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Funding and prize opportunities

Research funding for rainforest protection now available

The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation is pleased to announce the annual launch of funding to support research that enhances the protection of tropical rainforests through better understanding and sustainable practices.

Currently in its 11th year, the unique funding program has supported a vast array of rainforest focussed projects.

Eligible research applicants will be able to access up to $5000 for PhD projects and $2000 for Honours projects, Graduate Diplomas in Research Methods projects and other Masters coursework which contain a strong research component.

Dr Ken Chapman, Chairman of the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation, said the foundation was pleased to make this funding available. The closing date for submissions is Wednesday 6 June 2018. More information here.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowships

The goal of the Individual Fellowships is to enhance the creative and innovative potential of experienced researchers, wishing to diversify their individual competence in terms of skill acquisition through advanced training, international and intersectoral mobility.

Individual Fellowships provide opportunities to researchers of any nationality to acquire and transfer new knowledge and to work on research and innovation in Europe (EU Member States and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries) and beyond. The scheme particularly supports the return and (re)integration of European researchers from outside Europe and those who have previously worked here, as well as researchers displaced by conflict outside the EU and Horizon 2020 Associated Countries. It also promotes the career restart of individual researchers who show great potential.

Applicants should submit their expression of interest by email to, including CV and a work plan, by 15 June 2018. The deadline for applications is 12 September 2018. More information here.

Arthritis Australia National Research Program applications for 2019

Arthritis Australia supports all areas of research relevant to arthritis, rheumatic diseases or other musculoskeletal diseases or conditions including osteoporosis. Awards are now available to clinical, scientific and allied health professionals who work in universities, hospitals or recognised research institutes.

There are various grants to apply for ranging from $25,000 to $100,000. More information here.

General opportunities

UC CIRI hosting visiting fellow Professor Bob Morgan

University of Canberra Collaborative Indigenous Research Initiative (UC CIRI) is hosting Professor Bob Morgan for a week 13-20/5/18.

Professor Morgan is a Gumilaroi man from Walgett western NSW. He is a highly respected and acknowledged Aboriginal educator/researcher who has worked extensively throughout Australia and internationally in the field of Aboriginal knowledge and learning for over thirty (40) years. During this period Professor Morgan served as the inaugural President of the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group, a member of the National Aboriginal Education Committee, as Commissioner with the NSW Education Commission (1980-1986) and as a board member of the NSW Anti Discrimination Board (1980-1986).

This is an opportunity to get his input in with regards to such things as reviewing Grants; Input to proposed grants and running a Learning/Yarning Circle. Please contact to arrange collaborating with Professor Bob Morgan during his visit.

Training opportunities

See our calendar.

Sustainable Stand up

Stand up for things that matter course. For whom: Change agents, sustainability & CSR professionals, humanitarian workers, and anyone else trying to make a positive difference in the world. When: Course from May 15 to June 19. More information here.

Innovation opportunities

UC at FatigueHACK 2018

The Australian Trucking Association (ATA) is bringing the nations brightest innovators to Canberra this April (18-20th) to create disruptive new solutions that tackle driver fatigue in the Australian trucking industry. The 48hr FatigueHACK event sponsored by Teletrac Navman & facilitated by the Canberra Innovation Network aims to completely disrupt current thinking around the way driver fatigue is managed by bringing together developers, designers, industry experts, researchers and regulators. Teams will compete for a prize pool of over $10k with the top 3 teams having the opportunity to pitch to delegates & industry leaders at the national ATA conference on Friday 20th April. If you are up for the challenge, learn more & register your team here.

Shark Tank Australia

Have you got a ground breaking idea, invention or business proposal that needs to be taken to the next level? The hit Channel 10 show Shark Tank are taking applications now. To apply visit the website.

Discovery Translation Fund

Do you have an invention or research, that you think should be commercialised? The Discovery Translation Fund is designed to help researchers take their projects with commercial potential forward. Grants can be awarded for up to $50,000 per project, with funding above $50,000 considered for projects of exceptional potential. Think you have a suitable project? Please contact

First Wednesday Connect

Join entrepreneurs, business people, and innovators in Canberra for tFirst Wednesday Connect of 2018 on the first Wednesday of the month between 5pm and 6.30pm at the CBR Innovation Network. First Wednesday Connect is free and you will see over 150 people for pitchers, a surprise speaker, drinks and nibbles. Register now.

Main Sequence Ventures

Do you have a Deep Tech innovation or vision that could change the world? Or do you have the skills that could benefit a deep tech start up? Main Sequence Ventures is a venture capital program, launched by CSIRO and funded by the Australian Government, designed to spur Australian innovation and enable world changing visions. Unlike many other venture capital funds, Main Ventures is looking to provide additional value through linking organisations and capabilities to create synergies to realise the untapped potential in the Australian research and innovation environment. Opportunities also exist for researchers to shadow investors and see firsthand what they are looking for. If you are interested in working with Main Sequence Ventures, please contact

Innovation Connections

UC is lucky to have Dr Jacqui Watt visit the campus on the last Monday of every month. Jacqui works to link researchers and business together to solve industry led problems, through government co-sponsored research projects. If you have a business that you are working on a project with, they may be eligible for matched government funding or alternatively, if you have research skills that might help a business, book in and have a chat with Jacqui. Contact for queries.