Research Fast Facts and Recent Opportunities

Fast Facts

1. Did you know? ERA and EI Outcomes

The results of the 2018 ERA (Excellence in Research for Australia) and EI (Engagement and Impact) exercises are now available on the ARC website.  As the VC announced last week the ERA result for UON was “our best result to date”.  At a Faculty level, FHEAM researchers contributed to 14 of the 30 FORs rated ‘well above world standard’ – an excellent result.

For EI, our 2 Medical and Health Sciences categories rated ‘Medium’ for all 3 measures, representing a sound result.

Thank you to all staff who assisted with reviewing the large data sets and compiling information for our ERA and EI submissions.

2.  Did you know? Have Your Say In The Productivity Commissions’ Mental Health Inquiry

The Australian Research Council, along with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Statistics New Zealand, and the New Zealand Ministry of Business, Innovation and Education, are undertaking a review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC). The review will ensure the research classifications reflect current practice and remain responsive to change in the sector.

The EMCR Forum Executive is currently accepting comments from EMCRs whether the issues addressed in this review could widely impact EMCRs in Australia. Your feedback will help analyse the need to make a submission on behalf of all EMCRs in Australia.

Please let us know your thoughts at emcr@science.org.au by 30 April.

We also encourage you to make your own submission to this review by 7 June

3.  Did you know? UON Central Support NHMRC Ideas Grants, Clinical trials and Cohorts Studies, and Synergy Grants

The Research and Innovation Division (R&ID) has provided the following summary concerning R&ID support for Ideas Grants, Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies, and Synergy Grants:

Ideas Grant

For the 2019 Ideas Grants there is no UON Central cash support.  This includes:
* No salary support for CIs who are claiming a salary on the Ideas Grants and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants (3.2.5.1 both Guidelines)
* No salary top ups for PSPs
* No HDR stipends (NHMRC funds are not permitted to be expended for HDR stipends) – request must be made through the UON competitive HDR process.  Please contact Graduate Research for further information.  In addition, the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme provides dedicated funding for applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree.

Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies

For the 2019 Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants there is no UON Central cash support.  This includes:
* No salary support for CIs who are claiming a salary on the Ideas Grants and Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants (3.2.5.1 both Guidelines)
* No salary top ups for PSPs
* No HDR stipends (NHMRC funds are not permitted to be expended for HDR stipends) – request must be made through the UON competitive HDR process.  Please contact Graduate Research for further information.  In addition, the NHMRC Postgraduate Scholarships scheme provides dedicated funding for applicants to attain a research based postgraduate degree.

Synergy Grants

There is no standard UON Central cash support package for inclusion in Synergy Grant applications, however, requests for UON Central Support can be made using the template (available on the Synergy Grant page).  Please ensure the completed template is sent to research-applications@newcastle.edu.au

4. Clinical Trials positions with HMRI – Applications Close Thursday 6th June

HMRI is establishing a Clinical Trials coordination Centre (HMRI CTC), which will be a resource for clinician investigators, who are interested in running a trial. As part of this, HMRI will fund two positions to assist with setting up efficient systems and trials and to carry out recruitment, monitoring and follow up in clinical trials. In addition, New South Wales Regional Health Partners (RHP) are also investing in clinical trials, and HMRI in collaboration with RHP are looking for a program manager whose role will be to coordinate systems and education to support trials across the footprint of RHP.
In total, current positions available include:

Clinical Trials Coordinator

Clinical Trials Assistant

Clinical Trials Program Manager

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5.  Did you know? Howard Florey Award – Applications Close Friday 28th June

The 2019 CSL Florey Medal will be awarded to an Australian biomedical researcher for lifetime career achievements in biomedical science and/or human health advancement for research conducted primarily in Australia. The award also carries a prize of $50,000.

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6.  Did you know? MSD Hubert Stuerzl Memorial Educational Award – Applications Close Friday 5th Jul

This award is open to applications from individuals with a clear interest in the field of Neuro-Oncology and includes:

Advanced Trainees in Medical Oncology, Neurology, Radiation Oncology, Neurosurgery, Pathology or Radiology

Medical Oncologists, Neurologists, Radiation Oncologists, Neurosurgeons, Pathologists or Radiologists of no more than 5 years standing who are enrolled in full-time or part-time post-graduate research (PhD or MD).

The award will provide up to $15,000 for the successful recipient to attend an international Neuro-Oncology scientific meeting or undertake a Neuro-Oncology Preceptorship during 2019-2020.

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Recent Opportunities

Grant Opportunity 1:  NBCF 2020 Investigator Initiated Research Scheme -Applications close Monday 3 June

The NBCF Investigator Initiated Research Scheme will support the salary (if requested) and research costs (or portions thereof) of outstanding investigators with a vision to expand the scale and scope of breast cancer research in Australia.

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Grant Opportunity 2 :  Prostate Cancer Research Program – Applications Close Thursday 6th June

The US Department of Defence Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) is interested in supporting research that addresses specific gaps in prostate cancer research and clinical care. Applications are now open for awards that address one or more of the following PCRP Overarching Challenges:

  • Improve the quality of life for survivors of prostate cancer
  • develop treatments that improve outcomes for men with lethal prostate cancer
  • reduce lethal prostate cancer in African Americans, Veterans, and other high-risk populations
  • define the biology of lethal prostate cancer to reduce death.

The Award Mechanisms available are: Idea development Award, Early Investigator Research Award, Physician Research Award.

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Grant Opportunity 1: HCRA Event Sponsorship Grant – Round One May to December 2019

HCRA have established the Event Sponsorship Grant to support events, seminars, workshops and conferences that have the primary purpose to train researchers or provide an avenue to share knowledge and collaborate in scientific cancer research.

Event Sponsorship Grants of up to a maximum of $1500 per application are available to HCRA members.

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