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14 DECEMBER 2012
NEWS
 DVCR    |  
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
2012 has been a year of change and significant accomplishments for researchers at Sydney.
2012 has been a year of change and significant accomplishments for researchers at Sydney.

Our collaborative way of working became more visible with the launch of the fourth of our multi-disciplinary research Centres – the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre. Significant progress was also made in the other three Centres: the Brain and Mind Research Institute, China Studies Centre and the Charles Perkins Centre. The CPC gained a name, a new Academic Director and will soon gain 10 new Chairs and Professors.

The hard work continues to unfold as we discover how researchers can work and thrive in a truly collaborative environment and how best they can be supported. This is a challenge for the entire University and I know it will be one that all will relish. I look forward to working on this with you in 2013.

The University obtained fantastic funding results: achieving the highest national ranking in Discovery Projects is a result of which you should be particularly proud. Funding in both the ARC and NHMRC funding rounds was significant.

One highlight for me was the work I was privileged to do with researchers from across the University defending the freedom to publish research. I would like to acknowledge the role University of Sydney researchers played in having the Defence Trade Control Bill reconsidered.  It was an example of how researchers can make a difference to the policy process and how important it is that we consider and continue to build our role beyond the walls of the University.

Finally, the year has been rounded off with spectacular results in ERA. Sydney was assessed in 99 of the 157 4-digit fields.  We were at or above world standard in 100% of our fields.  18 disciplines achieved a rating of 5 for the first time.

I attribute our success in ERA to the University’s ability to set a collective vision and work together in achieving it. There were so many different things that contributed to our result, which is as important as the results themselves. 

In 2013 I look forward to continuing the work we have already begun: work that is bold and will undoubtedly have broad and positive implications.

From all of us at the Research Portfolio, all the best for the holidays, we look forward to working with you in the New Year.

Jill Trewhella
 ETHICS    |  
Human ethics is going online
No more paper! From January 2013 the human ethics application, approval and reporting process will be online through IRMA.
No more paper! From January 2013 the human ethics application, approval and reporting process will be online through IRMA.

Modifications and annual reports should also be submitted through IRMA.

The IRMA Human Ethics page has brief how to videos to help you get acquainted with the new system. Current applications have been transferred to IRMA.  

To find out more visit the Research Support website.
 WILLS    |  
Phase II of the Health and Medical Research Strategic Review
The discussion paper has been released and concludes phase II of the Wills Review.  We are inviting a third round of submissions in response to the discussion paper by 21 January 2012.
The discussion paper has been released and concludes phase II of the Wills Review.  We are inviting a third round of submissions in response to the discussion paper by 21 January 2012.
 
We will also continue face-to-face interviews with invited stakeholders and will be facilitating additional consultation workshops.
 
The discussion paper and further information about the review can be found on the review website
 SIBI    |  
SIBI Research Publications 2nd project deployed
The next stage of the Strategic Information and Business intelligence (SIBI) program, Research Publications 2, has been deployed to production.
The next stage of the Strategic Information and Business intelligence (SIBI) program, Research Publications 2, along with the Research Income and Go8 Benchmarking projects, has been deployed to production.

The first project for the Strategic Information and Business Intelligence (SIBI) program was successfully deployed to production this year through the collaboration and hard work of SIBI and ICT teams and the Research Portfolio.

The Research Publications 1 – Pilot Project comprised the development of Research Publications dashboards and dynamic reports which will replace currently distributed static PDF RADS reports. This was recently demonstrated to the SIBI Program Board and received excellent feedback.  

Rolling out of Research Publications 2 will take place in 2013, with training to begin for selected users in January. 

For further information please visit the SIBI Program website or  contact the Program Team.
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FEATURED OPPORTUNITIES
 ARC    |  
ARC Future Fellowships
The Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2013 are now available.
The Future Fellowships Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2013 are now available on the ARC website.

Mid-career researchers who have between 5 and 15 years research experience since the award of their PhD (or equivalent research qualification) at the closing time of submission of Proposal are eligible to apply.

Internal Closing Date: 6 February 2013

Find out more at the Research Support website
 ARC    |  
Centres of Excellence
The ARC has announced proposals for Centres of Excellence for funding commencing in 2014.  Applications will open on 13 March 2013 and close on 8 May 2013.
 NHMRC    |  
NHMRC Research and Practioner Fellowships
The NHMRC Research and Practitioner Fellowships are now open for applications.
The NHMRC Research and Practitioner Fellowships are now open for applications.

Key dates
12 Dec: Applications open
30 Jan: Internal closing date
13 Feb: External closing date

Local contact: Jane Zhang.
Find out more at the Research Support website.
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Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation invites applications for its research grants to support projects in Arts, Health & Disability and Medical Research.
The Ian Potter Foundation invites applications for its research grants to support projects in Arts, Health & Disability and Medical Research.


Internal Closing Date: 21 January 2013

Applications must be submitted using the online application system. Create/access your account from the My Account link at the Ian Potter Foundation. Send the email address and password created to Jane Zhang at Research Grants and Contracts.

Submit your application by internal closing date to meet the ranking requirement of the Foundation. Unfortunately late applications can't be accepted.
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Postdoctoral and Invitational Fellowships in Japan 2013-2014
The Australian Academy of Science, in association with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), invites applications from Australian researchers to undertake Postdoctoral and Invitational Fellowships in Japan.
The Australian Academy of Science, in association with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), invites applications from Australian researchers to undertake Postdoctoral and Invitational Fellowships in Japan.

Postdoctoral Fellowships are for a period of twelve to twenty-four months; Invitational Fellowships are either short term, for fourteen to sixty days, or long term, for two to ten months.

Researchers in any field of natural sciences, including technology, engineering and medicine may apply. Applications in the humanities and social sciences are also accepted but ONLY for the Postdoctoral Fellowships. Medical doctors without a doctorate are not eligible to apply for the Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Intending to apply? Contact Research Grants and Contracts.

Internal closing date: 14 February 2013.
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The internet - is it suitable for epidemiological study designs?
Dr Yuqing Zhang from the School of Medicine in Boston University will discuss why some – but not all – types of epidemiological study designs can be suitably conducted online.
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