$30M is available for rearcher access to the Australian Synchrotron.
The Special Research Initiative for Synchrotron Science will be a large-scale cooperative initiative between higher education organisations. It will be led by experienced researchers and support staff, who will manage a program of access for researchers to the Australian Synchrotron.
The objectives of the Special Research Initiative for Synchrotron Science are to:
- deliver a national Program of competitive funding to enable researcher access to the Australian Synchrotron (including health and medical research);
- support excellent basic and applied research by individuals and teams; and
- enhance international collaboration in synchrotron science.
All Special Research Initiative for Synchrotron Science Proposals that meet the eligibility criteria will be assessed and merit ranked using the following selection criteria:
Program (20 %)
- the method and approach proposed addresses the objectives of the SRI in Synchrotron Science; and
- the Program provides for enhancement and support for areas of existing and/or emerging research strength.
Governance and Management (40 %)
- the Administering Organisation and the Program Leader has the capacity and experience to oversee:
- effective management of a national access program, including proven capability to manage the allocation of resources and compliance with reporting requirements; and
- manage a merit-based competitive peer-reviewed selection process, for access to the Australian Synchrotron.
Nature of the alliance and organisational commitment (20 %)
- relevance of the research to the strategic priorities of the organisations; and
- evidence that each of the organisations is genuinely committed to, and prepared to collaborate in the Program.
Research Team (20 %)
- the capacity of the Program Director and the Chief Investigators to provide scientific leadership of synchrotron science;
- an appropriate representation of research disciplines within the team;
- evidence of strong research performance of the team; and
- evidence for postdoctoral supervision and mentoring and support of early-career researchers.
Total funds of up to $30 million may be awarded over four years (which includes $5 million from NHMRC) for the Special Research Initiative in Synchrotron Science program.
Budget Items Supported
Special Research Initiative in Synchrotron Science budget items that directly support Synchrotron access for Australian and international researchers may be funded, including:
- the cost of researcher access to new and existing beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron;
- the cost for Australian researchers to access overseas beamlines where the equivalent capability is not available at the Australian Synchrotron;
- reasonable travel costs associated with the use of the Australian Synchrotron; and
- reasonable travel costs for Australian researchers associated with the use of overseas synchrotrons.
Budget items essential to the operations of the Program may be included, including:
Personnel (salaries and on-costs) for the Program Director and a Chief Operations Officer or Program Manager.
Salary support must be requested at an appropriate salary level, including 28 per cent on-costs, for the Administering Organisation.
All eligible direct costs must be justified in the Proposal to the satisfaction of the ARC.
Budget Items Not Supported
Special Research Initiative in Synchrotron Science budget items that will not be supported by Program funding include:
- basic facilities that should normally be funded by an Administering Organisation;
- capital works and general infrastructure, in whole or in part;
- teaching and/or teaching relief;
- fees for international students or the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) and Higher Education Loan Program (HELP) liabilities for students;
- rental of accommodation;
- salaries and/or on costs, in whole or in part, for CIs or PIs with the exception of the Program Director and Chief Operations Officer or Program Manager; and
- salaries and/or on costs for members of advisory committees associated with the Program.
Research/Activities Not Supported
Special Research Initiative in Synchrotron Science activities which will not be supported by the Program, are:
- public relations and marketing initiatives, including the production of materials for outreach programs and teaching materials; and
- costs not directly related to research, for example, professional membership fees, fees for patent application and holding, insurance, and mobile phones (purchase or call charges).
Eligible Organisation Requirements
The organisations listed below are eligible to apply for Special Research Initiative in Synchrotron Science funding under these Funding Rules.
New South Wales
Charles Sturt University
Southern Cross University
The University of New England
The University of New South Wales
The University of Newcastle
The University of Sydney
University of Technology, Sydney
University of Western Sydney
University of Wollongong
Australian Catholic University
La Trobe University
MCD University of Divinity
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT University)
Swinburne University of Technology
The University of Melbourne
University of Ballarat
Central Queensland University
James Cook University
Queensland University of Technology
The University of Queensland
The University of the Sunshine Coast
University of Southern Queensland
Curtin University of Technology
Edith Cowan University
The University of Notre Dame Australia
The University of Western Australia
The University of Adelaide
University of South Australia
University of Tasmania
Charles Darwin University
Batchelor Institute of Indigenous Tertiary Education
Australian Capital Territory
The Australian National University
University of Canberra
Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS)
Cash Contributions from Eligible Organisations and Partner Organisation(s), must be specific to the Special Research Initiative in Synchrotron Science Program and must not be part of a broader contribution to an Administering Organisation.
The combined Cash Contributions (i.e., the total of the Cash Contributions of the Eligible and Partner Organisations) must be at least 50 per cent of the funding requested from the ARC.
The Special Research Initiative in Synchrotron Science online form must be completed by 5.00pm (AEST) Friday, 18 May 2012.