Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Impact of COVID-19 - Survey

Sent on behalf of Professor Eric Morand and Professor Elizabeth Hartland

Dear friends and colleagues,

Today we want you to take a few minutes to help us understand the impact of COVID-19 on your work.

Diabetes Week at Monash - 12 - 18 July 2020

This year for Diabetes Week (12 - 18 July), Monash University is providing a range of programs to support you in your health and wellbeing.

Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) Joint Research Centres (JRCs) Round 4

The JRCs are virtual centres that link Australian and Chinese research institutions conducting a range of research-related activities in a specified field of research in order to build research capacity, maximize the application and commercialisation of research outcomes, and boost collaborations between researchers and industry. JRCs enable a concentration of effort and achievement of outcomes beyond those of individual research projects.The maximum grant amount is $1,000,000 and maximum project period is 36 months.

FREE Webinar Panel Discussion Pivoting between academia and industry 11 August

Date:  Tuesday 11 August 2020
Time:  1:00pm - 2:00pm

This session will be of interest to all Early Career Academics and PhD students.

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited– COCKPI-T® Funding 2020

In order to accelerate open innovation activities, Takeda leads an open grant competition program COCKPI-T® (Co-Create Knowledge for Pharma Innovation Takeda) where Takeda invites innovative research proposals corresponding to nominated Areas of Interest from researchers/companies and support them financially to confirm their research concepts.


The Faculty is pleased to announce the launch of a new Faculty-wide Research Mentoring Program. This Mentoring program will give our level B and C academics an opportunity to be mentored by a level D or E academic from outside their immediate discipline and we hope it will complement any mentoring programs currently run at the school level. Mentee's may also select a preference for gender and type of mentor (e.g. Clinical) to ensure they get the most out of the program.

Congratulations to Associate Professor Julie Brimblecombe on her recent NHMRC grant success

A/Prof Julie Brimblecombe
Congratulations to Associate Professor Julie Brimblecombe, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food,  on receiving a NHMRC grant of $1,508,144 for her research, "Evaluation of a community-led nutrition and lifestyle program for weight loss and metabolic health: a randomised controlled trial".

Mochida Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. – MOIRe (Mochida Open Innovation Research)

Mochida Pharmaceutical is a smaller listed Japanese pharma company. This is the first time Mochida has explored project opportunities in Australia. "Mochida has implemented “MOIRe”, an open innovation program for drug discovery based on proposals from academic researchers since 2019 in Japan. From this year, Mochida welcomes applications from overseas researchers with a great interest in connecting drug discovery seeds to pharmaceutical development for collaborative research."

ARC Survey Streamlining the Application Form

Last year, the Australian Research Council (ARC) implemented a number of changes to streamline National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) application forms based on feedback received about previous years’ forms and through consultation.

MRFF Coronavirus Research Response Grant Opportunities

1) 2020 COVID-19 Mental Health Research Grant Opportunity
The application due date for this grant opportunity is 13 July 2020
Minimum data due on 1 July 2020.
For internal deadlines please see this opportunity on the MRO intranet
Grants now due for compliance checking.

Novartis Global Scholars Program (NGSP)

Monash University has recently become a partner with the Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research (NIBR) in their Global Scholars Program (NGSP).

Through this exclusive program, NIBR will support projects focused on novel science that can be translated to drug discovery and/or clinical research. Selected proposals, not funded by traditional grant support, will receive up to USD 1 million over three years. However, the turnaround time for pre-proposal applications is very tight.

Publications 8 July 2020

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Blood test can guide treatment for most aggressive prostate cancer

Heidi Fettke
School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health (SCS) researcher Heidi Fettke and A/Prof Arun Azad from Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, in collaboration with Chris O’Brien Lifehouse, have developed a simple blood test that can show which men with the most aggressive type of prostate cancer should respond to conventional therapy, and those who need other options. 

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

ARC DECRA rejoinder advice

Prof Marcello Rosa (Physiology, Biomedical Discovery Institute), a former member of the ARC College of Experts, has very kindly put together this slide set that gives detailed advice on how to approach a rejoinder, as well as what role the rejoinder plays in the panel assessment process.

Hopefully it is very useful as you go through your Assessor Reports and draft your rejoinder.

TAC Research - Tasking Statement T033 on Evaluation of the Victorian Spinal Community Integration Service (SCIS) - EOI applications are due at the MRO by 8am on Monday 13 July 2020.

Monash University is part of the TAC Research Panel and, as a result, is eligible to submit responses to their Tasking Statements. These Tasking Statements are calls for proposals on specific topics of research. 

ARC Request for Applicant and Reviewer Feedback on Application Form Changes

Last year, the Australian Research Council (ARC) implemented a number of changes to streamline National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) application forms based on feedback received about previous years’ forms and through consultation.

NHMRC Investigator Grant Outcomes: What does my score mean? What do I do now?

The Research Development Team has reviewed the 2020 Investigator Grant outcomes with a focus on helping unsuccessful applicants understand how their individual scores fit within the national context, and share insights revealed by Monash re-submission data.

REMINDER: MRFF - CRR 2020 -  OPEN 1 JULY 2020, MRO compliance deadline 8 July 2020

MRFF - CRR 2020 Rapid Response Digital Health Infrastructure Grant
This grant provides funding for innovative digital health approaches to enable health systems to rapidly respond to high-need emerging challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic. 'Digital Health' may include but is not limited to, predictive modelling, digital tools for remote screening, diagnostics and monitoring.

Publications 1 July 2020

COVID-19 Safety: aerosol generating procedures and cardiothoracic surgery and anaesthesia
Joanne F Irons, Warren Pavey, Jayme S Bennetts, Emily Granger, Elli Tutungi and Aubrey Almeida
Med J Aust Published online: 29 June 2020

Use of Intraosseous Needles in Neonates: A Systematic Review 
Alexandra Scrivens et al published in Neonatology

Feasibility of Ultra-Rapid Exome Sequencing in Critically Ill Infants and Children With Suspected Monogenic Conditions in the Australian Public Health Care System 
Australian Genomics Health Alliance Acute Care Flagship; Sebastian Lunke et al published in JAMA.

MRFF funding boosts incurable diseases research

L-R: Prof Stephen Holdsworth, Dr Dragana Odobasic,
Dr Poh-Yi Gan, Dr Kim O’Sullivan and A/Prof Rebecca Lim
Congratulations to SCS researchers on their recent MRFF grant success.

These research projects will help with the development of new practical treatments for fatty liver disease and vasculitis.