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RESEARCH NEWS + OPPORTUNITIES
13 SEPTEMBER 2013
NOTICES
Animal ethics submissions move online
The animal ethics research application process is moving to an online system within IRMA. The system will go live on Tuesday 8 October.

From 8 October all submissions for animal ethics approval will take place online, and the current paper-based system will no longer be in operation. This includes new applications, modifications of existing approved projects, as well as annual or completion reports.

The animal ethics research application process is moving to an online system within IRMA. The system will go live on Tuesday 8 October.

From 8 October all submissions for animal ethics approval will take place online, and the current paper-based system will no longer be in operation. This includes new applications, modifications of existing approved projects, as well as annual or completion reports.

What is IRMA?
IRMA is Sydney University's research management platform, which provides a central database for information about research projects, such as funding, human and animal ethics applications, modifications and annual reports, publications and researcher profiles. It is already used for human ethics applications.

Benefits for researchers
  • Providing a central record of all your ethics approvals and notices, which assists you in tracking individual projects
  • No need to provide 15 copies of applications
  • Online approval, so no need to collect signatures
  • Access anywhere with internet
Where can I get help
Watch this space for further updates and information. The animal ethics website will shortly be updated with FAQs and step-by-step guides.

If you have questions, please contact the animal ethics team.
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Linkage information session
Did you miss this week's information session about ARC Linkage Scheme 2014?

We covered important information, like an overview of the scheme; ARC funding rules, including changes from last year; the RMS system; timelines; assessment process; grant writing tips; and partner engagement strategy.

If you were unable to attend, you can download the slides here, or on the right hand side of the ARC Linkage page.


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FEATURED OPPORTUNITIES
Grand Challenges Explorations - The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invites applications for its grand challenges explorations grants. Grants support early-stage research projects and innovative ideas that could lead to new vaccines, diagnostics, drugs and other technologies targeting diseases that claim millions of lives each year as well as improvements and innovations in agricultural development and other Gates Foundation priority areas.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invites applications for its grand challenges explorations grants. Grants support early-stage research projects and innovative ideas that could lead to new vaccines, diagnostics, drugs and other technologies targeting diseases that claim millions of lives each year as well as improvements and innovations in agricultural development and other Gates Foundation priority areas.

Projects should address the following topics:
  • inciting healthy behaviours;
  • novel enabling tools and models supporting development of interventions for enteric dysfunction;
  • innovations in feedback and accountability systems for agricultural development;
  • the "One Health" concept;
  • develop the next generation of condom.
Amount: Up to US$1,100,000
Closing date: 12 November 2013
More information: Grant listing or the program website
Contact: Sophie Carruthers
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Fellowships to the Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings (physiology or medicine focus)
The Australian Academy of Science, with financial support from Science and Industry Endowment Fund, invites applications for its fellowships to the Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings.

These enable Australian-based early-career researchers to attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting dedicated to physiology or medicine, to be held in Lindau, Germany from 29 June to 4 July 2014.

The Australian Academy of Science, with financial support from Science and Industry Endowment Fund, invites applications for its fellowships to the Lindau Nobel Laureate meetings.

These enable Australian-based early-career researchers to attend the 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate meeting dedicated to physiology or medicine, to be held in Lindau, Germany from 29 June to 4 July 2014.

The application must be submitted by the Research Office as only two applications are allowed per institution. You must submit your application to the Research Office, with written support from your Head of School/Department, by 25 September 2013.

The successful candidates will receive a grant-in-aid of up to $6,178 (GST exclusive) towards the cost of:
  • An international return economy airfare from Australia to the international airport closest to Lindau (up to $3,000)
  • Participation (including accommodation) in the Meeting of Nobel Laureates (up to $3,178)
In addition, successful candidates are invited and expected to attend Science at the Shine Dome, an annual celebration of science held at the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra, 27-29 May 2014. 

Internal closing date: 25 September 2013
The Research Office will only consider applications that come with the written support of the Head of School/Discipline in your area.
More information: Grant listing or website
Contact: Jenny Turner
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Accelerator research grants - National Breast Cancer Foundation
The National Breast Cancer Foundation invites applications for its accelerator research grants. These enable research teams to further develop cancer research capacity and competitiveness in translational research.

The National Breast Cancer Foundation invites applications for its accelerator research grants. These enable research teams to further develop cancer research capacity and competitiveness in translational research. The aim is to support projects that either:
  • aim to translate breast cancer research across the spectrum into the development of new methods for prevention, early-detection screening, diagnosis and therapy through trials, including supportive care, in the clinical or applied setting;
  • accelerate the transition of results from clinical studies into clinical practice, health policy or health decision making processes.
The lead applicant must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, reside in Australia throughout the funding period and be actively engaged in research in Australia. There are no restrictions on individuals who may be named as associate investigators, however they are not eligible to receive any direct funds from the grant.

Grants may be used towards facilities and services, storage of biospecimen samples, patient or population research recruitment, treatment costs, development of resources, data collection costs and third party contractual services for preclinical activity.

Amount:
 Up to AU$250,000 per year for up to five years
Closing date: 18 October 2013
More information: Grant listing or the website
Contact: Rebecca Griffin
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Development grants - Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research
The Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research invites applications for its development grants. These fund small-scale research projects that are relevant to safety, compensation and recovery research, or neurotrauma research.

The Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research invites applications for its development grants. These fund small-scale research projects that are relevant to safety, compensation and recovery research, or neurotrauma research.

Stream 1: Safety, Compensation and Recovery
From a total funding pool of up to $200,000, individual grants between $20,000 and $50,000 each will be awarded to projects that are aligned with the priority areas of the following ISCRR research programs: Occupational Health and Safety, Return to Work and System Design, and Health and Disability Services Delivery.

Stream 2: Neurotrauma 
From a total funding pool of up to $200,000, individual grants between $20,000 and $50,000 each will be awarded to projects that are aligned with the priority areas of the following ISCRR research programs: Neurotrauma,and Health and Disability Services Delivery.

Amount: AU$20,000-$50,000 each
Closing date: 14 October 2013
More information: Grant listing or the website
Contact: Penny Harvey
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TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
 30 SEPT    |  
Materials Specimen Preparation
This two-day workshop with Adam Sikorski gives practical training in the preparation of a wide range of materials for electron microscopy, including metals, semiconductors, powders, ceramics and thin films.

Dates: 30 September - 1 October 2013
Cost: $340 (for Sydney University attendees)
More information and registration: Website

This two-day workshop with Adam Sikorski gives practical training in the preparation of a wide range of materials for electron microscopy, including metals, semiconductors, powders, ceramics and thin films.

It trains users in the preparation of plain and cross-view sections for studying the microstructure of materials, using a wide range of preparation techniques including sectioning, grinding and polishing epoxy blocks, electropolishing, ion milling and FIB techniques.

Dates: 30 September - 1 October 2013
Cost: $340 (for Sydney University attendees)
More information and registration: Website
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FOR YOUR DIARY
 8 OCT    |  
European Research Council: open information session
Interested academics and research managers are invited to an open session on Tuesday 8 October, where Professor Donald Dingwell, Secretary General of the European Research Council, will give a presentation on ERC opportunities.

When: 1pm, 8 October 2013
Where: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 375, The University of Sydney
Register: Not required

Interested academics and research managers are invited to an open session on Tuesday 8 October, where Professor Donald Dingwell, Secretary General of the European Research Council, will give a presentation on ERC opportunities.

You will also hear from Gemma Solomon, one of the recent Australian grantees, who will discuss the process from an Australian point of view.

When: 1pm, 8 October 2013
Where: Carslaw Lecture Theatre 375, The University of Sydney
Register: Not required

The main goal of the European Research Council (ERC) is to encourage high quality research in Europe through competitive funding; ERC grants support individual researchers of any nationality and age to pursue their frontier research in Europe. The ERC encourages in particular proposals that cross disciplinary boundaries, pioneering ideas that address new and emerging fields and applications that introduce unconventional, innovative approaches.

Professor Dingwell will be introduced by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research; Professor Jill Trewhella.
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