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  1. 1. Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grant Program Career Development Fellowship Grant Application Guidelines for funding commencing in 2009
  2. 2. ACRONYMS AND DEFINITIONS Acronyms NSW Department of State and Regional DSRD Development OSMR NSW Office for Science and Medical Research NHMRC National Health and Medical Research Council Definitions Administering Institution* The institution that receives and administers the funds. For the purposes of GST arrangements, this institution is defined as the supplier. Intellectual Property Includes all industrial and intellectual property rights including but not limited to copyright, patents, trade/business or company names, registered and unregistered trademarks, registered designs, trade secrets, know how, rights in relation to circuit layout and all other rights of intellectual property as recognised by the law in force in NSW. The Program Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grant Program to promote research into spinal cord injury and related neurological conditions. Research Institution* The institution at which the research will be undertaken. Note *: The Administering Institution and the Research Institution may be the same institution. Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 2 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  3. 3. SECTION 1 Overview and Introduction
  4. 4. 1. Overview and Introduction 1.1 Overview The Office for Science and Medical Research (OSMR) is a division of the NSW Department of State and Regional Development, the NSW Government’s business development agency. OSMR works with the scientific, technological, health and medical research communities, the higher education sector and business to promote growth and innovation in science and medical research to achieve better economic, health and environmental outcomes for the people of NSW. The Office for Science and Medical Research’s major objectives are to: • Build the State’s knowledge base to respond to challenges and opportunities within the research sector. • Ensure that the State’s R&D capabilities underpin State Plan priorities and implement Innovation Statement principles. • Promote national and international collaborations in science and medical research in NSW to attract increased investment to NSW. • Create strong linkages between the higher education sector, business and the community. • Optimise the effectiveness of the NSW Government’s investment in science and medical research. • Continuously identify new areas of science and medical research of relevance to NSW. The Office for Science and Medical Research works towards these outcomes through: • targeted grants programs; • strategic investments in areas of State strength; • creation of research networks and hubs; • sponsorship and organisation of forums, workshops, conferences and promotional activities; • advice on legislative, regulatory and policy initiatives impacting on science and medical research; and • performance or support of science communication and public engagement activities. 1.2 Background In 2003 the NSW Government committed $10.9 million in research grant funding over four years to promote biomedical research into spinal cord injury disorders and neurological conditions. An additional $11 million of NSW Government funding has been committed to spinal cord injury research, to be allocated from 2007-2011, bringing the Government’s total investment in this area to $22 million. Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 2 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  5. 5. The rational for the NSW Government investment is to create research critical mass and accelerate outcomes in ways that can make a difference to the lives of people with spinal cord injury and related conditions, such as Motor Neurone and Parkinson’s Disease. 1.3 Objectives The Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grant Program is intended to promote research into spinal cord injury and related neurological conditions. The key objectives of the Program are to: • establish a critical mass of relevant research in spinal cord injury and related neurological conditions in NSW; • develop, attract or retain relevant research talent to NSW; and • make significant scientific discoveries most likely to have a positive impact on the lives of those with spinal cord injuries and neurological conditions in NSW. 1.4 Description of the Program This phase of the Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grant Program is designed to foster the career development of emerging researchers through the provision of Research Fellowships and Travel Scholarships. Funding will be provided through three awards to achieve the objectives outlined under Section 1.3: I. Career Development Fellowship II. Clinical Research Fellowship III. Travel Scholarships Please note: this application kit pertains to the application for Career Development Fellowship only. 1.5 Introduction to the Career Development Fellowship The goal of the Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grant Program (the Program) Career Development Fellowship scheme is to strengthen and encourage the very best researchers in the field of spinal cord injury or related neurological conditions. The Career Development Fellowship is intended to provide funding opportunities to develop and support researchers who have at least 4 and less than 10 years post-doctoral experience and can demonstrate substantial ability and potential as a future research leader in the field of spinal cord injury or related neurological conditions. Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 3 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  6. 6. In the current funding round, three scholarships of up to $200,000 per year, over three years, will be offered to build and support high quality research in the fields of spinal cord injury and related neurological disorders. The Career Development Fellowship will reward areas of relevance, excellence and strength by providing enabling research infrastructure. The aim of the Program is to encourage a high level of cooperation and collaboration with relevant NSW, national and international research programs. The Fellowship will provide support for: • An outstanding researcher to consolidate their research skills and to make the transition from postdoctoral research and training to independent investigation. • The conduct of team-based research to develop expertise in a relevant field of research. The Career Development Fellowship will provide funding of up to $200,000 per annum for a total of 3 years pending satisfactory progress. The funding provided will cover: • The salary or “top-up” of the Fellow as required; and • funding to cover the costs associated with the of the conduct of the research program including research consumerables. The Fellowship scheme is open to researchers from NSW, interstate and overseas, to undertake research at a research organisation located in NSW. All research disciplines will be supported by the Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Career Development Fellowship. Programs including biomedical, behavioural, clinical, epidemiological, health services and psycho-social research related to spinal cord injury and related neurological disorders are eligible to apply. 1.6 Requirements of the Career Development Fellowship Applications will be reviewed and supported based on the specific criteria of the Career Development Fellowship and the adherence to the general principals of the Program under the broad criteria that the application: • Advances excellence and innovation in research; • Commits to rapid translation of research findings to clinical practice and policy; • Promotes, enhances or compliments existing outstanding research strengths in the field of NSW spinal cord injury and related neurological disorders; • Builds scientific depth through collaboration and/or collocation, with existing research programs or focuses on research involving a number of research or clinical disciplines; and • Responds to National and State priorities and community opinions concerning research relating to spinal cord injury and related neurological disorders. Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 4 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  7. 7. It is accepted that applicants may submit grant applications to more than one funding agency, however, it is also expected that once a particular application is successful with one agency, the grant application will subsequently be withdrawn from the OSMR Program. Applicants who have applied for a NHMRC Fellowship to commence in 2009 are eligible and encouraged to apply for a Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Fellowships. If the applicant is successful in obtaining a Fellowship from both the NHMRC and the OSMR Program, OSMR will encourage the applicant to accept the NHMRC Fellowship. The applicant will be required to dedicate the majority of their time to research. The Fellowship will provide support for up to 3 years. 1.7 Application and Assessment Process The Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grant Program Assessment Committee will score and rank applications based on an assessment of merit against the stated selection criteria. Applications that the Committee considers to be ineligible will not proceed further. Applications deemed to be eligible will be sent for review by appropriate independent assessors nominated by the Grants Assessment Committee members. The Grants Assessment Committee will then make a recommendation for the award of the Fellowship to Minister for Science and Medical Research for approval. NOTE: The applicant may be interviewed by the Grants Assessment Committee where Committee members wish to clarify or explore aspects of the application, or where the Committee wish to choose between two equally ranked applications. The lodging of an application for a Career Development Fellowship does not confer any entitlement upon the applicant. The making of a recommendation for a Career Development Fellowship to the Minister is totally within the discretion of the Grants Assessment Committee. If none of the applications meet the standard of excellence required, the Committee reserves the right not to recommend a Career Development Fellowship, and the NSW Government reserves the right not to offer a Career Development Fellowship. The Grants Assessment Committee requires its members to declare conflicts of interest and to withdraw from considering applications where such conflict exists. Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 5 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  8. 8. SECTION 2 Administration of the Grants Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 6 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  9. 9. 2. Administration of the Grants 2.1 Payment of Grants The Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grant Program operates on a financial year basis. Subject to appropriations, payment of funds will be made to the administering institution regularly, in accordance with the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research payment arrangements. Funds must be used only for purposes approved under the Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grant Program. The Career Development Fellowship awarded under the Program is regarded as a “taxable supply” and therefore a Goods and Services Tax is payable. The Fellowship will be increased by 10% and the administering institution will be required to collaborate in the recovery of the GST component. For the purposes of payments under this Agreement in relation to services occurring on or after 1 July 2009, the Supplier will provide invoices to the Office for Science and Medical Research in the form of a GST Tax Invoice as prescribed in the GST legislation. NOTE: the award of a Career Development Fellowship may attract personal income tax in some cases. Career Development Fellowship applicants are encouraged to seek advice from the Australian Taxation Office or their administering institution regarding the possible tax implications of a Fellowship. 2.2 Reporting Requirements The recipient will be required to submit a Progress Report at the end of each calendar year that includes information on the progress made in the Career Development Fellowship Grant. Progress Reports must be submitted to the Program Secretariat, within 45 days of the end of each calendar year. Report proforma’s are available at: http://www.osmr.nsw.gov.au/spinal_inst/research/progressreports.html. The Research Grants Review Committee reserves the right to recommend the suspension of a Career Development Fellowship Grant if progress is unsatisfactory. The recipient will be required to submit a Financial Report at the end of each financial year that includes information on the expenditure of funds in relation to the Career Development Fellowship Grant. Financial Reports must be submitted to the Research Secretariat, within 45 days of the end of each financial year. Report proforma’s are available at: Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 7 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  10. 10. http://www.osmr.nsw.gov.au/spinal_inst/research/progressreports.html. The Research Grants Review Committee reserves the right to recommend the suspension of a Career Development Fellowship Grant if expenditure of funds is not consistent with the terms in the funding agreement. Where a NSW Career Development Fellowship Grant recipient fails to submit satisfactory reports, as required, the Office for Science and Medical Research may determine that funds have not been used in accordance with conditions applicable to the Career Development Fellowship Grant, and that all or part of the Career Development Fellowship Grant must be repaid. In this case, the Office for Science and Medical Research may withhold the remainder of the Grant payments for the current year or initiate recovery Career Development Fellowship Grant money. The recipient may be required to participate in and present at forum(s) at the request of the Office for Science and Medical Research. 2.3 Acknowledgement of Support All publications, media releases or discussion of results from research or activity carried out with the assistance of a NSW Career Development Fellowship Grant must acknowledge the support of the Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grant Program from the NSW Government. The researcher must indicate their status as a recipient of a NSW Career Development Fellowship Grant from the NSW Government Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grant Program in related scientific publications and programs of scientific meetings and in any other relevant public connection. 2.4 Privacy and Confidentiality Privacy Documents containing personal information will be handled and protected in accordance with the provisions of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. Personal information would be disclosed only with permission of the individual to whom it relates or where the Act allows. Applicants consent to the information supplied as part of their application being disclosed for the purposes of the assessment of their application and for purposes connected with the making and administration of the Scholarship. Such disclosure includes, but is not limited to, disclosure to members of the Grants Assessment Committee, independent readers/assessors requested by the Committee to provide advice, and relevant representatives and employees of Government involved in the Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grant Program process. Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 8 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  11. 11. Applicants acknowledge that announcement of the Scholarship will involve the dissemination of information to the public about the general nature of the research funded, the researchers involved in the research project, and the research organisations at which the research is being carried out. Confidentiality Information contained in applications will be regarded as confidential unless otherwise stated by the Grants Assessment Committee and assessors. 2.5 Intellectual Property The NSW Government makes no claim over intellectual property generated as a result of the Program. The applicant must adhere to an intellectual property policy approved by the governing body of the host research organisation that is congruent with the document “National Principles of Intellectual Property Management for Publicly Funded Research” released in September 2001.2 http://www.arc.gov.au/pdf/01_01.pdf. The Grant Recipient indemnifies the Department from and against all actions, claims, costs, expenses and damages (including legal costs) in respect of any claims by third parties in relation to any breaches of their intellectual property rights in relation to the Project. The Administering Institution must have in place policies and relevant procedures relating to Intellectual Property management which: (a) ensure that staff are aware of their obligations and responsibilities to protect and manage Intellectual Property; and (b) determine the ownership and associated rights or assignment of Intellectual Property (including, without limitation, Intellectual Property in relation to transgenic animals created as a result of the research performed under the Award) and require personnel performing work under an Award to acknowledge any relevant Intellectual Property ownership and rights; and (c) comply with the National Principles of Intellectual Property Management for Publicly Funded Research. 2.6 Good scientific practice Eligible research organisations should have written policies supporting, or have statements of compliance with, all relevant National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) guidelines relating to good scientific practice and, where appropriate, research on human and animal subjects. 2 These Principles were developed by a working group comprising: The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC); the Australia Research Council (ARC); the Australian Tertiary Institutions Commercial Companies Association (ATICCA); the Australian Vice-Chancellors’ Committee (AVCC); the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs (DETYA); the Department of Industry, Science and Resources (DISR); and IP Australia. Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 9 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  12. 12. SECTION 3 Instructions to Applicants Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 10 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  13. 13. 3 Instructions to Applicants 3.1 Career Development Fellowship Objectives The Career Development Fellowship is designed to: • Support the career development of an early to mid career researcher to build NSW research capacity in the fields of spinal cord injury and related neurological conditions research, with a particular emphasis on biomedical, clinical and public health research; • Provide an opportunity for a researcher at an early stage of their career to develop skills and pursue an independent path of enquiry; and • Attract to and/or retain in NSW the best researchers with significant research potential. The Fellowship award will be available to a researcher in the early to mid stages of their career. The proposed research must: • develop their capacity for original independent research; • develop their research leadership skills; and • help them to establish themselves as independent self-directed researchers in a research program or as part of a research team. 3.2 Eligibility Application must be made jointly by the researcher and the Administering/ /Research Institution(s) at which the research will be undertaken. Note: Combinations of the Administering Institution and the Research Institution may be the same institution. Applicants for the NSW Career Development Fellowship will need to be Australian citizens or have resident status in Australia. While the Career Development Fellowship will be open to clinician researchers from interstate or overseas, the Fellowship must be undertaken in NSW. 3.3 Administering Institution Eligibility The Administering Institution must ensure the Research Institution agrees to the successful candidate contributing the majority of their time to the research component of the Fellowship. Applications will only be accepted from individuals whose research will be conducted under the auspices of a University, Hospital or major research institution located within NSW. The Administering Institution must have in place policies and procedures for the management of public funds; for the management of Intellectual Property; for the proper conduct of research in relation to ethics and good scientific Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 11 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  14. 14. practice, and will provide appropriate infrastructure support to allow the research to be completed. The Administering Institution must provide a supportive environment for the research in terms of infrastructure, track record of international competitiveness and mentoring opportunities for the applicant. A single institution must be nominated as the Administering Institution. 3.4 Chief Investigator Eligibility The Early Career Development Fellowship will be awarded on a full-time basis. Chief Investigators may be located at one or more institutions in NSW. Chief Investigators must reside in NSW for the duration of the grant. Chief Investigators must have the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research. Non Australian Citizens will need to provide proof of residency to OSMR if the application is successful. 3.5 Use of Funds The funding provided through the Career Development Fellowship will consist of the following two components, to: • provide salary in accordance with the research/clinical institution’s standard salary commensurate with the applicants seniority and current salary including on-costs. The budget must clearly state the rationale for the percentage and salary level requested. • cover the costs associated with the conduct of the research program including research consumerables. The Administering Institution must administer the Fellowship and ensure appropriate infrastructure and support is provided to the Fellow. The Fellow is responsible for negotiating the use of the funds with the Administering Institution. All funds must be spent on the direct support of the Fellow and his/her research program. Funds awarded shall not be used for any purpose associated with overhead infrastructure costs (i.e. institutional overheads or administrative levies). Justification of the budget (both salary and research project component) is required in the Application Form. Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 12 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  15. 15. 3.7 Eligibility To be eligible for a Career Development Fellowship, the applicant must satisfy each of the following criteria: • Possess an excellent research or academic record; as demonstrated by an attached recommendation from their university/ research institute as being outstanding in their field. • Demonstrate high level written and verbal communication skills. • Have undertaken doctoral thesis or postdoctoral research in a field relevant to or with potential to impact on spinal cord injury and related neurological conditions. • Demonstrate significant contribution of or the potential to impact on research and the wider body of knowledge on spinal cord injury and related neurological conditions. 3.8 Selection Criteria In awarding a Career Development Fellowship Grant, the following criteria will be taken into account: 1. Scientific Quality (40%) (Including the clarity of the aims and objectives, the strengths and weaknesses of the experimental design and feasibility); 2. Significance and/or Innovation (20%); 3. Track record (20%); (considered in relation to opportunity, with regard to factors such as career interruption, administrative and clinical/teaching load, and typical performance (including publications) for the relevant discipline); 4. Consistency of the research with the broad research principles of the NSW Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Program (20%). Applications are able demonstrate how the research proposal will: • Advance excellence and innovation in research; • Commit to rapid translation of research findings to clinical practice and policy; • Promote, enhance or compliment existing outstanding research strengths in the field of NSW spinal cord injury and related neurological disorders; • Build scientific depth through collaboration and/or collocation, with existing research programs or focuses on research involving a number of research or clinical disciplines; • Foster a research culture within the NSW health system; and • Respond to National and State priorities and community opinions concerning research relating to spinal cord injury and related neurological disorders. Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 13 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  16. 16. SECTION 4 Submitting an Application Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 14 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  17. 17. 4. Submitting an Application 4.1 Timeframe Action Date Call for applications March 2009 Applications close April 2009 Application Review April 2009 Applications endorsed May 2009 Applicants notified May 2009 Funding commences June / July 2009 4.2 Submission Process Applicants must use the attached application form, which is available from the Secretariat or from the following website: www.osmr.nsw.gov.au The application for a Career Development Fellowship under the Program must be received by close of business (AEST) on (17 April 2009). 4.3 Format Paper: A4 single-sided and on white paper Margin: 2cm on each side Font: at least 12 font. Since applications may be photocopied, the preferred fonts are Arial, Helvetica, Times New Roman, Courier or Palatino. Applications: Applicants must submit BOTH electronic and hard copies of the application by close of business 17 April 2009. Signatures are not required on the electronic version. Eight hard copies of applications should be lodged with the Secretariat, Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program at the following address: By mail or courier to: By email to: The Secretariat Spinal Cord Injury & Related Suzanne Pope Neurological Conditions Research Principal Policy Officer Grants Program NSW Office for Science and Medical NSW Office for Science and Medical Research Research Level 43, 19 Martin Place suzanne.pope@osmr.nsw.gov.au Sydney NSW 2000 GPO Box 5477 Sydney NSW 2001 Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 15 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program
  18. 18. Enquiries about the Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program should be directed to: Ms Suzanne Pope Principal Policy Officer NSW Office for Science and Medical Research Tel: (02) 9338 6784 Fax: (02) 9338 6760 Fax: (02) 9338 6760 Email: suzanne.pope@osmr.nsw.gov.au Career Development Fellowship Application Guidelines Page 16 of 18 Spinal Cord Injury and Related Neurological Conditions Research Grants Program

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