Flinders Research NewsNHMRC Development Grants 2020 Pilot

NHMRCOver the coming year, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is replacing its Research Grants Management System (RGMS) with Sapphire. 

As a first step, NHMRC is planning a pilot of Sapphire for the Development Grants 2020 Round, pending final testing. The 2020 round will open on 23 October 2019.

The Development Grants scheme provides financial support to individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof-of-concept stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a foreseeable timeframe.

The pilot will give Development Grants applicants an opportunity to provide feedback and input on Sapphire. The NHMRC will engage closely with participants throughout, and you will be well supported with resources to assist in navigating Sapphire, such as user guides, how-to videos, and access to the Sapphire Help Centre. 

NHMRC will announce confirmation of the pilot at a later date, once final testing is complete.

Action for Researchers to take:

The NHMRC will be using your primary email address from RGMS for your user login for Sapphire. Your profile information contained in RGMS has been migrated into Sapphire. You should note that if you apply for a Development Grant you will be required to keep your profile up-to-date in both RGMS and in Sapphire. 

To prepare for the pilot the NHMRC is asking applicants for Development Grants to contact the sapphire.helpdesk@nhmrc.gov.au to register to be a part of the pilot.

Once Sapphire is launched researchers will be sent an email that will enable them to log-in and access your account. 

New OpportunitiesExpressions of Interest for Round 3 of the BioMedTech Horizons program now open

BioMedTech Horizons

Expressions of Interest for Round 3 of the BioMedTech Horizons program, administered through MTP Connect, the Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical Industry Growth Centre, are now open.

Grants of up to $1 Million for medical device projects targeting innovative solutions to address unmet clinical needs in three key focus areas are available.

The three key focus areas are:

  • Digitally enabled medical devices in mobile health, health information technology, wearable devices, telehealth and telemedicine, and digitally enabled personalised medicine
  • Digitally enabled implantable medical devices addressing unmet needs in any therapeutic area
  • General medical devices in the areas of regenerative medicine, women’s health, cardiovascular, orthopaedics, neuroscience, general surgery and oncology

The investment for this program from the Australian Government of $45 million from the Medical Research Future Fund and aims to support proof-of-concept to commercial development of biomedical and medical technologies (biomedtech).

Funding delivered through this program is designed to:

  • develop new medical innovation and technology in Australia to benefit Australians
  • grow our biomedtech sector so that Australia’s world-class research is developed into real treatments, drugs and devices
  • boost employment and  grow business in the biomedtech sector

Applications close 5.00 pm 16 December 2019. The Flinders' internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 5 December 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact the Research Development and Support NHMRC and Health team on nhmrc@flinders.edu.au.

For more information, visit the BioMedTech Horizons program website.

New OpportunitiesNational Drug Discovery Centre first round of subsidised screens are now open

Proactively Supporting our Research

The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute has expanded its early stage drug discovery capacity to create the  National Drug Discovery Centre (NDDC). 

The NDDC will increase Australian medical researchers’ access to the latest in advanced robotic ultra-high throughput screening, addressing a critical early challenge in the drug discovery pipeline.

The NDDC is currently inviting applications from Australian medical researchers to fast-track their scientific breakthroughs into new medicines to treat disease.

Successful applicants from Australian research institutes and universities will benefit from accessing the latest in advanced robotic high-throughput screening by an experienced and fully staffed team at a highly subsided rate (of up to 90 percent off actual costs).

Applications for the first round of subsidised screens are due at the NDDC by 7 November 2019.

Note that the NDDC confidentiality agreement is to be signed and submitted before starting the application process. Flinders' Research Development and Support can arrange for a single agreement between Flinders University and the NDDC. If you are applying, please contact Flinders' Research Contracts team via Service One as soon as possible. Additionally, a completed Flinders' Research Certification form is required at time of application.

For more information on the facilities and the services offered, as well as access to the application portal, visit the NDDC webpage on the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute website.

To raise awareness about this initiative, the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute held information sessions around the country about how to access the latest technologies at their fully-staffed facility. A recording of their Melbourne information session and the pdf version of the slides are available on their website.

New OpportunitiesARC released Discovery Program guidelines and updated grant timelines

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has released the guidelines for the Discovery Program - Discovery Projects, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), and Discovery Indigenous.

The ARC has also updated the timelines for the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Future Fellowships, and the Discovery Program. DECRA has opened for applications in RGMS.

The updated timeline is available for viewing at the ARC page on the Flinders Research Support website.

The Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2019 edition) are now available on GrantConnect

There have been some significant changes in the guidelines including:

  • changes to the assessment criteria weighting for all ARC Fellowship schemes - see page 7 of the Discovery Program Grant Guidelines Changes 2019,
  • separating out the Benefit criterion in all schemes,
  • increases to project costs for the DECRA and Future Fellowships schemes - up by 10K per annum,
  • changes to start date - the project must now commence within 12 months after the scheme-specific Grant Commencement Date.
  • Data Management plan – not required in the application form but all successful applicants will now be required to prepare a data management plan before the project commences, and
  • ethics clearances – a plan for ethical clearances must be in place before the project starts to ensure that clearance is approved before the particular component of the project requiring ethics begins.

If you have any queries about any of these changes, contact the ARC Grants Team - Maya Roberts, Melissa Gregory, and Michele Lang, via arc@flinders.edu.au. For all ARC timelines and Flinders' internal process information visit the ARC page on the Flinders Research Support website.

New OpportunitiesThe Department of Defence’s 2020 Strategic Policy Grants Program now open

Department of Defence

The Department of Defence’s 2020 Strategic Policy Grants Program is now open for applications.

Flinders was successful in securing two grants from the last round. The program aims to deliver outcomes that support Defence policy objectives to improve and increase the strategic policy workforce’s capability to deliver high-quality policy advice to Defence and Government.

The Program will prioritise funding proposals that support the following outcomes:

  • Increase the amount and quality of discourse, debate and research on Australian Defence strategic policy issues of priority interest and strategic relevance to generate new insights, concepts, understandings and policy solutions; 
  • Deliver professional development opportunities to the strategic policy workforce with a view to enhancing their subject matter, tradecraft and leadership knowledge, skills and abilities.

Please contact research.grants@flinders.edu.au for a copy of the grant guidelines and application form.

Preference will be given to applications proposing activities that support the following priority areas;

  1. What is meant by “defending Australia and its national interests” and who gets to decide?
  2. How does Australia create and sustain national power? How can Defence contribute to the hard, soft and smart aspects of national power? How can Australia use national power (especially the Defence part) to shape our position and role in the world?
  3. How may economics and economic coercion affect Defence’s mission to defend Australia and its national interests?
  4. What are Australia’s international and Defence relations options in a multi-polar world and more dynamic Indo-Pacific?
  5. What opportunities and mechanisms are available to Australia to enhance regional defence and security engagement in the Indian Ocean?
  6. What are potential future directions in the Australia – US alliance?
  7. What are the emerging trends in Homeland Security (for example: cyber, unmanned and autonomous systems, critical infrastructure, terrorism, environment / climate change, foreign interference) and what is their impact on Government’s and Defence’s future planning and role?
  8. What are the opportunities and challenges posed by disruptive and converging technologies to the mission, design, structure and operations of Defence and the Australian Defence Force?
  9. What are the legal, ethical and moral ramifications of the employment of Lethal Autonomous Weapon Systems and Biotechnological Weapons the militaries in a strategic environment where other potential state or non-state actors are actively employing these systems?
  10. What is national resilience, and how can it be factored into Government and Defence policy responses?
  11. What is Australia’s strategic personality, and what does that mean for government and Defence?

There are no maximum or minimum amounts that can be applied for, but a total of  $2,000,000 million will be available for Program, with all applications subject to selection criteria, including value for money considerations. For reference, the two successful projects from Flinders in the last round received around $125,000 each.

All applications should have direct relevance to Department of Defence strategic policy interests and challenges for Australia's future defence and security needs. 

The application closing date is 30 November 2019 at 11:30 pm (ACT Local Time). The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 18 November 2019. Your full application must be submitted to research.grants@flinders.edu.au by the internal review date to receive a full compliance review where they will check matters including application eligibility budget and other compliance matters.

For application assistance and advice, contact Mr Tony Kyriacou, Defence Partnerships Director or Sarah Jay, Research Grants Officer, (IGII).

As the funding comes from the Defence Strategic Policy and Intelligence Group, it would be worth considering how you can reference the Defence White Paper in your applications to ensure alignment with broader policy considerations.

New OpportunitiesCancer Research Institute Lloyd J Old STAR program for mid-career scientists

Cancer Research Institute

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) is embarking on a new initiative that supports world-class academic investigators who have made notable contributions to immunotherapy and have the greatest potential to propel the field forward.

CRI’s newest program, the CRI Lloyd J. Old STAR Program—Scientists Taking Risks—will provide long-term funding to mid-career scientists providing them the freedom and flexibility to pursue high-risk, high-reward research at the forefront of discovery and innovation.

Rooted in CRI’s exceptional track record of identifying and supporting people who have had a major impact on the cancer immunology enterprise, these new grants will not be tied to a specific research project, but rather would support outstanding researchers based on the quality and promise of their overall work. The Lloyd J. Old STAR program will provide up to $1.25 million over a five-year period to support mid-career scientists: tenure-track assistant professors (minimum 3 years) and associate professors (maximum 3 years).

Candidates for the Lloyd J. Old STAR program must meet the following eligibility requirements:

The applicant must have an M.D., Ph.D., or M.D./Ph.D. (or equivalent)

Applicants must belong to one of the following categories as of 1 July 2019:

  • Tenure-track assistant professor with a minimum of 3 years in this position (appointed on or before 1 July 2016)
  • Tenure-track associate professor with a maximum of 3 years in this position (appointed on or after 1 July 2016)

Adjunct or acting positions are not eligible. The closest equivalent to tenure-track in Australia is permanent employment. CRI has no citizenship restrictions, and research supported by the award may be conducted at medical schools and research centers in the United States or abroad.

Applicants are expected to commit a minimum of 80% of their time to conducting research.

Applications close 15 January 2020. The Flinders' internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 2 January 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Amanda Wright, Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

For more information, visit the CRI website.

New Opportunities2019 Mason Foundation ME/CFS research grant

The Mason Foundation

The Judith Jane Mason & Harold Stannet Williams Memorial Foundation (‘the Mason Foundation’) is a charitable trust that supports medical and scientific research on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

The 2019 Mason Foundation ME/CFS research grant round is now open and will close on 5 November 2019.

The Flinders' internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 22 October 2019. For grant writing and administrative support, please contact Denise Caretti, Trust & Foundations Coordinator - Alumni & Advancement, Office of Communication, Marketing & Engagement. 

The goal of The Mason Foundation is to achieve enduring, positive impact in the areas of ME/CFS through funding medical research principally into the causes, prevention and/or management of this disease.

In August the Mason Foundation announced funding to establish the first Australian Registry and Biobank for ME/CFS. Research grant applications that consider opportunities for synergy with the newly created patient registry and biobank resources will be a priority.

Please refer to the Equity Trustees website for more information on the grant program.

New OpportunitiesFostering Integration Grants - now open for applications

Community Grants Hub

The Australian Government is inviting applications through an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Multicultural Affairs and Citizenship Program: Fostering Integration Grants in 2019-20.

The objective of the grant opportunity is to facilitate the participation, integration and social cohesion of both newly arrived migrants and culturally diverse communities in Australia.

The program aims to facilitate this by:

  • encouraging the social and economic participation of migrants by developing skills and cultural competencies to integrate into Australian social, economic and civic life, and build community resilience
  • promoting and encouraging the uptake of Australian values and liberal democracy and amplifying the value of Australian citizenship
  • promoting a greater understanding and acceptance of racial, religious and cultural diversity
  • addressing issues within Australian communities that show potential for, or early signs of, low social integration.

Priority will be given to small not-for-profit organisations who directly represent a specific culturally diverse community, and/or organisations who are strongly connected to the culturally diverse community and have a physical presence in that community. 

Preferred organisations may include culturally diverse community-specific organisations or mainstream organisations who are strongly connected to the culturally diverse community and have a physical presence in that community. 

Larger and well-established organisations are eligible to apply but should consider whether they have effective links with the target community to enable them to successfully deliver the project, and/or supporting or partnering with smaller organisations in their applications

Applications close at 11:00 pm AEDT on 5 November 2019. The Flinders' internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 22 October 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Dr Sarah Jay, Research Grants Officer (IGII).

Information about applying for this round can be found on the Community Grants Hub website and GrantConnect.

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.

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.

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

Hand pointing to PhD

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.

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 OpportunitiesNew funding guidelines for the Ian Potter Foundation

Ian Potter Foundation four pillars

The Governors of The Ian Potter Foundation approved the establishment of four funding pillars that align with the Foundation's Vision for a Vibrant, Healthy, Fair and Sustainable Australia, at their September 2019 Board meeting. 

From Round 1, 2020 (opening in November 2019) all grants will be made based on revised funding guidelines, which align with each of these funding pillars.

The four pillars are

  • Vibrant – Arts and Culture
  • Healthy – Medical Research Equipment and Public Health Research Projects
  • Fair – Early Childhood Development and Community Wellbeing
  • Sustainable – Environment

Not-for-profit organisations can apply for grants that meet the funding guidelines of the above areas. Major grants remain by invitation only.

Check the Funding Rounds page on the Ian Potter Foundation website to see when each funding area will next open.

New OpportunitiesModelling Complex Warfighting Strategic Research Investment call for expressions of interest 2019

Department of Defence

Joint and Operations Analysis Division (JOAD) and the Defence Innovation Partnership have launched the second Modelling Complex Warfighting (MCW) Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) call to academia.

The MCW SRI expressly seeks to revolutionise how they undertake Operations Research (OR) in Defence Science Technology to better handle the interaction of complex geopolitical, social, technological, economic and cultural factors for design of the Future Force. Force design is the process by which Defence conceives and produces a plan for its future capabilities.

The MCW SRI aims to address the force design and future defence force employment problems under four broad research themes:

  • Conquering Uncertainty,
  • Innovative Simulations,
  • Knowledge Synthesis, and
  • Modelling Complexity.

More information on the MCW SRI can be found at DST website.

Expressions of interest are to be submitted by 18 October 2019. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft Expression of Interest is 4 October 2019Mr Tony Kyriacou, Defence Partnerships Director, and Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII) can provide application advice and assistance.

The projects will be for a period of 12 months commencing in January 2020. For more information on the call for expressions of interest, visit the DST website.

JOAD undertakes rigorous, scientifically-based analysis of Defence operations and capabilities to provide independent, impartial and timely advice. Their Mission is to develop and employ trusted analytical methods and decision support tools that give Defence and national security decision superiority across all aspects of force design, operational planning, command and control, and support to the Australian Defence Force on operations.

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. 

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.

New OpportunitiesCall for new members of the EMCR Forum Executive Committee

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Are you an Early- or Mid- Career Researcher (EMCR) interested in making a difference and want to help improve the national research environment in Australia? If the answer is yes, then the EMCR Forum would like to hear from you.

The Australian Academy of Science EMCR Forum has opened expressions of interest for EMCRs to join the Executive Committee in 2020.

The Forum Executive is looking for new Executive Members who can bring enthusiasm, effort, skills, and ideas to the EMCR Forum. All EMCRs interested in improving the research environment in Australia are welcome to apply. Two positions are available this year.

The Forum Executive has a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and will select new members with these principles in mind. The Forum Executive strongly encourages applicants from underrepresented minority groups to apply. 

Read the expression of interest flyer or the application form for more details.

Expressions of interest close Sunday 13 October 2019

New OpportunitiesRound 2 of the Data61 postgraduate scholarships - New South Wales and South Australia now open

Data61 CSIRO

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), in partnership with the Defence Science and Technology Group, invites applications for the Data61 postgraduate scholarships. These support data-driven PhD research to be undertaken at universities in New South Wales and South Australia.

Students, both Australian and international, who have completed a bachelor’s degree with first-class honours or equivalent in a relevant field, but do not yet hold a PhD, may apply.

They must have applied for, or already started, a full-time PhD research programme at one of the participating Australian universities in the relevant territories, and must have permission for their intended research project from both a university supervisor and a Data61 supervisor. Flinders University is a participating Australian university with Data61.

They must also apply for other university or government scholarships.

Scholarships may be full or of the top-up variety. Full scholarships provide a stipend of up to AUD $43,110, while top-up scholarships are worth AUD $10,000 per year, or up to AUD $15,000 in exceptional cases. Scholarships are tenable for up to three and a half years.

For more information, visit the Data61 website.

This round of applications close on 31 October 2019.

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