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14 December, 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


The University of Queensland Innovation Hub

The University of Queensland has set up a Genome Innovation Hub (GIH) as part of Research Infrastructure. GIH will develop and implement advanced genomics methods and ensure their availability to researchers across the university. The key objectives of GIH are (1) to develop high-throughput approaches in structural and functional genomics utilising advances in single-cell sequencing, long read sequencing and genome editing, (2) support and collaborate with core facilities in genomics at UQ, (3) engage in innovative collaborations with researchers across UQ to develop and implement novel genomics techniques and pipelines with broad application for UQ researchers, 4) develop technical or reagent resources for UQ labs to facilitate advanced genomics capabilities and 5) engage with academic, industry and government bodies to design and prioritise research outcomes with broad impact to the scientific community and society.

Anticipated Genome Innovation Hub (GIH) Call for External Projects

Beginning in 2019, GIH will engage in collaborative projects in partnership with key research groups at UQ. An anticipated 3-5 projects per year will be selected with project funding of approximately $50,000 per project. For successful applications, funding will directly support GIH consumables toward each project to develop new methods and pipelines. Collaborating research groups will work closely with GIH in design and development of projects and actively contribute to projects including co-investment in funding and personnel expertise. A call for applications will be distributed in early 2019 with a closing date in the first quarter of the year. Projects will be prioritized on the basis of novelty in advancing genomics applications and/or significantly driving down the costs of genomic applications. Proposals will also be evaluated on the basis of feasibility, broad impact, and outline of a clear path for future access and uptake. The number of projects accepted in any one year will depend on feasibility, budget and timelines.

For further information please contact Grant Montgomery, Director, Genome Innovation Hub, P +61 7 3346 2612, E g.montgomery1@uq.edu.au

UQ Industry Connect Event – Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research

Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research (NIBR) is seeking innovations and opportunities for potential future collaboration. NIBR is the innovation engine for the Novartis enterprise and comprises 6,000 scientists across six sites globally, primarily based in Cambridge MA and Basel. Novartis areas of therapeutic interest include Autoimmunity, Transplantation & Inflammation; Cardiovascular & Metabolism; Musculoskeletal Disease; Neuroscience; Ophthalmology; Oncology; Immuno-Oncology; Respiratory Diseases; and Neglected & Tropical Diseases. They are particularly looking for collaborations in Gene, Cell, Nuclear, Radio Ligand, Targeted protein Degradation and RNA-related therapies across therapeutic interests that have a novel mechanism of action, meet an unmet need, and preferably have data in animal models and evidence of relevant human physiology.

UniQuest will facilitate a UQ Industry Connect event for UQ researchers to hear from the Novartis team in March – firm dates and details will follow (proposed for either the week of 11th or 18th March 2019).

If you have a therapeutic concept that fits within Novartis’ areas of interest, please contact Dr Tamsin Terry, Director Commercial Engagement – Life Sciences by 18th of January to arrange a preliminary discussion (M: 0409 156 555, t.terry@uniquest.com.au).

Animal Health Research Alliance Opportunity

UQ/UniQuest invites UQ researchers to explore potential research alliance opportunities in Therapeutics, Vaccines and complementary spaces with leading animal health company, Zoetis. Points to note include:

  • Modalities considered include small molecules, large molecules, vaccines.
  • View research alliance interest areas at http://www.uniquest.com.au/zoetis
  • Non-confidential Research Alliance Opportunity Summaries are to be emailed to zoetis@uniquest.com.au by Wednesday, 20th March 2019
  • Download the Research Alliance Opportunity Summary template from http://www.uniquest.com.au/zoetis
  • Engagement with Zoetis may take different forms subject to the level of strategic fit of each Research Alliance Opportunity submitted.

Should you have any queries or wish to discuss this further please contact Dr Deon Goosen, Director Commercial Engagement – Agriculture & Food, UniQuest, d.goosen@uniquest.com.au.

Australian Guideline for the Assessment and Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder

NHMRC has approved the recommendations of the guideline for the assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders in Australia developed by the Cooperative Research Centre for living with autism.

This guideline provides a framework to support diagnostic decision making and the comprehensive assessment of individual support needs.

Research Management Business Transformation Program

The RMBT Program team is continuing to work hard to deliver new digital platforms and solutions for research and research support.

  • A new project was launched at the end of October to support the ongoing and comprehensive collection of Non-Traditional Research Outputs (NTROs) in UQ eSpace.
  • MyBalance, the new UQ financial reporting tool enabling researchers to have a clear, daily picture of their research grant balances, has been launched for all UQ researchers and will be integrated with the incoming Research Management System.
  • The Research Management System (RMS) completed vendor selection presentations in October. After finalisation of our preferred vendor, implementation should commence in early 2019.

Please see the RMBT communications page for recent updates from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). For all information and new updates on RMBT Program projects, visit the website.


Dance Your PhD Contest - AAAS and Science

This is the 11th year of the ‘Dance Your PhD’ contest sponsored by AAAS and Science, challenging scientists to explain their research without PowerPoint slides or jargon — in fact with no talking at all. It doesn’t matter if you’re just starting your PhD or you completed it decades ago, but your PhD must be in a science-related field. Winners are selected based on the aggregate of three scores: scientific merit, artistic merit, and creative combination of the science and art. The submission deadline is 14 January 2019. For further information and the official rules, please see the website at http://www.sciencemag.org/projects/dance-your-phd.

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.


NHMRC Ethics Award

NHMRC are seeking nominations of an individual, a group of individuals, or an organisation for the 2019 NHMRC Ethics Award. Nominees will be judged on the significance of their contribution supporting high ethical standards in Australia in health and medical research. Nominations close 11 January 2019 – see more at: https://nhmrc.gov.au/nhmrc-ethics-award.

NHMRC Consumer Engagement Award

The NHMRC Consumer Engagement Award will be awarded to individuals or groups or organisations who have been strong advocates for health and medical research, inspirational role models for health consumers, and/or instrumental in improving or supporting community interactions with health and medical research. Nominations close 11 January 2019 – see more at https://nhmrc.gov.au/nhmrc-consumer-engagement-award

NHMRC Science To Art

The NHMRC Science to Art Award biennially recognises outstanding examples of art that have arisen from research funded by NHMRC. Entries due 11 January 2019 – see more at: https://nhmrc.gov.au/nhmrc-science-art-award.

'Pitch it Clever' Competition

Entries are now open for the Universities Australia ‘Pitch it Clever’ competition, which challenges PhD students and early to mid-career researchers to pitch their research in a 1-2 minute video. There is $4,500 in prizes available for the videos that would best persuade leaders from across the country to become champions for your research. Entries close 24 January 2019 – see more at https://www.thinkable.org/vote_competitions/pitch-it-clever.


ACM Grace Murray Hopper Award

The Association for Computing Machinery Grace Murray Hopper Award is awarded to an outstanding young computer professional, selected on the basis of a single major technical or service contribution. The Award includes a prize of $35,000 USD sponsored by Microsoft. Candidates must be 35 years of age or less at the time that the contribution was made. Nominations close 15 January 2019 – see more at https://awards.acm.org/hopper.

Edward O. Wilson Naturalist Award

This Award is presented by the American Society of Naturalists for a mid-career researcher (within 20 years of completing a PhD) who has made significant contributions to the knowledge of a particular ecosystem or group of organisms. Individuals whose research and writing illuminate principles of evolutionary biology and an enhanced aesthetic appreciation of natural history will merit special consideration. The Award will consist of a work of art and a prize of $2,000 USD. Nominations close 15 January 2019 – see more at https://www.amnat.org/announcements/NomEOWilson

Sewall Wright Award

The American Society of Naturalists invites nominations for the 2019 Sewall Wright Award from active senior investigators making fundamental contributions to the Society’s goals in promoting the conceptual unification of the natural biological sciences. The recipient will be invited to write a paper for publication in a special section of the journal and will receive an honorarium of $1,000. Nominations close 15 January 2019 – see more at https://www.amnat.org/announcements/NomWright

ASN Jasper Loftus-Hills Young Investigators Awards

The American Society of Naturalists Young Investigators Awards honour outstanding promise and accomplishment in young investigators conducting integrative work in the fields of Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Behavioural Ecology, and Genetics. Nominees will have received their doctorate in the preceding three years, or be in the final year of their PhD. The Award consists of a $500 prize, a travel allowance of $700, and cost of registration for the Society’s meetings. Nominations close 15 January 2019 – see more at https://www.amnat.org/announcements/NomYIA

Grawemeyer Award in Religion 2020

The Louisville Grawemeyer Award honours highly significant contributions to religious and spiritual understanding. Any work presented or published in 2013 or subsequently will be eligible for consideration. Self-nominations are not accepted. Nominations close 15 January 2019 – see more at http://grawemeyer.org/religion/#toggle-id-2

IEEE Technical Field Awards

The IEEE Technical Field Awards are presented for contributions or leadership in specific fields of interest of the IEEE, including biomedical engineering, control systems, electromagnetics, power transmission, signal processing, computing, photonics, robotics, and more. Nominations close 15 January 2019 – see more at https://www.ieee.org/about/awards/technical-field-awards

The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize

The Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize is awarded annually by Columbia University for outstanding basic research in biology or biochemistry. The purpose of the Prize is to honour a scientific investigator, or group of investigators, whose contributions to knowledge in either of these fields are deemed worthy of special recognition. Nominations close 22 January 2019 – see more at: http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/research/horwitz-prize

AOGS Axford Medal

The Asia Oceania Geosciences Society Axford Medal is presented in recognition of outstanding achievements in geosciences, and unselfish cooperation and leadership in Asia and Oceania. Nominations close 29 January 2019 – see more at http://www.asiaoceania.org/society/public.asp?view=axford_medal

American Sociological Association Awards

Each year, ASA recognises a wide range of contributions to the sociological discipline with awards for outstanding scholarship, teaching, practice, and public understanding of sociology. These include awards for students, early career researchers, and senior scholars in the discipline. Nominations for all awards close 31 January 2019 – see more at: http://www.asanet.org/news-events/asa-awards

Biochemical Society Awards

The Biochemical Society offers a number of awards to recognise excellence and achievement in both specific and general fields of science for established researchers as well as scientists in the early stages of their career. The Society would like to encourage nominations that reflect the diversity of the bioscience community. Nominations close 31 January 2019 – see more at: http://www.biochemistry.org/Awards.aspx

Robert Feulgen Prize

The Robert Feulgen Prize will be awarded for an outstanding achievement in the field of histochemistry. The monetary prize to be awarded is 2,000 EUR. The contributions may be either towards the development of new histochemical and cytochemical techniques or in the application of existing technology towards solving important problems in biology and/or medicine. Nominations close 31 January 2019 – see more at: http://www.histochemistry.eu/index.php?page=feulgen_prize

Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize

The Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize is awarded annually by the Society for the Study of Evolution to recognise the accomplishments and future promise of an outstanding young evolutionary biologist. The Prize is awarded to an early career researcher in any area of evolutionary biology, broadly defined, who is taking a creative approach to answering pressing questions in the field. Nominees must have been awarded their PhD between May 2015 and 1 February 2019. Nominations close 31 January 2019 – see more at http://www.evolutionsociety.org/index.php?module=content&type=user&func=view&pid=13

IUPAC-Solvay International Award for Young Chemists

This Award is intended to encourage outstanding young research scientists at the beginning of their careers. The Awards are given for the most outstanding PhD theses in the general area of the chemical sciences, as described in a 1000-word essay. The prize is valued at $1,000 USD cash and expenses to attend the 2019 IUPAC Congress in Paris. Applications close 1 February 2019 – see more at: https://iupac.org/2019-iupac-solvay-international-award-for-young-chemists

Geological Society of America Awards

GSA offers a number of awards and medals to recognise excellence in the field, including the Penrose Medal, the Arthur L. Day Medal, the Donath Medal (Young Scientist Award), and the Doris Curtis Outstanding Woman in Science Award. Nominations close 1 February 2019 – see more at http://www.geosociety.org/GSA/About/awards/About_Awards/GSA/Awards/About_GSA_Awards.aspx

Lasker Medical Research Awards

The purpose of these Awards is to honour individuals who have made significant contributions in basic or clinical research in diseases that are the main cause of death and disability. The Lasker Awards will be offered in three categories in 2019: Basic Medical Research, Clinical Medical Research. Nominations close 4 February 2019 – see more at: http://www.laskerfoundation.org/about/award-nominations

Stein Rokkan Prize

The Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research is presented by the International Science Council, the University of Bergen, and the European Consortium for Political Research. The Prize is open to works in comparative studies from all social science disciplines, and is awarded to the submission deemed to represent a very substantial and original contribution. Nominations close 15 February 2019 – see more at https://ecpr.eu/Prizes/PrizeDetails.aspx?PrizeID=6

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