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The Swinburne Research Bulletin

Issue No. 199 - 24 May 2011


v Special Announcements

ARC

ARC DECRA scheme – 24 applications submitted

Swinburne submitted a total of 24 applications to the DECRA scheme: nine from Engineering and Industrial Sciences, eight from Information and Communication Technologies, six from Life and Social Sciences, and one from Design. We wish all applicants the best with the outcomes; the ARC is yet to indicate when outcomes can be expected, but applicants may wish to keep an eye on the ARC's important dates web page for this information- website.

NHMRC

NHMRC Update

The NHMRC CEO; Warwick Anderson, has released an important communiqué regarding peer review. The communiqué includes key points such as:

  • Reminder to ALL researchers who are recipients of and applicants for NHMRC funding that they are required to participate in the peer review process as part of the NHMRC Funding Agreement
  • 2011, will see the NHMRC  following up on repeated refusals to undertake peer review
  • The NHMRC's target is to obtain two external assessments for each application
  • Researchers will have received e-mails from RGMS asking if you are able to assess an application.  Please respond promptly to these requests, so that, if you are unable to do the assessment, NMHRC can quickly identify and contact an alternative, in consultation with the Academy member.  NMHRC would also appreciate any suggestions for alternate assessors.
  • This year, all external assessors are asked to provide their Project Grant external assessment reports within two weeks of accepting the work.
  • External assessments are intended to be finalised by Friday 10 June.
  • Researchers may also have been contacted to provide an external review of a Fellowship Application, in preparation for interviews during the last week of June.  If you receive an e-mail request from RGMS, please respond as quickly as you can.  Because of the narrower time frames, external assessments for Fellowship applications are requested within 7 days.  The critical date for external reviews for Fellowship applications is also 10 June.
  • NHMRC staff members are working with Academy members to finalize membership of all Grant Review Panels.

Full details of the communiqué can be found here: NHMRC CEO May 2011

Other News

Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault Research Register

The Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA) is developing a research register to collate information about Australian research projects that are currently underway, or have been recently completed, in the area of sexual assault.   

There can be many challenges in getting research into the hands of decision-makers around policy and practice issues, or getting co-ordination across research sectors. It can also be hard to find which areas are already well researched and where knowledge gaps remain, especially when the research is just beginning or hasn’t yet published findings. The aim of the Register is to make it easier to access research and researchers working across universities, services and government, so that you can find out about recent areas of inquiry, whether any information about them is available, and assist in finding other researchers working in your area.

As the national collection point for research, information and resources about sexual assault in Australia, ACSSAs key role is to facilitate access to the growing evidence-base on sexual assault and to support organisations, agencies and others use research and evidence in shaping policy, practice and research directions in responding to, and reducing, sexual assault.This is a great way of having information about your projects easily accessible to a range of audiences, including policy and practice communities. 

If you would like to have a project considered for inclusion in the research register (which will be publicly available), please complete an online project submission form by clicking on the link below and completing the accompanying questions.  The project submission form takes around 10 minutes to complete. Follow the link: http://www.aifs.gov.au/acssa/researchregister 

Should you have any queries, don't hesitate to get in touch with ACSSA at: aifs-acssa@aifs.gov.au

The register will be hosted on the ACSSA website from later this year. Please note that ACSSA retains the right to decide on final inclusion of projects on the register. 

The Australian Collaboration website

The Australian Collaboration is a consortium of leading Australian community organisations including the Australian Conservation Foundation and the Australian Council of Social Services. It aims to present a platform for information exchange including the publication of research and the provision of educational material on vital societal issues.

For more information, please visit the website.

ANSTO International Science Linkages Program

ANSTO - AMRFP Project Manager, Dr Jamie Schulz announced the following: The AMRFP is funded via the International Science Linkages (ISL) program (website). The ISL Program is scheduled to finish on 30 June, 2011 and AMRFP will also finish. In the Federal budget that was delivered on Tuesday 10th May, 2011 there was no announcement of an extension to the ISL program or a successor program.  As such the AMRF program will finish on 30 June, 2011 and there will not be international travel support for researchers after June 30, 2011.

ANSTO will continue to actively campaign to ensure that this critical program is made available to Australian researchers into the future.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Bulletin

NIH Funding Applicants interested in applying for NIH Grants should subscribe to the NIH Funding Bulletin. To subscribe please click on the following link: http://grants1.nih.gov/grants/guide/listserv.htm - and follow the instructions. 

Animal Care/Use Ethics Application Deadline - Friday 3 June 2011

New ethics clearance applications involving animal care/use for scientific purposes need to be submitted no later than COB Friday 3 June 2011. Prepare for submission a single-sided signed original. The endorsement of a statistician or biometrician is required on all applications except those involving class projects.

Please note that Swinburne has limited facilities for the care and use of animals for teaching or research, including no overnight housing facilities on any of its campuses for laboratory animals such as rats, mice, guinea pigs, etc.

Further details regarding regulatory guidelines and application form available at Swinburne Animal Ethics website.

2011 SRE (Staff Hours) Survey - Preliminary Notice

The 2011 round of the Sustainable Research Excellence Survey will commence on Monday 18 July 2011 for two weeks. As per the previous 2010 surveys, all academic staff members excluding sessionals will be required to complete the SRE timesheet through the HR staff portal (the website to access payslips and leave bookings).

The University uses the funds associated with SRE compliance to fund scholarships. If we fail to meet the 67% response rate there will be fewer research scholarships available. Additionally, the data used from this Survey will be used by DIISR for funding in 2012 and 2013, so failure to meet the response rate will impact on two years of scholarships. Swinburne Research will be carefully monitoring compliance rates across the various groups in the University and will adjust scholarship availability in accordance with SRE compliance where we fall short of the required hurdle.

For further information please contact sre@swinburne.edu.au

NSW Premiers Prize for Swinburne writer

Meg Simons, from the Faculty of Life and Social Sciences, and her co-author Malcolm Fraser, have won the NSW Premier's Prize for non-fiction ($40,000) and the Book of the Year award ($10,000) for their book Malcolm Fraser: the Political Memoirs.

These are among Australia's most prestigious literary awards. This is a major achievement for a Swinburne author, and Swinburne Research would like to congratulate Meg and any other staff involved.

Research Library News

Back to Nature: all the way back to the first issue

You may have seen an announcement recently in the Staff Bulletin that the Library has purchased the back files of Nature all the way back to 1869. This means that every article ever published in the prestigious journal---back to volume 1, issue 1---is now available to Swinburne staff and students.

The back files are a mine of useful information not just for science, but also for history and sociology. A news item in the very first issue of Nature discusses how the arrival of the Fortnightly Review in the Australian colonies has led to an ‘epidemic’ of controversial science in Melbourne. The author expresses hope that one of the national characteristics of Australians will be ‘scientific zeal’ [1]. Our body of groundbreaking work at Swinburne alone is testament that we have certainly lived up to this ideal.

Another very early news item, ‘Lectures to ladies’, looks at The Woman Question, and whether women are really demanding ‘a higher kind of intellectual culture than has hitherto been within their reach’ [2]. You can also read Einstein’s treatise on science and religion [3], or his ‘brief outline’ of how the theory of relativity was developed [4]. And there’s much discussion about the scientific implications of the loss of the ‘Titanic’, including the way the catastrophe has highlighted ‘the chaotic condition of wireless telegraphy in the United States’ [5].

You can access the Nature archives here, or by searching the Library when you’re off campus.

References:

1. Newsroom. (1869). Protoplasm at the Antipodes. Nature, 1(1), 13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/001013a0.

2. Newsroom. (1869). Lectures to ladies. Nature, 1(1), 45–46. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/001045a0.

3. Einstein, A. (1940). Science and religion. Nature, 146(3706), 605–607. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/146605a0.

4. Einstein, A. (1921). A brief outline of the development of the theory of relativity. Nature, 106(2677), 782–784. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/106782a0.

5. Newsroom. (1912). The loss of the ‘Titanic’. Nature, 89(2217), 201–202. http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/106782a0.

 


v ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

New ARC, NHMRC & Other Major Initiatives

NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarship round for 2011 is now open
Internal due date: 11 July 2011.

The Postgraduate Scholarship round is now open. The Funding Policy, Advice and Instructions and other information for Postgraduate Scholarships is available at website.  

The objective of the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme is to support outstanding Australian science and medical graduates early in their career so that they can; be trained to conduct research that is internationally competitive; and
develop a capacity for original independent research.
               
Applications must be completed in RGMS https://www.rgms.nhmrc.gov.au  and certified and submitted to the NHMRC by Swinburne Research.

Applicants should log into RGMS and click on the following:
Initiative - The initiative to select is ‘Scholarship’
Round - The round to select for Postgraduate Scholarships is ‘2011_Scholarships _funding commencing_2012’.

Please note: Clicking on 'Postgraduate Scholarships' for the 'Initiative', will not open an application form.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
198 ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Scheme - Now Open 1 June 2011
197 NHMRC Development Grants 27 June 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 National Low Emissions Coal Research & Development (ANLEC R&D) -website
Ongoing

Fund for this program is open and will not have a closing date.

The proposed R&D program has the primary objective of providing the data, knowledge and capability to enable implementation of LECT with CCS under Australian conditions.

ANLEC R&D will focus on accelerating the feedback between the early demonstration projects and the applied technology R&D, thereby mitigating risk and accelerating the technology development cycle. 

Projects are selected on the basis of an open call for research proposals to address specific technology outcomes to meet ANLEC R&D investment objectives. These are needs driven so their identified outcomes are, or will be, of practical use. ANLEC R&D’s project design, selection and management processes emphasise outputs, management, relevance and coherent effort.

The American Tinnitus Association Research Grants - website
Internal closing date: 16 June 2011

The American Tinnitus Association researches into the causes, finding treatments and cures for tinnitus. Over the last 10 years, scientists have made tremendous advances in figuring out what causes tinnitus and how to treat it. ATA is dedicated to finding – and funding – the best and brightest tinnitus researchers to speed up our progress toward finding a cure.

Eligibility:  Scientists and doctors, worldwide, who are seeking tinnitus-related research funding and are affiliated with non-profit institutions.

ATA awards research grants of up to $50,000 per year for up to three years, for a potential maximum of $150,000. For more information visit website

The Trust Company 2011 Funding Round - website
Internal closing date: 23 June 2011

Every year The Trust Company is proud to allocate funding to charities across Australia through an online grant application process.

The charitable trusts administer support to a wide range of activities including welfare, the environment, arts and culture, education, indigenous capacity building, and health and medical research. The deeds of the charitable trusts specify the causes or purposes, specific geographic area and types of projects that the funds must support. 

The Trust Company has identified two areas of particular interest:

  • Positive Ageing: organisations that promote the health and wellbeing of seniors in Australia, and
  • Socially Inclusive Education: organisations that promote the development of leadership, learning and skills within disadvantaged and marginalised communities.

It is the intention of The Trust Company to migrate across to these program areas more exclusively in the distribution of their more discretionary funds in due course.  While they look forward to supporting a number of applications that specifically address either one of these areas, it is important to note that applications outside these two areas will still be considered in the final 2011 funding round, as they have in the past. The Trust Company will look favourably on applications that demonstrate capacity building, innovation, social enterprise and discernable social impact in their areas of focus.

Sleep Health Foundation - Sleep Health Education Grant $20K - website
Internal closing date: 20 July 2011

The Board of the Sleep Health Foundation is pleased to announce a Sleep Health Education Grant of up to $20K, open to any person or team to apply.   
This grant is designed to support the development of creative and innovative programmes for education (of the public or non-sleep health professionals) and/or outreach on sleep health-related research for a variety of audiences.
This initiative aims to accelerate the transfer of recent scientific advances and established knowledge in sleep health and circadian/sleep biology to health professionals and/or the public at large.

Applicants may propose to develop tools and/or strategies to advance community awareness through broader public health initiatives; or decrease sleep health disparities and improve health equality.
 
For further information, please go to Sleep Health Foundation website

Australian-American Fulbright Commission – 2012 Fulbright Symposium website
Internal Closing Date: 21 July 2011

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission will offer a grant of $30,000 to an organisation to host the 2012 Fulbright Symposium. The Fulbright Symposium centres around a current topic of bi-national interest between Australia and the United States and engages leading speakers from both countries.

The aim of the Fulbright Symposium is to publicly demonstrate the Fulbright Commission's mission of promoting mutual understanding between the peoples of the United States and Australia through educational and cultural exchange.
The Fulbright Symposium is to be held between 1 March and 30 September 2012. The grant is a contribution towards the cost of organising the Symposium and may be applied to any cost elements at the discretion of the organisers.

Australian Rotary Health – Mental Health Research Grant 2011 website
Internal Closing Date: 2 August 2011

Australian Rotary Health invites applications from individuals or research teams in clinical or public health fields for grants in support of research projects.

Principal Goals of Australian Rotary Health:     

  • To encourage, promote, stimulate and aid medical and health research in Australia
  • To co-ordinate and manage Rotary health initiatives and community health projects
  • To promote, encourage and stimulate public interest in the prevention and treatment of ill health in Australia 

Funding for project grants must not be used to support students obtaining a higher degree by research. Principal investigators may only submit more than one application each year where these reflect different projects and have different research teams.  Co-investigators may be named in more than one application.

Criminology Research Council - Research Grants
Internal closing date: 8 August 2011

The 2011 round of the Criminology Research Council research grants are now open. The Council is empowered to make grants for “such purposes of, or related to, criminological research (including the dissemination of information and advice and the publication of reports, periodicals, books and papers in connection with criminological research and the results of criminological research) as are determined by the Council”.
CRC funding is provided to organisations, not individual researchers.

Applicants must be familiar with the funding guidelines of the Criminology Research Council. The funding guidelines govern the application and assessment processes.
For examples of previous grants, see current and recently completed grants.

Australian Academy of Science – Margaret Middleton Fund for endangered Australian native vertebrate animals - website
Internal Closing Date: 22 August 2011

The Margaret Middleton Fund offers support for research into the conservation biology of vertebrate animals native to Australia, with the objective of better understanding the causes of their decline and the means for their recovery.
Applicants should be biologists normally resident in Australia with a proven record of relevant research. Preference will be given to independent research workers whose research are not funded, or are only partially funded, by a university or other institution.

Applicants undertaking Masters and particularly PhD studies should ensure that their application identifies clearly the discreet aspect or research component of that larger study for which they are seeking funding support from this fund.

Australian Academy of Science – 2012-13 Boden Conference Expressions of Interest website
External Closing Date: 31 August 2011

With the generous support of the late Dr Alex Boden, FAA, the Academy has established a series of small specialist conferences in the biological sciences to enable active research workers in rapidly advancing fields to discuss current advances and problems.

One conference per annum will be funded. A sum of up to $10,000 is offered. The supplementation of this sum is encouraged. The Academy's Shine Dome is available free of charge for this event. The organisers of approved conferences are responsible for the organisation of the conference, and the sponsoring scientific society(ies) are responsible for the funding allocated to the conference. Note that conferences that are one of a continuing series are less likely to gain support unless they specifically address a newly emerging theme or topic within the broader area of the series.

Australian Academy of Science – 2012-13 Elizabeth and Frederick White Conference Expressions of Interest website
External Closing Date: 31 August 2011

With the generous support of the late Lady White, MBBS and the late Sir Frederick White, FAA, FRS, the Academy has established a series of research conferences in the physical and mathematical sciences related to the solid Earth, the terrestrial oceans, the Earth's atmosphere, solar-terrestrial science, space sciences, and astronomy.

The purpose of the conferences is to advance at the most fundamental level of the understanding of the subject, to introduce to Australian research new aspects or directions, and to encourage participation of overseas scientists. One conference is funded annually. Conferences are usually of about two days duration with a membership of 20-30. A sum of up to $10,000 is provided. The supplementation of this sum is encouraged. The organisers of approved conferences are responsible for the organisation of the conference, and the sponsoring scientific organisation(s) are responsible for the funding allocated to the conference.

Australian Academy of Science – 2012-13 Fenner Conferences on the Environment Expressions of Interest website
External Closing Date: 31 August 2011

With the generous support of Professor Frank Fenner, FAA, FRS, and the late Mrs Fenner, the Academy has established a series of environmental conferences on the environment and conservation issues in Australia and its environs. The purpose of these conferences is to bring together those with relevant scientific, administrative, and policy expertise to consider current environmental and conservation problems in Australia, thereby contributing to the formation of policies that can alleviate some of these problems.

Funding of up to $10,000 is provided. The supplementation of this sum is encouraged. One conference is funded annually. The Academy's Shine Dome is available free of charge. There is a preference for holding the conference in the Dome unless the location proves unsuitable.

The organisers of approved conferences are responsible for the organisation of the conference, and the sponsoring scientific organisation(s) are responsible for the funding allocated to the conference.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Grant Title Closing Date
194 Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute (APHCRI) – Centres of Research Excellence in Primary Health Care Round 2 24 May 2011
198 Australian Pork Limited (APL) – 2011/2012 Call for Tenders 25 May 2011
198 Dairy Health and Nutrition Consortium (DHNC) – Grants 25 May 2011
197 United States Department of Defense – Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Innovator Award Pre-applications 27 May 2011
197 United States Department of Defense – Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Era of Hope Scholar Award Pre-applications 27 May 2011
197 United States Department of Defense – Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) Teal Innovator Award Pre-applications 30 May 2011
197 United States Department of Defense – Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) Translational Leverage Award Pre-applications 30 May 2011
197 United States Department of Defense – Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) Translational Pilot Award Pre-applications 30 May 2011
192 EPA Victoria – HazWaste Fund Stage 1 Applications 1 June 2011
198 Spencer Foundation – Strategic Initiatives Small Grants 6 June 2011
198 Spencer Foundation – Areas of Inquiry Small Grants 6 June 2011
195 Platypus Asset Management – Research Grant 6 June 2011
198 Beyondblue – Victorian Centre of Excellence (bbVCoE) in Depression, Anxiety, and Related Disorders 2011 funding round 8 June 2011
198 United States Department of Defense - Multiple Sclerosis Research Program (MSRP) Idea Award Pre-applications 10 June 2011
198 United States Department of Defense - Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) Clinical Trial Award Pre-applications 13 June 2011
198 United States Department of Defense - Bone Marrow Failure Research Program - Idea Award 13 June 2011
196 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – 2012 Social Science Research Grant Program 14 June 2011
198 Retina Australia – Research Grants 15 June 2011
198 National Breast Cancer Foundation – Novel Concept Award 15 June 2011
197 Cystic Fibrosis Australia - Australian Cystic Fibrosis Research Trust (ACFRT) Research Grant 15 June 2011
196 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Call for research proposals 20 June 2011
196 Canine Research Foundation – 2012 Research Grants 20 June 2011
195 Australian Acoustical Society (AAS) – Education Grant 21 June 2011
186 Diabetes Research and Wellness Foundation (DRWF) – Research Grants 21 June 2011
196 Australian Geographic Society – Australian Geographic Society Sponsorships Round three 21 June 2011
198 ANZ Trustees – Medical research and technology in Victoria 21 June 2011
196 ANZ Charitable Trusts – J. O. & J. R. Wicking Trust Bio-Medical and Scientific Research Grants 21 June 2011
196 ANZ Charitable Trusts – Judith Jane Mason and Harold Stannett Williams Memorial Foundation Medical and Scientific Research Grants 21 June 2011
196 Norman Wettenhall Foundation (NWF) – Grants 21 June 2011
196 Brain Foundation – 2011 Research Grants 21 June 2011
197 SEARCH Foundation – Roger Coates Labour History Research Grant 21 June 2011
197 Prostrate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) – Movember Young Investigator Grants 22 June 2011
197 Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) – Movember Concept Grants 22 June 2011
197 Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) – Movember New Directions Development Award (NDDA) 22 June 2011
197 Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (PCFA) – Movember Equipment Grants 22 June 2011
180 The William Buckland Foundation – Grants 23 June 2011
198 Arthritis Australia – Project Grants 28 June 2011
198 Arthritis Australia – Grants in Aid 28 June 2011
198 Department of Defence – Capability and Technology Demonstrator (CTD) Program 29 June 2011
191 World Community Grid – Request for Proposals - Funding Round Two 30 June 2011
197 ANZ Trustees – J.O. & J.R. Wicking Trust General Grants: Major Strategic Initiatives 5 July 2011
197 National Drug Law Enforcement Research Fund (NDLERF) – 2011 Grants 5 July 2011
198 Leakey Foundation – Research Grants 6 July 2011
197 Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia (MSRA) – Incubator Grant Request to Submit (RTS) application 6 July 2011
198 United States Department of Defense - Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP) Career Transition Award Letters of Intent 7 July 2011
198 United States Department of Defense - Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP) Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award Letters of Intent 7 July 2011
198 United States Department of Defense - Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP) Idea Development Award Letters of Intent 7 July 2011
198 United States Department of Defense – Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) Exploration – Hypothesis Development Award Letters of Intent 7 July 2011
198 United States Department of Defense – Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) Investigator-Initiated Research Award Letters of Intent 7 July 2011
198 United States Department of Defense – Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) Investigator-Initiated Focused Research Award Letters of Intent 7 July 2011
198 United States Department of Defense – Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) New Investigator Award Letters of Intent 7 July 2011
198 United States Department of Defense – Neurofibromatosis Research Program (NFRP) Post-doctoral Traineeship Award Letters of Intent 7 July 2011
198 United States Department of Defense - Tuberous Sclerosis Complex Research Program (TSCRP) Clinical Trial Award Letters of Intent 12 July 2011
198 Arthur A Thomas Trust – Grants 19 July 2011
192 Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (ATF) – Grants 20 July 2011
189 Google – Faculty Research Awards 21 July 2011
189 Heart Foundation – Travel Grants 3 August 2011
189 Children’s Tumor Foundation – Drug Discovery Initiative (DDI) Award 8 August 2011
187 Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange – Conference and Seminar Grants 23 August 2011
189 Besen Family Foundation – Funding Round Two 15 September 2011
192 Roche Organ Transplantation Research Foundation (ROTRF) – Project Grants Letter of Intent 21 September 2011
192 Mazda Foundation – Grants 21 September 2011
191 Australian Learning & Teaching Council (ALTC) – Innovation & Development Grants - Round Two 27 September 2011
191 World Community Grid – Request for Proposals - Funding Round Three 30 September 2011
194 Wenner-Gren Foundation – Dissertation Fieldwork Grants 21 October 2011
192 Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada – Canada Conference Grant Program 22 November 2011
194 Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) – International Research Meeting Grants Ongoing
194 The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – Global Health Letters of Inquiry Ongoing
193 John and Anna Woods Memorial Fund – Grants Ongoing
193 Australian Nuclear and Science Technology Organisation (ANSTO) – Access to Major Research Facilities Program (AMRFP) Ongoing
190 Found Animals – Michelson Grants Letters of Intent Ongoing




v Fellowships

New Fellowship Opportunities

Leukaemia Foundation Senior Research Fellow - website
Internal Closing date for Expressions of Interest: 23 June 2011

This is the most prestigious of the Leukaemia Foundation’s personal awards and will provide sustained support for an outstanding young researcher preferably between 3 and 10 years post doctorate who has established an international reputation for research in the field of leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and related blood cancers and disorders.

This Fellowship is particularly targeted at outstanding young researchers currently based overseas and who wish to return to Australia to develop independent research programs, although outstanding candidates already based in Australia will be eligible. Researchers who are currently working within Australia will be expected to have spent less than two years in their current institution if they plan to apply for this Fellowship in the same location.

Applicants are expected to have academic qualifications and, at the preliminary application stage, should normally have between three and ten years research experience from the date of their doctoral degree. They will have strong potential for further outstanding contributions to the field of blood cancer research and will have demonstrated an ability to carry out innovative independent research.

The successful applicant would be expected to take up their position within 12 months of an offer being made.

The Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities - Postdoctoral Bursaries 2011-12 website
External closing date: 01 July 2011

Applications are invited for postdoctoral bursaries from candidates in any area of the Humanities and Social Sciences, whose work falls within the scope of one of the Institute for Advanced Studies' current research themes or across disciplinary boundaries in the Humanities. The bursaries are tenable for Fellowships of three to nine months, in the period 1 September 2011 - 31 August 2012.
The Leukaemia Foundation calls for applications to the following grants, fellowships and scholarships

Australia - Israel Scientific Exchange Foundation (AISEF) - Postgraduate Fellowship website
Internal closing date: 6 July 2011

The AISEF Postgraduate Fellowship Scheme provides funds to assist a student enrolled in a postgraduate research degree in an Israeli university to spend up to 6 months working in a research laboratory in Australia.

Funds are also available to assist a student enrolled in a postgraduate research degree in an Australian university to spend up to 6 months working in a research laboratory in Israel.

Full information on the AISEF Fellowship Scheme is available from the following website.

National Breast Cancer Foundation – Postdoctoral Training Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 18 July 2011

The purpose of the Postdoctoral Fellowships is to provide outstanding researchers who have recently completed a PhD with support to pursue their breast cancer research interests and increase their research capability. The overall aim is to attract, train and retain our most talented breast cancer researchers of the future.

At the time of application the applicant must:

· Hold an MD or PhD in a health-related field of research
· Be actively engaged in breast cancer research
· Have no more than five years postdoctoral experience
· Be Australian citizens or hold permanent Australian resident status
· Nominate an institution and research group different from where they obtained
  their PhD
· Incorporate a clear indication of the training component in the application

National Breast Cancer Foundation – Early Career Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 18 July 2011

The Early Career Fellowship will support the salary and research of outstanding new investigators with a vision to expand the scale and scope of breast cancer research in
Australia. Applicants will be expected to demonstrate their potential to develop high performing teams that will produce high quality research outcomes.

The specific aims of the scheme are to:

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

At the time of application the applicant must:

  • Have a doctorate degree, and/or a professional qualification
  • Have at least five but no more than eight years postdoctoral or equivalent experience
  • Be an Australian citizen, have permanent Australian resident status or have appropriate permits to undertake the position in Australia
  • Have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to manage the award
  • Have the support of experienced researchers in the area
  • Demonstrate excellent potential for a career in breast cancer research

Fellowships are tenable within Australia. Researchers who wish to make major changes in the direction of their research careers or wish to broaden their scientific background by acquiring new research capabilities are eligible to apply. Australians overseas looking to return to Australia are encouraged to apply.

Leukaemia Foundation Post Doctoral Fellowship 2012 - website
Internal closing date: 21 July 2011

$100,000 (75% salary + 25% consumables)/annum. The Leukaemia Foundation calls for applications from final year undergraduates, postgraduates, PhD students, postdoctoral fellows and medical graduates with relevant advanced medical training to apply for Honours year scholarships, PhD scholarships, and Post Doctoral Fellowships, respectively. These awards are to commence in early 2012 in a field relevant to leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma or related disorders.

The scholarships and fellowships program aims to encourage and support young researchers and to foster cutting-edge research to improve our understanding of leukaemia and related malignancies and to benefit patients and families in the short or longer term.  

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

Australian Academy of Science – Selby Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 22 August 2011

The Selby Fellowship is awarded to distinguished overseas scientists to visit Australia for public lecture/seminar tours and to visit scientific centres in Australia. The Fellow is expected to increase public awareness of science and scientific issues and accordingly will be an outstanding lecturer to the general lay public.

The Fellowship is tenable for visits of not less than two weeks and not more than three months. Up to $10,000 is available to cover economy airfares and assistance towards living expenses. The amount offered is subject to a budget and detailed itinerary. It is the responsibility of the nominator to nominate hosts for the arrangement of both public and scientific lectures in the various centres to be visited.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Fellowship Title Closing Date
197 United States Department of Defense – Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Postdoctoral Fellowship Award Pre-applications 27 May 2011
197 Pfizer Australia – Research Fellowships 7 June 2011
198 United States Department of Defense - Bone Marrow Failure Research Program - Post-doctoral Fellowship Award 10 June 2011
198 United States Department of Defense - Bone Marrow Failure Research Program - Resource Development Award 10 June 2011
196 State Library of New South Wales – David Scott Mitchell Memorial Fellowship 20 June 2011
196 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Endeavour Australia Cheung Kong Research Fellowships 21 June 2011
196 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Endeavour Research Fellowships 21 June 2011
196 Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations – Endeavour Research Fellowships for Indigenous Australians 21 June 2011
186 Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) - Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial international study grants 22 June 2011
198 Arthritis Australia – Research Fellowships 28 June 2011
197 Museum of Australian Democracy – Australian Prime Ministers Centre Fellowships 1 July 2011
196 Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) – ACU Titular Fellowships 1 July 2011
197 Cystic Fibrosis Australia – Allied Health Fellowship 8 July 2011
197 Creswick Foundation – Fellowships in Child and Adolescent Development Bringing Overseas Expertise to Australia 19 July 2011
197 Creswick Foundation – Fellowships in Child and Adolescent Development for Overseas Study 30 July 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 Humanities Travelling Fellowships – website
External closing date: 29 July 2011

The Australian Academy of the Humanities is offering up to ten Fellowships to improve the capacity of Australian scholars to conduct research in all parts of the world.

Travelling Fellowships of up to $4,000 for short-term - not less than two weeks - research abroad in the coming year, are available to permanent resident scholars in Australia and working in the field of the Humanities (The Arts; Asian Studies; Cultural and Communication Studies; Classics; Literature; European Languages and Cultures; History; Linguistics; Philosophy, Religion and the History of Ideas; Archaeology) who require access to resources held overseas.

The Ernst Keller European Travelling Fellowships -website
External closing date: 29 July 2011

The Australian Academy of the Humanities, through a substantial and very generous grant by Prof. Ernst Keller, who died in 2006, is offering two fellowships for scholars who need to travel to Europe to undertake research in 2011 in European topics. The recipients will be designated ‘Ernst Keller Fellows’.

The Fellowships will provide a contribution to travelling costs of up to $4,000 for short-term research trips of not less than two weeks. This grant is available to scholars resident in Australia and working in the field of the Humanities who require access to resources held in Europe and are researching European topics or studies.

Preference will be given to early career researchers and researchers in German studies; however, researchers in other European topics are eligible for the Fellowship and are welcome to apply.

The David Philips Travelling Fellowships - website
External closing date: 29 July 2011

The Australian Academy of the Humanities is pleased to announce the creation of the new David Philips Travelling Fellowship as part of its existing Humanities Travelling Fellowship programme. This award is named after the late Dr David Philips, historian and Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne, who died in 2008.

Preference will be given to proposals that contribute to the advancement of knowledge of racial, religious or ethnic prejudice. Applications from researchers of South African history are particularly welcome; however, researchers with other areas of geographical interest are also encouraged to apply.

One David Philips Travelling Fellowship will be offered biennially, beginning in 2011. The amount awarded will be $4,000.  

Australian Academy of Science – Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship website
Internal Closing Date: 22 August 2011

The Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship commemorates the contributions of Professor M.R. Lemberg, FAA, FRS to science in Australia. The purpose of the Fellowship is to enable either Australian or overseas scientists of standing to visit Australian scientific centres and to deliver lectures.

The Lemberg Fellow may be drawn from any field of biology but special consideration will be given to those areas in which Professor Lemberg had an especial interest, namely biochemistry, conservation, and the Australian flora. As well as having outstanding scientific credentials, the successful candidate must also have a proven ability to deliver public lectures which will reach the lay public and scientists outside of his/her field. It is the responsibility of the nominator to nominate hosts for the arrangement of both public and scientific lectures in the various centres to be visited.

The Fellowship is offered every two years and is tenable for visits to and within Australia of not less than two weeks. Up to $10,000 is available to cover economy class airfares and assistance toward living expenses. The amount offered is subject to a budget and detailed itinerary.

Australian Academy of Science – Graeme Caughley Travelling Fellowships website
Internal Closing Date: 22 August 2011

The Fellowship commemorates the work of Dr G.J. Caughley, FAA in ecology and wildlife management. Dr Caughley was a chief research scientist with the CSIRO Wildlife and Ecology, Canberra, until his death in February 1994. The purpose of the Fellowship is to enable ecologists resident in Australia or New Zealand to share their expertise by visiting scientific centres and giving lectures in countries other than Australia or New Zealand. The Fellow will be an ecologist resident in Australia or New Zealand. Preference will be given to an applicant who indicates an interest in population ecology of wildlife and its scientific management.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Travel Grant Title Closing Date
192 Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) – Travel Grants 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

2012 Indigenous Staff Scholarships (ISS)
External closing date: 31 July 2011  

An opportunity exists for indigenous academics for a scholarship to study in their chosen field in 2012.   

If you actively encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students to complete qualifications, you could be eligible for a national Indigenous Staff Scholarship. Successful applicants can take 12 months leave from their job to study full time in their chosen field.

Up to $23,600 will be paid as a living allowance and up to $11,800 to cover tuition fees and student contribution amounts for the year.

Additional information about the ISS and application forms are available at the DEEWR website: www.deewr.gov.au/iss 

Leukaemia Foundation PhD Scholarships 2012 - website
Internal closing date: 21 September 2011

$40,000 ($30,000 stipend + $10,000 consumables)/annum for three years. PhD Scholarship candidates will be eligible for enrolment in the PhD program in the institution in which the proposed study will be done. Scholarships are open to students commencing their PhD or who have completed no more than one year of full-time study toward their PhD. Successful applicants who have already commenced their PhD program will only be awarded a Leukaemia Foundation Scholarship for the balance of their study eg. student who has completed one year of prior study will be awarded a Leukaemia Foundation scholarship for two years only. PhD scholarships will initially be awarded for a maximum of three years. 

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Scholarship Closing Date
196 Heart Foundation – Postgraduate Scholarships 14 June 2011
196 Menzies Foundation - Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in Allied Health Sciences 20 June 2011
196 State Library of New South Wales – Merewether Scholarship 20 June 2011
196 Australian Rotary Health/Rotary District 9780 – PhD Scholarship investigating Bowel Cancer 21 June 2011
196 Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Mornington Inc. – PhD Scholarship investigating Neurological Physical Disorders 21 June 2011
196 Australian Rotary Health/Rotary Club of Bendigo South – PhD Scholarship investigating Motor Neuron Disease 21 June 2011
198 Arthritis Australia – Scholarships 28 June 2011
198 MS Research Australia Vacation Scholarships 1 August 2011
198 MSRA Postgraduate Scholarships 1 August 2011
198 Trish MS Research Foundation Scholarships 5 August 2011




v Prizes & Awards

New Prize & Award Opportunities

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology - website
External closing date: 15 June 2011

The Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology acknowledges the increasing importance of this research in advancing our understanding of how the brain and nervous system function.

The prize will be awarded to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years, as described in a 1,000-word entrance essay.

Entrants must be no older than 35 years. The entrant must have performed or directed the work described in the essay. The research must have been performed during the previous three years.

For more information on how to apply go to website

2011 The Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards
External closing date: 30 June 2011

Elsevier Australia and New Zealand and the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) are proud to bring you the Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Awards, which is now open for nominations and applications.

The purpose of the award is recognising early career rising talent, research excellence in the   following research award categories

  • Humanities and Social Sciences 
  • Physical Sciences
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Life Sciences and Biological Sciences
  • Medicine and Medical Sciences

To nominate a young researcher or to find out more information, please visit: http://asia.elsevier.com/YSRA20111

Application closes: Thursday, 30th June 2011, 12 Midnight, Australian Eastern Daylight Sav­ings Time

The awards will be presented on Friday the 16th of September at the 2011 ARMS Conference in Sydney.

Further information on the conference can be found at website   

Banksia Foundation – Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award website
External Closing Date: 22 July 2011

The Mercedes-Benz Australian Environmental Research Award is presented for the significant contribution to understanding or resolving local or global environmental problems through research. The research submitted can be a body of work being undertaken by an individual through to stand-alone programs being conducted by an institution, business or corporation.

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

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

Australian Academy of Science – 2012 Honorific Awards for Scientific Excellence website
External Closing Date: 29 July 2011

Honorific Awards are generally open to any scientist normally resident in Australia, with some exceptions such as the Haddon Forrester King Medal. Please check the specific criteria for each Award. Nominations may be made by anyone in the scientific community, with the exception of the Macfarlane Burnet or the Matthew Flinders Medals and Lectures for which nominations may only be made by Academy Fellows.

The Awards on offer include Early-Career Awards for scientists no more than 40 years of age in the calendar year of nomination.

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

Bulletin Issue No. Funding Body - Prize or Award Title Closing Date
195 The Australasian Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ASTSS) – ASTSS Research Award 31 May 2011
196 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) – 2011-2012 Young Investigator’s Award 6 June 2011
194 City of Melbourne – 2011 Melbourne Awards 6 June 2011
197 Multiple Sclerosis International Federation (MSIF) - Du Pré Grants 30 June 2011
197 Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) & Elsevier - Scopus Young Researcher Awards 2011 30 June 2011
196 Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE) – AARE Award for Doctoral Research in Education 30 June 2011
198 Australian Psychological Society (APS) – Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology 30 June 2011
196 International English Language Testing System (IELTS) – Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award 30 June 2011
196 Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) Lactation Resource Centre – Mary Patton Research Award 2011 30 June 2011
198 Attorney-General’s Department – 2011 Australian Safer Communities Awards 1 July 2011




v Ethics

New Ethics Announcements

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

Animal Care/Use Ethics Application Deadline - Friday 3 June 2011

New ethics clearance applications involving animal care/use for scientific purposes need to be submitted no later than COB Friday 3 June 2011. Prepare for submission a single-sided signed original. The endorsement of a statistician or biometrician is required on all applications except those involving class projects.

Please note that Swinburne has limited facilities for the care and use of animals for teaching or research, including no overnight housing facilities on any of its campuses for laboratory animals such as rats, mice, guinea pigs, etc.

Further details regarding regulatory guidelines and application form available at Swinburne Animal Ethics website http://www.research.swinburne.edu.au/researchers/ethics/animal-experimentation/



v Swinburne Research Student News

Research Highher Degrees offers a variety of training sessions for postgraduate research students, providing information and guidance throughout their candidature.

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

Register online at this website. Registration is essential.


v Seminars

New Seminar Information

If any staff member would like to have their Faculty/Institute/Centre research seminars advertised in this bulletin please send details (title of seminar, date, time, venue, contact person, cost involved) to rwendt@swin.edu.au at least 14 days prior to the event so that it can be included in the next Research Bulletin.



v Workshops and Conferences

8th International Conference on Social Science Methodology (RC33) - website
First Call for Session Convenors
Submission of proposals for sessions: May 17 - July 29, 2011
Conference dates: Monday July 9 - Friday July 13, 2012
Venue: The University of Sydney, Sydney Australia

The Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research, Inc. (ACSPRI) will host the ISA RC33 (Research Committee on Logic and Methodology) International Conference on Social Science Methodology in July 2012, in Sydney, Australia.

The focus of the conference is on innovations and current best practice in all aspects of social science research methodology. It provides an opportunity to reflect on contemporary methods, as applied in a range of settings and disciplinary contexts, to hear about emerging methods, tools, techniques and methodologies, and to discover what resources are available to social science researchers and users of research.

To propose a session you will first need to register as a user by following the links on the conference website home page here: website

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) Call for Proposals now open -  website
External closing date: 21 October 2011

Workshops funded under this program will be held between July 2012 and June 2013.

The closing date for submission of proposals is Friday 21 October 2011.

The Purpose of the Program is to advance knowledge through in-depth discussion, and to promote its application by the dissemination of workshop outcomes through publication.

Proposals must be submitted by email to Margaret.Blood@anu.edu.au  on the application form available for download, with the guidelines, from: website

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:

 

 

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