Please note that the 2017 Early Career Research Grants open on 19 June 2017 and close at 5pm on 31 July, 2017.   

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Policy aim:
To strengthen research capability in Victoria to conduct world-class research in health and well-being by helping establish the careers of talented young scientists.

For its grant round in 2017, the Jack Brockhoff Foundation  will consider applications ONLY from research scientists with less than 3 research-active years after successfully completing their PhD examination. (Research-active means time engaged in full-time research).

The aim of the Foundation is to help support early-career researchers to demonstrate their scientific originality and their capacity to complete, relatively independently, a discrete study for publication in the scientific literature. The Foundation intends this to assist talented young researchers to build a CV that enables them later to compete successfully for research positions and research grants, and to establish the foundation of a career in research.

Applicants and their host institution will be required to show that:

  1. Formulation of the research problem addressed arises within a line of research pursued in their host institution,
  2. Specific hypotheses to be explored are original ideas of the applicant themselves,
  3. It is feasible to conduct the research from their host institution,
  4. It can be completed in the timeline proposed.

The host institution will be required to attest that:

  1. The project proposal based on original thinking of the applicant, with any conceptual or methodological input from host institute mentor(s) clearly differentiated,
  2. Salary support from the host institution for the applicant is guaranteed for the duration of the project,
  3. At least 50% of the applicant’s time will be available to work on their Jack Brockhoff Foundation project,
  4. Appropriate infrastructure support to undertake the applicant’s project will be provided (e.g., space, facilities).

Scope of research to be funded:

  1. Research relevant to understanding the causation, prevention, detection, treatment and palliation of conditions affecting the health and well-being of the population of Victoria.
  2. Research that is significant because it addresses a problem affecting a large number of people and/or one that severely affects a smaller number.
  3. Research that has the potential for timely application to benefit affected populations will be viewed favourably.

Size of grants:
One or two year grants of up to $70000 per annum will be considered, although cost-effective smaller applications will also be welcome.

Assessment of grants:
Originality and scientific excellence will be the basis for selecting applications for funding. However, the Foundation may also take into consideration capacity-building needs of certain areas of research.

Type of research:
Research conducted in any discipline relevant to disease, health and well-being outcomes  will be considered. Multi-disciplinary and multi-institution applications will be considered. Research arising from these grants is expected to yield two or more peer-reviewed scientific articles in quality journals.

Electronic payment of grants 

The Jack Brockhoff Foundation delivers grants by direct electronic payment into a nominated account with a financial institution.  Successful applicants will be asked to provide banking and account details when they are advised of the success of their application.

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