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11 May, 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.

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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


NHMRC webinar on peer review for new grant program – recording available

NHMRC has now made available on its website a recording of the recent webinar in which Professor Anne Kelso AO, CEO of NHMRC, outlined peer review arrangements for NHMRC’s new grant program. The webinar recording plus slides of the presentation are accessible from the NHRMC website.

Further information on NHMRC’s new grant program is available from the NHMRC website. UQ researchers working in areas of health and medical research are strongly encouraged to familiarise themselves with these materials.

As part of UQ’s strategy for transitioning to the new grant program and positioning for maximum success, there will be a series of updates and briefings to the University research community. UQR&I will be in touch with further information soon.

Research Bazaar Brisbane
Wednesday, 6 June to Friday, 8 June

Griffith University, Southbank

Griffith University in conjunction with The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, University of Southern Queensland and the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) are proud to present 2018's Research Bazaar Brisbane.

The Research Bazaar (ResBaz) is a worldwide festival promoting the digital literacy emerging at the center of modern research. The aim of the event is to empower researchers from all career stages and disciplines with the digital skills and tools required to do their research easier, faster and smarter.

ResBaz Brisbane currently features 11 workshops, including Python, R, and Open Refine software training, Library Carpentry and introductions to HPC (high-performance computing), machine learning, and using image analysis tools ImageJ and Fiji. Other workshops will cover methods and tools in digital humanities, tools for mapping and modelling species distributions, methods for quantitative literature reviews, and RNA-Seq analysis in Galaxy with the Genomics Virtual Laboratory.

For more information and to register, please visit: https://resbaz.github.io/resbaz2018/brisbane/


New Immunogenomics Tool for Tumor Immunologists

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI), Institute for Systems Biology (ISB), and Sage Bionetworks have recently announced the release of the Cancer Research Institute iAtlas, a comprehensive web-based tool that allows oncologists and researchers to study and analyze interactions between tumors and the immune microenvironment.

CRI iAtlas is a bioinformatics tool that harnesses immunogenomic data, which was recently published in the journal Immunity. The data are a result of the PanCancer Atlas initiative, the final phase of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), which investigates more than 10,000 tumor samples across 33 cancer types.

As CRI iAtlas evolves, CRI would like to see it become the central repository for immunogenomics data. Interested researchers are invited to share with CRI if they find the tool helpful in their research.

For more information, please read CRI's press release or read the Immunity publication (open access).

Parkinson's Clinical Trial Companion

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has launched the Parkinson's Clinical Trial Companion, a set of resources for study teams and patients, to increase participation in clinical studies that urgently need volunteers. The Trial Resource Pack for study teams comprises a best practices manual for optimizing study design and increasing awareness and enthusiasm for participation as well as a toolkit of customizable templates, how-to guides and educational handouts for supporting participant recruitment and retention.

The resources can be accessed at https://www.michaeljfox.org/research/resourcepack.html.

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.


Engineers Australia Awards

Engineers Australia offers a range of national awards, medals, and scholarships which highlight contributions to engineering, including Engineer of the Year awards, Honorary Fellowships, the Peter Nicol Russell Career Achievement Memorial Medal. Nominations close 31 May 2018 – see more at https://www.engineersaustralia.org.au/About-Us/Awards

Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Sciences

Up to three awards of $25,000 each will be made to female Australian researchers who demonstrate excellence in the area of quantitative biomedical science. Candidates would normally have completed their PhD more than 7 and less than 15 years ago, and should not yet have attained a professorial appointment. Nominations close 31 May 2018 – see more at http://mdhs.unimelb.edu.au/equity-and-diversity/georgina-sweet-laureate-fellowship#awards

Australian Institute of Physics Awards

Nominations are currently open for a number of medals and awards offered by the Australian Institute of Physics, including the AIP Award for Outstanding Service to Physics in Australia, the AIP Women in Physics Lecturer, the Harrie Massey Medal and Prize, the Alan Walsh Medal for Service to Industry, the AIP Education Medal, and the Ruby Payne-Scott Award for Excellence in Early Career Research. Nominations close 1 June 2018 – see more details at: http://aip.org.au/medals-awards-and-prizes/.

Women in Technology (WiT) Awards

The annual WiT awards celebrate women’s contribution to science and technology in Queensland, and include awards for early career and more established researchers in ICT and Life Sciences. Nominations (optional) close 8 June 2018, and full applications close 30 June 2018 – see more details at https://www.witawards.org.au/

HG Andrewartha Medal

This award recognises outstanding research by an early career scientist in any discipline. Nominations close 30 June 2018 – see more details at http://www.rssa.org.au/awards--medals.html

CHASS Australia Prizes

Nominations are now open for four prizes that recognise distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the humanities, arts and social sciences: CHASS Australia Prize for a Book in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; CHASS Australia Prize for a Future Leader in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; CHASS Australia Prize for a Student in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Nominations close 2 July 2018 – see more details at: http://www.chass.org.au/2018-australia-prizes/


The Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health

This international award recognises individuals, groups, or organisations for outstanding achievement in improving mental health and is accompanied by a medal and $20,000. Nominations close 15 May 2018 – see more details at: http://nam.edu/about-the-nam/the-rhoda-and-bernard-sarnat-international-prize-in-mental-health/

EU-Australia Leadership Forum:

Applications are now open for young leaders (under 35, with at least 5 years postgraduate professional experience) to attend the EU-Australia Leadership Forum. This year’s roundtable themes are: Movement of people; Environment, climate change, and energy transition; Industry 4.0; Women’s leadership in Europe and Australia; Regional challenges; Digitalisation, privacy, and data protection; Space cooperation; Civil society. Applications close 31 May 2018. See details at https://www.europeaustraliaforum.eu/eu-australia-leadership-forum-seeks-participation-emerging-leaders

Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics

The prize recognises outstanding publications in the field of mathematical physics. The prize consists of $10,000 plus travel expenses to attend the meeting at which the prize is bestowed. Nominations close 1 June 2018 – see more at https://www.aps.org/programs/honors/prizes/heineman.cfm

Swartz Prize for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience

This prize honours an individual whose activities have produced a significant cumulative contribution to theoretical models or computational methods in neuroscience or who has made a particularly noteworthy recent advance in theoretical or computational neuroscience. Nominations close 1 June 2018 – see more details at: http://www.sfn.org/Awards-and-Funding/Individual-Prizes-and-Fellowships/Outstanding-Research-and-Career-Awards/Swartz-Prize-for-Theoretical-and-Computational-Neuroscience

Jacob P. Waletzky Award

The Jacob P. Waletzky Award is given to an early career scientist (within 15 years of PhD or MD) whose independent research has led to significant conceptual and empirical contributions to the understanding of drug addiction. Both basic and clinical researchers are eligible. The Award includes a $25,000 prize and complimentary registration, travel, and accommodation for the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Nominations close 1 June 2018 – see more details at: http://www.sfn.org/Awards-and-Funding/Individual-Prizes-and-Fellowships/Outstanding-Research-and-Career-Awards/Jacob-P-Waletzky-Award

Julius Axelrod Prize

The Julius Axelrod Prize honours a scientist with distinguished achievements in the broad field of neuropharmacology (or a related area) and exemplary efforts in mentoring young scientists. The Award includes a $25,000 prize and complimentary registration, travel, and accommodation for the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Nominations close 1 June 2018 – see more details at http://www.sfn.org/Awards-and-Funding/Individual-Prizes-and-Fellowships/Outstanding-Research-and-Career-Awards/Julius-Axelrod-Prize

Ralph W. Gerard Prize in Neuroscience

Honours an outstanding scientist who has made significant contributions to neuroscience throughout his or her career. The Award includes a $25,000 prize and complimentary registration, travel, and accommodation for the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting. Nominations close 1 June 2018 – see more at http://www.sfn.org/Awards-and-Funding/Individual-Prizes-and-Fellowships/Outstanding-Research-and-Career-Awards/Ralph-W-Gerard-Prize-in-Neuroscience

Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

The international Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology conducted by him/her during the past three years. Nominations close: 15 June 2018 – see more details at: https://corporate.eppendorf.com/en/company/scientific-awards/global-award/

IEEE Medals, Awards, and Recognition

These awards recognise contributions to advancing the fields of interest to IEEE and benefit to society. Nominations close 15 June 2018 – see more details at: https://www.ieee.org/about/awards/awards-guidelines.html

Innovators in Science Award

This award, administered by the New York Academy of Sciences and sponsored by Takeda Pharmaceuticals, aims to recognise outstanding contributions in the areas of neuroscience, gastroenterology, regenerative medicine, and oncology. The 2018 Award will specifically target researchers in regenerative medicine. Two prizes of US$200,000 will be awarded, one to a promising early career researcher (<10 years from PhD) and one to a senior scientist (>10 years from PhD). Nominations close 25 June 2018 – see more details at:

Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research

This award recognises an exceptional scientist or a team of scientists whose work in 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 30 June 2018 – see more details at: https://www.nationalmssociety.org/For-Professionals/Researchers/Society-Funding/

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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