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The Swinburne Research Bulletin

Issue No. 192 - 15 February 2011


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ARC

2012 ARC Discovery Projects update

Swinburne Research has put together some resources to aid applicants completing proposals. Applicants are advised to use the salary scales and travel calculator spreadsheets when costing their budgets. Swinburne Research has also created a template for Part G. These resources can be downloaded from the Swinburne Research Discovery Projects web page.

Applicants are reminded that complete drafts are due with Swinburne Research via RMS by 21 February 2011.

2011 ARC Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding in 2011 - NOW AVAILABLE website
Eligibility Exemption Requests due via RMS - 4 March 2011
Internal deadline for complete drafts - 30 March 2011

The Funding Rules for the Future Fellowships for funding in 2011 are now available. The Future Fellowships scheme supports mid-career researchers. To be considered a mid-career researcher, the Future Fellowship Candidate must:

  1. have been awarded a PhD on or between 20 April 1996 and 20 April 2006; or
  2. have obtained approval from the ARC, via the submission of an Eligibility Exemption Request for the recognition of equivalent research experience or qualification and/or variation of the qualification and/or timing requirements.

Eligibility Exemption Requests

The ARC may grant an Eligibility Exemption for the Future Fellowship Candidate commensurate with a significant interruption or limitation of their research outputs owing to:

  1. periods of approved maternity/parental/carers leave;
  2. greater than three months of unemployment;
  3. part-time academic employment, where the part-time position is the Future Fellowship Candidate’s sole source of employment; and/or
  4. any other exceptional circumstances.

The ARC may also grant an Eligibility Exemption for the Future Fellowship Candidate where evidence can be provided to indicate that the Future Fellowship Candidate’s research qualification/experience is equivalent to a PhD obtained within the time limits.

Eligibility Exemption requests must be submitted through RMS by 4 March 2011.

Future Fellowship requirements

Future Fellows must relinquish any Fellowships or the duties of any existing appointments prior to commencement, however may hold honorary or non-remunerated Fellowships as long as these do not impair the capacity of the Future Fellow to complete the proposed Project.

Strategic alignment with the University and the research environment are an important component of the selection criteria and applicants are advised to seek the assistance of their Centre Directors or ADRs on this part of the application. The Strategic Statement to be signed by the DVC-R must be drafted by the applicant and their area and uploaded to RMS before the internal deadline of 30 March 2011.

ARC Progress Reports – overdue website

ARC Progress Reports were due 14 February 2011.

As they are now overdue, those who are yet to submit their Progress Reports are asked to please submit them to Sally Fried (sfried@swin.edu.au/ext.8145) as soon as possible.

2012 ARC LIEF (Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities) Scheme – EOI internal due date 23 February 2011 website

Applicants are reminded that complete Expressions of Interest forms (available on our website) are due with Swinburne Research by 23 Feb 2011. The completed form is to be submitted electronically in WORD format to Swinburne Research at resgrants@swin.edu.au AND a FULLY signed hard copy (must be signed by the Faculty Dean), by 23 Feb 2011 to Paul Forsyth, Swinburne Research Office, Room 60W703, internal mail No. H68. This is a hard deadline given that the Victorian DVC(R)s will meet shortly afterwards to discuss potential joint bids.

Further detail provided in previous bulletin.

NHMRC

NHMRC Project Grants - extension to due date. Internal due date now 15 March 2011.

Due to the mis-functioning of RGMS, the NHMRC has extended the due date for the Project grants to 5 April 2011. As such, Swinburne's internal deadline has been extended to 15 March 2011. RGMS remains unstable; if applicants are unable to access RGMS they are encouraged to use the offline forms to complete their applications as there is a possibility that applications may be submitted to the NHMRC by Swinburne Research via email.

NHMRC CEO Workshop
Towards a national network to enhance leadership in research translation and implementation – 20 April 2011, Canberra

NHMRC is hosting a workshop to discuss plans to expand Australia’s capacity to implement evidence from research into clinical practice. Senior leaders in translational clinical research have been invited to help NHMRC develop better ways of bridging the gap between research and clinical practice.

Discussions will include exploring ways in which the NHMRC staff at the National Institute of Clinical Studies might support the work of NHMRC funded Centres of Clinical Research Excellence, Centres of Research Excellence in Health Services Research, Clinical Program Grants, Clinical Partnership Projects and Practitioner Fellows. Further details will be forthcoming from the NHMRC.

Improving Peer Review of 2011 NHMRC Project Grants Scheme

For information on the changes to the Peer Review Process in 2011 please visit the NHMRC website.

NHMRC TRIP FELLOWSHIPS

Information sessions for applicants via teleconference

Information sessions via teleconference about the Translating Research Into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships will be held on 21 and 28 February, and 2 March.

Additional information on how to register your interest in participating in one of the teleconferences is available from the NHMRC website.

Other News

2010 ERA Outcomes Seminar

Dear colleagues,

The University has now received its results for the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) exercise, and is about to embark upon the 2012 ERA collection.

I have established a small Working Party to advise me on the 2012 collection, consisting of Warrick Couch (FICT), Julian Thomas (FLSS), John Wilson (FEIS) and Sharon Kitt (SR). This WP has met once so far. One of its recommendations to date is the establishment of small strategic advisory groups to work with SR in the compilation of data for discipline clusters.

I also intend to consult widely across the university during the next few months. As a first step, SR will be holding a meeting next week to discuss the 2010 results and the 2012 ERA collection. The details are as follows:

2010 ERA Outcomes Meeting
Date: Thursday 24 February 2011
Time: 12 - 1 pm
Venue: EN413, Hawthorn Campus.

I look forward to seeing those of you with an interest in ERA at this meeting. There is no need to RSVP.

Kind regards,

Michael Gilding
Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Research Misconduct Policy

The University has developed a Research Misconduct Policy that reflects the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. The Australian Research Code was developed by the ARC, NHMRC and Universities Australia. All institutions in receipt of public funding are required to comply with the Australian Research Code. Swinburne's new Research Misconduct Policy was approved by University Council on 7 February 2011 and is now available through the policies and procedures database.
Swinburne Research strongly encourages all staff to familiarise themselves with this new policy. http://policies.swinburne.edu.au/ppdonline/showdoc.aspx?recnum=POL/2011/9

Research Integrity Advisors

The DVC(R) has appointed 6 Research Integrity Advisors across the University. Their role is to advise on conformity to and implementation of the Conduct of Research policy, including possible breaches or allegations of research misconduct. The advisor's role does not extend to investigation or assessment of the allegation, nor are they involved in any subsequent inquiry. The 6 RIAs are Prof. Peter Hannaford, Prof. Warrick Couch, Prof. Thomas Spurling, A/Prof. Britt Klein, Dr. Carolyn Barnes and A/Prof. Kathleen Hulse. Details can be found at: http://www.research.swinburne.edu.au/researchers/documents/RIAs.pdf

Australian Research Integrity Committee

The Australian Research Integrity Committee (ARIC) commenced operations in February 2011.The ARIC is jointly established by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

The ARIC provides a review system of institutional processes to respond to allegations of research misconduct. This system is intended to ensure that institutions investigate such allegations and observe proper process in doing so. Details can be found at: http://www.arc.gov.au/general/research_integrity.htm

Library Research News

Research data support at Swinburne

This year, Swinburne Library and Swinburne Research are working on a joint project funded by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). This project aims to develop the infrastructure at Swinburne to help support you in managing your research-related data.

Under the Australian Code of Conduct for Responsible Research, there is some expectation that research data (such as observations, survey results, images and source code, etc) will be retained beyond the life of a project to ensure the integrity of the research. It is also becoming more common for major publishers to expect to view or even publish the data associated with a journal article. Nature is at the vanguard of this movement (here is one example).

Many Australian universities have been provided with ANDS funding to assist them in identifying and describing local research datasets. The Library expects to make records for Swinburne-created research datasets available alongside your publication records in Swinburne Research Bank. This will provide you with a citable profile for your research data and publications, and records will also be indexed by Research Data Australia, a national database of research datasets from Australian universities and research institutes. This website is expected to be a valuable future resource for researchers to assist them in discovering more about Australian research data, and in building networks between researchers, projects, data and publications. For more information, see the ANDS Data Connections Strategy (PDF).

Swinburne is developing a University-wide policy on research data management but we also want to know what would be useful to you in assisting with the management of your research-related data. There are still lots of things that we as an institution need to think about, such as copyright, intellectual property, confidentiality, ethics, data storage, and more. We'd love your assistance with this. If you'd like to help, please contact Terrence Bennett, Research Data Librarian, on x8136, or drop us a line at researchdata@swin.edu.au. For more information, please see our website.


v ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

New ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

2011 ARC Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding in 2011 - NOW AVAILABLE website
Eligibility Exemption Requests due via RMS - 4 March 2011
Internal deadline for complete drafts - 30 March 2011

The Funding Rules for the Future Fellowships for funding in 2011 are now available. The Future Fellowships scheme supports mid-career researchers.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
191 Discovery Projects for 2012 now open 21 February 2011
189 LIEF commencing in 2012 Expressions of Interest 23 February 2011
190 NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence now open 4 March 2011




v Grants

A Note on Application and Acceptance Procedures

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

Comcare – Key Performance Indicator Research and Surveys website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 17 February 2011

Comcare is an Australian government agency that works in partnership with employee and employers to reduce the human and financial costs of workplace injuries and disease in the Commonwealth jurisdiction.

Comcare has recently established Strategy 2015 which provides a clear direction and commitment to the provision of improved services, greater efficiencies, and better outcomes. The key to both monitoring progress towards these goals, as well as providing greater insights to help Comcare meet its business objectives and reporting needs, are the Key Performance Indicator (KPI) surveys.

Comcare intends to select a range of successful tenderers via this tender to form a non-exclusive panel of Service Providers to provide Key Performance Indicator (KPI) Surveys, including the new Injured Worker Survey, Employer Survey, Health and Safety Representative (HSR) Survey, and Client Manager Survey.

Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) – Preliminary Research Proposals
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 18 February 2011

AMPC operates in collaboration with Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), to attract Australian Government co-funding for RD&E activities that are eligible under its Statutory Funding Agreement. The AMPC RD&E portfolio includes RD&E programs in areas such as technology, food safety, meat science, environment and sustainability, livestock management, human resources and capability, occupational health and safety, marketing, and supply chain integration.

Organisations are invited to submit expressions of interest in the form of a Preliminary Research Proposal that will describe their intention to address the RD&E priorities (future projects) identified within the AMPC Technology portfolio.

Currently, the AMPC Technology portfolio supports a broad range of RD&E activities across the following theme areas:

  • Stunning and Slaughter technologies (including - but not limited to - carcass shackling, cutting through hides, depelting, splitting, evisceration, offal processing);
  • Traceability, labelling, packaging, and tracking systems;
  • Boning, cutting, slicing, packing, freezing;
  • Food safety, micro-intervention, contamination, cleaning;
  • Automation, handling, training, processing machinery, robotics and cobotic applications, and vision and sensing systems;
  • Innovations in equipment and technologies

AMPC will view favourably proposals that include requests for funding support for postgraduate and post-doctoral scholarships.

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

DebRA – International Research Funding Calls 2011 website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 18 February 2011

DebRA funds both clinical research and fundamental scientific research that is aimed at an enhanced understanding of Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) and that is of direct relevance to the diagnosis, treatment, and ultimately, cure, of EB.Applications for new research funding from DebRA International, in any of DebRA’s priority research areas, are invited now.

DebRA’s Research Priorities are:

  • Biology and genetics of all forms of EB, as better understanding can lead to new approaches to treat EB
  • Development of therapies, including possible gene-therapies, cell-therapies, drug therapies or protein therapies
  • Wound healing and skin cancer in EB
  • Clinical research to improve management of EB through symptom relief

DebRA is delighted that there are now multiple clinical trials happening around the world, focusing on the five or so key EB therapy types in development. To reflect this situation, and after consultation with the MSAP, it has decided to place equal priority on translational-research grant applications that support therapy refinement, or help potential emerging treatments develop, and on continued fundamental research needed to further its understanding of EB, or discovery of novel therapeutic approaches. 

Please note there is an earlier internal deadline as the applications must be submitted via mail overseas.

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism – Request for Tender: Product gap audit to identify potential areas of opportunity for world class Australian tourism development – Barossa website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 25 February 2011

The purpose of this consultancy is deliver a report which outlines the tourism infrastructure and products required to cater for forecast and potential visitor numbers over the next 20 year period. The report will also provide guidance to other destinations/regions wishing to consider a similar approach.

Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism – Request for Tender: Product gap audit to identify potential areas of opportunity for world class Australian tourism development – Great Ocean Road website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 25 February 2011

The purpose of this consultancy is deliver a report which outlines the tourism infrastructure and products required to cater for forecast and potential visitor numbers over the next 20 year period.  The report will also provide guidance to other regions/destinations wishing to consider a similar approach.

EPA Victoria – HazWaste Fund Stage 1 Applications website
Internal Closing Date: 2 March 2011
Please note the internal closing dates for the next three rounds are 30 March, 4 May, and 1 June 2011

The HazWaste Fund (the Fund) is designed to support industry to accelerate reductions in the volume and hazard of hazardous waste (or prescribed industrial waste) generated in Victoria, and to increase remediation of contaminated soils.

Support is available for projects targeted at reducing the volume or hazard of hazardous waste disposed to landfill, and increase remediation of contaminated soil.  Eligible wastes include hazardous wastes from manufacturing processes and contaminated soil. Infrastructure and implementation projects; research and development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects; and knowledge and capacity-building projects are also eligible for support.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) grants website
Internal Closing Date: 9 March 2011

The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) invites applications for projects in 2011-12 which support its objectives to:

  1. increase understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia;
  2. increase understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and strategic partner; and
  3. increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise

In 2011-12, funding priority will be given to projects and programs that strengthen Australia’s relationship with Japan through people-to-people engagement across a diverse range of sectors. These include projects relating to the bilateral economic and trade relationship (particularly the Australia-Japan Free Trade Agreement), regional and international security issues, society and culture, education, science and technology, and to advocacy, media, and communications.
Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) grants are intended to provide seed funding for innovative proposals relevant to the aims and objectives of the AJF. This includes proposals which demonstrate the potential for the development of long-term links between individuals and institutions in Australia and their counterparts in Japan.

Please note no person or organisation may hold more than one AJF grant at any given time.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) grants website
Internal Closing Date: 9 March 2011

The Australia-Korea Foundation grants are intended to provide seed funds for innovative proposals that will achieve outcomes against one or more of the Foundation goals as outlined in the AKF Strategic Plan 2009-12. This includes proposals which demonstrate the potential for the development of long-term links between individuals and institutions in Australia and counterparts in Korea.

Preference will be given to projects in line with the Goals of the Australia-Korea Foundation and in the fields of: Year of Friendship 2011 and Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of AKF; Partnerships and Collaborations in the fields of Technology, Environment, and Agriculture; Public Diplomacy, Media, and Advocacy; and, Youth and Capacity Building for the Future.

Please note no person or organisation can hold more than one Australia-Korea Foundation grant at any given time. Please also note applicants may submit a maximum of three applications within a three-year period.

Pfizer Australia – Paediatric Endocrine Care Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 18 March 2011

The APEC Research Grants were established in 2007 to support and advance clinical research in the fields of Paediatric Endocrinology Care. The program has been designed to promote excellence in medical research throughout Australasia. It seeks to encourage and help develop the best of our young clinical researchers and extend Pfizer Australia's already notable commitment and contribution to medicine and the health of our community.

The research program is open to applicants under the age of 40 at the time of application and a trainee in Paediatric Endocrinology in Australasia or within five years of conferring of FRACP or within five years of accreditation of Paediatric Endocrinology training from the Endocrinology SAC (Royal Australian College of Physicians). Applications will not be accepted from senior researchers.

Applicants must be medical graduates, currently residing, working, and conducting research within Australasia, who are registered to practice medicine in Australasia.

Only one APEC Grant will be allocated to a single applicant in a given year although applications will be accepted and reviewed for more than one project. Applicants will not be eligible to receive funding from more than one Pfizer Australia research grants program in the same financial year.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia-China Council Grants Expressions of Interest website
Internal Closing Date: 21 March 2011

Australia-China Council grants are intended to provide seed funds for innovative proposals relevant to the mission and goals of the Council. This includes proposals which demonstrate the potential for the development of long-term links between individuals and institutions in Australia and counterparts throughout China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan.

In any financial year the Council will look to fund a diverse range of activities that further the Council's goals and are preferably under the Council's funding priority areas, both in Australia and China. The Council is also keen to support projects which have a reach outside the major cities. The Council's funding priority areas are outlined in the 2008-2011 Strategic Plan and includes support for projects under the broad themes of education and science, economics and trade, and culture and society.

Please note no person or organisation can hold more than one Australia-China Council grant at any given time without the prior approval of the Council.  Please also note applicants may submit a maximum of three applications within a five-year period.

Victorian Cancer Agency – Early Career Seed Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011

Victorian Cancer Agency Early Career Seed Grants are designed to support early career researchers undertaking high quality translational cancer research. The grants provide seed funding to encourage and retain talented individuals in the field of cancer research in Victoria.
The objectives of the Early Career Seed Grants are to:

  • Support high quality cancer research conducted by early career researchers who are able to demonstrate clear evidence of translational research capacity
  • Provide limited seed funding as a means of enhancing competitiveness of early career researchers to enable leverage of further funding from granting bodies or industry

The Early Career Seed Grants are available to:

  • Support the salary of the researcher
  • Support the direct research costs of undertaking the research project
  • Facilitate collaboration related to the research project
The Early Career Seed Grants are open to laboratory researchers, clinician-researchers, and psychosocial researchers. 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).

Victorian Cancer Agency – Palliative and Support Care Capacity Building Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011

One of the priority areas for the Victorian Cancer Agency is building cancer research capacity and capability in the field of supportive care, palliative care, and survivorship in cancer. To address this priority, the Agency is offering Palliative and Supportive Care Research Capacity Building Grants.

Seed funding requests will be considered for infrastructure associated with palliative care, supportive care, and survivorship research. This may include:

  1. Physical infrastructure (such as software, office space, office equipment or small pieces of research equipment to enable research)
  2. Salary support to enable time to be dedicated to research (for example, funding of a full-time equivalent position for one year)
  3. Staffing requirements (such as part-time or full-time data managers, research assistants or pharmacists etc. It is expected that these roles would work alongside a qualified practitioner and be suitably mentored in their role)
  4. Training and education of staff (for example, attendance at a training course, relevant conferences or workshops)
  5. ‘Other’ areas as identified by applicants that directly relate to research in supportive care, palliative care, and survivorship that meet the criteria of the Victorian Cancer Agency

Clinicians and/or researchers involved in palliative care, supportive care or survivorship research are welcome to apply.

Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (ATF) – Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011
Please note there are two rounds per year - the internal closing date for the next round is 20 July 2011.

The Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment invites applications for postgraduate student research support in ecology, wildlife management, and natural history studies. Preference will be given to students at an early stage of a Masters or Doctoral program. Honours projects will normally not be supported.

Grants of up to $7,500 each will be awarded for the purchase of equipment, supplies, travel to study areas, and conferences. These grants will be renewable for a period of two to three years provided that the student maintains satisfactory progress.

Whilst there are two funding rounds per year, please note students are only eligible to receive one grant per year.
Applications in three general areas are especially encouraged:

  • Field work on Australian native plants and animals to gain understanding of ecological interactions, population dynamics, animal behaviour, and species distribution
  • Conservation biology and biodiversity studies relating to the management of protected areas and rare or threatened species in Australia
  • Wildlife management relating to sport hunting, harvesting, pest control, management of non-game animals, and effect of land management on native species

Mazda Foundation – Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011
Please note there are two rounds per year – the internal closing date for the next round is 21 September 2011.

The Foundation periodically identifies a priority area of focus. The Foundation's current priority area of focus is:Programs focused on identifying and/or remedying reading issues in children, with a particular interest in early intervention programs.

Rather than inviting applications from a broad section of the public, the Foundation will each year identify potential candidates for grants in the Foundation's nominated priority area. Each year the independent Board of Directors of the Foundation expects to identify a select number of projects for which an agreed contribution will be made to the approved organisation(s).

Although organisations should no longer apply to the Foundation for a grant, if an organisation has a project which relates to the Foundation's current priority area, it may register a request to be considered by the Foundation by lodging a Project Notification in the form attached.

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

Alfred Felton Bequest – Small Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011

The Bequest allocates some small grants under $10,000 to special projects that will alleviate a pressing need. The Bequest would like to support the development of ideas and catalytic projects that support women and families in the raising of children and that have the potential to enhance the physical and emotional health of women and children and young people within Victoria.
These grants are for projects within Victoria in the following areas of interest:

  • vulnerable children and young people needing supported education and training pathways
  • projects focused on indigenous groups and communities
  • projects located in rural and regional areas
  • early intervention projects and prevention programs designed to tackle the causes of disadvantage
  • helping meet the needs of women and children in health care and access to health care

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

Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation (SWRRFI) – Grants Expressions of Interest website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011

The Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation (SWRRFI) is a non-profit organisation that seeks to promote research into marine life, and assist in the rescue of sick, injured, and stranded marine animals. Approved by the Federal Government, the Foundation provides funding for quality research projects incorporating the protection and preservation of the marine environment. Each project submitted to the Foundation is evaluated by a Scientific Research Committee of six distinguished Australian Scientists approved by the CSIRO.

Although SWRRFI seeks to encourage and assist marine sciences in the broadest sense, for the present it gives priority to projects relating to aspects of the biology of marine vertebrates and will consider applications from public and private sectors.

Please note investigators (Chief & Co) can be named on one application only. Applicants may have only one active project and one new application.

Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation (ROTRF) – Project Grants Letter of Intent website
Internal Closing Date: 23 March 2011
Please note there are two rounds per year – the internal closing date for the next round is 21 September 2011.

The Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation (ROTRF) is committed to funding a broad range of transplantation-related research, with the ultimate aim of improving long-term outcomes for people with organ transplants. Its priority is to support clinically oriented research projects, such as observational clinical studies or studies that use human transplant samples for laboratory examinations.To be considered for a grant award, applications should have demonstrable applicability to human organ transplantation.
 
Investigators working in areas such as antibody-mediated rejection and antibody formation, graft pathology during rejection events, histocompatibility, infectious agents, and disease phenotypes in transplant patients are encouraged to apply. The Trustees will also consider funding studies that investigate transplant populations, ethics, organ preservation and allocation, and health care delivery. Furthermore, the ROTRF will welcome research in new emerging technologies that examine the pathogenesis of human disease states in organ transplantation.

Every applicant can submit only one Letter of Intent for each funding cycle. Every ROTRF grantee (including co-investigator) can only hold one ROTRF grant at a time.

Pfizer Australia – Cancer Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 24 March 2011

The Cancer Research Grants were established in 2007 to support and advance clinical research in the fields of Oncology. The program has been designed to promote excellence in medical research throughout Australia. It seeks to encourage and help develop the best of our young clinical researchers and extend Pfizer Australia's already notable commitment and contribution to medicine and the health of our community.

The proposals should involve clinical research or translational research. Translational applications are required to describe how the outcomes from the proposed research project will potentially impact clinical practice, policy or further research in cancer control.

This research grants program is open to medical graduates who are early in their research career, having commenced research (or have returned to research after an appropriate break) within the last five years (e.g. the applicant has initiated or has been awarded a PhD/MD within the last five years).

Applicants who have previously received a Cancer Research Grant are ineligible to apply. Only one Pfizer Australia Cancer Research Grant will be allocated to a single applicant in a given year although applications will be accepted and reviewed for more than one project. Applicants will not be eligible to receive funding from more than one Pfizer Australia Research Grants program in the same financial year.

Alzheimer’s Australia Research (AAR) – AAR Dementia Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 6 April 2011

AAR Dementia Research Grants are seeding grants for new researchers, valued up to $30,000 (exclusive of GST). In general, this grant is designed to seed new projects, but if the project is attached to a larger project, there should be some clear demarcation between the new project and the larger project. Grants are awarded in both biological/non-clinical and clinical/psychosocial research areas. In 2011, five AAR Dementia Research Grants are offered.

One grant within this program has been dedicated to fund research within nominated priority areas as directed by the Consumer Dementia Research Network (CDRN). In 2011, these priority areas are:

  • dementia-specific respite
  • community care for special groups (eg. YOD, GLBTI, CALD, ATSI) and
  • effective programs to support the wellbeing and health of carers from diagnosis until after their caring roles end

The principal investigator must be a new investigator (defined solely as never being a principal investigator on a successful research grant worth more than $30,000). Salary-related funding (e.g. scholarships/fellowships) will not be counted towards the $30,000 threshold unless it is a fellowship from AAR. In general, the principal investigator should have completed a doctorate or other research qualification (Honours degree or higher) within the past five years, however significant career interruptions will be taken into account.

Please note applicants are entitled to apply only once in each of the categories of the Dementia grants program.

Alzheimer’s Australia Research (AAR) – Hazel Hawke Research Grants in Dementia Care website
Internal Closing Date: 6 April 2011

The Hazel Hawke Research Grant in Dementia Care is valued up to $30,000 (exclusive of GST). Suitable projects could include research into carer support, best quality care practices, activities and non-pharmacological therapies for people with dementia, or any other aspect of dementia care research.

The research must be judged to fall within the category of dementia care. The principal investigator must not be of Associate Professor or Professor level or higher. Applicants have not previously been successful in applying for a Hazel Hawke Research Grant in Dementia Care.

Please note applicants are entitled to apply only once in each of the categories of the Dementia grants program.

March of Dimes – Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) Letters of Intent website
Internal Closing Date: 6 April 2011

March of Dimes’ research investments are vital to its mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant morality.

The March of Dimes seeks applications requesting grant support for projects related to causes of prematurity. Research proposals of new paradigms based on strong conceptual frameworks are invited. The intent is to provide new insights into the large, and increasing, proportion of pre-term deliveries in which the cause (and thus the means of prevention) remains elusive.

The proposals need to consider especially, but not be limited to, genetics, gene-environment interactions, and animal models. Novel approaches are encouraged.

Office of Naval Research - Human Social Cultural and Behavioral Sciences (HSBC) Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development White Papers website
Internal Closing Date: 7 April 2011

In 2008 the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) established the Human Social Culture Behavior (HSCB) Modeling Program. The mission of this six-year program is to research, develop, and transition technologies, tools, and systems that will help operations planners, intelligence analysts, operations analysts, and wargamers represent, understand, and forecast socio-cultural behavior at the strategic, operational, and tactical level.

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada – Canada Conference Grant Program website
Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011
Please note there are two rounds per year – the internal closing date for the next round is 22 November 2011.

The Canada Conference Grant Program supports multidisciplinary conferences on Canada or thematic with a Canada content.  Although applications from all disciplines are welcomed, priority will be given to those that address important and timely issues about Canada, its relationship with a specific country or region, and its international affairs.  The program is designed to assist a learning institution or organisation in holding a conference and publishing the resulting papers and proceedings in a scholarly fashion. 
Applications regarding conferences that engage local government representatives, NGOs, the private sector, students and the general public as well as promote linkages with Canadian academics and institutions are welcomed. Projects that have policy relevance for Canada and Canada’s relations with the specific country or region are welcomed in particular. Projects that include collaboration with researchers at Canadian institutions are also encouraged.  
Issues of importance for Canada are:

  • Peace and Security
  • North America Partnership (including key Canada-US bilateral issues)
  • Economic Development and Competitiveness
  • Democracy, Rule of law, Human Rights
  • Managing Diversity
  • Environment / Energy

Harvard University Australian Studies Committee – Conference Funding website
Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011

The Harvard University Australian Studies Committee encourages applications for grants of up to US$40,000 to support an academic conference/symposium organised jointly by Australian scholars and Harvard faculty. The Committee will consider support for a conference involving approximately 20-40 participants drawn from Australian academic institutions, Harvard University, and elsewhere, meeting for a day or more to present and discuss current research.  Proposals should identify the Australian institution(s) that will co-sponsor the planned conference.

The Committee will consider applications for funding to cover 50% of the estimated costs of the conference. The conference may be held at Harvard University or at a co-sponsoring Australian institution. Proposals are not limited by academic field, but are expected to focus on issues of critical importance to current research involving both Australian and Harvard scholars.

Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation – Clinical Investigatorships website
Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011

Establishment grants for Clinical Investigators have been initiated by the Foundation in order to stimulate and encourage clinical research in Australia. In particular the grants are intended to assist new investigators to establish their research programs at the time of the difficult transition from doctoral and post-doctoral training posts to their first definitive clinical positions in an academic environment. Clinical Investigators will be awarded a once only grant of $60,000.

Eligible applicants will be graduates of medicine or other clinical disciplines who have completed both their clinical and research training preferably at doctoral level.  Applicants will be commencing their first definitive clinical position or have been in such a post for no more than 24 months on 1 May of the year of application.

Full-time research fellows will not be eligible. Applicants should be actively engaged in clinical work and pursuing health and medical research in a university clinical department, a teaching hospital, a clinical research unit of a research institute or in an academic general practice setting. Consideration will be given only to those applicants with a fulltime appointment.

March of Dimes – Research Grants Letters of Intent website
Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011

March of Dimes’ research investments are vital to its mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant morality.

All qualified scientists with faculty appointments or the equivalent, at universities, hospitals, and research institutions, are invited to submit applications for research grants directed at the prevention of birth defects. Research subjects appropriate for support by the March of Dimes include basic biological processes governing development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and social and behavioral studies.

In Social and Behavioral Sciences, March of Dimes in interested in applications proposing research that advances understanding of – and therefore ability to prevent – the cognitive and behavioural risks that affect outcomes of pregnancy, the perinatal period, and subsequent child development. Because change in behaviour is an important component of several of our campaigns, March of Dimes is interested in studies that address this method of prevention.

Pfizer Australia – Cardiovascular Lipid Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 4 May 2011

The Cardiovascular Lipid Research Grants were established in 1999 to support and advance clinical research in the fields of cardiovascular disease including stroke, lipid disorders, and associated areas. The program has been designed to promote excellence in medical research throughout Australia. It seeks to encourage and help develop the best of our young clinical researchers and extend Pfizer Australia's already notable commitment and contribution to medicine and the health of our community.

The proposals should predominantly involve clinical research in humans.

The research grants program is open to medical graduates who are early in their research career, having commenced research (or have returned to research after an appropriate break) within the last five years (e.g. the applicant has initiated or has been awarded a PhD/MD within the last five years).

Applicants who have previously received a Cardiovascular Lipid Research Grant are ineligible to apply. Applicants will not be eligible to receive funding from more than one Pfizer Australia Research Grants program in the same financial year. Applications will not be accepted from senior researchers including professors, associate professors or CIAs for successful NHMRC applications. Only one CVL Grant will be allocated to a single applicant in a given year although applications will be accepted and reviewed for more than one project.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
190 Alliance for Lupus Research (ALR) - Functional Genomics and Molecular Pathways in SLE grants 16 February 2011
189 Scanlon Foundation – Grants Expressions of Interest 16 February 2011
190 Alport Foundation of Australia – Project Grants and Grants in Aid 17 February 2011
189 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) - High Priority, Short-Term Bridge Award 18 February 2011
190 Cancer Research Institute (CRI) – Investigator Award 18 February 2011
190 Shpilman Institute for Photography (SIP) – General Research on Photography 2011 Grants 18 February 2011
190 Shpilman Institute for Photography (SIP) – Philosophy and Photography 2011 Grants 18 February 2011
188 National Stroke Foundation – Honours Grants 21 February 2011
189 Legal Services Board of Victoria (LSB) – 2010/2011 Major Grants 22 February 2011
189 Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) – Research Grants Stage 1 Round 3 Expressions of Interest 22 February 2011
191 Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) – Flexi Grants 24 February 2011
188 The Hermon Slade Foundation – Project Grants 30 February 2011
188 The Australia and Pacific Science Foundation – Project Grants 30 February 2011
190 Telematics Trust – Round 1 Grants Expressions of Interest 1 March 2011
190 The Jack Brockhoff Foundation – Grants 3 March 2011
189 James S. McDonnell Foundation (JSMF) – 21st Century Research Awards 4 March 2011
189 The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) – Translational Research Program (TRP) 4 March 2011
190 National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) – NACADA Academic Advising Research Support Grant 4 March 2011
189 L. E. W. Carty Charitable Fund – Grants (Expressions of Interest) 7 March 2011
190 Victoria Law Foundation – General Grants 7 March 2011
189 Australian Flora Foundation – Research Grants for funding in 2012 Preliminary Applications 9 March 2011
191 Horticulture Australia Limited (HAL) – General Call 10 March 2011
190 Gardiner Foundation – Innovation Program 11 March 2011
191 South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI) – A W Howard Memorial Trust Inc Grants-in-Aid 15 March 2011
189 European Commission – Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (IRSES) 17 March 2011
189 Besen Family Foundation – Funding Round One 22 March
180 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) – Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates, Young Academics and Scientists 22 March 2011
180 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) – Research Stays for University Academics and Scientist 22 March 2011
189 L. E. W. Carty Charitable Fund – Grants (Final Applications Due) 22 March 2011
189 Grape Barossa – Funding 22 March 2011
190 Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) – Young Investigators’ Grants Letters of Intent 22 March 2011
190 Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) – Program Grants Letters of Intent 22 March 2011
180 The William Buckland Foundation – Grants 23 March 2011
191 Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID) – International research grants 24 March 2011
191 Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) – Innovation & Development Grants - Round One 29 March 2011
189 Heart Foundation – Travel Grants 30 March 2011
190 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) – Short-term research grants 31 March 2011
190 German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) – Research Stays for University Academics and Scientists 31 March 2011
191 World Community Grid – Request for Proposals - Funding Round One 31 March 2011
191 Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA) – Project Grants 1 April 2011
191 M.A. Ingram Trust – Grants 6 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
184 Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research – Target Validation 2011 Pre-Proposals 23 May 2011
179 Fisheries Research and Development Corporation - Tactical Research Fund 23 May 2011
184 The Wenner-Gren Foundation – International Collaborative Research Grants 23 May 2011
184 Sunshine Foundation – Round 2 Grants 23 May 2011
184 The Wenner-Gren Foundation – Conference and Workshop Grants 23 May 2011
186 Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) – Research Grants 21 June 2011
180 The William Buckland Foundation – Grants 23 June 2011
191 World Community Grid – Request for Proposals - Funding Round Two 30 June 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
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
190 Found Animals – Michelson Grants Letters of Intent Ongoing




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New Fellowship Opportunities

Alzheimer’s Australia Research (AAR) – Viertel Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dementia website
Internal Closing Date: 6 April 2011

The Viertel Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowships in Dementiais offered to a PhD graduate who has either attained, or will shortly satisfy the requirements for, a PhD degree. The fellowship is awarded for two years, with a value of $45,000 per annum on condition that the fellowship is cost-shared by the applicants’ institution. Grants are awarded in both biological/non-clinical and clinical/psychosocial research areas. One fellowship will be awarded in 2011 for research commencing in 2012.

Applicants must have been awarded (or notified of success of their application for) a PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MD by research) in the last three years. Applicants’ research proposals must be judged to relate to research in dementia.

Please note applicants are entitled to apply only once in each of the categories of the Dementia grants program.

Alzheimer’s Australia Research (AAR) – AAR Postdoctoral Fellowships in Dementia website
Internal Closing Date: 6 April 2011

The AAR Postdoctoral Fellowshipis offered to a PhD graduate who has either attained, or will shortly satisfy the requirements for, a PhD degree. The fellowship is awarded for two years, with a value of $50,000 per annum on condition that the fellowship is cost-shared by the applicant’s institution. Grants are awarded in both biological/non-clinical and clinical/psychosocial research areas. Three fellowships will be awarded in 2011 for research commencing in 2012.

Applicants must have been awarded (or notified of success of their application for) a PhD or equivalent degree (e.g. MD by research) in the last three years. Applicants’ research proposals must be judged to relate to research in dementia.

Please note applicants are entitled to apply only once in each of the categories of the Dementia grants program.

Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA) – MSRA Postdoctoral Fellowships website
Internal Closing Date: 12 April 2011

MSRA provides Postdoctoral Fellowships to support research into the causes, cure, and management of MS. The MSRA Postdoctoral fellowships will be granted to students who have qualified to undertake their PhD and will be given $70,000 over four years.

Applicants must have qualified to begin their PhD.

Please note applicants must obtain an application number from MSRA prior to submission of their application to Swinburne Research.

Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation – Senior Medical Research Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011

The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation invites applications for a five-year Senior Medical Research Fellowship valued at $195,000 per annum to be held in Australia to commence in 2012. The Fellowship is an integral part of a scheme that is intended to provide both salary and project grant support for outstanding Australian medical researchers. The total value of the award is $975,000.

Outstanding researchers who are medically qualified or graduates of another scientific discipline, with recognised post-doctoral achievements seeking to establish a research career in Australia and to undertake research in an Australian academic institution, are eligible to apply whether or not they are currently working in Australia.

Applicants must has been working at a postdoctoral level for less than ten years (doctorate received after 1 January 2001) and can not currently hold senior research or teaching positions. The Medical Advisory Board and the Trustees reserve the right to take into consideration exceptional circumstances during the ten year period.

Boston Athenæum – Mary Catherine Mooney Fellowship website
External Closing Date: 15 April 2011

A Mary Catherine Mooney Fellowship, courtesy of a long-time teacher in the Boston Public School system, offers a stipend of US$1,500 for a residency of twenty days at the Boston Athenæum and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum. Scholars, graduate students, independent scholars, teaching faculty, and professionals in the humanities as well as teachers and librarians in secondary public, private, and parochial schools are eligible.

Boston Athenæum – Caleb Loring, Jr. Fellowship website
External Closing Date: 15 April 2011

A Caleb Loring, Jr. Fellowship is available for research on topics concerning the Confederate States and the Civil War. It offers a stipend of US$1,500 for a residency of twenty days at the Boston Athenæum and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum.

Boston Athenæum – Washington College Fellowship in Early American History website
External Closing Date: 15 April 2011

The Washington College Fellowship in Early American History supports research into the library of George Washington or a germane area and offers a stipend of US$1,500 for a residency of twenty days at the Boston Athenæum and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum.

Boston Athenæum – American Congregational Association- Boston Athenæum Fellowship website
External Closing Date: 15 April 2011

The American Congregational Association-Boston Athenæum Fellowship is for research into American religious history involving the collections of the Boston Athenæum and the Congregational Library. The award includes a stipend of US$1,500 for a residency of twenty days at the Boston Athenæum and includes a year’s membership to the Boston Athenæum.

American Australian Association – Australia to US Fellowships website
External Closing Date: 15 April 2011

The American Australian Association awards Fellowships at the graduate (Masters, PhD or post-doctoral) level of up to US$25,000 each year. Fellowships are available for Australians who will benefit from doing advanced research or study in the fields of business, science, technology, medicine, and engineering in the United States. The Fellowships build on existing strong social and economic partnerships and foster intellectual exchange between the United States and Australia. Fellowships are named Sir Keith Murdoch Fellows after the Association's principal Founder.

Australian Museum – Geddes Visiting Researcher Fellowships website
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 29 April 2011

These fellowships are available to researchers working as collaborators in research projects with Australian Museum Scientists. Research Fellows are chosen for the skills, knowledge, and/or expertise they bring to a specific project. Proposals should aim to further the Museum's research priorities as set out in the Science Research Strategy 2007-2012.

Awards will be held at the Australian Museum, although could be spent partly in the field. Fellowships are available to assist in meeting living costs (up to $800 per week) as well as travel and research expenses (e.g. bench fees and specialist analyses).

Australian Museum – Geddes Visiting Collection Fellowships website
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 29 April 2011

These fellowships are designed to promote research into significant collections held by the Museum. The primary aim is to promote collection-based research that enhances the collection, including fieldwork. Proposals should aim to further the Museum's research priorities as set out in the Science Research Strategy 2007-2012.

Fellowships are available to assist in meeting living costs (up to $800 per week) as well as travel and research expenses (e.g. bench fees and specialist analyses).

Australian Museum – Leo Fleischmann Visiting Fellowship in Pacific Islands Arts and Material Culture website
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 29 April 2011

This fellowship is designed to encourage research into the arts and material culture of the Pacific Islands. Preference will be given to self contained projects that address the Australian Museum's interests and focus on the Museum's collections.

The Leo Fleischmann Visiting Fellowship can be awarded in conjunction with one of the other Australian Museum Fellowships but a separate application is required.

The value of the Fellowship is approximately $2500 as a grant-in-aid for the approved research project. This may be used as a contribution toward living costs (up to $770 per week), travel, purchase of essential research materials, and field costs.

National Library of Australia – Harold White Fellowships website
External Closing Date: 30 April 2011

The fellowships scheme aims to promote the Library as a centre of scholarly activity and research, encourage scholarly and literary use of the Library’s collections and production of publications arising from that scholarship, and to promote the Library’s rich and varied collections. 

Four to seven fellowships, of periods from three to six months, are awarded annually.

Fellowships are open to established Australian and international researchers and creative writers in any discipline in which the Library has strong collections. Successful applicants are generally senior scholars or writers with a strong publication track record, including publication of full length monographs. Fellowships are not intended for post-doctoral or early career researchers.

Fellowships are awarded once only to each individual; subsequent applications from previous recipients will not be considered.

National Library of Australia – Japan Fellowships website
External Closing Date: 30 April 2011

The National Library of Australia offers an annual fellowship to researchers in Japanese studies.

The Japan Fellowship aims to promote the National Library’s collections as a national resource for the study of Asia. The Fellowship is intended to encourage research based on the Japanese collections and the production of publications based on them. 

The Fellowship is open to established Australian and international researchers in Japanese studies. Fellowships are not intended for post-doctoral or early career researchers.

Fellowships are awarded once only to each individual; subsequent applications from previous recipients will not be considered.

National Library of Australia – Minerals Council of Australia Fellowship website
External Closing Date: 30 April 2011

The Minerals Council of Australia Fellowship aims to encourage use of the Library's collections to explore the historic or contemporary roles of the Australian minerals industry in Australian society. Areas of possible research include, but are not limited to: investigations into any aspect of Australian mining; understandings of past or current landscape and environmental practices; the sector's research and development in environmental rehabilitation; the interaction between environmental practices and relationships with communities; relationships with other industry sectors engaged in environmental management; and the ways in which minerals industry environmental research is disseminated to national and international stakeholders.

Fellowships are open to established Australian and international researchers in relevant disciplines. Post-doctoral and early career researchers are welcome to apply.  

Fellowships are awarded once only to each individual; subsequent applications from previous recipients will not be considered.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Fellowship Title Closing Date
188 Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851 – Research Fellowships in Science and Engineering 17 February 2011

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Hansen-Wissenschaftskolleg (HWK) - Europe Fellowships 17 February 2011
191 The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities – Visiting Research Fellowships 25 February 2011
189 The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust – 2011 Churchill Fellowships 28 February 2011
190 International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID)/European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID) – Fellowships 1 March 2011
180 United States National Gallery of Art – Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Visiting Senior Fellowship Program 2011 – 2012 10 March 2011
190 The C. V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience and the John Carter Brown Library – Hodson Trust – John Carter Brown Fellowship 15 March 2011
190 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute – Short-term Fellowships - Round One 15 March 2011
190 Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) – Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology Resident Scholar Program 15 March 2011
190 Smithsonian Institution Libraries (SIL) – Baird Society Resident Program 15 March 2011
191 South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI) – A W Howard Memorial Trust Inc A W Howard Memorial Fellowship 15 March 2011
191 Australian European University Institute Fellowships Association Inc. (AEUIFAI) – Australian European University Institute Fellowships 15 March 2011
180 European University Institute (EUI) – Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowships 21 March 2011
190 Cancer Research Institute – Postdoctoral Fellowship - Round One 23 March 2011
191 Cancer Council Victoria – Postdoctoral Fellowships - Round One 24 March 2011
191 Heart Foundation – Postdoctoral Fellowships 5 April 2011
191 Heart Foundation – Career Development Fellowships 5 April 2011
191 Heart Foundation – Overseas Research Fellowships 5 April 2011
190 Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute – Short-term Fellowships - Round Two 15 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

Alzheimer’s Australia Research (AAR) – Rosemary Foundation Travel Grant website
Internal Closing Date: 6 April 2011

The Rosemary Foundation Travel Grant is designed to assist clinicians or researchers to travel overseas and learn new techniques and/or network with well known international research teams at a hospital or university outside Australia. The grant is valued up to $15,000 (exclusive of GST). The study period should be approximately one month and the applicant must undertake to return to a position in Australia for at least one year after completion of the award.

The principal investigator must not be of Associate Professor or Professor level or higher. The applicant should have a degree in a discipline relevant to the field of dementia, and should be associated with an institute of higher learning which will be willing to be the auspicing body.

The applicant cannot have received a travel grant from AAR in the past. The applicant must not be a recipient of an AAR administered postdoctoral fellowship. Recipients of AAR administered research grants and postgraduate scholarships are still eligible to apply however.

Please note applicants are entitled to apply only once in each of the categories of the Dementia grants program.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Travel Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011
Please note the internal deadlines for the next two rounds are 13 July and 12 October 2011.

JDRF offers travel grants to early-stage researchers throughout Australia in order to strengthen the knowledge of type 1 diabetes amongst the research community. The Early-Stage Scientist Research Travel Grants and The Allied Health and Nursing Travel Grants are funded by the Macquarie Group Foundation as part of their partnership with JDRF.

JDRF invites applications from early-stage researchers for grants of up to $2,000 for domestic travel or $4,000 for international travel to research institutions or scientific meetings, for the purpose of furthering the researcher's expertise in the study of type 1 diabetes.

Eligible candidates are: medical or science graduates who are undertaking type 1 diabetes research; researchers in the early stage of their career (eg PhD students or not more than five years post-doctoral); allied health or nursing professionals undertaking work or research impacting on the lives of people with type 1 diabetes and their carers and families; and, allied health or nursing students, enrolled in a postgraduate program, whose work/research will impact on the lives of people with type 1 diabetes and their carers and families.

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

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Travel Grant Title Closing Date
189 The CASS Foundation – Travel Grants 17 February 2011
178 Cass Foundation - Postdoctoral Travel Grants for Early Career Researchers Round 2 17 February 2011
191 The CASS Foundation – Travel Grants - Round One 17 February 2011
191 South Australian Research & Development Institute (SARDI) – A W Howard Memorial Trust Inc Travel Grants 15 March 2011
191 Heart Foundation – Travel Grants - Round One 29 March 2011
191 Heart Foundation – Travel Grants - Round Two 2 August 2011
191 The CASS Foundation – Travel Grants - Round Two 10 August 2011




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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

Victorian Cancer Agency – Palliative and Support Care Scholarships website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011

Victorian Cancer Agency Palliative and Supportive Care Research Scholarships are aimed at increasing the pool of experienced researchers that are able to conduct high quality research into supportive care, palliative care, and survivorship – leading to immediate patient benefit.

Postgraduate research scholarships are available to individuals working in supportive care, palliative care, and survivorship in the cancer field, wishing to undertake a full-time PhD or Master’s by research project related to their clinical area.

Applicants should have a defined research project, evidence of organisational support for the project, and, if applicable, evidence of release from clinical commitments to undertake research.

Postgraduate students already undertaking or wishing to undertake a full or part-time PhD or Master’s by research project in palliative care, supportive care or survivorship are encouraged to apply. It is expected that applicants will be mentored and supervised at the administering organisation by an individual with research experience.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Scholarship Closing Date
189 Medical Advances Without Animals (MAWA) – MAWA Trust Honours Research Scholarships 15 February 2011
191 Dan David Foundation – Scholarships 18 February 2011
190 Arrow Bone Marrow Transplant Foundation – Hawkesbury Canoe Classic PhD Scholarship 16 March 2011
184 Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) – Postgraduate Student Top-up Scholarships 20 April 2011




v Prizes & Awards

New Prize & Award Opportunities

March of Dimes – Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award website
Internal Closing Date: 4 March 2011

March of Dimes’ research investments are vital to its mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth, and infant morality.

This award is designed to support young scientists just embarking on their independent research careers and is limited, therefore, to those holding recent faculty appointments. The applicants’ research interests should be consonant with those of the Foundation.

Basil O’Connor applicants may not be recipients of a major grant (e.g. an RO1, or other grant exceeding US$200,000 a year) at the time of the application. Candidates may not simultaneously submit an application for any other March of Dimes research program. Those who have previously submitted an application to the March of Dimes are not eligible for a Basil O’Connor Award, but may apply for a regular research grant.

Clive & Vera Ramaciotti Foundation – Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award Expressions of Interest website
Internal Closing Date: 8 March 2011

This one million dollar grant is awarded every two years to a group or individual undertaking biomedical research within universities, public hospitals, medical research institutes or other similar organisations.

The award funds projects including personnel, equipment, major infrastructure improvements or new laboratories that help an existing, well-funded program of research or enable a major new program to begin. Traditionally, it funds a need that would not attract funding elsewhere.

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

Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation (BGRF) – Young Researcher of the Year Award Expressions of Interest
Internal Closing Date: 18 March 2011

Nominations for this prize, offered for the first time in 2010, are now open for 2011. This prize is awarded annually to the young researcher of the year in the fields of neuroscience or palliative care. It is intended to provide recognition and encouragement to mid-career scientists within five years of receiving a PhD.

The Prize includes a plaque and a cheque for $5,000 for research related travel, to be administered through the appropriate institution.

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

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

2011 National Drug and Alcohol Awards website
External Closing Date: 1 April 2011

Many exceptional people in exceptional organisations work to prevent and reduce alcohol and other drugs (AOD) use and associated harm in Australia, yet they are often the forgotten achievers who receive little recognition. The National Drug and Alcohol Awards (NDAA) incorporate a range of Award Categories, reflecting the diversity of the AOD sector.

Nominators can only nominate an individual, service or program in one category except for when an individual has been nominated in a particular category and the Prime Ministers Award for Excellence.

Group and individual nominations will be accepted for: Excellence in research, Excellence in law enforcement, Excellence in alcohol and drug media reporting, and the Prime Ministers award only.

Groups and individuals (where accepted) are eligible to nominate several projects for the same award. However please note that groups and individuals (where accepted) are eligible to nominate their project for one award only. Nominees must agree to be nominated.

Brandeis University – Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize website
External Closing Date: 15 April 2011

Recipients of the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize will have produced a body of published work that reflects scholarly excellence and a lasting contribution to racial, ethnic, and/or religious relations anywhere in the world.

To be considered for the Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize, candidates must be formally nominated. Self nominations are not accepted.

University of Louisville – Grawemeyer Award in Education website
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 30 April 2011

The purpose of the Grawemeyer Award in Education is to stimulate the dissemination, public scrutiny, and implementation of ideas that have potential to bring about significant improvement in educational practice and advances in educational attainment. The award is intended not only to reward the individuals responsible, but also to draw attention to their ideas, proposals or achievements. The award is designed to recognise a specific recent achievement rather than a lifetime of accomplishment.

Ideas eligible for nomination may have an individual author or authors. The competition does not limit the format in which the idea or achievement appears. Consideration will be given to printed books, articles appearing in scholarly journals, technological advances, software, research reports, conference presentations or other widely and publicly disseminated forms. Consistent with the intent of H. Charles Grawemeyer, the award is not given posthumously.

Please note self-nomination is not allowed. Ideas or achievements must have been presented or published in the recent past.

Australian Museum – Eureka Prizes website
External Closing Date: 6 May 2011

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are a unique partnership between government organisations, institutions, companies, and individuals committed to celebrating the vitality, originality, and excellence of Australian science.

Presented annually by the Australian Museum, the prizes reward excellence in the fields of:

  • research & innovation
  • science leadership
  • school science
  • science journalism & communication.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Prize or Award Title Closing Date
191 2011 Premier’s Award for Health and Medical Research 14 March 2011
191 International Balzan Prize Foundation - 2011 Balzan Prizes 15 March 2011
189 The Electrochemical Society (ECS) – Battery Division Student Research Award 15 March 2011
189 Australian Academy of Science – 2011 National Museum of Australia Student Prize for History of Australian Science or Australian Environmental History 25 March 2011
190 Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)-IEEE Computer Society – Eckert Mauchly Award 30 March 2011
189 The Tech Awards – Tech Awards 2011 31 March 2011
190 The Royal Society of Victoria – Medical for Scientific Research 2011 31 March 2011
191 The Electrochemical Society – Electrodeposition Revision Research Award 1 April 2011
191 Australian National Maritime Museum (ANMM) & Australian Association for Maritime History (AAMH) – 2011 Frank Broeze Memorial Maritime History Book Prize 1 April 2011




v Ethics

New Ethics Announcements

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



v Swinburne Research Student News

Research Higher Degrees Training

The Office of Graduate Studies offers a variety of training sessions for postgraduate research students, providing information and guidance throughout their candidature. Register on-line for the following sessions:

PREP – Induction

The Graduate studies team welcomes new researchers to the Swinburne research community.  The session will provide information about Policy and Procedures; University services; what to expect in terms of a research degree journey; as well as IP and research ethics.

Date: Tuesday 8 March 2011
Presenters:
Prof. Pam Green, Prof. John Bowden

PREP - What Is Research?

This practical session will focus on what counts as research and enable students to examine their research questions in terms of currency, relevance and clarity.

Date: Tuesday 15 March 2011
Presenters: Prof. Pam Green, Prof. John Bowden

PREP - Qualitative Research – What Is It?

The session will provide an overview of qualitative approaches to research – Theoretical perspectives, methodologies and methods will be considered.

Date: Tuesday 15 March 2011
Presenters: Prof. Pam Green, Prof. John Bowden

PREP – Managing Your Supervisor

The session will focus on ways of working with your supervisors including managing expectations, planning, feedback, and moving towards completion.

Date: Tuesday 22 March 2011
Presenters: Prof. Pam Green, Prof. John Bowden

PREP – Qualitative Research Approaches: Case Study, Phenomenography, Naturalistic Inquiry

This session will also focus on 3 qualitative research methods: case study work, phenomenography and naturalistic inquiry. Key processes within each method, such as sampling, data collection techniques, modes of analysis and means of representing data will be discussed.

Date: Tuesday 22 March 2011
Presenters: Prof. Pam Green, Prof. John Bowden

v Seminars

New Seminar Information

Host:
The Environment and Biotechnology Research Centre
Title:
Energetic Materials Research at LMU Munich
Presenter
Professor Tom M Klapötke, Chair of Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Date & Time:
17th February 2011, 11:30 am
Location:
AS404 Hawthorn Campus Map
RSVP:
Not Required

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

2011 Particle Accelerator Conference (PAC’11)
New York Marriott Marquis Hotel, New York City, USA, 28 March – 1 April 2011 website

This conference is the latest in the highly successful series of Particle Accelerator Conferences (PAC) and also the first regional North American PAC organised to attract accelerator scientists, engineers, students, and industrial exhibitors interested in every aspect of the science and technology of particle accelerators.

PAC’11 is hosted by Brookhaven National Laboratory, and jointly sponsored by the IEEE Nuclear & Plasma Sciences Society and the APS Division of Physics of Beams. The Scientific Program Committee is developing a dynamic and stimulating program covering all topics relevant to the community.

Australian Health Promotion Association (AHPA) 20th National Conference
Cairns Convention Centre, Cairns, Queensland, 10 – 13 April 2011 website
External registration deadline: 11 March 2011

The focus of the conference will be on the determinants of health, with a strong emphasis on the social determinants of health along with solutions to strengthen action to address them.

The conference will contribute to the challenge of the need to tackle the leading causes of ill-health at their roots, going beyond encouraging individuals to change their behaviour, by bringing together people from many disciplines and sectors working in health promotion, population health, and related sectors. A broad and diverse group of attendees are expected: academics, policy makers, government and community representatives involved in, for example, justice, education, urban planning, human, and community services, as well as students from health, education, environmental, and social service related fields.

Crystal 27 Conference 2011
Millennium Hotel, Rotorua, New Zealand, 27 – 30 April 2011 website
External abstract submission deadline: 21 March 2011

Crystal 27 is the 27th meeting of the Society of Crystallographers in Australia and New Zealand (SCANZ). SCANZ developed out of an informal series of meetings whose participants came to be known as ‘The Bush Crystallographers.’ The meetings have been very important to the development of crystallography in Australia and New Zealand.

Crystallography has never been so vibrant in Australia and New Zealand as it is today, with applications in biology, chemistry, and new materials. The conference should offer a diverse and exciting program across these fields, with all the advantages of cross-fertilisation and informality that a meeting of this size brings. Look for some superb international speakers, as well as excellent opportunities for emerging young researchers to present their work and get to know each other and meet the leaders in their fields. For sponsors and delegates alike the venue is well set up for maximum interaction.

International Conference on Structural Genomics
89 Chestnut Conference Centre, Toronto, Canada, 10 – 14 May 2011 website
Rapid external abstract submission deadline: 28 February 2011
Rapid external early bird registration deadline: 28 February 2011

Structural Genomics is making tremendous contributions to many areas of biological research including: new methods and strategies for structural biology and rational drug design, advances in the understanding of molecular evolution, biological signalling, enzyme catalysis, and the mechanisms and treatment of infectious and genetic diseases. This meeting is designed to serve as a forum to discuss the most recent developments in Structural Genomics and its impact on research in biology, medicine, and disease.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Impact of Structural Genomics on Infectious Disease Research
  • Advances in protein expression, purification, crystallography, and NMR
  • Structure Enabled Systems Biology and Signalling Networks
  • Structural Genomics of Integral Membrane Proteins
  • Computational and Integrated Approaches to Structure and Function
  • Hybrid Methods and Macromolecular Complexes
  • Structural Genomics and Drug Discovery

European Conference on Artificial Life (ECAL) 2011: Back to the Origins of Artificial Life
Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Paris, France, 8 – 12 August 2011 website
External abstract and paper submission deadline: 6 April 2011
External early bird registration deadline: 6 April 2011

ECAL 2011 will leverage the remarkable development of biological modelling and extend the topics of Artificial Life to the fundamental properties of living organisms: their multi-scale pattern-forming morphodynamics, their autopoiesis, robustness, capacity to self-repair, cognitive capacities, and co-adaptation at all levels, including ecological ones. ECAL 2011 will bring together a large interdisciplinary community of biologists, computer scientists, physicists, and mathematicians. It will invite them to reflect on how traditional boundaries between disciplines have become blurred, and to revisit in depth what constitutes ‘life.’

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: