From:                              SIEF - Science & Industry Endowment Fund

Sent:                               Monday, 10 December 2012 2:07 PM

To:                                   SIEF - Science & Industry Endowment Fund

Subject:                          Science & Industry Endowment Fund - December Newsletter


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10 December 2012


Note from the Manager

As 2012 draws to a close, it is opportune to reflect on what has been an active year for SIEF in the Australian science community.  The year included the inauguration of two new Programs: SIEF-Australian Academy of Science Fellowships to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings; and the Special Research Program: Synchrotron Science. Research Projects (Round 4) attracted considerable interest at the Expression of Interest stage (175 EoIs), with 8 highly rated EoIs being invited to submit full proposals. Collaborators involved in the full proposals will be notified of the final funding outcomes shortly. The current Research Projects receiving funds from SIEF are progressing well and submit regular Progress Report for review. It is clear that SIEF funding is providing the opportunity for recipients to further leverage funds from other sources to expand and extend the current Projects and consolidate collaborations. The Promotion of Science Programs continue to attract significant interest with a new cohort of SIEF John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellows and Postgraduate Scholars to commence early in 2013.


From the entire SIEF Team, we wish you all warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and a very happy and safe New Year. We look forward to your continued interest in SIEF in 2013.


Dr Melissa Straffon

SIEF Manager

(03) 9545 7952 or 0408 134 581


eReefs Project

Australia's Great Barrier Reef is a national treasure bringing significant economic, cultural and social benefits to our nation. The eReefs project has been formed as the first step in building comprehensive coastal information systems for Australia and aims to contribute to the protection and preservation of the iconic Great Barrier Reef. A media event was held last month at Townsville’s ReefHQ where a broad range of project partners were joined by Environment Minister Tony Burke to take part in a demonstration of some of the visual marine monitoring tools that will become available through the eReefs website to assist researchers and marine managers in caring for the Great Barrier Reef .


For further information about the eReefs Research Project please visit the webpage.


Promotion of Science

Undergraduate Degree Scholarships

The 2014 Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) Scholarships Program includes up to eight Undergraduate Degree scholarships that will be available to Science/ICT or Engineering undergraduates who are of Indigenous background or located in rural or remote locations and of low socio-economic background. Selection is via a 2 stage process with SIEF seeking expressions of interest from Australian universities to participate in the Undergraduate Degree Scholarship Program (Stage 1). Participating Universities will then identify suitable candidates (Stage 2).


Applications from Universities (Stage 1) for Scholarships to commence in 2014 close 2 April 2013.


For further information please visit the Undergraduate Degree Scholarships webpage.


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Key Dates

Undergraduate Degree Scholarships

2 April 2013


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