Skip to Content

a
The Swinburne Research Bulletin

Issue No. 196 - 12 April 2011


v Special Announcements

ARC

Additional support for ARC DECRA applications relevant to the Defence Science Institute

Support of up to $15,000 per annum for three years may be awarded by the Defence Science Institute (DSI) for DECRA projects that are relevant to the DSI's research objectives.

Newly established, DSI will engage researchers from Bio 21, the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), National ICT Australia (NICTA), Victorian universities and industry partners to create greater capability and synergies in defence research with the aim of future-proofing the nation’s defence sciences. The implementation of the Institute is being co-managed by The University of Melbourne and DSTO.

DSI has identified themes and appointed Theme Leaders in the fields of:

  • Active Materials (Assoc. Prof Ann Roberts, ann.roberts@unimelb.edu.au)
  • Biochemical Systems (Assoc. Prof Matt Perugini, perugini@unimelb.edu.au)
  • Energy and Propulsion Systems (Assoc. Prof Michael Brear, mjbrear@unimelb.edu.au)
  • Human Protection and Performance (Assoc. Prof Garry Robins, garrylr@unimelb.edu.au)
  • Intelligent Information Systems (Dr Adrian Pearce, adrianrp@unimelb.edu.au)
  • Micro-radar (Prof Stan Skafidas, sskaf@unimelb.edu.au)

Potential DECRA applicants seeking support from DSI should discuss their proposal with the relevant Theme Leader.

Please note the tight timelines. Applicants requesting support from DSI must email the following details to dsi-info@unimelb.edu.au by 25 April 2011. No late applications will be accepted.

  • Applicant Name and current Job Title
  • Outline work area / Project Topic / Program Title
  • Relevant DSI Theme / Other Defence related area
  • Application supported by: (please give name and contact of sponsor / project supporter and their organisation / department eg Dr J Smith, DSTO etc)
  • Proposal discussed with DSI theme leader: Yes / No /Not applicable If yes please give DSI Theme leader name

The DSI funding, if awarded, would be listed in an additional column in your DECRA application.

A reminder that DECRA applications are due with SUT by 9am Thursday 28th April.

NHMRC

NHMRC approves new clinical practice guidelines

NHMRC has recently approved two guidelines developed by beyondblue, the national depression initiative.

  • Clinical practice guidelines: Depression in adolescents and young adults; and
  • Clinical practice guidelines: Depression and related disorders – anxiety, bipolar disorder, and puerperal psychosis – in the perinatal period

beyondblue developed these guidelines to assist health professionals to identify and treat depression among adolescents and young adults aged 13 to 24 years; and to assist health professionals in primary care and maternity care to identify and treat mental health problems in the perinatal period. The perinatal period includes the antenatal and postnatal periods.

Health professionals now have access to new clinical practice guidelines to help them identify and treat mental health problems. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing Mark Butler welcomed the release of these guidelines addressing depression and urged all health professionals who work with young people and new mothers to obtain a copy of the guidelines and take full advantage of the evidence based information that they contain.

The guidelines can be accessed from beyondblue or from the NHMRC Clinical Practice Guidelines Portal .

Other News

Would you follow Swinburne Research on Facebook?

Australian Nuclear and Science Technology Organisation (ANSTO) – Call for proposals at the OPAL Neutron Beam Facility and National Deuteration Facility website
External Closing Date: 22 May 2011

ANSTO is now calling for proposals for the following neutron-beam instruments and facilities:

The 2011-2 Proposal round is for use of the instruments and facilities between 1 October 2011 and 31 March 2012. The application is for beam-time requests and does not include travel or accommodation support. However, successful applications from researchers from AINSE member institutions will automatically be forwarded to AINSE for consideration of travel/accommodation support.

Research Australia – Funding cuts for health research website

Research Australia is calling on interested parties to sign their petition regarding the Federal Government’s proposed unprecedented funding cuts to health and medical research in its upcoming budget.

Research Australia’s 2010 opinion survey showed that 83% of the community believe it is unacceptable that Australians are suffering from diseases that could be treatable with more investment in health and medical research. 81% believe increasing funding for health and medical research is an important priority.

Cutting NHMRC funding will immediately halt promising research on new approaches to diagnose, prevent, and treat disease while simultaneously eliminating professional jobs across the country as global competitors continue to invest strongly in science and strengthen their own economies. 

The petition will be available for signature online until 1 May 2011.

Drinks For Researchers - Friday May 6th 2011

  • Where: Haddons, Ground Floor Haddons
  • When: Friday 6th May, 3:30pm - 5:00pm
  • What: An acknowledgement of research progress at Swinburne - finger food and drinks will be provided!

Swinburne Research would like to invite Swinburne academic staff, research involved staff and postgraduate researchers to this event which is being held to recognize the exceptional efforts of Swinburne researchers. Swinburne University continues to improve our national and international research profile. This is largely due to the fantastic efforts of our researchers - how best to say thank you than an afternoon of free drinks and food hosted by Swinburne Research!

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

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

Research Website Feedback Survey

We are currently asking all users of the Swinburne Research website for feedback. The survey is very short (only 4 questions!) and should not take longer than 5 minutes. The feedback will be used to discern what is currently working, and what is not working, and what we can do to improve. To take the survey please click on this link.

Library Research News

Looking for Australasian theses online?

Have you ever searched for an Australian or NZ higher degree thesis online? If so, you’ve probably visited the Australasian Digital Theses (ADT) website and found it there.

After more than a decade of operation, that website was decommissioned last week. Now if you want to find online theses, you’ll need to visit the National Library of Australia’s Trove service.

You can find many things on Trove, such as digitised newspapers and the entire catalogue of books available in Australian libraries. It’s also possible to just view theses if that’s helpful.

Australia was at the vanguard of the move to make all theses and dissertations available online, with the ADT service starting as an ARC-funded project in 1998. In many countries you still need to physically visit a university and ask for special permission to view a thesis. No doubt this means that many theses are never read by anyone other than their authors (and their supervisors).

You can also still access all Swinburne-awarded PhD and professional theses directly from Swinburne Research Bank. In addition, we keep a small selection of hand-picked, high quality Honours and Masters by Coursework theses, which can be a useful resource for your students if you’d like to show them what you expect from a top-grade thesis.

For more information on Swinburne theses and other Swinburne Library resources for researchers, please contact Rebecca Parker, Research Services Librarian.


v ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

New ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

There are no new ARC, NHMRC or Other Major Initiatives advertised in this edition of the Swinburne Research Bulletin.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
195 ARC Linkage Projects 2012 round 1 18 April 2011
193 ARC DECRA Funding 28 April 2011




v Grants

A Note on Application and Acceptance Procedures

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

New Research Grant Opportunities

Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBMPA) – Delivery of Multi-discipline Professional Project Services website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 12 April 2011

The GBRMPA wishes to establish a panel of professional service providers who will provide auxiliary services to assist in the completion of projects under the Reef Rescue Indigenous Land and Sea Country Partnerships program and the Great Barrier Reef Climate Change Action Plan program.

These services include: spatial data analysis and market research/social science survey design and consulting services.

Potential suppliers may tender for one or more of these services.

IRT Research Foundation – 2011 Grants Expressions of Interest website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011

The IRT Research Foundation funds research initiatives that seek to improve the mind, mobility, and lifestyles of senior Australians. It is proud to announce its second round of research grants.

This year the IRT Research Foundation has made available $70,000 to be applied across several grants, with a particular focus on PhD level studies. Expressions of Interest are invited for research projects of no longer than one year, which aim to benefit the ageing and those who care for them.

In general, the proposal should be consistent with the standards of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Fast Forward – Novel Therapeutic Development Programs for Treatment of Multiple Sclerosis Preliminary Applications website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011

Fast Forward, LLC is a nonprofit organisation established in 2007 by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society USA in order to accelerate the development of treatments for multiple sclerosis (MS). Fast Forward accomplishes its mission by connecting university-based MS research with private-sector drug development and by funding early stage biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies developing innovative new MS therapies.

Fast Forward is currently seeking proposals limited to modulation of the following cells or targets involved in MS:

1. B cell activity
2. Glial cell activity, including microglia/macrophages and/or astrocytes
3. CNS ion channels, ion exchangers, and/or ion transporters

Applicants with related programs in other disease areas (e.g. modulation of B cell activity in systemic lupus erythematosus, modulation of ion channels in epilepsy) that meet the Request for Proposals scope and the other program requirements (translational stage, issued patents or path to patentability) are encouraged to apply.

Applicants from academic institutions may not submit dual applications to this opportunity and the National MS Society USA’s research programs.

Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) - Cognitive Task Analysis Services Request for Tender website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 15 April 2011

As part of its Financial Advisers Assessment and Professional Development Project, ASIC is seeking a learning and development consultant with particular expertise in Cognitive Task Analysis (CTA) to research the knowledge and skills required of competent providers of quality financial advice.

The successful tenderer will be required to conduct a CTA of the different types of financial advisers in the industry, report on the findings, analyse the research, and make recommendations. The objective of the report is to identify the hallmark areas which financial advisers should be tested on, so they are better able to provide quality advice.

Victorian Cancer Agency – 2011 Clinical Trials Capacity Building Expressions of Interest website
Internal Closing Date: 28 April 2011

The Victorian Cancer Agency is now calling for Expressions of Interest for its 2011 Clinical Trials Capacity Building funding round.

Two grant types are offered under this scheme:

Scheme A) - Large Infrastructure Capacity Building Grant
Key Objective: Infrastructure support within a Health Service or Research Organisation/s or Groups - to facilitate increased participation in cancer clinical trials. 
Funding Available: $250,000 - $1.0 million
Duration: One - two years from receipt of funds

Scheme B) – Small Infrastructure Capacity Building Grant and Education & Training Support
Key Objectives:
·  Education and training support in cancer clinical trials to increase cancer trials expertise in Victoria and/or
·   Supplement clinical trials capacity in regional and/or smaller Health Services or Research Groups, to increase the capacity to support or increase participation in clinical trials
Funding available: up to $250,000
Duration: One – two years from receipt of funds

Australian Solar Institute (ASI) – U.S. – Australia Solar Energy Collaboration (USASEC) Foundation Project funding Expressions of Interest website
Internal Closing Date: 3 May 2011

In November 2010 the governments of Australia and the United States (U.S.) issued a Joint Statement on United States-Australia Solar Energy Collaboration (USASEC). USASEC supports activities under the Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Australia on Cooperation in the Energy Sector signed in November 2003, which established the United States-Australia High Level Group on Energy Cooperation and Innovation.

The initial focus of intended joint research collaboration under USASEC is a limited number of foundation projects (Foundation Projects) in the following PV cell and high temperature CSP technologies: Hot-carrier Solar Cells; Multi Junction c-Si Photovoltaic Devices; High Temperature Receivers – CST; and Measurements and Characterisation.

The ASI is seeking highly meritorious projects to fund as USASEC Foundation Projects in the specific focus areas described in Part B above. In all areas, collaboration with quantifiable commitment to the project from U.S. research institutions will be an essential pre-condition to, and criterion for, ASI funding. In addition, industry and state government partnerships that increase project funding leverage beyond the matched funding criteria and reduce commercialisation risk will be viewed favourably.

Australian Solar Institute (ASI) – U.S. – Australia Solar Energy Collaboration (USASEC) Research Exchange website
Internal Closing Date: 3 May 2011

In November 2010 the governments of Australia and the United States (U.S.) issued a Joint Statement on United States-Australia Solar Energy Collaboration (USASEC). USASEC supports activities under the Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. and Australia on Cooperation in the Energy Sector signed in November 2003, which established the United States-Australia High Level Group on Energy Cooperation and Innovation.

The ASI is seeking high calibre candidates for research exchange to the U.S. under the auspices of USASEC, whose research in collaboration with a U.S. university, National Laboratory or other nationally accredited U.S. research facility will lead to the advancement of innovation in Australian solar research, development, and industry. Australian researchers may apply for funding from the ASI to spend a period of six -12 months conducting research at a host U.S. institution, which may be a National Laboratory that receives financial support from the U.S. Department of Energy, a U.S. university or other nationally accredited U.S. research facility.

It is a condition of USASEC Research Exchange Funding that Australian researchers must, at the conclusion of the period of exchange, return to their home institution in Australia for a period of time at least equal to the period of exchange in the U.S.

Applicants must have been awarded a PhD on or after March 2001; or be expecting to submit a PhD thesis before the end of 2011. Applicants must also be undertaking or intend to start full-time research activity in 2011. Except with the express prior written agreement of the ASI, applicants must not expect to receive another equivalent award or fellowship to undertake the proposed research which is greater than 50% of the stipend rate;

Toyota Foundation – Research Grant Program website
Internal Closing Date: 4 May 2011

Since its establishment in 1975, the Toyota Foundation Research Grant Program has provided support to pioneering research carried out on the basis of flexible ideas not limited by conventional frameworks, reflecting the independent standpoint of a private foundation. In 2011, the Foundation is seeking ambitious projects with important social significance in line with its new theme, ‘Pursuing Knowledge to Build a Better Future’, based on the ‘Toyota Foundation Vision 2010’ unveiled last year.

There are two categories of applications: joint research and individual research. ‘Joint research’ refers to research carried out by multiple researchers on a common topic. This research will preferably be carried out so that the project members have a suitably broad range of perspectives on the research in terms of such factors as cultural background and area of specialty. There are two categories within the joint research category: ‘Practical research that contributes to addressing challenges facing society’ and ‘Value-creation research aimed at forging a new society.’

The individual research category is aimed at promising researchers, particularly young researchers or those who are outside the establishment. The Foundation targets projects from any field or topic provided that the researcher has adopted an innovative perspective and approach, and that the project can contribute positively to the researcher’s own future.

Australian Spinal Research Foundation – Expressions of Interest website
Internal Closing Date: 5 May 2011

The Australian Spinal Research Foundation each year invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) for grants to support research initiatives. The Foundation has established research priorities to support its vision to contribute and resource research that expands our knowledge base in health care delivery for the wellbeing of our community.

Funding will favour those applications that contribute to the development of chiropractic in key priority areas. For the 2011 round research priorities include:

Priority 1: Fundamental Research
The Foundation is interested in supporting research that expands our knowledge and understanding of the vertebral subluxation complex and the chiropractic adjustment.

Priority 2: Clinical Research
The Foundation is interested in supporting clinically oriented studies that contribute to and expand our knowledge and understanding of the impact of chiropractic care on human physiology, the nervous system, global well being and quality of life.

There are two types of grant categories: Large Research Grants and New Researchers Grants. Large Research Grants are open to researchers and seeks to support the effective research in areas relevant to the clinical practice of Chiropractic. This includes but is not limited to the clinical practice of chiropractic, basic science initiatives and general health care management strategies. Large project budgets should be up to a maximum of $40,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

New Researchers Grants may provide limited funds to encourage new researchers. New researchers are those individuals who are starting a research career and have not been previously named as a Chief Investigator or part of an accepted competitive grant scheme. Project budgets should be up to a maximum of $20,000 per year for a maximum of one year.

Department of Veterans’ Affairs – Applied Research Program Round Two
Internal Closing Date: 18 May 2011

DVA’s Applied Research Program (ARP) commissions research that contributes to the development of improved policies and service delivery, and/or enables the Department to better identify the health and wellbeing needs of the veteran community.

The ARP funds a wide variety of research from many different disciplines including medicine, epidemiology, health promotion, psychology, economics, sociology, and public policy. High quality cross-discipline projects are encouraged.

The ARP will not fund international travel or travel for the dissemination of research results.

All ARP projects require sponsorship by a DVA business area. It is strongly recommended that researchers contact the ARP Secretariat well before the application closing date, providing basic information about their proposed research questions and methodology, in order to be put in contact with a suitable business area. That area will be able to discuss how the proposed research might meet their business needs and whether they would be willing to sponsor the application.

Please contact Sally Fried (sfried@swin.edu.au, ext. 8145) for further information.

CSIRO Marine National Facility (MNF) – Applying for Sea Time Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 20 May 2011

The Marine National Facility (MNF) supports research in Australia's regional seas and oceans and is available to Australian marine researchers and their international collaborators through an independent and peer reviewed applications process. The CSIRO owned and operated research vessel – currently the RVSouthern Surveyor – can undertake research in:

  • physical, chemical, and biological oceanography
  • marine geosciences
  • fisheries
  • environmental science

The vessel is particularly suited to multidisciplinary research projects. The MNF is currently in a period of transition from RVSouthern Surveyor to a new research vessel, RVInvestigator. It is anticipated that 180 days of voyage time can be offered on RVSouthern Surveyor in 2012-13. Australian marine researchers and their international collaborators are therefore invited to submit an application for use of the RVSouthern Surveyor during the period July 2012 to February 2013.

The Marine National Facility encourages applications from new users and from those researchers that are commencing on a research career.

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research – Target Validation 2011 Pre-Proposals website
Internal Closing Date: 23 May 2011

The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease (PD) through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today. To promote validation of novel targets, funding from the Foundation’s Target Validation program supports work demonstrating whether modulation of a novel biological target has impact in a PD-relevant animal model – an essential early step to the development of potential targeted therapies.

Please note postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible to apply as PIs.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – 2012 Social Science Research Grant Program website
Internal Closing Date: 14 June 2011

The Social Science Research Grant Program encourages research in social science in order to obtain information that will enable more efficient doping prevention strategies. Within the context of this Program, WADA encourages collaborative research projects, proposals that provide for joint funding (i.e., where the applicant does not rely only on funding from WADA but also includes other sources of funding), and projects with specific cultural and/or regional perspectives. In order to be considered, all proposed research projects must answer the conditions of the annual call for proposals and be related to one or more of the research priorities set out in the call for proposals.

For the 2012 Program, WADA’s Education Committee has identified the following three research categories:

1) Increasing knowledge of causes of doping behavior and influences that affect such behaviour
2) Evaluating anti-doping intervention
3) Improving social science research on doping prevention (e.g., design and validation of measurement tools, behavioural models, specific cultural or regional perspectives)

Please note unsuccessful grant applications may be revised and resubmitted up to two years in a row, provided that the applications fit within the research priorities identified in the relevant calls for proposal.
Please note there is an earlier internal deadline as the applications must be submitted via mail overseas.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Call for research proposals website
Internal Closing Date: 20 June 2011

As part of their ongoing commitment to IELTS-related validation and research, IELTS Australia and the British Council are once again making available funding for research projects in 2011/2012.

Educational institutions and suitably qualified individuals are invited to apply for funding to undertake applied research projects in relation to the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Financial support for individual projects selected will in principle be limited to a maximum of £22,000/A$36,000.

The areas of interest for 2011/2012 are: test development and validation issues; issues relating to contexts of test use; and issues of test impact.

Canine Research Foundation – 2012 Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 20 June 2011

The Canine Research Foundation is seeking applications for grants for research to commence in the year 2012. The Foundation is an independent public trust for the purposes of funding research directed at improving canine health, which it does through a program of annual research grants. The Australian National Kennel Council has adopted the Foundation as its research-funding vehicle.

Grants may be made by the Foundation for research projects relating to canine health where the research is conducted by an Australian university.

Note that funding is not usually provided for salaries, stipends or significant capital equipment.

ANZ Charitable Trusts – Judith Jane Mason and Harold Stannett Williams Memorial Foundation Medical and Scientific Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2011

The goal of The Mason Foundation is to achieve enduring, positive impact in the areas of chronic fatigue syndrome and Alzheimer's disease through funding medical research principally into the causes, prevention, and/or management of these diseases.

Projects will be funded for one year only. Applicants may reapply.

The Mason Foundation has similar goals to The Wicking Trust (Medical and Scientific Research Grants) with respect to Alzheimer’s Disease. Researchers in this area need lodge only one application in order to be considered by both Trusts. The grants are made separately and will be acknowledged appropriately.

Researchers wishing to apply for this funding opportunity may also 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 5589) to discuss the matter further. Swinburne Research internal deadlines, and lodgement requirements, must still be met.

ANZ Charitable Trusts – J. O. & J. R. Wicking Trust Bio-Medical and Scientific Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2011

The goal of The Wicking Trust is to achieve systemic improvements through enduring, positive impact in the areas of care of the aged, problems associated with ageing, and Alzheimer’s disease. 
To accomplish the goal of the Trust, grants will be considered for:

  • Research into more effective diagnosis, therapeutic intervention, care or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease;
  • Research into cures for Alzheimer’s disease

Grants for emerging research concepts requiring seed funding or young investigators being established are preferred.

The Wicking Trust has similar goals to The Mason Foundation with respect to Medical and Scientific Research Grants into Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers in this area need lodge only one application in order to be considered by both trusts. The grants are made separately and will be acknowledged appropriately.

Researchers wishing to apply for this funding opportunity may also 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 5589) to discuss the matter further. Swinburne Research internal deadlines, and lodgement requirements, must still be met.

Australian Geographic Society – Australian Geographic Society Sponsorships Round three website
Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2011

Please note there are four rounds per year – the internal closing dates for the next two rounds are 21 September 2011 and 13 December 2011.

Each calendar year the Society donates approximately $150,000 to maintain its programme of sponsorship of Australian adventurers, scientific and environmental research, and community projects. Over the years it has spent more than $8,000,000 supporting Australian endeavour in all these fields.

Australian scientists, community organisations, and individuals developing projects in Australia and abroad are welcome to apply for Society sponsorship. There are two types of sponsorships available through the Australian Geographic Society: Project Sponsorships (up to $15,000) and Seed Grants (up to $3000).

Norman Wettenhall Foundation (NWF) – Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2011

Please note there are four rounds per year – the internal closing dates for the next two rounds are 20 September 2011 and 6 December 2011.

The Norman Wettenhall Foundation’s objective is to support projects that enhance or maintain the vitality and diversity of the Australian natural living environment. The NWF has funded projects ranging from supporting local communities to maintain or restore habitat; to the production of education kits; and the publication and widespread dissemination of research information essential to species preservation.

Projects that involve collaboration with a number of partners across a region are of special interest. These multi-stakeholder projects are the ones the Foundation believes are most likely to have a long term effect and to most widely spread knowledge and understanding.

The Foundation is no longer funding pure academic research. Any academic applicants need to show how their research is directly linked to a community group doing conservation work. The Foundation will only accept the first three applications it receives per round.

Please also note that applicants must submit summaries of their applications to NWF for pre-approval. Applicants must have proof that their applications have been pre-approved prior to submitting said applications to Swinburne Research.

Brain Foundation – 2011 Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2011

The primary objective of the Brain Foundation Research Grants is to support individual researchers and research teams to conduct the highest quality research in brain illnesses and neurological disorders as well as brain and spinal injuries.

Specific funding available in 2011:

  • Each year Headache Australia through the Brain Foundation makes funds available for research into chronic headaches and migraines
  • Research into Dystonia
  • Research into Parkinson’s Disease
  • Research into Muscular Dystrophy

The grants are open to competition nationally and all researchers in Australia are eligible to apply, however consideration, subject to merit, is given to:

  • Early career investigators, either clinicians or neuroscientists, to help them establish an ongoing research program
  • Innovative projects
  • Pilot studies to enable a research project to be developed such that it could be supported by a recognised grant-giving agency in subsequent years
  • Bridging support for a clinician who has a valid reason for being unable to make an application to a conventional grant-giving agency
  • Supplementation of an existing grant from, for example, NHMRC, particularly for grant applications that were successful but funded inadequately to allow satisfactory progress to be made

Researchers wishing to apply for this funding opportunity may also 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 5589) to discuss the matter further. Swinburne Research internal deadlines, and lodgement requirements, must still be met.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
194 Accounting and Finance Association of Australia and New Zealand (AFAANZ) – 2011-2012 AFAANZ Research Grants Call for Application 12 April 2011
193 Project Management Institute (PMI) – Sponsored Research Proposals 12 April 2011
194 Wenner-Gren Foundation – Dissertation Fieldwork Grants 14 April 2011
194 Wenner-Gren Foundation – Post-PhD Research Grants 14 April 2011
194 Translational Research Initiative for Hearing (TRIH) – Preliminary Applications 14 April 2011
195 Foundation for the Future – Research Grant Awards Preliminary Applications 14 April 2011
193 Diabetes Australia – Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART) Research Grants 14 April 2011
192 Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation – Clinical Investigatorships 14 April 2011
192 Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada – Canada Conference Grant Program 14 April 2011
192 March of Dimes – Research Grants Letters of Intent 14 April 2011
192 Harvard University Australian Studies Committee – Conference Funding 14 April 2011
195 Australian Cancer Research Foundation (ACRF) – 2011 Grants First Stage 20 April 2011
184 Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada – Canada Conference Grant Program 20 April 2011
179 Helen MacPherson Smith Trust – Grants 20 April 2011
180 Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (ATF) – Grants 20 April 2011
192 EPA Victoria – HazWaste Fund Stage 1 Applications 4 May 2011
195 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Grand Challenges Exploration (GCE) Round Seven 10 May 2011
193 Clive & Vera Ramaciotti Foundation – Establishment & Equipment Grants Expressions of Interest 10 May 2011
193 The Ian Potter Foundation – Expressions of Interest 10 May 2011
195 The Marian and E. H. Flack Trust – Grants 19 May 2011
195 Bird Observation & Conservation Australia (BOCA) – Grants 19 May 2011
193 Clive & Vera Ramaciotti Foundation – Establishment & Equipment Grants Final Submissions 19 May 2011
193 The Ian Potter Foundation – Final Submissions 19 May 2011
194 Capita Foundation – Hearing Research Grants 23 May 2011
184 Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research – Target Validation 2011 Pre-Proposals 23 May 2011
179 Fisheries Research and Development Corporation - Tactical Research Fund 23 May 2011
184 The Wenner-Gren Foundation – International Collaborative Research Grants 23 May 2011
184 Sunshine Foundation – Round 2 Grants 23 May 2011
184 The Wenner-Gren Foundation – Conference and Workshop Grants 23 May 2011
194 Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) – Centres of Research Excellence in Primary Health Care Round 2 24 May 2011
192 EPA Victoria – HazWaste Fund Stage 1 Applications 1 June 2011
195 Platypus Asset Management – Research Grant 6 June 2011
195 Australian Acoustical Society (AAS) – Education Grant 21 June 2011
186 Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) – Research Grants 21 June 2011
180 The William Buckland Foundation – Grants 23 June 2011
191 World Community Grid – Request for Proposals - Funding Round Two 30 June 2011
192 Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (ATF) – Grants 20 July 2011
189 Google – Faculty Research Awards 21 July 2011
189 Heart Foundation – Travel Grants 3 August 2011
189 Children’s Tumor Foundation – Drug Discovery Initiative (DDI) Award 8 August 2011
187 Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange – Conference and Seminar Grants 23 August 2011
189 Besen Family Foundation – Funding Round Two 15 September 2011
192 Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation (ROTRF) – Project Grants Letter of Intent 21 September 2011
192 Mazda Foundation – Grants 21 September 2011
191 Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) – Innovation & Development Grants - Round Two 27 September 2011
191 World Community Grid – Request for Proposals - Funding Round Three 30 September 2011
194 Wenner-Gren Foundation – Dissertation Fieldwork Grants 21 October 2011
192 Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada – Canada Conference Grant Program 22 November 2011
194 Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) – International Research Meeting Grants Ongoing
194 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Global Health Letters of Inquiry Ongoing
193 John and Anna Woods Memorial Fund – Grants Ongoing
193 Australian Nuclear and Science Technology Organisation (ANSTO) – Access to Major Research Facilities Program (AMRFP) Ongoing
190 Found Animals – Michelson Grants Letters of Intent Ongoing




v Fellowships

New Fellowship Opportunities

Wenner-Gren Foundation – Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011

Please note there are two rounds per year – the internal closing date for the next round is 21 October 2011.

Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships support the writing-up of already completed research. The fellowship is awarded to scholars in the earlier stages of their careers, when they frequently lack the time and resources to develop their research for publication.  Scholars with a PhD in hand for no more than ten years (from the application deadline) are eligible to apply. A maximum of eight Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded annually.

The program contributes to the Foundation's overall mission to support basic research in anthropology and to ensure that the discipline continues to be a source of vibrant and significant work that furthers our understanding of humanity's cultural and biological origins, development, and variation. The Foundation supports research that demonstrates a clear link to anthropological theory and debates, and promises to make a solid contribution to advancing these ideas. There is no preference for any methodology, research location or subfield. The Foundation particularly welcomes proposals that employ a comparative perspective, can generate innovative approaches or ideas, and/or integrate two or more subfields.

Prior recipients of Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowships are not eligible to apply for a second fellowship for a different writing project. Hunt Postdoctoral Fellowship applications that were unsuccessful in a prior funding cycle may be resubmitted only twice.

National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation (NNPDF) – 2011 Research Fellowships website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011

The National Niemann-Pick Disease Foundation (NNPDF) invites applications for post-doctoral research fellowships examining the biology of Niemann-Pick Type C (NPC) disease, a lethal neurodegenerative disease for which there are no effective therapies. 

MD, PhD, and DVM post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply for funding to improve understanding of the biology and pathogenesis of NPC disease. Preference will be given to research projects developing new therapies for NPC and identifying biomarkers of disease activity for diagnosis and clinical trials.

The fellowships provide support of US$50,000 per annum for two years and may be renewable based on performance. Applicants must be currently associated with a recognised laboratory. Applicants must also be beginning their first or second full-time post-doctoral research fellowship.

L’Oréal Australia for Women in Science Fellowships website
External Closing Date: 2 May 2011

The annual L’Oréal Australia for Women in Science Fellowships are awarded to three female early career scientists to reward excellence in their Australian research and to boost their prospects of sustaining their careers and rising to leadership positions in science.

Application is open to post-doctoral researchers who have completed their PhD since 2 May 2006 (N.B.: excluding maternity leave and periods of part time work due to family considerations). Applicants must be associated with an Australian-based research institution, and must be intending to continue their research in Australia for the next 12 months. Applicants must be women involved in the life sciences, health sciences, material sciences, physical sciences, mathematics or engineering.

Victorian Cancer Agency – Clare Oliver Memorial Fellowships in Skin Cancer Research website
Internal Closing Date: 17 May 2011

The Clare Oliver Memorial Fellowships in Skin Cancer Research are open to early career laboratory researchers, clinician-researchers, and psychosocial researchers conducting projects in the area of skin cancer research. The primary definition of an early career researcher for the purposes of this scheme is a person holding a Master’s degree or a PhD or equivalent research doctorate, awarded within the last five years (career breaks will be taken into account).

Research projects that address one or more of the following areas of skin cancer research will be considered: Biology; Aetiology; Prevention; Early Detection, Diagnosis and Prognosis; Treatment; Cancer Control, Survivorship and Outcomes Research; and Scientific Model Systems.

State Library of New South Wales – David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 20 June 2011 website

The principal purpose of the David Scott Mitchell Fellowship is to encourage and support the use of the Mitchell Library’s collections for the study and research of Australian history in writing and publication amongst scholars, researchers, and the wider community, including internationally.

It is envisaged that the Fellowship will extend over a twelve-month period and would not necessarily be the successful applicant’s sole source of income.

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Endeavour Research Fellowships website
Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2011

The Endeavour Research Fellowships provides financial support for postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows from participating countries to undertake short-term research (four – six months) towards a Master’s or PhD (which they are enrolled in a participating country) or post-doctoral research in any field of study in Australia; and for Australian postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows to undertake short term research (four - six months) towards a Master’s or PhD (which they are enrolled in Australia) or post-doctoral research, in any field of study, in participating countries.

Australian applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s or PhD course in Australia or have had their PhD conferred and received their final results prior to the commencement of their Award. Applicants who have completed an Endeavour Award and/or AusAID Scholarship in the preceding 24 months (two years) before the current round of the Endeavour Awards are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be nominated by their host organisation and provide a completed nomination form from the host organisation with their application. Applicants who are re-applying can not re-use the application they submitted previously – they must start a new one.

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowships website
Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2011

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

Australian applicants must be enrolled in a Masters or PhD course in Australia or have had their PhD conferred and received their final results prior to the commencement of their Award. Applicants who have completed an Endeavour Award and/or AusAID Scholarship in the preceding 24 months (two years) before the current round of the Endeavour Awards are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be nominated by their host organisation and provide a completed nomination form from the host organisation with their application. Applicants who are re-applying can not re-use the application they submitted previously – they must start a new one.

Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians website
Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2011

The Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians provides financial support for Indigenous postgraduate students and post-doctoral fellows to undertake short-term research (four –six months) towards an Australian Masters or PhD; or post-doctoral research in any field of study within a participating country.

Australian applicants must be enrolled in a Master’s or PhD course in Australia or have had their PhD conferred and received their final results prior to the commencement of their Award. Applicants who have completed an Endeavour Award and/or AusAID Scholarship in the preceding 24 months (two years) before the current round of the Endeavour Awards are not eligible to apply. Applicants must be nominated by their host organisation and provide a completed nomination form from the host organisation with their application. Applicants who are re-applying can not re-use the application they submitted previously – they must start a new one.

Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) – ACU Titular Fellowships website
External Closing Date: 1 July 2011

The ACU Titular Fellowships provide opportunities for staff from member universities and employees working in industry, commerce or public service in a Commonwealth country to spend periods of time in other member universities or relevant institutions outside their own country.

Preference will be given to workers in the following fields: agriculture, forestry and food sciences; biotechnology; development strategies; earth and marine sciences; engineering; health and related social sciences; information technology; management for change; professional education and training; social and cultural development; and university development and management.

Founded by particular sponsors, the Titular Fellowships are dedicated to specific purposes. Fellowships are not intended for degree courses, or for immediately post-doctoral programmes; they cannot be held in the country in which the applicant currently works and they cannot be held concurrently with other awards.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Fellowship Title Closing Date
192 Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA) – MSRA Postdoctoral Fellowships 12 April 2011
192 Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation – Senior Medical Research Fellowship 14 April 2011
193 Diabetes Australia – Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART) Viertel Postdoctoral Fellowship in Diabetes 14 April 2011
192 Boston Athenæum – Mary Catherine Mooney Fellowship 15 April 2011
192 Boston Athenæum – Caleb Loring, Jr. Fellowship 15 April 2011
192 Boston Athenæum – Washington College Fellowship in Early American History 15 April 2011
192 Boston Athenæum – American Congregational Association- Boston Athenæum Fellowship 15 April 2011
192 American Australian Association – Australia to US Fellowships 15 April 2011
192 Australian Museum – Leo Fleischmann Visiting Fellowship in Pacific Islands Arts and Material Culture 29 April 2011
192 Australian Museum – Geddes Visiting Collection Fellowships 29 April 2011
192 Australian Museum – Geddes Visiting Researcher Fellowships 29 April 2011
192 National Library of Australia – Minerals Council of Australia Fellowship 30 April 2011
192 National Library of Australia – Japan Fellowships 30 April 2011
192 National Library of Australia – Harold White Fellowships 30 April 2011
193 National Archives of Australia – Frederick Watson Fellowship 6 May 2011
195 Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) – SCAR Fellowship Scheme 2011-12 15 May 2011
195 Council of Managers of National Antarctic Programs (COMNAP) – COMNAP Antarctic Research Fellowship 15 May 2011
190 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute – Short-term Fellowships - Round Two 15 May 2011
194 Smithsonian Gardens (SG) – Enid A. Haupt Fellowship in Horticulture 15 May 2011
193 AINSE – 2011 Research Fellowships 19 May 2011
186 Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) - Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial international study grants 22 June 2011
190 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute – Short-term Fellowships - Round Three 15 August 2011
180 United States National Gallery of Art – Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Visiting Senior Fellowship Program 2011 – 2012 12 September 2011
190 Cancer Research Institute – Postdoctoral Fellowship - Round Two 21 September 2011
191 Cancer Council Victoria – Postdoctoral Fellowships - Round Two 26 September 2011
190 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute – Short-term Fellowships - Round Four 15 November 2011




v Travel

New Travel Grant Opportunities

Industry & Investment NSW – Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarships website
Internal Closing Date: 3 May 2011

Applications are invited for the Farrer Memorial Travelling Scholarships.

Selection will take place to allow travel to be undertaken in the following financial year (between 1 July and 30 June).
Applicants must be:

  1. Postgraduate students enrolled for a PhD on any aspect of agricultural research; and
  2. Citizens or permanent residents of Australia

The Scholarships are designed to support overseas travel to include attendance at an international conference at which a paper or poster is being presented.
As a guide, travelling scholarships will normally be awarded up to the value $5,000.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Travel Grant Title Closing Date
192 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Travel Grants 14 April 2011
194 Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities – Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) National Taxonomy Research Student Travel Bursary Program 14 April 2011
194 National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) Terrestrial Biodiversity Adaptation Research Network – PhD Student Collaboration Travel Grants 15 April 2011
193 The Ian Potter Foundation – Travel and Conference grants 18 May 2011
195 Grape and Wine Research and Development Corporation (GWRDC) – Travel Grants 24 May 2011
192 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Travel Grants 13 July 2011
191 Heart Foundation – Travel Grants - Round Two 2 August 2011
191 The CASS Foundation – Travel Grants - Round Two 10 August 2011
192 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Travel Grants 12 October 2011




v Scholarships

Scholarship Search Resources

  • JASON (Joint Academic Scholarships On-Line Network) is a national online system of postgraduate scholarships. It contains information on scholarships available for postgraduate research projects and coursework and can be accessed by all Swinburne staff and students. Swinburne Research maintains a University subscription to this online database
    go
  • 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
    go

New Scholarship Opportunities

Heart Foundation – Postgraduate Scholarships website
Internal Closing Date: 14 June 2011

The National Heart Foundation of Australia (hereafter referred to as Heart Foundation) invites applications from medical, nursing, science, and other health-related graduates (who meet criteria of eligibility and excellence) for scholarships in full-time or part-time postgraduate research studies leading to a PhD or an equivalent degree at an Australian university or institution under the supervision of a responsible investigator.

Scholarships are awarded for biomedical, clinical or public health (including health services) research on cardiovascular disease and related disorders.

Menzies Foundation - Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in Allied Health Sciences website
Internal Closing Date: 20 June 2011

The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation offers one or two scholarships each year for full-time postgraduate research in one of the allied health sciences. The award is for up to two years at an Australian tertiary institution with appropriate facilities for postgraduate research. The Foundation has a preference for applications from graduates in evidence-based disciplines such as clinical psychology, nutrition, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, and speech pathology. Applications from graduates of other allied health disciplines pursuing a PhD in that field will also be considered.

The scholarship will be open to persons who are working as full-time students in a research only PhD program which is likely to be completed during the two year tenure of the scholarship. The applicant will therefore generally have completed the first stage of the PhD project.

State Library of New South Wales – Merewether Scholarship
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 20 June 2011 website

The principal purpose of the Merewether Scholarship is to encourage and support the use of the Mitchell Library’s collections for the study and research of Australian history in writing and publication amongst scholars, researchers, and the wider community, including internationally. The specific focus of the Merewether Scholarship will be for research associated with the nineteenth century history of New South Wales.

It is envisaged that the Fellowship will extend over a twelve-month period and would not necessarily be the successful applicant’s sole source of income.

Australian Rotary Health/Rotary District 9780 – PhD Scholarship investigating Bowel Cancer website
Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2011

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

It is intended that Australian Rotary Health/Rotary District 9780 will provide salary and incidental support for a postgraduate student who is undertaking full-time research in an area relevant to Bowel Cancer research. Only applicants about to commence or already those engaged in their first year of a PhD are eligible to apply for the Scholarship. Applicants must not be receiving an additional scholarship. Applicants enrolled in a combined degree are not eligible.

Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Mornington Inc. – PhD Scholarship investigating Neurological Physical Disorders website
Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2011

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

It is intended that Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Mornington Inc will provide salary and incidental support for a postgraduate student who is undertaking full-time research in an area relevant to Neurological Physical Disorders research. Only applicants about to commence, or already those engaged in their first year of a PhD are eligible to apply for the Scholarship. Applicants must not be receiving an additional scholarship. Applicants enrolled in a combined degree are not eligible.

Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Bendigo South – PhD Scholarship investigating Motor Neuron Disease website
Internal Closing Date: 21 June 2011

Australian Rotary Health invites applications from recent graduates looking to build a career in research relevant to Motor Neuron Disease. Applications must be relevant to any field of Motor Neuron Disease research.

It is intended that Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Bendigo South will provide salary and incidental support for a postgraduate student who is undertaking full-time research in an area relevant to Motor Neuron Disease research. Only applicants about to commence or already those engaged in their first year of a PhD are eligible to apply for the Scholarship. Applicants must not be receiving an additional scholarship. Applicants enrolled in a combined degree are not eligible.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Scholarship Closing Date
184 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) – Postgraduate Student Top-up Scholarships 20 April 2011
193 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) Scholarship Program 20 April 2011
194 Royal Automobile Club of Victoria (RACV) – Sir Edmund Herring Memorial Scholarship 25 May 2011




v Prizes & Awards

New Prize & Award Opportunities

Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) – 2012 HFSP Nakasone Award website
External Closing Date: 27 April 2011

In keeping with its mission to stimulate innovative international research, HFSP invites nominations for an annual award highlighting frontier contributions in the life sciences. Typically these will be conceptual breakthroughs for investigating the complex mechanisms of living organisms which have important consequences for scientists throughout the world. Both theoretical and methodological contributions are eligible.

The competition is open; it is not limited to HFSP awardees and there is no age limit for candidates. However the jury will pay particular attention to recent breakthroughs by younger scientists.

Please note self-nominations are not accepted.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – 2011 Diabetes Research Innovation Award website
External Closing Date: 29 April 2011

JDRF and the Macquarie Group Foundation continue their support of excellence and innovation in type 1 diabetes research in 2011, through the annual Diabetes Research Innovation Awards. The Awards will be presented to outstanding researchers in type 1 diabetes for the publications or patents demonstrating the highest innovation, impact, and importance in the 2010 calendar year.

Awards are offered in two categories: Early Career Researcher and Established Researcher. The winners of each Award receive a personal award and a cash prize of $5,000 to be used for the advancement of their research career in the field of type 1 diabetes.

The research submitted for review is to have been conducted in Australia. Applicants must:

  • Hold a current position at an approved institution or organisation in Australia at the time of application; and
  • Be an Australian citizen, a permanent resident currently residing in Australia or a temporary resident currently residing in Australia and holding a JDRF research award
  • Applicants must be appropriately qualified (PhD, MB BS or equivalent). If the relevant qualifications were earned within 15 years prior to submission of the application, the applicant is eligible for the Early Career Researcher category. If the qualifications were awarded more than 15 years prior, the applicant is eligible for the Established Researcher category

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation - Reimar Lüst Award for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange website
External Closing Date: Nominations must be received via mail by 15 May 2011

Outstanding humanities scholars and social scientists from abroad who, as multipliers in and through the field of academic studies, have made an exceptional contribution to the enduring promotion of bilateral relations between Germany and their own countries, are eligible to be nominated for the Reimar Lüst Award for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange.

The award amount totals 50,000 euro. In addition, to strengthen and extend sustainable bilateral cooperative relations with their partners and other specialist colleagues in Germany, the award winners are invited to spend several months in Germany. The period of six to twelve months may be sub-divided.

Please note an established academic at a university or other research institution in Germany or a German research institution abroad must take the initiative to nominate a candidate for the Reimar Lüst Award for International Scholarly and Cultural Exchange. Academics who have already received an award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation are not eligible for a Reimar Lüst Award.

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – 2011-2012 Young Investigator’s Award website
External Closing Date: 6 June 2011

This Award aims to encourage master’s level students to focus their area of research on anti-doping issues. Students who have completed a masters level research project (thesis, thesis equivalent or internship report) in 2010 or who will complete a masters level research project by January 10, 2012 are invited to apply. Student projects must explore an aspect of anti-doping from a social science perspective (e.g. sociology, psychology, education, etc.).

WADA will allocate four prizes of US$2,000 each for outstanding and innovative research projects that will contribute to the development of effective doping prevention strategies.

Note that this is not a grant for funding a research project but a prize to reward outstanding work completed in the area of anti-doping social science research. 

Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) – AARE Award for Doctoral Research in Education website
External Closing Date: Nominations must be received via mail by 30 June 2011

This award is intended as a recognition of excellence in educational research by doctoral students. Normally only one award will be made each year. It is seen by the Association as a way of recognising the high quality contribution made to educational knowledge by graduate students, and at the same time promoting dissemination and furthering of research.

Anyone who has been awarded a doctoral degree from an Australian institution in the two years prior to 30 June in the year of the award is eligible. Nominations may be made from qualified Faculties, Schools or Departments of Education by the Dean or relevant Head. No more than one nomination may be made in any one year from each institution.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award website
Nominations must be received via mail by 30 June 2011

As part of the tenth anniversary of 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.

Submissions must be for a dissertation/thesis written in partial or total fulfilment of the requirements for a Master's 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.

Dissertations will only be considered eligible if they were submitted and approved by applicants’ universities in 2010. Dissertations completed in 2011 will not be considered eligible for the 2011 award but may be submitted the following year.

Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) Lactation Resource Centre – Mary Patton Research Award 2011 website
External Closing Date: 30 June 2011

This research award was established to honour the founder of the Australian Breastfeeding Association, formerly the Nursing Mothers' Association of Australia, Mary Paton OAM. It is planned that the Mary Paton Research Award be a biennial award for the best original paper on breastfeeding.

The paper must not have been previously published or submitted for publication and must be the original work of the author/s. The paper may relate to any aspect of breastfeeding. The paper may either be a report of original research or a critical review of the literature. The paper shall be of a maximum length of 5000 words. In accordance with ABA policy, no paper funded by an infant formula company will be accepted.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Prize or Award Title Closing Date
193 Diabetes Australia – Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART) Millennium Awards 14 April 2011
192 Brandeis University – Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize 15 April 2011
195 Australian Diabetes Society – 2011 Kellion Australian Diabetes Society Award 29 April 2011
193 ProSPER.Net-Scopus – 2011 Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development 30 April 2011
192 University of Louisville – Grawemeyer Award in Education 30 April 2011
194 City of Melbourne – 2011 Melbourne Awards 2 May 2011
192 Australian Museum – Eureka Prizes 6 May 2011
193 National Archives of Australia – Ian Mclean Award 6 May 2011
193 National Archives of Australia – Margaret George Award 6 May 2011
195 Australian Institute of Policy & Science (AIPS) – 2011 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards 8 May 2011
193

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research – 2011 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science

13 May 2011
193 Clive & Vera Ramaciotti Foundation – Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research 19 May 2011
195 The Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) – ASTSS Research Award 31 May 2011
194 City of Melbourne – 2011 Melbourne Awards 6 June 2011




v Ethics

New Ethics Announcements

SHESC and SUHREC Appraisal Deadlines - For current deadlines please visit the Swinburne Research ethics website.



v Swinburne Research Student News

The Office of Graduate Studies offers a variety of training sessions for postgraduate research students, providing information and guidance throughout their candidature.

For more information contact M.Brocker mbrocker@swin.edu.au ph: 9214 5118

Register online at this website. Registration is essential.

PREP - Effective Written and oral Communication Skills

Date: 19th April 2011
Time: 4 - 6 pm
Location: TD 120, Hawthorn campus
Presenter: Dr Elena Verezub
Description: The aim of the workshop is to enhance the ability of international students to interact effectively within academic discussions, seminars, meetings with supervisors, colleagues.


v Seminars

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 rwendt@swin.edu.au at least 14 days prior to the event so that it can be included in the next Research Bulletin.



v Workshops and Conferences

Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) – 2011 Winter Program
University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, 27 June – 8 July 2011 website
External early bird registration deadline: 4 May 2011

The Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) is a not-for-profit organisation, formed in 1976 originally to enable Australian social science researchers to gain access to the archive of survey data held at the University of Michigan. Its objectives are to:

  • Facilitate access to Australian and overseas sources of computer-readable social science data;
  • Encourage and support activities and procedures which enhance access to and use of social science data;
  • Collect and disseminate information relating to social science data; and
  • Encourage and support teaching and research in the social sciences

Enrolments for the 2011 ACSPRI Winter Program are now open.

Fifteen week-long courses in research methodology and technology are on offer over two weeks from 27 June until 8 July 2011, with a chance that one or two additional courses may be added in the next week or so.

Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia Inc (HERDSA) 2011: Higher Education on the Edge
Radisson Resort, Gold Coast, Queensland, 4 – 7 July 2011 website
External early bird registration deadline: 29 April 2011

Griffith University is proud to host the HERDSA 2011 conference Higher Education on the Edge at the Radisson Resort on the beautiful Queensland Gold Coast. The deliberately ambiguous theme was chosen to reflect the edgy, uncertain, and intellectually challenging times currently faced in higher education. Research domains for the conference include:

  • Academic practice, work, and identities
  • Learning, teaching, assessment, and curriculum
  • Quality and standards in higher education
  • Leadership, management, governance, and policy in higher education
  • Student pathways, experiences, expectations, and outcomes

Australian Historical Association (AHA) 2011 Regional Conference: History at the Edge
Inveresk Campus, University of Tasmania, Launceston, Tasmania, 4 – 8 July 2011 website

Historians are invited to participate in discussions that address 'History at the Edge' in its many and various guises. Discussions regarding geographical and cultural peripheries as well as conceptual and methodological innovation are welcomed. The Australian Historical Association is the national organisation for all historians. The program will not be limited to Australian topics.

Justice Michael Kirby will be the keynote speaker and will discuss ‘Australian Exceptionalism:  Why Australia Lacks a Bill of Rights.’

2011 Consumers Reforming Health Conference
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, 18 – 20 July 2011 website

The 2011 Consumers Reforming Health Conference is the inaugural international conference for community engagement in health care. It is a conference developed specifically for those with interest in involving consumers in health care, policy, and governance. The conference upholds the essential principle that consumer participation is fundamental for health development, clinical governance, community capacity building, and health outcomes.
The program aims to demonstrate and enhance this proposition by exploring the experiences, frameworks, and practical strategies of participation in a number of health sectors among a diverse range of relevant stakeholders. It intends to broker some new learning on core principles for future change.

13th International Conference on Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery – DaWak 2011
Institut de Recherche en Informatique de Toulouse (IRIT), Toulouse, France, 29 August – 2 September 2011 website
External early bird registration deadline: 31 July 2011

During the past years, the International Conference on Data Warehousing and Knowledge Discovery (DaWaK) has become one of the most important international scientific events to bring together researchers, developers, and practitioners to discuss latest research issues and experiences in developing and deploying data warehousing and knowledge discovery systems, applications, and solutions.

This year’s conference, (DaWaK 2011), builds on this tradition of facilitating the cross-disciplinary exchange of ideas, experience, and potential research directions. DaWaK 2011 seeks to introduce innovative principles, methods, algorithms, and solutions to challenging problems faced in the development of data warehousing, knowledge discovery, data mining applications, and the emerging area of ‘cloud intelligence.’

Clean Up 2011
Hilton Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, 7 – 15 September 2011 website
Rapid external paper submission deadline: 15 April 2011
External early bird registration deadline: 31 July 2011

CleanUp 2011 incorporates the sixth International Workshop on Chemical Bioavailability in the Terrestrial Environment (7–9 September 2011) and the fourth International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference (11–15 September 2011).

The 2011 International Workshop on Chemical Bioavailability will provide the opportunity for scientists, environmental consultants, and regulators to exchange knowledge and experience on contaminant bioavailability and to further develop a common view on bioavailability.

It is expected that more than 500 scientists, engineers, regulators, and other environmental professionals representing universities, government (site management and regulatory agencies) and R&D, and manufacturing firms from more than 20 countries will gather in Adelaide for the International Contaminated Site Remediation Conference.

2011 National Dementia Research Forum
Wesley Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, 22 – 23 September 2011 website
External abstract submission deadline: 30 June 2011

The theme for the 2011 National Dementia Research Forum is ‘Translating Dementia Research into Practice’. The international speaker whose attendance is already confirmed is Ronald C Petersen MD PhD, Director, Mayo Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, USA.

Fifth Asia Pacific Conference on Educational Integrity (APCEI)
University of Western Australia, Perth, Western Australia, 26 – 28 September 2011 website
External paper submission deadline: 30 May 2011
External early bird registration deadline: 31 July 2011

This is the first time since the APCEI began in 2003 that the conference has been held on the Australian west coast. It is hoped that with the conference theme Educational Integrity: Culture and Values, the geographical location and the fact that spring is a beautiful time to visit Perth, the conference will be attended by colleagues from all over the world.
Who should attend?

  • Educators
  • researchers
  • administrators
  • students
  • employers
  • ethicists
  • anyone interested in developing and maintaining a culture of ethical scholarship is invited to attend this participative and interactive conference

Suggested themes for the conference include:

  • Sharing academic integrity resources
  • Whose values count when it comes to educational integrity?
  • Educational integrity: Policy implementation and practice
  • Embedding integrity in degree programs
  • Managing educational integrity in TransNational Education (TNE)
  • Using existing technology in the promotion of educational integrity
  • Educational integrity and the changing landscape of quality assurance in higher education

International Microsystems, Packaging, Assembly and Circuits Technology (IMPACT) Conference 2011
NTUH International Convention Centre, Taipei, Taiwan, 19 – 21 October 2011 website
External abstract submission deadline: 10 June 2011

2011 is full of expectations! Tablet PC, smart phones, smart TV, cutting-edge medical electronics, and countless portable devices sparkle in global market. While materials fluctuate, downstream companies develop innovative technology. This annual big event is your great chance to meet Taiwan’s strengths and to update worldwide tendencies.

IMPACT 2011 has the theme ‘IMPACT - Leading Innovation’ and aims to bring together researchers, engineers, and experts. IMPACT conference is acknowledged for its intense connection between industry and academia.

16th Australian & New Zealand Haemophilia Conference: Health & Wellbeing – the decade ahead
Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales, 20 – 22 October 2011 website
External poster abstract submission deadline: 17 June 2011
External early bird registration deadline: 31 July 2011

The theme for the conference is ‘health and wellbeing – the decade ahead.’ The conference will bring together people with bleeding disorders, their families and carers; health professionals; policy makers; and industry representatives. It is a great opportunity to learn more about care and treatment in Australia and New Zealand, and around the world.

The multidisciplinary program will cover issues affecting people with haemophilia and von Willebrand disorder and related inherited bleeding disorders of all ages presented by Australian, New Zealander, and other international experts. Particular topics of interest are best practice treatment and new factor therapies; comprehensive care; treatment of inhibitors; better joint care and physiotherapy; sexuality and body image; child and adolescent transition; ageing; women’s bleeding issues; reproductive health; and hepatitis C and HIV care and treatment updates.

Third International Conference on Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology (ICFCHT 2011)
InterContential Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 22 – 23 November 2011 website
External abstract submission deadline: 30 April 2011
External early bird registration deadline: 31 May 2011

To foster the competencies necessary for further progress in the field, an extensive network of fuel cell and hydrogen energy researchers has to be established by encouraging collaborations between international and domestic universities and research institutions, and the energy, power, and transportation industries – which this conference hopes to do.

Engineers, Policy-Makers, Researchers, Regulatory Officials, Scientist, Energy Managers, Energy Consultants, Technologists, Industrialists, Environmentalists, Educators/Academicians, Students, and all interested individuals are all urged to attend.

17th AINSE Conference on Nuclear and Complementary Techniques of Analysis & 12th Vacuum Society of Australia Congress
Australian National University, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, 5 – 7 December 2011 website
External short abstract submission deadline: 15 August 2011
External early bird registration deadline: 3 November 2011

The conference will have a single-session format and feature both oral and poster presentations. Several half-day short courses will also be offered. Papers will be sought in the following topics of interest:

  • Nuclear and complementary techniques of analysis including synchrotron radiation
  • Ion beam analysis and interactions with matter
  • Secondary ion mass spectrometry
  • Ion beam modification of materials
  • Accelerator mass spectrometry
  • Nanoscience and technology
  • Neutron activation analysis
  • Thin films and interfaces
  • Vacuum science
  • Surface science

STATISTICS SHORT COURSES AT SWINBURNE

Various statistics short courses have been designed in order to suit particular research needs.  Details can be found 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: