University of Tasmania
Guidelines and Application Form
2010 for 2011 funding
TABLE OF CONTENTS
No. Description PAGE
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 Justification 12
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
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
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 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.
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
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
3. Key Dates:
Deadline: Closing time for submission of 17 August 2010,
Outcomes: 17 September 2010
Funding Available: 1 January 2011
Annual Progress Reporting: Annual progress reports are
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
1 January 2015.
Researchers should contact the Executive Officer, Grants for further information.
Name Phone Fax Email
Dr. Kay Chung 1759 2765 Kay.firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Submission Requirements:
Please note the following submission requirements:
1. The application must be submitted on the Rising Stars Application Form
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.
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
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.
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
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
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:
SECTION B: APPLICATION FORM:
(Full name and Honorific)
2. School or Institute:
Private Bag No.
3. Position Title:
(As at 1/1/2011)
4. Date of UTAS appointment
(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
6. Invitations to give invited
lectures or chair sessions at
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
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
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.
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
Relief from Teaching (up to 50% of your
Salary support for staff (technician,
research assistant) or financial support for
an RHD student.
Equipment and running costs
*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.
12. Justification of Budget (1 page only)