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4 December, 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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Funding opportunities:


Upcoming Deadlines

Please see the new Grants Calendar on the UQR&I website for upcoming deadlines.

Events and Workshops


Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) - Organisation of Research Administration Services (HDR & Research Publications administration) at The University of Queensland

Thank you to all those staff and students who have provided comment and feedback on the Consultation (Issues) Paper regarding the Organisation of Research Administration Services at The University of Queensland. The response shows the shared interest and commitment across the University with regards to HDR and research administration services.

We value the opinions of the UQ community, and your feedback is currently being used to shape the Formal Proposal.

We anticipate release of the formal proposal by mid-December. Recognising the impact of the Christmas period, an extended consideration period will be provided, with subsequent steps in the transition process also extended. Details will be provided in the Formal Proposal.

Further information and FAQs remain available on the Transformation of HDR and Research Administration Services website: https://research.uq.edu.au/project/transformation-hdr-and-research-administration-services.

Questions can be directed to the project email address: transformation@research.uq.edu.au

UQ Grant Writing Skills Seminar - ARC Project and Fellowship Applications

As part of the University’s preparation for the major ARC grant rounds for funding commencing in 2019, UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I) is hosting a seminar on strategies and approaches to writing successful grant and fellowship applications for UQ researchers applying under the Discovery Projects and DECRA schemes.

The seminar will feature presentations and strategic advice from UQ members of the ARC College of Experts spanning a broad range of disciplines including the sciences, engineering, humanities, and social sciences. The seminar will also include a 30 minute Q&A session with the Academic Panel, advice on the latest services from the UQ Library, and an update from UQR&I on key scheme changes, followed by refreshments.

Details of the session are as follows:

  • Date: Monday, 11 December 2017
  • Time: 9.30am – 11.30am
  • St Lucia Venue: Learning Theatre – Room T203, Hawken Engineering Building (#50)
  • Gatton Venue (live stream): Room 153, Animal Studies Building (#8150)
  • TRI Venue (live stream): Room 2007, Level 2 Translational Research Institute

Please register your attendance here including the location you plan to attend and attaching your signature block.

For further enquiries, please contact Cristina Risco at workshops@research.uq.edu.au

NBCF - Invitation to serve on the scientific Peer Review Committee panel

The National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) assembles every year Peer Review Committees consisting of scientist with a wide-range of expertise in cancer research to review research proposals. A rigorous reviewing process ensures transparency, fairness and the ability to support the best breast cancer research in Australia.

NBCF has issued an open invitation to any researchers who might be interested in serving on the scientific Peer Review Committee panel. This is an opportunity for researchers to stay up to date in their field and to gain insights from other fields that can be applicable to their own work.

Interested researchers should contact NBCF via email at research@nbcf.org.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.


Genetics Society of AustralAsia Inc Awards

Various awards were established by the Genetics Society of AustralAsia to recognise outstanding contributions to the field of genetics research by Australasian scientists. Applications close 31 January 2018 – see more details at:

2018 Advance Global Australian Awards

The Awards celebrate Australians and alumni of Australian universities around the world who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision and ambition. These are the only awards to recognise the important contributions of the more than one million Australians living and working abroad, and those who have returned home. Applications close 23 February 2018 – see more details at: http://www.globalaustralianawards.com/nominate/


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:

The Gruber Foundation Prizes

The Foundation invites nominations on behalf of individuals whose achievements in Cosmology, Genetics, or Neuroscience would make them suitable candidates for recognition through the 2018 Gruber International Prize Program. Each prize, which is accompanied by a $500,000 unrestricted monetary award, is designed both to recognize groundbreaking work in each field and to inspire additional efforts that effect fundamental shifts in knowledge and culture. Recipients are selected by a committee of distinguished experts in each field. Nominations close 15 December 2017 – see more details at:

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. Nominees should be clinically and/or scientifically accomplished, yet under recognized in his/her respective fields. Nominations close 31 December 2017 – see more details at:

American Association for Clinical Chemistry Awards

These awards recognize outstanding individuals who have had a significant impact on clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine, service to the profession of clinical chemistry, education, technology innovation, or outstanding scientific achievements by a young investigator. Please refer to the website for details of the awards available and their selection criteria. Nominations for all awards close 31 December 2017 – see more details at:

The Grawemeyer Award in Religion

This award is accompanied by a prize of $100,000, which is presented in full during the awards ceremony. The Grawemeyer Award in Religion honors highly significant contributions to religious and spiritual understanding. The purpose of the Award is to honor and publicize annually creative and constructive insights into the relationship between human beings and the divine, and ways in which this relationship may inspire or empower human beings to attain wholeness, integrity or meaning, either individually or in community. Nominations close 15 January 2018 – see more details at:

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 25 January 2018 – see more details at: http://www.cumc.columbia.edu/research/horwitz-prize

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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