Division Funding Scheme Initiatives

Funding Schemes available

2017 Equipment Grant Scheme

Applications must be submitted by 9am, Monday 21 August 2017

Aim

Applications will be considered on the basis of how they address the scheme criteria, where the purchase of the equipment:

  • Supports a key research theme and/or RTIS funded grant
  • Aligns with the priorities of the University’s Research Strategic Plan
  • Supports a plan for further leveraging through external funding
  • Supports a plan for sources of alternative income (e.g. consultancy, analytical testing)
  • Enhances the Division’s approach to partnering

In order to support cross disciplinary collaborations (both within the Division and Institute, and across the University), as well as maximise the value of any equipment purchased, applications for items which can be used by more than one research group/strand will be prioritised.

Where an application is for an item of equipment which duplicates items already owned within the University, the application must justify why a duplicate item is required. The Research Instrument Online Database provides some information on existing research instruments.

 Applications must state the expected number of users (staff, students and any potential external users), and whether other research groups/strands will be able to utilise the equipment, beyond that of the researcher making the application.

Funding

Funding will be available for items of equipment with a maximum contribution of $100,000 from the Division. Items may be valued in excess of $100,000, where the application includes evidence of co-funding support to cover the balance of the item value.

Equipment must be able to be purchased and funds expended by 31 December 2017 (Equipment must be received by this date).

Applications Process

Applications must be made on the prescribed application form.  Once completed, the application plus any supporting documentation (quotations, evidence of co-funding support or other relevant information) should be submitted to: research.itee@unisa.edu.au.  Applications must be submitted by 9am, Monday 21 August 2017

Assessment of Applications

Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising members of the Division and Future Industries Institute (Dean: Research and Innovation, Institute Director, two senior researchers (Division and FII representative) and Operations Manager,  Technical Services, FII) from the Division. Outcomes will be notified to applicants within 2 weeks of the application closing date.

Download Application


 

2017 New Adventures Fund

Now Closing 15 September 2017 

Utilising University Research Investment – Performance Allocation (URIPA) funding provided to the Division by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research and Innovation), the Dean: Research and Innovation has instigated a New Adventures Fund for the remainder of 2017. Applications are welcomed from researchers in the Division and Future Industries Institute.

Aim

The New Adventures Fund aims to be responsive and flexible, to support proposals for research which can be carried out within 3 months of funds being provided. The fund would suit researchers with an exciting, innovative idea that needs seed funding to generate pilot data, which can in turn support external funding applications. While applications will be accepted for funding to continue existing work, there must be a strong justification and clear evidence that this funding is required to get the work to a major “next step”.

Creative, adventurous ideas are encouraged!

Applications will be considered on the basis of how they address the scheme criteria, where the proposal:

  • Supports a key research theme and/or RTIS funded grant
  • Aligns with the priorities of the University’s Research Strategic Plan
  • Supports a plan for further leveraging through external funding
  • Supports a plan for sources of alternative income (e.g. consultancy, analytical testing)
  • Enhances the Division’s approach to partnering

Funding

Funding will be available for proposals with a budget of up to $20,000.  Projects must be completed within 3 months of application outcomes being notified.

Applications Process

Applications must be made on the prescribed application form.  Once completed, the application plus any supporting documentation should be submitted to: research.itee@unisa.edu.au.  The New Adventures Fund opens for applications on 1 August 2017, closing 15 September 2017.

Assessment of Applications

Applications will be assessed by a panel comprising members of the Division and Future Industries Institute: (Dean: Research and Innovation or delegate, Institute Director or delegate, two senior researchers (Division and FII representative) and the Division Grant Developer. Outcomes will be notified to applicants within 4 weeks of an application being received.

Download Application

 

 

Partnership Intern Program (PIP)

Aim

The ITEE Division Partnership Intern Program is a program that connects Higher Degree by Research students with industry partners through short-term (1-6 month) focused research internships to work on specific industry problems.

Benefits

  • Transfer skills from theory to real-world application within a short-term focused Partnership internship.
  • Work collaboratively with industry or government to achieve the project milestones and objectives.
  • Experience the industry or government environment first-hand, develop workplace skills and improve work-readiness for future employment.
  • If you’re not 100% sure of where you’d like to apply your research skills, the Partnership Intern Program might be a great way to start.
  • Build networks within industry or government and maximise your recruitment prospects.

Eligibility

Are you eligible to apply for this program?
  • The program is open to HDR students who are currently in at least their third year (or part-time equivalent) and who have the support of their supervisor, or
  • who have submitted their thesis for examination and/or undertaking corrections, or
  • who have completed a Phd program within the last twelve months.
  • The Academic Regulations recommend that full-time research degree students undertake paid employment of no more than 8 hours per week or a total of the equivalent of 8 hours per week over a 12 month period and thus written approval from the principal supervisor must be obtained to ensure that the student has met the requirements of his/her confirmation milestone and that the internship is not interfering with his/her study program.  Please note that work commitments cannot be accepted as grounds for an extension to scholarship or to go overtime.
  • Students must be enrolled full time if receiving a RTP scholarship as payments may cease if the research degree student is receiving an equivalent award, scholarship or salary providing a benefit greater than 75% of the RTPd stipend rate to undertake a higher degree by research.
  • The program is available to Australian citizens, permanent residents of Australia or international students.
  • If you are an international student visa holder you must be compliant with your requirements under your student visa.
  • HDR students are advised to obtain independent financial advice in relation to this program.

Funding

The Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment through the office of the Dean of Research and Innovation will provide funding of up to $ 10,000 per student, which must be matched by the industry or government partner.  Funding must be disbursed by the end of the calendar year the Industry Internship program commenced.

Applications Process

The Division will accept applications on a continuous basis throughout the year.  Please download the application form and complete all relevant sections. Please direct any enquiries submit your completed application form to the Division Research Services by email to: research.itee@unisa.edu.au 

Download Application

 

 

ECR/MCR Divisional Industry Travel Award

Aim

Now open to HDR Students

The Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment funding schemes are open to Early Career Researchers and Mid-Career Researchers. The intention of the scheme is to provide an ECR and a MCR with an opportunity to visit a domestic or international industry collaborator. These visits will assist to develop or enhance an effective collaboration to further the ECR/MCR's research, establish their profile as a researcher, develop industry collaborators and create other opportunities for collaboration.

Eligibility

  • ECR must be within 5 years of their PhD award conferral date (periods of career interruption will be considered); or MCR must be within 5 – 15 years of their PhD conferral date.
  • Be employed by UniSA at 0.5 FTE minimum, with a contract end date of 6 months or more from the return date of proposed travel;
  • Negotiate their absence with their line manager and have the support of the Head of School / Institute Director.
  • All travel must be taken within 12 months from application approval and must adhere to the employment contract condition as listed above.
  • For the purposes of this application the definition of “industry or government" is a enterprise outside the Higher Education system of this country or an overseas country
  • Now open to HDR Students:  with Confirmation of Candidature at UniSA

Funding

Dean of Research and Innovation, Division of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment  supports either a visit to a domestic or international industry partner. 

  • A maximum of $7,500 per grant is available to support travel. Up to 7 grants will be funded per annum.
  • The approved funds are to be used for travel costs, including visas (if required), flights, accommodation, taxi fares, meals and incidentals.
  • The ATO Travel Allowance rulings provide a guide as to what may be incurred as reasonable expenditure on accommodation, meals and incidentals.
  • All purchases must be made in accordance with the University's procurement procedures.
  • Travel costs must be disbursed by the end of the calendar year the grant is awarded.

Application Requirements

  • Please provide a copy of your CV
  • Provide Letter of Support from host institution or industry partner.
  • The Head of School/Institute will need to provide their support for this request and the success of the application will be at the discretion of the Dean: Research and Innovation.

Application Process

The Division will accept applications on a continuous basis throughout the year.  Please download the application form and complete all relevant sections. Please direct any enquiries submit your completed application form to the Division Research Services by email to: research.itee@unisa.edu.au 

Reporting Requirements

At the conclusion of the visit, the ECR/MCR is required to provide a report to the Dean: Research and Innovation which outlines their activities, along with the benefits of their visit on the template provided within one month of their return.

Download Application

Final Report

 

 

 

Industry Leader in Residence Program

Aim

The Industry Leader in Residence is an initiative that places industry experts within the Division for a period of up to 6 months.  We are seeking industry leaders that:

  • have, and potentially can, influence and shape research direction within their industry;
  • can increase awareness in industry research challenges and opportunities;
  • drive industry collaboration with university researchers
  • are committed to mentoring Higher Degree by Research students and Early Career and Mid-Career Researchers (ECR/MCRs) by sharing their knowledge and experience; and
  • will make an important contribution to the Division’s research culture.

Benefits

The benefits anticipated to be achieved from the residency may include:

  • bridging the gap between researchers and research end-users;
  • consolidating the scale and focus of our research efforts into identified industry priorities;
  • increased profile of commercial research within the Division;
  • enriched PhDs through collaboration and end-user engagement;
  • attraction and retention of high quality, capable and resilient academic staff; and
  • building capacity to address large scale and/or complex industry challenges.

Eligibility

  • The residency will be for a period of up to 6 months, unless justification for consideration of a longer period is provided.
  • Industry leaders must be nominated by staff who are considered ECR/MCRs and no higher than Level C.  ECRs are those within 5 years of their PhD award conferral date (periods of career interruption will be considered); MCRs are those within 5 – 15 years of their PhD conferral date.
  • A commitment from the relevant Institute or School of the Division to host the industry leader must be provided.
  • Industry leaders will typically be experts in commercially-relevant areas of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment.
  • Industry leaders are expected to have an extensive understanding of their industry sector, in the context of future strategic directions.
  • Industry leaders must demonstrate the willingness to share their knowledge and experience with developing researchers, targeting HDR students and ECR/MCRs.

Funding

The Division has allocated $200,000 in funding for the Industry Leader in Residence initiative in 2017.

Activities

A range of activities can be undertaken during the residency to achieve the outlined Aims and Benefits, for example:

  • Public lectures
  • Mentoring arrangements with HDR students and ECR/MCRs university staff
  • Workshops
  • Liaison role with industry

Applications Process

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS ALL YEAR ROUND

Download the application form below and complete all relevant sections. Please direct any enquiries submit your completed application form to the Division Research Services by email to: research.itee@unisa.edu.au 

Reporting Requirements

At the conclusion of the residency, the industry leader will be required to provide a report within one month, on activities undertaken during the residency which have contributed to the identified aims and benefits of the Industry Leader in Residence program.

Download Application

Final Report - coming soon

Eligibility Criteria

The residency will be for a period of up to 6 months, unless justification for consideration of a longer period is provided.

Industry leaders must be nominated by staff who are considered ECR/MCRs and no higher than Level C.  ECRs are those within 5 years of their PhD award conferral date (periods of career interruption will be considered); MCRs are those within 5 – 15 years of their PhD conferral date.

A commitment from the relevant Institute or School of the Division to host the industry leader must be provided.

The industry leader will be required to provide a report, within one month following their residency, on activities undertaken during the residency which have contributed to the identified aims and benefits of the Industry Leader in Residence program.

Industry leaders will typically be experts in commercially-relevant areas of Information Technology, Engineering and the Environment.

Industry leaders are expected to have an extensive understanding of their industry sector, in the context of future strategic directions.

Industry leaders must demonstrate the willingness to share their knowledge and experience with developing researchers, targeting HDR students and ECR/MCRs.

 

 

Partnership Enabling Grant Scheme (PEGS)

Under review: details coming soon

The Partnership Enabling Grant Scheme (PEGS) Guidelines and Criteria are currently under review.  The Division is committed to provide funding for this scheme , with improved Guidelines and Criteria to be released shortly.  For further enquiries please contact the Division Research Services team by email to: research.itee@unisa.edu.au

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