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Early Career Researcher International Travel Award (ECRITA)


Closing date: 30 April 2014 (Round 1, 2014)



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

As a guide, Early Career Researchers (ECRs) are researchers who are within five years 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.

Duration of awards

Each award will support an international research trip of 3 or more week's duration.

Eligibility criteria

Eligible applicants must:

  1. Satisfy the definition of an Early Career Researcher as stipulated above
  2. Be a UniSA salaried Teaching and/or Research academic employed for no less than one year
  3. Have an excellent research track record relative to opportunity
  4. Propose to engage in a collaborative program of research activity with a nominated research group and/or institution of high international distinction.

Please note: Nominations supported by a director of a University-supported institute or centre will be given priority.

Conditions of Award

  1. Only one award will normally be made to an ECR over a 3-year period. Applicants for this award will be required to attach a letter signed by their international collaborator which indicates that the host research institution supports the visit of the UniSA researcher for the purposes and period stated in the EOI. This letter must be attached to the applicant's EOI.
  2. Funds can only be used to support reasonable travel and accommodation costs as approved by the Dean of Research (see section 6 below). A final report outlining the benefits gained from this award and a financial acquittal on a template provided by RIS must be provided four weeks after return from the international travel. Unspent funds must be returned to Research and Innovation Services.

Budget items supported

Funds must ONLY be used to support reasonable travel and accommodation costs as approved by the Dean of Research. Funds cannot be used to support conference attendance, salary supplementation, teaching relief, etc.

Submitting your application (EOI)

Email your complete and fully signed EOI by 30 April, to your relevant Dean of Research:

  • 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 and the Environment: Bart.Follink@unisa.edu.au
  • Centre for Cancer Biology: Research.Development@unisa.edu.au
  • Centre for Regional Engagement: Research.Development@unisa.edu.au

Application Outcomes

Once applications have been assessed by the panel, both unsuccessful and successful applicants will be notified by email.

Successful applicants will be requested to complete an
Acceptance of Offer Form and a Confirmation of Travel Details Form prior to the release of any funding.

Reporting

Final Reports must be emailed to: research.development@unisa.edu.au.

Final Reports are due 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.

Further Information

Further information can be requested from research.development@unisa.edu.au.

 

 

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