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					      University of Tasmania

        Rising Stars
         (Round 3)



Guidelines and Application Form
     2010 for 2011 funding




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TABLE OF CONTENTS
No.  Description                      PAGE
     Acronyms                         3
1    Definitions                      4
2    SECTION A: General Information   5
3    Key Dates                        5
4    Contacts                         6
5    Submission Requirements          6
6    Eligibility                      7
7    Head of School Support           7
8    The Assessment Process           8
9    Rising Star Award                8
10   Availability of Funds            8
11   Unspent funds                    8
12   Termination of Employment        9
13   Reporting Obligations            9
14   SECTION B: Application Form      10
15   SECTION C:                       11
     Case for Support                 11
     Budget                           11
     Budget Justification             12




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Acronyms

ACRONYM    TITLE
CI         Chief Investigator
CRC        Commonwealth-funded Research Centre
ECR        Early Career Researcher
EDGE       Excellence, Distinctiveness, Growth and Engagement
GST        Goods and Services Tax
HOS        Head of School
ORS        Office of Research Services
PVCR       Pro Vice-Chancellor Research
WARP       Web Access Research Portal




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1. Definitions

Word                   Definition
Academic               This may include ‘Teaching and Research’ or ‘Research only’
Appointment            positions, contract or tenured.
Chief Investigator     CHIEF INVESTIGATOR takes responsibility for the intellectual
                       conception and data interpretation. All Chief Investigators are
                       responsible for the project, for its concept, the strategic decisions
                       called for in its pursuit and for the communication of the results.
                       Chief Investigators are sometimes referred to by external sources
                       as co-investigators and principal investigators (PI).

Conflict of Interest   A conflict of interest exists where there is a divergence between
                       the individual interests of a person and their professional obligation
                       to the University such that an independent observer might
                       reasonably question whether the professional actions or decisions
                       of that person are influenced by their own interests.

Early Career           One who is currently within his/her first five years, following
Researcher             completion of postgraduate research training. Please note that
                       completion of training is the completion of all requirements for the
                       degree (when the HOS advises Graduate Research that all
                       requirements have been met), and not the date the university
                       awards the degree. 1 January 2006 to the current date is deemed
                       the term of this five year period.
Eligible               Eligible applications are those that meet the application guidelines,
applications           eg. submitted on time, completed according to the instructions,
                       signed off by the CI and Head of School, with all appropriate
                       accompanying paperwork.
Letter of Support      This is a formal letter written and signed by the Head of School, or
                       Director supporting the application. This should also document the
                       approximate teaching and administrative commitment if the
                       application is successful.
Honorary               The differentiation between the terms ‘honorary’ is to reflect the
Researchers            fact that an honorary titleholder does not receive remuneration
                       from the University.
Postgraduate           A Masters or Doctorate degree/research program.
Research Program
Research Centre        This includes CRCs, Centres and Institutes.
Rising Star            A Rising Star is defined as an established academic, generally at
                       Levels B to C, who has demonstrated outstanding research talent
                       in terms of research track record. Other more senior academics
                       may also be considered a Rising Star, based on their ability to
                       achieve beyond their current reach.
Track Record           Track record is a combination of a researcher’s previous success
                       in applying for grants, publish extensively in high quality academic
                       journals, and receive invitations to conferences, and related
                       measures of research performance.




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2. Section A - General Information
The objective of the Rising Stars (Round 3) is to nurture outstanding research
talent among academic staff at Levels B and C. Applications may also be
submitted by more established staff who are able to fly higher.

The total budget for this initiative is $2.5 million and the distribution of that is
approximately $0.5 million per year for five years. As awards are for three years,
the program will run through until 2012. Successful applicants will be expected
to demonstrate a strong research track record that will be significantly enhanced
by the award of a Rising Stars award.

The Rising Stars program has two components:

       A cash grant of up to $25,000 a year for three years to be used for
        professional development purposes. For example, to buy out up to 50% of
        teaching enabling time to be freed for research, to pay for technical
        support, fund a Ph.D. student, purchase equipment, pay for travel or some
        combination of these. The funds will need to be spent according to the
        budget proposal submitted. The funds may not be used to pay the
        applicant’s salary.

       A career support programme for the cohort of rising stars over the first one
        to two years of their grant. Participation in this program is a condition of
        receiving a grant.

Heads of Schools and Directors of Institutes, Centres and National Centres will
be required to rank potential applicants, as there is a limit on applications per
organisational unit. The following rule applies:

    only ONE application from organisational units with less than 15
     academic staff; and
    TWO applications from organisational units with 15 or more academic
     staff.


3. Key Dates:

Event                                           Date

Deadline: Closing time for submission of        17 August 2010,
Proposals:
                                                (5pm)
Outcomes:                                       17 September 2010
                                                (anticipated date)


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Funding Available:                            1 January 2011
Annual Progress Reporting:                    Annual progress reports are
                                              due on:
                                                  1 January 2012,
                                                  1 January 2013,
                                                  1 January 2014, to the
                                                    PVCR and the
                                                    applicant’s Dean. NB
                                                     Continued funding is
                                                     contingent on a satisfactory
                                                     Progress Report each year.
Final Report:                                 Final Report is due 1 year after
                                              final funding payment. Report
                                              due:
                                                   1 January 2015.


4. Contact:
Researchers should contact the Executive Officer, Grants for further information.

Name               Phone              Fax                Email
Dr. Kay Chung      1759               2765               Kay.chung@utas.edu.au



5. Submission Requirements:
Please note the following submission requirements:

   1. The application must be submitted on the Rising Stars Application Form
      http://www.research.utas.edu.au/grants/internal_funding.htm


   2. Use a highly legible font type, such as Arial or Times New Roman.
      Handwritten applications will not be accepted.

   3. Use black, 12 point type only throughout the application.


   4. Case for Support (Section C) must have 1.5 cm margins, and consist of a
      maximum of 2 A4 pages. No additional information/pages can be added
      and any additional information will be removed prior to assessment.

   5. As the application is photocopied in black and white - graphs, photos or
      tables should not be colour-dependent. IF colour images are used please
      be aware that they may not reproduce at a similar quality.

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   6. Question 5 (Section B) asks for a copy of your WARP report. Other forms
      of report are not acceptable EXCEPT where the applicant does not have a
      WARP record. In such cases the applicant should supply a report based
      on the WARP format, and explain why a WARP report is not included.

   7. Word limits provided in the application form MUST be adhered to.
      Applications may be disqualified for exceeding limits.

   8. Please provide ONE single sided signed copy either by pdf scanned
      email, or hard copy to the Research Office to the address shown
      below. The application must be received by 5pm on the due date
      (Tuesday 17 August, 2010):


         Mail choices             Address details
         Internal Mail            Dr Kay Chung
                                  Executive Officer Grants
                                  Office of Research Services
                                  Private Bag 01
                                  Hobart Tasmania 7001
         Email                    Kay.chung@utas.edu.au



6. Eligibility
   1.      You must be an outstanding UTAS researcher, Level B or C*, with an
           excellent track record.
   2.      You must have the support of your Head of School, who will support
           you application with a letter.
   3.      You must either hold a substantive post or your contract must extend
           beyond the length of the grant (three years). The third round of awards
           will start in January 2011, thus your contract must extend to December
           31st 2013 for you to be eligible.


* Other levels may be considered, providing there is capacity for research advancement



   7. Head of School Support

Heads of Schools and Directors of Institutes, Centres and National Centres will
be required to assess potential applicants.


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Only 1 application from these organisational units with less than 15 academic
staff and two applications with 15 or more staff should be submitted to the
Research Office for consideration.

A letter of support is to accompany the submitted application.


   8. The Assessment Process

All eligible applications are photocopied or electronically sent to the selection
panel (members of the panel are nominated by the PVCR). The PVCR will Chair
the panel.


9. Rising Star Award

      A major component of the Award is a cash grant of up to $25,000 a year
       for three years to be used for professional development purposes. For
       example, to buy out up to 50% of teaching enabling time to be freed for
       research, to pay for technical support, fund a Ph.D. student, purchase
       equipment, pay for travel or some combination of these. The funds will
       need to be spent according to the budget proposal submitted. The funds
       may not be used to pay the applicant’s salary.

      A career support programme for the cohort of Rising Stars over the first
       one to two years of their grant. Participation in this program is a condition
       of receiving a grant.


10. Availability of Funds
Funds will be available from 1 January 2011, and annually thereafter.

If successful, the Office of Research Services will notify Finance and they will
open an account for you. You will be advised when the account is open.

    Note that no funding can be transferred to other Universities.

    Funding must be spent according to the budget proposal submitted.

    The funds may not be used to pay the applicant’s salary.


11.    Unspent funds


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All funds must be spent by 31 December 2013. Unspent funds will be recovered
by the University after this period. Only in exceptional circumstances will funds
be approved for carry-forward.

12.    Termination of Employment
If, during the term of the Rising Stars funding, you cease to be a University of
Tasmania employee, the award must be relinquished. No funds can be
transferred to other institutions.

Please contact the Office of Research Services as soon as possible, if you intend
leaving your position.

   13. Reporting Obligations
Four reports are required at the following times:

Report Due:                                Date
Annual Progress Report 1                   1 January 2012
Annual Progress Report 2                   1 January 2013
Annual Progress Report 3                   1 January 2014
Final Report                               1 January 2015


Reports must be typed and provided on the Rising Stars Progress and Final
Report templates. This can be obtained at:
http://www.research.utas.edu.au/grants/internal_funding.htm




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SECTION B: APPLICATION FORM:
1. Name:
(Full name and Honorific)


2. School or Institute:
Private Bag No.


3. Position Title:
Grade/Level:
(As at 1/1/2011)
4. Date of UTAS appointment
and term:
(include % if not full time)
5. List of grants awarded:
(Attach your WARP report. Add
any new grants not yet
appearing on WARP, in this
section).

6. Invitations to give invited
lectures or chair sessions at
conferences.
Provide the name of the
conference, venue, title of paper
and any co-authors if not
already shown in WARP.

7. Service to research
List any journals you review for,
any grant awarding bodies you
have     refereed     for,   any
committees outside UTAS on
which you sit; any editorships of
journals     mentoring     roles;
research related committees or
boards; awards; medals; etc.

8. Research Opportunity and
Peformance Evidence
Please provide (no more than ½
page) of details on your career
and opportunities for research
over the last five years.

9. Summary of Proposal:
In no more than 100 words of
plain language, summarise
aims,    significance   and
expected outcomes.




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SECTION C:
10. Case for Support
Indicate clearly what the objectives and deliverables of the research will be.
Provide a timeline for the deliverables. Bear in mind that your reports will be
matched against your objectives and outputs. No more than 2 pages of A4 with
1.5 cm margins and 12 point text.


11. Budget
Provide a using the proforma on the last page. Provide justification of the budget
in no more than one page.

Provide details under each heading
ITEM                                                YEAR 1       YEAR 2          YEAR 3
Travel



Relief from Teaching (up to 50% of your
load)*



Salary support for staff (technician,
research assistant) or financial support for
an RHD student.




Equipment and running costs




Other



TOTALS


*Note as teaching is an essential component of the professional development of an academic you
may only request funding for up to 50% relief of your teaching load.



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12. Justification of Budget (1 page only)




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