Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Publications for 27 May 2020

REMINDER: SCS Research Awards Nominations Close next Friday 5 June 2020.

Nominations are now OPEN for the SCS Research Awards for Excellence 2020. Following Prof Eric Morand's communication, we are for the first time running an internal School Research Award.

Researcher to Innovator - Part One: Online Workshops held on 2 or 4 June

Workshop 1: Idea Generation and Communication
Date:  Tuesday 2 June or Thursday 4 June
Time:  3:00pm - 4:15pm
Discover the entrepreneurial potential of your research and the pathway to creating greater impact.

Monash Events Calendar & Virtual Event Software & Platform Guidelines 2020

The Monash events calendar is an internal-facing Google calendar which consolidates planned University events in one place, providing access and visibility to all Monash staff. Without visibility of all the planned activity across Monash, we run the risk of working in silos, duplicating effort and lose the opportunity to cross-promote.

New Sapphire User Registrations – for Ideas Grant applications only

NHMRC strongly advises that any researcher intending to be a CI or AI on an Ideas Grant application (who does not yet have a Sapphire account) needs to ensure that they lodge their Sapphire account registration request with NHMRC’s Research Help Centre by 17:00 AEST on Wednesday 27 May. NHMRC will endeavour to process registration requests for Ideas Grant applicants lodged after this date, however cannot guarantee that requests will be processed and actioned in time for applicants to complete their applications and have their applications reviewed and certified by their RAO prior to close of round on 10 June, 2020.

Dr Monique Kilkenny's paper recognised as one of the most read in Medical Journal of Australia

Dr Monique Kilkenny
Congratulations to Dr Monique Kilkenny, whose ground breaking, multi-jurisdictional data linkage research which was published in the Medical Journal of Australia, has been recognised as one of the top downloaded publications in 2018-2019.

World-first clinical trial using umbilical cord blood cells to treat COVID-19

L-R: Dr Atul Malhotra, Professor Graham Jenkin
Leaders of the study
In a world-first, hospitalised patients with COVID-19 at a Melbourne hospital will be infused with umbilical cord blood cells as part of a clinical safety trial to test the potential new treatment.

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund - EOI due asap no later than 29 May 2020

The Victorian Government is pleased to advise they are now welcoming eligible Expression of Interest submissions for the $8 million Victorian COVID-19 Research Fund.

Sapphire Update

Sapphire system performance
Some users have recently reported slow loading times for Sapphire, especially when loading an application. NHMRC has since boosted system performance and increased monitoring to quickly identify any future changes in performance. Users are encouraged to advise NHMRC’s Research Help Centre if they experience any ongoing delays in page load times or access to Sapphire.

ARC extension for DECRA 2022 and FT 2021 applicants- Clarification

On 1 May 2020, Professor Sue Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of ARC provided an update on ARC grants processes via a Network Message.

REMINDER: FMNHS Early Career Researcher (ECR) Publication Prize close on Thursday 11 June 2020 at 5:00PM (AEST)

The Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (MNHS) is committed to developing Faculty-based Early Career Researcher (ECR) initiatives to assist our ECRs in the development of their research careers.  In addition to the emphasis placed on a strong track record in research publications and competitive funding, there is also the requirement for ECRs to secure competitive Prizes & Awards.  In support of this, the Faculty Research Office offers the FMNHS ECR Publication Prize.

MRFF Million Minds - $3M Grant round Call for Rapid Research on the Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19

The Government announced more than $20 million additional funding for research to improve mental health care and reduce suicide rates in Australia.

Call for Rapid Research on the Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19

MRFF Million Minds OUTCOMES Suicide Prevention and Pharmacogenomics rounds

Media Release by Federal Health Minister, The Honourable Greg Hunt MP includes the outcomes of the Suicide Prevention and Pharmacogenomics rounds (see here).

Updates to SCS: Return to Work and COVID-related matters

Staged Return to Work for SCS Staff


Following the instruction from the Vice-Chancellor earlier this week, SCS has commenced a staged return to work.

The initial priority will be for a staged return of research staff who require access to labs and specialist equipment. As per Government and University guidelines, there will be occupancy limits in all spaces, including offices, meeting rooms, and laboratories.