Thursday, 19 March 2020

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 is a rapidly changing situation and we all have a part to play in helping to reduce the rate of transmission. The University is committed to keeping the Monash community up-to-date and have developed a number of resources so staff and students can access the latest information. It is important that staff and students familiarise themselves with the messages from the University regarding COVID-19, and if you have any queries or concerns please discuss these directly with your supervisor.  In a time of uncertainty, it is important for us to remember to be kind and compassionate first, and to take care of ourselves, our family, friends and colleagues.

Variations to existing grants impacted by COVID-19

Amidst growing concern over the impact of COVID-19 upon business-as-usual, we have received some queries regarding whether funders will be extending current research grants for those adversely affected.

Dr Cardoso and Dr Schroeder awarded the inaugural Andrew Ramsden MHTP ECR Collaborative Award

Pictured centre: Dr Anna Schroeder and
Dr Barbara Cardoso
Congratulations to Dr Barbara Cardoso from the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food and Dr Anna Schroeder from the Department of Psychiatry who are the recipients of the inaugural Andrew Ramsden MHTP ECR Collaborative Award.

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering: Winter School Scholarships

AINSE offers scholarships for students to attend Winter Schools on applications of nuclear techniques. The Schools are held at the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Lucas Heights campus, about 30km south of Sydney.

NHMRC updates

The NHMRC have provided the following updates for Synergy, Ideas, Development and Investigator grants.

Data Science Fellowship Opportunity

The Data Incubator’s Summer 2020 Data Science Fellowship application is open! The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists.

COVID-19 and HDR milestone presentations

In response to COVID-19, Zoom is now preferable for HDR milestone presentations. Please move forward to arrange these at the local level to help facilitate social distancing.

Cancelled - BDI Seminars

After consideration of the Government guidelines, BDI have decided to postpone or cancel all scheduled BDI Seminars until further notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this decision may cause.

Postponed - Grand Rounds

Due to COVID-19, and in line with the new Monash Health policy in this regard, Grand Rounds have been postponed until futher notice. We apologise for any inconvenience and will update you once we know of a recommencement date.

Update: SCS/Hudson Graduate Research Student Induction (HDR)

In accordance with the COVID-19 arrangements, we have made Zoom available for our PhD and Masters students who would prefer to zoom in rather than attend the SCS-MH-HDR Induction Program.

Reminder to use LabArchives

In light of the current situation regarding social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to remind you that LabArchives is a tool that can be used to manage your projects and communicate with fellow staff and students remotely.

MHTP Technology Platforms - plans to minimise impact on research due to COVID-19

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, MHTP Platform have implemented several precautionary measures and changes to current workflows and procedures. These are being regularly updated following information from Hudson Institute and Monash University.

COVID-19 training is due

If you or your staff member have not yet completed the COVID-19 health and wellbeing online training, now is the time. All staff are to complete this training via MyDevelopment by 20 March 2020.

MRFF- CV and Diabetes - 2020 Targeted Translation Research Accelerator

Forecast call: MRFF- Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative
2020 Targeted Translation Research Accelerator: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease.
Short time frame: Applications open April 3rd and Close April 20th
Maximum grant: $47 million available over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23.

Australian Translational Medicinal Chemistry Facility (ATMCF): A call for collaborative Medicinal Chemistry projects 2020

Do you require assistance in finding the right biologically active compound for your target or disease of interest? Not sure that you have adequate funding for a medicinal chemistry project? Talk to us.  We will work with you, and our partners, to discuss shared risk options and/or other funding opportunities for cost leveraging on your project.

Notification Internal EOI Process: Perpetual Trustees Ramaciotti Health Investment Grants 2020

A Health Investment Grant is intended to provide enabling research support for an autonomous early career investigator (no more than 10 years post-PhD as at 1 January 2020) who is taking or has recently taken a substantive position. It is expected that up to eight grants will be awarded in 2020.