Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsWhat's on in ienrol research - 3 to 18 October 2019

Proactively Supporting our Research

Book now at ienrol research to access Flinders’ researcher training and development opportunities. Workshops, information sessions, seminars and drop-in sessions aim to provide ongoing development and support to all researchers.

Key workshops in the next two weeks include:
    Understanding and optimising research performance metrics;
    NHMRC Investigator Grants Information Session;
    ARC Discovery Project Information Session;
plus scheduled drop-in sessions that enable you to meet and work directly with our RDS teams.

Click on the links below to view the course details.

Drop-In Sessions: ARC grantsWednesday 9 October 2019

Drop-In Session: NHMRC and Health grantsWednesday 9 October 2019

Understanding & optimising research performance metricsThursday 10 October 2019

NHMRC Investigator Grants Information SessionTuesday 15 October 2019

Drop-In Sessions: Industry, Government, International & Internal grantsTuesday 15 October 2019

Drop-In Sessions: ARC grants, Tuesday 15 October 2019

Drop-In Session: NHMRC and Health grantsWednesday 16 October 2019

ARC Discovery Project Information Session, Friday 18 October 2019

 

 

Further courses scheduled for later in the month and beyond are available at ienrol research.

Flinders Research NewsAustralian Research Council announces changes to grant guidelines and processes

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has released the grant guidelines for the Industrial Transformation Research Program 2020 (ITRP20) and announced a number of measures to streamline the grant guidelines and process across all its schemes.

Changes have been made in accordance with the Australian Government’s Streamlining Government Grants Administration Program (announced in 2015–16) and in response to the Parliamentary inquiry into efficient, effective and coherency of Australian Government funding for research (2018).

In addition to the standard consideration of comments provided throughout the previous year’s grant opportunity assessment processes, ahead of the 2019 drafting process a number of changes were proposed to streamline the guidelines, agreements and assessment process through the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) Streamlining Workshop held with members of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) in November 2018. Some of the proposed changes were presented to ARMS members and the ARC College of Experts for further feedback prior to their submission to the Minister for approval.

 

Overall changes to the 2019 grant guidelines

1. Multi-year guidelines

In the past the ARC has revised and issued grant guidelines for each scheme every year. From 2019, they intend to issue the scheme guidelines every second year.

This change has been reflected in removing reference to specific dates in the grant guidelines, so the document can apply for a number of grant opportunities (scheme rounds).

Changing the guidelines period provides researchers and research office staff with assurance that the details of each scheme will stay the same for a longer period, meaning longer-term planning can be put in place and less time is devoted to the interpretation of ARC grant documentation. It will also provide the ARC with more time to consider policy issues affecting its funding schemes, rather than spending significant time amending wording and formatting.

Guidelines references: applicants are referred to the ARC website for dates for each grant opportunity where relevant in the guidelines.

2. Format and streamlining

Since the ARC’s move to the whole-of-government grant guidelines template in 2018, the ARC has continued to review the format and content of its guidelines with a view to:

  • standardising presentation across all ARC funding schemes;
  • increasing alignment with the guidelines of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) where appropriate; and
  • ensuring the ARC’s grant guidelines are consistent with the whole-of-government grant guidelines. While no significant changes to the format and content of the guidelines have been made, minor revisions include the following:
  • clarifying the eligibility requirements (especially project limits) to ensure that they are as simple as possible; 
  • changing the layout of the Eligible Organisation list to match NHMRC (guidelines ref: 4.7);
  • removing lists of policies, and instead referring applicants to the ARC website for the most up to date information (this is also in line with the NHMRC) (guidelines ref: 10.6); and
  • removing any other unnecessary duplication or repetition.

 

Changes to Assessment

3. Scheme objectives and assessment criteria streamlined and updated

In 2019, the ARC reviewed the assessment criteria for all NCGP funding schemes as part of streamlining activities being undertaken by the agency. The review was undertaken on the basis that clarity and consistency in presentation of the assessment criteria and their sub-elements will help provide clarity for both applicants and assessors. In some instances, the changes made relate specifically to changes made in the application form to streamline the collection of information.

4. Scheme objectives structure

The scheme objectives and outcomes have been separated to clarify the objectives and expected outcomes of each scheme where:

  • objectives are ‘the specific result the ARC/Australian Government is trying to achieve within the scheme timeframe and with the available resources’; and
  • outcomes are ‘the result the ARC/Australian Government hopes to achieve if the objectives are accomplished’.

This approach is consistent with the whole-of-government grant guidelines template and the NHMRC.

5. Requests not to assess – removed option to request more than 3 assessors be excluded

In order to streamline this process, a maximum of three assessors may be requested not to assess an application. Previously more than three assessors could be requested not to assess an application in extraordinary circumstances and only if additional justification was provided. The administrative burden of this process was high. The option was not taken up by many applicants, and many of the requests were already covered by standard conflict of interest processes. Further information about this process is available on the ARC website.

 

Changes to Eligibility

6. Project limits simplified

Chief Investigators with projects funded under the Special Research Initiatives, Learned Academies Special Projects or Supporting Responses to Commonwealth Science Council Priorities schemes will no longer count towards Linkage Projects scheme project limits requirements.

The wording in this section of the grant guidelines (What are the limits on the number of applications and projects per named participant?) has also been revised for clarity.

Further information about NCGP project limits is available on the ARC website.

Guidelines reference: 4.28-4.34 (page 15-16)

 

Changes to Budget Requests

7. Changed budget item limit - Teaching Relief 

In the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, the limit for teaching relief will now be considered per Chief Investigator (CI) rather than at a project level. The new limit allows teaching relief to be requested for up to $50,000 per CI per year. As the limit was previously set by Project rather than CI, CIs participating in a project involving multiple CIs were disadvantaged when requesting teaching relief. This change seeks to rectify this issue.

Guidelines references: A4.1 (page 34)

 

For further information or assistance in applying for ARC grants, contact the ARC Team in Research Development and Support, Research Grants and Tenders.

Flinders Research NewsRelease of Information Paper - The implementation of the 3Rs in Australia

NHMRC

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released the Information Paper: Implementation of the 3Rs in Australia.

The fundamental framework for the ethical and humane use of animals for scientific purposes in Australia includes the responsibility to apply the 3Rs – Replacement, Reduction and Refinement — at all stages of animal care and use. The 3Rs are among the governing principles in the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and are established in Australia through the adoption of the Code in state and territory legislation.

All those involved have a responsibility to ensure the consideration and implementation of alternative approaches that do not use animals (Replacement). If the use of animals is the only way to obtain the necessary information, they have a responsibility to ensure that the studies are of the highest quality, designed to involve the smallest number of animals (Reduction) and to support and safeguard animal wellbeing (Refinement).

Despite the importance of the 3Rs, there is little evidence about how they are being implemented in Australia. The NHMRC has undertaken its 3Rs Project and the development of this Information Paper to fill this evidence gap. The Information Paper identifies situations where innovations in the 3Rs in Australia are unrecognised. It also highlights apparent strengths in current practices as well as opportunities for improvement.

Implementation of the 3Rs is the responsibility of the research sector as a whole. NHMRC is providing this Information Paper for broad circulation within the Australian community to promote informed discussion about the implementation of the 3Rs in Australia. The NHMRC also hopes that this document will assist the research sector in making improvements where required.

The Information Paper was developed with advice from NHMRC’s Animal Welfare Committee comprising members with expertise in veterinary science and animal welfare, as well as scientists and community representatives.

The Information Paper and further information are available on the NHMRC’s website.

Questions or feedback about the Information Paper can be sent to ethics@nhmrc.gov.au.

Flinders Research NewsStem Cell Therapies Mission Roadmap call for consultation

MRFF

As part of the 2019-20 budget, the Commonwealth Government announced a commitment of $150 million, over 10 years, for a comprehensive research effort focussing on stem cells. 

A draft Stem Cell Therapies Mission Roadmap is now open for comment and feedback. The roadmap will assist in the implementation of the Mission, including setting key priorities for funding.

A clear and well-focused Roadmap will ultimately increase the success of the Mission and the ability to attract co-investment from other funding sources. A series of consultation questions are available in an online survey.

The funding, awarded under the Government’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), will support Australian researchers to make game-changing discoveries, develop a global biotech industry and enable the implementation of changes in healthcare.

To participate in the consultation, and to access a copy of the draft roadmap, visit the Department of Health consultation website.

Flinders Research NewsTiming of next round of ERA and EI has been announced

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has announced the timing of the next rounds of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the Engagement and Impact (EI) Assessment. 

The next round of ERA will take place in 2023 and the next round of EI will take place the following year, in 2024.

The Australian Government is committed to the ongoing assessment of engagement, impact, and quality of Australia’s university research. 

As a result, in 2019-20, the ARC will be conducting a comprehensive review of the ERA and EI to: 

  • simplify and streamline the programs 
  • take advantage of recent developments in technology and big data
  • ensure the programs continue to reflect world’s best practice and
  • respond the ongoing needs of the university sector. 

The timing of the next rounds will facilitate the adoption of any changes to reporting requirements arising from the current review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification and the ARC’s upcoming review of the ERA and EI. 

Further information about the review of ERA and EI and the relevant reporting requirements for the future rounds will be made available on the ARC’s website in due course. 

More information is available on the ARC ERA page and ARC EI page.

New OpportunitiesCall for expressions of interest - Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research 2020

Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research

Over the past 16 years, Australian Centre for HIV and Hepatitis Virology Research (ACH2) has supported translational research in the areas of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) and now human TLymphotropic virus type-1 (HTLV-1). In 2020, ACH2 will continue to support translational research into these four viruses.

Funding is available from 1 January 2020 to 30 September 2020 for grants up to $100,000. One Expression of interest (EoI) per chief investigator (CI)-A will be considered.

Expressions of Interest close at 5:00 p.m. AEDT on Monday 28 October 2019. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft EoI is 21 October 2019. For application advice and assistance, please contact Lucy Sheehan-Hennessey, Research Grants Officer (NHMRC & Health).

ACH2 is seeking EoIs in applied research from qualified scientists to fund research projects aimed at:

  • developing vaccine candidates for HIV, HBV subtypes, HCV or HTLV-1;
  • developing preventatives such as HIV microbicides and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP);
  • cure and treatment interventions for HIV, HBV, or HTLV-1,
  • novel diagnostics and prognostics for HIV, HBV, HCV, HTLV-1 or hepatitis B/C/HIV/HTLV-1 co-infection;
  • molecular tools for tracking epidemics caused by these viruses; and
  • development of new tests for supporting vaccine and antiviral trials.

Basic research is not eligible, and grants aimed at development of new direct-acting antivirals against HCV are also not eligible.

Further details, eligibility criteria of this funding, and the EOI application template is available at www.ach2.org.au/apply.

Flinders Research NewsEstablishment of the Blood Cancer Taskforce

Leukaemia Foundation

The Leukaemia Foundation has established the Blood Cancer Taskforce to help develop Australia’s First National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer. 

The Taskforce will work together to develop the Action Plan, which will be delivered to the Commonwealth Government by June 2020. 

The Blood Cancer Taskforce unites Australia’s leading haematologists, researchers, patients and members of the blood cancer ecosystem together for the first time, to provide the blueprint to help tackle the key issues facing the blood cancer community today and into the future.

The Taskforce is co-Chaired by Bill Petch, CEO, Leukaemia Foundation and Professor John Seymour, Director of Cancer Medicine, Clinical Research and Haematology, Peter MacCallum Centre. A full list of members can be found at the Leukaemia Foundation website.

The formation of the Taskforce and development of the National Strategic Action Plan together mark a major milestone for the blood cancer community and will set the national agenda around blood cancer for many years to come. 

The Leukaemia Foundation was provided with $150,000 by the Commonwealth Government to develop a National Blood Cancer Action Plan.

The Plan’s scope draws on the Leukaemia Foundations’ 2019 Report State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia, which had identified actions required in relation to:

  • Empower patients
  • Accelerate Research
  • Ensure Access; and
  • Catalyse Health Service Reform.

For more information, see the Leukaemia Foundation website.

Flinders Research NewsFlinders University has renewed its CEDA South Australia membership

CEDA

The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) is a national, independent, member-based organisation providing thought leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social issues affecting Australia for over 50 years.

Flinders University staff can the opportunity to engage with CEDA in a number of ways and receive exclusive member benefits, which include:

  • Discounted member rates for member employees and their guests at CEDA public and member-only events. Visit the CEDA website to see all upcoming events.
  • Opportunities to host your key clients at corporate tables and receive priority seating.
  • Member only opportunities to sponsor CEDA events and communicate your message to a senior, cross-sector audience.

Since 1960 CEDA has produced more than 3000 publications, research reports, and articles, highlighting emerging issues and directions in a diverse range of policy areas. The quality and independence of CEDA's research program has built its reputation as Australia's leading independent voice on economic and business issues.

Flinders is one of the more than 780 leading Australian businesses and organisations who choose to be members of CEDA.

For more information, visit the CEDA website. To receive invitations to CEDA public and member-only events and updates, subscribe to CEDA.

New Opportunities2019 Conventions Adelaide Grant Awards

Conventions Adelaide

The Conventions Adelaide Grant Awards Program is an initiative of the Adelaide Convention Bureau, supported by industry partner Adelaide Convention Centre, that is specifically designed to strengthen the destination’s ability to attract major international conventions.

The Program consists of grants up to $10,000 AUD ex GST  that are available to academic, research or professional staff working within South Australian Institutions which will be awarded in 2019.

"Hosting international conferences in Adelaide provides the platform to showcase our passion for discovery and commitment to innovation to the world. Conferences can also act as a vehicle to create a long-lasting legacy within your field. Perhaps the best recent example of this is the International Astronautical Congress being used to announce the opening of the Australian Space Agency.

The Conventions Adelaide Grant Awards program rewards individuals for working with the Adelaide Convention Bureau to lead conference bids that align with South Australia’s key sectors. On behalf of the 2019 Selection Panel I strongly encourage you to take advantage of this program and participate in the 2019 Conventions Adelaide Grant Awards," said Professor Caroline McMillen, Chief Scientist for South Australia, Chair of the Selection Panel.

The program has been specifically designed  to strengthen the destination’s ability to attract major international conventions in the South Australian Government’s key priority sectors:

  • Health and medical sciences
  • Defence and space industries
  • Energy and minerals
  • Food and agribusiness
  • Creative industries
  • High technology
  • International education

In 2019 grant amounts of up to AUD$10,000 ex GST are available and will be paid directly to the applicant’s place of employment for administration of the Grant. Grant monies may be used immediately after being awarded or up to three years following.

The grant monies can be used for the following purposes:

  • Attend the identified international conference to network and open up new relationships to support the bid objectives
  • Fund a professional development goal such as attending an international conference or undertake further study in their chosen field of endeavour
  • Contribute to established or proposed research projects
  • Contribute to the purchase of needed equipment within the applicant’s place of employment

Applications close Friday 8 November 2019.

For more information, including the guidelines and application form, visit the Conventions Adelaide website.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsInvitation to hear first about how Australian's feel about health and medical research

Research Australia

On Wednesday 16 October, Minister for Health, the Hon. Greg Hunt MP will launch Research Australia's 2019 poll results at Parliament House in Canberra.

Research Australia is inviting interested parties to join them for a light breakfast to hear the key outcomes of this year's opinion poll.

This survey paints a solid picture of how Australians feel about health and medical research and the importance they place upon it.

Date: Wednesday 16 October 2019

Time: 8.30 am - 10.00 am

Venue: Private Dining Room 1 & 2 Parliament House, Canberra

RSVP: Register your attendance & dietary requirements by 10 October 2019.

New OpportunitiesNational Awards for Disability Leadership

Disability Leadership Awards

Nominations are now open for the National Awards for Disability Leadership, which recognise outstanding achievements by individuals, including academics and researchers, who have significantly contributed to advancing the status of disabled people.

The Awards reflect what is important to disabled people and the ways that change is being effected and pursuing equality for the disability community. 

Nominations close on 18 October. Contact Dr Marina Delpin, Manager, Researcher Training, Development, and Communication, of your intent to apply.

The Awards will be delivered across seven categories for outstanding achievement or outcomes by disabled people, reflecting the diversity of the community, and the intersectional nature of their lives in:

  1. The Arts – using artistic expression to advance the status of disabled people.
  2. Change Making – achieving lasting change to the status quo (policy, programs, legislation) which results in greater equality for disabled people.
  3. Rights Activism – using human rights mechanisms, including implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, to advance the status of disabled people.
  4. Innovation – being innovative, working outside the box, developing new systems, technology or tools to achieve outcomes in the status of disabled people.
  5. Social Impact – using the public domain, through mainstream and social media, or other digital interfaces, to achieve visibility of disabled people.
  6. Inclusion – designing processes, systems or programs which illustrate the diversity of disabled people as equal contributors to achieving outcomes.
  7. The Lesley Hall Award for Lifetime Achievement – awarded to an individual who has shown commitment to the disability rights movement and worked overtime to achieve significant outcomes for disabled people.

The National Awards for Disability Leadership are brought to you by a collaboration of Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, Disabeld People's Organisations Australia, and the Disability Leadership Institute.

For more information and to nominate, visit the Disability Leadership Institute website.

New OpportunitiesLaunch your space career with a HDR scholarship

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The SmartSat CRC is a partnership between universities, other research organisations, and industry that has been funded by the Australian Government to develop know-how and technologies in advanced telecommunications and IoT connectivity, intelligent satellite systems and Earth observation next generation data services.

The SmartSat CRC invites expressions of interest for higher degrees by research (Masters & PhD) scholarships commencing in 2020.

Successful candidates will be enrolled with one of the SmartSat CRC university partners, which includes Flinders University, and will work on applied Research and Development which align with their research programs.

Topics can include:

  • Advanced communications & IoT connectivity
  • Advanced satellite systems, sensors & AI
  • Next-generation earth observation remote sensing analytics & data services
  • space cybersecurity systems and space governance.

Applicants should have a first-class honours degree, or equivalent, in a related discipline. Scholarships are available for Australian residents. Non-residents will be considered, subject to project specific requirements. Australian citizenship may be required for projects with specific industry partners.  

Refer to the SmartSat CRC website for more information.

New OpportunitiesSustainability of Healthcare Awards and Colloquium 2019

Bond University

The Bond University Sustainability of Healthcare Awards and Colloquium aim to promote and raise awareness of best practice in high-value health care and recognising the achievements of those in the community who are advocates and pioneers in this area.

Each award category winner will receive a $5,000 bursary to use towards their sustainable healthcare project. Awards are open to individuals and organisations predominantly based in Australia.

Nominations will close on 18 October 2019. Please contact Dr Marina Delpin, Manager, Researcher Training, Development, and Communication if you are intending to apply.

Sustainable Healthcare aims to improve health outcomes while using resources wisely. Sustainable health interventions should be evidence-based, effective, minimise waste, affordable and able to be implemented in the long term without accumulating adverse consequences for society or individuals.

The 2019 Sustainability of Healthcare Awards categories are:

  • Health Literacy Award – for increasing public understanding of sustainable health
  • Practice Award – for sustainable health intervention that is being implemented
  • Research Award – for increasing understanding of causes or interventions for sustainable health
  • Educational Award – for increasing understanding in students of sustainable health
  • Policy Award – for driving improvements at regional or national level

All nominees and award winners will be recognised at the event for their contribution to Sustainable Health Care, and winners will be given the opportunity to speak about their submission to the wider audience.

In 2019, the Sustainability of Healthcare Awards and Colloquium will include a day time session beginning at 1 pm, featuring international keynote speakers Dr Vinay Prasad, Associate Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, USA, and Dr John Brodersen, Associate Research Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen, as well as interactive forums and discussion panels based around overdiagnosis, overtreatment and the sustainability of healthcare. The Sustainable Healthcare Awards will then begin from 5.30 pm.

For more information, to register to attend the Colloguium, and to access the nomination form, visit the Bond University website.

Seminars Conferences and Workshops2020 Conference of the Metrology Society of Australasia call for abstracts

2020 Conference of the Metrology Society of Australasia

The 2020 Conference of the Metrology Society of Australasia will be held in Melbourne, Australia from 3 – 5 March 2020.

A call for abstracts is currently open for oral presentations and workshops. The deadline for abstract submission is Friday 11 October 2019 with acceptance notification by Tuesday 5 November 2019. Abstracts can be submitted by email to melbourne2020@metrology.asn.au.

Abstracts are sought for presentations and workshops in the various fields of metrology including but not limited to:

  • Traceability and the SI
  • Environment and climate change
  • Laboratory practice, accreditation and proficiency testing
  • Evaluation of measurement uncertainties
  • Chemical and biological measurement
  • Temperature metrology
  • Mass metrology
  • Flow metrology
  • Electrical metrology
  • Pressure metrology
  • Dimensional metrology
  • Photometry and radiometry
  • Acoustics and vibration metrology

For more information, visit the Conference website.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsCall for presentations at the Australia Africa Universities Network Symposium

Australia Africa Universities Network

The Australia Africa Universities Network (AAUN) will be holding a symposium at the Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University on 22 November 2019.

The AAUN network is calling for presentations at the Symposium from researchers and research teams on the work that they are doing in, or in collaboration with Africa.

This symposium will focus on:

  • Health research (including maternal, child, and women's health)
  • Food security
  • Water resources

The Executive Director, Worldwide University Network, and Chairman of AAUN, John Hearn, will be in attendance at the symposium.

If you are interested in participating in the symposium, contact Dr Annette McLaren, Senior Policy Advisor and Project Manager in the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation), Western Sydney University via email A.Mclaren@westernsydney.edu.au.

New OpportunitiesAustralian Parliamentary Library 2020 Summer Research Scholarship

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Are you a postgraduate student with an interest in public policy, the environment, science and technology, natural resources, foreign affairs, social policy, law, statistics or economics? Would you like to apply your research skills in the parliamentary environment?

The Parliamentary Library offers two summer research scholarships for postgraduate students each year. Scholars work alongside specialist researchers in the Parliamentary Library in Canberra for a period of six weeks (January–February 2020) to produce a report on a topic of relevance to the Library’s research program.

The Parliamentary Library is a unique research environment: it provides high-quality information, analysis, and advice to senators and members of the House of Representatives in support of their parliamentary and representational roles, as well as to their staff, the staff of committees, and the Governor-General.

The Summer Research Scholarship allows scholars to understand and work within this important national institution. The scholarship also gives recipients the opportunity to:

  • build research expertise
  • contribute to scholarship on the Parliament and its work
  • receive training and access the Library’s specialist collections and databases
  • interact with subject-matter experts and
  • be guided by a mentor who will provide advice during the scholarship.

Upon successful completion of the scholarship, an honorarium of $1,800 is paid.

Download the information kit at www.aph.gov.au/library.

Applications must be submitted by 16 October 2019 to parliamentary.librarian@aph.gov.au

New Opportunities2020 Michelson Prizes for vaccines and immunotherapies for major global diseases

Michelson Prizes

The Michelson Prizes are scientific awards of US $150,000 given annually to young investigators who are applying disruptive concepts and inventive processes to advance human immunology, vaccine discovery, and immunotherapy research across major global diseases. 

The 2020 Michelson Prizes will focus on transformative research in human immunology, with trans-disease applications to accelerate vaccine and immunotherapeutic discovery. They will be looking for high-impact and highly innovative research that has the potential to be applied across many diseases and to significantly expand our understanding of the human immune system.

Applications close on 31 October 2019. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 17 October 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Lucy Sheehan-Hennessy, Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

If you are a young researcher with an innovative research project, please visit the Michelson Prizes website to learn more about applying. 

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsCRC-P Information Day and Bid Clinics at Tonsley

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A free event is being held at Tonsley for those interested in CRC-P grants. To be held on Wednesday 9 October from 10.30 am, the first part of the day will be an information seminar and the second part will allow those close to finalising a bid to receive feedback via bid clinics.

The CRC Association welcome attendance not only from those who are close to finalising a bid but also from early-career researchers just beginning to familiarise themselves with the program and everyone in between. SMEs are especially encouraged to attend.

This Information Day will provide you with an opportunity to hear from Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association; and Martin Dent, CRC Projects Program Manager in the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science; as well as receive specific feedback regarding potential ideas for bids. We will also be joined by special guest, Professor Graham Wren, Director of Major Projects and Special Adviser to the Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Strathclyde.

The CRC-P Program is a federally-funded grant program that provides industry-led collaborations with short term (up to three years) matched funding of up to $3 million to develop important new technologies, products, and services. CRC-Ps are funded on a biannual basis.

CRC-Ps must:

  • be a short term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research project to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver tangible outcomes
  • benefit SMEs and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets
  • include education and training activities.

If you, as a business or research group, are considering a bid, attending this event will give you valuable insights on an effective submission.

To register for the information seminar and/or a bid clinic time slot, visit Eventbrite.

New OpportunitiesBill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations round 24

Grand Challenges Explorations round 24

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting grant proposals for the Grand Challenges Explorations: Innovations for Improving the Impact of Health Campaigns.

This Grand Challenge seeks innovative solutions that accelerate the improvement of coverage, reach, efficiency, and effectiveness of campaign-based delivery of health interventions. Initial grants of USD $100,000 will be awarded, and applications are only two pages, with no preliminary data required.

Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any type of organisation, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

The application deadline is Wednesday, 13 November 2019 11:30 am PST. The Flinders internal closing date is 30 October 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Rupali Saikia, Research Grants Officer (IGII).

For more information, visit the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation website.

The Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) initiative has awarded grants to 1485 investigators in 71 countries, targeting a diverse set of global health and development challenges.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsSave the date - Re-produce workshop

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The Re:produce workshop, 10-11 December 2019 at Customs House, Brisbane, is an opportunity for Early- and Mid- Career Researchers (EMCRs) to access two days of hands-on training in key areas of the reproducibility of science.

EMCRs can apply for funding to attend this workshop, which encourages open discussion on the challenges related to the reproducibility of their research and find ways to navigate the tools available to make their research more open and verifiable.

Lack of reproducibility of scientific claims has been a recurrent topic in many branches of science and the source of public debate in recent years. Many solutions have been proposed to address specific problems, but navigating them and finding effective tools and methods to implement can be a daunting task for researchers and their institutions.

Mobility grants from the Australian Academy of Science are available to support the attendance of a range of EMCRs at this event. The grants close on 31 October 2019.

The grants can be used to cover costs associated with attendance at the event, such as caring responsibilities, travel, accommodation and other support required to facilitate attendance. If you are applying for a mobility grant, please alert Dr Marina Delpin, Manager: Researcher Training, Development and Communication, Research Development and Support. 

For more information, visit the event page.

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