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The Swinburne Research Bulletin

Issue No. 193 - 1 March 2011


v Special Announcements

ARC

ARC 2012 Discovery Projects and Swinburne Research Grants team priorities

The Grants team at Swinburne Research is currently experiencing a heavy workload due to the flow on effects arising from the introduction of new guidelines for ARC schemes and problems with the NHMRC's Research Grants Management System which has had the effect of changing closing dates for their Projects round.  We wish to advise that 2012 ARC Discovery Project applications and other granting body submissions will be given priority and responses to other queries may take longer than usual. We apologise for any delays.

Future Fellowships Eligibility Exemption Requests - due SR 4 March 2011 website

A reminder that 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:

  • periods of approved maternity/parental/carers leave;
  • greater than three months of unemployment;
  • part-time academic employment, where the part-time position is the Future Fellowship Candidate’s sole source of employment; and/or
  • 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.

One-on-one ARC DECRA and Future Fellowship consultations with Alan Johnson

Alan Johnson will be visiting SUT (Hawthorn campus) on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 March, for one-on-one consultations with researchers intending to apply for a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) or Future Fellowship (FT).

Researchers who would like to make an appointment to discuss their impending DECRA or FT applications with Alan should:

1. Contact Sally Fried at sfried@swin.edu.au or x8145 to make an appointment.

2. Prepare a research opportunity and performance evidence (ROPE) section, which will ultimately be included in the application, in what we expect to be a similar format (note, DECRAs may be slightly different). Guidelines for the ROPE section can be obtained from Sally Fried and completed ROPEs should be emailed to Sally Fried by Monday 7 March, to allow Alan's review prior to the consultation.

ARC DECRA Funding Rules now available - internal due date 9 am 28 April 2011

The DECRA Funding Rules have been released by the ARC and are available from http://www.arc.gov.au/ncgp/decra/fundingrules.htm.  Potential applicants are advised to read these Funding Rules thoroughly. Please note the internal due date above. Applications in RMS will not open until the Instructions to Applicants are released. A Swinburne Research web page for the DECRA scheme will link from this page http://www.research.swinburne.edu.au/researchers/research_funding/australian-research-council/ shortly. Information will be added to this page as it is released by the ARC.

Slides now available from Alan Johnson's ARC DP and DECRA seminars

Slides from Alan Johnson's DP and DECRA seminars of 15 February 2011 are now available on the SUT DP web page. Access is for Swinburne staff only and requires the input of your 7 digit OPAX UserID and Password.

NHMRC

NMHRC Project Grants Update

The external deadline for NMHRC Project Grants has been extended until 5 April 2011, from the original deadline of 8 March 2011.

The Swinburne Research Internal Deadline for this scheme is now Tuesday 22 March 2011. Applications must be certified by CIs and submitted by this date on RGMS to Swinburne Research.

The NHMRC have released the following guidance regarding the Project Grant Scheme:

  1. Only Project Grant applications commenced in RGMS by the original closing date of 8 March will be accepted
  2. These applications must contain the minimum data requirements that will allow NHMRC to proceed with allocating applications to panels and external reviewers
  3. RAOs will be asked to confirm which applications from their institution within RGMS (as at 8 March) are expected to be submitted to NHMRC

These arrangements will allow NHMRC to continue with the peer review aspects of Project Grant applications ahead of the revised closing date.

NHMRC Research Grants Administration System (RGMS)

The CEO of the NHMRC has issued a series of communiqués about the status of RGMS and the NHMRC’s response to the issues. The communiqués have been sent to all RGMS users. For further information please visit the NHMRC website

NHMRC Program Grants: pre-opening announcement

Applications for NHMRC Program Grants for funding commencing in 2013 will open on 9 March 2011 and close at 5pm AEST on 1 June 2011. All applications should be submitted electronically using NHMRC’s Research Grants Management System. The SUT internal deadline is 11 May 2011.

NHMRC TRIP Fellowships: information sessions for applicants

Information sessions via teleconference about the TRIP Fellowships will be held on 28 February and 2 March. To register your interest in participating in one of the teleconferences, please visit the NHMRC website.

Other News

Arthritis Victoria – ARC Linkage Projects Industry Partner/NHMRC Project Grants Partnership Expressions of Interest website

Arthritis Victoria is the peak consumer organisation in Victoria for people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, offering a range of services and programs for consumers and health professionals.

In the last year, Arthritis Victoria observed an increasing number of opportunities for collaborative research and development projects between higher education organisations and industry organisations. As an eligible Partner Organisation, Arthritis Victoria welcomes Expressions of Interest (EOI) from eligible organisations applying for the following grants:

  • Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects; or
  • National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership Projects

As an eligible Partner Organisation, Arthritis Victoria is interested in being an industry partner for projects that support health promotion, public health research, and health services research.

Expressions of Interest are due with Arthritis Victoria 18 March 2011.

VicHealth – 14th CRC Selection Round Industry Partner Expressions of Interest website

The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth) is inviting expressions of interest from organisations planning on applying for a CRC Partnership Grant in July 2011 who wish to have VicHealth represented as an industry partner in their application. Expressions of Interest are due with VicHealth 20 March 2011.

Library Research News

Have your say on the ERA ranked journal lists

The results of ERA 2010 are now available, and Swinburne is already preparing for ERA 2012. While many requirements for the next ERA are uncertain, lists of ranked journals and conferences will continue to play a significant role in the process. So it’s important that you have your say about which journals are relevant to your discipline, and make sure their rankings and classifications accurately reflect their standing in the field. The ranked journal and conference lists prepared for ERA 2010 are currently under review, and we encourage you to contribute to the consultation process. Journal rankings are important to all discipline clusters, and conference papers might also be eligible from engineering, ICT, and built environment and design.

You’ll need to register with the ARC’s review system to comment on Field of Research (FoR) code assignment; provide feedback on A*, A, B and C rankings; suggest deletion or amendment of journal or conference listings; or to recommend any new journals. It’s also a good idea to encourage your colleagues within and outside Swinburne to contribute to the review---more requests for amendments will suggest a stronger need for change.

The Library has provided a brief video to help you navigate the process. If you have any issues or difficulties navigating the system, you are welcome to contact Swinburne Research ( era@swin.edu.au) for further assistance.

But hurry! You only have until Monday 21 March at 8am to submit requests for new journals and conferences. To comment on journals and conferences already on the ERA 2010 list, visit https://roci.arc.gov.au/ before Monday 04 April at 8am. The final ranked journal and conference lists for ERA 2012 will be available in September 2011.

Online publishing services at Swinburne Library

You can already access over 60000 journals across a range of disciplines through Swinburne Library. But did you know that the Library also publishes journals and conference proceedings for Swinburne researchers? There are currently six peer-reviewed journals published at Swinburne or with a strong Swinburne involvement, and three of these are published by the Library using the Open Journal Systems platform.

The E-Journal of Applied Psychology is edited by the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences and now in its seventh year of publication. The journal focuses on clinical and social issues in applied psychology and was recently accepted for indexing in PsychINFO, the American Psychological Association’s abstracting and indexing service. The Library’s second journal is settler colonial studies, a brand new publication edited by Swinburne’s Institute for Social Research. The journal published its first issue last week with the aim of consolidating scholarship in the emerging field of settler colonialism. You can read the editor’s introduction to the first issue here. The journal’s development is supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Project (DP0986984).

Yesterday the Library launched the first issue of the Telecommunications Journal of Australia under the Swinburne banner. The journal is in its 76th year and was previously published by Monash University ePress. The February 2011 issue looks at innovative broadband solutions and customer protection and features an interview with Malcolm Turnbull. TJA is the official journal of the Telecommunications Society of Australia (a special interest group of the Australian Computer Society) and regularly publishes work by Swinburne researchers. The fourth issue this year will be guest-edited by Swinburne's own Trevor Barr. Most articles are only available to subscribers at the time of publication but free after 12 months. You have immediate access all issues through Swinburne Library.

Swinburne Library also hosts papers from a number of open access online conference proceedings, including the annual Regional Frontiers of Entrepreneurship conferences and the High Temperature Processing Symposium. For the Cumulus 38° South conference, the Library also assisted with peer review workflow management in addition to creating and hosting the conference website.

Thinking about starting a journal or hosting a conference? Contact Rebecca Parker (rparker@swin.edu.au) for advice on publishing, copyright issues and technical support.


v ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

New ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

ARC DECRA Funding Rules now available - internal due date 9 am 28 April 2011

 The DECRA Funding Rules have been released by the ARC and are available from http://www.arc.gov.au/ncgp/decra/fundingrules.htm

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
190 NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence now open 4 March 2011
192 2011 ARC Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding in 2011 - Eligibility Exemption Requests due via RMS 4 March 2011
192 2011 ARC Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding in 2011 - Internal deadline for complete drafts 30 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

Australian Nuclear and Science Technology Organisation (ANSTO) – Access to Major Research Facilities Program (AMRFP) website
Internal Closing Date: Ongoing

The Access to Major Research Facilities Program (AMRFP) supports access by Australian researchers from industry, private and public research organisations, and universities to major international research facilities that are not available in Australia or to attend overseas strategic planning meetings to secure access to a major research facility. Collaboration visits will not be supported unless time has already been granted at an eligible facility.

Two six-month funding rounds are held each year (in January-June and July-December). In each round:
AM-1: Applications that meet the application conditions are approved and funded in chronological order of receipt until a set portion of the funds for a funding round have been committed. Approximately 5/6 of the total funds for a round are devoted to AM-1.
AM-2: Applications that meet the application conditions (including funding) that are received after the funds for the funding round (AM-1) have been committed, are ranked and approved at the end of the round until the total remaining funds for the round and unused funds from previous rounds are committed. Key dates are 1 May for January-June and 1 November for July-December. Approximately 1/6 of the total funds for a round are devoted to AM-2. Applications are ranked according to the following criteria:

  • Applications that form a critical part of a graduate thesis
  • Applications from early career researchers
  • Applicants that did not apply for funding in previous funding round
  • Chronological receipt date of application

Please note applicants are only permitted two applications in a financial year and researchers may only participate in a maximum of two trips per financial year. Support will only be provided for one strategic planning meeting prior to or between accessing a major research facility.

John and Anna Woods Memorial Fund – Grants website
Internal Closing Date: Ongoing

The purpose of the Fund is to apply funds towards the welfare of Aboriginal children under the age of eighteen years. Income from the fund is applied for the welfare of Aboriginal children in many ways including grants for medical research into diseases affecting Aboriginal children.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) – Australia-India Council (AIC) grants website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 3 March 2011

The Australia-India Council (AIC) welcomes funding applications from individuals and organisations in Australia for projects which are likely to promote long-term contact and cooperation between Australia and India. AIC grants are intended to provide seed funds for innovative proposals relevant to the mission and goals of the Council.
The Council gives priority to projects in the following areas:

  • The Arts (including literature and film)
  • Education
  • Social initiatives (including public health and sport)
  • Science/Technology/Environment
  • Public Policy Activities (including media links)

The Council will also consider applications for funding support for a limited number of projects and activities in other areas consistent with Council objectives.

The activity should be a worthwhile initiative that will contribute to the AIC's objectives of promoting a broader and deeper relationship between Australia and India. Preference will be given to projects that showcase Australian excellence to influential Indian audiences or which expose Indian opinion-makers to the best of Australia.

auDA Foundation – Grants website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 9 March 2011

The auDA Foundation aims to enhance the utility of the Internet for all Australians. The Foundation typically offers grants in the range of $5,000 to $20,000 to not-for-profit organisations and research institutions.
Financial support is provided to proposals that will satisfy the objectives of the auDA Foundation Charter. Priority is given to those proposals that will be completed within 12 months of the date of the grant.

The auDA Foundation Board is keen to see new submissions that will achieve practical outcomes through innovative means. All proposals must, as per the Foundation Charter, deliver education or research activities that will enhance the utility of the Internet. Within the Charter's broad outline, however, many different types of projects might receive funding including scholarships for PhD students.

Student applicants must provide proof of enrolment in an undergraduate or postgraduate degree course at an Australian university.  Individuals who are not students are not eligible to apply for funding. They can however, submit an application that is sponsored and authorised by an eligible organisation.

Applicants may submit more that one proposal. However, the Board is unlikely to fund more than one proposal per applicant. There are no restrictions on unsuccessful applicants submitting new applications.

The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) – Research Proposals on the financial sustainability of UK charities Expressions of Interest website
Rapid Internal Closing Date: 10 March 2011

For charity trustees, an understanding of the nature and extent of a charity’s accounting reserves is essential to understanding its financial health, to identify threats to its ability to continue as a going concern, and to developing financial plans to support the delivery of its objectives. Today’s economic environment presents the charity sector with major challenges. Do trustees have sufficient understanding of charity finances to make informed decisions about their charities’ activities? Also, how do funders’ understanding of charity reserves impact on their funding decisions? Research proposals are invited to consider this issue.

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRLEP) – Small Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 17 March 2011

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRLEP) aims to document endangered languages, train language documenters, preserve and disseminate documentation materials, and support endangered languages.

Small grants are available to support a variety of documentation activities for endangered languages. The maximum grant is £10,000. Small grants can be used for a range of purposes, such as to carry out fieldwork, develop a pilot project, and complete a project already begun or other documentation related goals.

Applications may be submitted for the purposes of assessing and demonstrating the feasibility of a larger project or to undertake preliminary or supplementary research to prepare for, or to advance, the documentation of the endangered language. Small Grant projects last for six to 12 months; field trips are normally involved.

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRLEP) – Major Documentation Project grants website
Internal Closing Date: 17 March 2011

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRLEP) aims to document endangered languages, train language documenters, preserve and disseminate documentation materials, and support endangered languages.

Major Documentation Project is the name for any project over £10,000 which is not targeted to a specific career stage. The average award for a Major Documentation Project in 2009 was £95,000, but the panel welcomes more modest requests.

Applicants for multi-person Major Documentation Projects must have a proven track record in language documentation and linguistic analysis and have demonstrated the skills to manage such a project. The panel will expect to see evidence of positive outcomes of previous grants, including accessible archived data and previous research.

Major Documentation Projects could involve a number of elements including fieldwork, salary costs of researchers, and stipend costs of graduate students (while engaged in the field and processing work) whose doctoral research will contribute to the project as a whole. Support for between six and 36 months may be requested and there is a cap of £150,000.

Applicants should be researchers with qualifications in linguistics and experience in linguistic fieldwork (including suitably qualified graduate students). Projects may be undertaken by teams or individuals. Applications from established principal investigators are welcomed.

Australian Academy of Science – Australia-Korea Early Career S & T Researchers Program 2011 website
External Closing Date: 18 March 2011

The Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF), the Australian Academy of Science, the National Research Foundation of Korea, and the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering invite applications for their Early Career Science and Technology Researchers (ECR) program. The ECR program has been created to enhance Australia-Korea links in science and technology.
This program aims to:

  • Enable active Australian early career researchers (up to and around 40 years of age) to visit Korea in order to raise and awareness of, and interest in, Australian research experience in Korea
  • Provide Australian participants with the opportunity to access equipment, knowledge, and skills not available in Australia; facilitate the development and strengthening of personal research networks; investigate institutional cooperative opportunities, and explore possibilities for shared research infrastructure in both countries

The ECR program supports researchers who have recently completed postgraduate research qualifications and are currently employed in research or academic positions. The successful applicants will have had international exposure, be well published, and keen to develop links with Korea. If successful in their application, the visiting researcher is expected to:

  • Travel to Korea for a two week period between 16 and 27 May 2011;
  • Participate in a telephone-conference orientation session before departure from Australia; and
  • Attend a debriefing session in Seoul on 27 May 2011

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research - Australian Space Research Program Round 4 grants website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011

The Australian Space Research Program will provide $40 million over four years through a competitive merit-based grants program to support space-related research, education, and innovation activities.
The following areas have been identified as being of strategic priority under the program:

  • Earth observation
  • Satellite communications
  • Position, navigation, and timing
  • Space situational awareness
  • Excellence
  • Collocation between industry and universities
  • International collaboration (for Stream B projects)

Stream A – Space Education Development grants support student projects and education activities, including international education opportunities and the establishment of national space education programs and centres of expertise for space education. To qualify for Stream A, a project or educational activity must be student-focused and involve space-related activities. Stream A provides grants of between $200,000 and one million dollars (excluding GST) for projects of up to three years in duration.

Stream B – Space Science and Innovation Project grants support collaborative space research and innovation projects involving the development of Australia’s niche space capability in areas of strategic national priority. International collaboration is encouraged. To qualify for Stream B, a project must involve space-related activities. Stream B provides grants of between one million and five million dollars (excluding GST) for projects of up to three years duration.

Applicants must submit only one application for each project. An applicant, though, may submit a number of different applications provided that each is for a different project. If an application is ineligible or unsuccessful in a particular grant round, the applicant may submit a new application for the same or similar project to a subsequent round. This should incorporate new or additional information (as relevant) to demonstrate eligibility or strengthen claims against the merit criteria.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Biomarkers for the Diagnosis of Tuberculosis Letters of Inquiry website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011

The goal of this program is to test biomarkers to enable characterisation and validation of markers for diagnosing tuberculosis (TB). Projects that will be considered for funding will investigate specific biomarkers for which there exists a preliminary base of evidence, but for which additional data is required to determine utility for diagnosis. This can include biomarkers where the hypothesis derives from novel biological concepts in pathogen (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) or host biology, and/or promising methods or concepts from other research areas applied to TB using a rational approach.

For the purposes of this program, the Foundation will only consider the investigation of biomarkers for which there is a clear hypothesis that measurement or detection of the specific biomarker is linked to the presence of TB; it will not consider unbiased biomarker discovery efforts.

Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) – Research Call on Climate Compatible Development website
Internal Closing Date: 22 March 2011

The objective of this Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) January 2011 international research call is to contribute to the understanding and implementation of climate compatible development in developing countries, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

Proposals submitted under the CDKN research call should address:  Research Theme 1: Climate Compatible Development and/or Research Theme 2: Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Compatible Development.

The institutions undertaking research should represent more than one country, with at least one developing country based partner taking a significant role in the research. Each proposal must be submitted as a joint proposal with a minimum of two eligible institutions, at least one of which must be from a developing country. Organisations which are located in developed countries may apply but should ensure that developing country researchers and research institutions play a significant role in their proposed projects.

Department of Health and Ageing – Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health website
Internal Closing Date: 28 March 2011

The Department of Health and Ageing is seeking tenders from capable and experienced organisations for the design and establishment of the Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health and commencement of the first wave of data collection. The Australian Longitudinal Study on Male Health was announced in 2010 with the release of the National Male Health Policy.

The development of the Study stems from priority area five of the Policy, which focuses on building a strong evidence base on male health to inform policies, programs, and initiatives. Over time, the Study will provide a national research resource of current and valid information on male health. The Study will examine the health and wellbeing of Australian males with a focus on the social, economic, environmental, and behavioural factors that affect the length and quality of life of Australian men and boys. Information from the Study will be used to inform policies and service provision.

Spencer Foundation – Strategic Initiatives Small Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 31 March 2011

Please note the internal closing date for the next round is 6 June 2011.

The Foundation’s Strategic Initiatives reflect its commitment to specific, measurable investigations that range from five to ten years.

Civic Learning and Civic Action
Data Use and Educational Improvement
Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice

PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time. Simultaneous submissions to Spencer from PIs and Co-PIs are discouraged due to this policy. Please note Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice proposals are accepted at any time. Please note there is an earlier internal deadline as the applications must be submitted via mail overseas.

Spencer Foundation – Areas of Inquiry Small Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 31 March 2011

Please note the internal closing date for the next round is 6 June 2011. The Foundation's research grants are organised under four areas of inquiry that identify broad topics it believes have fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement:

The Relation Between Education and Social Opportunity
Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Systems
Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources
Purposes and Values of Education

PIs and Co-PIs may only hold one active research grant from the Spencer Foundation at a time. Simultaneous submissions to Spencer from PIs and Co-PIs are discouraged due to this policy. Please note there is an earlier internal deadline as the applications must be submitted via mail overseas.

National Marfan Foundation (NMF) – Grant Program for Researchers with Faculty Appointments website
Internal Closing Date: 31 March 2011

The National Marfan Foundation (NMF) awards funds to support research related to the Marfan syndrome and related connective tissue disorders. The goal of this NMF Research Program is to advance research in this area and to identify methods for earlier diagnosis and improved therapies as well as to find an eventual cure. 

NMF is currently accepting proposals for basic and clinical research related to the Marfan syndrome and related tissue connective tissue disorders.  Each application should have the quality of an NIH proposal. The principal investigator must hold an MD, DO, PhD, ScD, DDS, DVM or equivalent degree.  The investigator must have proven ability to pursue independent research as evidenced by original research publications in peer-reviewed journals.

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) – MSI Grant Program website
Internal Closing Date: 31 March 2011

The International Dyslexia Association (IDA) announces a competitive grant program to stimulate scientific study investigating the value of multi-sensory instruction (MSI) in teaching reading, particularly to students at risk for academic failure or underachievement such as those with dyslexia. The MSI Grant Program will provide up to US$20,000 for one year for new educational, neuroscience, cognitive science or other research projects focused on this topic.
The main selection criteria for awards are (a) scientific rigour, and (b) potential to advance understanding of the value of multi-sensory elements in effective reading instruction (i.e., evidence-based instruction that explicitly addresses multiple components of oral and written language in an integrated, systematic, and cumulative manner.) This grant program will not fund studies that explicitly investigate the multi-sensory instructional (MSI) methods of a particular program or approach, commercial or otherwise. Rather, IDA seek to fund studies that investigate how multi-sensory components (e.g., visual, auditory, kinesthetic, tactile) in various contexts and combinations do or do not enhance the learning of reading-related skills in various learner populations, including those with dyslexia. Please note there is an earlier internal deadline as the applications must be submitted via mail overseas.

Pfizer Australia – Neuroscience Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 4 April 2011

The Neuroscience Research Grants were established in 2002 to support and advance basic and clinical research in the fields of neuroscience including psychiatry, pain medicine, neurology, 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 involve clinical research or basic research involving humans. Research applications must be in the field of dementia, mood disorders or pain. 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. Therefore applications are open to medical graduates who have obtained, or are in the process of obtaining, specialist qualifications/doctorate and/or are currently in advanced training.

Applicants who are established researchers/professors/associate professors, or CIAs with any competitive grant of $50,000 or above, or are in receipt of a fellowship of $100,000 or more, are ineligible to apply. Applicants who have previously received funding from a Pfizer Research Grant are also ineligible to apply. Only one Neuroscience 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.

Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC) – Capacity Building Projects (CBP) Round 1 website
Internal Closing Date: 6 April 2011

Please note there are two rounds per year – the internal closing date for Round 2 is 24 August 2011.

Capacity Building Projects (CBP) are an initiative aimed at helping sugar industry people and organisations to build their capacity for leadership, learning and/or change by conducting a learning activity or through travel.
Activities might include conducting a seminar or workshop in applicants’ local areas and inviting guest presenters from other regions, other industries or the R&D community. Some activities might lay the groundwork for a later application for a research project. Travel might be to attend a workshop or conference or to visit another region or another industry. However by giving these examples the SRDC don’t want to limit applicants’ imaginations about what would be a suitable activity to enhance the capacity or skills of people or bring a benefit to the industry.

Project Management Institute (PMI) – Sponsored Research Proposals website
Internal Closing Date: 12 April 2011

Project Management Institute (PMI) is pleased to open its request for proposals for 2012 research funding. PMI’s Academic Resources Department annually solicits research proposals on any topic related to project, program or portfolio management with funding provided to selected recipients.

PMI is looking for proposals from scholars, both within and outside the field of project management, including management, organisational psychology, sociology of formal organisations, education, linguistics, and others.

Proposed research must have a direct application to any aspect of the project management body of knowledge or its practice. In addition, PMI encourages proposals on research involving multidisciplinary teams of investigators or teams consisting of academics and practitioners, who bring new ways of thinking and related bodies of literature to the field.

Applicants may submit no more than three proposals in a grant cycle. This rule holds irrespective of an author’s role on the project (i.e., principal investigator, co-investigator, researcher, consultant, etc.). A university/institutional department is eligible for only one grant in a funding cycle. Historical research will not be considered.

Diabetes Australia – Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART) Research Grants website
Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011

Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART)’s objective is to encourage young researchers, starting researchers off in a career in quality diabetes research.

DART Research Grants of up to $60,000 will be awarded for the highest ranked applications received. All applications are reviewed by three independent assessors. Only one application will be considered from each researcher.

DART Research Grants are intended to provide for basic, clinical or applied research within the following areas:

(i) Biochemistry, physiology, and pathology;
(ii) Nutrition;
(iii) Epidemiology;
(iv) Psychology;
(v) Education research;
(vi) Health care and delivery;
(vii) Complications, retinopathy, neuropathy, foot care

Researchers may apply for different DART awards. However, only one application from each researcher will be accepted for each award or grant.

The Ian Potter Foundation – Expressions of Interest website
Internal Closing Date for Expressions of Interest: 10 May 2011
Internal Closing Date for final applications: 19 May 2011

Please note the internal closing dates for the following round are 23 August 2011/1 September 2011 (Arts, Community Wellbeing, and Education). The Ian Potter Foundation is one of Australia's leading private philanthropic organisations. The Foundation has a track record of funding projects led by far sighted individuals and organisations that improve the Australian community's ability to respond creatively to social, environmental, science, and health issues, and that develop our capacity as a nation through the arts and education.

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

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

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

Researchers wishing to apply for 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.

Clive & Vera Ramaciotti Foundation – Establishment & Equipment Grants Expressions of Interest website
Internal Closing Date for Expressions of Interest: 10 May 2011
Internal Closing Date for final applications: 19 May 2011

These grants honour groups or individuals in universities, public hospitals or institutes undertaking biomedical research. These are awarded each year in two divisions – establishment and equipment. Establishment Grants provide financial support for emerging researchers, while Equipment Grants go toward the purchase of major pieces of equipment.

Establishment Grants are intended to provide short-term research support for young investigators who are taking or who have taken new positions in other institutions (as opposed to promotions within their current organisations). Establishment Grant applicants must not have more than five years’ post-doctoral experience as at 1 January 2011.

Equipment Grants are awarded for contributions for or toward the acquisition of major items of equipment. Equipment may be used on various projects by a number of investigators within a department or institution. Equipment Grant applicants must be either: a university or hospital – Head of Department in which the equipment is to be located or director of a research institute.

Please also note that as the Foundation will only accept one application for each type of grant per faculty, an earlier deadline has been set for expressions of interest. If there is more interest than the number of applications permits, the DVC(R) will make a strategic decision as to which should go forward.

Researchers wishing to apply for 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
192 EPA Victoria – HazWaste Fund Stage 1 Applications 2 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
192 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) grants 9 March 2011
192 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) grants 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
192

Pfizer Australia – Paediatric Endocrine Care Research Grants

18 March 2011
192 Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia-China Council Grants Expressions of Interest 21 March 2011
192 Alfred Felton Bequest – Small Grants 22 March 2011
192 Mazda Foundation – Grants 22 March 2011
189 Besen Family Foundation – Funding Round One 22 March 2011
180 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) – Research Grants for Doctoral Candidates, Young Academics and Scientists 22 March 2011
180 DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) – Research Stays for University Academics and Scientist 22 March 2011
192 Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (ATF) – Grants 22 March 2011
192 Victorian Cancer Agency – Early Career Seed Grants 22 March 2011
192 Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation (SWRRFI) – Grants Expressions of Interest 22 March 2011
192 Victorian Cancer Agency – Palliative and Support Care Capacity Building Grants 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
192 Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation (ROTRF) – Project Grants Letter of Intent 23 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
192 Pfizer Australia – Cancer 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
192 EPA Victoria – HazWaste Fund Stage 1 Applications 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
192 Pfizer Australia – Cardiovascular Lipid Research Grants 4 May 2011
192 Alzheimer’s Australia Research (AAR) – AAR Dementia Research Grants 6 April 2011
192 Alzheimer’s Australia Research (AAR) – Hazel Hawke Research Grants in Dementia Care 6 April 2011
192 March of Dimes – Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) Letters of Intent 6 April 2011
191 M.A. Ingram Trust – Grants 6 April 2011
192 Office of Naval Research - Human Social Cultural and Behavioral Sciences (HSBC) Applied Research and Advanced Technology Development White Papers 7 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
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
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
192 EPA Victoria – HazWaste Fund Stage 1 Applications 1 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
192 Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada – Canada Conference Grant Program 22 November 2011
190 Found Animals – Michelson Grants Letters of Intent Ongoing




v Fellowships

New Fellowship Opportunities

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRLEP) – Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 17 March 2011

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRLEP) aims to document endangered languages, train language documenters, preserve and disseminate documentation materials, and support endangered languages.

Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship applications are invited from individuals seeking their own support costs for up to two years duration. The average award for a 24 month Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2009 was £95,000. A typical grant award may include:

  • Postdoctoral salary costs*
  • Technical staff costs
  • Consultants
  • Equipment
  • Travel and subsistence

*The following are not eligible: maternity and sickness pay, salaries for established academic staff where research is an integral part of their existing salaried post (other than in exceptional cases), and top-up salaries for established academic staff (including funding of non-salaried vacation periods).

For the Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship grants, it is anticipated that all postdoctoral fellowship applicants will be academically junior and/or researchers at an early stage in their academic career, with qualifications in linguistics and experience in linguistic fieldwork; will propose projects that are undertaken by teams or individuals; and will have secured their PhD no more than five years prior to the proposed start date of this fellowship.

Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship awardees are required to hold their fellowship at an institution other than the institution where their PhD was awarded. Although Individual Postdoctoral Fellowships may fund team-based research, the primary grantee is the principal investigator; co-applicants are not allowed for Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship grants.

King’s College London – Australian Bicentennial Fellowships website
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 1 April 2011

Each year the Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships Trust invites applications from Australian postgraduate students or academic staff members for Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships tenable in the United Kingdom.

The objects of the scheme, as defined in the deed of Trust, are to ‘promote scholarship, intellectual links, and mutual awareness and understanding between the United Kingdom and Australia, in particular: a) to enable United Kingdom graduates to study in approved courses or undertake approved research in Australia; b) to enable Australian graduates to study in approved courses or undertake approved research in the United Kingdom; and c) to make allowance within the Scheme for disadvantaged persons.’

An applicant for a Fellowship should have a good postgraduate degree or equivalent experience, and should be seeking to further his/her education or professional experience but not through taking a further degree.

Candidates may be in any discipline (commonly in the humanities, creative arts, education, law, social and physical sciences, engineering, and medicine), but they must demonstrate that there are special scholarly or practical advantages to be gained from a period of study in the UK, and that an appropriate host institution is available. Younger scholars are preferred, but while there is no formal age limit a scholar or fellow must be likely to be able to make a formal contribution in his/her field for at least ten years.

Diabetes Australia – Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART) Viertel Postdoctoral Fellowship in Diabetes website
Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011

Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART)’s objective is to encourage young researchers, starting researchers off in a career in quality diabetes research.

Funding of $300,000 is to provide support to a postdoctoral researcher with two - three years experience and covers the research fellow’s salary and a research assistant as well as consumables used in the project. All eligible applications are reviewed by five independent assessors.

This fellowship is made available for research into diabetes that will benefit an aging population. Post-doctoral researchers having attained their PhD after 2007 are eligible to submit an application and CV for consideration. Each application will be assessed individually and applicants will be contacted to confirm eligibility. Researchers having been awarded their PhD prior to 2007 are not eligible to apply.

This fellowship will be awarded for a two year period.

Researchers may apply for different DART awards. However, only one application from each researcher will be accepted for each award or grant.

National Archives of Australia – Frederick Watson Fellowship website
External Closing Date: 6 May 2011

A key function of the National Archives is to promote archival research in Australia and encourage scholarly use of the National Archives collection.

The Frederick Watson Fellowship commemorates the life and work of Dr Frederick Watson. The fellowship is designed to help established scholars complete an innovative and quality research project that:

  • is significant to Australian audiences
  • makes substantial use of the National Archives' collection

AINSE – 2011 Research Fellowships website
Internal Closing Date: 19 May 2011

AINSE Ltd (the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering) in conjunction with the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) has established a Fellowship Scheme to add impetus to member universities’ growing stature in nuclear science and engineering and in related fields. Up to two Fellowships will be awarded in 2011 for a three year appointment in the first instance with an extension to five years, where the Fellow demonstrates excellent performance, and where subsequent continuing appointment at the university is foreseen.

AINSE is looking for exceptional researchers in the following research areas:

1. neutron scattering;
2. biological problems using radionuclide techniques;
3. high-resolution climate records using nuclear techniques; and
4. multi-scale materials modelling or structural materials for extreme environments

AINSE emphasise that applications will also be considered, as in past years, where the research aligns with the broad spectrum of research foci supported by AINSE and utilises ANSTO facilities. Also, while the four highlighted directions are being promoted in calling for Research Fellowship applications, applicants may wish to propose research programs falling outside these topics which align with the joint research interests of ANSTO and the AINSE member university.

Applicants will have been awarded a research doctoral degree (equivalent to an Australian PhD degree), normally three and not more than eight years before the closing date for applications. For the purpose of this application the date to be used for calculating the three and eight year limits will be the date on the letter to the candidate which contains the notification of the award of a PhD.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Fellowship Title Closing Date
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
192 Alzheimer’s Australia Research (AAR) – Viertel Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dementia 6 April 2011
192 Alzheimer’s Australia Research (AAR) – AAR Postdoctoral Fellowships in Dementia 6 April 2011
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
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
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

The Ian Potter Foundation – Travel and Conference grants website
Internal Closing Date: 18 May 2011

Please note there are two rounds per year – the internal closing date for the next round is 31 August 2011.

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

The travel grants enable outstanding individuals, with promising careers and potentially important contributions to make to the Australian community, to exchange knowledge with their peers through participation in professional development opportunities, for example attending an international conference in their field of growing expertise.

Early career staff members with an appointment of at least three years to attend are invited to apply. Generally, an early career researcher is considered to be within five years of completing a PhD.

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.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Travel Grant Title Closing Date
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
192 Alzheimer’s Australia Research (AAR) – Rosemary Foundation Travel Grant 6 April 2011
192 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Travel Grants 14 April 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
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  • ASiE (Australians - Study in Europe!) is a web based initiative dedicated to helping prospective Australian postgraduate students to find research funding and opportunities to pursue postgraduate studies in the countries of the European Union
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New Scholarship Opportunities

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRLEP) – Individual Graduate Scholarships website
Internal Closing Date: 17 March 2011

The Hans Rausing Endangered Languages Project (HRLEP) aims to document endangered languages, train language documenters, preserve and disseminate documentation materials, and support endangered languages.

Individual Graduate Scholarships applications are invited from individuals seeking scholarships cost for up to three years. In addition to field trip costs, applicants may apply for a stipend to cover the period while undertaking field research and processing the results. A stipend provides funding to cover direct living costs and is not a salary. As such, no employment-based taxes should be claimed. Individual Graduate Scholarship projects last for 12 to 36 months; field trips are normally involved.

Applicants should be enrolled in or admitted to a doctoral programme of study (PhD or equivalent); the purpose of the Individual Graduate Scholarship is to support graduate students in doctoral programmes. To be eligible at the time the award is due to commence, awardees must have successfully completed at least one full-time academic year (or equivalent) of postgraduate training (training beyond the Bachelor's degree). This period of training may include time spent on completing an MA.

King’s College London – Australian Bicentennial Scholarships website
External Closing Date: Applications must be received via mail by 1 April 2011

Each year the Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships Trust invites applications from Australian postgraduate students or academic staff members for Australian Bicentennial Scholarships and Fellowships tenable in the United Kingdom.

The objects of the scheme, as defined in the deed of Trust, are to ‘promote scholarship, intellectual links, and mutual awareness and understanding between the United Kingdom and Australia, in particular: a) to enable United Kingdom graduates to study in approved courses or undertake approved research in Australia; b) to enable Australian graduates to study in approved courses or undertake approved research in the United Kingdom; and c) to make allowance within the Scheme for disadvantaged persons.’

An applicant for a Scholarship must be registered as a postgraduate student at an Australian tertiary institution, or be eligible for such registration at a UK tertiary institution, and be usually resident in Australia. He/she should normally have at least an upper second class honours degree.

Candidates may be in any discipline (commonly in the humanities, creative arts, education, law, social and physical sciences, engineering, and medicine), but they must demonstrate that there are special scholarly or practical advantages to be gained from a period of study in the UK, and that an appropriate host institution is available. Younger scholars are preferred, but while there is no formal age limit a scholar or fellow must be likely to be able to make a formal contribution in his/her field for at least ten years.

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) Scholarship Program website
External Closing Date: 20 April 2011

The Australia-Korea Foundation (AKF) Scholarship Program aims to develop a group of Australian graduates with good understanding of Korean society, politics, economy, culture, and the bilateral relationship; and to increase

Australia's capacity to engage with Korea and to strengthen Australia-Korea relations through people-to-people and institutional linkages.

The program will provide individual scholarships up to $25,000 targeted at the following three groups:

  • Australian graduates pursuing a career in an Australia-Korea related profession and developing networks in Korea for their future careers
  • Australian graduates or honours students who are undertaking research in a field of study important to the Australia-Korea relationship
  • Australian graduates or later year undergraduates who have studied Korean to further their language skills and cultural understanding through experiencing Korea first hand

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
192 Victorian Cancer Agency – Palliative and Support Care Scholarships 22 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

Keio University – Keio Medical Science Prize website
External Closing Date: 18 March 2011

The Keio Medical Science Prize gives recognition to the outstanding and creative achievements of researchers in the field of the medical and life sciences, in particular those contributing to scientific developments in medicine. It aims to promote worldwide advances in life sciences and medicine, to encourage the expansion of researcher networks throughout the world, and to contribute to the wellbeing of humankind.

Nominees must be currently active in their field of research, and be expected to make future contributions to the field. It is possible to make more than one nomination, however, the nominees’ research theme must be different.

Only individuals can be nominated and not groups.

Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC) – Research Group Innovation Award website
External Closing Date: 21 March 2011

This award recognises the contribution a team has delivered to provide a significant benefit for the Australian sugarcane industry. This award is designed to provide the winning team with an opportunity to continue their research or investment in a team professional development activity.

To be eligible to apply for this award the research group must be identified as:

  • A research group project funded by SRDC that has already been completed

The selection criteria for this award are:

  • An innovative solution to a complex problem that is transferable and outperforms current practice
  • The significance and magnitude of the benefit to the Australian sugarcane industry
  • The extent of teamwork and collaboration undertaken to achieve results

Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated for an award by another person. If nominating in more than one category or region, separate nomination forms must be submitted.

Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC) – Individual Research Scientist Award website
External Closing Date: 21 March 2011

This award recognises an outstanding achievement by an individual in research or development over the past five years. The award acknowledges the contribution that the winner has made to the Australian sugarcane industry with their commitment to excellence in their own, their team’s or peers’ Research and Development capability and is designed to provide the winner with an opportunity to further their professional development.

To be eligible to apply for this award the individual researcher must be identified as:

  • A researcher who has received funding from SRDC to complete a research project

The selection criteria for this award are:

  • Sustained contribution to research and development over the past five years, substantiated through publication and/or evidence of changes to industry practices
  • Merit of the work performed
  • Potential or actual benefit of the work to the Australian sugarcane industry

Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated for an award by another person. If nominating in more than one category or region, separate nomination forms must be submitted.

Sugar Research and Development Corporation (SRDC) – Individual Research Technician Award website
External Closing Date: 21 March 2011

This award recognises an outstanding achievement by an individual in research or development over the past five years. The award acknowledges the contribution that the winner has made to the Australian sugarcane industry with their commitment to excellence in their own, their team’s or peers’ Research and Development capability and is designed to provide the winner with an opportunity to further their professional development.

To be eligible to apply for this award the technician/research assistant must be identified as:

  • A research technician/assistant who has been involved with an SRDC funded research project

The selection criteria for this award are:

  • Sustained contribution to research and development over the past five years, substantiated through publication and/or evidence of changes to industry or scientific practices
  • Merit of the work performed
  • Potential or actual benefit of the work to the Australian sugarcane industry

Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated for an award by another person. If nominating in more than one category or region, separate nomination forms must be submitted.

Great Barrier Reef Foundation – Bommies Award website
External Closing Date: 25 March 2011

It is now widely accepted that the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), like coral reefs
around the world, is severely threatened by climate change.

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation’s Bommies Award is designed to broaden the solutions and adaptation ‘ideas-set’, which will be needed, if we are to preserve the GBR in the face of this threat.

The Bommies will be awarded for a solution or adaptation concept for the GBR, which meets the following criteria:

• Is innovative;
• Delivers practical outcomes to GBR managers;
• Has climate change and the GBR’s viability as its primary focus;
• Has as its goal a measurable impact on the resilience of the GBR; and
• Not otherwise diminish the economic social or cultural value of the GBR

Any PhD student or Early Career Researcher under the age of 36 years of age may enter the Bommies award. The concept can relate to previous, current or future research. Applications are not limited to individuals; an application may come from a group.

AINSE – Postgraduate Research Awards (PGRA) website
Internal Closing Date: 5 April 2011

AINSE Ltd makes AINSE Postgraduate Research Awards (PGRA) in support of projects undertaken by its member universities which have an identifiable focus on nuclear and nuclear-related applications and/or on the use of Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) facilities and expertise and others as listed in the AINSE Researchers Guide. PGRAs are made at the discretion of the AINSE Council, through its Executive Committee.

AINSE PGRAs have three components:

• Stipend
• Award for travel and accommodation
• Award for Lucas Heights facility costs and supervision

Nominees must be persons who have completed, or who expect to complete within six months of nomination, the requirements for the degree of BE or BSc (Hons) or their equivalent, at a recognised university, and who are enrolled, or expect to enrol within six months, as a candidate for a higher degree at a member university of AINSE.

Diabetes Australia – Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART) Millennium Awards website
Internal Closing Date: 14 April 2011

Diabetes Australia Research Trust (DART)’s objective is to encourage young researchers, starting researchers off in a career in quality diabetes research.

The two awards of up to $150,000 are each granted over two years, 2012 to 2013. All applications are reviewed by five independent assessors. Only one application in an Award category will be considered from each researcher.

Type 1 Millennium Award

The award is made available for research into Type 1 Diabetes including the following priority areas:
(i) Modulation of the immune system;
(ii) Beta cell replacement / islet transplantation;
(iii) Genetic engineering / gene therapy;
(iv) Hypoglycemia; and
(v) Complications (Retinopathy, Neuropathy, Nephropathy)

Type 2 Underworks Millennium Award

This award is made available for research into Type 2 Diabetes including the following priority areas:
(i) Insulin secretion and action;
(ii) Insulin resistance; and
(iii) Complications (Retinopathy, Neuropathy, Nephropathy)

Millennium Awards will be awarded for two year periods. Researchers may apply for different DART awards. However, only one application from each researcher will be accepted for each award or grant.

Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI) – Green Challenge Chemistry Awards website
External Closing Date: 30 April 2011

The Green Chemistry Challenge Awards are to recognise and promote fundamental and innovative chemical methods that accomplish pollution prevention through source reduction and have broad applicability in industry. These Awards also aim to recognise contributions to education in Green Chemistry.

Green Chemistry involves a reduction in or elimination of the use or generation of hazardous materials, including feedstock, reagents, solvents, products, and by-products, from a chemical process. Green chemistry encompasses all aspects and types of chemical processes, including synthesis, catalysis, analysis, monitoring, separations, and reaction conditions that reduce impacts on human health and the environment relative to the current state of the art.
The evaluation of the new technology's impact will include considerations of the health and environmental effects throughout the technology's lifecycle with recognition of the necessity for incremental improvements.

The Green Chemistry Challenge Awards are open to all individuals, groups, and organisations, both non-profit and for profit, including academia, government, and industry. The nominated green chemistry technology must have reached a significant milestone within the past five years in Australia (e.g. been researched, demonstrated, implemented, applied, patented, etc.).

Self-nominations are allowed and expected.

ProSPER.Net-Scopus – 2011 Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development website
External Closing Date: 30 April 2011

The Prosper.Net-Scopus Young Scientist Award in Sustainable Development is given annually to young scientists or researchers, based in the Asia-Pacific region, who have made significant contributions in the area of Sustainable Development.

For 2011, awards will be given in each of three areas: ICT for Sustainable Development; Biodiversity and Natural Resource Management; and, Science and Technology with a Focus on Poverty Eradication.

The award is open to those engaged in graduate education and research activities that emphasise sustainable development in any of the above three areas. Candidates are expected to be employed at institutions of higher education in the Asia-Pacific region (excluding USA and Canada), and should have completed their PhD degree between 1 July 2006 and 1 July 2011.

Candidates may be put forth by nomination or direct application. Nominations and applications must be supported by two letters of recommendation.

National Archives of Australia – Ian Mclean Award website
External Due Date: 6 May 2011

An important role of the National Archives of Australia is to encourage excellence in the archival profession. It offers Ian Maclean Awards to individuals interested in conducting research that will benefit the archival and historical profession in Australia and promote the important contribution that archives make to society. Ian Maclean Awards commemorate the life and work of Ian Maclean. More than one award may be granted annually and the award is open to overseas applicants. The principal benefit of an award for the recipient is the opportunity to complete an innovative research project that may require travel or time away from their regular employment. Successful applicants are expected to actively promote the results of their research.

National Archives of Australia – Margaret George Award website
External Due Date: 6 May 2011

The Margaret George Award commemorates the life and work of Margaret George. The award is designed to help talented, emerging scholars complete an innovative and quality research project that:

  • is significant to Australian audiences
  • makes substantial use of the Archives’ collection

Successful applicants could be emergent historians, academics, independent researchers or journalists with a talent for research. It is desirable that applicants have a record of achievement in their chosen field and the potential to excel further. The award is not granted to support current postgraduate or doctoral projects. Scholars very well established in their chosen profession should consider applying for the Frederick Watson Fellowship.

Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research – 2011 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science website
External Closing Date: 13 May 2011

The Prime Minister's Prize for Science is the nation's pre-eminent award for excellence in science. The Prize is a tribute to the contributions that Australian scientists have made to Australia's and the world's economic and social wellbeing, and is awarded for an outstanding specific achievement in any area of science advancing human welfare or benefiting society. In this context, science encompasses the physical, chemical, biological, and technological sciences; mathematics; and engineering. The Prime Minister's Prize for Science comprises a gold medallion and lapel pin as well as a cash component of $300,000.

The Prime Minister's Prize for Science may be awarded to an individual or jointly to up to four individuals, if the achievement is a collaborative or team effort. Where such is the case, papers cited in support of the nomination must be co-authored by a majority of the group's members. Should a group be awarded the Prize, each member of the collaboration would receive a medallion and an equal portion of the cash prize.

There are no restrictions as to when the achievement was accomplished; however nominees (either single or collective) should be currently active in research. Self-nominations will not be considered, but a Nominator must ensure the Nominee is willing to be nominated and to provide evidence necessary to support the nomination. Past recipients of either the Australia Prize or the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science will not be considered for the award of the Science Prizes. Renominations of previous Nominees are encouraged.

Clive & Vera Ramaciotti Foundation – Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research website
Internal Closing Date: 19 May 2011

The Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research is awarded to a person who has made an outstanding discovery (or discoveries) in clinical or experimental biomedical research that has an important impact on biomedical science, clinical medicine or the way in which healthcare is delivered.

Nominees must have previously received support from the Foundation and should be still engaged scientifically in the work leading to the discovery or discoveries for which they are nominated.

Self-nominations are not accepted. Previous nominees may be nominated again.

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.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Prize or Award Title Closing Date
192 March of Dimes – Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award 4 March 2011
192 Clive & Vera Ramaciotti Foundation – Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award Expressions of Interest 8 March 2011
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
192 Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation (BGRF) – Young Researcher of the Year Award Expressions of Interest 18 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
192 2011 National Drug and Alcohol Awards 1 April 2011
192 Brandeis University – Joseph B. and Toby Gittler Prize 15 April 2011
192 University of Louisville – Grawemeyer Award in Education 30 April 2011
192 Australian Museum – Eureka Prizes 6 May 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

There is no new RHD student news in this edition of the Research Bulletin


v Seminars

New Seminar Information

Host:
FEIS
Title:
Rate control and load balancing for an energy efficiant internet
Presenter
Lachlan Andrew
Date & Time:
29th March 2011, 2:30 pm
Location:
EN 214 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

Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI): Consumer and community participation in primary health care research training workshop
Canberra Rex Hotel, Canberra, ACT, 11 – 12 April 2011/CSIRO Discovery, Canberra, ACT, 14 – 15 April 2011 website

APHCRI is bringing the highly successful Consumer and Community Involvement in Researchtraining workshop to Canberra. Developed and presented by experienced facilitators Anne McKenzie and Bec Hanley, the workshop will focus on practical ways to start involving consumers and the community in primary health care research.

Researchers, policy makers, health professionals, and students in areas related to primary health care research are invited to attend.
 

Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) Seventh Annual National Disease Management Conference 2011: Partnerships for Chronic Care – Patients, Services, Policy
National Convention Centre, Canberra, ACT, 25 – 26 August 2011 website
External abstract submission deadline: 25 April 2011
External early bird registration deadline: 31 July 2011

The 2011 Australian Disease Management Association (ADMA) conference which is being held in collaboration with ACT Health will include presentations on: national policy issues; services and programs for indigenous, younger, and older people with chronic illnesses; integration of primary care and tertiary services; workforce issues; super-clinics; and lessons from practice.

ADMA welcome any discussions with organisations interested in organising a meeting or seminar prior to, during or following the conference.

All Chronic Disease Management programs, services, researchers, and anyone undertaking relevant initiatives including wellness, corporate health, self-management, and health coaching with demonstrated outcomes are invited to submit an abstract for an oral and/or poster presentation.

2011 2nd International Congress on Computer Applications and Computational Science (CACS 2011)
Bali, Indonesia, 15 – 17 November 2011 website
External paper submission deadline: 15 May 2011

CACS 2011 aims to bring together researchers and scientists from academia, industry, and government laboratories to present new results and identify future research directions in computer applications and computational science.
Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
· Computer Architecture and VLSI
· Computer Control and Robotics
· Computers in Education and Learning Technologies
· Computer Networks and Data Communications
· Data Mining and Data Engineering
· Energy and Power Systems
· Intelligent Systems and Autonomous Agents
· Internet and Web Systems
· Scientific Computing and Modeling
· Signal, Image, and Multimedia Processing
· Software Engineering

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: