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6 DECEMBER 2013
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NHRMC's New Investigator initiative
The New Investigator (NI) initiative within the Project Grants Scheme aims to support researchers who are yet to receive significant research funding through a competitive grants process.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, you can seek a formal ruling by emailing NHMRC Project Grants by 22 January 2014.

The New Investigator (NI) initiative within the Project Grants Scheme aims to support researchers who are yet to receive significant research funding through a competitive grants process.

NHMRC seeks to ensure that the success rate for NI applicants is approximately the same as that for standard Project Grant applications.

To be eligible to apply in this category, all CIs on an application for NI funding must:
  • be less than 10 years from the date of the letter advising them that their doctoral thesis was passed, unless career disruptions exist;
  • not have been a named CI (or equivalent) on a funded NHMRC Project Grant and/or an ARC Discovery Grant; and
  • not have been a named CI (or equivalent) on a funded research grant from any other agency listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register, or from an international funding agency, totalling AU$250,000 or more
Applicants may still have held a salary-only award (Scholarship or Fellowship) from any funding source including NHMRC (e.g. NHMRC Career Development Award, Early Career Fellowship Award or Training Award).

Applicants will be required to provide justification within the application stating why the application should be considered for New Investigator status.

If you are unsure of your eligibility, you can seek a formal ruling by emailing NHMRC Project Grants by 22 January 2014. Your email should be marked to the attention of Director, Project Grants Section, and should outline details of any previous funding, and your role on the funded project(s).
REMINDER: How to write a killer ARC Discovery application
A reminder that next week the Research Development Team is holding a not-to-be-missed session on how to write a strategic, interesting, and clearly expressed ARC Discovery application.

When: 1pm-2pm, Wednesday 11 December
Where: Wallace Theatre (Science Road)

If you are considering applying for the ARC Discovery Scheme, don't miss it. No RSVP required.

The Research Development Team is holding a not-to-be-missed session on how to write a strategic, interesting, and clearly expressed ARC Discovery application.

When: 1pm-2pm, Wednesday 11 December
Where: Wallace Theatre (Science Road)

If you are considering applying for the ARC Discovery Scheme, don't miss it.

The Research Development Team is holding a not-to-be-missed session on how to write a strategic, interesting, and clearly expressed ARC Discovery application.

The session will include:
  • presentations from Research Development advisors,
  • a panel of experienced and successful researchers wanting to share their top tips on the actual writing process, and
  • question and answer forum.
When: 1pm-2pm, Wednesday 11 December
Where: Wallace Theatre (Science Road)
RSVP: Not required
More information: Jenny Turner

The session will focus on the process of successful grant writing. A further session covering the Rules and the Application Form will be held in the new year.

If you are considering applying for the ARC Discovery Scheme, do not miss it.
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FEATURED OPPORTUNITIES
NHMRC's open season
Three key NHMRC grant schemes have opened applications this week: Research Fellowships, Project Grants, and Centres of Research Excellence.
Research Fellowships 
Research Fellowships

The purpose of the NHMRC Research Fellowships Scheme is to provide opportunities for outstanding biomedical and health researchers with proven track records to undertake research that is both of major importance in its field and of significant benefit to Australian health and medical research.

The Sydney website has just been updated with the Sydney Application Process (DOC), Grant proposal template (DOCX), and Application form for a one year extension for retiring fellows (DOC).

Internal closing date: 15 January 2014
More information:
 Website
Contact: Rebecca Griffin
Project Grants 
Project Grants

The Project Grant scheme aims to fund research leading to improved health of all Australians.

Project Grant Scheme is the NHMRC's main avenue of support for individuals and small teams of researchers undertaking biomedical, clinical, public health or health services research in Australian universities, medical schools, hospitals or other research institutions.

See News item above for information about the New Investigator initiative.

Internal closing date: 14 February 2014
More information: Website
Contact: Heidi Nelson

Centres of Research Excellence 
Centres of Research Excellence

The NHMRC's CREs will provide support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop research capacity in clinical, public health and health services. The teams will be expected to:

Aim 1 Generate new knowledge that leads to improved health outcomes.
Aim 2 Ensure effective transfer of research outcomes into health policy and/or practice.
Aim 3 Facilitate collaboration.
Aim 4 Advance the training of researchers, particularly those with a capacity for independent research and future leadership roles.

Minimum data requirements: 5pm, 13 January 2014
Internal closing date: 5 February 2014
More information: Website
Contact: Sophie Carruthers
NOTE: The University will be closed from 5pm, Tuesday 17 December, reopening on Thursday 2 January 2014. If you require assistance from Research Grants and Contracts, please contact them ASAP.
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FOR YOUR DIARY
 9 DEC    |  
Arts-informed Research Workshop
Faculty Honorary, University of Mount Saint Vincent academic and co-editor of the Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Inquiry: Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples and IssuesProfessor Ardra Cole, will present a two-hour workshop to share with University of Sydney staff and higher-degree-research students her understandings and expertise of arts-based research methodologies.

When
: 2:30-4:30pm, 9 December 2013
Where: Room 612, Education Building A35
Faculty Honorary, University of Mount Saint Vincent academic and co-editor of the Handbook of the Arts in Qualitative Inquiry: Perspectives, Methodologies, Examples and IssuesProfessor Ardra Cole, will present a two-hour workshop to share with University of Sydney staff and higher-degree-research students her understandings and expertise of arts-based research methodologies.

When: 2:30-4:30pm, 9 December 2013
Where: Room 612, Education Building A35
Manning Rd, University of Sydney
Cost: Free but RSVP essential
RSVP: By email to Camilla Pilgrim
More information: Event listing

The one-off workshop will be part of a national post-conference tour by Professor Cole after the annual conference of the Australian Association for Research in Education concludes in Adelaide. 

Professor Cole has extensive knowledge of qualitative social science research that draws inspiration, concepts, processes and representational forms from the arts. Workshop participants will be able to extend their knowledge of this field and, in the process, interrogate their current research practices.
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