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The Swinburne Research Bulletin

Issue No. 175 - 1 June 2010


v Special Announcements

ARC

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 2011 - applications submitted

Swinburne is the lead institution on four applications submitted to the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities 2011 scheme. Swinburne was a collaborating organisation on 13 other applications submitted by other institutions. Results are scheduled to be announced in November 2010.

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities for funding commencing in 2011 – Funding Agreement now available

The Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Funding Agreement for funding commencing in 2011 is now available from http://www.research.swinburne.edu.au/researchers/pre-award/australian-research-council/linkage-infrastructure-equipment-facilities-scheme.html.

NHMRC

NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships – internal closing date 16 July 2010 website

The aim of the Postgraduate Scholarships scheme is to support outstanding Australian health and medical graduates early in their career so that they can:

  • Be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive;
  • Develop a capacity for original independent research

Strategic Plan Targeted Areas for 2010

NHMRC recognises the importance of bioinformatics as an emerging health and medical research field and encourages applications that will use mathematics, statistics, and information technology to extract useful information from large and complex biological datasets.

Refer to http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/apply/scholars/index.htm for Postgraduate Scholarships application material.

Refer to http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/rgms/index.htm for RGMS advice.

Please contact Paul Forsyth (pforsyth@swin.edu.au) or Asha Rawlings (arawlings@swin.edu.au) for further assistance.

RGMS Update

RGMS User Reference Group

Membership of NHMRC's RGMS User Reference Group (RURG) is being finalised and includes:

•  Prof. Ian Smith (Chair, Monash University)
•  Prof. Matt Gillespie (Research Committee member)
•  A/Prof. Amanda Thrift (Research Committee member)
•  Prof. Marshall Lightowlers (University of Melbourne)
•  Prof. Carol Armour (University of Sydney)
•  Prof. Phil Beart (Howard Florey Institute)
•  Prof. Christine Clarke (University of Sydney)
•  Prof. Alison Venn (University of Tasmania)
•  Prof. Prue Hart (Institute for Child Health Research, WA)

RGMS Focus Groups

Additional members may be appointed over the next couple of weeks. A key role for the RURG will be to link with the research community to help advise NHMRC on the key improvements to be made to RGMS that will improve the submission of applications and peer review.

NHMRC is calling for volunteers for a number of RGMS focus groups. These will cover three main areas:

  • Research Administration Officers
  • applicants and people involved in peer review of research support grants (for example project or program grants)
  • applicants and people involved in peer review of people support grants (for example fellowships)

NHMRC will be convening these focus groups in June to gather further information to inform our work in improving RGMS for 2011. If you are interested in participating in a focus group, please email nhmrc@nhmrc.gov.au.  Focus groups will be a balance of institutions, gender and States and Territories.

RGMS Post-Award Functions

RGMS has been designed to include the whole lifecycle of grant management, from application, through peer review and awarding of grants, to payments, management of variations and reporting. NHMRC is currently finalising the "post-award" functions of RGMS, which will include functions that allow grant holders and RAOs to manage their grants online. These functions will become available in October 2010. Prior to these functions becoming available to users, NHMRC will run information and training sessions for RAOs and Finance Officers in all administering institutions.

Other

Australian Synchrotron – Macromolecular crystallography rapid access (MX1 and MX2) website
Internal Closing Date: 25 June 2010

Rapid Access (RA) gives users a route for urgent access to beamtime in certain circumstances.

Three shifts of RA time per month will be reserved on each MX beamline on days to be announced in advance. The Call for Proposals will open one month before the RA day and close two weeks before the RA day. RA proposals will be assessed by the Program Advisory Committee on the basis of merit.

A demonstrated need for urgency is the overriding criterion for the allocation of beamtime. Examples of urgency include, but are not limited to:
   ·         High profile work in danger of losing out to international competition.
   ·         Risk of losing precedence in intellectual property (e.g. a patent position).
   ·         Critical time-limited work for inclusion in a graduate student's thesis.
   ·         A new project for a user with no existing Program allocations who may have to wait an unreasonable amount of time for access to Project or Program beamtime.

A successful application must also demonstrate feasibility. The status of the crystals and detail of the experiment to be carried out must be clearly stated.

If a proposal for RA time is unsuccessful due to RA time being allocated to other requests then that proposal will be removed from the system and will need to be resubmitted for the next RA round if RA time is still required by the applicant.

Please note the internal closing date for the next round is 23 July 2010.

Universities Australia announces whole-of-sector purchase of Scopus and three year extension of Web of Knowledge licence

Universities Australia has announced a three-year agreement that will provide researchers in all 39 Australian universities with access to Scopus, Elsevier’s flagship product and one of the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.

In addition, Universities Australia has secured a three-year extension to the national site licence agreement with Thomson Reuters covering the Web of Knowledge. Web of Knowledge is an internet based product that provides researchers with access to an extensive range of journals, books, proceedings, and patents. As part of the licence Universities Australia’s members will also enjoy access to a range of other Thomson Reuters products including Journal Citation Reports.

MEDLINE is now integrated into Web of Knowledge – it was previously accessible via Scopus. Access to Index Chemicus and Current Chemical Reactions, which expands access to over 12,000 conferences a year with the added value of integrated citation data, is also now available via Web of Knowledge. Web of Knowledge now also boasts the Conference Proceedings Citation Index. This index provides access to over 12,000 conferences a year with the added value of integrated citation data. Academics will now be able to see if their publications are cited by other journal articles and conference papers together.

ERA Update

The last lot of ERA eligible publications were loaded into the Swinburne Research system for further processing on Friday. We thank everyone who submitted CVs or confirmed their Swinburne Research Bank record was correct. We are now processing the final amount of data related to research income, and are selecting items for Peer Review with the help of the Field of Research advisors for the eligible authors. We will be giving researchers the opportunity to view all their items that will be eligible to be submitted for ERA in the coming week. Further information on ERA is available through Ning Shen nshen@swin.edu.au.

Sustainable Research Excellence - Staff Survey Round 2

Early indications are that the next round of the staff survey will be held from Monday July 05 to Sunday July 18. If there are any major objections/major university timing conflicts regarding this timeframe please contact sre@swin.edu.au.

HERDC Publications Collection

Faculties will be contacted within the next week regarding publications that may be eligible for HERDC and recorded in Swinburne Research bank but have not been submitted by the Faculties. We will be giving researchers the opportunity to view all their items that will be eligible to be submitted for HERDC in the coming weeks. Further information on HERDC is available through Sharon Kitt skitt@swin.edu.au.

Animal Care/Use Ethics Application Deadline (Extended)- Thursday 3 June 2010

New ethics clearance applications involving animal care/use for scientific purposes need to be submitted no later than COB Thursday 3 June 2010. Prepare for submission a single-sided signed original. Please note that Swinburne has 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. Further details regarding regulatory guidelines and application form available at Swinburne Animal Ethics website http://www.research.swinburne.edu.au/researchers/ethics/animal-experimentation/


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:

  • Emeritus Professor Alan Johnson will spend time with Tier One Centres and Faculties during August, assisting on areas of strategic importance to them, as deemed by their Directors, ADRs, and Deans.


v ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

New ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships – internal closing date 16 July 2010 website

Refer to http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/apply/scholars/index.htm for Postgraduate Scholarships application material.

Refer to http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/grants/rgms/index.htm for RGMS advice.

Please contact Paul Forsyth (pforsyth@swin.edu.au) or Asha Rawlings (arawlings@swin.edu.au) for further assistance.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
173 2010 NHMRC Development Grants 25 June 2010



v Grants

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
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  • 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
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  • 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

Australian Fisheries Management Authority - Commonwealth Fisheries Research Advisory Body (ComFRAB) and Fishery Specific Research Opportunities 2010 Pre-proposals website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 4 June 2010

The Commonwealth Fisheries Research Advisory Body (ComFRAB) assesses applications for funding of research for Commonwealth fisheries. In the 2010 research funding round ComFRAB is making a call for research, focusing on areas of research that have potential application across a number of AFMA fisheries. Also included for the first time this year is the call for research identified by AFMA’s Management Advisory Committees (MACs) that address fishery-specific research issues.

The Butterfly Foundation – The Butterfly Research Institute (BRI) - Collaborative Research Projects website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 7 June 2010

The Butterfly Research Institute (BRI) was established in 2008 to take a leading role in determining the future direction of research in the field of eating disorders and body image within Australia. The BRI is a research institute ‘without walls’ and recognises the need to support interdisciplinary, basic, applied, and community research. It will connect research in an integrated and effective way to clinical services throughout Australia, so that research is directly translated into outcomes for patients and clinical work is not lost to research.

The Butterfly Research Institute places value on
•    collaboration between researchers, clinical treatment, and the lived experience
•    research outside traditional fields of eating disorder research
•    encouraging new people into the field of eating disorders
•    multidisciplinary research

There will be three collaborative research project grants awarded in 2010 in each of the following areas:

- Prevention & Promotion
- Identification & Early Intervention
- Treatment Standards & Strategies

The total amount of funding available for each grant is $200,000 over two years.

Please note that whilst the principal investigator and project must be Australian based, international collaborations are welcome.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia Indonesia Institute – Applications for Project Funding website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 9 June 2010

The Australia Indonesia Institute in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invites applicants to submit project proposals designed to contribute to a more broadly based and enduring relationship between Australia and Indonesia and to project a positive image of Australia in Indonesia.

The Institute supports programs to enhance relations between the two countries in the following areas: education; interfaith; youth; arts and culture; civil society; media; and Australian studies. Prospective applicants should note that the annual level of grant funding in the various areas will vary, depending on the priorities of the Institute and the quality of applications.

National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) – Phase 1 – Think Tank website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 16 June 2010

The National Breast Cancer Foundation of Australia (NBCF) announced a new funding opportunity for breast cancer research in Australia beginning in 2007. The NBCF believes it needs to be responsive to breast cancer research progress and opportunities nationally and internationally and maximise its use of limited resources. Hence, the National Collaborative Breast Cancer Research Grant Program is designed to foster wide collaboration between groups of investigators and pooling of knowledge, expertise, and resources to enable larger scale or accelerated research programs into the prevention, causes, treatment or management of breast cancer. 

In order to facilitate high-quality integrated proposals, the program development and application process will be conducted in two phases.

The first step in the process will involve funding of think-tanks to bring together groups of investigators, recognised experts in their respective fields, with complementary abilities to formulate convincing plans for specific, collaborative projects, to allocate research roles and tasks, and to identify necessary resources. As an example, an interdisciplinary group with a focus on imaging could include radiologists, physicists with imaging expertise, cell biologists, clinicians, and computer engineering and programming experts.

Applications are invited from collaborative groups of interdisciplinary investigators, to convene a workshop with the scope to further develop a significant larger-scale and/or cutting-edge national research program. The NBCF’s expectation is that a group would consist of three – six investigators.

Applications are invited from the entire continuum of breast cancer research, from basic science to prevention, treatment, and care, insofar as the proposed collaborations have the potential to develop a program to help prevent breast cancer, improve survival, and/or enhance quality of life.

The NBCF also has an interest in fostering research to address women’s concerns about lymphoedema and traditional, complementary, and alternative medicine.

The basis for submitting a proposal for a Phase 1 think-tank is to facilitate development of strategic research partnerships and the research program and to encourage identification of critical infrastructure and external financial support for competitive applications to be submitted in Phase 2.

Please note that the NBCF will accept applications with faxed signatures if it is not possible to obtain original signatures, however original signatures would be preferable.

Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) - Grand Challenges: Insecticide Discovery – Letters of Inquiry website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 16 June 2010

As a component of the Grand Challenges: Vector-based Control of Transmission Discovery Research (VCTR) program, the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH) is seeking innovative discovery projects to identify new chemical leads to fuel the development pathway for insecticides to control the mosquito vectors of malaria. Six million dollars (US) in grant funding is available for this new grant program to discover chemical agents with novel mechanisms of action to kill mosquitoes. 

Current efforts aimed at the control of the mosquito vectors of malaria rely heavily on a limited number of related products for insecticide treated bednets, for indoor residual spraying, and for chemical larvicides.  These products act on a very limited number of mosquito targets and are subject to failure as a result of the selection and spread of insecticide resistance. Despite the importance of insecticides in controlling the devastating impact of malaria, no new products have been developed for public health use in malaria endemic countries in 30 years. 

To address this situation, this program seeks to support projects that will discover new active ingredients with novel mechanisms of action as the basis for insecticide development. It is envisioned that chemical leads identified in these projects can be taken forward in collaboration with an industrial partner.

Department of Defence – Capability and Technology Demonstrator Program Round 15 – Call for Proposals website
Internal Closing Date: 14 July 2010

The Department of Defence is seeking industry proposals for participation in the Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program. The CTD Program assists in the improvement of priority Defence capabilities by providing Australian Industry with an opportunity to demonstrate their technology, thereby allowing Defence to assess its potential and associated risks. Proposals need to address a Defence capability priority and are required to demonstrate their potential within three years.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their CTD proposals with the Capability Development Group of Defence, and with the relevant research division of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). The CTD Program Office can assist prospective applicants with relevant Defence contacts and with completing their proposals.

Proposals must originate from within Australian industry or involve substantial Australian industry participation. Proposals offering standard product lines will not normally be successful under the CTD program, unless applied in a novel manner to improve Defence capability. Project funding is expected to commence in July 2011, although some companies may be funded for detailed proposal development or specific activities at an earlier date (conditions apply).

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Innovative Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 20 July 2010

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) provides ‘seed’ funding for highly innovative research with potential significant impact on accelerating the mission of JDRF. The innovative research should have the potential for a change in the current paradigm or conventional wisdom or to lead to a seminal discovery or to be groundbreaking. Preliminary data is not required in the proposal but the underlying premise, goal, or hypothesis must be plausible and the proposal must be focused with a well defined goal.

Applicants must hold an MD, DMD, DVM, PhD, or equivalent and have a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medical school, or other research facility.

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

The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) – Publication Subsidy Scheme website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

One of the aims of the Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) is to advance knowledge of the Humanities by encouraging and supporting scholarship, and the pursuit of excellence, in the broad-ranging fields of the humanities.

In accordance with this aim, the AAH includes in its activities the Publication Subsidy Scheme to provide modest financial support of up to A$3,000 for the publication of scholarly works of high quality in the humanities.

The scheme is designed to assist humanities scholars based in Australia. Both independent scholars and those working within an institution are eligible for the scheme. The AAH gives priority to works that require a subsidy for their viability as a publishing venture, or for the inclusion of essential items such as illustrations, photographs or maps. Support may, in some cases, be given for meritorious publications with some prospect of small-scale royalty and profit returns. Works with clear commercial prospects, however, will not be supported by the AAH. The AAH normally supports publications that have already been accepted by a reputable and refereed academic publisher. In the case of in-house publications (of conference papers etc.), external assessment of the work will be required. Although the scheme is generally intended for conventional, hardcopy publications, the AAH will consider applications for subsidy support of online works. Costs of research assistance, editorial work, translations, and the preparation of indexes are not subsidised under the scheme.

Please note that recipients may receive funding under this scheme not more than twice in their careers and that second and later editions of publications will not be supported.

Telematics Trust – Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 4 August 2010

The Telematics Course Development Fund (“Telematics Trust”) funds initiatives within Victoria involving the application of technologies to education that are innovative, educationally driven, and market oriented. 

The Trust was established in 1987 with a view to promoting the appropriate innovative use of technologies in the following key areas:

  • Work education and training within Victoria
  • The use of new telematic means to deliver, market or sell projects for education and training
  • New information technologies in the area of ‘distance education' which complements existing educational and training institutes

The Trust assists enterprises through the provision of grants, equity, and debt investments in projects that the Trustees believe will further or promote technology-based education and training in Victoria.

Funding objectives
The Trust targets and funds the application of information and communications technology (ICT) to learning processes which:

  • Need special attention
  • Would be assisted by seeding grants
  • Are not within the province of other funding bodies

 

Please note applicants can apply for a maximum of two grants in a funding round if the projects are distinct. Applicants will be asked to demonstrate they can devote adequate time to each project for which funding is being sought.

Researchers wishing to apply for this funding opportunity are encouraged to first contact the Alumni & Development Office to discuss their proposal, before completing an application. Alumni & Development can informally present the proposal to the funding bodies to obtain relevant feedback and guidance. Ideally this should occur at least a month before the submission deadline. Please contact John Humann, Trusts & Foundations Manager (jhumann@swin.edu.au ext 5438) to discuss the matter further.

Criminology Research Council – 2010 Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 11 August 2010

The 2010 round of the Criminology Research Council research grants are now open.

Grants are considered if they are public policy-relevant, have practical application, contribute to the understanding, prevention or correction of criminal behaviour, and will make a substantial and original contribution to criminological knowledge. For examples of previous grants, see current and recently completed grants.

A proposal that requires Ethics Committee approval may be considered by the Council if approval is still pending at the time of the Council's meeting, in which case any grant will be conditional upon Ethics Committee approval being obtained. Applicants should take into account the time required for obtaining Ethics Committee approval in framing timelines for projects. Applicants may use any NH&MRC approved Institutional Human Research Ethics Committee.

Kidney Health Australia – Project Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 19 August 2010

Kidney Health Australia provides Project Grants for high calibre broad based, multidisciplinary, and collaborative research activities. Teams will be expected to contribute to new knowledge at a leading international level in important areas of health and medical research. These grants are available for all research approaches relevant to better health - biomedical, clinical, public health or health services research into the causes, prevention, and treatment of disorders of the kidneys or urinary tract.

Areas of kidney research considered to be of special focus for Project Grant research include:

  • Improving and assisting community awareness and prevention strategies
  • Increasing detection rates of early Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD)
  • Documenting CKD demographics, trends, and costs
  • Implementing best care approaches to detected CKD cases
  • Facilitating a smooth transition into dialysis and transplantation
  • Improving outcomes and quality of life on dialysis
  • Reducing the financial and social impact of CKD on patients and families

Applicants are encouraged to specially focus on the harder-to-reach population groups in the community including:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse populations
  • People experiencing socio-economic disadvantage

A maximum of four Project Grants will be awarded with a once only amount of up to $50,000 each toward the cost of the project funded.

  • The project should usually be able to be completed with these funds and not be dependent on additional funds being raised
  • The project should be able to be completed within a defined time from commencement. This time would not normally be expected to exceed two years
  • For projects not completed within 12 months, progress reports at the 12 month mark and on completion of the project are required

This award is not designed to be a ‘seeding grant’ – the project should be substantial in its own right and designed to lead to a definitive result.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
170 Enterprise Connect – Researchers in Business Grant Ongoing
174 Cystic Fibrosis Australia – Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust – Applications for Grants to be awarded in 201 2 June 2010
174 Grains Research & Development Corporation (GRDC) – Round One E-Concept 4 June 2010
167 EPA Victoria – HazWaste Fund 9 June 2010
173 Ramaciotti Foundation – Ramaciotti Establishment and Equipment Grants Expressions of Interest 9 June 2010
174 Council on Australia Latin America Relations (COALAR) – Grant Program 9 June 2010
174 Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Investigator-Initiated Research (IIR) Grants Pre-applications 16 June 2010
174 Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Career Catalyst Research (CCR) Grants Pre-applications 16 June 2010
173 Retina Australia – Research Grants 16 June 2010
172 Brain Foundation – 2010 Brain Foundation Research Grants 16 June 2010
172 Australian National Kennel Council – 2011 Canine Research Foundation Grants 21 June 2010
172 American Tinnitus Association (ATA) – Research Grant Program 21 June 2010
171 Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) – Du Pré Grants 21 June 2010
173 Australian Museum – Peter Rankin Trust Fund for Herpetology 21 June 2010
173 Norman Wettenhall Foundation (NWF) – Foundation Grants round three 21 June 2010
173 Australian Geographic Society – 2010 Sponsorships round two 21 June 2010
174 SEARCH Foundation – Roger Coates Labour History Research Grant 21 June 2010
174 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – 2010/2011 Research Grants 21 June 2010
174 The Asthma Foundation of Victoria – 2011 Research Grants 21 June 2010
174 Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) – Joint-Action Bilateral Research Programs 22 June 2010
174 Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) – Target Identification in Lupus (TIL) grants Letter of Intent 22 June 2010
173 ANZ Charitable Trusts - Judith Jane Mason and Harold Stannett Williams Memorial Foundation – Medical and Scientific Research Grants 22 June 2010
173 ANZ Charitable Trusts - J.O. & J.R. Wicking Trust – Bio-Medical and Scientific Research Grants 22 June 2010
173 ANZ Charitable Trusts - William Buckland Foundation 22 June 2010
173 ANZ Trustees – Medical research and technology in Victoria 22 June 2010
173 Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) – Young Investigator Grants 22 June 2010
173 Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) – Concept Grants 22 June 2010
173 Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) – Project Grants 22 June 2010
173 Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) – Equipment Grants 22 June 2010
173 Attorney-General’s Department – Australian Safer Communities Awards 23 June 2010
173 Spencer Foundation – Areas of Inquiry Small Grants round three 30 June 2010
173 Spencer Foundation – Strategic Initiatives Small Grants round three 30 June 2010
174 Arthritis Australia – Grants in Aid and Project Grants 30 June 2010
174 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – 2010 Social Science Research Grant Program 5 July 2010
173 Leakey Foundation – General Grants 6 July 2010
173 Beryl Henderson Foundation and the Australian Federation of Graduate Women -Beryl Henderson Memorial Grant 21 July 2010
173 Arthur A Thomas Trust – Grants 21 July 2010
173 The Australian-American Fulbright Commission – 2011 Fulbright Symposium 22 July 2010
174 Australian Rotary Health – Research Project Grants in Mental Health 4 August 2010



v Fellowships

New Fellowship Opportunities

National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) – Early Career Fellowships website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 16 June 2010

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is pleased to announce the NBCF Early Career Fellowship Awards for researchers. The aim of this award is to support the development of early career researchers with outstanding potential for a career in breast cancer research.

Researchers with a doctorate degree and/or a professional qualification from an accredited institution who have at least five but no more than eight years postdoctoral or equivalent experience are encouraged to apply. The accepted professional qualifications include, but are not limited to, nursing; psychology; public health; medicine; physiotherapy; veterinary science; social work; pharmacy; engineering; and occupational therapy. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate substantial ability and potential as a future breast cancer research leader.

Postdoctoral level researchers are not eligible for this award and should refer to the NBCF Post Doctoral Training Fellowship award.
The Early Career Fellowship will support the salary and research of outstanding new investigators with a vision to expand the scale and scope of breast cancer research in Australia.

The specific aims of the scheme are to:

  • Develop the most outstanding and creative breast cancer researchers across the range of disciplines in biomedical, clinical, health services, and public health research
  • Foster mentoring and collaboration of talented early career researchers, and facilitate integration of these new investigators into successful research teams
  • Enhance the quality and foster expansion of the scale and scope of breast cancer research in Australia
  • Undertake research that is of major importance and with potential to impact on breast cancer outcomes

NBCF Early Career Fellows are expected to be outstanding scholars in their fields. The maximum funding available for each Early Career Fellowship is up to $150,000 per annum over four years. The funding provided will cover:

  • The salary of the Fellow (up to $100,000 per annum)
  • Up to $50,000 per annum towards the research project

NBCF Early Career Fellowships provide support for four years. There may be scope to renew depending on demonstration of productivity and availability of funds.
Please note that the NBCF will accept applications with faxed signatures if it is not possible to obtain original signatures, however original signatures would be preferable.

National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) – Postdoctoral Training Fellowships website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 16 June 2010

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) is pleased to announce the NBCF Postdoctoral Training Fellowship Awards for researchers. The aim of this award is to attract, train, and retain the most talented breast cancer researchers of the future.
The Postdoctoral Training Fellowship will support the salary and research of outstanding new investigators with a vision to expand the scale and scope of breast cancer research in Australia.

The specific aims of the schemes are to:

  • Develop the most outstanding and creative breast cancer researchers across the range of disciplines in biomedical, clinical, health services, and public health research
  • Foster mentoring and collaboration of talented postdoctoral researchers and facilitate integration of these new investigators into successful research teams
  • Enhance the quality and foster expansion of the scale and scope of beast cancer research in Australia
  • Undertake research that is a major importance and with potential to impact of breast cancer outcomes

NBCF Postdoctoral Training Fellows are expected to be promising rising stars in their fields. The maximum funding available for each Postdoctoral Training Fellowship is up to $90,000 per annum over four years inclusive of salary, on-costs, and some research-related expense.

This year (2011 funding) NBCF is delighted to announce its partnership with Cure Cancer Australia Foundation (CCAF). CCAF has agreed to contribute their research funds towards promising young breast cancer researchers under the scheme of the NBCF Postdoctoral Training Fellowship. CCAF will provide $90,000 towards the first year of the Fellowships. Awardees of the Fellowships will be recognised as the recipients of ‘co-funding from NBCF and CCAF.’

Please note that the NBCF will accept applications with faxed signatures if it is not possible to obtain original signatures, however the original signatures would be preferable.

National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research Chile (CONICYT) – National Competition for Attracting Foreign Advanced Human Capital, Short Stays mode website
Internal Closing Date: 6 July 2010

CONICYT announced that nominations are open for the National Competition for Attracting Foreign Capital Advanced Human Chile, Short Stays (MEC), 2010.

The National Commission for Scientific and Technological Research (CONICYT) calls for all state universities or rectories whose head offices are located in regions outside the Metropolitan, to attract foreign scientists and experts to strengthen significantly the academic and scientific capacity of such institutions especially in priority areas for the country.

While the competition is open to all areas of knowledge, special emphasis is given to priority areas for the country:

· Cost: mining, aquaculture, food, special interest tourism, and global services
· Public Interest Platforms: Energy (biofuels), environment, ICT, and biotechnology
· Social: Education, health, housing, public safety, and public policy

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Postdoctoral Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 20 July 2010

Postdoctoral fellowships are designed to attract qualified, promising scientists entering their professional career in the diabetes research field. The applicant is required to work with a sponsor who can provide a training environment conducive to beginning a career in type 1 diabetes-relevant research. At the time of activating the award, the applicant must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DMD, DVM), or the equivalent from an accredited institution and must not be simultaneously serving an internship or residency.

The fellowships are intended for those in a relatively early stage of their career. Ordinarily, their first degree (PhD, MD, DMD, DVM, or equivalent) will have been received no more than five years before the fellowship. Since this program is targeted to those who would benefit from postdoctoral research training in preparation for later faculty appointments, applicants may not have faculty appointments.

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

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 20 July 2010

The Advanced Postdoctoral Fellowship program is designed to attract qualified and promising health scientists, to provide an opportunity to receive full time research training, and to assist these promising individuals in transitioning from a fellowship to an independent (faculty-level) position.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation envisions the three-year award term as a period in which fellows will receive critical research training that will position them to work at the leading edge of their chosen field. An additional, optional one-year ‘transition’ award will further assist fellows to proceed to independent faculty or research appointments and will serve as a bridge between the fellowship and independent competitive research funding. During the fellowship phase, the applicant is required to work with a sponsor who can provide a training environment conducive to beginning a career in diabetes-relevant research. At the time of activating the award, the applicant must have a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, DMD, DVM, or equivalent) from an accredited institution and must not be simultaneously serving an internship or residency.

The fellowships are intended for those in a relatively early stage of their career. Generally, their first degree (PhD, MD, DMD, DVM, or equivalent) will have been received no more than five years before the fellowship. Applicants who have completed one – three years of postdoctoral training and now show extraordinary promise may wish to apply for this ‘advanced’ award. Alternatively, exceptionally qualified and talented individuals are encouraged to apply at the beginning of their careers. This program is targeted to those who would benefit from postdoctoral research training in preparation for later faculty appointments (therefore, applicants may not have faculty appointments).

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

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Cheung Kong Research Fellowships website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowships provide financial support for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Australia to undertake short-term research (four - six months), in any field of study, in participating Asian countries.

While the Cheung Kong group has a history of supporting education through international scholarships, the Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Scholarship program represents a unique partnership with the Australian Government to support both undergraduate and postgraduate students from Australia and Asia to study in each other’s home environments.

Please note that there are two rounds– the internal closing date for the second round is 20 January 2011.

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Endeavour Research Fellowships website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Endeavour Research Fellowships provide financial support for postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows from Australia to undertake short-term research (four - six months), in any field of study. The research must be undertaken in participating countries in the Asia-Pacific, Americas, Europe, and Middle East.

The Endeavour Research Fellowships aim to:

  • enable high achieving scholars from Australia to undertake research in the Asia-Pacific, Americas, Europe, and Middle East
  • further develop Award Holders’ knowledge and skills in their field of research
  • strengthen bilateral ties between Australia and the participating countries
  • showcase Australia’s education sector
  • strengthen mutual understanding between the people of Australia and the Award Holders’ host country
  • build international linkages and networks

Please note that there are two rounds – the internal closing date for the second round is 20 January 2011.

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians provide financial support for Indigenous postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short-term research (four - six months), in any field of study. The research must be undertaken in participating countries in the Asia-Pacific, Americas, Europe, and Middle East.

The Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians aim to:

  • enable high achieving indigenous Australian scholars to undertake research in participating countries in the Asia-Pacific, Americas, Europe, and Middle East
  • further develop Award Holders’ knowledge and skills in their field of research
  • strengthen bilateral ties between Australia and the participating countries
  • showcase Australia’s education sector
  • strengthen mutual understanding between the people of Australia and Award Holders' host countries

  • build international linkages and networks

Please note that there are two rounds – the internal closing date for the second round is 20 January 2011.

Leukaemia Foundation – Postdoctoral Fellowships website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Leukaemia Foundation is the only national not-for-profit foundation dedicated to the care and cure of patients and families living with leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma, and related blood disorders. Through its National Research Program, the Foundation seeks to foster innovative research into the causes, diagnosis and treatment of these cancers, and the care of patients and families. The program includes grants for research projects, in addition to scholarships and fellowships to foster the careers of talented young scientists and doctors.

The Leukaemia Foundation calls for applications from postdoctoral fellows and medical graduates with relevant advanced medical training to apply for Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Candidates must have been awarded their PhD no more than three years prior to the closing date for applications or else their PhD must be awarded by December of the year of application.

Exceptions may be made where an applicant can show that they have had an unavoidable career disruption such as family leave, serious illness, war etc.

Postdoctoral fellowships will initially be awarded for one year. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to apply for up to two annual extensions subject to satisfactory progress and consideration by the Medical and Scientific Advisory Committee. 

Banksia Environmental Foundation - Brian Robinson Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 22 July 2010

In 2009, the Banksia Environmental Foundation took over management of the Brian Robinson Fellowship.

The Fellowship, first awarded in 2005, is an annual grant created to encourage future environmental leaders. The objective is to nurture young people (under 35) with the potential to contribute to the future sustainability of Victoria, Australia or even globally.

The Fellowship embodies one of the Banksia’s key environmental messages - that we each have a part to play in improving the environment we all live in.

The Fellowship will take the form of a study tour or placement for an Australian citizen or resident under 35 years of age who can demonstrate their potential to contribute to national and/or global sustainability. This study tour or placement will form the basis of a project.

This award is in recognition of the late Dr Brian Robinson, the former Chairman of EPA Victoria, whose vision, ideas and leadership were recognised as a force for global sustainability.  All Australians benefited from the former EPA chairman’s 30 year career, which shaped the direction of environment protection in Australia.

European Commission – Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowships website
Internal Closing Date: 6 August 2010

This action aims to reinforce the scientific excellence of the Member States and the Associated countries through knowledge sharing with incoming top-class researchers active in a third country to work on research projects in Europe, with the view to developing mutually beneficial research co-operation between Europe and a third country. It aims to encourage these researchers to plan their period of international mobility within the framework of a coherent professional project and thus enhances the possibility of future collaborative research links with European researchers and organisations active in research in their future research career.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Fellowship Title Closing Date
173 Pfizer Australia – Research Fellowships 9 June 2010
174 Arthritis Australia – Fellowship 30 June 2010
174 The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities – Postdoctoral Bursaries 2010 – 11 30 June 2010
172 Museum of Australian Democracy – The Australian Prime Ministers Centre – Fellowship Program 21 June 2010
173 The Australian Academy of the Humanities – The Embassy of France in Australia Humanities Travelling Fellowships 21 July 2010
173 The Australian Academy of the Humanities – The Ernst Keller European Travelling Fellowships 21 July 2010
174 Australian Rotary Health – Collin Dodds Postdoctoral Fellowship 4 August 2010
174 Australian Rotary Health – Geoffrey Betts Postdoctoral Fellowship 4 August 2010



v Travel

New Travel Grant Opportunities

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Travel Grants Round 3 - website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (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 postdoctoral)

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

Please note that previous winners of this award are eligible to reapply.

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

Please also note there are four rounds – the internal closing date for round four is 20 October 2010.

The Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM) – ASM Foundation Travel Grant website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Society's Foundation Travel Grant sponsors Australian Microbiologists, especially those in the formative stages of their careers, to undertake professional development in appropriate laboratories in Australia or New Zealand.

The Grant provides funding to assist in financing:

  • short postgraduate refresher courses in Australia on aspects of microbiology;
  • visits by international or Australian specialist microbiologists to and within Australia for specific purposes which would benefit many members;
  • visits by Australian specialist microbiologists to international symposia or advanced courses with the prime object of the knowledge gained being disseminated to other Australian microbiologists upon return of the specialist;
  • visits by Australian specialist microbiologists overseas on ‘Lecture Exchange Programs’ with other learned societies;
  • ASM scholarships for postgraduate training of members;
  • Other purposes recommended by the Foundation Committee and deemed by National Council to be consistent with the aims of the Foundation

The Foundation Travel Grant normally provides from several hundred to a maximum of $2,000 per scholarship. Applicants who have secured significant support (ca. 50%) from other sources will be assessed more favourably than those who have not.

Please note there are two rounds per year – the internal closing date for the next round is 20 January 2011.

International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management (ICE WaRM) – International Visits and Exchanges Programme website
Internal Closing Date: 18 August 2010

The International Centre of Excellence in Water Resources Management (ICE WaRM) provides a national focus and international gateway to Australia's education, training, and research expertise in water. Operating as WaterEd Australia and based in Adelaide, the Centre was established in 2004 as an Australian Government initiative, with the support of the South Australian Government.

The ICE WaRM International Visits and Exchanges Programme provides an opportunity to persons from industry, education, training, and research sectors for increased engagement at an international level in the area of water resources management. The Programme aims to facilitate sharing of skills, knowledge, and experience in water resources management that will benefit the individual, their home and host organisations, and ICE WaRM. It is available for inbound (to Australia) and outbound (from Australia) international visits by individuals and exchanges between two candidates.

Persons from academia and industry within the field of water resources management are eligible to apply for the ICE WaRM International Visits and Exchanges Programme. The Programme is aimed at mid‐career professionals and as such does not consider applications from students. Please also note that the Visits and Exchanges Programme does not provide funding for conference attendance and therefore does not support applications for request of funding towards registration fees, travel, and accommodation costs relating to a conference.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Travel Grant Title Closing Date
174 The Asthma Foundation of Victoria – 2011 Lillian Roxon Travel Gran 21 June 2010



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

The Butterfly Foundation – The Butterfly Research Institute (BRI) – PhD Top Up Scholarships website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 7 June 2010

The Butterfly Research Institute was established in 2008 to take a leading role in determining the future direction of research in the field of eating disorders and body image within Australia. The BRI is a research institute ‘without walls’ and recognises the need to support interdisciplinary, basic, applied, and community research. It will connect research in an integrated and effective way to clinical services throughout Australia, so that research is directly translated into outcomes for patients and clinical work is not lost to research.

In 2010 there are three PhD top up scholarships available. Each scholarship is worth $30,000 over three years. Each year $5000 will be awarded directly to the student, and $5000 will be given to the host University for research and travel related expenses.

Priority will be given to students with an outstanding academic record who are conducting a well designed research project which is addressing current gaps in eating disorder research.

The Butterfly Foundation – The Butterfly Research Institute (BRI) – PhD Scholarship website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 7 June 2010

The Butterfly Research Institute was established in 2008 to take a leading role in determining the future direction of research in the field of eating disorders and body image within Australia. The BRI is a research institute ‘without walls’ and recognises the need to support interdisciplinary, basic, applied, and community research. It will connect research in an integrated and effective way to clinical services throughout Australia, so that research is directly translated into outcomes for patients and clinical work is not lost to research.

In 2010 there is one full scholarship available for a full time PhD student worth $90,000 over three years. Each year $30,000 will be awarded directly to the student and $10,000 will be given to the host University for research and travel related expenses.

Priority will be given to students with an outstanding academic record who are conducting a well designed research project which is addressing current gaps in eating disorder research.

Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MRSA) – 2010 Vacation Scholarships website
Internal Closing Date: 7 July 2010

Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA) aims to substantially accelerate progress towards finding a cause and cure for MS. MSRA will achieve this by focusing on:

  • Australia’s research strengths, contributing to the world-wide effort to solve MS
  • Collaborative national research platforms
  • Best-practice international scientific governance

MSRA has a strong governance structure designed to minimise conflicts of interest and ensure that the Australian MS research we fund plays to Australia's research strengths and resources.

MSRA annually offers financial support to Australian scientists in the effort to accelerate and increase MS research activity.

MSRA provides Vacation Scholarships to support research into the causes, cure, and management of MS.

Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MRSA) – 2010 Postgraduate Scholarships website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA) aims to substantially accelerate progress towards finding a cause and cure for MS. MSRA will achieve this by focusing on:

  • Australia’s research strengths, contributing to the world-wide effort to solve MS
  • Collaborative national research platforms
  • Best-practice international scientific governance

MSRA has a strong governance structure designed to minimise conflicts of interest and ensure that the Australian MS research we fund plays to Australia's research strengths and resources.

MSRA annually offers financial support to Australian scientists in the effort to accelerate and increase MS research activity.

MSRA provides Postgraduate Scholarships to support research into the causes, cure, and management of MS.

Kidney Health Australia – Summer Vacation Scholarships website
Internal Closing Date: 19 August 2010

to spend their summer vacation undertaking a supervised research project related to the causes, prevention, and treatment of disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract.

The amount of the scholarship stipend is now $2000. The award is made available at the end of the project after a satisfactory report on the outcome has been received. While scholarships of this nature are usually tax exempt, the final determination of their tax status rests with the Australian Tax Office.

Preference will be given to Australian applicants enrolled in Australian universities. If funds permit, consideration may be given to supporting overseas applicants enrolled at Australian universities, or Australian applicants enrolled at overseas universities. Part‐time students are not eligible. It is not permitted to receive funding from more than one source, for similar project work.

Kidney Health Australia – Nursing Scholarships website
Internal Closing Date: 19 August 2010

Kidney Health Australia provides grants for Registered Nurses wishing to study Masters Degrees in Nursing. The aim of the program is to encourage nurses to pursue a career in renal nursing in any of its components – clinical practice, education or research ‐ across the continuum of chronic kidney disease from prevention and early detection to renal replacement.

The amount of the grant will be up to $3,000 per year for a maximum period of up to three years. The funding is awarded annually for the duration of the Award but funding in the second and third year is contingent on Kidney Health Australia receiving evidence of satisfactory annual progress from the relevant university. Funding may be provided to those already enrolled in one of the above courses. While grants of this nature are usually tax exempt, the final determination of their tax status rests with the Australian Tax Office.

Applicants will be expected to have a renal nursing background and plan to use their Masters degree in the general area of renal nursing.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Scholarship Closing Date
174 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Indigenous Staff Scholarships 16 June 2010
174 Victorian Department of Transport – Women in Transport and Logistics Scholarship 21 June 2010
173 Menzies Foundation - The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in Allied Health Science 21 June 2010
172 Menzies Foundation - The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in Allied Health Sciences 21 June 2010
172 Australian Rotary Health/ Rotary Club of Wollundry-Wagga Wagga – PhD Scholarship investigating Melanoma 23 June 2010
172 Australian Rotary Health/ Rotary Club of Adelaide – PhD Scholarship investigating Childhood Cancer 23 June 2010
172 Australian Rotary Health/ Rotary Club of Koo Wee Rup/Lang Lang – PhD Scholarship investigation Epilepsy 23 June 2010
172 Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Bendigo South – PhD Scholarship investigating Motor Neuron Disease 23 June 2010
172 Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Prospect – PhD Scholarship investigating Infant Limb Deficiency 23 June 2010
172 Australian Rotary Health/ Rotary District 9640 – PhD Scholarship investigating Bowel Cancer 23 June 2010
172 Australian Rotary Health – Geoff Bailey PhD Scholarship 23 June 2010
173 Australian Rotary Health/Neville & Jeanne York – Research Companion PhD Scholarship investigating Motor Neuron Disease 23 June 2010
174 Arthritis Australia – Scholarships 30 June 2010
174 Trish Multiple Sclerosis Research Foundation – Trish Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship 21 July 2010
173 Menzies Foundation – The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Scholarship in Engineering for 2011 21 July 2010



v Prizes & Awards

New Prize & Award Opportunities

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2010

As part of the tenth anniversary of International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in 1999, the IELTS partners - British Council, IELTS Australia and University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations - established an annual award of £1,000 for the Master's-level dissertation or thesis in English which makes the most significant contribution to the field of language testing. In 2010, the award was renamed after Caroline Clapham in recognition of her contributions to IELTS in particular and language testing in general.

Each year the IELTS Research Committee, comprising members of the three partner organisations, reviews submissions for the award and shortlists potential winners. Submissions must be for a dissertation/thesis written in partial or total fulfilment of the requirements for a Masters degree or its equivalent, and must be supported by a letter from the applicant's academic supervisor. The work should be language testing focused but need not be IELTS-related.

Submissions are reviewed and evaluated by the IELTS Research Committee according to a set timetable and established criteria. The Committee reserves the right not to make an award at its sole discretion, and its decision is final.

The award is normally presented in public at a major language testing event during the following year, e.g. at the annual Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), and the IELTS partners sponsor the award winner's attendance at this event for this purpose.

Dissertations will only be considered eligible if they were submitted and approved by the applicant’s university in 2009. Dissertations completed in 2010 will not be considered eligible for the 2010 award but may be submitted the following year.

Submissions should be for dissertations written in partial or total fulfilment of the requirements for a Masters degree or its equivalent. The dissertation should be language testing focused but need not be IELTS-related.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – High Priority, Short-Term Bridge Award website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 22 June 2010

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (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, failed to receive funding but scored within 10 per cent 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.

Applicants must hold an MD, DMD, DVM, PhD, or equivalent and have a faculty position or equivalent at a college, university, medial school, or other research facility.

Please note there are three rounds – the internal closing dates for the next rounds are 25 October 2010 and 18 February 2011.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Career Development Award website
Internal Closing Date: 20 July 2010

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) fosters the development and productivity of the best and the brightest established independent researchers who will bridge the gap between the bench and bedside. The primary purpose of the Career Development Award is to attract qualified and promising scientists early in their faculty careers and to give them the opportunity to establish themselves in areas that reflect the JDRF research emphasis areas. In the five-year term of the award, awardees will focus their research efforts on a subject directly related to JDRF mission goals and research priorities, and position themselves to work at the leading edge of type 1 diabetes research. These awards are designed to assist exceptionally promising investigators. Although JDRF is especially interested in fostering careers in clinical investigation, Career Development Awards may emphasise either basic or clinical topics.

The Career Development Award is intended for individuals in a relatively early stage of their career. Ordinarily, their first degree (MD, PhD, DMD, DVM, or equivalent) will have been received at least three but not more than seven years before the award. The applicant must hold an academic faculty level position (including assistant professor or equivalent) at the time of the application, at a university, health science center, or comparable institution with strong, well-established research and training programs for the chosen area of interest.

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

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Early Career Patient-Oriented Diabetes Research Award website
Internal Closing Date: 20 July 2010

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Early Career Patient-Oriented Diabetes Research Award will provide crucial support to investigators who plan to pursue a career in diabetes-related clinical investigation. These prestigious awards are made in the later stages of training and include the ability for recipients to transition to independent faculty or research appointments. The award has a five-year term.

The successful candidate will have an MD or MD-PhD, hold an appointment or joint appointment in a subspecialty of clinical medicine, and conduct human clinical research. In exceptional circumstances, non-MD candidates will be considered if their work is likely to contribute significantly to a clinical outcome. The candidate must hold an appointment or joint appointment in a clinical department. For the purposes of this award, clinical research is defined as research conducted with human subjects for which the investigator directly interacts with the subjects. Areas of relevant research can include (but are not limited to): 1) mechanisms of human disease; 2) therapeutic interventions; 3) clinical trials; 4) the development of new technologies.

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

The Australian Academy of the Humanities (AAH) – Crawford Medal website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Crawford Medal is Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities. It is presented biennially to an Australian-based, early-career scholar working and publishing in the humanities disciplines. The Medal celebrates the outstanding career of the late Max Crawford, Foundation Fellow of the Academy and eminent historian who greatly influenced the teaching of history in Australian universities and schools. The award is funded through the proceeds of a bequest to the Academy by Professor Crawford.

Please note the nominee must be in the early stages of their career. This is defined as being within five years of award of a relevant PhD or entry into professional scholarship in the humanities.

Please also note previously unsuccessful applicants are eligible, however the Medal will not be awarded to nominees for the same work or set of works for which the previous application was made.

Australian Academy of Science – Dorothy Hill Award website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Dorothy Hill Award honours the contributions of Professor Dorothy Hill, FAA, to Australian science and her work in opening up tertiary science education to women. Professor Hill was the first female president of the Australian Academy of Science. The Academy acknowledges the generous sponsorship provided by The Geological Society of Australia, the University of Queensland, the Brisbane Girls' Grammar School, the Association of Australasian Palaeontologists, Rio Tinto, and Woodside Energy.

The award supports research in the Earth sciences including reef science, ocean drilling, marine science, and taxonomy in marine systems, by female researchers under 40 years at the closing date, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career. An honorarium of $5000 (GST exempt) is awarded. The award is made annually and is restricted to candidates who are normally resident in Australia and for research conducted mainly in Australia.

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– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Australian Academy of Science – Gottschalk Medal website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Gottschalk medal recognises the contributions to science by the late Dr A. Gottschalk, FAA.

Its purpose is to recognise outstanding research in the medical sciences by scientists under 40 years at the closing date, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career. The awardee may not be a Fellow of the Academy. The award is made annually and is restricted to candidates who are normally resident in Australia and for research conducted mainly in Australia.

Australian Academy of Science – Ruth Stephens Gani Medal in Human Genetics website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The award recognises research in human genetics and honours the contribution to science in human cytogenetics by the late Ruth Stephens Gani.

Its purpose is to recognise distinguished research in human genetics, including clinical, molecular, population and epidemiological genetics, and cytogenetics. It will be awarded to researchers under 40 years at the closing date, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career. The award will be made annually and is restricted to candidates who are normally resident in Australia and for research conducted mainly in Australia.

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– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Australian Academy of Science – Pawsey Medal website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Pawsey Medal recognises the contributions to science in Australia by the late Dr J.L. Pawsey, FAA. Its purpose is to recognise outstanding research in physics by scientists under 40 years at the closing date, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career. The award is made annually and is restricted to candidates who are normally resident in Australia and for research conducted mainly in Australia.

NB
– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Australian Academy of Science - Le Fèvre Memorial Prize website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The R.J.W. Le Fèvre Memorial Prize commemorates the work of the late Professor R.J.W. Le Fèvre, FAA, FRS. Its purpose is to recognise outstanding basic research in chemistry by scientists under 40 years at the closing date, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career. The prize of $3000 (GST exempt) is awarded annually at a Royal Australian Chemical Institute function.

NB
– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Australian Academy of Science – Fenner Medal website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Fenner Medal recognises outstanding contributions to science by Professor F.J. Fenner, AC, CMG, MBE, MD, FAA, FRS. Its purpose is to recognise distinguished research in biology (excluding the biomedical sciences) by scientists under 40 years at the closing date, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career. The award is made annually and is restricted to candidates who are normally resident in Australia and for research conducted mainly in Australia.

NB
– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Australian Academy of Science – Anton Hales Medal in the Earth Sciences website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Anton Hales Medal recognises research in the Earth Sciences and honours the contributions to the Earth sciences by the late Professor Anton L Hales FAA. Professor Hales was the founding director of the Research School of Earth Sciences in the Australian National University.

Its purpose is to recognise distinguished research in the Earth sciences. It will be awarded to researchers under 40 years at the closing date, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career. The award may be made annually and is restricted to candidates who are normally resident in Australia and for research conducted mainly in Australia.

NB
– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Australian Academy of Science – David Craig Medal website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The David Craig Medal recognises the outstanding contribution to chemical research of Emeritus Professor David Craig, AC, FAA, FRS. Its purpose is to recognise contributions of a high order to any branch of chemistry by active researchers. The awardee is expected to present several public lectures in cities across Australia. The award is made annually.

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– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Australian Academy of Science – Christopher Heyde Medal website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Christopher Heyde Medal honours the contributions to mathematics by Professor Christopher Charles Heyde AM, DSc, Hon DSc(Syd), FAA, FASSA.  Professor Heyde was the Foundation Dean of the School of Mathematical Sciences at the Australian National University, and Professor Emeritus of Statistics at Columbia University, New York.

In recognition of Professor Heyde’s broad interests in the mathematical sciences the award is offered in one of three fields on a rotating basis – pure mathematics; applied, computational and financial mathematics; and probability theory, statistical methodology, and their applications.

The award’s purpose is to recognise distinguished research in the mathematical sciences by a researcher under 40 years at the closing date, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career. The award may be made annually, with a prize of $10,000, and is restricted to candidates who are normally resident in Australia. 

The 2011 Christopher Heyde Medal is for research in pure mathematics.

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– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Australian Academy of Science – Moran Medal website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Moran Medal recognises the contributions to science of the late P.A.P. Moran, FAA. Its purpose is to recognise outstanding research by scientists under 40 years at the closing date, except in the case of significant interruptions to a research career, in one or more of the fields of applied probability, biometrics, mathematical genetics, psychometrics, and statistics. The award is normally made every two years.

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– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Australian Academy of Science – Hannan Medal website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Hannan Medal recognises research in any of the fields of statistical science, pure mathematics, applied mathematics, and computational mathematics and is made in one of those three areas in turn at two-yearly intervals.  It honours the contribution to time series analysis of the late Professor E J Hannan, FAA, Professor of Statistics at the Research School of Social Sciences of the Australian National University. 

The award is made for research carried out mainly in Australia. Work carried out through a candidate’s entire career is taken into consideration but special weight is given to recent research.

The 2011 Hannan Medal is for research in applied mathematics and computational mathematics

NB
– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Australian Academy of Science – Jaeger Medal website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Jaeger Medal recognises the contribution of Professor John Conrad Jaeger, FAA, FRS, to Australian Earth science. The award is made to a scientist for investigations of a high order into the solid Earth or its oceans carried out in Australia or having some connection with Australian Earth science. Although work carried out during a candidate's entire career will be taken into consideration, special weight will be given to recent research. The award is normally made every two years.

NB
– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Australian Academy of Science – Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2010

The Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal recognises the contribution of Sir Thomas Ranken Lyle, FRS, to Australian science and industry generally and in particular to his own fields of physics and mathematics. The purpose of the medal is to recognise outstanding achievement by a scientist in Australia for research in mathematics or physics.

Research carried out in countries other than Australia may be taken into consideration if the researcher has spent three of the last five years in Australia. Work carried out during the whole of the candidate's career may be taken into consideration but special weight will be given to recent work. The award is normally made every two years.

NB
– If a proposed candidate is already the recipient of an Academy award, the second award must be for a distinct, additional, body of work undertaken since the first award, and/or work in a different field.

Banksia Environmental Foundation – 2010 Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award website
Internal Closing Date: 22 July 2010

Now in its fifth year the Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award provides $30,000 to assist researchers on their path to finding the incredible through sustainable and innovative solutions.

The Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award is presented for the significant contribution to understanding or resolving local or global environmental problems through research.

The research submitted can be a body of work being undertaken by an individual through to stand-alone programs being conducted by an institution, business or corporation.

The research project must have commenced within the last five years within Australia and have considerable measurable or completed results. The initiative must be primarily undertaken in Australia or must be shown to have a substantial environmental impact in Australia.

The research should be fundamental research related to understanding of any process, systems or mechanisms of significant damage to the environment (physics, chemistry, ecology) or applied research related to production processes, infrastructure, products or information systems.

Banksia Environmental Foundation – 2010 Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award website
Internal Closing Date: 2 August 2010

The Prime Minister’s Environmentalist of the Year Award aims to recognise an outstanding contribution to the environment at a national or international level. Self-nominations and nominations on behalf of another individual and organisations are accepted. Nominated individuals and organisations must have achieved outcomes that have:

  • made a sustained contribution to the environment
  • influenced understanding or appreciation of the environment and our place in it now and for a sustainable future in Australia or overseas, and/or
  • provided leadership or inspiration in environmental management or protection

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and entries demonstrating a commitment to the protection and conservation of Australia’s biodiversity are encouraged. Judging will take into account long term commitment to achieving positive environmental outcomes, with an emphasis on results and implementation over the past five years.


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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Prize or Award Title Closing Date
174 Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) – PCFA Prize and Lecture for Outstanding Excellence in Prostate Cancer Research 4 June 2010
174 Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) – PCFA Young Investigator of the Year Award 4 June 2010
173 The Australian Psychological Society – Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology 21 June 2010
173 Ramaciotti Foundation – Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research 21 June 2010
174 Riversymposium – 2010 Future Water Leaders Award (formerly named the Young Water Scientist Award 21 July 2010
174 Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) – 2011 ATSE Clunies Ross Award 22 July 2010



v Ethics

New Ethics Announcements

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.

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.

 
24 May 2010
14 June 2010


v Swinburne Research Student News

PREP – Advice I Wish I Had Been Given Earlier

A panel of research students (current/ completed) will tell their experiences of doing a doctorate.
Practical advice (that we wish we had earlier) will be given with a view to enhancing the experience of doing a doctorate, to making the most of the opportunities along the way and to reaching completion in a successful and timely manner.
Opportunities for questions and for a whole group discussion will be provided.

Presenters: Prof. Pam Green, Prof. John Bowden
Date: Tuesday, June 15 2010
Time: 2:00 pm– 4.00 pm
Venue: Hawthorn TAFE Building TD – Room TD120

PREP – Using Information from Different Sources. Referencing.

Incorporating sources into your writing: in-text references and bibliography. Critical evaluation of literature requires knowledge of how to include other researchers words into your writing.

Presenter: Dr. Elena Verezub
Date: Tuesday, June 08 2010
Time: 4:00 pm – 6.00 pm
Venue: Hawthorn TAFE Building TD - Room TD120


v Seminars

New Seminar Information

There is no new seminar information.

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 lamalfi@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

Creative Innovation 2010
M elbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, 8 – 10 September 2010 website

Creative Innovation 2010 is the place to learn from world changing innovators, futurists, inspired thinkers, and curious souls gathered together in an interactive community.  It’s a place to learn techniques and strategies, unlock and share ideas, and gain empowering experiences. A place to imagine the future.

Creativity is of increasingly strategic value to nations, communities, and individuals in making the transition to innovation and knowledge-based economies. Creativity and innovation are also vital for businesses exposed to globalisation, increasing competition, diversity among consumers, and rapidly changing technology. Tomorrow’s competitive success will be based on creative ideas. The development of people who can imagine and create innovative new solutions is the key to future success and sustainability.

The world is limited only by our imaginations.... Imagine if people had always taken no for an answer.... Had believed in only the truths of the established orthodoxy – we’d still believe the world was flat, electricity was a hoax and men were superior to woman....

Whether you work in Media, Finance, Education, Health, Manufacturing, Commodities, Tourism, NFP.... Whether your passion is football, opera or bushwalking....Whether your commitment is to building share prices or reducing suffering (or both)… Whether your contribution is paid or unpaid... Creativity and Innovation matter.

The inaugural Creative Innovation 2010 two day conference will attract leaders, thinkers, and speakers from around Australia and internationally. There is also a pre-conference day of Deep Conversationsand Master Classes.  Gala concerts and world class performers will contribute to this unique event.

Up to five scholarships are being offered for emerging leaders to attend Creative Innovation 2010. The internal closing date is 4 June 2010.

20th Annual Australasian Association for Institutional Research (AAIR) Forum
Four Points by Sheraton, Geelong, Victoria, 10 – 12 November 2010 website

The Australasian Association for Institutional Research (AAIR), established late in 1988, is a professional body comprising some 200 members. It is affiliated with the Association for Institutional Research (AIR), which originated in the United States of America some thirty years ago and which now commands a membership in excess of 2000. The membership of AAIR is drawn mainly from Australia and New Zealand, with further members from Southeast Asia, Europe and America. Members contribute to planning, decision making, policy formulation and analysis concerned with the management of tertiary education. The broad aim of AAIR is to benefit, assist and advance research which leads to the improved understanding, planning, and operation of tertiary education institutions within Australasia.

The theme of the 2010 AAIR Forum is “Has institutional research come of age in Australasia?” and the Forum will have a focus on strategic priorities in the higher education sector and include sub-streams focusing on:

  • the equity agenda in higher education, 2010 and beyond;
  • supporting models for academic standards;
  • improving participation and retention of students;
  • improving TAFE pathways and partnerships

The 2010 Forum occurs in a year during which details of the higher education reform agenda in Australia begins to take shape. It will be a year of ongoing discussions at all levels about mission-based compacts, performance funding, and a standards-based approach to quality. Appropriate measures of institutional performance will be central to these discussions and will bring into focus the importance of the work undertaken by institutional researchers in collecting, analysing, and interpreting information. The Forum themes have been selected to encourage discussion of issues that are both central to the reform agenda and will impact on a wide range of professionals involved in higher education. As well as considering the local situation, members will be invited to consider how the Australian experience fits globally and to explore what we can learn from others in our region.

The theme of this year’s Forum also invites discussion about the maturity of institutional research in our region. For those long standing AAIR members this will provide an opportunity to consider the changes that have occurred over time and to assess how far institutional research has come. It might also provide an opportunity to re-learn some of the lessons for surviving and prospering in times of government led reform.  As well as encouraging reflection, this theme is intended to encourage participants to showcase examples of current day ‘best practice’ and to consider likely developments for the future.

 

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


v Other Funding Resources

Websites

 

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: