2014 News archive

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December 2014
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)   View Summary
5 December 2014
2014 has been a year of significant accomplishments and from everyone in the Research Portfolio, I would like to thank you for your hard work and wish you all a happy and restful holiday season.
November 2014
Publishing in Science and Nature: how they did it   View Summary
21 November 2014
The last Research Bites for the year will be held on Thursday 27 November. This will be a special session of talks from researchers who have published in Science and Nature. They'll be explaining what they do and how they got published in these journals.
Appointment of Dell to provide HPC service for University of Sydney researchers   View Summary
20 November 2014
Following a rigorous selection process, which involved researchers across faculties, Dell Australia Limited has been selected to provide a High Performance Computing (HPC) service for the University.
New At Award requirements for your NHMRC Grant   View Summary
20 November 2014
This year the NHMRC have introduced an additional step for all successful applications
Core Research Facilities Annual Symposium   View Summary
14 November 2014
Please join us for The University of Sydney's inaugural Core Research Facilities Annual Symposium on Friday 21 November 2014. This event will showcase some of the leading research being conducted at core facilities in the University.
Did you sit on a NHMRC Project Grant Review Panel this year?   View Summary
13 November 2014
The Research Portfolio is conducting a short survey of the NHMRC Peer Review Process, and would like to speak to any researcher who sat on a Project Grant Review Panel this year.
Updated guidance: software as a medical device    View Summary
12 November 2014
We have consulted with the Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) to clarify their guidelines relating to the use of software in research.
Opportunity for students: Airbus ideas programme   View Summary
12 November 2014
This programme enables students across the globe to develop new ideas for a sustainable aviation industry. Each application should be submitted by a team of three to five bachelor, master or PhD degree students in a range of disciplines.
Proposals invited: Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology Accelerator Scheme   View Summary
7 November 2014
The Scheme offers modest funding in 2015 for practical and achievable research projects, activities and equipment that help establish strong foundations upon which the AINST's future research program can be built.
Positive societal impact: BMRI research    View Summary
7 November 2014
New research and education opportunities are emerging through the transformation of the Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI) to a Strategic Priority ARea for Collaboration (SPARC) for mental health and neuroscience. An academic strategy is being developed by researchers, collaborating across either faculties. Some of the researchers involved in this process have shared their views on the University's new approach to collaborative research and education initiatives.
ARC funding recognises research leadership at Sydney   View Summary
7 November 2014
University of Sydney researchers secured more than $32 million in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) funding.
October 2014
Smarter data: introducing Electronic Lab Notebooks   View Summary
30 October 2014
To help researchers manage research information the University is pleased to launch a new Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) platform - LabArchives - which is now available and is free for all University researchers and research students.
EOIs sought: Convener and Chair, University of Sydney Society of Fellows   View Summary
30 October 2014
The Research Portfolio is seeking nominations for Convener and Chair of the University of Sydney Society of Fellows. The University of Sydney has established the Society of Fellows comprising holders of prestigious early career research fellowships including the ARC DECRAs, NHMRC ECFs and the University of Sydney Postdoctoral Fellowships.
Get guidance on using existing datasets in research   View Summary
23 October 2014
Are you planning to do a research project with an existing dataset that was previously collected for another purpose? The Ethics Office has developed guidelines to help you navigate these ethical issues and work out which legislation is relevant to your project.
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training for researchers   View Summary
22 October 2014
Clinical Trial Governance is offering online training for researchers conducting clinical trials sponsored by the University and/or taking place at the University at no cost to you.
Investigator Site Files (Essential Documents) for Clinical Trials   View Summary
17 October 2014
Are you conducting a clinical trial at the University? Clinical Trial Governance offers assistance with setting up and maintaining your Investigator Site File (ISF).
Visit by Aidan Byrne - CEO of the ARC   View Summary
17 October 2014
Professor Aidan Byrne, CEO of the ARC, will be visiting the University on 23 October. All staff have the opportunity to attend a presentation given by Professor Byrne. This will be followed by a short Q&A session where those attending will be given the opportunity to ask questions.
Mosaic Vivarium animal management database: training & important dates    View Summary
16 October 2014
Mosaic Vivarium animal management database will be rolled out to Laboratory Animal Services (LAS) facilities over the coming months. Important dates and training details are now available.
National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme    View Summary
16 October 2014
The National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS) provides researchers with access to Australia's major national computational facilities. The 2015 application round for NCMAS is now open.
Opportunities for engaging with the SPARCs   View Summary
15 October 2014
Professor Jill Trewhella, DVC Research, is pleased to invite researchers to bring their ideas to the SPARC advisory groups for initiatives that support researchers to establish and build meaningful connections into the each of the HMR Review's proposed Strategic Priority AReas for Collaboration (SPARCs).
ARC Discovery Program rules and important dates   View Summary
15 October 2014
The ARC has released the funding rules for four Discovery Program Funding Schemes.
Equipment grants now open for applications   View Summary
14 October 2014
The NHMRC Equipment Grant and the University of Sydney Collaborative Equipment Grant Schemes are open for applications. The two schemes will run concurrently using a single application form.
Boost your profile through Open Access   View Summary
10 October 2014
An Open-Access milestone has been reached by Dr Wendy Lipworth, Senior Research Fellow and NHMRC Career Development Fellow at the Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM). Wendy has self-archived all of her research papers (except those currently under publisher embargo) in the VELiM Collection of the Sydney eScholarship Repository.
Research Bites: Thursday 16 October   View Summary
10 October 2014
Don't miss Research Bites on Thursday 16 October, 1:00 to 2:00 in the Law Foyer. Come along and hear tales of fascinating research.
Register now: Sciences and Techologies of Learning (STL) Research Fest   View Summary
9 October 2014
he Research Fest is an annual event for the community of researchers and practitioners in the sciences and technologies of learning to exchange ideas, showcase work, form new collaborations, and catch up on recent innovations in learning and knowledge technology research.
Research infrastructure at the core of sparking new collaborations   View Summary
3 October 2014
We're undertaking a coordinated approach to developing a handful of core research facilities, led by Professor Simon Ringer, the newly appointed Academic Director for Core Research Facilities. Professor Ringer shares his vision for the expansion of core research infrastructure across the University, as well as in support of the Strategic Priority AReas for Research (SPARCs).
Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Academic Exchange Fellowships    View Summary
2 October 2014
The University of Sydney and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have in place an agreement to encourage mutual visits by academic staff. Visits by post-doctoral fellows and academics of the University of Sydney to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and vice versa will be considered for support from the Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund.
September 2014
Exchange agreement with Germany   View Summary
26 September 2014
Universities Australia has announced a major science and research exchange agreement between Australian and German universities.
2015 Postdoctoral Fellows   View Summary
26 September 2014
The 2015 Postdoctoral Fellowships have been awarded.
Young Scientists Exchange Programme (YSEP) now open   View Summary
25 September 2014
he YSEP is a two week long exchange to China, coordinated, in country, by the Chinese Science and Technology Exchange Center (CSTEC).
From the DVCR: Research Bites   View Summary
19 September 2014
If you didn't make it to Research Bites yesterday, you missed a fabulous hour!
Merit subsidies for High Performance Computing for 2015   View Summary
18 September 2014
Do you want to expand your computational power? Do you work with big or complex data? High Performance Computing (HPC) could help you increase your research output. Intersect's Resource Allocation Round is a merit-based system by which researchers can gain fully-subsidised access to Time, Intersect's HPC facilities.
Intend applying for equipment/infrastructure funding in 2015? Let us know.   View Summary
18 September 2014
To support our planning, the Research Portfolio requests that researchers who intend to submit applications for research equipment/infrastructure funding schemes complete a one page early expression of interest (EEOI) form.
Win a $2000 conference travel voucher   View Summary
17 September 2014
Early career researchers (on a level A salary), attend Research Bites on 18 September for a chance to win a conference travel voucher valued at $2000.
Connecting research and education across disciplines   View Summary
4 September 2014
A coordinated effort to integrate education into the University's Health and Medical Research Strategy (HMR+) is being led by our new DVC Education, Professor Pip Pattison, working with the DVC Research Professor Jill Trewhella.
August 2014
Two Sydney researchers awarded ARC Laureate Fellowships   View Summary
22 August 2014
The outstanding research records of Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn and Professor Peter Robinson, both from the University's School of Physics, have been recognised with Australian Research Council (ARC) Laureate Fellowships.
Henry Halloran Trust research grants   View Summary
21 August 2014
The Henry Halloran Trust, whose focus is infrastructure, is offering three categories of funding.
Charles Perkins Centre Summer Scholarship program   View Summary
21 August 2014
The Charles Perkins Centre offers a select group of high-achieving undergraduate students enrolled at the University, the opportunity to learn valuable research skills and learn from senior researchers.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Bites   View Summary
15 August 2014
The Sydney Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Network in collaboration with the Research Portfolio invites you to attend this themed Research Bites session on everything Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research.
University Library Information Futures Series: Translating Research into Policy Practice   View Summary
15 August 2014
Staff and students are invited to hear four academics talk about how they are tackling the challenge of translating research knowledge into the community. Bring questions and share your own experiences. Stay to connect with colleagues and chat over lunch.
Upgrade to ARC Research Management System (RMS)   View Summary
14 August 2014
On Thursday 21 August, the Australian Research Council Research Management System (RMS), will be upgraded to a new version: RMS 2.0. Your login for RMS 2.0 will be your email address rather than the User ID you are currently using.
Tissue Engineering Symposium   View Summary
14 August 2014
The Alliance for Design and Application in Tissue Engineering (ADATE) is holding its 5th Tissue Engineering Symposium at the University of Sydney.
Single ethics review agreement between Sydney Local Health District and the University of Sydney   View Summary
8 August 2014
Research Integrity is delighted to announce a recent agreement between Sydney Local Health District (SLHD) and the University. This agreement will allow researchers conducting multi-site research at both University and hospital sites to obtain a single ethics approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) at either SLHD (RPAH) or SLHD (CRGH).
Wider research horizons sessions   View Summary
8 August 2014
These sessions will introduce you to the opportunities available through major Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) schemes and provide information about general strategies for success.
From DVCR: Implementation Plan for HMR+ endorsed   View Summary
6 August 2014
On 31 July the Health and Medical Research Strategy (HMR+) Implementation Steering Committee (ISC) endorsed a set of ambitious targets for the rest of 2014 and into 2015. This marked a significant milestone for the HMR+ program, moving from planning to implementation.
July 2014
Research using human biological specimens: changes to ethics requirements   View Summary
31 July 2014
Make sure you're aware of the changes made to the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).
Electropolishing workshop   View Summary
31 July 2014
This half day workshop aims to provide new users, honours and PhD students and research staff with practical training.
B/HERT Annual Collaborative Awards open   View Summary
25 July 2014
B/HERT Awards recognise outstanding achievement in collaboration between business and higher education in the fields of research & development and education & training.
Congratulations to new Future Fellows   View Summary
24 July 2014
The University of Sydney's strength in science and engineering and the humanities and social sciences has been recognised with the announcement of 13 Australian Research Council Future Fellowships.
Reminder: NHMRC Partnership Projects minimum data requirements deadline   View Summary
18 July 2014
To be eligible to apply, specific sections of theNHMRC Partnership Projects application form must be completed in RGMS by 5pm on 23 July 2014
Austrade's India Showcase   View Summary
18 July 2014
Austrade presents the second edition of the Australian Life Sciences and Healthcare Mission to India, organised across key Indian cities from 15 to 19 September 2014.
Call for nominations: ATSE Clunies Ross Awards   View Summary
18 July 2014
ring Clunies Ross Awards are now open. The awards focus on the application of Australian technological science and engineering for the benefit of the community.
NSW Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program   View Summary
18 July 2014
Expressions of interest in the NSW Medical Device Commercialisation Training Program are invited from postdoctoral researchers, doctoral, PhD and masters candidates who will complete their degrees in 2014.
2015 Equity Fellowship recipients   View Summary
11 July 2014
The 2015 Equity Fellowship recipients have been announced.
NAIDOC Research Bites   View Summary
11 July 2014
The Research Portfolio will celebrate the spirit of NAIDOC with the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Bites seminar on 21 August.
28 Jul: Inaugural Networking Event for Rising Star Cardiovascular Research Leaders in NSW   View Summary
10 July 2014
Early and mid career researchers are invited to this NSW Cardiovascular Research Network event to be held on 28 July 2014.
Software as medical advice   View Summary
10 July 2014
The Therapeutics Goods Administration (TGA) recently introduced new guidelines relating to the use of software in research. If you are doing research that uses software in a therapeutic way, it may be classified as a medical device and will be required to be reported to the TGA via the Clinical Trial Notification (CTN) scheme.
New funding opportunity: University of Sydney Industry Engagement Fund   View Summary
4 July 2014
The Industry Engagement Fund (the Fund) is available to enable applicants to make connections with potential industry partners, and can be used to meeting costs, and other related costs, incurred in creating and fostering new industry relationships.
Supporting research and education: academics and professional services working together   View Summary
3 July 2014
Implementation of the University's Health and Medical Research Review (HMR Review) reached a milestone in June with the final in a series of three workshops. They brought together senior academics with leaders from professional service units (PSUs) to develop a framework to coordinate professional services supporting the University's strategic priority areas for collaboration, such as the Charles Perkins Centre.
June 2014
Health and Medical Review update   View Summary
20 June 2014
The search for the Pro Vice-Chancellor, Strategic Collaborations and Partnerships has begun.
New ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre   View Summary
16 June 2014
The University of Sydney has secured an ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centre in the latest round of funding announced last week.
Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships (CDIP) Fund   View Summary
10 June 2014
Commerical Development and Industry Partnerships (CDIP) invites applications for the 2014 CDIP Fund.
Introduction to Animal research course: register now   View Summary
6 June 2014
Registration is now open for the next Introduction to Animal Research: Welfare and Ethics (ITAR) course. This course has been scheduled for Thursday 24 and Friday 25 of July, 2014.
May 2014
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Network   View Summary
30 May 2014
The University of Sydney is committed to supporting and advancing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research. Kaiya Aboagye is a new staff member located in the Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor Research, working in the Research Development and Collaboration team
Nominations for appointment to the ARC College in 2014 for 2015 commencement   View Summary
30 May 2014
Nominations are being sought from all disciplines and fields of research.
Bioinformatics software survey   View Summary
23 May 2014
Through 2014, the University of Sydney is building a set of services to support bioinformatics research. Have your say by completing the survey.
Revolutionary Malaria drug development with an open source collaborative approach   View Summary
16 May 2014
The Open Source Malaria (OSM) consortium is the first drug discovery project to adopt an open source model, where everything is shared and anyone may get involved at any level.
Sydney Cancer Conference 2014    View Summary
16 May 2014
There are only 2 weeks left to register for the Sydney Cancer Conference 2014 (SCC2014) at the special early-bird rate. Early-bird registration closes on 31 May 2014
Changes to privacy legislation and waivers of consent: how it could impact your research   View Summary
16 May 2014
On 12 March 2014, the government introduced a number of changes to federal privacy legislation which are particularly relevant to researchers seeking to use personal information about human participants from federal agencies or private sector organisations.
February 2014
Open access, shared data: PLOS' new data sharing policy.   View Summary
28 February 2014
PLOS has revised their data sharing policy for all PLOS journals. From March 3, 2014, authors must make all data publicly available, without restriction, immediately upon publication of the article.
ERA: feedback on draft conference and journal lists    View Summary
26 February 2014
The ARC has invited feedback on the Draft ERA 2015 conference and journal lists.
Introducing a cap on human ethics applications   View Summary
24 February 2014
The University's Human Research Ethics Committees (HRECs) want to ensure that your applications are given due consideration and reviewed in accordance with standards set out by the National Statement and funding agencies. In order to do this we will be limiting the number of applications that will be reviewed at each meeting to 35. This is a temporary measure, further funds are being requested to allow the establishment of additional ethics committees which will provide additional capacity.
27 Mar: Making your name - strategies to promote your research   View Summary
21 February 2014
Hear lightning talks from four academics about how they promote their research. Bring questions and share your own experiences. Stay to connect with colleagues and chat over lunch.
Reminder: Friday 14 February LIEF expression of interest deadline   View Summary
7 February 2014
Friday 14 February is the closing date for submissions of Expressions of Interests for 2015 LIEF proposals.
Changes to NHMRC Project Grant applications for 2014   View Summary
5 February 2014
Intending to apply for a Project Grant? This summary outlines the key changes to the application process.
January 2014
Research Data Management policy   View Summary
31 January 2014
The University has a new Research Data Management Policy.
5 Februay: DECRA information session    View Summary
29 January 2014
Don't miss this all-you-need-to-know information session for all researchers intending to apply for the current ARC DECRA Scheme.
Introduction to animal research course   View Summary
24 January 2014
The next Introduction to Animal Research course will be held on 27 and 28 of February, 2014. This course is compulsory for new animal researchers and is highly recommended for experienced animal researchers who are new to the University. All researchers planning to use animals are welcome and encouraged to attend.
21 Jan: 2015 ARC Discovery Scheme info session   View Summary
14 January 2014
This session will cover: the rules, the changes, the online form and the assessment process.
Lung Foundation Australia / Menarini Australia grants   View Summary
10 January 2014
Lung Foundation Australia has partnered with Menarini Australia to offer two new grants.
ARC Discovery and Laureate rules released   View Summary
10 January 2014
The ARC released the funding rules for Discovery, DECRA, Discovery Indigenous 2015 and Australian Laureate Fellowships 2014 this week.
Public lecture: Safe drugs and products without animal testing?    View Summary
8 January 2014
Professor Thomas Hartung, the Director of the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing (CAAT), will discuss our basic assumptions of toxicity testing and explore how we can promote the uptake of non-animal methods.
2014/2015 Medical Devices Fund now open    View Summary
8 January 2014
The NSW Government has launched the second round of the Medical Devices Fund (MDF) to help encourage and support investment in the development and commercialisation of medical devices and related technologies in NSW. In this round $7.7 million in grant funding is available.
NHMRC information sessions (ECF and CDF)    View Summary
8 January 2014
Research Grants & Contracts is running information sessions to give detailed practical and strategic advice on NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (ECF) and Career Development Fellowship (CDF) applications