Research Fast Facts and Recent Opportunities

Fast Facts

1. Did you know? HMRI Strategy Update Forum

For all HMRI affiliates

Professor Tom Walley invites all HMRI affiliates to an open forum on the latest developments of the HMRI Strategy. Come in person to the Caves Theatre at the HMRI building or join on Zoom

Wednesday 28 August, 2019

Click here to find out more and to register

2.  Did you know? IGNITE: Pinpoint Your Impact: A Hands-on Workshop

5th September 2019

IGNITE event for EMCR’s – 9am – 5pm

With research impact becoming an increasingly important outcome sought by research funding organisations, and with researchers facing difficulties to evidence this impact, HMRI Ignite is sponsoring a one-day workshop designed to improve the chances of your research having an impact and to help you best describe and demonstrate the impact of your research to others.

Click here for more information and to register

3.  Did you know? Research Impact and Knowledge Translation

Wednesday 21st August, 10:30am–11:30am - Zoom

Hear from A/Prof Luke Wolfenden on our role as knowledge translators to achieve research impact.

Click here to find out more

4.  Did you know? Franklin Women – Mentoring Breakfast

Tuesday 27th August, 7.15am–9am – Merewether Surfhouse

Join us for breakfast to hear from Bianca Havas, a director at Serendis Leadership Consultancy, on how to use mentoring effectively in your health and medical research career, as well as other professional relationships you can call upon like sponsorship and career coaching.

This is an IGNITE-sponsored event with a special rate for IGNITE members.

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This workshop will support the development of fresh ideas for grant opportunities and collaborations, in a dynamic, interactive, group-facilitated environment.
Who: UON Researchers

When: 1.30 – 3.00pm Wednesday 21 August 2019

Where: Treehouse, Callaghan Campus

Limited spaces available: 30 participants

Prerequisite: bring your grant idea/proposal and be ready to pitch to a small group

Facilitators include:

Professor Brett Neilan, Global Innovation Chair (Biotechnology), School of Environmental and Life Sciences, Faculty of Science

Professor Victoria Haskins, School of Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Education and Arts

Professor Jodie Simpson, Deputy Head of School, School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Professor Stephen Fityus, School of Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment 

Register now via Discover


An opportunity to hear about a suite of funding schemes attractive to both university-based researchers and industries.

Who: UON Researchers

When: 10.00am – 11.30am, Monday 26 August 2019

Where: NIER A Conference Room, Callaghan Campus

Presenter: Ms Judy Alexander, Associate Director Research Grants, Research and Innovation Services

Register via Discover


The third of four health specific information sessions will focus on IMPLEMENTATION TRIALS. Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden will provide guidance on how to conduct a randomised implementation trial. The presentation will discuss a range of aspects related to Implementation Trials from the application of randomised trial methods to the testing of the impact of implementation strategies.

Who: UON Researchers and Conjoints, HNELHD and CCLHD Clinician Researchers, Clinicians and Managers

When: 12.30 – 2.00pm Thursday 29 August 2019 [please bring your lunch]

Where: HOST: John Hunter Hospital – Small Lecture room 6067 [adjacent to JHH Library]

Alternative site: Gosford Hospital – Conference Centre

Join via zoom [Meeting ID: 186 958 204]


Professor John Wiggers, Director, Clinical Research and Translation, HNELHD

Associate Professor Luke Wolfenden, NHMRC Fellow (Career Development Fellow II) and Brawn Career Development Fellow, School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine, University of Newcastle and  Program Manager, Hunter New England Clinical Research Fellow, HNE Population Health

UON Researchers register now via Discover.

8.  Did you know? Plain English Grant Writing Workshop – Session #5 EARLY / MID CAREER RESEARCHER (EMCR) CONNECT and EMPOWER NETWORK

These sessions will provide an opportunity for researchers to practise writing in plain English to assist the preparation of writing grant applications

Who: UON Early - Mid Career Researchers

When: 10.00am – 1.30pm Tuesday 3 September 2019 [light working lunch provided]

Where: Room CH205 - The Chancellery, Callaghan Campus

Limited registration for x18 Researchers

Register via Discover for face-to-face workshop

Recent Opportunities

Grant Opportunity 1:  HCRF Project Grant Rounds - Applications Close Friday 30th August

Hunter Children’s Research Foundation Grants Round

Research projects eligible for HCRF funding must be clearly relatable to Child Health AND have children as research participants (or use bio specimens/data derived from children who were research participants).

There are four (4) x $25,000 grants available, with an optional increase to $40,000 for one successful grant.

Applications close Friday 30 August, 2019

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Grant Opportunity 2 :  SAX Institute Research Action Awards - Applications Close Wednesday 21st August

The Sax Institute’s Research Action Awards honour individuals whose research has made a significant impact on health policy, programs or service delivery.

Applications close 21st August, 2019

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Grant Opportunity 3 :  2020 Australia-Harvard Fellowships - Applications close  Tuesday 10th September

The Australia-Harvard Fellowships are aimed at innovators who are normally based at Harvard and have a persuasive plan to collaborate with Australia’s best bioscience researchers and educators. The award also supports Australian researchers who wish later to follow up such joint initiatives at Harvard.

Applications close 10th September, 2019

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Grant Opportunity 4 :  2020 Women in Research Fellowships - Applications Close  Friday 20th September

The Research Advantage Women in Research (WIR) Fellowship initiative will support UON academic women in research [Level B and C] through four key areas of focus: fast-tracking and developing careers in research, re-establishing careers, research leadership and research mentorship or sponsorship.

Applications close 20th September, 2019

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Grant Opportunity 5 :  Fulbright scholarship opportunities for United States of America (U.S.) collaborators - Applications Close  Monday 16th September

Do you have a research collaborator in the U.S.? Would your research project benefit from a U.S. collaborator visiting UON?

The UON is in its fourth year of sponsorship for two scholarships offered in the Fulbright program – a Fulbright Distinguished Chair, and Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship.

These programs enable U.S recipients to conduct research at UON that aligns with one or more of the Priority Research Centres and presents an excellent opportunity for UON researchers to enhance and build collaborations with U.S. institutions and researchers.

Applications close 16 September 2019

For more information please visit Fulbright Programs

Grant Opportunity 6: 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.