Scientific visits to Japan 2014-2015
The call for applications for visits to Japan commencing between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015 closed in August 2013. The outcome of the grant was announced in February 2014. More information
The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from professional scientists to collaborate with researchers in institutes affiliated with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) between
1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015. A list of the applicable institutes can be found here.
Applicants should propose a collaborative research project, or a specific activity, which has been developed in consultation with host scientists in Japan. A letter of invitation from the host institution(s) commenting on the proposed collaboration must be submitted with the application. Proposals will be assessed on the scientific merit of the research, the demonstrated achievements of the applicant in the context of his/her career to date, the appropriateness of the work being done in Japan, the value of the expected outcome of the research project to Australian science, and whether the visit will improve Australian access to global science and technology. The proposed visit should initiate or consolidate long-term collaborations and facilitate the development of the applicant's career. Under this scheme, applicants can request travel support to access international leading-edge small to medium research facilities and equipment. Support will not be provided for costs associated with use of these facilities.
Preference will be given to visits which are short-term and highly-focused. The grant scheme is not to supplement or extend either study or sabbatical leave that is being conducted overseas.
Fields of research:
Proposals in any field of natural science, basic and applied, including mathematics and engineering science will be considered.
The application will be submitted by the research office of the institution. Eligible institutions include higher education institutions, publicly funded research agencies, private not-for-profit research organisations and firms that pursue research.
Applicants must be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident living in Australia at the time of submitting the grant application. Applicants must hold a PhD degree or equivalent at the time of application. Support will not be given when the primary purpose of the visit is to attend a conference.
Terms of award:
Successful applicants will receive from the Academy a grant in aid of up to a maximum of $8,100 (GST exclusive) towards:
- an international economy class airfare (up to the value of $2,000), from Australia to the international airport closest to the host institute in Japan;
- ground transportation and internal flights allowance (up to a maximum of AUD$500); and
- a daily living allowance of AUD$200 per day (up to the value of AUD$5,600).
The duration of the visit must be for a minimum of 14 days and a maximum of 28 days. The program does not provide funds for bench fees, managerial, insurance or visa costs.
Successful applicants are required to submit two reports of their visit, one within 30 days and one 12 months after returning to Australia. We anticipate that the latter report will indicate how the collaboration has progressed. The reports should include the outcomes of the visit, such as:
- the value of international research collaborations;
- incidents of access to leading edge small to medium scale research facilities and equipment; and the extent to which Australian researchers secured access to global science facilities, including gaining access to equipment and data that may not be available in Australia or is more state-of-the-art than what is available in Australia;
- the number and details of joint publications, presentations and the like;
- the number and details of substantial subsequent contacts made with other collaborators, domestic and overseas, as a result of participation in the activities;
- details of new applications of technology and the uptake of new technology; and
- the extent to which the activities facilitated the development of international institutional arrangements, including the exchange of postdoctoral fellows.
Materials to be submitted (in the following order):
- Application form
- Proof of Australian citizenship/Australian permanent residency (only for applicants not born in Australia)
- Copy of PhD degree
- Letter of support from department/division head
- Detailed publication list
- Brief curriculum vitae (only for early career researchers who do not have an extensive publication list)
- Letter of invitation from each host being visited
- Referee report (or referee can forward the report directly to the Academy)
Completed applications, including supporting documentation, must be submitted electronically, in PDF format, by a research office or grants office if from the private sector. The application form must be hand signed and dated by the applicant or contain the applicant’s electronic signature.
For further information contact:
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783, Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6201 9412
This project is supported by the Australian Government Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education