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  • September 2019

    Research Bulletin

    Dear Colleagues,

    Welcome to the September edition of the Research Bulletin. In this edition we have information on:

    Big Bids: Call for Expressions of Interests open

    Celebrating Gender Equality at La Trobe – Seeking your assistance Grants news

    Research Integrity news Platform Archives 2 Day Bootcamp – Bendigo

    Research Impact news

    Research Week Wraps up PRIME Update news Research Seminar: Failure to Prevent Harms and Attributions of Organisational Liability

    All the best

    Alistair Duncan, MaryAnne Aitken and Megan Fisher


    Big Bids: Call for Expressions of Interest open

    The Big Bids program is now open for Expressions of Interest. The 2019 cut-off to request

    financial support for bid development is close of business Thursday 3 October.

    Development funds are capped at $25,000 per bid. Expressions of interest need to be

    submitted to

    The Framework is a coordinated development program that supports research teams

    developing or participating in large-scale complex funding applications for the following


  • • ARC Centres of Excellence (CoE);

    • ARC Industrial Transformation Research Hubs (ITRH);

    • ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres (ITTC);

    • NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE);

    • NHMRC Synergy Grants (Synergy);

    • Cooperative Research Centres (CRC); and

    • Cooperative Research Centre Projects (CRC-P).

    The program provides project management support from ideation to submission, targeted

    peer-review advice, assistance with engagement activities, and access to financial support

    for developing bids. Researchers can request support from the program by completing an

    expression of interest form and submitting it to the Big Bids team at

    About the Expression of Interest process

    The Framework is set up as a rolling program but there is an annual cut-off for financial

    support. This means that to access development funds, researchers must complete an

    expression of interest form and submit it to by close of business Thursday 3 October.

    Researchers who do not wish to draw on development funds and support can lodge their

    expressions of interest outside of this annual call but at least two months prior to the

    external submission deadline.

    Expressions of interest are received by the Oversight Committee, bringing together key

    institutional stakeholders from the Research Portfolio and the Colleges, and assessed by

    the Academic Advisory Panel, assembling in-house and external members of the

    professoriate who have been involved in the development of big bids in an academic or

    research leadership capacity. Based on the recommendations, development funds and

    support will be allocated to select research teams.


    If you have any questions or bid ideas in the pipeline, we encourage you to contact the Big

    Bids team led by Dr Dora Horvath via email at or phone at 9479

    3729. You can also access further information on the program on the following Intranet


    Research Focus Areas: Funding round is open until 30 September

  • The 2019 RFA funding round is open for applications for the Grant Ready and

    Collaboration Ready schemes.

    The Funding Guidelines and Applications Forms are available on the RFA Unite site, and

    applications can be lodged via the RFA eForm in ResearchMaster. For information on RFA

    research themes and list of projects funded in the 2018 rounds, please check the RFA

    Intranet pages. The round remains open all throughout September, and closes on Monday

    30 September. We encourage all researchers who are RFA members to apply!

    If you have any questions about the funding round or the RFAs more generally, please do

    get in touch with us via the RFA mailboxes:

    • Building Healthy Communities -

    • Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation -

    • Securing Food, Water and the Environment -

    • Transforming Human Societies -

    • Understanding Disease -


    Celebrating Gender Equality at La Trobe – Seeking your assistance

    Dear colleagues,

    The Celebrating Gender Equality at La Trobe event is on Friday the 4th of October.

    As you know, gender equality is everyone’s business but we’re finding that the majority of

    people who attend these events are women. We’d love you to help change this by asking a

    male colleague to come along. They can register for the event here.

    The event will showcase what we have done, where we are at, and where we are going

    regarding gender equality at La Trobe and an opportunity to hear from our senior leaders,

    including the Vice-Chancellor, Professor John Dewar.

    Let’s work together to make La Trobe University a leader in gender equality and diversity.

    Many thanks and warm regards,

    Tasha Weir and Gina Pederick (SAGE Athena SWAN Program Managers)


  • Grants news

    Major Grants Development Support Program

    The pitching sessions for ARC Discovery Projects and Discovery Indigenous Projects have

    commenced and will continue throughout September. We have currently held 7 pitching

    sessions which has involved 21 panellists and have heard pitches from 13

    researchers. The feedback the Grants Team have received from panellists and pitchers has

    been very positive and encouraging and we look forward to hearing from the researchers

    yet to pitch their proposals in the coming weeks.

    Can we please remind researchers that are yet to pitch to send through their project

    summary, slides and CVs of the investigators on their team to at least five business days prior to their pitch. Panellists

    require these documents ahead of the pitching session in order to provide the best

    possible feedback.

    Fellowship Support Program

    One hundred and three Fellowship support program nominations were received and 71

    applicants (new applications and resubmissions) have been supported by schools across

    the university to participate in the program and submit applications in the next round (ARC

    Future Fellowship and NHMRC Investigator in November 2019 and ARC DECRA in March


    Last week, applicants and their mentors have received guidance materials to support their

    mentoring relationship. If you are an applicant part of this program and have not yet been

    matched with your mentor, please contact as soon as


    The next events for the fellowship support program will be on Wednesday 18 and 25 of


    Grants recently submitted

    School/Centre Funder & Scheme Total funding


    Allied Health The CASS Foundation -

    Medicine/Science Grant


  • Allied Health Stroke Foundation - Early

    Career Seed Grant


    Humanities & Social


    Creative Victoria $39,120

    Humanities & Social


    Regional Arts Victoria $15,000

    Humanities & Social


    ARC Linkage $175,472

    La Trobe Law School Australian Department of

    Foreign Affairs and Trade -

    Developmental Leadership



    Life Sciences The CASS Foundation -

    Medicine/Science Grant


    Life Sciences Norman Beischer Medical

    Research Foundation -

    Innovation Grant


    LIMS The CASS Foundation -

    Medicine/Science Grant


    Nursing & Midwifery Nurses Board of Victoria Legacy

    Limited (NBVLL) – Major Grant


    Psychology & Public


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