Latest recipients of the University's Sydney Research Networks Scheme announced

11 June 2013

The recipients of the University's Sydney Research Networks Scheme (SyReNS) have been announced for funding commencing in 2013, the second time this award has been offered since it was first introduced in 2011.

SyReNS provides funding and other support for themed research groups or networks  spanning multiple Faculties over a two year period.

The scheme capitalizes on Sydney's unique disciplinary profile to evolve large and productive collaborations, enabling high quality multidisciplinary research on significant and complex problems.

In some instances, SyReNS financing will advance to seed funding from a substantial, sustainable, externally-funded program, and develop a major application for a Centre of Excellence or a similar activity.

"This scheme continues to be one of our most popular," said Jill Trewhella, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), "and it is delivering results as it brings together researchers to work creatively across discipline boundaries, generating new ideas and new ways of solving complex problems."

Here is a brief look at of our successful applicants:

Sydney Neuroscience Network

Professor Bernard Balleine leads the SNN
Professor Bernard Balleine leads the SNN

The SNN is university-wide network to foster and coordinate new multidisciplinary synergies in the basic and clinical neurosciences. It seeks to expand on planned and implemented programs with a similar focus current accumulation in neuroscience at Sydney via a virtual platform. By developing this network, making resources and research opportunities more visible, improving the integration of expertise and knowledge and providing the basis for training and increased multidisciplinary research activity and collaboration, the SNN hopes to address fragmentation in neuroscience. SNN will work both to make researchers part of an integrated neurosciences community at Sydney and to provide them with true avenues for collaboration.

Network for Organs Bodies and Tissues (NBOT)
NBOT is a team of scholars from a diverse range of disciplines including; medicine, law, science, sociology, bioethics, criminology, public health, history, politics, anthropology, archaeology, philosophy and gender studies, with a proven track record for critical and transformative research in large-scale, multi-disciplinary initiatives.

Dr Cameron Stewart will lead NBOT
Dr Cameron Stewart will lead NBOT

NBOT has been deliberately structured with a preponderance of ECRs, supported by significant world-leading researchers, to maximise the research potential and the environment for research training in bodies, organs and tissues. Last year NBOT was given $40,000 seed funding which allowed them to launch a public website which contains a complete dataset of world-wide organ donation statistics.

Sydney Intellectual History Network
The Sydney Intellectual History Network (SIHN) draws together scholars to think through the problem of communicating significant conceptual innovation in the modern world, situating our research along a trajectory of intellectual history reconfigured as a dynamic multidisciplinary exploration of generative thought.

Iver Cairns heads Space SyReNS

Assistive Technologies for Virtual Rehabilitation Engineering (ATVRE)

ATVRE aims to merge smart engineering and rehabilitation technologies to enable individuals with disabilities to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. It brings a cross-disciplinary team of University of Sydney's outstanding key Researchers from multiple Faculties, together with a large network of distinguished external associate investigators.

Space SyReNS
Space SyReNS will link and extend the University's multi-disciplinary, School and Faculty capabilities into the nation's premier university space research program, playing a leadership role in national and international efforts. Space will stimulate and strengthen research, positioning the University to lead a future national research network focused on Space and related scientific, engineering, agriculture, environmental, food security and economic issues.

PhysicaL Activity NETwork Sydney University (PLANET)
The Physical Activity Network (PLANET) collaboration will build on existing and nascent
partnerships, whilst develop new ones. PLANET focuses on and address themes such: as new technologies; sedentary behaviour; active transport; disease and disability; and community and prevention.