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6 July, 2018

Welcome to the latest edition of the UQ Research Bulletin. This fortnightly circular includes information on funding opportunities, upcoming research events and workshops, as well as information on research awards and prizes.

We hope you find this information useful.

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Upcoming Events

Please see Upcoming Events on the UQR&I website for details of information sessions, seminars and workshops for UQ staff.

Events and Workshops


Merck 350 Open Innovation Research Grant and Visit to UQ St Lucia Campus
Thursday, 12 July

Ground Floor Reception, AIBN, Building 75, UQ St Lucia Campus
10.00am - 11.30am

Merck is celebrating its 350th anniversary, with a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. Merck intends to provide several research grants of up to EUR 350,000 per year for 3 years in the following research areas with the option of extension or expansion: Healthy Lives/Drug Discovery; Life Reimagined/Synthetic Biology; Materials & Solutions; Digitization/Computing.

UQ researchers are invited to meet the Merck team to find out more about this funding opportunity and join in for Merck's 350 Birthday Celebration.

Further details are available at: https://www.merckgroup.com/en/research/open-innovation/350anniversaryactivities/researchgrants.html

UQ Industry Connect Event - Syngenta
Monday, 16 July

Seminar room 132, Ground floor, AIBN (#75), UQ St Lucia
1.00pm - 2.00pm

UQ researchers are invited to attend a UQ Industry Connect event to hear from Dr Stuart Harrison, Head of Technology Integration with Syngenta. Dr Harrison is a UQ alumnus, based at Research Triangle Park in North Carolina. He leads Syngenta’s activities to identify, assess, incubate and integrate new technologies and emerging science areas into their global business. He will share Syngenta’s current business activities from an R&D perspective and how they collaborate with research institutions.

RSVP to rsvp@uniquest.com.au by Friday 13 July 2018.

If you have any queries, please contact Dr Deon Goosen, Director, Commercial Engagement - Agriculture and Food Sciences, d.goosen@uniquest.com.au.

5th International Plant Phenotyping Symposium (IPPS2018)
Tuesday, 2 October to Friday, 5 October

Adelaide, SA

IPPS 2018 is the International Plant Phenotyping Network’s (IPPN) biennial event, to be held this year in Adelaide, South Australia, with the support of the Australian Plant Phenotyping Facility (APPF).

The biennial symposium brings together an exciting, multidisciplinary community including plant scientists, agronomists, ecologists, engineers, biostatisticians and computer scientists. The symposium theme for 2018, “From Plant, To Data, To Impact”, will include areas such as root and shoot phenotyping in the controlled environment and in the field, robotics, optics, VR, remote sensing, APIs, predictive modelling, big data, machine learning and what the future in precision agriculture may look like. Please see the website at http://www.ipps2018.com.au/ for all information.

The closing date for the Call for Abstracts has been extended to Monday, 16 July 2018 at 5.00pm ACST.

‘Guidelines for Guidelines’

NHMRC is updating its advice on how to develop trustworthy clinical practice, public health and environmental health guidelines. Public consultation is now open on the ‘Scoping the guideline’, ‘Equity’ and ‘Independent review’ modules, developed for guideline developers wishing to meet the NHMRC Standards for Guidelines.

Consultation closes on Wednesday 18 July 2018 at 5:00pm AEST. All relevant information is available at http://consultations.nhmrc.gov.au.

NHMRC New grants management solution – Sapphire to replace RGMS

NHMRC is replacing its Research Grant Management System (RGMS) with a new grants management solution, Sapphire. The project to build Sapphire is currently underway and is anticipated to launch in late Q3, 2018.

To support the transition to Sapphire, the NHMRC will undertake the following activities:
- Researcher profile, CV and grant data will be migrated across;
- Learning resources (including videos and how-to guides) will be made available closer to the launch;
- Webinars will be run in the coming months;
- NHMRC website content will be regularly updated as the project progresses.

In preparation for the migration of researcher profiles in Sapphire, researchers are encouraged to ensure their primary email address is updated to their current institution email address and only used on one account where possible. This will assist in migrating profile information and access rights. For more information please visit the NHMRC website.

Please note: Peer review and application processes currently underway will continue to use RGMS.


Latin America Sector Survey

The Council for International Education (Council) has formed a Working Group on engagement with Latin America, Chaired by Brett Blacker of English Australia. The purpose of the Working Group is to support action under the National Strategy for International Education 2025 to develop a more strategic and coordinated approach to building education, research and training cooperation with Latin America.

The Working Group has developed an online survey to gather the views of the sector on barriers to research collaboration in Latin America and welcomes multiple responses from each institution. For the purposes of this survey, Latin America is defined as all of the countries in the Americas south of the United States. If you have any questions about the working group or this survey, please email Americas@education.gov.au.

The survey will be available until COB Monday 16 July 2018. All of the information that is provided through the survey will be treated confidentially. Please click here to access the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/latinamericaresearch

Rare Misspellings of the Genome, Dopamine Mishandling, and ADHD – Meet the Scientist Webinar

The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation hosts a free Meet the Scientist Webinar each month, presenting the latest research from international experts in the field of brain and behaviour research. Dr Randy D. Blakely (Florida Atlantic University) will present the next webinar on Tuesday, 10 July 2018, 2.00pm-3.00pm U.S. EDT (Wednesday, 11 July 2018 4.00am-5.00am AEST).

The heritability of Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and its treatment by brain dopamine modulating medications, such as Adderall and Ritalin, raise the question as to whether risk for ADHD is impacted by improper control of dopamine availability or action. Dr Blakely will discuss his group’s discovery of multiple, rare changes in a gene responsible for brain dopamine availability in individuals with ADHD, and how the study of these mutations suggests new insights into pathophysiological mechanisms and diagnostic strategies.

Register for this webinar at https://www.bbrfoundation.org/event/rare-misspellings-genome-dopamine-mishandling-and-adhd.

Research Awards and Prizes

For assistance with UQ nominations and applications for research awards and prizes, and fellowship of the learned academies, please email ResearchAwards@research.uq.edu.au.


Research Australia Health and Medical Research Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Health and Medical Research Awards for researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to delivering a better quality of life and stronger economy for all Australians. Nominations are now open for the Peter Willis Medal, the Health Services Research Award, the Data Innovation Award, and the Research Champion Award, among others. Nominations close 23 July 2018 – see more at https://researchaustralia.org/awards/

AIIA Queensland Award

The Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA) Queensland Award is made in recognition of a notable achievement in international affairs in a specific sphere of activity which relates to AIIA’s objectives, e.g. presentation of a lecture, written publication, education, travel or recreation, health and safety or commerce. Nominations close 31 July 2018 – See more details at: http://www.internationalaffairs.org.au/queensland/aiia-queensland-award-2016/

Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research

Nominations are invited for Category I: Biological Sciences (non-human) for research carried out in Australia (including its territories), or on Australia, with preference for work done in Victoria, or on Victoria. This category includes research in the disciplines of Agriculture, Biochemistry, Botany, Cell Biology, Ecology, Forestry, Zoology, and related areas of non-human biological sciences. Please note that self-nominations are not permitted. Nominations close on 31 July 2018 – see more details at: https://rsv.org.au/awards-and-prizes/research-medal/

Banksia Sustainability Awards

The Banksia Foundation’s Sustainability Awards recognise and reward achievements made by Australians locally, nationally and internationally. There is an entry fee of $720 (+ GST) attached to these awards. Nominations close 1 August 2018 – see more details at:

Australian Water Association Awards

The Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding achievement of individuals and organisations in the water sector, and also to identify those who have displayed conspicuous service to the profession and exceptional performance in the practice of water management. Queensland Nominations close 3 August 2018 – see more details at:

Human Rights Awards

The Human Rights Awards is the pinnacle of human rights recognition in Australia. Each year the award recognises the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations in promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms. NEW AWARD category to recognise the contribution of local, state, territory and federal government bodies to the advancement and protection of human rights in Australia. Nominations close 5 August 2018 – see more details at: https://hrawards.humanrights.gov.au/

Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research

Each year, the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia awards and celebrates two exceptional mid-career stem cell researchers with the Metcalf Prizes for Stem Cell Research. The prizes support the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia’s mission to promote the study and use of stem cells in the prevention or control of disease in human beings and to enhance stem cell public education. Applications close 6 August 2018 – see more details at: http://www.stemcellfoundation.net.au/researchers/metcalf-prizes

Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Award

The Centenary Institute’s Medical Innovation Award recognises bold young researchers who are taking risks to ask the big questions of today. It will be presented to the biomedical research scientist based in Australia who demonstrates the greatest creativity in their scientific approach in a given year. Applications close 24 August 2018 – see more details at: https://centenary-institute-medical-innovation-award-2017.thinkable.org/


American Society for Microbiology Awards

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) offers a range of education, research, service, and special awards for microbiologists at all career stages. Nominations close 9 July 2018 – see more at https://www.asm.org/index.php/awards2

Fulbright Future Scholarships

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is offering a new scholarship program funded by The Kinghorn Foundation. The Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics, and professionals. Awardees will receive funding for full tuition or visiting researcher expenses at a US institution of their choice, as well as travel and living costs. Applications close 15 July 2018 – see more at https://www.fulbright.org.au/scholarships/future

Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research

This award recognises an exceptional scientist or a team of scientists whose work in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research has demonstrated outstanding innovation and originality. Nominees must have no more than 20 years’ experience as an independent investigator or team leader. The prize includes $100,000 to be used at the discretion of the recipient. Nominations close 31 July 2018 – see more details at: https://www.nationalmssociety.org/For-Professionals/Researchers/Society-Funding

Marconi Prize

The Marconi Prize is awarded annually to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the advancement of communications for the benefit of humankind through scientific or technological discoveries. Nominations close 31 July 2018 – see more details at:

Reimagine Education Awards

Do you have a ground breaking idea for the world of education? The Reimagining Education Awards seek to recognise innovative pedagogies and education technology that promotes improved learning and/or employment outcomes for students. Nominations close 31 July 2018 – see more details at: http://www.reimagine-education.com/application/

Humboldt Research Award

The award enables international researchers to spend a period of up to one year cooperating on a long-term research project with specialist colleagues at a research institution in Germany. Nominations may be submitted online by established academics in Germany. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation particularly encourages the nomination of qualified female academics. Nominations open all year round – see more details at:

Benjamin Franklin Medals

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations from the following seven disciplines of science: chemistry; civil and mechanical engineering; computer and cognitive science; earth and environmental science; electrical engineering; life science; and physics. Nominations for the Benjamin Franklin Medals are accepted at any time – see more details at:

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