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14 FEBRUARY 2014
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 ETHICS    |  
Annual Government Animal Usage reports due 21 Feb
Each year the NSW Department of Primary Industries requires the University to provide details of the number of animals used in research and teaching in NSW during the calendar year.

Please ensure that you complete all reports as outlined by Animal Ethics by Friday 21 February.

Each year the NSW Department of Primary Industries requires the University to provide details of the number of animals used in research and teaching in NSW during the calendar year.

If you are the Chief Investigator on an animal ethics protocol which was in progress for part or all of 2013 you will have received an email from Animal Ethics (dated 7 February) outlining how you can report your animal usage to the ethics office.

There are a number of different ways that you may have been asked to report:

  1. If your protocol(s) were completed prior to the introduction of IRMA (Oct 2013); the submission of animal usage numbers will have been requested by email with a spread sheet for completion attached.
  2. If your protocol(s) were completed after the introduction of IRMA and you have already completed the “High Priority - Confirmation of Animal Numbers” form in IRMA; you will have received an email asking you to log onto IRMA to complete and submit the pre-created form entitled “Annual Government Animal Usage Report” for each protocol.
  3. If your protocol(s) were completed after the introduction of IRMA but you have not yet completed the “High Priority - Confirmation of Animal Numbers” form(s) you will need to first log onto IRMA to review and submit the pre-created form for each protocol. (It should be a matter of confirming the numbers in your original application; where possible the strain and level of invasiveness have been added, but we ask that you update this information if it is missing or incorrect). Once you have completed this, please then wait 24 hours before creating or submitting any reports as this will allow for the data to be updated. After this, please log onto IRMA again to complete and submit the pre-created form(s) entitled “Annual Government Animal Usage Report” for each protocol.
  4. If your protocol(s) has an annual or completion report due prior to the 21 February. You will have been asked to submit your annual or completion report by Friday 21 February and this will be used to report your animal usage. Since this date is close to the reporting date you will not be required to submit a DPI report.
Please ensure that you complete all reports as outlined above by Friday 21 February. Further instructions can be found in the IRMA step-by-step guides on the right hand side of the animal ethics website

If you have any questions about this process or would like assistance with your submission please email Research Support or phone 02 8627 8183
 5 MAR    |  
Presentation: Australian sanction laws, the upcoming Defence Trade Controls legislation and the relevance to the education sector
This presentation by DFAT will explain the relevance of Australian sanction laws to universities and how you may able to apply for a sanctions permit to authorise an activity that would otherwise be prohibited. It will also provide an update on the Defence Trade Controls Act 2012, including new proposals that are being tested to reduce the burden of the Act on researchers and other stakeholders.

Mr Ben Playle
Director, Sanctions Section, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
Ms Gabrielle Burrell,
Assistant Secretary, Defence Export Control Organisation

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is the Australian Government's sanctions regulator.  Australian sanction laws impose restrictions on activities relating to particular countries, goods and services, and persons and entities.  Ben will explain the relevance of Australian sanction laws to universities, including in relation to enrolling international research students from sanctioned countries, and how you may able to apply for a sanctions permit to authorise an activity that would otherwise be prohibited.  Contravening an Australian sanction law may be a serious criminal offence, with penalties of up to ten years in prison and substantial fines. 

The Defence Trade Controls Act 2012 introduces new export controls for Australia.  Due to significant stakeholder concerns, the implementation of these controls is subject to a two-year implementation period overseen by a steering group chaired by Australia's Chief Scientist. Defence is working with stakeholders from university, research and industry sectors to test the impact of the controls.  Gabrielle will provide an update on the Act, including new proposals that are being tested to reduce the burden of the Act on researchers and other stakeholders.

Details
When: 12-30-2pm, Wednesday 5 March, 2014
Where: Lecture Theatre 106, New Law School Building (F10)
Eastern Ave, Camperdown Campus.
Please arrive at 12.15pm.

If you would like to attend the seminar, please email your details to nswevents@dfat.gov.au by COB Monday 24 February 2014.

 CORRECTION    |  
Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund

A previous bulletin regarding an Extension for the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund linked to a webpage containing an error. This page has now been updated with the correct infromation.

As indicated in the previous bulletin: the deadline for nominations has been extended to FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2014.

A previous bulletin regarding an Extension for the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund linked to a webpage containing an error.

This page has now been updated with the correct infromation: "Nominations for the Prize, which recognises discovery in medical research at the University of Sydney ... will be for discovery in medical research performed principally at the University of Sydney."

As indicated in the previous bulletin: the deadline for nominations has been extended to FRIDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2014. 

The Prize of $10,000 and a medal, will be for discovery in medical research performed principally at the University of Sydney. 

Nominations received for the original call, will also be considered in this round. However, these nominators may choose to submit a revised nomination if they prefer.

For nomination Forms and Enquiries please contact Administrative Officer Ms Sue Freedman-Levy. on 9351 6558 or via email.

Get more information about the award from the Sir Zelman Cowan Fund website.

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FEATURED OPPORTUNITIES
 ARC    |  
Discovery Indigenous
Discovery Indigenous grants provide support to research programmes led by Indigenous Australian researchers and help build research capacity of higher-degree research and early-career researchers.
Discovery Indigenous grants provide support to research programmes led by Indigenous Australian researchers and help build research capacity of higher-degree research and early-career researchers.

The minimum level of research funding for Discovery Indigenous is AU$30,000 per year and the maximum is up to AU$500,000 per year. Funding is awarded for a period of three years.

Discovery Indigenous awards are also offered under this scheme. These provide a salary for Indigenous Australian researchers involved in the project. The salary levels vary from AU$94,512 to AU$200,144.

To be eligible as a project leader, an applicant must be Australian Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

The internal closing date for draft applications and strategic statement is 17 March 2014.

Please contact Kate Taylor for application assistance. For strategic advice contact Jennifer Turner

The final closing date for applications is 26 March 2014

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Short-term fellowships for Jefferson-related projects
These Fellowships are awarded for periods of up to four months to doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars from any country. At least one fellowship will be reserved for related research topics in African-American history and in archaeology.
The International Center for Jefferson Studies invites applications for its short-term fellowships for Jefferson-related projects. These are awarded for periods of up to four months to doctoral candidates and postdoctoral scholars from any country. At least one fellowship will be reserved for related research topics in African-American history and in archaeology.

Fellows are expected to be in residence at the Robert H Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies, where they will have access to Monticello's staff and research holdings at the Jefferson Library as well as those of the University of Virginia. The awards carry a monthly stipend of $2,000 for scholars from the US or Canada and $3,000 for overseas fellows. Pre-approved travel costs will also be awarded.

The deadline for this fellowship is 1 Apr 2014

For application assistance please contact Rebecca Griffin.
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment
The Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment invites applications for postgraduate student research support in ecology, wildlife management and natural history studies.

Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded for the purchase of equipment, supplies, travel to study areas and conferences.
The Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment invites applications for post-graduate student research support in ecology, wildlife management and natural history studies.

Grants of up to $7,500 will be awarded for the purchase of equipment, supplies, travel to study areas and conferences.

Applications in three general areas are especially encouraged:
  • Wildlife management;
  • Conservation biology and biodiversity, and;
  • Field work on Australian native plants and animals.
These grants (provided by ANZ) will be renewable for a period of 2 to 3 years provided that the student maintains satisfactory progress. The Endowment offers two funding rounds per annum, 1 April and 1 August. Students are only eligible to receive one grant per year, however, unsuccessful applicants can re-apply at the next funding round. 

Preference will be given to students in the early stage of a Doctoral program at an Australian University. Masters and Honours projects will normally not be supported. New and Continuining applicants must follow different submission guidelines.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by mid-June (for April applicants) and mid-November (for August applicants).

Full details can be found at the ANZ website (PDF).

Please contact Sophie Carruthers for more information.
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 NHMRC    |  
National Institute for Health Research Collaborative Research Grants
A call is now open for NHMRC/NIHR collaborative grants in two areas: (1) relapse in schizophrenia and (2) smoking cessation. Deadline for applications: 8 May 2014.

For further information contact Kate Taylor or visit the NHMRC and HTA Programme websites.
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