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9 November, 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

National

The 2018 John O'Hagan Lecture - "Quality in research: our shared concern"
Tuesday, 20 November

Lecture Theatre, UQ Centre, University of Queensland St Lucia Campus
5.15pm to 8.00pm

The UQ research community and friends of the Queensland Academy of Arts & Sciences, and members of the general public, are cordially invited to the 2018 John O’Hagan Lecture of the Academy to be given by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel.

For further information and to register, please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dr-alan-finkel-australias-chief-scientist-gives-the-queensland-academy-of-arts-and-sciences-2018-tickets-52039564739.

Advance Queensland’s Engaging Science Grants

The latest round of Advance Queensland’s Engaging Science grants are now open and due by 30th November 2018. You can find more information on the AQ website. Please note that there is now a clause that individual applicants, and organisational applicants are limited to one application per funding round and to receiving two grants per financial year. If you are interested in applying, please speak to your school, faculty or Institute for advice. These grants do not need to be submitted via the Office of Sponsored Research.

NHMRC Principal Committee Members

Highly regarded experts from across the health and medical research sector have been appointed to five National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Committees for the 2018-2021 triennium. The five committees are:

Update on NHMRC's new grant program

The new fact sheets on options for salary support and supporting flexible working arrangements are now available on NHMRC's website.

Invitation for 2019 peer review

Invitations to participate in the 2019 round of several NHMRC funding schemes will shortly be sent via RGMS. NHMRC encourages members of the research community to contribute their expertise to the peer review process, particularly as we move to the new grant program. Further information on NHMRC peer review, including the new grant program, will be published in the coming months.

Investigator Grants guide to applicants and category descriptors

The guide to applicants including category descriptors for the Investigator Grants scheme is now available on GrantConnect.

This information will assist applicants in preparing their application in advance of the funding opportunity opening on 5 December 2018.

NHMRC Announcement - Update on Sapphire Implementation

NHMRC has advised that they are progressing development of the new grants management solution, Sapphire, which is a significant and complex project that is expected to deliver substantial benefits to applicants, assessors and Administering Institutions. Recent testing identified some additional complexities that require resolution. As a result, NHMRC has decided to defer the planned October pilots of Sapphire to avoid any potential disruption to applicants.

NHMRC’s cautious approach also reflects advice received from the research sector to minimise potential distractions from the implementation of the new grant program.

All new and existing grant schemes will be managed through RGMS until further notice. This includes CREs, Development Grants, TCRs and Investigator Grants. Researcher CV and Profile will continue to be managed through RGMS until further notice.

For more information about Sapphire, please visit NHMRC’s website.

NHMRC Alert - Investigator Grants Guide to Applicants and Category Descriptors Are Available

A Guide to Applicants including Category Descriptors for the Investigator Grants scheme is now available on GrantConnect under forecast opportunities.

This information will assist applicants to begin preparing their application in advance of the funding opportunity opening on 5 December 2018.

Please contact NHMRCpeoplesupport@research.uq.edu.au for any queries on the scheme.

International

US Department of Defense - CDMRP Research Funding for 2019

The US Department of Defense has released details of peer reviewed programs to be funded under the Fiscal Year 2019 Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP): http://cdmrp.army.mil/pubs/press/2019/funding_press_release19. Comprehensive Program Announcements will be released during 2019. The Program Announcements will include detailed descriptions of funding mechanisms, evaluation criteria, submission requirements, and deadlines.

For email notification when Program Announcements are released, subscribe to program-specific news and updates under “Email Subscriptions” on the eBRAP homepage at https://ebrap.org. For more information about the CDMRP, its research programs, previous awardees, as well as research highlights and videos, please visit their website at http://cdmrp.army.mil. Interested UQ researchers may also contact the UQR&I International Team at internationalgrants@research.uq.edu.au.

Cancer Moonshot Initiative

The Cancer Moonshot to accelerate cancer research aims to make more therapies available to more patients, while also improving our ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage.

For an update on implementation of this US National Cancer Institute (NCI) initiative and information on aligned US National Institutes of Health funding opportunities, please visit the NCI website at https://www.cancer.gov/research/key-initiatives/moonshot-cancer-initiative.

Host a Canadian Globalink Research Award student

The Globalink Research Award supports 12- to 24-week research projects between Canadian students or postdoctoral fellows and their professors, and professors in eligible partner countries, including Australia. All academic disciplines are eligible and applications are accepted at any time.

International professors interested in hosting Canadian students or postdocs can create a short profile on the Mitacs web platform (https://connect.mitacs.ca/en/form/gra-ip), which allows interested researchers to contact them for a potential collaboration. For more information, visit the Globalink Research Award webpageGlobalink Research Award web page or contact Mitacs International at international@mitacs.ca.

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.

National

Lorne Genome Awards

The Lorne Genome Awards include a Student Award that provides an opportunity to deliver a paper at the 2019 Lorne Genome Conference, an ECR Award for the best paper delivered at the Conference, and a Mid-Career Award for outstanding contributions to Australian genomic research, in addition to the Julian Wells Medal for outstanding contributions to genomic studies in Australia. Nominations close 9 November 2018 – see more details at: http://www.lornegenome.org/awards

Avalon 2019 Innovation Awards

The Awards recognise and reward innovation by Australian individuals and organisations at the forefront of innovation in aviation, aerospace, defence and space products, services and business processes. Applications close 30 November 2018 – See more at: https://www.airshow.com.au/airshow2019/TRADE/innovation-awards/index.asp

Seven News Young Achiever Awards

The purpose of the awards is to acknowledge, encourage and most importantly promote the positive achievements of all young people throughout Queensland up to and including 29 years of age as of 31 December each year. Nominations close on 3 December 2018 – see more details at: https://awardsaustralia.com/young-achiever-awards/qld

International

Protein Society Award

The Protein Society Awards recognise excellence across the diverse disciplines that collectively advance our understanding of proteins, their structure, function, design, and application. Nominations may be submitted by members only. Nominations close 15 November 2018 – see more details at: https://www.proteinsociety.org/page/protein-society-awards

The “Albert Einstein” World Award of Science

Nominees for this award should be eminent scientists whose achievements can serve as an inspiration for future generations. Consideration will be given to individuals or institutions in the Life Sciences, including Neuroscience, Earth Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Medicine or Chemistry; or in the Natural Sciences including Physics, Mathematics or Astronomy. Self-nominations are not permitted. Nominations close 28 November 2018 – see more at: http://www.consejoculturalmundial.org/news/2019-nominations

The “Leonardo da Vinci” World Award of Arts

Nominees for this award should be a renowned artist, sculptor, writer, poet, cinematographer, photographer, architect, musician or other performing artist, whose work constitutes a significant contribution to the artistic legacy of the world. Self-nominations are not permitted Nominations close 28 November 2018 – see more at:
http://www.consejoculturalmundial.org/news/2019-nominations

Pisart Award in Vision Science

Open to established early-career vision clinicians or scientists, generally fewer than ten years following completion of last degree or training, whose noteworthy, innovative and scholarly contributions have the potential for substantial influence in the understanding of vision loss, treatment of eye disease or the rehabilitation of people with vision loss. The prize includes a cash award of $30,000 USD. Nominations close 31 December 2018 – see more details at: https://www.lighthouseguild.org/healthcare-professionals/awards/pisart-award

Bressler Prize in Vision Science

Open to established mid-career vision clinicians or scientists whose leadership, research and service have led to important advancements in the understanding of vision loss, treatment of eye disease or the rehabilitation of people with vision loss. Nominations close 31 December 2018 – see more details at: http://www.lighthouseguild.org/programs-services/awards/bressler-prize-in-vision-science/

Gruber Prizes

This biennial award is to acknowledge, publicise and disseminate outstanding ideas and achievements in research related to the science, engineering, technology and commercialisation of renewable energy. The prize consists of a medal and a cash prize of $50,000 USD. Nominations close 31 December 2018 – see more details at:
https://www.leighannconnprize.com

Leigh Ann Conn Prize for Renewable Energy

This biennial award is to acknowledge, publicise and disseminate outstanding ideas and achievements in research related to the science, engineering, technology and commercialisation of renewable energy. The prize consists of a medal and a cash prize of $50,000 USD. Nominations close 31 December 2018 – see more details at:
https://www.leighannconnprize.com

American Association for Clinical Chemistry Awards

These awards recognise outstanding individuals who have had a significant impact in the area of clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine, service to the profession of clinical chemistry, education, technology innovation, or outstanding scientific achievements by a young investigator. Nominations close 31 December 2018 – see more details:
https://www.aacc.org/community/awards/nomination

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 – see more details at: http://ec.europa.eu/research/horizonprize/index.cfm?pg=prizes

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:
https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/humboldt-award.html

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:
https://www.fi.edu/call-for-nominations

 
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