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As a way of sharing more information for researchers, please see some upcoming international research opportunities are now open - Germany,  China, Indonesia and the many countries participating in various schemes such as the Endeavour scholarships.

  1. Endeavour scholarships and fellowships (due June 30)
  2. Australian Regional Development Conference (11 -12 Sept, abstracts due 22 May)
  3. Gates Grand Challenges Explorations  (due May 3)
  4. Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF).
  5. Australia-Germany Joint Cooperation Scheme (due 8 June)
  6. Indonesia Alumni Professional Development Program - Research Capacity Building Mentoring Program  (see attached)
  7. Integrity in research  (attached)


1. Endeavour scholarships and fellowships (due June 30) 

The Australia Awards–Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are the Australian Government’s competitive, merit-based scholarships and fellowships providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas and for overseas citizens to do the same in Australia.The Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships build Australia’s reputation for excellence in the provision of education and research, support the internationalisation of the Australian higher education and research sectors and offer high-achieving Australians opportunities to increase their knowledge and expertise in their field.

Applications for the 2018 Round

Applications for the 2018 round of the Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships are open and will close on 11:59 pm (Australian Eastern Standard time) 30 June 2017. Please see the application page for more information.

Endeavour postgraduate scholarships for Australians

Australian Department of Education and Training, AU

These provide financial support for postgraduate students to undertake long-term study or research towards their Australian qualification at master’s or PhD level in any field of study in one of the participating countries. Scholarships are worth up to AUD 69,500 each for up to two years.Maximum award: AUD 69,500Closing date: 30 Jun 17 (recurring)



Endeavour Queen Elizabeth II diamond jubilee scholarship

Australian Department of Education and Training, AU

This supports an Australian female postgraduate or postdoctoral fellow to undertake long-term research towards their Australian PhD or postdoctoral research within a participating country, in any field. The scholarship is worth up to AUD 130,500 for up to two years.

Maximum award: AUD 130,500

Closing date: 30 Jun 17 (recurring)



Endeavour research fellowships

Australian Department of Education and Training, AU

These support international postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows in undertaking short-term research towards a master’s, PhD or postdoctoral research in any field in Australia, and for Australian postgraduate students and fellows to undertake short-term research towards an Australian master’s, PhD or postdoctoral research in any field overseas. Fellowships are worth up to AUD 24,500 each.

Maximum award: AUD 24,500

Closing date: 30 Jun 17 (recurring)



Endeavour research fellowships for indigenous Australians

Australian Department of Education and Training, AU

These provide financial support for indigenous postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows to undertake short term research towards an Australian master, PhD or postdoctoral research in any field of study in participating countries. Fellowships are worth up to AUD 24,500 each for up to six months.

Maximum award: AUD 24,500

Closing date: 30 Jun 17 (recurring)

2. Australian Regional Development Conference (11 -12 Sept, abstracts due 22 May)

Do you have an innovative, inspiring and topical presentation that you can contribute at the muchly anticipated Australian Regional Development Conference?  This year the Conference is to be held in the progressive Coffs Harbour over Monday 11 – Tuesday 12 September 2017. 

Join other leaders in regional development by presenting either a 30 minute concurrent presentation, visual poster presentation or join colleagues in a panel presentation (90 minute duration).

To be considered in the 2017 program please follow the process outlined on the conference website:

Your presentation should be relevant, educational, research or evidence based for "Regional Development in a Changing World".  The Committee are seeking topics that cover the advancement of economic development, growth, agriculture, tourism, energy, environmental impact, communications or trade; the future of Regional Australia. 

Not only will there be an active audience of industry professionals, we will also audio record your presentation and your paper will be published in the National Library of Australia Pandora Archive with an ISBN.

Please contact me further for any queries.  We look forward to receiving your submission. 

Kind Regards,

Isabel Venables

Australian Regional Development Conference

11 - 12 September 2017 | Novotel Coffs Harbour Pacific Bay Resort

Mob: 0432 897 023      Fax: 07 5527 3298

PO Box 29, NERANG QLD 421


3. Gates Grand Challenges Explorations  (due May 3)

Dear Colleagues,
This is a reminder that the application deadline for the latest round of Grand Challenges Explorations is May 3, 2017, 11:30 A.M. US Pacific Day Light Time.

Grand Challenges Explorations fosters early-stage discovery research to expand the pipeline of ideas for solving our greatest global health and development challenges. Launched in 2008 with an initial $100 million commitment from the foundation, Grand Challenges Explorations grants have already been awarded to more than 1200 researchers in more than 65 countries.

Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

We are accepting applications on the following four topics until May 3, 2017:

Full descriptions of the new topics and application instructions in Chinese, English, French, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish are available here. We also invite you to check these two blogs: Innovation for an Interconnected Laboratory System and Improving Timeliness and Completeness of Routine Immunizations in Low-Resource Settings Will Save Lives. For details and application instructions, please visit the Grand Challenges Explorations website.

We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

Thank you for your commitment to solving the world's greatest health and development challenges.

The Grand Challenges Team

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4. Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF).

The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) supports strategic science, technology and innovation collaboration of mutual benefit to Australia and China. The ACSRF builds critical mass in areas of strategic priority and supports enduring partnerships between Australian and Chinese researchers. The ACSRF will also facilitate activities that encourage the application and commercialisation of research outcomes to the mutual benefit of both countries and provide early career researchers the opportunity to gain relevant Australia-China research experience.

The Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, the Hon. Arthur Sinodinos, announced the following priority areas for Round 3 of the ACSRF Joint Research Centres.

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Astronomy related technology, including big data
  • New materials in manufacturing
  • Cross-cutting technologies that will de-risk, scale up, and add value to manufactured products
  • Medical Technologies and Pharmaceuticals
  • Effective technologies for individuals to manage their own health care
  • Better models of health care and services
  • Resources and Energy
  • Low emission energy production from fossil fuels and other sources
  • New clean energy sources and storage technologies and demand response technologies that are efficient, cost-effective and reliable.

Australian research partners of each successful JRC will receive grants of up to $1 million, with the Chinese government supporting its respective Chinese partners. Round 3 of the ACSRF is expected to open in the second half of 2017.

For further updates and information please refer to and


AusIndustry – Business Services 
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Department of Industry, Innovation and Science
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GPO Box 9839, Canberra ACT 2601
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5. Australia-Germany Joint Cooperation Scheme (due 8 June)

Applications are now open for the Australia-Germany Joint Cooperation Scheme. The scheme supports exchanges (travel and living expenses only) for Australian researchers (through the Australian application) to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and (through a corresponding application in Germany) for collaborating German researchers to spend time at Australian Universities. Researchers must be working on a joint research project with their German counterparts. Support of early career researchers (ECRs) is a significant focus of the scheme.

Funding: Maximum amount of funding available for an Australian application is AUD 12,500 per year. The maximum period of funding for a project under this scheme is two years. (It is not compulsory to apply for the full 2 years of funding.)

Closing Date:

JCU Internal Closing Date is Thursday 8 June 2017. Applications must be submitted to . The closing date for the Australian scheme is the 16 June 2017.

Application Forms, Terms and Conditions and FAQs:

Australian applicants must complete the required form compliant with the Terms and Conditions of the scheme. Application forms, terms and conditions and FAQs can be found at:

German collaborators must submit a corresponding application with the same title as the Australian application and obtain a German DAAD ID. This German DAAD ID must also be included in the Australian application. German collaborators should be referred to the German DAAD site at:

Please note that the German closing date is 31 May 2017.  This closing date will allow Australian applicants to obtain the German DAAD ID for their applications. Please note if no German DAAD ID is included in the Australian application it will be ruled ineligible. 

Application and Assessment Process:

Each Australian University that has agreed to participate in the scheme has nominated its own level of financial contribution and will only fund projects that involve its own researchers and students. JCU has agreed to fund two projects.  See Section 8 of the Terms and Conditions of the scheme for further detail of  the selection process.

JCU applications will be ranked before submission to the Australia-Germany Research Cooperation Scheme using the assessment criteria of the scheme. The ranking will be undertaken by a small panel selected by the Senior Deputy-Vice Chancellor.  

Please refer any questions to the university contact officer for the scheme as below:

Tina Langford

Manager, Research Ethics & Grants

4781 4342



Australian applicants must be employed as an academic staff member in a teaching and research or research only role at the administering organisation (JCU) for the duration of the grant.

PhD or Research Masters students must be enrolled for the duration of the grant.

PhD or Research Masters students may NOT submit an application on their own in Australia or Germany. They must be part of a project with an academic staff member as the project leader.

Proposals must provide opportunities for exchanges between ECRs. However it is not compulsory for an ECR to be the project leader to apply.

Projects that do not include ECRs on both sides of the exchange (Australia and Germany) will not be considered.

The definition of an ECR for the purpose of this scheme is: a PhD student enrolled at a participating Australian university, a researcher who has had a Research Masters or PhD awarded within 5 years from the date of application or a researcher who received his or her award more than 5 years before the date of application but who, due to career interruptions such as carer responsibilities, has had less than the equivalent 5 cumulative years of research experience.



6.  Indonesia Alumni Professional Development Program - Research Capacity Building Mentoring Program   

James Cook University would like to ensure we are committed to strengthening our engagement with Indonesia as it is a priority Country. I would like to encourage you to take this opportunity to represent James Cook University as a Mentor.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade have initiated a mentoring program targeting Indonesian nationals who have undertaken studies in Australia. The Alumni Professional Development Program will be delivered over 14 months from April 2017 and is part of the enhanced Alumni Engagement Strategy (AES) 2016-2020, which signals the value and importance of Indonesia’s Australian alumni.

The Alumni Professional Development Program with a focus on enhancing research capacity and publication output is being implemented by an Australian consortium led by Griffith University with James Cook University and Charles Darwin University. Indonesian university partners are Universitas Indonesia, Universitas Hasanuddin and Universitas Negeri Jakarta. 

Mentors and mentees will work together to develop a draft article suitable for submission to an international journal. A series of workshops in Indonesia will demonstrate internationally recognised mentoring best practice and provide support to mentors and mentees. The program culminates in an International Conference be held in Jakarta at the end of 2017 to showcase the quality research undertaken.

Mentors will be drawn from Australia and Indonesia. Mentors are ideally academics with current knowledge of Indonesia, and experience in mentoring colleagues in the development of publishable research outcomes. A web based mentoring software will be utilized to support mentoring, in addition Australia-based mentors will connect via Videoconference for key sessions of the program.

Mentees will be Indonesian nationals who have recently graduated from an Australian tertiary institution and who have research projects at the writing-up stage of development. Up to 200 mentees will participate in the program, with 1 or 2 mentees per mentor. Participation by mentors is voluntary and financial incentives are not provided.

I would like to encourage you to take this opportunity to represent James Cook University as a Mentor.

To register as a Mentor – 

Steps to register

  • create a contact with your email and a password
  • complete your details and other relevant information about your research interest.

A detailed profile will enable the best match with a Mentee (Alumni) for collaboration towards the Alumni research publication and networking.

You can sign in at any time to be get back to ‘My Home’ to check the progress.

Please find attached the Mentor and Alumni flyers.

Should you require further information contact:



7. Integrity in research 

A report from US National Academies of Science. "Concerns about scientific research that have emerged in the scientific and general media over the past several years reinforce the need to rethink and reconsider the strategies used to support integrity in research environments, including those used to prevent and address research misconduct and detrimental research practices. A growing body of evidence indicates that substantial percentages of published results in some fields are not reproducible; this lack of reproducibility appears to have many causes, ranging from essential aspects of the research process or differences in procedures to research misconduct or detrimental research practices. There also has been a remarkable increase in the number of retractions of journal articles, with analyses showing that a significant percentage of these retractions are due to research misconduct (Fang et al., 2012; Steen et al., 2013; Grieneisen and Zhang, 2012). ........ New forms of detrimental research practices are also appearing, such as “predatory” journals that do little or no editorial review or quality control of papers while also charging authors substantial fees and predatory conferences that charge researchers to speak at conferences that subsequently are cancelled. The research environment continues to change in significant ways that affect efforts to foster research integrity. " For a copy of the report, please email 

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