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Science and Industry Endowment Fund

Documentation relating to Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) Research Projects, Stage one Expression of Interest (EoI) is now available, with a deadline of 23 July for submission for the latest round of funding.

The SIEF provides grants to science and scientists for the purposes of assisting Australian industry, furthering the interests of the Australian community and contributing to the achievement of Australian national objectives. In 2009, the funding arrangement received a substantial gift from CSIRO facilitating the rejuvenated Fund to be a mechanism for significant support of science in Australia.

Priority areas have been identified for Round 4 Research Projects to ensure that projects funded by SIEF are addressing a broad spread of national challenges for Australia and across SIEF’s Special Purpose areas. These are:

  • Plant and Animal Production and Primary Products;
  • Mineral Resources;
  • Energy;
  • Manufacturing;
  • Construction;
  • Transport; and
  • Information and Communication Services.

All proposals for Research Projects must align with the SIEF Primary Purpose and at least one Special Purpose Area as well as with the priorities of the requesting institution.

The SIEF Special Purpose Areas (SPAs) relevant to SIEF Research Projects are Emerging Science, Strategic Science and Supporting Science, which fall within the SEIF Primary Purpose. These SPAs represent different stages of development/maturity of the science being undertaken.

The aim is that Research Projects funded by SIEF address a broad spread of development stages, and therefore a strong preference will be given to the SIEF SPA of Supporting Research (SUR) for Round 4 Research Projects, with some scope for support in the Emerging Research SPA should outstanding proposals be received.

Eligibility is extended to national and international* universities, other Publicly Funded Research Agencies (PFRA), and other research focused institutions, (*subject to the funded research meeting the SIEF Primary Purpose of benefit to Australia) with collaborative proposals preferred.

The funding grants for research projects will be up to the value of $1-2 million per annum for a term of 3-5 years with proponents encouraged to co-invest resources (may be as in-kind).

More information regarding priority areas, preferred Special Purpose Areas, other eligibility criteria, assessment criteria and the EoI form is available at the SIEF Research Projects webpage: www.sief.org.au/FundingActivities/Research-Projects.html

The closing date for Round 4 of the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) is 23 July 2012.

SOURCE: Science and Industry Endowment Fund website

Work Program for the FP7-Energy-2013

The European Commission’s 2013 work program for the FP7-Energy-2013 call will soon be published.

The European Union (EU) must follow a special procedure to fund projects (around 1 year between publication of the call to start of projects) and therefore the EU FP7 energy research program is implemented through annual work programs.

Each work program includes research topics and is implemented with open and competitive calls for proposals (published) with a peer-review carried out by independent experts.

Early in December last year, an expert team from the EU visited Australia on a fact finding mission to identify cooperation possibilities between EU and Australia within carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS).

The EU team met with Australian counterparts and discussed topics of mutual interest for twinning arrangements suitable for future calls of the EU Framework Program of Research and the corresponding mechanisms for R&D support in Australia; further discussions followed.

As a result, the EU-Australia twinning topic ‘ENERGY.2013.5.1.2: New generation high-efficiency capture processes’ was included into the work program.

The draft 2013 work program is published on the EC’s Participant Portal under FP7 Documents/Orientation Papers 2013/Cooperation. Calls for proposals are expected to be published in July with a project start in 2013.

More information on the EC’s 2013 work program for the FP7-Energy-2013 call can be found by visiting their website:

SOURCE: European Commission's website above

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