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ARC Laureate Fellowships, Recent Grant Success and THE World University Rankings
Professor Nicholas Fisk, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
In welcoming you to the October edition of Research News, let me first congratulate Professor Kaarin Anstey, Professor Liming Dai and Professor Andrew Dzurak - three of 17 academics awarded prestigious ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships. Laureates can be seen as the pinnacle of research achievement in Australia, so this is not only a real feather in their cap, but underpins the exemplary significance of their work as well as the research environment here at UNSW.

Our grant success continues with NHMRC Investigator Grants, where UNSW was awarded 29 Grants worth a total of $44.1m; and in the 2019 ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program, where UNSW researchers secured $8.3m in funding.

Following the strong ERA and Impact results earlier this year, we now have all the rankings in (see below), with UNSW rising in all three to its best position yet. This provides evidence not only of return on investment for Strategy 2025, but demonstrates the impact UNSW is having through our efforts in research, education, innovation, equity, diversity, thought leadership and global impact. We are now on a strong trajectory and well on the way towards achieving our 2025 target of the top 50.  
And finally, please join me at the Division of Research’s upcoming Research Town Hall on Monday 4 November, where we will reflect not only on the activities and achievements to date this year, but also the challenges ahead - click here for further information and to register.    
My regards,
Nick Fisk
How did UNSW fare in recent rankings? 

UNSW rose in all three main rankings in 2019, improving to 43 in QS (+2), 94 in ARWU (+8) and 71 in THE (+25). This results in a mean score of 69 (up 12 places), which in aggregate is now the 55th highest placed university globally.  
Although rankings do not define what UNSW stands for, they are a useful benchmark of global competitiveness in the key areas of teaching and research excellence, and our results are testimony both to the culture of academic excellence at UNSW under S25, and the outstanding work of our researchers and their placing within the global community.
Scientia Fellowship Program  | 2020 Recruitment 

The Scientia Fellowship Program is recruiting up to 30 new Fellows for commencement in 2020, with two recruitment rounds taking place in October 2019 and April 2020. 
Faculties will be advertising teaching and research, or research focused positions in specific areas from 1 – 31 October 2019, with the best applicants to be considered for the award of a Scientia Fellowship.

Scientia Fellowships are open to both external applicants and UNSW staff.  Please visit Scientia Fellowships for more information. 
Dr David White, lead investigator in the Face Research Lab at UNSW 
Scientia PhD Scholarships | 2020 Recruitment

The Graduate Research School received over 4,000 expressions of interest for the 2020 round of the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme.  
Of these, 347 applicants were invited to submit a formal application for admission to the Scheme. These applications are currently undergoing Faculty scoring, after which they will be moderated by members of the SHARP-est Committee.  
Once this process is complete, at least 62 scholarships for 2020 starts will be allocated by the SHARP-est Committee on 16 October 2019
ARC Research Hub Grants Success
With the best result across Australian universities, UNSW has received $8.3m in the 2019 ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program for two Hubs:
  • Led by Professor Rebecca Guy of the Kirby Institute, the project involves contributions from SpeeDx and 21 other organisations to pioneer collaborative research that will address antimicrobial resistance, focusing on sexually transmitted microorganisms.
  • Led by Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT), the project will investigate processes to transform low-value or complex waste into valuable materials, leading to enhanced social and economic outcomes and job creation.
Click here for further information.  
Success for ResBaz Sydney 2019!

This year, UNSW was host to the annual Sydney Research Bazar (ResBaz), held between 10 - 13 September. 

ResBaz was structured as four days of intensive workshops and concurrent festival content, providing researchers the opportunity to up-skill in next generation digital research tools and techniques.  

We attracted over 500 attendees from 15 universities, research organisations and government departments; as well as industry partners such as Intersect Australia, Google, AWS, Microsoft and Mathworks.  This included the launch of the inaugural Compute Day, a three streamed day of workshops and seminars. 
UNSW-CSIRO Industry PhD (iPhD) Program

Project expressions of interest are open for the 2020 UNSW-CSIRO Industry PhD Program.

Successful PhD candidates will be awarded an annual stipend of $40,596 pa (indexed), plus research support funds annually.

The deadline for projects commencing in Term 2, 2020 is 17 January 2020.  Please visit this link for further information.
2019 UNSW 3 Minute Thesis Final (3MT)

The 3MT competition, held 17 September 2019, brought together some of UNSW’s best and brightest PhD candidates, with just three minutes and one PowerPoint slide to explain their research.
This year, 22 contestants battled it out for the $3,000 first prize and the opportunity to represent UNSW at the Asia Pacific competition in Queensland.  John Kokkinos took home the coveted prize with an engaging presentation about his research into the treatment of pancreatic cancer using gene silencing nano-drugs. 
Second place and $1500 went to Georgina Carson for her presentation about developments in quantum computing, while Liam Cheney claimed $500 for third place after skilfully explaining the importance of tracing where cholera infections originate.  The $500 Aspire prize went to Simon Lloyd for his presentation into research that aims to reduce water contamination and make urban rivers safe to swim in and enjoy for other recreational activities.
3 MT Final winner John Kokkinos (right) receives his prize from Professor Jonathan Morris, Dean of Graduate Research at UNSW. Image by Maja Baska.
Finalists announced for the Emerging Thought Leader Prize
Six finalists have been chosen for the inaugural Emerging Thought Leader Prize.
The prize aims to recognise, encourage and reward our emerging leaders; those outstanding individuals who demonstrate courageous, creative, and inspiring leadership in the public interest. These finalists demonstrate the depth of quality and breadth of diversity in how thought leadership at UNSW is practiced.  
The Prize will be awarded by the Vice-Chancellor on 14 October 2019.
NEW | Indonesian national science and technology laws
A new national science and technology law has been passed in Indonesia which imposes criminal charges against foreign researchers found guilty of violating visa regulations. 

Penalties range from blacklisting to fines and possible imprisonment. While this law has been introduced, implementation regulations and guidelines for the law still need to be developed.

This new law does not change the requirements for foreign researchers to hold a research permit and research visa while conducting research in Indonesia.  
Further information regarding the research permit application process can be found here.
NEW | Changes to the Gene Technology Regulations 2011
On 8 October 2019 amendments to the Gene Technology Regulations 2011 will come into force, clarifying the regulatory status of organisms developed using a range of new technologies (such as gene editing), to ensure that these new technologies are regulated in a manner commensurate with the risks they pose.  

The UNSW Gene Technology Research Committee (GTRC) will update resources, including the gene technology website and the guidelines and forms found therein.
For further information please visit here or contact RECS.
NHMRC Investigator Grants
UNSW has performed well in the new NHMRC Investigator Grant (IG) scheme, with a total of 29 successful grants awarded worth over $44 million, ranking third in the Go8.

The next round of the NHMRC IG scheme opens on 2 October 2019, with a closing date of 27 November 2019.
Messi(ng) with Research Data Management
RDM@UNSW teamed up with ResBaz 2019 and Jasper the ‘UNSW Dog’ to promote Research Data Management (RDM) at UNSW. 

ResBaz participants from UNSW and various universities completed an online activity which introduced them to the importance of classifying and storing data appropriately to redeem a delicious scoop of Messina gelato – with four flavours that correspond to the UNSW Data Classification Standard colours.

The activity showcased UNSW’s RDM support structure as well as our new RDM training capability.  It appears that Jasper might have Sensitive data on him as he only finished the ‘sensitive’ coloured gelato! 

Please visit the RDM Hub for further information or contact your friendly RDM team at
UNSW researchers join the line-up for Unthinkable Festival
Future Imperfect will feature five UNSW researchers contemplating life 100 years from now. Will we have fixed today's problems, or will we have created a new world of challenges?
The event will be held on 7 November 2019 and is a collaboration between the Grand Challenges Program and Centre for Ideas. The event is hosted by Marc Fennell from SBS The Feed.
Visit Events for further details on the Unthinkable program featuring Monica Lewinsky, Mona Eltahawy and Reza.

Congratulations to UNSW researchers Professor Adam Jaffe and Dr Shafagh Waters, whose article on revolutionary Cystic Fibrosis treatments is published in the August edition of Research Australia’s INSPIRE magazine.
The Transition to the New Centres and Institutes Procedure is Underway!
The Division has started working with faculties to implement the new UNSW Centres and Institutes Procedure, which was published in early July 2019. The Procedure was introduced to ensure that all UNSW centres and institutes demonstrate:
  • sound governance principles and appropriate institutional oversight
  • focused aims and objectives
  • stringent standards for their management and operation to ensure high-quality results and national and international prominence
Faculties will be reviewing all internal centres and institutes between now and July 2021 to ensure compliance with the new Procedure.
Collaboration masterclasses
The Meridian 180 program at UNSW is hosting a series of Masterclasses focusing on how we can improve in various aspects of collaboration in a research settings:
  • Languages in and of collaboration: Ever felt you are not really speaking the same language – 28 October 2019 – more info.
  • Temporalities, time and rhythm in collaboration: Everyone has their own rhythm and focus – 26 November 2019 – more info.
The first event ‘Collaboration in action’ featuring Dom Price from Atlassian and Penny Burtt from Asialink is available to view and share.
Reshaping energy | User-Centred Energy Systems
As part of the Grand Challenge on Rapid Urbanisation, join Professor David Shipworth on 25 October 2019 for an insight into tackling the demand for urban solutions using multidisciplinary approaches to develop new possibilities. 

Visit here for further information. 
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