Research Branch Newsletter - 2 July 2007
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) - International Missions, Workshops and Delegations
The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering is currently offering Australian researchers an opportunity to submit expressions of interest for international Missions, Workshops and Delegations during the calendar year 2008-2009. ATSE is funded to support Frontiers of S&T Missions and Workshops through the following activities: (a) overseas missions by Australian scientists and technologists and missions by overseas researchers in similar disciplines into Australia; (b) participation by Australia’s scientific and technological community in workshops held outside Australia by foreign organisations; (c) workshops held in Australia in which a significant number of the lead participants are from outside Australia; and (d) a programme of site visits arranged in conjunction with workshops referred to in sub-items (b) and (c), but the workshops must be the predominant activity. 1 hard copy + electronic of the application are due in Research Branch by 24 July 2007. Further information is available at http://www.atse.org.au.
This workshop is designed to provide a forum for discussing the particular issues that arise when planning and implementing research projects within refugee communities. The Workshop will be held on 12 July 2007, 3:30pm - 8.00pm. Further information is available in the flyer.
In addition to the funding opportunities listed on the Research Branch website, the University subscribes to the InfoEd online package. The package comprises SPIN which is a searchable database of funding opportunities, GENIUS which is a researcher profile entry and search engine to find other researchers, and SMARTS which is an automatic email notification of funding opportunities system (requiring GENIUS entry first). The InfoEd package can be accessed at http://australia.infoed.org/spin/spinmain.asp from any computer connected to the University's servers (use Internet Explorer).
The Funding Opportunities
page on the Research Branch website provides access to all ARC and NHMRC opportunities
as well as the rural and natural resources R&D corporations. In addition,
you can also access the myriad of other funding opportunities available in the
Current List of Funding Opportunities and the Comprehensive List of Funding
Opportunities. Also, you might like to look further at the funding opportunity
databases listed such as SPIN.
The Research Branch has established a mailing list for researchers interested in research news. The list circulates information on the major schemes and other funding opportunities, information sessions, prizes, general information relevant to researchers and the regular Research Branch newsletter.
To subscribe to the list, go to http://list.adelaide.edu.au/mailman/listinfo/allresearchers-v.researchbranch
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The closing date for submission of applications for NHMRC Program Grants has traditionally been February, with funding to commence in January the following year. This timing impinges both on applicants and NHMRC Grant Review Panels as applicants are also required to submit Project Grant applications in the event of the Program application being unsuccessful.
Teams wishing to apply for grants to begin on 1 January 2009, may apply either: (a) later this year (closing date of 17 August 2007 in Research Branch), for a decision in late 2007 (this will avoid successful applicants needing to write a back up project grant application in early 2008); or (b) by the usual time (8 February 2008).
Teams wishing to apply for Program Grants beginning on 1 January 2010 will need to apply in the second half of 2008.
All documentation relating to the second round of applications which close on 24 August 2007, including the Funding Policy, Application Form and the Guide for Applicants, will be available on the NHMRC website by late June 2007.
Funding will be announced in December for grants commencing in January the year after; e.g. for funding commencing in January 2009, applicants will be advised in December 2007.
Research collaboration between Australia and Germany will be enhanced through a new researcher exchange scheme between the Group of Eight and the German Academic Service (DAAD). The DAAD is Germany’s national agency for the support of international academic cooperation. With a budget of over 250 million euros (AUD410 million), it is one of the world’s largest and most respected organisations in its field.
Under the Go8 Australia Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme the Go8 and the DAAD have each agreed to provide AUD200,000 a year from 2008 to 2010 to meet the travel and living costs of researchers who spend time at collaborating institutions in Australia or Germany.
Further details including application and selection procedures are now available at: http://www.adelaide.edu.au/rb/funding/ausgerman.html
All University of Adelaide applications are to be submitted to the Go8-DAAD Contact Officer at the Research Branch, Dr Don McMaster. One signed application and one electronic copy is to be submitted to Don McMaster by COB 31 August 2007.
Please register (by email) your intention to submit an application with Don or contact him at the Research Branch on x33347 if you have any questions or need assistance.
In National Science Week in August, the award for the 2007 Unsung Hero of SA Science will be presented. Please consider nominating someone for this award. There are so many worthy people in science and/or science communication fields who are doing wonderful work with little or no recognition so this is your chance to have them acknowledged for their efforts and achievements. The Award will be presented at the launch of National Science Week in SA on 15 August 2007. Nominations are due by 20 July 2007 (apply direct). (Nomination information and form)
Since its establishment in 1991 by the Ian Clunies Ross Memorial Foundation, the ATSE Clunies Ross Award has become one of the pre-eminent awards for scientists, technologists and innovators across Australia. The Award was designed to identify and make known those people who have, often against difficulties and always with persistent commitment, made important contributions to science and its application for the economic, social or environmental benefit of Australia. These are the people and the sources of inspiration that the Foundation would seek to identify and honour. Nominations are due by 31 July 2007 (apply direct). Further information and nomination forms are available at http://www.cluniesross.org.au/?sectionid=3
More than $35,000 prize money is up for grabs over the next three months for the most innovative University of Adelaide researchers. The financial incentive is being provided by Adelaide Research & Innovation Pty Ltd (ARI). ARI is offering four separate awards to the University's researchers and affiliates who can demonstrate successful commercial partnerships with industry and projects that are making an impact on the community, the State and around the world. The inaugural ARIIAS - Adelaide Research and Innovation Impact Awards - will reward researchers in four categories: Innovation & Entrepreneurship; New Achievers in Commercial Research; Growth in Contract Research; and Most Exciting New Disclosure. The first three categories offer prize money of $10,000 each and the latter category, recognising future commercial research opportunities, offers $5000 prize money. Staff members of the University of Adelaide (full-time and part-time), including affiliated titleholders who are pursuing research activities through ARI, are eligible to enter the awards. Finalists will be selected for each award and the winners will be announced at a gala presentation night in October. Visit http://www.adelaide.edu.au/aripl for more information and a copy of the application form. Applications close Friday 28 September 2007.
The Millennium Technology Prize is a biannual award given to a groundbreaking innovation that promotes people's quality of life, contributes towards the realisation of humane values and encourages sustainable development. It is Finland's tribute to life-enhancing technological innovation. At the one million euro level, the Millennium Technology Prize ranks among the world's most presitigious awards in its class. Nominations are due (direct to sponsor) by 1 October 2007. Further information is available at http://www.millenniumprize.fi.