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20 October, 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


Transformation of HDR and Research Administration Services

The University of Queensland faces significant challenges as a result of changes to the higher education and research funding environment, the need for greater industry engagement and collaboration, pressures created by greater competition across the sector, and increasing expectations in relation to the development of HDR students. In response to these challenges and risks, the Research Management Business Transformation Program has begun investing in enterprise systems and process improvements to provide leading digital research management infrastructure and processes to support research students, staff and administrators.

Earlier this week a Consultation (Issues) Paper was released to impacted professional staff outlining the next stages of this transformation process, including the proposed redesign of current administration service delivery models and the potential impacts to staff administering Higher Degree by Research programs, Research Publications and Sponsored Research. These are vital changes to ensure UQ continues to deliver world-class research outcomes.

Interested researchers can find the Issues Paper and other information on the Transformation of HDR and Research Administration website.

Questions and submissions regarding the proposals can be emailed to transformation@research.uq.edu.au

NHMRC’s Privacy Policy affecting RGMS Users

NHMRC has recently updated its Privacy Policy. Please note that, with RGMS users’ consent, your contact details may be made available to universities, private medical research bodies, Australian state/territory or local government agencies who are seeking experts for the purpose of establishing advisory panels. Please note that participation in any activity that may result from you being contacted is entirely at your discretion.

If you wish to consent to your personal details to be released, NHMRC advises to please do the following:
- On the RGMS landing page select the “My Profile & CV / Account” tab, and then click the “Edit my Profile and CV” link.
- On the “Profile and CV List” page click one of the links and choose the “Pro-PD: Personal Details” option from the drop-down menu on the “Properties” tab. The new field is in the “Disclosure Of Personal Information” section.

For any assistance, please contact UQR&I Office of Sponsored Research at nhmrc@research.uq.edu.au

NHMRC Public Consultation

NHMRC has released the draft Road Map 3: A Strategic Framework for Improving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health through Research (Road Map 3) for public consultation.

NHMRC has committed to develop Road Map 3 to guide and communicate its objectives and investment in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health research for the next decade.

Submissions close 12pm (AEST) Sunday 10 December 2017.

For further information, please visit the NHMRC public consultation website.

ARC Deconstructing the Proposal Sessions
Monday, 23 October to Friday, 27 October

The Faculty of Health & Behavioural Sciences (HaBS) have joined forces with Faculties and Institutes across UQ to deliver this seminar series as part of the GRANTOBER event.

ARC Deconstructing the Proposal is aimed at breaking down the ARC application into discrete sections or themes and then focusing discussion accordingly. Hour long sessions with lunch provided will be held daily throughout the week and will be presented by scholars who have been successful in the ARC space. The series will offer sessions on sharpening your title and summary, stating your case as an early career researcher, considering your impact beyond academia, and a range of other critical aspects of the application.

The sessions are as follows:
1. Writing your title, 100 word summary and impact statement
2. The First Page
3. Project quality, Significance and Innovation
4. ROPE: How to best express your research track record
5. DECRA: How to state your case as an early career researcher

More information on these sessions, including registration, can be found here.

If you have any questions regarding the series, or encounter problems with registering, please contact the HaBS Faculty Research Office Team at habs.research@uq.edu.au.

NHMRC’s new grant program public consultation on peer review
Friday, 24 November

Room 416, Mayne Medical School (Bldg 0881), UQ Herston Campus
2.30pm - 4.30pm AEST

NHMRC is hosting a series of public fora across Australia between 29 September and 24 November 2017 on peer review in the new grant program. Also, a public consultation paper is accompanying the public fora and is available on here.

The Brisbane Forum will be an excellent opportunity for UQ researchers to learn about the new grant program and its peer review from NHMRC CEO, Professor Anne Kelso AO. Her presentation will be followed by a Q&A session and an opportunity for comments and suggestions.

Registrations are now open and places are limited. Attendance from UQ researchers in relevant disciplines is encouraged.

For further information and to register, please visit the NHMRC website.

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.


Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB)

The ASBMB maintains a number of awards to recognise excellence in Australian Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Links to award winners and nomination/application forms for the various awards are provided on the website. Most nominations close 31 October 2017 – see more details at: https://www.asbmb.org.au/awards/


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/

John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research

The John Dystel Prize for Multiple Sclerosis Research is awarded jointly by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). The Prize, currently in the amount of $15,000, recognizes outstanding contributions to basic or clinical research in the understanding, treatment or prevention of multiple sclerosis. The prize is intended to recognize significant and exciting work which has influenced the way we think about multiple sclerosis, but it is not to be a lifetime achievement award. Applications will close on 25 October 2017 – see more details at: https://www.nationalmssociety.org/For-Professionals/Researchers/Society-Funding

Society of Biological Psychiatry Awards

There are a number of awards currently open, including the Humanitarian Award, Gold Medal Award, George N. Thompson Award (for Society Members only) and the A.E. Bennett Research Award for international research in biological psychiatry by young investigators. Nominations will close 30 October 2017 – see more details at:

The Nestle Creating Shared Value Prize

This prize is awarded by the Nestle CSV Council every two years. The competition helps scale up or replicate business-oriented initiatives that address challenges in nutrition, water or rural development. It is open to social and private enterprises, as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs). For 2018, the Prize package includes a cash prize of up to CHF 400'000 (approximately $500,000 AUD), a pitch opportunity at the World Water Forum in Brazil in 2018, and a prestigious Ashoka Fellowship. Applications close 31 October 2017 – see more details at: http://www.nestle.com/csv/what-is-csv/nestleprize

The S.M. Perren Research Award

This award will be given to the first author of the best scientific paper (submitted in this round) based on original and previously unpublished research. Papers will be judged on their scientific merit and must fully conform to the format suitable for publication in the J.Biomechanics. The award is open to all areas of biomechanics research and to both members and non-members. Submission deadline is 1 November 2017 – see more details at https://esbiomech.org/esb-awards/the-s-m-perren-research-award-2/. Papers in consideration for the S.M. Perren Research Award are submitted directly to the Journal of Biomechanics submission portal (http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-biomechanics/) and flagged against “Choose Article Type: S M Perren– ESB award article”.

2018 Nemmers Prize in Medical Science

This prize is awarded to a physician-scientist whose body of research exhibits outstanding achievement in medical science as demonstrated by works of lasting significance. This biennial prize of $200,000 is one of the five Nemmers Prizes administered by Northwestern University. Nominations close 1 November 2017 – see more details at:

The Albert B. Sabin Gold Medal Award

The medal is award to distinguished member of the public health community who has made extraordinary contributions in the field of vaccinology or a complementary field. Each recipient is a role model for young researchers, someone whose career has saved lives through the development and use of vaccines. Nominations close 3 November 2017 – see more details at http://www.sabin.org/gold-medal-selection.

2018 Nemmers Prizes in Economics, Mathematics, and Earth Sciences

Northwestern University invites nominations for the Erwin Plein Nemmers Prize in Economics, the Frederic Esser Nemmers Prize in Mathematics, and the Nemmers Prize in Earth Sciences. Candidacy for the Nemmers Prizes is open to those with careers of outstanding achievement in their disciplines as demonstrated by major contributions to new knowledge or the development of significant new modes of analysis. Nominations close 1 December 2017 – see more details at: http://www.nemmers.northwestern.edu/index.html

2018 IUPAC-Richter Prize in Medicinal Chemistry

The prize – USD $10,000 – is to be awarded to an internationally recognized scientist, preferably a medicinal chemist, whose activities or published accounts have made an outstanding contribution to the practice of medicinal chemistry or to an outstanding example of new drug discovery. Nominations close 15 December 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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