Note from the
Thank you to everyone who participated in the SIEF Early Career Researcher
Survey, and to all those selected by the external review team for analysis.
Your assistance helped provide valuable insight into the broad cross section
of SIEF activities and will help ensure that SIEF projects continue to
optimise the delivery of work, training, and development opportunities for
Early Career Researchers.
From the entire SIEF Team, best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and
very happy and safe New Year. We look forward to your continued interest in
SIEF in 2017.
Dr Melissa Straffon
(03) 9545 7952 or 0408 134 581
Experimental Development Program
Following the successful launch of the Experimental Development Program, the
Black Tiger Prawns antivirals project formally commenced in mid 2016, and two additional
projects have commenced since then.
Transpirational is developing a biodegradable polymer membrane for
improving mapping and navigation system technology for drones. With several
more applications in progress, the Experimental Development Program
continues to assert itself as a viable funding option for progressing
technology to commercial investment and market uptake. If you are
considering submitting a proposal to the SIEF EDP, please contact the SIEF
Team prior to commencing your application to discuss key aspects including
Research Projects Update
One of our Research Projects, Aero Engine, has recently been hailed as a world
leader in customised 3D printing. Supported by SIEF, the collaborative
project between Monash University, CSIRO, Deakin University, Amaero, and
SAFRAN-MicroTurbo, took an
aero engine, scanned it and created two copies, including 23
different components, using customised 3D metal printers. This ‘waste-free’,
rapidly developing technology is key to placing Australia as a lead
contender in additive manufacturing in the global market.
Special Research Programs
SIEF support of the Synchrotron Science and the ASKAP is now complete.
A summary of the
projects is available on the SIEF website.
Synchrotron Science filled a gap in the National Innovation System by
providing access for Australian Publicly Funded Research Agencies (PFRAs) to
the Australian Synchrotron.
Not only has SIEF supported great research
but has also resulted in over 25% of SIEF funded users of the AS being classified as ECRs.
With the funding from SIEF (matched by CSIRO), the
ASKAP Project enhanced and extended ASKAP through the addition of another
twelve Phase Array Feeds (PAFs) and their associated digital systems. The
project helped ensure delivery of this revolutionary telescope at close to
the scientific capability required to ensure optimum scientific impact and
lasting benefit to Australia.
SIEF Annual Report
Over the past year, a paper detailing the history of
SIEF was published in the Historical Records of Australian Science, and two
new SIEF initiatives were introduced. Further information can be read in the