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7 June, 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


ARC Linkage Projects – Collaborations with Department of Education (Qld)

The Queensland Department of Education has a long history as a partner with universities on ARC Linkage Projects on topics of mutual priority. UQ researchers wishing to collaborate with the department on LP2019 (for Linkage Projects commencing in 2020) are required to submit a Partner Proposal by 30 August 2019. Learn more at http://www.uq.edu.au/research/funding-database/page.php?id=52745.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program - Round 21
Monday, 1 July

Stage 1 of the Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program’s Round 21 opened on 30 April 2019. Applications close 1 July 2019. The indicative timing of Stage 2 is that it will open in September 2019 and close in October 2019, with the outcomes expected in December 2019 and funding starting from July 2020. For more information on eligibility, please refer to the CRC Program Grant Opportunity Guidelines. The Guidelines provide useful information for applicants, including selection round requirements.

The CRC Guidelines have changed since Round 20, and the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has provided a factsheet setting out the changes. The Research Partnerships Office is aware of a number of CRC bids. If you have not done so already, please contact researchpartnerships@research.uq.edu.au if you are participating in a CRC bid this round. If you wish to apply for a CRC or be a participant in a CRC, please contact Mr Joe McLean (+61 7 3365 3559; director.partnerships@research.uq.edu.au) for further information.

Research Management Business Transformation Program Update

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

Impact Tracker is coming. The Impact Tracker project will implement a new online tool to enable researchers to comprehensively capture their engagement activities and the impact of their research as they go. Impact Tracker will: support researchers developing impact case studies for grant applications; be connected to the new P3 dashboard displaying data on individual research activity; assist with reporting activities such as ARC Engagement and Impact; and, showcase the breadth and quality of UQ research.

Please visit the RMBT website for all updates and new information on the RMBT Program’s projects including the latest message from Professor Harch, our Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

NHMRC-ERC Implementing Arrangement Call for Expression of Interest

NHMRC’s Implementing Arrangement with the European Research Council (ERC) enables Australian researchers to work with ERC teams across Europe for a certain period during their grant. Current ERC opportunities available for NHMRC-funded researchers can be found on the NHMRC website. Interested researchers can contact the NHMRC for further details about a specific ERC team.

NHMRC Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2019 Update

571 applications were submitted and peer review processes have commenced. Panel Member Conflict of Interest and suitability declarations were due on 5 June 2019. Scoring of applications by panel members will occur between 1 -24 July 2019. For further details on the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies peer review process, please see the Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies 2019 Peer Review Guidelines available from the NHMRC's website.

NHMRC Synergy Grants 2019 Update

64 applications were submitted and peer review processes have commenced. Taking into account Conflicts of Interest and peer reviewer suitability, applications and peer reviewers will be assigned to three panels of approximately 15 members for stage one. Each panel will be multidisciplinary and consist of members across a range of broad research areas. For further details on the Synergy Grants peer review process, please see the Synergy Grants 2019 Peer Review Guidelines available from the NHMRC website.

NHMRC Ideas Grants 2019 Update

Prospective Grant Review Panel (GRP) members Conflict of Interest and spokesperson suitability declarations were finalised in RGMS by 31 May 2019. Panel appointments will be made according to the information provided and confirmed between late June and mid-July.

NHMRC Investigator Grants 2019 Update

Discussion by exception panel meetings via videoconference are now complete and funding recommendations are being prepared.

Release of the 2019 Australian Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Infection in Healthcare

NHMRC has updated the guidelines in partnership with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care using an interactive 'living guidelines' model. To access the guidelines visit MAGICapp.

NHMRC's Research Quality Strategy (the Strategy) Released

Ensuring the highest quality and value of NHMRC-funded research is a priority for NHMRC. The Strategy outlines the key areas NHMRC will focus on to provide guidance and support for good research practices throughout the research cycle. Further information can be found on NHMRC's website.

Financial Management of Research - Training Sessions

Are you interested in knowing more about managing your research finances? Training and information sessions have been scheduled across UQ to provide more information to the UQ research community about the new standardised processes. Click to learn more about these sessions.

Ian Potter Foundation – Permanent Closure of Travel Grants Program

Over the past 12 months, the Ian Potter Foundation has closed its Travel program area while undertaking a review. The Foundation has now announced that the review has been completed and the Board has decided to permanently close the Travel program area. For further information on the Foundation’s continuing grant opportunities, please see the website at https://www.ianpotter.org.au/funding-rounds/.

CRC for Developing Northern Australia - EOI Open Funding Round - Virtual Roadshow

CRCNA CEO Jed Matz and Project Officer Kristin Nunn will be hosting a live webinar for anyone interested in submitting a project EOI as part of CRCNA's latest open funding call. This session will cover the following general topics:

  • What the CRCNA is looking for in the projects (focus areas)
  • Eligibility criteria
  • Open Q & A

This session will be recorded and made available until 5pm AEST Friday 21 June 2019. Please register your interest to attend at the following link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ZiK0T9RST-OotYXAxN4iIw.

Updates to the Australian Immunisation Handbook

NHMRC has approved amendments to the Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition on the recommended use of pertussis vaccines in pregnant women. These amendments were developed by the Australian Technical Advisory Group on Immunisation. Updates to the measles chapter have also been released by the Department of Health.


Science Webinar - Building Better Mouse Models: Utilizing Humanized Mouse Models for Immunotherapy Research
Wednesday, 19 June

12.00pm – 1.00pm ET; 5.00pm – 6.00pm UK (Thursday, 20 June 2019 3.00am – 4.00am AEST)

During the webinar, viewers will:

  • Learn how to select the most optimal model for your research
  • Explore specific models that have been engrafted with PBMCs
  • Assess the human immune system function, including characterizing disease development and progression of graft-versus-host disease
  • Be able to ask questions during the broadcast.

For more information and complimentary registration visit: webinar.sciencemag.org

Science Webinar - The Changing Landscape of Diagnostic Biomarkers: Revealing the Future of Diagnostics, from Singleplex to Multiplex
Wednesday, 12 June

12.00pm – 1.00pm ET; 5.00pm – 6.00pm UK (Thursday, 13 June 2019 3.00am – 4.00am AEST)

In this webinar, an expert panel will discuss:

  • An overview of the multiplex technologies under consideration as potential diagnostic tools
  • The pros and cons of singleplex IHC versus multibiomarker panels for patients, clinicians, cost centers, and regulators
  • The hurdles faced by new companion diagnostics chemistries and what the regulatory pathway for their application might look like.

The panel will also answer questions from the live, online audience. For more information and complimentary registration visit: webinar.sciencemag.org

Meet the Scientist Webinar - The Search for Novel Treatment Targets for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Tuesday, 11 June

2.00pm - 3.00pm EST (Wednesday, 12 June 2019 5.00am - 6.00am AEST)

The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation hosts a free Meet the Scientist Webinar each month, presenting the latest research from international experts in the field of brain and behaviour research. The next seminar will be presented by Dr Susanne E. Ahmari (University of Pittsburgh). Dr Ahmari’s translational OCD research program seeks to identify the molecular, cellular, and circuit-level changes that underlie the onset and persistence of abnormal repetitive and compulsive behaviours. In this webinar, she will discuss how her lab’s recent findings could ultimately pave the way to new treatment approaches. For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.bbrfoundation.org/event/search-novel-treatment-targets-obsessive-compulsive-disorder

IBD Plexus - RFP for Access to IBD Patients’ Biosamples and Research-Ready Datasets

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for academic researchers to gain access to IBD patients’ biosamples and/or research-ready datasets housed within IBD Plexus. No funding will be provided through this RFP. Successful applicants are expected to pay fees to access IBD Plexus resources; however, the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation will provide financial support for the database access fee to a limited number of investigators who do not have supporting funds. Please see the RFP for more information and award terms. Applications are submitted through proposalCENTRAL – please contact internationalgrants@research.uq.edu.au for assistance. More information on IBD Plexus is available here. Letters of Intent are due by 28 June 2019.

Michael J. Fox Foundation Research Tools Catalog - Tool of the Month: New Antibodies for Parkin and Rab 8

In collaboration with BioLegend, the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) has announced the availability of two new monoclonal antibodies. The first is for the detection of the Parkin protein in human and rodent samples via immunoblotting. The second is for the detection of the Rab8A and Rab8B protein in human and rodent samples via immunoblotting or immunocytochemistry. Both antibodies are currently available at BioLegend. For more details, please see the Research Tool Catalog.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine - Health and Medicine Division Webcasts

Upcoming meetings with webcasts available include Breaking Down Silos: The Convergence of Infectious Diseases and Noncommunicable Diseases: A Workshop (11-12 June 2019). To register for upcoming meetings, or access videos and presentations from past meetings, please see http://nationalacademies.org/hmd/Global/Meetings.aspx.

CPTAC Releases Lung Adenocarcinoma (LUAD) Proteomic Dataset

The Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) has announced the release of its newest comprehensive dataset - deep proteomic/phosphoproteomic data and imaging data of Lung Adenocarcinoma (LUAD) patient tumors. Release of this data builds on the previously released genomic data, now creating one of the most comprehensive multi-omics (DNA, RNA, protein, and imaging) datasets of LUAD patient samples. This study joins the deep comprehensive proteogenomic characterization of both Uterine Corpus Endometrial Carcinoma (UCEC) and Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma (ccRCC) discovery datasets previously released through the Tumor Characterization Program. Please see the National Cancer Institute website for more details.

CPTAC Genomic Data Now Available in the NCI Genomic Data Commons

The National Cancer Institute’s Clinical Proteomic Tumor Analysis Consortium (CPTAC) is a comprehensive and coordinated effort to accelerate the understanding of the molecular basis of cancer through the application of robust, quantitative, proteomic technologies and workflows. The overarching goal of CPTAC is to improve our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer. To achieve this goal in a scientifically rigorous manner, the NCI launched CPTAC to systematically identify proteins that derive from alterations in cancer genomes and related biological processes, and provide this data with accompanying assays and protocols to the public.

CPTAC has provided the Genomic Data Commons (GDC) with genomic data from a total of 300+ cancer patients with diverse disease types including Uterine Corpus Endometrial Carcinoma (UCEC), Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma (CCRCC), and Lung Adenocarcinoma (LUAD). The GDC harmonized DNA sequences from CPTAC whole genome sequencing (WGS) and whole exomes sequencing (WXS) with the GRCh38 reference genome using GDC DNA-Seq Analysis Pipelines. The CPTAC harmonized genomic data is available in the GDC Data Portal. CPTAC makes proteomic data that are processed through the CPTAC Common Data analysis Pipeline (CDAP) available in the CPTAC Data Portal. Visit the NCI website for additional details.

Join the CPTAC Imaging Special Interest Group

The National Cancer Institute has announced the formation of a new CPTAC Imaging Special Interest Group. Some of the early goals of this SIG include:

  • Inform the research community about how to access the data from TCIA and the related databases housing the genomics, proteomics, and clinical data.
  • Educate the imaging research community about proteomics and genomics to understand how image analyses could be integrated with discoveries from these other communities.
  • Encourage collaboration on preliminary data wrangling tasks in order to reduce duplicative work by researchers seeking to leverage these data.
  • Provide a venue for researchers to present their work on the CPTAC imaging data.

Visit the Cancer Imaging Archive website to learn more about what CPTAC imaging data is currently available and/or to join the CPTAC Imaging Special Interest Group to be notified of webinars & data releases, collaborate on common data wrangling tasks and seek out partners to explore research hypotheses.

Lifespan Human Connectome Projects (HCP) Data Available

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Data Archive (NDA) has announced that data from Lifespan Human Connectome Projects (HCP) release 1.0 is now available. Data from two Human Connectome Lifespan Studies are now available to authorized NDA users: HCP-Aging (HCP-A, ages 36-100+) and HCP Development (HCP-D, ages 5-21).

Lifespan HCP Release 1.0 Data includes unprocessed data of all modalities (structural MRI, resting state fMRI, task fMRI, and diffusion MRI) for 600+ subjects each from HCP-A and HCP-D and minimally preprocessed structural MRI data (only) for 129 HCP-A and 84 HCP-D subjects, respectively. Because some subjects in these studies are related, unrelated datasets are available as shared packages (option one) or can be filtered on to create a custom package (option two).

For more information about all the Human Connectome Projects, please visit the Connectome Coordination Facility’s (CCF) website.

National Institutes of Health - Seeking Feedback on Research Priorities from SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Research

In February 2019, the NIH hosted a conference titled ‘SCI 2020: Launching a Decade of Disruption in Spinal Cord Injury Research’ to bring together a broad range of stakeholders including researchers, clinicians and health care professionals, individuals with SCI, industry partners, regulators, and funding agency representatives to break down existing communication silos. The participants were asked to critically evaluate the state of the science, assess areas of technological and community readiness, and build collaborations that could change the trajectory of research and clinical options for people with SCI.

The NIH is now seeking comments and suggestions on the top priorities identified in the five SCI 2020 breakout sessions, as summarised in the Request for Information. Organisations are strongly encouraged to submit a single response that reflects the views of their organisation and membership. If you are interested in contributing to a UQ response, please email internationalgrants@research.uq.edu.au. For more details, please see the Request for Information.

National Institutes of Health – Request for Information on Aging Longitudinal Rat Resource

The NIH invites comments and suggestions for the development of the National Institute on Aging Longitudinal Rat Resource to study neural and behavioural trajectories of successful cognitive aging. For more details, please see https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-AG-19-017.html. Responses will be accepted until 15 July 2019.

Fox Data Exploration Network

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has opened the Fox Data Exploration Network (Fox DEN). Fox DEN is a data access and analytics platform that allows investigators to explore, download and apply statistical models on aggregated data from the Fox Insight online study. Fox Insight collects patient-reported outcomes and genetic data from people with and without Parkinson's disease. See the Fox DEN website for more information and to register. Please contact your Research Partnerships Manager to discuss the Data Use Agreement and Publication Policy before completing your registration.

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.


CHASS Australia Prizes

Nominations are now open for four prizes that recognise distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the humanities, arts and social sciences: CHASS Australia Prize for a Book in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; CHASS Australia Prize for Distinctive Work in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; CHASS Australia Prize for a Future Leader in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; CHASS Australia Prize for a Student in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. Nominations close 21 June 2019 – see more details at: https://www.chass.org.au/2019-australia-prizes/

Women in Technology (WiT) Awards

The annual WiT awards celebrate women’s contribution to science and technology in Queensland, and include awards for early career and more established researchers in ICT and Life Sciences. Nominations are closed, but individuals can still apply directly. Full applications close 30 June 2019 – see more details at https://www.witawards.org.au/

Australian Psychological Society Awards

The annual awards of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) recognise distinguished contributions to psychological education, science and practice in a range of categories. They include the APS Excellent Thesis in Ethics Award, the Award for Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology, the Early Career Research Award, the Early Career Teaching Award, the Media Award for Public Engagement with Psychological Science, the Outstanding Academic Mentor Award, the APS Distinguished Contribution to Ethics Award, and the President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology in Australia, closing 30 June 2019. See more details at: https://www.psychology.org.au/About-Us/What-we-do/Awards-and-scholarships/APS-Awards

Research Australia Health and Medical Research Awards 2019

Nominations are now open for the 2019 Health and Medical Research Awards for researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to delivering a better quality of life and stronger economy for all Australians. Nominations close 5 July 2019 – see more details at https://researchaustralia.org/awards/

Falling Walls Lab Australia 2019

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from postdocs and students, entrepreneurs, engineers and innovators to present at Falling Walls Lab Australia 2019. Fifteen applicants will be selected to participate in Falling Walls Lab Australia, each giving a three-minute presentation on their research, business model or initiative based on the concept ‘Which walls will fall next?’. The event will be held on 3 September 2019 at the Academy’s iconic Shine Dome in Canberra. Applications close 11 July 2019 – see more details at: https://www.science.org.au/opportunities/travel/grants-and-exchange/falling-walls-lab-australia

Human Rights Awards

The Human Rights Awards is the pinnacle of human rights recognition in Australia. Each year the Award recognises the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations in promoting and protecting human rights and freedoms. Nominations close 15 July 2019 – see more details at: https://hrawards.humanrights.gov.au/

Australian Water Association

The Awards seek to recognise and reward outstanding achievement of individuals and organisations in the water sector, and also to identify those who have displayed conspicuous service to the profession and exceptional performance in the practice of water management. Queensland Nominations close 26 July 2019 – see more details at: http://www.awa.asn.au/AWA_MBRR/About_AWA/Awards/Awards.aspx

Paul Bourke Award for Early Career Research

The Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research honour Australians in the early part of their career who have achieved excellence in scholarship in one or more fields of the social sciences. Nominations close on 31 July 2019 – see more details at: http://www.assa.edu.au/awards/

Academy of The Social Sciences in Australia

The Paul Bourke Awards for Early Career Research honour Australians in the early part of their career who have achieved excellence in scholarship in one or more fields of the social sciences. Nominees must have a PhD in the social sciences awarded not more than five years prior to nomination (excluding maternity/paternity/carer leave). Nominations close on 31 July 2019 – see more details at: http://www.assa.edu.au/awards/

Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research

Nominations are invited for the Royal Society of Victoria Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research 2019 in Category III: Earth Sciences. This category includes research in the disciplines of Geology, Geochemistry, Geochronology, Geophysics, Planetary Physics, Meteorology, Oceanography, Physical Geography, Palaeontology and related sciences. Requires an ‘exemplary publication track record during the ten year period from 1st January 2009 to 31st December 2018’. Please note that self-nominations are not permitted. Nominations close 31 July 2019 – see more details at: https://rsv.org.au/awards-and-prizes/research-medal/

Banksia Foundation’s Sustainability Awards

The Awards recognise and reward individual and organisation contributions to sustainability across Australia. To be eligible to enter you require an initiative with results achieved over the last two years. There is an entry fee of $720 (+ GST) attached to these awards. Entries close 2 August 2019 – see more details at: http://banksiafdn.com/awards/


Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology

The international Eppendorf & Science Prize for Neurobiology is awarded annually to one young scientist for the most outstanding neurobiological research based on methods of molecular and cell biology by researchers who are not older than 35 years. Nominations close: 15 June 2019 – see more details at: https://corporate.eppendorf.com/en/company/scientific-awards/global-award/

IEEE Awards

These awards recognise contributions to advancing the fields of interest to IEEE and benefit to society. Nominations close 15 June 2019 – see more details at: https://www.ieee.org/about/awards/awards-guidelines.html

The University of St Andrew’s Global Environmental Conservation Prize

The primary objective of the Prize is to find innovative solutions to environmental challenges across the world. The solutions should be practical, scalable and able to be replicated in other places, combining good science, economic reality and political acceptability. Applications are invited from individuals, multi-disciplinary teams or community groups for this annual prize, which is $100,000 USD for the winner and the runner(s)-up will receive $25,000 USD. Entry closes 21 June 2019 – see more at: http://www.thestandrewsprize.com/

American Association for Cancer Research Awards

The American Association for Cancer Research offers a number of awards that recognise the scientific achievements of scientists and physicians who have made significant contributions to the understanding, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer. Nominations close 30 June 2019 – see more details at: https://www.aacr.org/research/awards/pages/awards-and-lectureships.aspx

Healey Center International Prize for Innovation in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Annual global prize celebrating excellence in research for an investigator or team who made a significant advancement in the ALS field that impacted the development of novel therapies for ALS. Prize money of $50,000 USD and travel reimbursement up to $2,500 USD to attend the International Symposium on ALS/MND. Nominations close 9 July 2019 – see more details at: https://www.massgeneral.org/als/innovationinALS.aspx?bblinkid=156317989&bbemailid=13616806&bbejrid=1041014272

American Society for Microbiology Awards

The American Society for Microbiology (ASM) offers a range of education, research, service, and special awards for microbiologists at all career stages. Nominations close 9 July 2019 – see more details at https://www.asm.org/Academy/ASM-Awards

Science & SciLifeLab Prize for Young Scientists

Annual prize awarded to early-career scientists in the area of life science for the best PhD thesis work. An essay based on the thesis is submitted. The prize is presented in four categories: Cell and Molecular Biology, Ecology and Environment, Molecular Medicine, and Genomics, Proteomics and Systems Biology. Eligible entrants must have been awarded their doctoral degree in 2017 or 2018. The winners will have their essays published by Science and receive $10,000 USD or the grand prize of USD $30,000 USD. Applications close 15 July 2019 – see more details at:

Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research

This award recognises an exceptional scientist or a team of scientists whose work in Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research has demonstrated outstanding innovation and originality. Nominees must have no more than 20 years’ experience as an independent investigator or team leader. The prize includes $100,000 to be used at the discretion of the recipient. Nominations close 31 July 2019 – see more details at: https://www.nationalmssociety.org/For-Professionals/Researchers/Society-Funding

Materials Research Society Awards

The Materials Research Society invites nominations for a number of awards for early career and more advanced researchers across the field of materials research. Nominations close 1 August 2019 – see more details at: http://www.mrs.org/awards/

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/

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