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21 April, 2017

Welcome to the latest edition of the UQ Research Bulletin. This fortnightly newsletter circulates information on funding opportunities, upcoming research events, workshops and conferences, 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, Workshops and Conferences


Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Workshop
Friday, 28 April

Room 08-388, Goddard Building (#8), UQ St Lucia Campus
1.00pm - 3.00pm

UQ Staff are invited to attend the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program Workshop.

As part of the 2016 election campaign the Australian Government announced the establishment of a $50 million competitive Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to support projects that apply innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges. The program encourages eligible organisations to deliver collaborative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of Australian cities, suburbs and towns.

This workshop will be hosted by Ian Harris, Director Research Partnerships giving Researchers an opportunity to ‘brain storm’ and address the selection criteria for this program. This is a very important opportunity to bring together UQ Researchers from a number of interdisciplinary areas, including but not limited to health, environment, sensors, social cohesion, economic modelling, energy, urban agriculture, etc. to meet and participate in preparing proactive and cohesive submissions.

If you are interested in attending this workshop, please register here. For general queries regarding the Program, please email industrygrants@research.uq.edu.au.

An Introduction to The Ian Potter Foundation
Tuesday, 9 May

Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane
9.30am – 12.30pm

The Ian Potter Foundation is holding a grant-seeker information session in Brisbane. This information session is a chance to hear from the CEO and grants management team and gain insight into the assessment processes and evaluation framework. Bookings are essential and there is a limit of two participants per organisation.

For more information and/or to register see: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/an-introduction-to-the-ian-potter-foundation-brisbane-tickets-33300375319

Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge - Information Session
Wednesday, 10 May

Brisbane, QLD

The Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group is holding free information sessions about the Counter Improvised Threats Grand Challenge, part of the $730 million Next Generation Technologies Fund.

UQ researchers and postgraduate students are invited to hear how they can be involved in shaping and delivering future game-changing technologies for Australia’s Defence Forces.

Sessions are to be held as follows: Canberra - May 4; Adelaide - May 8, Melbourne - May 9, Sydney - May 9, Perth - May 10 and Brisbane - May 10.

Registrations will open on 26 April at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/o/grand-challenges-for-safeguarding-australia-13549954348

Prestigious Scholarships Day at UQ
Friday, 12 May

Building #33, UQ St Lucia Campus
9.00am – 12.30pm

Students, staff and alumni are invited to attend UQ’s Prestigious Scholarships Day which brings together major scholarship providers that support global study and research opportunities. Information sessions from individual organisations will be run throughout the morning to learn about available programs as well the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the providers to ask questions about the application process and learn how to stand out as a candidate. Postdoctoral and other research academic staff are encouraged to attend to hear from organisations such as the Australian-American Fulbright Commission and Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships who offer programs aimed at expanding international research experiences.

A full program for the session will be provided shortly at: https://global-engagement.uq.edu.au/scholarships-day.

Collaborate | Innovate | 2017
Tuesday, 23 May to Thursday, 25 May

Canberra, ACT

The University of Queensland is proud to sponsor Collaborate | Innovate| 2017, 23-25 May in Canberra. The conference, hosted by the Cooperative Research Centres Association, is Australia’s premier conference on Business-Research Collaboration. Come and learn how to collaborate with the business and research sector. We hope you can join us there.

Register now at http://collaborateinnovate.com.au/

18th International Mental Health Conference – 2017
Monday, 21 August to Wednesday, 23 August

Gold Coast, QLD

This conference will examine a range of issues from the perspective of Primary Interventions, Promoting Recovery, Preventing Relapse and the latest Policy Initiatives.

Featuring Australia and New Zealand’s leading practitioners, academics, researchers, mental health experts, NGO’s and policy makers, the conference will motivate and inspire professionals (and future professionals).

Abstracts Close: 15 May 2017
Early Bird Registration Closes: 10 July 2017

For more information, please visit the conference web page: http://anzmh.asn.au/conference/

Science Protecting Plant Health 2017 (SciPlant17)
Tuesday, 26 September to Thursday, 28 September

Brisbane, QLD

The Plant Biosecurity CRC and the Australasian Plant Pathology Society invite you to Science Protecting Plant Health 2017 (SciPlant17) - an international plant health and plant biosecurity conference. SciPlant17 will cover a wide selection of topics and themes including entomology, biosecurity, and plant health/pathology.

For more information on this event, please visit: http://sciplant2017.com.au/#

Progress in MS Research Conference - Save the Date
Wednesday, 11 October to Friday, 13 October

Sydney, NSW

The Progress in MS Research Conference organised by MS Research Australia is a biennial event held to bring Australian clinicians and medical researchers together, to present their latest findings and form research collaborations.

This year's conference will focus on the following four themes:

  • Progressive MS
  • B-Cell Biology
  • Autologous Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (AHSCT)
  • Cognition

Further details regarding registration, abstract submissions and keynote speakers will be announced shortly - please visit: http://www.msra.org.au/Progress_in_MS_Research_Conference_2017

6th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation - Call for Abstracts
Tuesday, 14 November to Wednesday, 15 November

Brisbane, QLD

The Symposium will be co-hosted this year by the NHMRC and the Lowitja Institute, Australia’s National Institute for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Research.

Under the theme "The Butterfly Effect: Translating Knowledge into Action for Positive Change", the Symposium will present an outstanding opportunity to focus on action needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s First Peoples through effective translation of health, wellbeing and medical research into policy and practice. It will also be a forum to share knowledge of what successful research looks like at community level and what the key elements of success are.

The call for abstracts for the Symposium is now open. For further information, please visit: https://icmsaust.eventsair.com/PresentationPortal/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2FPresentationPortal%2Fnhmrc-symposium-2017%2Fcall-for-abstracts


2017 U21 ECR Workshop - Invitation for nominations
Wednesday, 4 October to Friday, 6 October

Santiago, CHILE

Nominations are now open for the 2017 U21 ECR workshop ‘Interculturality and Multiculturalism: the challenges for changing societies’ hosted by Pontificia Universidad de Catolica de Chile from the 4th to the 6th of October 2017. For further details on the workshop including a short program please see the U21 website: http://www.universitas21.com/event/details/285/early-career-researcher-workshop

The University of Queensland (UQ) has been invited to nominate seven early career researchers (ECRs). Four nominees will be guaranteed, with three reserves to be confirmed should places become available.

Eligibility: Nominees should be within 8 years of being awarded their doctorate and employed in a ‘research-related’ capacity by a U21 Institution.

All interested and eligible ECRs wishing to attend the workshop are invited to submit an expression of interest (EOI) to UQR&I by opening of business Tuesday, 02 May 2017 - please click here for more details.

Any enquiries can be directed to grants-manager@research.uq.edu.au

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 or phone UQR&I on 336 54009.


Awards for Excellence in HDR Supervision - Nominations Open

Each year, UQ acknowledges and rewards exceptional HDR supervisors through the Awards for Excellence in HDR Supervision. The Graduate School is committed to recognising and rewarding sustained levels of outstanding performance in the supervising, mentoring, and training of Higher degree by research candidates. The awards target academics who make an outstanding contribution to individual supervision and/or to enhancing the research supervision culture within a School/Institute/Faculty. Nominations for the 2017 awards are now open. Applications close 23 April 2017. For more information or to nominate an outstanding Advisor click here.

David Syme Research Prize

The annual prize rewards the best original research in Biology, Physics, Chemistry or Geology produced in Australia during the preceding two years. Preference will be given to original research of value in the industrial and commercial interests of Australia. Nominations close 28 April 2017 – see more details at: http://science.unimelb.edu.au/students/scholarships/open/scholarship?id=11110

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

A Churchill Fellowship provides an opportunity for talented Australian citizens the opportunity to travel overseas to conduct valuable research in their field and bring back knowledge, experience, ideas and innovation for the betterment of their industry, community and Australia. Fellowships are awarded for the purpose of pursuing an overseas investigative project of a kind that is not readily available in Australia. Applications close 28 April 2017 – see more details at: https://www.churchilltrust.com.au/

ASM Frank Fenner Award

The purpose of this award is to recognise distinguished contributions in any area of Australian research in microbiology by scientists in a formative stage of their career, rather than to reward senior scientists for a lifetime of achievement. Application closes 30 April 2017 – see more details at: http://www.theasm.org.au/awards/asm-frank-fenner-award/

Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. Nominations close 5 May 2017 – see more details at: https://www.australianmuseum.net.au/eurekaprizes


Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research

This prize recognizes outstanding young investigators who have made significant contributions to increase the understanding of cancer or improve the treatment of the disease through basic or clinical research. Nominations close 28 April 2017 – see more details at: https://www.mskcc.org/research-advantage/impact/paul-marks-prize-research/2017-call-nominations

Universal Biotech 9th Innovation Prize 2017

The Innovation Prize aims to promote innovation in the field of Life Sciences. It targets drugs, medical devices, applications/platforms and technologies in the field of diagnostic, therapeutic and e-health solutions. The most innovative projects in the field of biotech, medtech and digitech will be awarded with a grant and a year of consulting services offered by Universal Biotech, with a combined value of €30 000. Applications close 30 April 2017 – see more at: https://www.universal-biotech-prize.com/

The Mahathir Science Award

The Mahathir Science Award is bestowed on any scientists, institutions or organisation worldwide in recognition of contributions and innovations towards solving problems in the tropics through science and technology (Tropical Agriculture, Tropical Architecture and Engineering, Tropical Medicine and Tropical Natural Resources) and to be awarded to the most deserving based on merit. Nominations close 30 April 2017 – see more details at:

Grawemeyer Awards

The University of Louisville invites nominations from throughout the world by professional educators, educational institutions and organizations, and editors and publishers of journals, books and software. Self-nominations will not be considered. Nominations close 30 April 2017 – see more details at: http://grawemeyer.org/education/#toggle-id-2

World Food Prize

Prize is awarded for a specific, exceptionally significant, individual achievement at any point along the full range of the food production and distribution chain. Fields of achievement include, but are not limited to: soil and land; plant and animal science; food science and technology; nutrition; rural development; marketing; food processing and packaging; water and the environment; natural resource conservation; physical infrastructure; transportation and distribution; special or extraordinary feeding programs; social organization and poverty elimination; economics and finance; policy analysis; and public advocacy. Nominations close 1 May 2017 – see more details at: https://www.worldfoodprize.org/en/nominations/the_world_food_prize/the_world_food_prize_nomination/?nodeID=87515&audienceID=1

Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Outstanding Achievement Prizes

The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation recognizes outstanding research leadership and contributions to mental health research with a number of annual prizes. Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research; Maltz Prize for Innovative and Promising Schizophrenia Research; Goldman-Rakic Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Cognitive Neuroscience; Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research; and Ruane Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research. Nominations close 3 May 2017 – see more details at: https://bbrfoundation.org/annual-prizes

Eisenhower International Fellowships

Seek a diverse mix of accomplished leaders aged 32-45 from a variety of sectors who would benefit significantly from a seven-week networking, and professional development experience in the U.S. Eisenhower Fellows use what they learn during their meetings with other leaders, including in their fellow Fellows, to think through issues that are vital to their personal and professional development and to identify opportunities for sustained results from the fellowship experience. Applications close 19 May 2017 – see more details at: https://www.efworld.org/our-programs/international/prospective-international-fellows

The 2017 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health

This international award recognizes individuals, groups, or organizations for outstanding achievement in improving mental health and is accompanied by a medal and $20,000. Nominations close 23 May 2017 – see more details at: https://nam.edu/about-the-nam/the-rhoda-and-bernard-sarnat-international-prize-in-mental-health/

Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science

The Franklin Institute seeks nominations for the 2018 Bower Award and Prize for Achievement in Science of individuals who have made significant contributions to our understanding or the development of genome editing and/or its applications. Nominations may recognize contributions including, but not limited to, the discovery/elucidation of genome editing mechanisms such as those involving CRISPR, TALENs, or zinc finger nucleases; genome editing tool development; or genome editing for basic research or applied outcomes in a variety of systems (e.g. for crop improvement or medical therapeutics). Nominations must clearly indicate the scientific impact of the nominee’s work, whether conceptual, technical, or integrative. Nominations close 31 May 2017 – see more details at: https://www.fi.edu/bower-award-prize-achievement-science

Regional Studies Association (RSA) Awards

Nominations (both self-nominations and third party nominations) are being sought for the RSA Awards, as follows:
- Nathaniel Lichfield/ Recent Master Student Award: Applicants need to have graduated with a master`s degree in regional studies and related fields in 2016.
- PhD Student Award: Applicants need to be registered PhD students who have not yet received their PhD certificate.
- Routledge Early Career Award: Applicants need to be early career researchers within five years of the date on their PhD certificate or equivalent.
Nominations close 31 May 2017 – see more details at: http://www.regionalstudies.org/funding/page/rsa-awards-2017

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/

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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