The Centre for Research Excellence (CRE) in the origins, outcomes and optimal management of polycystic ovary syndrome is offering seed funding and project support grants to PhD students and researchers who are working in PCOS addressing the research priority areas of:
Applications open Monday 19 August 2019
Applications close Friday 20 September 2019
Notifications by Monday 28 October 2019
Projects completed and Final Reports submitted Monday 30 November 2020 – no extensions can be granted.
To be eligible the applicant must be:
- An enrolled PhD student or level A-D academic who is within 10 years of their PhD being awarded
- An Australian citizen, an Australian Permanent Resident or a New Zealand citizen, based in Australia for the duration of the project? International students/ researchers based in Australia for the duration of their project are also eligible to apply.
- Be employed by a University and supervised by or closely collaborating with a Chief Investigator or Associate Investigator of the CRE.
- Applications relevant to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander health must include in the supervision team either CRE in PCOS Associate Investigator Dr Jacqueline Boyle or CRE in PCOS Associate Investigator Dr Alice Rumbold
- Positioned to complete the project by Friday 20 September 2019.
- The research project must align with the activities of the Centre for Research Excellence in the Origins, Outcomes and Optimal Treatment of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome in any of the following topic areas:
Seed funding grant applications: projects must be driven by health professionals, have a clinical focus and be translational
Project support grant applications: projects can be anywhere across the research translation continuum
- a previous recipient of a CRE in PCOS seed or project support grant equal to or greater than $15,000
- a chief investigator with the CRE
All applications will be assessed for alignment with CRE activities, the quality of the proposal and/or the benefit to the CRE of the project.
Selection criteria for non ATSI applications
- CV of the applicant should be competitive for career stage
- The rationale and appropriateness of the design, subject selection, intervention, outcome measures and proposed statistical analysis to answer the research question
- The feasibility of the project and likelihood of the project meeting its objectives.
- Documented translation plan, including preparation of a publishable manuscript.
Selection criteria for ATSI and disadvantaged groups applications
- Suitability of the applicant for further Research Training and commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
- Research experience, or work experience relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
- Merit of project
- Relevance of research proposal to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health
- Applicant’s supervision team must include either CRE in PCOS Associate Investigator Associate Professor Jacqueline Boyle or CRE in PCOS Associate Investigator Dr Alice Rumbold.
- The CRE seed grants and project support funding are designed to provide financial support for high quality projects that align with CRE research priorities. Funds can be used for any purpose that support the research and/ or facilitates collaboration (e.g. purchase equipment, collect data). Funds cannot be used as income or additional scholarship support for the applicant.
- The CRE Training Committee will endeavour to ensure the equitable distribution of funds across the eligible applicants. Applications will be considered on merit, with consideration given to the career stage of the applicants and any career interruptions.
- Grants will be awarded for high quality, well-documented proposals without any alternative funding source. Proposals should demonstrate clearly the significance of the project and outline how the work will enhance the CRE research priorities.
- A maximum of $15,000 seed grants or project support funding can be awarded per person over the life of the CRE in PCOS.
Unused funds must be returned to the CRE if unforeseen circumstances prevent an awardee from expending the funds by Friday 29th November 2019. Applications for extension cannot be considered.
Awardees must submit a brief, one page report to the CRE Training Committee, email firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 30 November 2020. The report should detail the outcomes of the project and ways in which the grant has enhanced, or will enhance your research activities. The report will be published in the CRE quarterly newsletter.
How to apply
Complete the Seed funding and project support grants application form and submit with supporting documentation to email@example.com by Friday 20 September 2019.
Application supporting documentation
- A brief project proposal of no more than 3 pages, which summarises the alignment with the CRE research activities, the background, rationale, methods, significance, expected outcomes and addresses the selection criteria. A summary budget should also be included in the proposal.
- A one page CV summary
- A brief letter of support (maximum of 300 words) signed by the Chief or Associate Investigator
Any queries concerning the seed funding or project support grants should be directed to:
Linda Downes – email firstname.lastname@example.org