your publications and a place to store, access and share your research.
Thank you all for your support of Swinburne Research Bank and we hope you will take a moment to look at our newsletter:

Special Studies Program 2010 Round 2

Round 2 of the Special Studies Program for 2010 is now inviting applications, due April 9. Successful applicants will be required to disburse the funds between June 30 and December 31, 2010.

The Special Studies Program is an internal competitive scheme for academics, providing release from normal duties for an uninterrupted period of time in order to undertake an approved program of research-related scholarly activity or professional development. Funds for the Program have been allocated from the Vice-Chancellor’s Strategic Initiative Program.

Further information about the program is available here.

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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:

  • The Government is considering a recommendation that Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs) be made available to International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) recipients from 2011. Further consultations with the higher education sector would be required prior to this occurring with specific consideration given to a phased approach of the opening of APAs. Please provide feedback to Aimii Treweek in Swinburne Research by March 28th as input to our submission.
  • Swinburne has submitted 55 DP applications in the current round.
  • The DVC R is meeting with his Victorian equivalents to coordinate applications to the upcoming LIEF round. The deadline for submissions of expressions of interest to Swinburne Research is 9th March.
  • The average amount of research block grants (excluding the newly introduced SRE, which is used to support scholarship funding rather than distributed to Faculties) earned for the Faculties is: Publication=$1575;
    HDR Load=$2845; HDR Completion=$38,232; $ income (same for Category 1 and Category 2-4 combined) = $0.37. Changes from 2009 mainly reflect moves to increase emphasis on industry and other funding.
  • The cofunding arrangements for the current round of Centre of Excellence applications has been finalised. RAG will fund 30% of the University cash contribution for 3 years. After that time, the block grant flow will ensure they are self funding to the Faculties.

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ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

New ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

There are no new ARC, NHMRC or other major initiatives in this edition of the Swinburne 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
166 NHMRC – Australia Fellowship round fiv 11 March 2010
164 NHMRC - Career Development Awards 16 March 2010
167 NHMRC Partnership Projects – Second Call 12 April 2010
167 NHMRC Training (Postdoctoral) Fellowships 12 April 2010


A Note on Application 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
  • Generally, research income other than income awarded from nationally competitive grants will incur a 15% levy. Please view the 'Administration of Infrastructure Contribution on Research - Related Income' policy for more information on this levy
  • 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.

New Research Grant Opportunities

Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal/Gardiner Foundation Working in Dairy Communities – Strengthening and Building Capacity in Small Victorian Dairy Communities website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 17 March 2010

As part of its Community Development Program, the Gardiner Foundation has again contracted FRRR to deliver its Small Grants Program to fund worthwhile projects in rural and regional Victoria.

The Gardiner Foundation will make available to FRRR up to a total of $100,000 to fund $5,000 grants for innovative and well targeted community driven projects which propose concepts intended to assist in strengthening small Victorian dairying communities, building their capacity to deal with local issues, and enhancing existing community infrastructure.

VicHealth – 2010 Innovation Grant Scheme website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 17 March 2010

Research is essential to build knowledge and encourage innovative solutions. At VicHealth, research complements all of its health promotion investments. VicHealth support a mix of investigator led research, strategic research, and evaluation research to build evidence for health promotion interventions.

VicHealth invites tenders for the 2010 Innovation Grant Scheme. This is an opportunity to submit an application for two years’ funding to trial an innovative idea, research a new concept or methodology, or to develop better supporting evidence relevant to the theory, policy, and practice of health promotion.

Applications should be aligned to the VicHealth Strategic Framework 2009-2013 and demonstrate an understanding of the social determinants of health. There is an expectation that successful applicants will engage with knowledge translation activities at VicHealth.

The maximum funding available is $200,000 over two years and up to four projects will be funded.

AusAid – Asia Public Sector Linkages Program (PSLP) website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2010

The Asia Public Sector Linkages Program (PSLP) aims to improve public sector capacity for governance and management for nationally determined development outcomes in selected partner Asian countries.

PSLP offers departments and agencies of Australian federal, state, and territory governments, as well as Australian public universities, the opportunity to compete for grant funding that will:

  • transfer capacity building skills and expertise to their public sector counterpart institutions in partner countries
  • support strengthening of sustainable development-focused public sector bilateral and regional linkages

Grants are generally, but not necessarily, between $50,000 and $250,000.

Proposed Activities generally will be self-contained and be from three to 36 months in duration. Activities should be long enough to transfer capacity building skills and build sustainable development-focused linkages.

PSLP is administered by a dedicated PSLP Secretariat.

It is flexible and responsive and can meet the different needs of:

  • its diverse range of users and target countries
  • the varying significance of particular sectors, issues, and approaches
  • the requirements of evolving Australian whole-of-government priorities

Please note that this round only relates to APEC, ASEAN, Philippines, India, and South Asia.

ANZ Charitable Trusts – William Buckland Foundation website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 23 March 2010

The William Buckland Foundation provides innovation funding to Victorian charitable organisations.  The Foundation seeks to enhance and improve the social fabric of Victoria by investing in new ideas that benefit the marginalised and disadvantaged.

The Foundation is permitted to fund only Victorian organisations, for projects which benefit Victorians. 

The Foundation’s granting is characterised by:

  • focus on innovation
  • an interest in leverage
  • addresses sustainability
  • provision of benefits for disadvantaged and marginalised groups
  • focus on children

Please ensure you read the guidelines as they have been recently modified.  Before submitting proposals for major projects seeking multi-year funding, it is recommended that organisations consult with the Foundation’s staff.

MA Ingram Trust website
Internal Closing Date: 6 April 2010

The objects of this trust are:

1. The preservation of, and

2. The funding of, research, to increase education and knowledge with respect to
the origin, history, habits, life and use, and the scientific benefits (if any), of
Indigenous Australian (especially Victorian) mammals and birds, and the flora
providing their food, habitat, etc., and research into the relationship of one or more to the other

• The Trustee considers applications to a maximum of $5,000 (majority of
grants between $1,000 and $2,000)

Approximate funds available for granting each year is $5,000

• When funds are limited, the Trustee may have a preference for applications which require funding for equipment essential for field-based research

Australian Academy of Science - Australia-Germany Researcher Mobility Call 2010/11 website
Internal Closing Date: 7 April 2010

The Australian Academy of Science, on behalf of the Australian Government Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, invites applications from Australian researchers wishing to establish or enhance collaborative projects with their German counterparts. 

The Australian Government is providing up to AUD$250,000 in 2010/11 through the Australia-Europe Research Collaboration Fund of the International Science Linkages (ISL) program.  Further information on the ISL program is at Matched funding is being provided by the German Government.

The Australia-Germany Researcher Mobility Call 2010/11 (‘mobility call’) is a one-off funding source to facilitate bilateral research.  Travel funding is provided for Australian researchers to visit Germany (up to three months per trip) between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011 to work on collaborative research projects with German counterparts.  Funding supports international travel and living expenses only; not direct research costs.

The Australian and German Governments have identified a number of areas of priority for bilateral collaboration. Proposals in the fields of nanotechnology; environmental research and technologies; information and communication technologies; and geosciences and marine sciences, will be considered.

This is a bilateral mobility call, and the lead organisation from each country must submit an application to their respective Government.  The Australian and German assessment processes will be consistent and coordinated. 

Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) – 2010 – 2011 Call for AFAANZ Research Grant Applications website
Internal Closing Date: 16 April 2010

The AFAANZ Research Fund (ARF) Annual Grants Program is designed to encourage and support AFAANZ members by providing funding for research
projects. The grants are competitive. At this stage, the grants are primarily intended to support small-scale projects of up to one year’s duration or to assist in seed funding for larger scale projects. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to conduct the research proposed and show how the project will benefit the research profile of the individuals and the discipline. The pool of funds comes directly from fees paid by institutional members. As such, access to the ARF is limited to staff based at an Institutional Member.

The 2010 round is open only to applications that focus on “mentoring of developing researchers”. Applications will involve at least two applicants – one
applicant will be the “developing researcher” while the second applicant will be an “established researcher”, taking on the role of research mentor in the context of
the grant proposal. A developing researcher is someone who does not have more than three publications in refereed journals. All areas of accounting and finance research are encouraged.

Successful applicants in 2009 are eligible to apply again in 2010, but priority will be given to applicants who did not receive funding in 2009.

Please note only one application per developing researcher is eligible for submission.

The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation – Clinical Investigatorship website
Internal Closing Date: 21 April 2010

The Foundation was established by Mr Charles Viertel's Will in 1992. The Will provides for Trustees to administer the Foundation and specifies the purposes for which the income from the Foundation can be distributed (or granted).

Applications are invited for “Clinical Investigator” awards of $60,000, given on a once only basis. The Foundation hopes to offer five awards in this category. Eligible applicants will be medical graduates or graduates of other clinical disciplines who have completed both their clinical and research training which will normally be at doctoral level and are commencing their first definitive clinical position, or have been in such a post for no more than 24 months on 1 May 2010.

Full-time research fellows will not be eligible. Applicants should be actively engaged in clinical work and pursuing health and medical research in a university clinical department, a teaching hospital, a clinical research unit of a research institute, or in an academic general practice setting. The applications will be judged predominantly on the quality of the applicant’s track record and career achievements to date. The quality of a brief research proposal will also be taken into account.

ANZ Charitable Trusts - Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (ATF) website
Internal Closing Date: 21 April 2010

Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (ATF) invites applications by Universities in the states of Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory, and Western Australia, and the Charles Sturt University (Albury-Wodonga) for postgraduate student research support in the fields of ecology, wildlife management, and natural history studies.

Grants of up to $7,500 each will be awarded for the purchase of equipment, supplies, travel to study areas, and conferences.

Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales – Ethel Mary Read Research Grant website
Internal Closing Date: 21 April 2010

In 1985, the Council of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales decided to establish the Ethel Mary Read (EMR) Research Grant Fund.

The initial source of the fund arose from a bequest to the Society from Mrs Ethel Mary Read, a long time supporter of the Society.

The Council decided to use the bequest to support short term research projects and young zoologists working in any aspect of zoology within Australasia.

EMR Grants are composed of small research grants.  They are intended for researchers who are just starting out in their respective fields of study and will cover minor costs. 

The maximum grant awarded is $AUD1500 per year and applicants are free to re-apply for funding regardless of whether they have been successful in previous years. The size of the grant means that the EMR Research Grant Fund may bridge a gap in existing funding, may be used to instigate pilot studies, may be devoted to travel costs in the field, or may be used to purchase equipment. There are no restrictions on how the grant may be used in contributing to the nominated research program.

Please note that the EMR Research Grant Fund does not provide funding to support travel to conferences or workshops

The Ian Potter Foundation website
Internal Closing Date: 12 May 2010

The Ian Potter Foundation is one of Australia's leading private philanthropic organisations. The Foundation has a track record of funding projects led by far sighted individuals and organisations that improve the Australian community's ability to respond creatively to social, environmental, science and health issues, and that develop our capacity as a nation through the arts and education.

Since its establishment in 1964, The Ian Potter Foundation has funded projects which advance the frontiers of knowledge in many areas. For example, Sir Ian Potter was instrumental in the establishment of the Howard Florey Institute and the development of the Academy of Science. The Ian Potter Foundation seeks to keep the visionary and entrepreneurial spirit of Sir Ian Potter alive through the forward thinking projects it supports through its grant program.

The Ian Potter Foundation is currently accepting applications for grants in the following areas: Arts, Community Wellbeing, Education, Environment & Conservation, and Science.

Please note that as per the Foundation’s specifications, Swinburne will be required to rank all applications in priority.

13th CRC Selection Round – Manufacturing Innovation and Social Innovation Priority Areas website
Internal Closing Date: 24 May 2010

CRC Online is now open for applications for the 13th Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) selection round.

Information that is now available includes the CRC Program Guidelines, the Application Pack, presentation material from the recently conducted information sessions, and Frequently Asked Questions.

Functionality has been added to CRC Online to allow multiple users to access the same online application. Please see CRC Online - Applicant’s User Guide within the Selection Round Application Instructions for details.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
166 Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) – Leadership Program round one 9 March 2010
167 United States Department of Defense – Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Inter-Institutional Training Award 9 March 2010
167 EPA Victoria – HazWaste Fund 10 March, 14 April, 12 May, and 9 June 2010
168 CSIRO Marine National Facility – Applying for Sea Time (Transit Voyages 10 March 2010
166 Australian Flora Foundation – Research Grants (Preliminary Applications 11 March 2010
166 Horticulture Australia – General Call 11 March 2010
164 Human Frontier Science Program – Young Investigators’ Grants and Program Grant 11 March 2010
167 Telematics Trust – Grants 11 March 2010
167 United States Department of Defense – Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Pre-doctoral Traineeship Award 15 March 2010
164 European Commission – Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme 16 March 2010
167 United States Department of Defense - Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP) Concept Award 16 March 2010
167 United States Department of Defense – Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP) Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award 16 March 2010
165 Geoffrey Gardiner Dairy Foundation – Innovation Program 17 March 2010
167 A W Howard Memorial Trust – Grants-in-Aid 17 March 2010
168 Australian Academy of Science - Australia-Germany Solar Photovoltaics Research Call 2010/11 17 March 2010
164 Haemophilia Foundation – Research Grants 22 March 2010
167 Mazda Foundation – Research Grants 22 March 2010
167 Alfred Felton Bequest – Small Grants 23 March 2010
167 Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation – Grants 23 March 2010
168 Pfizer Australia – Cancer Research Grants 25 March 2010
167 Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) – Priority Projects Program Round One 31 March 2010
167 Alzheimer's Australia Research – 2010 Dementia Grants Program 1 April 2010
168 Pfizer Australia – Neuroscience Research Grants 5 April 2010
168 National Marfan Foundation - Grant Program for Researchers with Faculty Appointments 7 April 2010
167 United States Department of Defense – Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Idea Award 12 April 2010
165 Erasmus Mundus Programme 21 April 2010
168 Pfizer Australia - Paediatric Endocrine Care Research Grants 21 April 2010
168 March of Dimes – Year 2011 Research Program Request for Proposals 21 April 2010
157 Harvard Australian Studies Committee - Australia Conference Grants 23 April 2010
168 Pfizer Australia – Cardiovascular Lipid Research Grants 5 May 2010


New Fellowship Opportunities

American Australian Association – Morgan Stanley Pediatrics Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 6 April 2010

The Association is pleased to announce a Morgan Stanley Pediatrics Fellowship for up to US$25,000 a year. The Morgan Stanley Pediatrics Fellowship supports Australian or American researchers who wish to conduct leading research in pediatrics at a top US or Australian educational or research institution.

The Morgan Stanley Pediatrics Fellowship is open for postgraduate or postdoctoral research in the area of medicine particularly with a focus on early childhood.

Please note that proof of acceptance into a US educational institution is required.

American Australian Association – Neurological Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 6 April 2010

The American Australian Association will be offering a Neurological Fellowship to provide applicants with the opportunity to undertake research or study in neuroscience or neurosurgery for up to 12 months. The Fellowship will provide up to US$25,000 to cover travel, living, and some project related expenses.
The Neurological Fellowship was created to assist the development of neurosurgical skills and research of neurosurgery for Australian and American practitioners. 

Australia to US

Australian neurosurgeons or neuroscience researchers may undertake up to a 12 month visiting fellowship.

The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation – Senior Medical Research Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 21 April 2010

The Foundation was established by Mr Charles Viertel's Will in 1992. The Will provides for Trustees to administer the Foundation and specifies the purposes for which the income from the Foundation can be distributed (or granted).

The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation invites applications annually for a five-year Senior Medical Research Fellowship valued at $195,000 per annum.

Outstanding researchers who are medically qualified or graduates of another scientific discipline, with recognised postdoctoral achievements seeking to establish a research career in Australia and undertake research in an Australian academic institution are eligible to apply whether they are currently working in Australia or not. Only Australian nationals or permanent residents are eligible for the awards.

Australian Federation of Graduate Women (AFGW) – Fellowship 2010 website
Internal Closing Date: 20 May 2010

The AFGW fellowship is available to women who are Australian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled for a PhD degree by research in any Australian university. The funds are to be used for a specific project or purpose for PhD research in any field.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Fellowship Title Closing Date
167 United States Department of Defense – Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Postdoctoral Fellowship Award 15 March 2010
167 A W Howard Memorial Trust – AW Howard Memorial Fellowship 17 March 2010
167 Cancer Council of Victoria – Postdoctoral Fellowships 30 March 2010
167 Alzheimer's Australia Research – 2010 Dementia Grants Program 1 April 2010
167 Heart Foundation – Career Development Fellowships 1 April 2010
167 Heart Foundation – Overseas Research Fellowships 1 April 2010
168 Heart Foundation – Postdoctoral Fellowships 1 April 2010
163 Japanese Association of University Women Fellowships 2 April 2010
165 The American Australian Association – 2010 Australia to US Fellowship 6 April 2010
168 The Australia-Netherlands Research Collaboration Overseas Travel Fellowships for PhD Students 7 April 2010
162 Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) - Titular Fellowships 16 April 2010
167 National Library of Australia – Japan Fellowships 21 April 2010
167 National Library of Australia – Harold White Fellowships 21 April 2010


New Travel Grant Opportunities

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation - Travel Grants Round 2 website
Internal Closing Date: 21 April 2010

JDRF offers travel grants to young researchers throughout Australia in order to strengthen the knowledge of type 1 diabetes amongst the research community.

The Program

The Macquarie Group Foundation Diabetes Research Innovation Partnership aims to advance the level and impact of type 1 diabetes research in Australia. The Young Scientist Research Travel Grants are funded by the Macquarie Group Foundation as part of this partnership. The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) invites applications from young researchers for grants of up to $2,000 for domestic travel and up to $4000 for international travel to enable travel to research institutions or scientific meetings, for the purpose of furthering the researcher's expertise in the study of type 1 (juvenile) diabetes.

Eligible candidates for both forms of Travel Grants will be:

  • Medical, science or allied health graduates who are undertaking type 1 diabetes research
  • Researchers in the early stage of their career (eg PhD students or not more than five years post-doctoral)

Applicants for both forms of Travel Grants must also be:

  • Australian citizens; or
  • Permanent residents currently residing in Australia; or
  • Temporary residents holding JDRF research awards who are currently working at an Australian institution

The scientific meeting/research visit planned by the applicant must focus on one of JDRF's research goals:

  • To restore normal blood glucose levels
  • To prevent and reverse complications
  • To prevent type 1 diabetes

The Ian Potter Foundation – Travel and Conference Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 21 May 2010

The Foundation's competitive early career travel grants program is distinctive in Australian philanthropy.

It aims to assist early career staff members with an appointment of at least three years to attend overseas conferences to develop their professional careers, and to interact with their peers in the international scene.

Most travel grant recipients in the past have been staff from universities or research institutes, but those working in the Technical and Further Education (TAFE) sector are encouraged to apply.

The Foundation is currently calling for applications for travel/conferences after 10 September 2010.


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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Travel Grant Title Closing Date
167 A W Howard Memorial Trust – Travel Grants 17 March 2010
166 The Heart Foundation’s Travel Grants Round 2, 2010 31 March 2010
167 Alzheimer's Australia Research – 2010 Dementia Grants Program 1 April 2010


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
  • 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

New Scholarship Opportunities

Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation – Arrow-Hawkesbury Classic PhD Scholarship website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 17 March 2010

Arrow is a small charitable organisation initially established to support bone marrow patients at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney. It now supports research into the cause, prevention, treatment, and cure of leukaemia and other diseases that are treatable through bone marrow and stem cell therapy.

The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation also assists patients preparing for a transplant, and their families, with the management of their disease before, during and after treatment.

The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation (Arrow) is offering a supplementary scholarship for students commencing an Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) or comparable competitive postgraduate scholarship in 2010. This biomedical research scholarship will be in the area of leukaemia and/or stem cell transplantation.

The supplement will be payable until the end of the student's third enrolled year (conditions apply), with the possibility of a single six month extension.

Applicants must have submitted an application for an APA or comparable scholarship award from a similar competitive scheme.

This is not an automatic award to all successful APA recipients and is offered competitively. The Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation reserves the right to decide which schemes are comparable and whether to award two, one or no scholarships in any year.

Applicants should submit two copies each of:

1. University transcript;
2. two referee reports, and
3. an outline of the proposed research project

Australian Federation of University Women (AFUW) Victoria – Scholarship Program 2010 website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2010

AFUW-Victoria offers a range of scholarships and bursaries for women students currently enrolled in Victorian Universities.  

You may be eligible to apply if you are:
·         Female
·         A currently enrolled student at a Victorian university or at a Victorian campus of the Australian Catholic University
·         Experiencing or have experienced disadvantage in the pursuit of your studies.

Women who are Australian citizens and permanent residents are eligible to apply for all scholarships. 

International women students may only apply for scholarships and bursaries for students enrolled in postgraduate research programs.

Scholarships for women students enrolled in a postgraduate course (diploma, masters or Ph.D):
·         Postgraduate degree by research
·         Postgraduate Coursework
·          Graduate Diploma of Education

Scholarships for women students enrolled in an undergraduate degree course (e.g. Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science):
·         Fourth year honours students
·         Australian Indigenous women

Please note there is a $10 administration fee per application.

Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia Limited – University Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 19 May 2010

The Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia University Research Grants are scholarships offered to honours or postgraduate students at Australian universities. Each year, ten $1,000 grants are awarded.

Applicants must be a member of the Society, and those wishing to join can do so at

Grants are available for research projects of direct relevance to the conservation of Australian wildlife - plant or animal. Grants may be used for the purchase of equipment and consumables, travel expenses related to field research, or attendance at conferences at which you are presenting your work.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Scholarship Closing Date
166 Dan David Foundation – Dan David Scholarship 2010 15 March 2010
167 Heart Foundation – Postgraduate Scholarships 1 April 2010
167 Alzheimer's Australia Research – 2010 Dementia Grants Program 1 April 2010
167 The Australian-American Fulbright Commission - International Fulbright Science and Technology Awards 21 April 2010

Prizes & Awards

Australian Society for Microbiology – Frank Fenner Award website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2010

The purpose of this award is to recognise distinguished contributions in any area of Australian research in microbiology by scientists in a formative stage of their career, rather than to reward senior scientists for a lifetime of achievement.

Eligibility Requirements
Applicants must:

  • be a member of the ASM of at least two (2) years standing at time of application
  • have been engaged in research at postdoctoral level or equivalent for less than or equal to fifteen years or the equivalent of less than or equal to fifteen years of fulltime research since acquiring their postdoctoral degree in cases of significant career interruption.

Australian Optical Society - AOS W. H. (Beattie) Steel Medal website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2010

The Australian Optical Society is seeking nominations for the next award of this medal, which is for an outstanding contribution or contributions to the field of optics in Australia by a member of the Australian Optical Society.

This Medal is the most prestigious award of the Australian Optical Society. It would normally be presented only to a nominee at an advanced stage of his or her professional career and with a strong and sustained record of authority, enterprise, and innovation in the field of optics in Australia.

Australian Optical Society – Geoff Opat Early Career Researchers Prize website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2010

This Prize recognizes an outstanding early career researcher for her/his contribution to the field of optics. The prize is $1500, awarded annually, and includes an invitation to give an extended presentation at the annual AOS conference. The winner of this prize will also write an article for AOS News.

*Early Career Researchers are defined for this purpose as being within five years of completion of their PhD (as defined by graduation date). If there are reasons for a career delay (such as family responsibilities) then these should be explained in an addendum to the application, and certified by an appropriate person such as the direct supervisor.

Australian Optical Society – AOS Postgraduate Student Prize website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2010

The Australian Optical Society wishes to encourage participation in national and international conferences by high quality postgraduate students, and thus the Society has instituted the Australian Optical Society Prograduate Student Prize, which is a grant for conference travel valued up to $1500. Up to one award will be made in each year.

Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation – Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Prize website
Internal Closing Date: 12 April 2010

The Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation is introducing a new award, the BGRF Prize, to be awarded to the young researcher of the year in the field of neuroscience or palliative care. This annual prize is intended to provide recognition and encouragement to mid-career scientists within five years of receiving a PhD.

The Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation is introducing a new award, the BGRF Prize, to be awarded to the young researcher of the year in the field of neuroscience or palliative care. This annual prize is intended to provide recognition and encouragement to mid-career scientists within five years of receiving a PhD.

Please note that only two nominations are allowed per university.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Prize or Award Title Closing Date
165 The Royal Society of Victoria – Medal for Scientific Research 2010 22 March 2010
168 2010 Fresh Science Awards 25 March 2010
167 The Australian Museum – Eureka Prizes 28 April 2010
168 ProSPER.Net-Scopus – Young Scientist Award 2010 3 May 2010
168 Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research – Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science 2010 21 May 2010


New Ethics Announcements

Limited Swinburne Facilities for the Care and Use of Animals for Scientific Purposes

Swinburne operates strictly within the terms of its Scientific Premises Procedures Licence (SPPL) issued by the Victorian Bureau of Animal Welfare, Department of Primary Industries and adheres to the Australian code of practice for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes (7th Ed 2004), including the principles of the 3 Rs (animal replacement, reduction and technique refinement). Within this context, Swinburne has quite limited facilities for the care and use of animals for teaching or research, including no overnight housing facilities on any of its campuses for laboratory animals such as rats, mice, guinea pigs, etc. Also, the Swinburne's Animal Ethics Committee (SAEC) meets on a quite limited number of occasions each year (in recent years, twice-yearly meetings between February and June). Please therefore contact the Research Ethics Office at Swinburne Research sooner rather than later when considering or preparing proposals for projects involving animals, including preparation of funding applications, or when proposing changes to approved on-campus sites/rooms for limited-time animal use or observation.

Human Research Ethics Committee (SUHREC) and Subcommittees (SHESCs) - 2010 Application Deadlines

SUHREC Appraisal Deadlines (for SHESC appraisal deadlines see below)

New project applications requiring ethical review by SUHREC must be submitted by the following meeting deadlines. Submission requirements for Swinburne-administered projects are: an unstapled (but clipped) properly completed and signed ORIGINAL PLUS 12 double-sided copies; every page should be numbered consecutively, including attachments. Please ensure that you are using correct/updated forms/guides. For collaborative or multi-centre projects, projects being undertaken in hospitals, projects being transferred to Swinburne, clinical trials project, please contact the Research Ethics Office for requirement variations.

5 March 2010
9 April 2010
14 May 2010
18 June 2010
23 July 2010
3 September 2010
15 October 2010
26 November 2010

SHESC Appraisal Deadlines - Semester One (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.

15 february 2010
1 March 2010
15 March 2010
31 March 2010 (due to Easter Break)
19 April 2010
3 May 2010
24 May 2010
14 June 2010


Swinburne Research Student News

Drinks for Researchers

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's researchers. Swinburne has accomplished a lot in the area of research in the last 12 months 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 us! For more information or to RSVP please email An RSVP is not essential. Please note that the event is meant for Swinburne academic staff, research involved staff and postgraduate researchers, however, corporate and administrative staff are also more than welcome to attend. Finger food and Drinks will be provided!  

When: Friday, March 12 2010 ,  3:00pm
Where: OP UN310 Club (Old staff club) 

Research Training - Postgraduate Research Education Program (PREP) 

What Is Research? Designing A Research Project 

Tuesday, March 23 2010 ,  2:00 pm - 4:00 pm  
Hawthorn TAFE Building TD - Room TD120  
Prof. Pam Green, Prof. John Bowden 

This practical session will focus on what counts as research and enable students to examine their research questions in terms of currency, relevance and clarity. The session will move from topic selection (where relevant), refinement of questions, proposal writing, through to consideration of the relation between the topic or question and the research approach. 

To register visit:

Postgraduate Résumés – How to Effectively Market Your Postgraduate Degree

When: 18th March
Time: 3:00pm
Where: AS404

Aimed at postgraduate students, this seminar will offer tips & advice on how to make your resume work for you as a marketing tool. 
Register online the careers and employment website.


New Seminar Information

There are no new Seminars in this edition of the Swinburne 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 at least 14 days prior to the event so that it can be included in the next Research Bulletin.

Workshops and Conferences

Australian National Pavilion at BIO 2010 website
Chicago, USA, 3 – 6 May 2010

The BIO International Convention is the global event for biotechnology that hosts more than 175 sessions, an exhibition with more than 2,200 companies and 60 pavilions, and a business forum with 12,000 one on one partnering sessions. With more than 60 countries represented, the attendees are a blend of international and domestic executives and management from research, business, academic, and investment communities.

The event works toward expanding the biotech innovations that help heal, fuel, and feed the world.

AusBiotech is coordinating the Australian Pavilion on behalf of C-MAB, the Committee for Marketing Australian Biotechnology, a joint Commonwealth, State, and Territory Government and AusBiotech collaborative initiative.

Australian Disease Management Association
Sixth Annual National Disease Management Conference
Chronic Disease Management and the Future of the Australian Health System
Melbourne, Victoria, 19 – 20 August 2010 website

The Australian Disease Management Association provides a forum and advocacy for the disease management industry to promote programs which improve chronic condition outcomes and quality of life and reduce acute healthcare utilisation and costs. The not-for-profit association represents all stakeholders in the industry and educates healthcare organisations, providers, funders, and healthcare policy makers on disease management.

The theme of the Australian Disease Management Association’s Sixth Annual National Disease Management Conference is Chronic Disease Management and the Future of the Australian Health System.

All Chronic Disease Management programs, services, research trials, and all relevant initiatives, including wellness, corporate health, self management, and health coaching, that have demonstrated outcomes are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations.

External submission date: 26 April 2010

Statistics Shorts Courses at Swinburne

Various statistics short courses have been designed in order to suit your particular research needs.

You will find details at:-

Other Funding Resources



Publications held in the Swinburne library to assist researchers in the grant application process

The below links will take you to a list of library resources that have relevance to the following key words: