France-Australia Science Innovation Collaboration (FASIC) program Early Career Fellowships 2014

The call for applications for travel in 2014 has now closed. The outcome of the Fellowships is expected to be announced in late May 2014.


The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers for the France-Australia Science Innovation Collaboration (FASIC) program Early Career Fellowships in 2014. French researchers interested in travelling to Australia should apply through the PhD FASIC program administered by Campus France (http://www.campusfrance.org/fr/fasic).

The Early Career Fellowships are a component of the FASIC Program, a platform for bilateral collaboration in science jointly managed and funded by the governments of Australia and France. The FASIC Program is a joint fund to support high calibre Australian and French early career researchers (ECRs) nominated by their institutions, to expand research and innovation activities and to initiate sustainable research networks and linkages to support both countries’ research and innovation priorities.

Applicants should propose a collaborative research activity that has been developed in consultation with the host organisation in France. Proposals will be assessed on the scientific merit of the research (including the value of collaboration with France); the demonstrated achievements of the applicant in the context of his/her career to date; the leading edge research capacity of the proposed host researcher and institution; being able to demonstrate the commercial or public good application of research (or similar); and the value of the expected outcome of the research project to Australian science. A letter of invitation from the host institution(s) commenting on the proposed collaboration must be submitted with the application.

The fellowship is not intended to supplement or extend either study or sabbatical leave that is being conducted overseas and support will not be given when the primary purpose of the visit is to attend a conference

Fields of research

Candidates should be research active in the fields of (1) medical science and biotechnology; (2) clean energy and resources; (3) climate change and environment; and (4) transport and infrastructure. Candidates engaged in multidisciplinary research are invited to apply but should note that proposals for research solely in the humanities, social or behavioural sciences are not eligible.

Eligibility

The application will be submitted by the research office or grants office of the institution. Each institution is limited to applying for one grant on behalf of a single ECR per field of research (up to four applications can be submitted). Eligible institutions include higher education institutions, publicly funded research agencies, private not for profit research organisations and firms that pursue research.

The ECR must:

  • hold a PhD degree or equivalent research doctorate which must have been received within five (5) years prior to 1 January 2014 (i.e. awarded on or after 1 January 2009)
  • be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident, living in Australia at the time of submitting the grant application (if the ECR was not born in Australia, please provide proof of Australian citizenship or Australian permanent residency)

Researchers who have already received a FASIC grant, either in 2012 or in 2013, are not eligible to apply under this round.

Assessment criteria

The application will be assessed based on an excellence-driven process against the following criteria:

  • scientific merit of the research (including the value of collaboration with France)
  • calibre of the ECR (the demonstrated achievements of the applicant in the context of his/her career to date)
  • proposed program of visits, including the suitability of the French research institutions
  • institution’s commitment to the visit/s, and
  • any other expected outcomes intended to support the program’s focus and objectives including the commercial or public good application of research and journal publications.

Terms of award

Funding of $30 000 is available to support visits by Australian researchers in 2014. Funds will be provided to the ECR’s research institution (the applicant) to contribute to the cost of travel and living expenses. The grant will be provided to the nominated ECR to visit France to develop research activities with one or several French institutions and to initiate and establish research networks and linkages. The Australian institution will be responsible for supporting the ECR’s visit to France, assisting the ECR in relation to follow-up activities, where relevant, and liaising with the Academy in relation to administering the grant.

Successful applicants may receive from the Academy a grant-in-aid of up to the value of $6000 (GST exclusive of GST) towards the cost of:

  • an international return economy class airfare from Australia to the international airport closest to the host institute and domestic travel within France (up to a maximum of $2500)
  • a daily living allowance (for accommodation and living expenses) of $200 per day or $2500 per month (whichever is the lesser amount)
  • participation in conferences and/or symposia, if relevant and subsequent follow-up activities with one or more French institutions, if relevant (up to a maximum of $1000)

Travel to France may commence from 1 July 2014 onwards and must be for a minimum of 14 days, maximum of 28 days. All travel and related activities must be completed by 31 December 2014. ECRs will be responsible for making their own travel and accommodation arrangements, in consultation with the host institution as appropriate. Dependents may accompany fellows at the fellow’s own cost. The grant does not provide funds for bench fees, managerial, visa or insurance costs.

Intellectual property rights

Collaborative activities will protect IP rights which relate to or arise from innovations developed under the joint research activities. The ascription and allocation of rights and interests regarding IP will occur on the basis of respective contribution and equitable interests.

The allocation of IPRs arising from the joint research activities will occur on the basis of an arrangement developed jointly for each grant and in accordance with laws and regulations in force in Australia and France.

Reporting requirements

Successful applicants will be required to submit a short report and provide evidence demonstrating that the funds have been appropriately expended within one month of completing all activities. The reports can be found here.

Notification of outcome: late May 2014

Applications are considered carefully against the selection criteria by a committee of scientists with diverse expertise. The decisions of the committee are based upon the assessed competitiveness of the proposal. The Academy is not able to enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.

For further information contact:

International Programs
Australian Academy of Science
GPO Box 783
Canberra ACT 2601
Fax: +61(0)2 6201 9494
Email: is@science.org.au