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9 August, 2019

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

Spotlight on UQ Research Capability - Faster, Smarter and Better Research with RCC

UQ’s Research Computing Centre is an innovative and multidisciplinary environment, supporting research collaboration to facilitate discoveries through advanced computation, data analysis and other digital research tools. RCC helps UQ researchers make the most of local and national eResearch technologies, such as high-performance computing, cloud computing, data storage, data management, visualisation, scientific workflow, repository services and virtual laboratories.

RCC integrates with and builds on key support services within UQ, namely ITS and UQ Library. RCC also leverages investment by government in initiatives such as the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) to extend existing research capabilities.

“RCC is regularly introducing new technologies or improving the infrastructure we currently have so UQ researchers can do their research faster, smarter and better,” said RCC Director Professor David Abramson.

RCC will be presenting at Research Capabilities Showcase 2019. Registrations for the showcase will open soon.

NHMRC New Grants Program – Application Dates for Major Schemes

The NHMRC has set the open, minimum data and the closing dates for the following major grant schemes in 2020:

  • Partnership Projects PRC2: opened on 28 March 2019, minimum data closed on 31 July 2019, closes on 14 August 2019
  • MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC): opened on 28 March 2019, minimum data closed on 31 July 2019, closes on 15 August 2019
  • Partnership Projects PRC3: opens on 1 August 2019, minimum data due by 20 November 2019, closes on 4 December 2019
  • Investigator Grants: opens on 2 October 2019, minimum data due by 30 October 2019, closes on 27 November 2019
  • Development Grants: opens on 23 October 2019, minimum data due by 20 November 2019, closes on 11 December 2019
  • Centres of Research Excellence: opens on 23 October 2019, minimum data due by 20 November 2019
  • Synergy Grants: opens on 26 February 2020, minimum data due by 25 March 2020, closes on 22 April 2020
  • CTCS Grants: opens on 4 March 2020, minimum data due by 1 April 2020, closes on 29 April 2020
  • Ideas Grants: opens on 11 March 2020, minimum data due by 8 April 2020, closes on 6 May 2020

Nominate to Participate in NHMRC Peer Review Panels for 2020

Researchers are invited to nominate themselves to be considered for appointment to NHMRC expert review panels through RGMS. Self-nominations must be entered in RGMS by Wednesday 28 August 2019. Nominations are now open for:

  • Investigator Grants
  • Development Grants
  • Ideas Grants
  • Centres of Research Excellence
  • Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants
  • Partnership Projects
  • MRFF Clinical Trials Activity (RCRDUN and ICTC)
  • MRFF Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research
  • Postgraduate Scholarships

A guide to aid researchers in determining the most appropriate funding programs to which they might contribute their expertise and experience is available on NHMRC's website. Instructions on how to nominate within RGMS are contained in the RGMS User Guide – Assessment Processes, available here. Please complete all required fields within the nomination process. Even if not intending to self-nominate, NHMRC encourages all researchers to use this opportunity to ensure their RGMS Profile and CV are up to date.

Ignite PhD Pitch Night 2019

AMP Amplify Ignite brings academia and business together, offering students a unique opportunity to receive professional coaching and mentoring over two days, to equip them with the right tools and skills to support their ongoing development and research. Finalists will pitch their research project to a live business audience in 150 seconds; a total prize pool of $26,000 includes $5,000 for the overall winner, and $1,000 for the People’s choice award. Applications are open to all PhD students who are currently enrolled at an Australian tertiary institution or have recently completed research (within 6 months) of the application opening date. For further information, visit the Amplify website. Applications close 1 September 2019.

NHMRC Ideas Grants 2019 Update

Week 1 - 3 Not For Further Consideration (NFFC) lists have been generated and provided to panel members. Each panel member has the opportunity to rescue one application from the preliminary NFFC list if they believe it warrants discussion by the Grant Review Panel (GRP).

Week 4-6 panel members are reminded that the deadline for submission of assessments in RGMS is 5pm AEST 9 August 2019. NFFC lists will be circulated to panel members the following week. Any applications that do not have the minimum number of assessments submitted by the deadline will be exempt from the NFFC process, and undergo full discussion by the panel at the GRP meeting.

All panel members are reminded to log into RGMS a week prior to their GRP meeting to ensure your password is current. If your password has expired, please contact the Research Help Centre (RHC) on 1800 500 983. The 2019 GRPs will be held in Canberra for six consecutive weeks, commencing 12 August 2019.

NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2019 Update

Application scoring is now complete. Panels will meet face-to-face in Canberra from 26 August to 18 September 2019. NHMRC thanks all panel members involved in the CTCS grant review process

Release of the Authorship Guide and the Management of Data and Information in Research Guide

NHMRC, along with the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia (UA) recently released the Authorship Guide and the Management of Data and Information in Research Guide, which support the implementation of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (the Code). NHMRC, ARC and UA are currently developing further guides to support the Code which are planned for release later in 2019.

Spotlight on UQ Research Capability - TetraQ Paves the Path for Drug Development

Drug development is a complex process, requiring consideration not only of the therapeutic effects of a candidate drug, but also its pharmacokinetics (uptake, metabolism and excretion) and potential toxicity. TetraQ is a UQ facility operating in this space to provide bioanalytical and toxicology data in support of drug development in Australia.

TetraQ is a GLP-recognised facility serving the UQ research community as well as external clients. The centre conducts rodent toxicology studies as well as measuring the concentrations of small molecules, biopharmaceuticals and biomarkers in blood or urine. Director Dr Peter Tapley says, “We provide support to both academic and industry researchers reaching as far afield as the US, China and Europe. Our work has aided the development of new vaccines, cancer treatments and therapies for chronic and metabolic diseases.”

TetraQ will be presenting at the Research Capabilities Showcase 2019. Registrations for the showcase will open soon.

Launch of the Genome Alliance in Australasia (GAiA)

The “Genome Alliance in Australasia - GAiA” representing communities with an interest in the genomes and biodiversity of Australia and New Zealand was launched at the recent Genetic Society of Australasia Annual Conference. GAiA is a community (currently over 100 labs have registered their interest) with significant skills and resources for the study of diverse plant, animal, fungal and Microbial species, including many biological disciplines, with access to national collections, technologies, informatics, and a wide range of links to national and international organisations. The aspirations of GAiA are to share in these resources to answer global challenges of human health, food security and the environment.

Working Groups (access to national collections, technologies, informatics, training, linkages with national and international genome consortia, and engagement with public, industry, and government organisations) are open to all, with chairs to facilitate and coordinate. GAiA organisation is based on a Shared Leadership Model with a Steering Committee, open to all, with members to facilitate and coordinate.

Even if you did not attend the GAiA Symposium, you can be actively involved in the development of GAiA. To inform GAiA of your interest, please click here and fill in the form. For further information, please follow GAiA on Twitter @GenomeinANZ and contact Professor David Burt, d.burt@uq.edu.au, UQ Director of Genomics and Chair of the GAiA Steering Committee.

NHMRC Partnership Projects 2019 PRC2 and PRC3 Funding with other Organisations

In addition to partner organisations identified in the Grant Guidelines (section 4.4), applicants to Partnership Projects 2019 may select from the following funding opportunity from the Department of Health:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and Obesity Prevention Research special initiative. This special initiative provides the opportunity for community organisations that are contributing to health outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to develop a relationship with a researcher to strengthen the evidence in FASD and obesity research. For further information see Section 2.3 of the Partnership Projects 2019 Guidelines available via the Partnership Projects 2019 Grant Opportunity on GrantConnect.

8th Annual NHMRC Symposium on Research Translation – Registrations Now Open

The theme this year is Research Translation in the Digital Age: Harnessing the Power of Data and Analytical Technologies. Keynote and plenary speaker details, along with registration information is now available.

UQ and The University of Edinburgh Discuss the Future of Oncology Research

The University of Queensland’s Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) hosted a special visit from The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies of The University of Edinburgh this month. As a joint engagement initiative between UQ Genomics, UQ School of Veterinary Science and the ARC Training Centre for Innovation in Biomedical Imaging Technology (CIBIT), the visit fostered important discussions for comparative oncology research and collaboration.

University of Edinburgh’s William Dick Chair of Veterinary Clinical Studies, Dean of Veterinary Medicine and Head of School, The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Professor David Argyle, and Associate Dean and Director of Veterinary Admissions, Dr Sally Argyle, visited UQ’s Gatton Campus, Veterinary Medical Centre, CAI and the Brisbane Veterinary Specialist Centre (BVSC) during the visit. Professor Argyle discussed the importance of collaboration across multidisciplinary research in achieving a shared vision to create change for the future of cancer research. Read the full article here.

International

The Amazing Brain - Zooming Through the Globus Pallidus Externa

The National Institutes of Health’s Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative continues to find new ways to visualize neurons interconnecting into the billions of circuits that control our thoughts, feelings, and movements. This video, another winner in the initiative’s ‘Show Us Your Brain!’ contest, offers a beautiful example of how these imaging techniques are getting better all the time. The video comes from the lab of Kwanghun Chung, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, in collaboration with Byungkook Lim’s group at the University of California, San Diego, and showcases a technique called SHIELD. Other winners of the 2019 ‘Show Us Your Brain!’ contest can be viewed on the NIH BRAIN Initiative website.

National Academy of Medicine Annual Meeting 2019 – The Evolution of Technology in Biomedical Science
Monday, 21 October

8.00am – 5.30pm ET (11.00pm – 7.30am AEST)

On 21 October 2019, the National Academy of Medicine will host a scientific symposium as part of its 49th Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. The program features:

  • Data Sharing & the Individual: The Tension between Privacy and Open Source Data in Science
  • Shaping Next Generation Delivery Using Artificial Intelligence
  • Human Genome Editing: Navigating Ethics and Global Governance

A free live webcast will be provided for participants who are unable to attend in person. A recorded version of the webcast will be available following the meeting. For more information and to register for the webcast, see the National Academy of Medicine website.

Toward Understanding the Interplay of Environmental Stressors, Infectious Disease, and Human Health – Proceedings of a Workshop

On 15-16 January 2019, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a 2-day workshop to explore emerging evidence on the interactions among environmental stressors, infectious diseases, and human health. The workshop brought together a multidisciplinary group, including experts in infectious disease, global public health, toxicology, epidemiology, and science policy, to discuss the emerging science and its implications for decisions about research and public policy. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop and is available for free download here.

Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub

The Clinician Well-Being Knowledge Hub is a product of the National Academy of Medicine’s Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience and is intended to provide an easy-to-navigate repository of helpful resources for those seeking information and guidance on how to combat clinician burnout in their organizations and in their personal lives. Please note that the resource centre found within this site is a work in progress. Resources will be added on an ongoing basis.

National Institutes of Health – Request for Information: Input into the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Strategic Planning Process

The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is embarking on an institute-wide strategic planning process and invites input from stakeholders, experts, communities, and members of the public. NINDS will use responses collected as part of this RFI to inform the planning process, to help identify relevant experts and stakeholders, and to formulate and prioritize objectives and action plans for achieving each Strategic Goal. The resulting NINDS-wide Strategic Plan will be posted in draft form for additional public comment before implementation. To ensure full consideration, responses must be received by 1 October 2019. For further information, please see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-NS-19-079.html.

US National Institutes of Health – All About Grants Podcasts

Designed for investigators, Fellows, students, research administrators, and others just curious about the application and award process, the NIH All About Grants Podcast series provides insights on grant topics from NIH staff members. Episodes are available as mp3s for download here, via iTunes, or via RSS feed. Topics include preparing a successful grant application budget basics, writing your data sharing plan and the NIH review process.

Concussion Assessment Research Education (CARE) Consortium – Data Available on FITBIR

Data from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Department of Defense (DoD)’s Concussion Assessment Research Education (CARE) consortium is available on the Federal Interagency Traumatic Brain Injury Research (FITBIR) Informatics System. CARE is one of the largest prospective longitudinal studies of concussion ever initiated. CARE is sharing data from 34,561 research participants and over 1 million data records. Additional information regarding the shared data can be found at https://fitbir.nih.gov/study_profile/310. This data is available for all FITBIR account holders and can be used to supplement ongoing research, perform meta-analyses, or used in support of research funding applications.

Advancing Progress in the Development of Combination Cancer Therapies with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors

To examine the challenges and opportunities to develop combination cancer therapies that include immune checkpoint inhibitors, the National Cancer Policy Forum held a workshop on 16-17 July 2018, in Washington, DC. This workshop convened stakeholders with a broad range of expertise, including cancer researchers, clinicians, patient advocates, and representatives from industry, academia, and government. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop and is available for free download from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Multiple Myeloma Data Released in the Genomic Data Commons

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) has collected over eight years genomic and clinical data for nearly 1000 patients and now shares this rich, longitudinal data set with the research community through the Genomic Data Commons. The National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Genomics Director Dr Lou Staudt describes the potential for new clinical insights in a guest blog post for the MMRF. More information on the GDC’s latest data release is available on the GDC 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.

National

Fresh Science

Fresh Science is a national science competition helping early-career researchers find, and then share, their stories of discovery. The program takes up-and-coming researchers with no media experience and turns them into spokespeople for science, giving them a taste of life in the limelight, with a day of media training and a public event in their home state. Applicants must be no more than 5 years past their PhD. Applications close 14 August 2019 – see more details at: https://freshscience.org.au/how-to-nominate

David and Valerie Solomon Award

This is a new early to mid-career award from the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering for a science or technology graduate working in academia, research, or industry R&D who demonstrates substantial ability to foster research-industry collaboration and knowledge transfer for the benefit of Australia. It includes a cash prize of $15,000, 12 months mentoring from a senior Fellow of the Academy, and $5000 travel expenses. Nominees must be 40 years or under, hold Australian citizenship or permanent residency, and have graduated from an Australian University. Nominations close 9am Monday 26 August 2019 – see more details at https://www.applied.org.au/programs-and-awards/david-and-valerie-solomon-award/

Australian Mental Health Prize

The Prize is awarded annually to an Australian who has made outstanding contributions to either the promotion of mental health, or the prevention/treatment of mental illness – in areas such as advocacy, research or service provision. The prize will recognise contributions undertaken in Australia which are of national significance. Nominations close 30 August 2019 – see more details at: https://www.australianmentalhealthprize.org.au

CSIRO Indigenous STEM Professional Awards

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander STEM Professional Awards recognise people who have made a significant contribution to key STEM initiatives and demonstrate suitability and capacity to act as a role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. Two awards in the category - the Early Career Award and the Career Achievement Award. The winners will be Indigenous STEM Education ambassadors and will each receive a prize of $20,000. Applications open 2 September 2019 and entries close 27 September 2019 – see more details at: https://www.csiro.au/en/Education/Programs/Indigenous-STEM/Programs/AWARDS/Categories/Professional

The Royal Society of New South Wales Awards and Medals

The Society have a number of science awards/medals available, including the Clark Medal for distinguished research in geology; the Edgeworth David Medal for distinguished scientists under 35 years; the History and Philosophy Science Medal recognising outstanding achievement in the history and philosophy of science; the Jak Kelly Award for postgraduate research in physics; the James Cook Medal for outstanding contributions to science and human welfare in and for the southern hemisphere; the Walter Burfitt Prize to a researcher in pure or applied science; the Royal Society of NSW Medal to a Society member who has made meritorious contributions to the Society; as well as other awards for lectures. Nominations close 30 September 2019 – see more details at: https://www.royalsoc.org.au/awards

Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Awards and Prizes

The RACP offers a number of awards and prizes to recognise the outstanding contributions and achievements of its Fellows and trainees. These include medals and prizes presented annually at the RACP Congress and others awarded at specific Annual Scientific Meetings of different specialties. Deadlines for nominations range from 7 August to 30 September 2019 – see more details at https://www.racp.edu.au/about/racp-foundation-awards/college-congress-prizes

AgriFutures Rural Women's Award

The AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award acknowledges and supports emerging female leaders in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries who want to create impact, innovate, and make a difference to rural and regional Australia. Each state and territory winner receives a $10,000 bursary and access to professional development opportunities and national Alumni networks. Applications open 12 September 2019 and close on 31 October 2019 – see more details at: https://www.agrifutures.com.au/people-leadership/rural-womens-award/

International

Reimagine Education Awards

Do you have a ground breaking idea for the world of education? The Reimagining Education Awards seek to recognise innovative pedagogies and education technology that promotes improved learning and/or employment outcomes for students. Nominations close 1 September 2019 – see more details at: http://www.reimagine-education.com/application/

Stockholm Water Prize

The Stockholm Water Prize recognises individuals and organisations who have made outstanding contributions to the sustainable use and protection of the world’s water resources. Nominations close 30 September 2019 – see more details at: http://www.siwi.org/prizes/stockholmwaterprize/nominate/

Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences

The Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences is intended to recognise breakthrough research in pure or applied life science research that is distinguished by its excellence, originality, and impact on our understanding of biological systems and processes. The award may recognise a specific contribution or series of contributions that demonstrate the nominee's significant leadership in the development of research concepts or their clinical application. Individual scientists or research teams are able to apply. Nominations will close 30 September 2019 – see more details at: https://www.wiley.com//WileyCDA/Section/id-390062.html

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. The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation particularly encourages the nomination of qualified female academics. Nominations are open all year round – see more details at:
https://www.humboldt-foundation.de/web/humboldt-award.html

Sartorius & Science Prize for Regenerative Medicine & Cell Therapy

An annual prize of $25,000 USD for researchers focused on basic or translational research that advances regenerative medicine and cell therapy. Entrants must have an advanced degree received on or after 1 January 2009. Entry includes preparing an essay and providing a letter of recommendation. Entries close 1 October 2019 – see more details at: https://www.sciencemag.org/sartorius-science-prize-how-enter-1

Heineken Prize

The Heineken Prizes for scientists and scholars recognise and reward unique achievement in the fields of biochemistry and biophysics, medicine, environmental sciences, history, and cognitive science. Prizes are valued at $200,000 each and target mid-career researchers. Nominations close 15 October 2019 – see more details at: https://www.knaw.nl/en/awards/heineken-prizes/heineken-prizes-2020

2019 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 2019 – see more details at: http://www.nemmers.northwestern.edu/index.html

2020 Kavli Prize

The Kavli Prize is awarded by The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters for outstanding scientific achievements in Astrophysics, Nanoscience, and Neuroscience. The Kavli Prize for each of the three fields consists of USD $1,000,000. In addition to the prize money, the laureates will receive a scroll and a gold medal. Nominations close 1 December 2019 – see more details at: http://kavliprize.org/events-and-features/call-nominations-2018

 
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