Funding

  • CBRI Seed Funding Grants Awarded - 2017

    Successful CBRI Seed Grants – 2017

    The Computational Biology Research Initiative (CBRI) is pleased to announce that the following applicants have been successful in the latest seed funding rounds.

    August 2017

    Sebastian Duchene *Early Career Researcher
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Bio21 Institute
    Associate Investigators: Jane Hawkey, Andrew Siebel

    Introduction to phylogenetic analysis workshop

    Total Funding Awarded: $4,000

    Jennifer Flegg 
    School of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science
    Associate Investigators: Nick Golding

    Spatiotemporal mapping of antimalarial resistance: clarifying the software landscape

    Total Funding Awarded: $20,000

    Alex Fournier-Level 
    School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science
    Associate Investigators: David Balding, Kathryn Hodgins

    Genomic diagnosis of herbicide resistance in the agricultural weed Lolium rigidum

    Total Funding Awarded: $20,000

    René Schneider *Early Career Researcher
    School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science
    Associate Investigators: Eva Deinum, Staffan Persson, Edmund Crampin

    Modeling developing xylem cells using Turing reaction-diffusion mechanisms

    Total Funding Awarded: $19,992

    Jian Yen *Early Career Researcher
    School of BioSciences, Faculty of Science
    Associate Investigators: Katherine Harrisson, John Morrongiello

    Disentangling genetic and environmental drivers of ontogenetic growth in golden perch

    Total Funding Awarded: $19,903

    July 2017

    Douglas Brumley *Early Career Researcher
    School of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science
    Associate Investigators: Filippo Menolascina, Staffan Persson

    Making sense of chemical cues: bacterial navigation in real microenvironments

    Total Funding Awarded: $20,000

    March 2017

    Rebecca Chisholm *Early Career Researcher
    Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, MDHS
    Associate Investigators: James Osborne, Steven Tong, Nic Geard

    Modelling the spatiotemporal evolution of antibiotic resistance

    Total Funding Awarded: $20,000

  • CBRI Seed Funding Scheme - Round 2 CLOSED

    COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY RESEARCH INITIATIVE (CBRI)

    SEED FUNDING SCHEME - Round 2

    INTRODUCTION

    The University of Melbourne Hallmark Research Initiatives are intended to enable the maturing of focused research communities that build on existing strengths across the University and the Precinct. The initiatives are in selected areas that have identified significant potential to harness cross-disciplinary capabilities in order to open up new research areas and targeted funding opportunities.

    The Hallmark Computational Biology Research Initiative (CBRI) aims to promote and facilitate computational biology research and researchers across the University of Melbourne research community. The broad themes of the CBRI are to support and facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary research by involving research staff from across University faculties, departments, and schools, and by facilitating connections and introductions with our partner organisations and with external researchers (including international linkages). The CBRI plans, delivers and supports research targeted events, such as seminars, workshops and symposia.

    OBJECTIVES

    The main objective of the CBRI Seed Funding Scheme is to increase cross-disciplinary academic collaboration in computational biology across the University and with external partners; to scope opportunities for funding research within new collaborative groups and/or to jointly develop a research proposal to a third party funder, e.g. ARC Linkage Project Grants, NHMRC Partnership Projects, or major industry player; and to raise public awareness and engagement of the computational biology research community and activity at the University of Melbourne.

    FUNDING

    It is strongly recommended that applicants first contact a CBRI steering committee member to discuss the proposal in order to refine the application and maximise opportunity for funding.

    Applications will be assessed by a panel from the CBRI steering committee on a monthly basis with a cap of $20,000 for each proposal. There will be up to four grants awarded in this Round.

    The University of Melbourne values equity and diversity in its research work force and seeks to provide equal opportunities for support to diverse groups of researchers. The CBRI encourages applications from groups of collaborating researchers, and preference may be given to teams of applicants that incorporate diversity in terms of gender, academic discipline and career stage.

    Applications are sought to support the following activities:

    • Collaborative early career researcher (ECR) Seed Funding for "blue-sky" projects, which may include a senior investigator as mentor.
    • Research-enabling activities, such as seminars, workshops, etc. that benefit the wider computational biology community at the University of Melbourne.
    • Travel funding for visiting academics in areas relevant to planned workshops or theme areas, with matched funds from host department/faculty/school or other sponsors.
    • Funding to support development of new industry partnerships with evidence of strong research potential.
    • Funding to progress existing industry partnerships (50/50 matched funding from an industry partner).
    • Employment of Research/Technical Assistant(s) to facilitate a computational biology project.
    • Modest expenses for technology, equipment usage or consumables (in preparation of preliminary data, for example) that are otherwise difficult to fund.

    Funding will be awarded on the commencement date of the ‘project’ and all funding must be expended by the completion date (12 months from commencement).

    Questions about funding allowable under Hallmark rules should be directed to the Academic Convenor (Andrew Siebel) or Chair of the CBRI. Note that funding towards conference travel or related support for UoM researchers, internal infrastructure and service charges are not permissible.

    Key Dates

    • Application must be submitted by close of business (5pm) Friday 30th June 2017.
    • Outcomes advised by Friday 28th July 2017.
    • Funds available from Friday 4th August 2017.

    Funding Rules

    Application Form

  • CBRI Seed Funding Scheme - Rolling applications

    COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY RESEARCH INITIATIVE (CBRI)

    SEED FUNDING SCHEME - Rolling Applications

    (Currently suspended)

    INTRODUCTION

    The University of Melbourne Hallmark Research Initiatives are intended to enable the maturing of focused research communities that build on existing strengths across the University and the Precinct. The initiatives are in selected areas that have identified significant potential to harness cross-disciplinary capabilities in order to open up new research areas and targeted funding opportunities.

    The Hallmark Computational Biology Research Initiative (CBRI) aims to promote and facilitate computational biology research and researchers across the University of Melbourne research community. The broad themes of the CBRI are to support and facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary research by involving research staff from across University faculties, departments, and schools, and by facilitating connections and introductions with our partner organisations and with external researchers (including international linkages). The CBRI plans, delivers and supports research targeted events, such as seminars, workshops and symposia.

    OBJECTIVES

    The main objective of the CBRI Seed Funding Scheme is to increase cross-disciplinary academic collaboration in computational biology across the University and with external partners; to scope opportunities for funding research within new collaborative groups and/or to jointly develop a research proposal to a third party funder, e.g. ARC Linkage Project Grants, NHMRC Partnership Projects, or major industry player; and to raise public awareness and engagement of the computational biology research community and activity at the University of Melbourne.

    FUNDING

    In order to be more flexible in the current research funding environment and facilitate new ideas and initiatives across the computational biology research community at the University of Melbourne, we have implemented a rolling application process for the CBRI seed funding scheme.

    It is strongly recommended that applicants first contact a CBRI steering committee member to discuss the proposal in order to refine the application and maximise opportunity for funding.

    Applications will be assessed by a panel from the CBRI steering committee on a monthly basis with a cap of $20,000 for each proposal.

    The University of Melbourne values equity and diversity in its research work force and seeks to provide equal opportunities for support to diverse groups of researchers. The CBRI encourages applications from groups of collaborating researchers, and preference may be given to teams of applicants that incorporate diversity in terms of gender, academic discipline and career stage.

    Applications are sought to support the following activities:

    • Collaborative early career researcher (ECR) Seed Funding for "blue-sky" projects, which may include a senior investigator as mentor.
    • Research-enabling activities, such as seminars, workshops, etc. that benefit the wider computational biology community at the University of Melbourne.
    • Travel funding for visiting academics in areas relevant to planned workshops or theme areas, with matched funds from host department/faculty/school or other sponsors.
    • Funding to support development of new industry partnerships with evidence of strong research potential.
    • Funding to progress existing industry partnerships (50/50 matched funding from an industry partner).
    • Employment of Research/Technical Assistant(s) to facilitate a computational biology project.
    • Modest expenses for technology, equipment usage or consumables (in preparation of preliminary data, for example) that are otherwise difficult to fund.

    Funding will be awarded on the commencement date of the ‘project’ and all funding must be expended by the completion date (12 months from commencement).

    Questions about funding allowable under Hallmark rules should be directed to the Academic Convenor (Andrew Siebel) or Chair of the CBRI. Note that funding towards conference travel or related support for UoM researchers, internal infrastructure and service charges are not permissible.

    Applications can be submitted at any time (follow links to Funding Rules & Application Form below). 

    Funding Rules

    Application Form

  • CBRI Seed Funding Grants Awarded - 2016

    CBRI Seed Funding Round 1 – 2016


    The Computational Biology Research Initiative (CBRI) is pleased to announce that the following applicants have been successful in the inaugural seed funding round. A total of 16 high-quality applications were received, with the steering committee awarding full funding to five applications. Details of the award winners are below.

    Natalie Briscoe (BioSciences) *Early Career Researcher
    BioSciences, Faculty of Science
    Associate Investigators: Reid Tingley, Nick Golding, Pia Lentini

    A modelling platform for predicting the impacts of environmental change on species and communities

    Total Funding Awarded: $20,000

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    Ashley Farlow (Centre for Systems Genomics) *Early Career Researcher
    BioSciences and Mathematics & Statistics, Faculty of Science
    Associate Investigators: Andrew Bakshi, Ryan Wick

    Direct and indirect typing of HLA with Oxford Nanopore long reads

    Total Funding Awarded: $20,000

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    James Osborne (Mathematics & Statistics)
    Mathematics & Statistics, Faculty of Science
    Associate Investigators: Alexander Combes, Melissa Little, Chin Wee Tan, Edmund Crampin

    Towards the virtual tissue: a framework for multicellular systems biology

    Total Funding Awarded: $19,987.44

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    Stuart Ralph (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
    Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, MDHS
    Associate Investigators: Leanne Tilley, Melissa Davis

    Computational analysis and reconstruction of regulatory networks driving artemisinin resistance in Plasmodium falciparum

    Total Funding Awarded: $12,000

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    Justin Rubio (Pathology)
    Biomedical Sciences, MDHS
    Associate Investigators: Stephen Leslie, Michael Barnett

    Does neuronal somatic mutation influence the progression of multiple sclerosis?

    Total Funding Awarded: $20,000

  • CBRI Seed Funding Scheme - Round 1 CLOSED

    COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY RESEARCH INITIATIVE (CBRI)

    SEED FUNDING SCHEME - Round 1

    INTRODUCTION

    The University of Melbourne Hallmark Research Initiatives are intended to enable the maturing of focused research communities that build on existing strengths across the University and the Precinct. The initiatives are in selected areas that have identified significant potential to harness cross-disciplinary capabilities in order to open up new research areas and targeted funding opportunities.

    The Hallmark Computational Biology Research Initiative (CBRI) aims to promote and facilitate computational biology research and researchers across the University of Melbourne research community. The broad themes of the CBRI are to support and facilitate collaborative and interdisciplinary research by involving research staff from across University faculties, departments, and schools, and by facilitating connections and introductions with our partner organisations and with external researchers (including international linkages). The CBRI plans and delivers public and research targeted events, such as seminars, workshops and symposia.

    OBJECTIVES

    The main objective of the CBRI Seed Funding Scheme is to increase cross-disciplinary academic collaboration in computational biology across the University and with external partners; to scope opportunities for funding research within new collaborative groups and/or to jointly develop a research proposal to a third party funder, e.g. ARC Linkage Project Grants, NHMRC Partnership Projects, or major industry player in the corresponding 2016-2017 rounds; and to raise public awareness and engagement of the computational biology research community and activity at the University of Melbourne.

    FUNDING

    The CBRI will offer successful proposals seed funding to the value of $5,000 – $20,000. Funds will be awarded for one year only.

    There are two categories of seed funding available: Standard Research and Early Career Researcher (ECR) awards.

    The University of Melbourne values equity and diversity in its research work force and seeks to provide equal opportunities for support to diverse groups of researchers. The CBRI encourages applications from groups of collaborating researchers, and preference may be given to teams of applicants that incorporate diversity in terms of gender, academic discipline and career stage.

    Funding is restricted to the following activities:

    • Employing Research Assistant(s) to facilitate the project.
    • Support research-enabling activities, such as seminars, workshops, etc.
    • Raw materials/consumables and lab equipment usage fees.
    • Modest expenses for equipment usage or consumables (in preparation of preliminary data, for example)

    Questions about funding allowable under HRI rules should be directed to the Academic Convenor or Chair of the CBRI. Note that funding towards conference travel or related support, and internal infrastructure and service charges are not permissible under HRI rules.

    Funding will be awarded on the commencement date of the project and all funding must be expended by the completion date (12 months from commencement).

    Key Dates

    • Application must be submitted by close of business (5 pm) Friday 1st July 2016.
    • Outcomes advised by Friday 29th July 2016.
    • Funds available from Friday 5th August 2016.

    Funding Rules

    Application Form