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23 AUGUST 2013
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ARC Linkage Scheme - 2014 funding NOW OPEN
Are you applying to the ARC Linkage Scheme this year? The scheme will open for applications on September 18, with an anticipated closing date of mid-November (date TBA by ARC).

There is a range of information on our website to help you.
Are you applying to the ARC Linkage Scheme this year? The scheme will open for applications on September 18, with an anticipated closing date in mid-November (date TBA by ARC).

There is a range of information on our website to help you, including:
  • ARC funding rules
  • Request Not to Assess - form is available on the ARC website now
  • Letter of Support (template) for your industry partner(s) to explain their role and participation in the project; this forms part of the application
  • Sydney Standard Linkage Agreement
  • Research Office contacts
We continually update this information and add to it as the ARC makes information available. Keep an eye on our website for the release of the:
  • University of Sydney guidelines (the annotated ARC instructions and include the Sydney Salary Scales for your budget
  • ARC Frequently Asked Questions
  • Sample application form
  • ARC Written Evidence form (Certification form)
  • New helpful budget tool
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IRMA Grants & Contracts Administration
From Monday 26 August all research grants & contracts administration will be managed through the Integrated Research Management Application (IRMA).

There are some key points to remember.
From Monday 26 August all research grants & contracts administration will be managed through the Integrated Research Management Application (IRMA).

Users should already have access to IRMA (login via the University intranet) or you can request access. There is a training manual that covers the basics, including searching and navigating around the system.

The Research Information Management System (RIMS) will be unavailable from Monday and we will work with our colleagues in ICT to start the process of decommissioning the system. Please update your favourites.

Some of the key points or tips to remember are:

Documentation and TRIM

The Research Portfolio and Archives and Records Management Services (ARMS) are working together to integrate the IRMA and TRIM systems. 

Legacy documents will remain on TRIM and can be found in the notes tab of each IRMA grant record. More details can be found in the manual under the Notes and Documents section.

Any new documents added to grant records from Monday 26 August can be found on the documents tab inside each IRMA grant record.

Milestones and Reporting
To assist in ensuring that milestones for the grant records you help administer are kept up-to-date, IRMA has a report that allows users to see all contractual milestones due from now until the end of 2013. 

More details can be found in the manual under the Reporting Module. If any milestones are not correct, missing or delayed, please e-mail us and we will update our records.

Academic Profiles & HERDC Reporting

In order for grants to appear on Academic Profiles, they need to be first uploaded into IRMA.

It is also important for active grants to be entered into IRMA to ensure that if eligible they can be identified and included in the annual HERDC return.

ABS Codes
Field of Research (FoR), Socio Economic Objectives (SEO) and Type of Activitiy codes are required to be reported as part of Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) as well as to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). 

Researchers have the ability to be able to update their codes against their grants and outputs in IRMA. Note they cannot edit other parts of the record.

If you have any further questions or feedback, please email us.
Changes to human ethics process
Recent changes to the human ethics external approval processes aim to minimise the duplication of review, where possible. The changes apply to projects that have sought and gained ethics approval from ethics committees external to the University of Sydney.
Recent changes to the human ethics external approval processes aim to minimise the duplication of review, where possible. The changes apply to projects that have sought and gained ethics approval from ethics committees external to the University of Sydney.

From August, projects that have received approval from an ethics committee registered with the NHMRC will not require additional approval from the University of Sydney Ethics Committee.

Projects will still require approval from the University’s Ethics Committee if they have been reviewed by:
  • an Australian ethics committee not registered with the NHMRC
  • an overseas ethics committee where there is a Sydney-administered grant
These changes are likely to reduce the number of approvals required by University of Sydney researchers, which will also save time and the duplication of effort.

The Ethics Office has developed a flow chart that will allow researchers to determine whether they need to submit projects for approval to the University of Sydney HREC.

Additional questions may be directed to the Ethics Office.
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FEATURED OPPORTUNITIES
Financial Markets Foundation for Children
The Financial Markets Foundation for Children invites expressions of interest for its research grants, supporting projects that aim to improve the health, well-being and welfare of children in Australia.
The Financial Markets Foundation for Children invites expressions of interest for its research grants, supporting projects that aim to improve the health, well-being and welfare of children in Australia.

Innovative medical research projects that do not fit into the traditional guidelines of traditional funding organisations will be supported. Preference will be given to projects focused on children aged 14 years and under, although the foundation will consider projects relating to children up to 18 years of age.

The foundation generally awards grants of between AU$50,000 and AU$80,000 for up to two years. A maximum amount of AU$100,000 for one year will be awarded, with no more than a total of $160,000 awarded for a two-year project.

Closing date: 30 September
More information: Grant listing
Contact: Rebecca Griffin
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The Ian Potter Foundation
The Ian Potter Foundation is a major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation. The Foundation invites applications for grants in Arts, Community Wellbeing and Education.

Travel and Conference grants are also open for applications.
The Ian Potter Foundation is a major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation. The Foundation invites applications for grants in Arts, Community Wellbeing and Education.

Travel and Conference grants are also open for applications.

More information: The Ian Potter Foundation
Contact: Jane Zhang
Closing date: Completed applications must be submitted to Jane Zhang by 5 September 2013 for an internal ranking process. All applications will be ranked in order of priority across all program areas.

The application and some requirements must be submitted both online and in hardcopy. Applicants must provide the university Research Office contact with the login details (email and password) used to set up the account in our online system. It is recommended that the password used is one that you are happy to share with the Research Office contact.
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Other opportunities
The Australian Synchotron Scheme
The Australian Synchrotron is now accepting proposals for the first round of 2014 (January-May). This includes beamtime on Infrared Microscope (IRM); Far Infrared (FIR); Powder Diffraction (PD); Soft X-ray Spectroscopy (SXR); Small and Wide Angle Scattering (SAXS); X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy (XAS); X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy (XFM); Imaging and Medical (IM).

For more information, contact Penny Harvey.
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FOR YOUR DIARY
 12-13 SEPT    |  
Neuroscience and Mental Health Symposium
Recent Advances in Neuroscience: Plasticity, Imaging, Regeneration and Addiction The Sydney Neuroscience Network, in association with the Brain and Mind Research Institute, presents its annual Neuroscience and Mental Health Symposium.
Recent Advances in Neuroscience: Plasticity, Imaging, Regeneration and Addiction The Sydney Neuroscience Network, in association with the Brain and Mind Research Institute, presents its annual Neuroscience and Mental Health Symposium.

Topics include: Corticostriatal Circuit Roles in Action Control Dopaminergic mechanisms in the pathophysiology of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder Genetic Imaging: Investigating Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration in Huntington’s Disease; and Freidriech’s Ataxia Using MRI The Google Map of the Brain Using Neuroplasticity to Cure Addiction.

When: 9am-5pm, 12-13 September 2013
Where: Nursing Lecture Theatre, Sydney Nursing School, Building C, Mallett Street Campus
RegisterOnline
More informationEvent Notice or contact Joanna Bayliss on 02 9114 4013
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