Applications for the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) will open on 11 November and will close on 15 December 2019.
Through the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia), the Academy will conduct up to 4 activities and events annually to support Australia’s early- and mid-career researcher (EMCR) community. The purpose of these activities is to provide tangible benefits to EMCRs to support their careers and ultimately further scientific discovery.
Activities can be held anywhere in Australia between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.
Applications are open to deliver activities in the following formats:
|High Flyers Think Tank||
These are events that bring together EMCRs from a broad range of relevant disciplines to:
Engage in thinking about novel applications of existing science (including social science) and technology to issues of national significance
The think tanks are unique opportunities for career development and network creation among the nation’s next generation of research leaders and their institutions. Previous think tanks have culminated in reports offering recommendations for action that have been timely, well received and instrumental in influencing policy development.Potential reach: 50 - 70 attendees
An outcome of the 2017 High Flyers Think Tank ‘Rethinking food and nutrition science’ was the development of a decadal plan for the science of nutrition in Australia.An important outcome of the 2010 High Flyers Think Tank ‘Searching the Deep Earth: The Future of Australian Resource Discovery and Utilisation’ was the development of UNCOVER, a project to unlock Australia’s potential mineral wealth
|Theo Murphy Frontiers of Science symposium||
This is a symposium that brings together the very best EMCRs in Australia in multidisciplinary areas of science to discuss emerging technologies and identify potential opportunities for future research collaboration.
The Theo Murphy Frontiers of Science symposium offers all attendees the opportunity to present their latest research at the event, either as an oral, a 10-minute or a poster presentation.
Applicants are encouraged to incorporate research and career development training opportunities. as part of the symposium program.Potential reach: 60 - 90 attendees
|healthy ageing and featured training sessions on effectively engaging consumers as part of your research.|
|Meeting, conference or training workshops||
Activities with a scientific focus that incorporate a degree of interdisciplinarity. These activities could incorporate research and career development training opportunities.
Activities that encourage collaboration between STEM and humanities, arts and/or social sciences will be considered.Potential reach: 20 – 150 attendees depending the type of activity
|E-learning resource for EMCRs||
Support to create and deliver an online resource to support the research and career development of EMCRs in Australia. Access to the resource will be free.
The Australian Academy of Science is developing a world-class digital education and collaboration platform to provide high-quality and immersive professional development training opportunities. . This platform will create an opportunity to deliver online resources that can support the research and career development of EMCRs in Australia.
Proposals for e-learning resources for EMCRs will be hosted in this platform.
Potential reach: over 100 users
|STEM Transferable Skills Toolkit program (currently on the second stage of the pilot)|
Add-on to an existing activity or event
Deliver an add-on EMCR program at an existing event.
This is an opportunity to increase the engagement opportunities for EMCRs attending, to provide professional development opportunities and offer mobility grants to support EMCR attendance to the event.Potential reach: 60 – 200 attendees depending the event
|Synthetic Biology Australasia 2019 conference|
A new type of activity, resource or project not listed above that has high relevance for EMCRs.Activities must not have commercial or for-profit purposes.
Successful activities will work in conjunction with the Australian Academy of Science’s Secretariat to deliver the activity. Activities will be managed by the Academy in collaboration with the organising committee of the proposal. Successful activities will be branded as part of the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia), see examples.
Support ranges from AUD $15,000 - $50,000 per activity for direct activity costs, excluding Academy staff time. Please note, financial management of awarded funds will remain with the Academy’s Secretariat.
It is requirement of the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) that the selected activities supplement their funds by securing other sources of support.
If you have any questions about the eligibility of your activity or about any of the formats, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at email@example.com or 02 6201 9488.
The Australian Academy of Science is committed to support diversity and inclusion in all Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) activities.
Funding to enable attendance for those participants who may not be able to attend without support, those with caring responsibilities and/or people from traditionally underrepresented demographics will be allocated to all selected activities (if relevant). The funds will be distributed among the selected activities on a needs basis and to reflect the accessibility requirements of each activity.
Please consider the following goals of the Theo Murphy Initiative (Australia) in the preparation of your proposal. The Initiative aims to provide benefits and opportunities to as many EMCRs as possible. Innovative ways to reach broad audiences are encouraged. Where activities include the delivery of a physical event, we aim to hold these in different locations around the country and different times throughout the year. Activities should be offered to EMCRs at low cost. The Initiative aims to support activities which would otherwise not be undertaken. Full funding for activities is not offered; all organising committees, with the guidance of the EMCR unit, must raise additional funds to support their activity.
Activity proposals will be assessed against the following criteria:
The EMCR Committee of the Academy’s Council will assess all eligible applications using the selection criteria and make a recommendation for funding to the Executive Committee of the Academy and the Royal Society (Australia) Board.
Final decisions will be based upon alignment with the selection criteria, and the Academy’s capacity to deliver the activity within the timeframe. The EMCR Committee of the Academy’s Council will also consider how the activities align and contribute to the strategic goals of the Academy and the EMCR Forum as part of their decision.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome via email in April 2020.
Where activities are highly ranked on selection criteria but are not able to be delivered within the timeframe of the current round, the Academy may choose to work with the committee to deliver the activity in the subsequent round.
Activity proposals should be submitted to the Academy via the online application page by Sunday 15 December 2019.
Please note that the application page does not have the ability to save partial applications. Download the sample application form to prepare your proposal then cut and paste your answers from the sample form into the online portal when you are ready to submit your proposal.
We also encourage you to review the FAQ and tips for proposals.
Proposals due: Sunday 15 December 2019
Successful applicants notified: April 2020
Granting period: Activities delivered 1 July 2020 – 30 June 2021.
If you experience any problems submitting your proposal or have any questions, please contact the Academy’s EMCR Secretariat as early as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org or 02 6201 9488.
The Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund was established with the purpose of furthering scientific discovery in the fields of medicine, science, technology and engineering. The fund is made available by the Royal Society of London.
The Theo Murphy (Australia) Fund supports a number of activities annually which provide tangible benefits to Australia’s early- and mid-career researcher (EMCR) community.
Academy events support and promote diversity, equity of participation, intellectual freedom and excellence. Events supported by the Theo Murphy (Australia) fund follow the same guidelines as Australian Academy of Science events. As a condition of participating in an event all delegates, speakers and committee members accept the terms and conditions in the guidelines.
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