Early Career Researcher International Travel Award
About the Early Career Researcher International Travel Award
The Early Career Researcher (ECR) International Travel Award is one component of the International Research Collaboration Support Program. This program aims to establish new and strengthen existing research collaborations with international research institutions and researchers of high distinction.
The ECR International Travel Award aims to ensure that early career researchers are supported to engage in research collaborations with high profile research groupings leading to internationally co-authored research outputs or funding.
This program is an internal funding opportunity.
Guidelines for Applicants
The following guidelines apply to applications for the ECR Award.
Definition of an Early Career Researcher
Early Career Researchers are researchers who are within five years (full-time equivalent) of being awarded a PhD or equivalent research doctorate.
Number of Awards
Up to 40 awards of up to $6,000 per applicant will be awarded annually. Priority may be given to ECRs who have attracted external funding for their travel. For Round two 2013 each Division will be allocated five (5) Awards.
Duration of Awards
Each Award will support an international research trip of 3 or more week’s duration.
- meet the definition of Early Career Researcher outlined above;
- be a Teaching and Research or Research Only academic staff member employed for no less than one year;
- have an excellent research track record relative to opportunity; and
- propose to engage in a collaborative program of research activity with a nominated research group and/or institution of high international distinction.
Only one award will normally be made to an ECR in any 3 year period.
Please note: Nominations supported by a Director of a University-supported institute or centre will be given priority.
Use of Funds
Funds can only be used to support reasonable travel and accommodation costs as approved by the Dean Research.
Funds cannot be used to support conference attendance, salary supplementation, teaching relief etc.
Application and Assessment Process
Applications will be considered twice annually:
- March 31 – for travel from mid-May to mid-October
- August 31 – for travel from mid-October to mid-May
Potential applicants should contact the Dean Research in the first instance to discuss the proposed application.
Applicants must then complete an Expression of Interest (EOI)and email it to the relevant Dean by the closing date:
Division of Business: Martin.Shanahan@unisa.edu.au
Division of Education, Arts & Social Sciences: Susannah.Radstone@unisa.edu.au
Division of Health Sciences: Pat.Buckley@unisa.edu.au
Division of Information Technology, Engineering & the Environment: Bart.Follink@unisa.edu.au
Applications will be reviewed by the relevant Dean Research who will identify the top five (5) applications based on the criteria, eligibility requirements and the strategic research priorities of the Division.
The relevant Dean Research will notify Research and Innovation Services of the successful applicants. Successful applicants will be requested to complete an Acceptance of Offer Form and a Confirmation of Travel Details Form prior to the release of funds
A Final Report must be submitted to Research and Innovation Services four weeks after return from the international travel. The report will include a statement on the benefits gained from the Award and a financial acquittal. Unspent funds must be returned to Research and Innovation Services. The report template can be accessed from http://w3.unisa.edu.au/res/development/docs/ECRTravel-FinalReport.docx.
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