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.  Did you know? Upcoming Training Sessions for HDRs – Programming with R

R is quickly gaining popularity as a programming language of choice for statisticians, data scientists and researchers. It has an excellent ecosystem including the powerful RStudio development environment and the Shiny web application framework.

But getting started with R can be challenging, particularly if you've never programmed before. That's where this introductory course comes in.

Join us for a live coding workshop where we write programs that produce results, using the researcher-focused training modules from the highly regarded Software Carpentry Foundation (software-carpentry.org).

Date: 15 April 2019 Time: 09:30 - 17:00 Venue: CT306 Course Outline: inter.fyi/course/r Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/59361543976 Prerequisites: None

5.  Did you know? Upcoming Training Sessions for HDRs – Manipulation and Visualisation in Python

Python has deservedly become a popular language for scientific computing. It has all the friendly features and conveniences you'd expect of a modern programming language, and also a rich set of libraries for working with data.
We teach using Jupyter notebooks, which allow program code, results, visualisations and documentation to be blended seamlessly.
Join us for this live coding workshop where we write programs that produce results, using the researcher-focused training modules from the highly regarded Software Carpentry Foundation (http://www.datacarpentry.org/).

Date: 16 April 2019 Time: 09:30 - 17:00 Venue: CT306 Course Outline: inter.fyi/course/python2

Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/59361556012 Prerequisites: A good knowledge of the basic concepts and techniques in Python

6. Did you know?  Upcoming Training Sessions for HDRs – Excel For Researchers

Data rarely comes in the form you require. Often it is messy. Sometimes it is incomplete. And sometimes there's too much of it. Frequently, it has errors. We'll use one of the most widespread data wrangling tools, Microsoft Excel, to import, sort, filter, copy, protect, transform, summarise, merge, and visualise research data.

While aimed at novice Excel users, most attendees will walk away with new tricks to work more efficiently with their research data.

Date: 17 April 2019 Time: 09:30 - 16:30 Venue: CT306 Course Outline: inter.fyi/course/excel
Register Here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/59361575069 Prerequisites: None

7.  Did you know?  Clinical Trials Development and Management Workshop – 7th and 8th May 2019 – Melbourne

The Introductory 2 day Clinical Trials course at The Florey in Heidelberg consists of information sessions and interactive small group workshops. It is aimed at guiding participants through the initial stages of planning, developing and running their clinical trial. Learn from experienced trialists and academic researchers to gain insights into the successful management and conduct of single site and multicentre clinical trials.

When: 7 and 8 May 2019. Early bird Cost is $600 (incl GST) Enquiries: janmc@unimelb.edu.au More information and registration: http://bit.ly/2GHUZtK

8 Did you know?  ECR’s – Tell us the challenges you face

Katherine Christian is currently undertaking a PhD at Federation University Australia and is conducting a research project exploring challenges faced by early-career researchers (ECRs) in the sciences in Australia. It is expected that the results will inform recommendations for changes to the work environment for Sylvia and Charles Viertel Foundation Fellowships in order to increase job satisfaction and the likelihood of them continuing to work in research in Australia.

ECRs are invited to participate in this project by completing an online questionnaire. The online questionnaire is completely anonymous, participation is voluntary, and you can withdraw at any time without explanation by closing your web browser. The questionnaire can be completed at a time that is convenient to you, and it is expected that it should take approximately 20-25 minutes to complete.

To participate in the study please go to: https://limesurveys.federation.edu.au/index.php/546388?lang=en

Recent Opportunities

Grant Opportunity 1: Sylvia and Charles Viertel Foundation Fellowships – closing 30th April.

1. Senior Medical Research Fellowship – worth $1.25 million over 5 years to support outstanding mid-career researchers to establish their career (one male and one female will be chosen). Guidelines can be found here for this Fellowship.
2. Clinical Investigator Awards – a one off grant of $85,000 to support younger clinicians starting their careers (5 will be awarded). Guidelines can be found here for these awards.