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11 August, 2017

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 Deadlines

Please see the new Grants Calendar on the UQR&I website for upcoming deadlines.

Events and Workshops


Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) - Access to the portal to be interrupted
Thursday, 17 August

10.00am - 11.00am

In an effort to streamline the process of submission of human ethics applications at the University, the Office of Research Ethics has been working with ITS and the NHMRC to facilitate the automation of submission of the HREA and supporting documents. In order for testing of the system, the NHMRC will need to interrupt UQ’s access to the HREA portal from 10.00am to 11.00am on Thursday 17 August 2017. UQ researchers are asked not to work in the system during that hour while the NHMRC and UQ systems are tested. Thank you in advance, and we apologise for any inconvenience. Successful implementation will result in improvements for UQ researchers across all disciplines who conduct research involving humans. Further information will be provided to the UQ research community following testing.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Nic Shively, Director, Human Ethics at humanethics@research.uq.edu.au.

Webinar - update on NHMRC’s new grant program
Friday, 18 August

1.00pm - 2.00pm (AEST)

In this webinar Professor Anne Kelso AO, CEO of NHMRC, will be presenting an update on NHMRC’s new grant program.

The webinar will be of interest to: researchers who are currently funded by NHMRC; researchers who intend to seek NHMRC funding in the future; representatives of universities, hospitals and medical research institutes; peak health and medical research bodies; research administrators and managers.

Please register here. Spaces are limited. If you cannot attend the live webinar, a recording will be published on the NHMRC website and sent to all those who register.

Emergency Medicine Research Symposium
Thursday, 24 August to Friday, 25 August

Brisbane, QLD

Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) has secured an exciting line-up of 40+ international and Australian presenters for its inaugural Research Symposium, which is being held in Brisbane at the Translational Research Institute (TRI).

The EMF Research Symposium is a strategic platform for healthcare professionals, researchers and academics to actively shape the future of emergency medicine research in Australia.The Symposium will open with leaders in emergency medicine research reflecting on the impact that 10-years of EMF-funding have had on emergency medicine research and discuss the direction that research needs to take.

For more information, please visit: http://emergencyfoundation.org.au/research-symposium/

Research Integrity Workshop
Thursday, 14 September

1.00pm - 4.00pm

More than ever the public is demanding accountability of academic researchers in all fields of endeavour. The value and benefit of research depends on its trustworthiness. Trust begins when researchers act responsibly and with integrity in proposing, conducting and reporting research. UQ is committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity in research and scholarship. The Office of Research Integrity supports researchers in this endeavour.

You are invited to attend an engaging, hands-on, discussion based workshop using ‘real-life’ scenarios to explore the underlying practices and behaviours that are the foundations of responsible conduct of research based upon UQ policies and procedures and the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. The workshop will enable you as a participant to ensure you are following best practice, to identify and rectify poor practice, and where to seek assistance when you are unsure about the right thing to do or have a possible concern about the proper conduct of research.

This workshop is a great team building exercise. Research teams are encouraged to attend together. HDR students are welcome.

Registration: https://staffdevelopment.hr.uq.edu.au/course/RRPUCR
Enquiries: Dr Sue O'Brien, Research Integrity Manager

NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) Australian Dementia Forum
Sunday, 15 October to Tuesday, 17 October

Melbourne, VIC

The Forum will bring together Australia’s dementia researchers who are working to address the challenge of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, providing fertile ground for accessing the latest research breakthroughs and exploring collaborations relevant to the NNIDR Strategic Roadmap for Dementia Research.

Forum speakers will include international and national keynote presenters, preeminent researchers, including from the Institute’s Dementia Research Team Grant holders and recipients of International dementia research funding, policy makers, and community and research leaders.

Early bird registration closes Friday 18 August 2017. For more information, please visit: http://nnidrforum.com.au/index.php

Responsible Care and Use of Animals in Teaching and Research Policy

The Office of Research Ethics advises that the new 4.20.11a Responsible Care and Use of Animals in Teaching and Research Policy is now available in the UQ Policy and Procedures Library. It specifies the requirement to obtain Animal Ethics Committee approvals before using animals in teaching or research. The policy applies to all individuals associated with the University who use and/or are responsible for the care of animals which are used for scientific purposes. The main features of the policy are to:

  • ensure teaching or scientific research involving animals is conducted ethically
  • make explicit the requirement for written approval from the appropriate Animal Ethics Committee prior to the teaching or research activity with the animal(s)
  • respect scientific use animals and their welfare, throughout their lives
  • outline reporting and compliance requirements when using scientific use animals.

If you have queries, please contact animal.ethics@research.uq.edu.au.

UQ appoints ORCID Project Manager

Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID) provides a persistent digital identifier that uniquely distinguishes researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is identified, recognized and protected. Mr Justin Nicholls commenced in the role of ORCID Project Manager on 17 July to scale-up UQ’s ORCID integration and implementation program across UQ – supporting researchers and the University to make the most of this important digital identifier.

Click here to read more.


Keystone Symposia Hosting Free Online Event on Multiple Sclerosis
Tuesday, 15 August

11.30am - 1.00pm EST(North America)

Keystone Symposia is pleased to announce the broadcast of an online panel discussion on "Multiple Sclerosis: Conventional and Alternative Therapeutic Approaches". Organized in collaboration with and sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, this free event will feature approximately 60 minutes of panelist discussion followed by live audience Q&A with some of the panelists.

More information about this event can be found here. While the event is free, advance registration is required. Viewers can submit questions for the panel either during online registration or via the chat room during the event itself.

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.


The Batterham Medal for Engineering Excellence

The Batterham Medal is an early career award for a graduate engineer who has achieved substantial peer/industry recognition for his/her work in the past five years. Applications close on 31 August 2017 – see more details at: https://www.atse.org.au/content/about/batterham-medal.aspx

2017 BHERT Awards

The BHERT Awards were established to recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between business and higher education in the fields of research & development and education & training. The objective of the program is to highlight at a national level the benefits of such collaboration and enhance links between industry and universities. Various Awards are available. Nominations close 1 September 2017 – see more details at:

ICM Agrifood Award

The ICM Agrifood Award is an early career award for two outstanding agriculture or food scientists or technologists. The Award is sponsored by ICM Agribusiness, one of Australia’s major agribusiness groups, and administered by ATSE. One female and one male winner will each receive a cash prize of $5000. Nominations close on 4 September 2017 – see more details at: https://www.atse.org.au/content/about/icm-agrifood-award.aspx

Fresh Science Queensland

Fresh Science is a national competition that helps early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery. Scientists get a day of media training and the chance to share their work with the media, general public and school students. Fresh Science is looking for: early-career researchers (from honours students to no more than five years post-PhD); a peer-reviewed discovery that has had little or no media coverage; some ability to present ideas in everyday English. Nominations close 31 August 2017 – see more details at:


Materials Research Society Awards

The Materials Research Society (MRS) Awards Program strives to acknowledge outstanding contributors to the progress of materials research and to recognize their exciting and profound accomplishments. Various awards are available. Nominations close 1 April, 1 August and 4 November 2017 – see more details at: http://www.mrs.org/awards/

American Association for Cancer Research Awards

The awards recognize the scientific achievements of scientists and physicians who have made significant contributions to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer through 14 prestigious awards for their global impact on cancer research. Nominations closing dates between 2 August and 13 September 2017 – see more details at:

European Commission Research and Innovation Horizon Prizes

Horizon Prizes are challenge prizes (also known as 'inducement' prizes) which offer a cash reward to whoever can most effectively meet a defined challenge. They act as an incentive for innovation. They prescribe the goal but not who the innovator should be or how the goal should be achieved. The prizes are offered in multiple categories with a range of closing dates from 6 September 2017 – see more details at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizonprize/index.cfm?lg=en&pg=prizes

EmTech Asia Innovators Under 35

The search is on for 10 innovators from Southeast Asia, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand whose superb technical work promises to change the world. Nominees must be under the age of 35 as of 1 October 2018. They must be citizens of (or study/work in) one of the following countries: Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand. Nominations close 8 September 2017 – see more details at: http://emtechasia.com/index.php/innovators-under-35

Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences

The FNIH will present the sixth annual Lurie Prize in Biomedical Sciences, a $100,000 award recognizing outstanding achievement by a promising young scientist in biomedical research. Nominations close 15 September 2017 – see more details at: https://fnih.org/what-we-do/current-lectures-awards-and-events/lurie-prize

Wolf Foundation Prizes

Are awarded to outstanding artists and scientists for their achievements for the benefit of mankind and brotherly relations among peoples, regardless of nationality, race, colour, religion, sex or political views. In accordance with the Wolf Prize principle of rotation in Sciences, the Prize in Medicine will not be awarded in 2018. A candidate can be nominated for only one of the following four fields: Agriculture - Chemistry - Mathematics – Physics. Nominations will close 15 September 2017 – see more details at:

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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