VLS Announcements 69 - 4 January 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 69 of our weekly announcements and the first VLS announcements for 2016.

I hope that everyone is refreshed from the Christmas/New Year break and ready for a productive 2016.

Kind regards

David Hampson

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Emma Thorp  by COB each Tuesday for publication on Friday.

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Teaching and Research News [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Student Survey Results 2015

    Several VLS academic staff members were in the top 10% of teaching staff in the student surveys of teaching 2015

    Congratulations to our staff - Andrew Currie; Jennifer Mills; Garth Maker; Mike Van Kuelen; Barbara Bowen; Tim Hyndman.
  • ARC Linkage Changes in 2016

    The Federal Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda Report (and attached) represents a major change to the ARC Linkage Projects scheme. In an effort to ensure more end-users are able to engage more readily with researchers the ARC will implement changes to the current Linkage Projects scheme. Please see Factsheet 17.

    From 1 July 2016, the Australian Research Council’s (ARC) Linkage Projects scheme will be open to continuous applications and decision-making will be fast tracked. Shifting to continuous rounds will allow both researchers and industry partners to take greater advantage of opportunities for collaboration faster and will encourage more partnerships between universities and business.

    What’s changing?
    Collaboration between researchers and business helps generate more products and services to benefit the business, the economy and broader society. The ARC Linkage Projects scheme:
    · will be open to continuous applications, allowing both researchers and industry partners to take greater advantage of opportunities for collaboration faster, and encourage more partnerships between universities and business
    · will continue to fund through the ARC the highest quality applications taking into consideration the anticipated benefit of the research.
    · closer connect between proposal submission and outcome announcement

    When’s it happening?
    The current one round per year scheme will move to a continuous proposal scheme from 1 July 2016, with high-quality proposals being expedited to the Minister for decision.

    The Grants Office will circulate further information as it comes to hand on process changes both internal and external, changes to ARC decision making process (particularly what “expedited” means) and changes to the ARC Linkage application forms. The internal deadline for ARC Linkage Projects will continue to be three weeks before the ARC submission until further notice.

    For all queries, please contact - Jane Crier

  • Animal Ethics Fact Sheet Update

    Please find attached, the latest Animal Ethics Update.


    Information about ARC Linkage EOI's for 2017.

    EOI Submission:
    Applicants are required to submit the EOI word document as an attachment to the IRMA coversheet by 12pm Friday 15th January 2015.

    Further Information:
    ARC LIEF Funding Rules for funding commencing in 2017* PDF Format

    Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme changes:
    LIEF Proposals may now request up to five years funding if the Proposal is for construction of research infrastructure (see ARC LIEF Funding Rules E76.1.4 andE7.1.b). A Project may be applied for up to five years only for:
    - construction of research infrastructure, as described at E7.1.b; or
    - subscription or coordinated access to international facilities and major national facilities, as described at E7.1.d.

  • Funding opportunity: AVA – Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation (ACAHF)

    *Below are the links to the ACAHF application form and background information sites.

    Please advise Janine Blake in the Grants Office if you intend to submit an application this round ( )

    Please submit the final application version to the Grant Office by Wednesday 27 January as the office is required to (i) obtain official prior submission approval from your School and (ii) applications should be submitted to AVA via the Grants Office by the closing date of Monday, 1st February 2016 (i.e. COB EST).

    ACAHF information and annual reports to review

    ACAHF Application form (link expired)

    Application.pdf Animal Welfare Trust information

Seminars, Conferences and Workshops [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs - SYMPOSIUM: REFRAMING THE HEALTH DEBATE

    The Sir Walter Murdoch School tackles the big policy questions facing our state and our nation – and there are few bigger than the sustainability of our health sector, the largest single item of both the State and Federal budgets. At a time of severe budget strain, pressure for reform of the health system will only increase.

    Our Health Policy and Leadership program is therefore holding a symposium on “Reframing the Health Debate” on 2 February 2016 from 5.30-7.30 pm in the Freehills Lecture Theatre.
    A range of speakers from both the policy and academic worlds, including the WA Minister for Health, will examine options for the redesign of our health systems, ranging from improving Medicare to new models of primary and secondary care.
    This will be followed by drinks and networking to launch our new Masters of Health Policy and Leadership, the first degree of its kind in WA.
    Please download the flyer for more details. I hope you will be able to join us – the event is free but please RSVP to by 28 January.

  • New Colombo Plan scholarship funding - Overview

    Here is some general information about the New Colombo Plan. You can find the 2016 guidelines here:

    They can be a bit overwhelming but the key information for you is:

    2.2 Mobility Projects can include:
    - Semester- based study
    - short-term study
    - practicums
    - clinical placements
    - Internships
    - short-term research

    Short-term Grants enable Students to participate in Mobility Projects that are equivalent to less than one full Study Period as recognised by the Home University, up to six months in duration, and attract course credit or fulfil mandatory course requirements

    3.2 Student participating in a Mobility Project must meet the following eligibility requirements:
    - be an Australian citizen.
    - Students cannot receive a Student Grant to undertake a Mobility Project in a Host Location in which they have dual citizenship or residency rights, or in which they have previously been a citizen or permanent resident
    - be enrolled in an on-shore campus of an Australian University throughout the duration of the Mobility Project and
    - be undertaking a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor Honours Degree or Concurrent Diploma at the commencement of their Mobility Project.

    At least 70 per cent (this is new, it used to be 90) of Students participating in any given Mobility Project must be aged 18 to 28 inclusive at the commencement of the Mobility Project. Up to 30 per cent of Students may be over the age of 28. Students under the age of 18 cannot participate in any Mobility Project

    Jeanette Geesmann will be visiting the Schools next year, once the new guidelines are released, to offer workshops on how to create a program, what’s required and how to write an application for funding.

  • Spring Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

    The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists.

    The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship. Locations: There will be both an in-person (in NYC, DC, SF) and online section of the fellowship. There is a common application for both the online and in-person sections. Dates: All sections will be from 2016-03-21 to 2016-05-13

    Application Link: Data Science in 30 minutes: Join our free webcast on building a data science project in 30 minutes. Signup soon as space is limited:

    Who Should Apply: Anyone within one year of graduating from a master's or PhD program or who has already obtained a master's or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

    Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.

  • Department of Health Research Grant Opportunities

    FutureHealth WA Major Research Grant Support 2015/16 and Telethon-Perth Children’s Hospital Research Fund 2015 (R4)

    Presented by Babu Simon, WA Department of Health

    Intended Audience: Academic, clinical and research staff, and postgraduate research students, who are planning to apply for health & medical research grants.

    Dates and Times: Friday 15th January 2016, 11.30 to 12.30,
    followed by light lunch

    Venue: Institute for Health Research ND46/302

    Street address 33 Phillimore St, Fremantle

    Target audience: This presentation is aimed at informing Notre Dame researchers and their clinical partners within the public and private health sectors who are interested in these opportunities.
    Two funding opportunities exist. The first is FutureHealth WA Major Research Grant Support up to $250,000, with funding being conditional upon the success of the external competitive grant application. Through FutureHealth WA, a State government initiative to develop and promote health and medical research in WA, the Department is offering in-principle funding and in-kind support for applications made by WA researchers to major national and international health and medical research funding bodies. Closes 1pm 10 Feb 2016.

    The second source of funds is via The Telethon-Perth Children’s Hospital Research Fund (TPCHRF) was jointly established by the Department of Health and the Channel 7 Telethon Trust to fund health and medical research that focuses on the health of children and adolescents in WA. Applications are invited for two funding streams. Stream 1: Short-term Research Project Grants (up to $250,000 over 2 years) and Stream 2: Strategic Research Initiative Grants (up to $500,000 over 3 years). Closes 1pm 25 Feb 2016.

    For further information, and RSVP for catering purposes, please contact Ms Anys Price

  • The National Higher Education Women's Leadership Summit 2016 Perth

    The National Higher education Women's Leadership Summit will be held in Perth in 2016 0 for further details see the link below:

VLS Announcements No. 69