Health-related research funding


June 2021


Fulbright Scholarship Applications are open 

Study or research at the world’s most prestigious institutions in 2022/23 with Fulbright.

Fulbright Australia offers scholarships for Australian citizens across all career stages, and all academic fields. Awardees take part in an academic and cultural exchange, pursuing research or study at a U.S. institution, experiencing life abroad and bringing back their knowledge and experience to share with their communities in Australia.

Information Session

Join the South Australian online Information Session scheduled for Friday 21 May 2021 at 10.00am ACST to find out more, hear from past scholars and ask questions. Register here

Which Fulbright category is right for me?

Postgraduate — for postgraduate students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the U.S. for 4-10 months, OR for students to enroll in a U.S. graduate degree program (e.g. a Master’s) for up to two-years.

Postdoctoral — for individuals (who have completed their PhD in the past 5 years, or are in the last year of completion) to undertake postdoctoral research in the U.S. for 3-10 months.

Scholar — for academics (at Associate or full Professorial level) and mid-career professionals (with an undergraduate qualification and minimum 10 years work experience) to undertake research and/or training in the U.S. for 3-4 months.

Apply online by 6 July 2021 at www.fulbright.org.au

We hope you can join us! The session will be recorded for those that can’t attend at this time.


Diabetes Australia Research Program

Overview

Diabetes Australia is the national organisation supporting all people living with or at risk of diabetes. Diabetes Australia will consider funding projects across all diabetes research areas, including type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, diabetes in pregnancy, pre-diabetes and risk factors, behavioural research, self-management of diabetes, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health and diabetes.

Diabetes Australia offer the following grants for funding commencing in 2022:

  • Two $150,000 Millennium Awards: one for type 1 diabetes and one for type 2 diabetes. Millennium Awards have a 2-year duration.
  • An unspecified number of General Grants, up to $70,000. General Grants are for 1 year.

Key dates and submission information

Please see the Diabetes Australia website for key dates, eligibility criteria, funding guidelines, application form and FAQs.

Date

Activity

Now

Applications open

Submit internal UniSA EoI for Dean/Director approval

11 June

RIS internal compliance review date

*Please email a complete and near final draft of your application to RIS for a compliance and eligibility review*

25 June

External deadline for submission.

 

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS: Mary Leonov


Australia and New Zealand Batten Disease Research Grant Program 2021

Overview

The objective of BDSRA Australia’s Batten Disease Research Grant Program is to advance local research across Australia and New Zealand that has the potential to:

  1. further our understanding of the disease mechanisms for all or any of the Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinoses (NCLs);
  2. advance therapeutic strategies; or
  3. improve current diagnosis, treatment, education and/or management practices or family support practices (including those that improve quality of life, palliative care or other).

Funding and duration

BDSRA Australia intends to award up to AU$100,000 (in total) across one or more projects.

Key dates and submission information

Please see the Australia and New Zealand Batten Disease Research Grant Program website for the Expression of Interest – Information for Applicants form. Applicants are encouraged to read the full research program Guidelines.

Date

Activity

Now

Applications open

Submit internal UniSA EoI for Dean/Director approval

11 June 2021

Internal EOI Deadline

22 June 2021

External deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS: Mary Leonov


NeuroSurgical Research Foundation – Research and Equipment Research Grants 2021

Overview

The NeuroSurgical Research Foundation (NRF) was founded by Dr Trevor Dinning and Professor Donald Simpson in 1963. The mission of the Foundation is to promote, foster, develop and assist the study of all matters related to neurosurgery by encouraging, stimulating and aiding research and investigation, engaging public interest and cooperation with other research organisations.

The areas of research include brain trauma, intracranial haemorrhage, neurodegenerative conditions, spinal cord injury, stroke and brain tumours.

Funding and duration

Funding this year is available for research grants for clinical and basic science research, including consumables and treatment equipment in two categories:

  • General neurosurgical research up to the value of $50,000 for neurosurgical projects undertaken in South Australia.
  • Paediatric neurosurgical research up to the value of $50,000 and must include an interstate or overseas collaboration.

Key dates and submission information

Please see the NRF Research Grants Now Open 2021 website for NRF Guidelines and link to the 2021 Application Form. The submissions are supported by Advancement Services, UniSA.

Date

Activity

Now

Applications open

Submit internal UniSA EoI for Dean/Director approval

11 June

Internal EOI Deadline

 

1 July

External deadline for submission.

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS/CCB: Mary Leonov Advancement Services: Zoe Gray


Cure Brain Cancer Foundation – Early Career Fellowships

Overview

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation is the major funder of brain cancer research in Australia. The Foundation funds research grants designed to improve survival outcomes for people with brain cancer, including project grants and fellowships.

To be eligible for the ECF scheme, applicants mut have been awarded their PhD within the last 6 years (PhD thesis pass date, not date of conferral).

Funding and duration

Fellowships will provide $115,000 per year for 3 years.

This includes funds towards salary (up to $100,000), research consumables ($10,000) and travel ($5,000).

Key dates and submission information

Please see the Cure Brain Cancer website for key dates, eligibility criteria and link to the online application portal.

Date

Activity

Now

Applications open

Submit internal UniSA EoI for Dean/Director approval

9 June

Internal EOI Deadline

 

18 June

RIS internal compliance review date

*Please email a complete and near final draft of your application to RIS for a compliance and eligibility review*

2 July

External deadline for submission.

 

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS/CCB: Mary Leonov


May 2021


Using metrics to enhance your grant applications

Metrics are routinely used in grant applications to provide evidence of research performance and track record. This session will look at commonly asked questions, including:

  • How can I benchmark my performance for this discipline/this topic/my career stage/this grant?
  • Journal articles aren’t the main research output in my area – how do I demonstrate impact of other types of outputs?
  • Google Scholar has the best numbers – can I just use those?
  • I’m not in Web of Science or Scopus – what can I use?
  • FWCI vs NCI, what’s the difference?
  • What’s a good number?

This session will run for 45 minutes, then Q&A. Attendees are encouraged to send through other questions in advance via email.

In order to maximise the benefits of this session, we encourage attendees to have an up-to-date ORCID profile to assist with generating accurate metrics.  For further information on ORCiD, and registering your ORCiD@UniSA, see the ORCiD research guide.

Tuesday 25 May, 2-3pm, via Zoom; register: https://events.library.unisa.edu.au/event/5344260

OR

Thursday 3 June, 11am-12pm, via Zoom; register: https://events.library.unisa.edu.au/event/5344261

Zoom links will be sent out prior to the session.


Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation

Overview:

The Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF) supports ovarian cancer research in Australia and New Zealand by funding grants to the most innovative and/or promising research proposals in line with their mission and objectives.

The research priorities for this round are:

  1. Finding New and Effective Treatments: Improving treatment options to increase survival rates
  2. Managing Recurrence: Better management of recurrent disease to enhance survival and quality of life
  3. Early Detection: Saving lives through early diagnosis
  4. Prevention: Reducing disease prevalence through preventative research

Funding and duration:

Grants are for 1-3 years.

Project costs are not capped; however, lead CIs have to clearly articulate the scientific excellence of their project, and costing has to be realistic and competitive. OCRF indicates that large, costly projects requiring a substantial percentage of their annual budget will only be funded in exceptional circumstances.

Note also that, whilst researcher salaries can be funded by OCRF, a maximum of 25% on-costs can be funded from the grant. Indirect costs/overheads cannot be funded by OCRF.

Key dates and submission information:

Please visit the OCRF website for information regarding the funding round, including the grant guidelines and application form.

*Note that applicants who applied in OCRF Round 1 (March 2021) will be notified of their outcome by 9 June 2021.

Date

Activity

10 May 2021

Applications open

Submit internal UniSA EoI for Dean/Director approval

12 July 2021

RIS internal compliance review deadline

*Please email a complete and near final draft of your application to RIS for a compliance and eligibility review*

26 July 2021

External deadline for submission

RIS will arrange sign-off by Director: Research and Innovation Services and will submit the application to the OCRF

By 20 December 2021

Successful applicants will be notified. Grants to commence by 4 July 2022

 

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS/CCB: Mary Leonov


April 2021


ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres and Hubs

Overview: The Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) offers a suite of funding schemes attractive to both university-based researchers and industries.

This dynamic Program will:

  • fund research hubs and research training centres;
  • support Higher Degree by Research students and postdoctoral researchers in gaining real-world practical skills and experience through placement in industry.

To achieve this, the Program will fund the following schemes:

Date

Activity for both Training Centres and Hubs

4 August 2021

Applications open

25 June 2021

Internal EOI Deadline for UniSA led applications

27 Aug 2021

Internal EOI Deadline for externally led applications (where we are partnering)

22 September 2021

Internal co-contribution deadline for both UniSA Lead and externally led (we are partnering)

22 September 2021

Internal application review deadline

29 September 2021

Request not to assess

13 October 2021

External closing date


Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS/CCB: Leanne Britcher


May 2021 is ARC Month at UniSA

Are you planning an Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project, Linkage Project, DECRA or Future Fellowship application? Or are you an ARC beginner seeking general information about these competitive and prestigious schemes? Plan your ARC strategy now with help from a suite of information sessions from Research and Innovation Services.

Please note: if you intend on submitting to one of the below ARC schemes, you must log an EOI on ResearchMaster to seek Dean of Research/Director approval to progress with this development. Please contact Research Coordinator, Mary Leonov for any support.

ARC 101

Where does Australian Research Council funding fit into your career, and how do you win it? Join members of the RIS Projects Development Team for a closer look at the ARC, including an overview of major project and fellowship schemes and UniSA grant support processes. This session aims to show researchers how to select the right scheme and strategise for future funding. Learn about eligibility, length of grants and funding available, success rates and the objectives of each scheme. Find out how to initiate an ARC grant application at UniSA, get approval and access support.

Targeted information sessions in Week 3 of May will provide more detailed scheme-specific information for applicants considering a Discovery Project, Discovery Indigenous, Linkage Project, DECRA or Future Fellowship.

Identical sessions will be run on two campuses:

9.30-11.00am, Wednesday 12 May, City West (venue tbc)

10.00-11.30am, Friday 14 May, Mawson Lakes (venue tbc)

Registrations are essential for this in-person event. Please register here by Wednesday 5 May, indicating which session you will attend.

ARC Fellowships: Preparing to apply

Learn more about the ARC’s highly competitive – and highly prestigious – Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) and Future Fellowship grant schemes, including tools and strategies for success. These sessions will include:

  • A DECRA/Future Fellowship overview, including important scheme details such as key dates, eligibility criteria, available funding and more;
  • Tips on how to benchmark yourself for competitiveness;
  • A look at major application elements and how they are assessed;
  • Strategies for writing a successful application, including working with RIS grant support staff, mentors and academic networks;
  • Words of wisdom from successful ARC applicants.

When: DECRA – 9.30-11.00am, Monday 17 May, via Zoom.

Please register your attendance at this event here by Friday 14 May.

Future Fellowship – 1.00-2.30pm, Monday 17 May, via Zoom.

Please register your attendance at this event here by Friday 14 May.

ARC Discovery Projects/Discovery Indigenous

Get ahead of the game with this in-depth look at one of the ARC’s most competitive schemes. This session will cover grant rules and assessment criteria, as well as strategies for building a competitive research team and project. Find out more about the support available for you as you develop your application and create a timeline for success. Benefit from the advice of researchers with proven ARC experience.

When: 9.30-11.00am, Wednesday 19 May, via Zoom.

Please register your attendance at this event here by Tuesday 18 May.

ARC Linkage Projects

As the University of Enterprise, UniSA is ideally placed for success in the ARC’s Linkage Projects scheme, which focuses on partnered research with real-world impacts. This information session will look closely at the ingredients of a successful Linkage application, including eligibility for partnering, required contributions, competitive teams and assessment criteria. Previous Linkage recipients will offer tips for navigating a pathway to success through this complex but rewarding grant scheme.

When: 9.30-11.00am, Friday 21 May, via Zoom.

Please register your attendance at this event here by Thursday 20 May.


DFAT International Relations Grant Program: Council for Australian-Arab Relations (CAAR) 2021-22 Grants

Overview: The Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, on behalf of the Council for Australia-Arab Relations (CAAR), invites expressions of interest for its competitive grants program. The priority sectors for the 2021-22 Grant Round are:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Health and Sport
  • Tourism
  • Education
  • Gender equality
  • Sustainability

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to grow trade and investment relationships with Arab countries, maximise public diplomacy opportunities, build a strong international community and institutional relationships, and promote social cohesion. Proposed projects should include an element at the Dubai Expo 2020.

Australian entities may apply. Consortia with a nominated lead organisation, or partnerships between Arab regions and an Australian organisation, can also apply.

Funding and duration

The total funding available is $409,500. The grant opportunity runs from 1 September 2021 to 30 June 2022, and the maximum grant period is one year. The minimum grant amount is $20,000 per year and the maximum grant amount is $70,000 per year.

Key dates and submission information

Please visit GrantConnect for further information regarding the funding round. Applications will only be accepted via the SmartyGrants online portal. 

Date

Activity

Now

Applications open

Submit internal UniSA EoI for Dean of Research approval

Please contact your Research Coordinator for support as required

5 May 2021

Internal UniSA EOI deadline

19 May 2021

RIS internal compliance review deadline

*Please email a complete and near final draft of your application to your Research Coordinator for a compliance and eligibility review*

19 May 2021

Liaise with your Research Coordinator to arrange a letter of support from the university which will be signed by the RIS Director.

2 June 2021

External deadline for submission

 

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS/CCB: Mary Leonov/ Tim Murphy 


2020 David Syme Research Prize

The prize is made by nomination Senior members of the academic or research community such as co-authors or co-researchers, heads of department or deputy vice-chancellors (research) are invited to nominate eligible colleagues. Self-nominations are not accepted.

Researchers associated with any Australian university and researchers without university connections are eligible for nomination, noting that the following are not eligible:

  • Professors or researchers who will have attained the position of professor at the time the award is made;
  • Researchers outside universities who will have attained a level of seniority comparable to a university professor at the time the award is made (LEVEL E);
  • Researchers who have not spent the equivalent of at least 5 full years of the last 7 in Australia.

The award is made on the basis of the research quality within the discipline and its likely impact and value in the industrial and commercial interests of Australia. The value of the prize is $9,000.

Full details and the nomination form are available at https://scienceunimelb.smartygrants.com.au/syme.

Enquiries should be directed to science-awards@unimelb.edu.au .

Date

Activity

Now

Applications open

Submit internal UniSA EoI for Dean of Research approval

Please contact your Research Coordinator for support as required

28 April 2021

Submission Close, 5pm

 

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS/CCB: Mary Leonov/ Tim Murphy  


ATMCF - a call for collaborative Medicinal Chemistry projects 2021-2022

The Australian Translational Medicinal Chemistry Facility (ATMCF) is a national drug discovery capability that applies medicinal chemistry expertise to translate biomedical research towards clinical relevance. Based within the Monash Parkville precinct, the ATMCF collaborates with researchers to identify and synthesise bio-active drug candidates.

The ATMCF provides Australian researchers with an opportunity to:

  • access subsidised medicinal chemistry
  • access the Therapeutic Innovation Australia (TIA) Pipeline Accelerator for further cost reductions
  • work with a team of medicinal chemists who have a proven track record in drug discovery and commercialisation outcomes

Please contact Mary Leonov to request the short EOI template available.

The ATMCF is a national drug discovery capability that applies medicinal chemistry expertise to translate biomedical research towards clinical relevance. Facilitated by Therapeutic Innovation Australia (TIA), and based at The Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS), Parkville, the ATMCF collaborates with researchers to identify and synthesize bioactive compounds (small molecules) which are fed into medicinal chemistry optimization against a range of potency, selectivity and pharmacokinetic criteria.

 

Date

Activity

Now

EOIs open

Submit internal UniSA EoI for Dean of Research approval

Please contact your Research Coordinator for support as required

30 April 2021

External EOI Submission Close, 5pm

 

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS/CCB: Mary Leonov/ Tim Murphy


REDI Fellowship Program – Round 2 submission deadline 1 July 2021

The REDI Fellowship Program can provide up to $250,000 per Fellow, per annum, for up to 40 industry Fellowships giving Australian MTP companies the financial support to bring academics and clinicians in-house for up to twelve months to work on priority medical research projects.

The grant covers/contributes to salaries and on-costs (including superannuation) for the REDI Fellowship period. Additional costs, such as relocation costs, may be covered if there is a requirement to relocate.

The open call will solicit applications from sponsors until October 2022, or when the Fellowship funds are fully committed, whichever is first.

Applications will be reviewed three times annually, round 2 is now open with a submission deadline of 1 July 2021.

REDI Information Page

Key submission activities

Date

Activity

Now- until 17 June 2022

Prepare to apply

-submit an internal UniSA EoI for Dean of Research approval to proceed with the application

Now -3 October 2022

Refer to RIS REDI intranet page for key internal deadline and requirements

REDI Information Page

 

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS/CCB: Mary Leonov/ Tim Murphy 


National Breast Cancer Foundation – Investigator Initiated Research Scheme

Overview

The NBCF Investigator Initiated Research Scheme (IIRS) will support research into the prevention and treatment of breast cancer, and to the social and public health needs of all individuals and their families living with or beyond a diagnosis of breast cancer. The NBCF IIRS will support the research costs (or portions thereof) and salary (if requested) of outstanding investigators with a vision to expand the scale and scope of breast cancer research in Australia. The IIRS has flexibility to span the breadth of the previously offered NBCF grant schemes including fellowships, pilot studies, infrastructure and project grants.

Funding and duration

  • Funding can be requested for 1 to 5 years (with a 4-year maximum for principal investigators with less than 12 years post-doctoral experience).
  • A maximum of 1 proposal per applicant (as the principal investigator, PI). There is no limit on the number of applications a researcher can be named on as a co-investigator (Co-I), or associate investigator (AI).
  • There is no set funding limit per application; however, PIs can hold total NBCF grants to a maximum combined value of $1.5 million (some additional rules apply, contact RIS to assist with eligibility checks). There is no funding limit for Co-Is.
  • Note that the NBCF will fund personnel at pre-determined salary rates, which includes 9.5% superannuation (see NBCF funding guidelines for the maximum salary rates). NBCF will not fund other salary-related on-costs beyond 9.5% superannuation (except for future superannuation increases legislated by the Government). As such, additional on-costs must be covered by UniSA (RIS will require confirmation and approval for the source of the remaining funds prior to application submission).

Key dates and submission information

Please visit the NBCF website for information regarding the funding round, including the grant guidelines, instructions and online application form.

Date

Activity

29 March 2021

Applications open

Submit internal UniSA EoI for Dean/Director approval

19 April 2021

Internal EOI deadline

17 May 2021

RIS internal compliance review date.

*Please email a complete and near final draft of your application to RIS for a compliance and eligibility review*

31 May 2021

External deadline for submission.

 

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS/CCB: Mary Leonov/ Tim Murphy 


Suicide Prevention Australia Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The SPA Post-Doctoral Fellowship provides funding for successful applicants, who have already attained a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), to further their research career. The Post-Doctoral Fellowship aims to build research capacity in the following:

  • studies of indicated, selective and universal interventions to prevent suicide and suicidal behaviour will be considered, with particular emphasis being given to studies of indicated interventions. Studies employing any type of research design will be considered, providing they can yield meaningful data on effectiveness and, where possible, cost-effectiveness.
  • the protective factors against suicide and the mechanisms by which these protective factors operate. Studies employing any type of research design will be considered, providing they can yield meaningful data on protective factors and their promotion.

Visit the Suicide Prevention Australia website for more information and apply for the Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Date

Activity

Now

Applications open

Submit internal UniSA EoI for Dean/Director approval

30 April 2021

Internal EOI deadline

14 May 2021

Applications Close

 

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS/CCB: Mary Leonov/ Tim Murphy 


South Australian Innovation Challenge

The South Australian Innovation Challenge is an initiative of EXCITE, the state’s 10-year science and innovation strategy. It aims to showcase the state’s research and innovation value chain by identifying solutions to a global problem that have the potential to transform supply chains and propel economic growth in South Australia.

The SA Innovation Challenge will foster new collaborations between researchers and businesses, to harness R&D to deliver technology-based solutions, drive innovation and create market advantage for startups, SMEs and businesses.

With $1 million committed from the Government of South Australia, the SA Innovation Challenge will focus on the Growth State priority sectors of health and medical industries and hi-tech, creating early market advantage and growth opportunities for South Australian businesses.

Key dates and submission information

Please visit the South Australian Innovation Challenge website for further information, and to access the guidelines.

Date

Activity

Now

Applications open

Submit internal UniSA EoI for Dean of Research approval

23 April 2021

External EOIs to participate deadline

 

Key contacts

Research Coordinator / Institute contact

CHS/CCB: Mary Leonov/ Tim Murphy