Research Branch Newsletter - 16 July 2007
The Fund Objectives and Guidelines for Applicants for the next funding round of the Premier's Science and Research Fund (PSRF) have been released and are available from: http://www.innovation.sa.gov.au/sti/councils__and__boards/psrc/premiers_s_and_r_fund
The PSRF application process involves two stages. Stage 1 comprises a 3-page (maximum) 'Expression of Interest' and these are due by Friday 3rd August 2007 in Research Branch, with the endorsement of the Head of School, Associate Dean (Research) and Executive Dean. Please note that the PSRF require significant cash co-contributions from host institutions and partner organisations, and these contributions must have appropriate approval.
There have been some significant changes this year, including the following:
- a focus on providing support for the Defence and Advanced Manufacturing sectors
- new arrangements will apply for initiatives to establish significant strategic research capabilities
- the SENRAC grants program will be incorporated within the PSRF
As in previous years, the PSRF will also consider requests for support for ARC Federation Fellowship applications. For further queries, please contact Jim Deed in the Research Branch on 8303 3534 or email@example.com
Prof Alan Johnson AM, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research) of the University of Adelaide cordially invites researchers and industry representatives to hear Emeritus Professor Max Brennan AO, Chief Scientist for South Australia, discuss the 2007 round of the Premier’s Science & Research Fund. The Chief Scientist will provide a general overview of the PSRF program (~20 minutes) and the opportunities available for industry-linked research from this exciting South Australian Government research funding scheme, after which he will take your questions. The scheme has been revised to include a focus on Defence and Advanced Manufacturing, capability-building projects, and will now incorporate the former SENRAC scheme. Guidelines for the PSRF will be available from 6 July at: www.innovation.sa.gov.au/sti The information seesion will be held at: Date: Wednesday 18 July 2007 Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm Location: Napier G04 Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide, North Tce Campus Map ref: K12(http://www.adelaide.edu.au/campuses/maps2007/northtce.pdf) For enquiries regarding this event, please contact Jim Deed on 8303 3534 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternative sessions will also be held at:: Flinders University: Wednesday 11th July, 1- 2pm (contact: Nicole.Morcom@flinders.edu.au) UniSA: Wednesday 18th July, 9 -10am (contact: Maria.A.Arena@unisa.edu.au)
The Research Branch invites interested researchers and their industry partners to an Information Session on Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage-Projects. The session will be held in the Council Room (729) of the Wills Building on Monday 23rd July 3pm - 4pm.
After an introduction to the scheme by Jim Deed of the Research Branch, A/Prof Jeff Schwartz will discuss the ARC's assessment process and grant tips. Dr Paul Tolstoshev of ARI Pty Ltd will also discuss some key issues to consider in forging industry partnerships for this scheme.
Printed information will be available and there will be time for questions and discussion.
The appointment of Professor Margaret Sheil as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Research Council was announced 11th July 2007 by the Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP.
For further information refer to this website http://www.dest.gov.au/Ministers/Media/Bishop/2007/07/B002110707.asp
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.
Round Two of the Indo-Australian Science and Technology Fund and the Indo-Australian Biotechnology Fund will open on Monday 6 August 2007. The AISRF provides funding support for Australian researchers to participate in strategically focussed, leading edge, scientific research and technology collaborations with Indian counterparts. Applications will be assessed on a competitive basis against specific criteria. Applicants should refer to the AISRF Guidelines – August 2007. 1 hard copy + electronic are due in Research Branch by 21 September 2007. Further information is available at http://www.dest.gov.au/science/aisrf
Australian Pork Ltd (APL) and Pork CRC - Call for Tenders for Research Program 'Fresh Pork - Something for Everyone'
Australian Pork Ltd and the Pork CRC are collaborating to fund a major research intiative, with two primary objectives: Improve the understanding of the role fresh pork plays in the healthy diets of consumers in Australia and overseas and; Enhance the nutritional value of fresh pork products through the use of novel technologies. Applicants wishing to respond to this Call for Tenders should contact either Dr Roger Campbell, Pork CRC on 08 8303 7683 or Dr Geoffrey Annison, APL on 02 6285 2200 (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org). Specific details on the objectives can be obtained from Chelsea DuBois at Research Branch on 8303 3716 or email@example.com. Please submit your proposal to Chelsea by 23 August 2007 for submisison to APL by the external deadline, along with your completed Application Coversheet.
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
Or contact Linda Knobben at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Ext. 34722
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.