New OpportunitiesNational Health and Medical Research Council - Ideas Grants, workshop and information

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Applications for the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grants open on 6 March 2019 in the Research Grants Management System (RGMS).

Ideas Grants aim to support innovative research projects addressing a specific question(s). Read on for details on key dates, application support and advice, guidelines, and how to participate in an Ideas Grants workshop.

Ideas Grants will provide funding for up to five years for creative research by investigators at all career stages, including early and mid-career investigators, in any area of health and medical research, from discovery to implementation.


The Research Development and Support (RDS) deadline for compliance review is 9 April 2019. The deadline for certification in RGMS by applicants is 7 May 2019 with the scheme closing on 8 May 2019. For application support and advice, contact


RDS is presenting a NHMRC Ideas Grants Workshop on Friday 8 March 2019, from 9.30am - 12.30pm. Register at ienrol-Research.

Participants will learn relevant general information about Ideas Grants, hear examples of researchers’ experiences in applying for Project Grants, and how to apply for an Ideas Grant.


The following draft documentation is currently available from the Ideas Grants Forecast Opportunity on GrantConnect:

  • Ideas Grants 2019 Guidelines
  • Ideas Grants 2019 Guide to Applicants, including the Category Descriptors

This information will assist applicants to begin preparing their application in advance of the funding opportunity opening on 6 March 2019.

For more information on Ideas Grants, visit the NHMRC site.

New OpportunitiesRound 7 of the Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants now open

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Round 7 of the Australian Government Cooperative Research Centres Projects (CRC-P) Grants have now opened and will close on 28 March 2019.

These grants target short-term industry-led collaborative research projects that will develop products, services or processes to deliver tangible outcomes and commercial benefits to participants and their industry sectors.

Grants of up to $3 million are on offer for businesses, industries and research organisations to work together to develop practical solutions to challenges in industry.

For the first time, funding applications related to critical minerals projects will be prioritised. Critical minerals are those that could cause economic or strategic issues if affected by supply disruptions. Up to $20 million will be available for critical minerals applications as part of this funding round.

Applications to the seventh CRC-P round close on 28 March, with funding outcomes expected to be announced in June 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 14 March 2019.

Rupali Saikia, Grants Officer, is Flinders’ Research Development and Support contact for all CRC-P related enquiries and applications.

Information related to CRC-P grants and details of previous recipients are available at

New OpportunitiesResearch, Commercialisation and Startup Fund information session

The Research, Commercialisation and Startup Fund (RCSF) supports researchers, entrepreneurs and businesses to accelerate their progress with funding from the South Australian Government.

The RCSF comprises three competitive funding streams: Strategic Research Initiatives, Startup and Early Stage Company Incentive, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem Initiatives.

An information session on the RCSF will be held on 25 February 2019, from 2.30pm – 3.30pm at the Department for Industry and Skills, Training Room, Level 4, 11 Waymouth St. Adelaide. Register at Eventbrite.


Stream 1: Strategic Research Initiatives* 

Supports research initiatives that will create innovative solutions or translate research into industry or commercial outcomes that address economy-wide challenges for South Australia.

Stream 2: Startup and Early Stage Company Incentive

Provides entrepreneurs with funding to start and scale their innovative early-stage business.

Stream 3: Entrepreneurship and Innovation Ecosystem Initiatives* 

Supports programs, events and activities that have broad benefit to the startup community.

* Stream 1 and 3 - Calls for proposals to address specific initiatives will be announced with details of timing and funding to be specified from time to time.

Funding is awarded on a competitive basis.

More information on the Fund can be found at the Department for Industry and Skills website.

New OpportunitiesHuman Performance Research Network call for expressions of interest

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The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group established the Human Performance Research Network in 2016.

DST will be expanding the network and are seeking expressions of interest from Universities for innovative proposals of future focussed research that can meaningfully address one or more of the Australian Defence Force’s Human Performance priorities.

Funding of up to $500,000 per study is available over four years with applications open until 15 March 2019. For advice and assistance in applying, please contact Tony Kyriacou, Defence Partnerships Director.

DST will be holding an information session in Adelaide on Wednesday 20 February 2019. Registration and more information is available at Eventbrite.

Full details on the call, including the Human Performance priorities, can be found at the DST website -

Flinders Research NewsAustralian Research Council visit to Adelaide for Humanities and Creative Arts

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Professor Joanne Tompkins, Executive Director Humanities and Creative Arts, Australian Research Council will be hosting a 2 hour forum to meet with Humanities and Creative Arts researchers and assessors in South Australia.

The forum at the University of Adelaide on 1 March 2019 from 11 am - 1 pm, will focus on the assessment process and the current climate for competitive funding within these disciplines. Researchers from other disciplines are also invited to attend. 

Please contact your College Research Support staff staff by Friday 22 February to register and secure a place. 

The Executive Directors at the ARC play an important role in providing strategic policy and operational advice and outreach within the higher education and research sector. 

Seminars conferences and workshopsBRAVE lecture - I don’t like Mondays, Mum - preventing bullying in schools

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Bullying. It’s physically harmful, socially isolating and psychologically damaging, affecting the mental health and wellbeing of 1 in 5 Aussie kids. 

Whilst face-to-face bullying is widely recognised, cyberbullying poses broader challenges, one of which requires an integrated approach when implementing effective interventions.

Join Professor Phillip Slee at this free event, who’ll discuss how a Flinders University initiative is providing new insights into the effective implementation of anti-bullying programs, supporting schools across South Australia and the globe address the issue.

The lecture "I don’t like Mondays, Mum: preventing bullying in schools" will be held in Level 1, Room 1, Flinders Victoria Square on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, 5.30-7.30pm.

To register to attend, visit the Registration page.

Through its education and research programs, Flinders encourages new ways of thinking, and supports experimentation and daring, with the mission to contribute on an international scale through ‘changing lives and changing the world’. So we invite you to share and collaborate with us on our BRAVE journey. We will impart our knowledge and new discoveries, elevate discussion and inspire debate; all with the view to facilitate the betterment of our society. To find out more about the BRAVE series, please visit the Flinders website.

Be BRAVE, be bold, be at Flinders.

Flinders Research News2019 South Australian Science Excellence Awards information session at Flinders

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Please join us at an information session for the South Australian Science Excellence Awards.

Sarah Thomas, Senior Project Officer, Science, Industry & Entrepreneurship, Department for Industry and Skills will be visiting Flinders to give an overview of each award category and application timelines. Previous Flinders University winners will also be sharing their insights.

The information session will be held on Wednesday 13 March, 9.30-10.30am in the Council Room, Registry, Bedford Park Campus. Please enrol at ienrol-Research.

The SA Science Excellence Awards showcase the critical importance of science and research to the development of industry and our society.

The awards acknowledge the achievements of talented individuals, including recent PhD graduates and early career science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) researchers, who are making an outstanding contribution to society both nationally and internationally.

Awards are presented in five categories:

  • South Australian Scientist of the year
  • PhD Research Excellence Award
  • STEM Professional Award
  • STEM Educator of the Year (split into School Teaching and Tertiary Teaching categories)
  • Excellence in Research Collaboration

Seminars conferences and workshopsKnowledge Translation for Doctoral and Early Career Researchers

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Flinders’ Doctoral students and ECRs have the opportunity to upskill in Knowledge Translation (KT) during the week of 4 March 2019.

Theoretical and practically-inspired sessions will focus on how to integrate KT into research and grant applications in health, nursing, social sciences and humanities.

This initiative is part of a five day Intensive for DrPH students in CMPH which is being opened for Flinders’ Doctoral and ECRs. Doctoral supervisors are also welcome. 

Most research is never used. Grants require evidence of impact. KT can help.

Open sessions at 10.00 am – 12:00 pm daily include:


Monday March 4: 'Push, pull and exchange – The research on research use'.
This session introduces the science and practice of KT

Tuesday March 5: 'Nothing as practical as a good theory'.
This session explores theoretical underpinnings and theories of change informing KT

Wednesday March 6: 'How to make friends and influence policy'.
This session discusses the ‘how to’ and value of exchanges with research users

Thursday March 7: 'How to explain your research at a party'.
This session shares skills for effectively communicating to broader audiences

Thursday March 7, 1pm: ‘Show me the logic – mapping research with logic models'.
This session demystifies logic models for research and evaluation using a practical example

Friday March 8: 'Knowledge translation and your career'.
A session to explore international trends and how to build KT into a research career

Presenters include Dr Tahna Pettman, Professor Colin MacDougall, Professor Alison Kitson and researchers from the Southgate Institute for Health, Society and Equity.

Register by noting your preferred session and email by 28 February to:

Seminars conferences and workshops2 Day Master-classes and Workshops with ACSPRI in Melbourne

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The Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI) are offering several 2 day master-classes and workshops in their Melbourne office in the first half of the year. These courses are specialised, small group (max of 12-14) and very hands on.

If you'd like more information about any of the courses they are offering this year, follow the links for a detailed syllabus, and please contact or 03 8376 6496. Flinders University is a member of ACSPRI.


Collecting, Managing and Analysing Qualitative Interiew Data with Professor Carol Grbich: 14-15 March 
Addressing the practicalities of collecting, managing and analysing data from Face to Face and Focus Group interviews, in this course will prepare and practice individual & group qualitative interviewing, qualitative question design and analysis of your data.


The Who, The What and the How of Moderating Focus Groups with Bianca Plunkett: 28-29 March
This 'hands on' course is designed for those of you familiar with qualitative research, who want to further your understanding around the mechanics of setting up and moderating focus group based research projects. The course is also useful for those of you who may be responsible for, or need to commission qualitative research. 


Surviving SPSS: a step by step guide to data Analysis using SPSS with Associate Professor Julie Pallant: 2-3 May
Presented by the author of the SPSS Survival Manual: A step by step guide to data analysis using SPSS, this course is designed for people who have little, or no, experience with SPSS, particularly those involved in research in the social and health sciences, education and business.


An introduction to Mixed Methods Research Design with Dr Nicola McNeil: 17-18 May
The course is designed for participants with an introductory-level understanding of qualitative and quantitative research techniques. You will examine the key features of mixed methods research designs, exploring the different types, and analysing the benefits and challenges associated with the design and implementation of each design, including analysis and write-up of mixed methods studies.


Questionnaire Design with Dr Gordon Emmerson: 23-24 May
A two day workshop focussing on building hard copy or internet surveys to meet a variety of needs. Topics include uses of surveys, constructing survey questions that are clear and unbiased, the need to match attitudinal or behavioural data collection with the purpose of the survey, and combining objective and open-ended questioning in order to enhance the usability of results.


Nvivo Essentials with Associate Professor Linda Sweet: 30-31 May
This workshop is aimed at providing researchers with essential skills in using NVivo software through hands-on experience. Those choosing to enrol in this course will be working on or about to embark on a research project. The course assumes no prior skills with using NVivo, however will cater for all levels of participants, from novice to advanced users.

New Opportunities2019 Ramaciotti awards

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The 2019 Ramaciotti Awards are now open for applications.

This year, the Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research, the Ramaciotti Health Investment Grants, and the Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award are available.

Applications close 5 PM, 31 May 2019 for both the Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research and the Ramaciotti Health Investment Grants. The Flinders internal closing date for both of these is 17 May 2019.

Expressions of Interest for the Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award close on 15 March 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 1 March 2019.

For advice and more detail on the Ramaciotti Medal, contact Dr Marina Delpin, and for advice and more details on the Health Investment grants and the Biomedical Research Award, contact Gareth Rees.

The Clive & Vera Ramaciotti Foundations are collectively one of the largest contributors to biomedical research in Australia having granted over $57 million to  research projects since 1970. Vera Ramaciotti, OBE, established the Foundations to give substantial support to biomedical research – an interest shared by Vera and her brother Clive. The Ramaciotti Foundations continue to support biomedical research and each year make significant distributions via the Ramaciotti Awards.

Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research Medal and $50,000 Grant

This is awarded to a person who has made an outstanding discovery (or discoveries) in clinical or experimental biomedical research that has had an important impact on biomedical science, clinical medicine, or the way in which healthcare is delivered. Candidates for the Medal are provided by nomination only from professionals within the medical and scientific research community. The Ramaciotti Foundations’ Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) may nominate candidates, seek nominations or advice from other biomedical scientists. They do not accept self-nominations. Previous nominees may be nominated again.

The greater part of the nominees work leading to the discovery (or discoveries) must have been conducted in Australia, and the nominee should still be actively engaged in this work.

The person nominating should make a submission which includes the following:

  • A citation (not more than three pages) outlining the background to and consequences of the nominee’s discovery (or discoveries) and their recent scientific achievements.
  • Brief curriculum vitae of the nominee and a list of selected publications. Submissions must be received in Research Development and Support by 17 May 2019 to Dr Marina Delpin. The Medal recipient will be notified in September.

Ramaciotti Health Investment Grants

Grants of up to $150,000 - These Grants are awarded to individuals in universities, public hospitals or institutes for a contribution towards the undertaking of health or medical research with a potential path to clinical application within five years. A Health Investment Grant is intended to provide enabling research support for an autonomous early career investigator who is taking or has recently taken a substantive position. It is expected that up to five grants will be awarded in 2019.

Flinders is able to submit one application per department, up to a maximum of three applications overall. Contact Gareth Rees to discuss your application and eligibility to apply.

A Health Investment Grant is subject to the host institution providing a matching grant of the amount requested and raising the balance (if any) of the full cost of the proposed project. The matching grant must be cash for cash (not in-kind) but can include the salaries of project personnel (excluding the salary of the Chief Investigator).

Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Awards

This $1 million grant is awarded every two years to a group or individual undertaking biomedical research within universities, public hospitals, medical research institutes or other similar organisations. The award funds projects including personnel, equipment, major infrastructure improvements or new laboratories that help an existing, well-funded program of research or enable a major new program to begin.

Traditionally, it funds a need that would not attract funding elsewhere.

Flinders is able to submit one application per department, up to a maximum of three applications overall. Contact Gareth Rees to discuss your application and eligibility to apply.


New OpportunitiesSylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation awards

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Senior Medical Research Fellowships and Clinical Investigator Awards are now open for the Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation (the Foundation).

The Foundation was established to benefit organisations or institutions involved in the medical research into diseases, and the alleviation of hardship of the aged and infirm.

Due to a number of current large multi-year commitments, the Foundation is not currently seeking new applications except for its Medical Awards Program (encompassing the Senior Medical Research Fellowships and the Clinical Investigator Awards).

Applications close on 30 April 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 16 April 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

Further information, including the guidelines, application form and frequently asked questions, are available at the Equity Trustees website.

New OpportunitiesAustralia and the Netherlands Shared Cultural Heritage Programme

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The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canberra, Australia welcomes project proposals for initiatives focusing on Dutch-Australian cultural heritage to be initiated in 2019.

The embassy’s shared cultural heritage programme identifies 4 themes for 2019; the so-called 4 M’s: Maritime, Military, Migrant and Mercantile heritage.

The application/project criteria are:

  1. The project commences after 1 March 2019 but before 1 December 2019 and will run for a period not exceeding four years;
  2. The project promotes the sustainable preservation of Australian-Dutch cultural heritage;
  3. The project focuses on one (or several) of the above mentioned 4 M’s;
  4. The project has a long-term impact;
  5. The project is mainly aimed at an Australian target group, based in Australia;
  6. The project promotes cooperation between Australian and Dutch counterparts;
  7. The project creates awareness and knowledge about Australian-Dutch cultural heritage primarily among an Australian audience;
  8. A strong communication strategy, in which the financial support from the embassy is acknowledged, is part of the project planning;
  9. If applicable: involvement from key stakeholders and the community to ensure the project can continue after Embassy funding ceases.

The final deadline to for applications is 1 October 2019, but applications will be accepted until this date or until funding is exhausted. The Embassy aims to decide on applications within 13 weeks after receiving the original by mail. For application advice and assistance, contact Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII).

More information, including eligibility and the application form, is available at the Netherlands Worldwide website.

Seminars conferences and workshopsDeadline for abstract submission extended for 2019 Frontiers of Science—Redefining healthy ageing together

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The deadline to submit an abstract to present at the 2019 Frontiers of Science—Redefining healthy ageing together symposium has been extended to midnight 19 February 2019.

This two-day event on 8–9 April is specifically designed for early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) and PhD students to present their research directly to other EMCRs, identify potential opportunities for collaborations, and discuss exciting cutting-edge advances in healthy ageing research.

Don’t miss the chance to present your research and meet your future collaborators.

For more information on the symposium, visit the Australian Academy of Science website.

New OpportunitiesThe Hospital Research Foundation “Your Choice” Patient Impact Grant Round 2019

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The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) is proud to invite applications in its inaugural “Your Choice” Patient Impact Round.

This exciting initiative allows THRF supporters to play a key role in deciding how their donations will make an impact in the community.

This is the first time THRF has asked supporters to nominate the areas of medical research and patient care they would like THRF to fund with a specific grant round. Supporters have first been asked to select the two areas of healthcare that matter most to them. This result has informed the two areas for this grant round.

The following grants will be awarded, with funding commencing 1 July 2019 for a 12 month project:

  • One grant of $200,000, in the field of Aged Care
  • One grant of $200,000, in the field of Cancer Patient Support

All applications will undergo an initial assessment by a THRF internal technical committee. The panel will shortlist proposals in each of the two categories and will ensure that all shortlisted proposals are feasible and meet high technical and quality standards.

The shortlisted proposals will be communicated to THRF supporters who will then cast their final vote. The grant with the highest number of votes for each of the two areas of healthcare will be awarded.

Application submissions will close at 4 pm on 15 March, 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 1 March 2019. For application advice and assistance, please contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Officer (NHMRC, MRFF, & Health).

Shortlisted applicants may be required to present more information to the THRF internal committee.

Further information can be found at the Hospital Research Foundation website.

New OpportunitiesPrime Minister's Prizes for Science

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The Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science are Australia’s most prestigious awards for outstanding achievements in scientific research, research-based innovation, and excellence in science teaching.

The prizes recognise achievements across diverse disciplines and career stages.

Recipients share $750 000 in prize money, and have the opportunity to showcase important work undertaken in their field.

Prizes for research:

  • Prime Minister’s Prize for Science ($250 000)
  • Frank Fenner Prize for Life Scientist of the Year ($50 000)
  • Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year ($50 000)

Prizes for innovation:

  • Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation ($250 000)
  • Prize for New Innovators ($50 000)

The Frank Fenner, Malcom McIntosh and New Innovators prizes are awarded for early-career achievements made within 10 years (full time or full time equivalent) of completing relevant studies. The New Innovators prize rewards steps towards translating research into a commercially available product.

Nominations close on 12 March 2019. The Flinders internal closing date for nominations is 26 February 2019. For application assistance and advice, please contact Marina Delpin, Program Manager:Researcher Professional Development.

Further information, including eligibility requirements and the nomination toolkit, can be found on the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science website.



New Opportunities2019 National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation grants

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The National Foundation for Medical Research and Innovation (NFMRI)’s funding seeks to support the translation of biomedical research projects that have strong potential in addressing unmet community needs.

Funding provided by NFMRI is very different from other foundations and traditional funding sources, which is why they ask that applicants read more about the Foundation prior to submitting a proposal.

Around the beginning of each calendar year, NFMRI opens its general grant round, which is open nationally and seeks to support innovative biomedical research projects covering all diseases and conditions.

From time to time, via their partnerships they are able to offer targeted funding rounds based around their partner’s mission and objectives.

Those interested in applying for NFMRI funding should read more about their strategy and portfolios prior to making a submission. Their success stories and current grants also provide a good indication as to the types of projects they normally support.

Those interested should consider subscribing to the NFMRI newsletter as this is where all announcements are made.

The following funding opportunities are available with the NFMRI in 2019:

2019 Annual Grant Round - OPEN

Focus: Limited to applications that fall within portfolios 2 & 3, open nationally. 

More information about this grant round can be found here.

Closes: 6pm AEST on Friday, 29 March 2019 (please note that the RDS internal closing date of 15 March 2019). For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC & Health).

Cystic Fibrosis Grant Round - OPEN

Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is partnering with NFMRI to provide research funding specific to cystic fibrosis. The grant will be called the Barbara Stow-Smith CF Innovation Grant, in honour of the Cure4 Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s first bequest.

Focus: Expressions of interest will be called in three key gap areas known as social investment portfolios. Priority will be given to portfolios two and three that focus on critical translational research activities accessing external research collaborations and capabilities to undertake critical research studies.

More information about this grant round can be found here.

Closes: 6pm AEST on Friday, 29 March 2019 (please note that the RDS internal closing date of 15 March 2019). For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC & Health).

EOI's must be submitted using the NFMRI 2019 EOI Cystic Fibrosis Grant Round form though their online submission page to be considered.

Alzheimer’s Disease Grant Round - COMING SOON

As part of their partnership with The Mason Foundation (managed by Equity Trustees), NFMRI will be seeking EOIs for projects investigating potential treatments and/or cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.

The 2019 round will be announced in the near future.

New OpportunitiesAlport Foundation of Australia project grants and grants in aid

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The Alport Foundation of Australia (the Foundation) invites applications from Australian researchers for Project Grants and Grants in Aid up to the value of $20,000 for projects which meet the objectives of the Foundation.

The Foundation supports all areas of research relevant to Alport Syndrome and related disorders.

Alport Syndrome is an inherited disease of the kidney that affects approximately 1 in 5000 people.

The objectives of the Foundation are:

  • To support Australian patients with Alport Syndrome and their families
  • To support quality research which provides a better outcome for those with Alport Syndrome and their families
  • To raise awareness of Alport Syndrome in Australia

Applications will close on Tuesday 30 April 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 16 April 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII).

The application form can be downloaded from the Alport Foundation of Australia website.

New Opportunities2019 Australia-India Council grants program

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The Australia-India Council (AIC)'s mission is to advance Australia's foreign and trade policy interests by building awareness and understanding between the people and institutions of Australia and India.

Grants will be provided to a number of small and medium projects (up to a maximum of $150,000 each) that demonstrate a clear capacity to maximise impact by fostering ground-breaking and catalytic collaborations.

The 2019 Australia-India Council grants program will close at 2 pm (AEST) Thursday, 28 March 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 14 March 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII).

The priority areas for the 2019 Australia-India Council Grants Program are:

  • Develop new innovative mechanisms for lifting outcomes between Australia and India in one or more of the 10 sectors identified within the India Economic Strategy
  • Develop new innovative social entrepreneur schemes that build on opportunities presented by successful projects, such as, India's unique identifier Aadhaar scheme or outcomes from the Australia India Strategic Research Fund projects on health, agribusiness or water technology, energy and resources, and urban infrastructure.
  • Recognise and capitalise on Australian and Indian shared cultural identity, for example, through common parliamentary and legal systems; social entrepreneur platforms that support women in leadership, children or tech-savvy young people; or Indigenous culture.
  • Build connections between Australia and India by drawing on major events as inspiration for collaborations and joint projects that establish linkages between India and Australia in a school, business or community setting.

Project costs relate to the scope of the grant activity, its complexity, proposed outcomes, and strategic advantage, and should be proportionate with administration and sensible risk management expectations. Further information, including the online application form is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

New Opportunities2019 Council for Australian-Arab relations grants program

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The Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) supports projects that enhance Australia's economic, cultural and social relations with the Arab world.

Applicants should carefully read the grant guidelines before submitting their application.

The 2019 CAAR grants program will close at 2 pm (AEDT) Monday, 18 March 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 4 March 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII).

The Council assesses grant applications on the likely benefits a project will bring, rather than the amount requested, and it therefore exercises some flexibility in the amounts disbursed as grants. While the level of grant funding will be decided according to the merits of the proposal, funding will generally be above a minimum of AUD $10,000 per grant, and up to a maximum of AUD $40,000. CAAR encourages applicants to also seek funding for their project from other sources.

Further information, including on the funding guidelines, is available at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website.

New OpportunitiesCooperative Research Centres Association Early Career Researchers competition

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Flinders University students are eligible for the Early Career Researchers competition from the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Association.

The competition prizes include $5000 for the winner and $1000 for each finalist (full details on the CRC Association website).

Entry into the competition will require a 30-second video in which the participant pitches their research, and each finalist will need to deliver a 5-minute oral presentation at the Collaborate | Innovate | 2019 conference in Adelaide, 28‑30 May.

The emphasis here is on clear and compelling communication rather than video editing. 

Applications close Friday 8 March 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 22 February 2019. For advice and application assistance, please contact Dr Marina Delpin. As there is a limit of 10 entries per supporting member, if you are considering an application, contact Marina.

To ensure all participants are able to put their best foot forward, Dr Will Grant of the Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science (CPAS) has generously agreed to run a free webinar on fast and engaging communication. The webinar will take place on Friday 15 February at 11:30am and run for one hour.

All interested ECRs are welcome and encouraged to RSVP at this link:

The principles taught in the webinar will help ECRs when it comes to putting together a strong 30-second video pitch for entering the competition, as well as a 5-minute oral presentation should they be selected as finalists. A link will be sent to registered attendees on the morning of 15 February.

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