From:                                         SIEF - Science & Industry Endowment Fund

Sent:                                           Monday, 12 September 2011 9:41 AM

To:                                               SIEF - Science & Industry Endowment Fund

Cc:                                               Straffon, Melissa (SIEF)

Subject:                                     Science and Industry Endowment Fund - Newsletter September 2011




Science and Industry Endowment Fund







 12 September 2011

Welcome to the SIEF Newsletter

The past few months have been very busy in the SIEF office with finalisation of selection of Round 3 Research Projects, the 2012 SIEF John Stocker Scholarships and Fellowships closing, the launch of the Honours scholarship program and the Awards Ceremony at Parliament House. Further detail on the Awards Ceremony and Honours program can be found below.


As indicated in the June Newsletter, it is the Trustee’s current intention to conduct a Round 4 Research Projects selection in 2012. It is likely this will be occur in the latter part of the calendar year, with further details regarding the selection criteria, timelines and potential areas of priority to be released midyear. Information will be posted on the website and notification sent to the mailing list when it becomes available.


Also as indicated in the June Newsletter, the Trustee does not intend to manage open rounds of submissions for Research Infrastructure investment and consideration of specific investment proposals will be by invitation only. Further information will be posted on the SIEF website as it becomes available.


The Undergraduate Scholarships program will be further extended in the coming months with the addition to the Honours scholarships of Vacation and Undergraduate Degree Scholarship Programs. These new opportunities will round out the SIEF Promotion of Science initiative and provide a SIEF scholarships program that extends across the tertiary education sector, encouraging collaboration across the National Innovation System.


Dr Melissa Straffon

SIEF Manager 

(03) 9545 7952 or 0408 134 581


SIEF Awards

Ceremony 23 August

Promotion of Science

Honours Scholarships

SIEF Awards Ceremony

On Tuesday 23 August 2011, the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) held its first ever Awards Ceremony at Mural Hall, Parliament House, Canberra, to present the inaugural SIEF John Stocker Postgraduate Scholarships and Postdoctoral Fellowships, and announce the CSIRO Macquarie University Chair in Wireless Communications.

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The Minister, Dr John Stocker and the Trustee Dr Megan Clark. (Photo: Carl Davies)

The event brought together past beneficiaries of the Fund with the inaugural recipients of the newly introduced scholarships and fellowships to celebrate the Fund’s role in supporting Australia's scientific talent through promotion of science education and visionary research.

·         To read more about the event click here.

·         To read Senator Carr’s Media release click here.


Promotion of Science

Undergraduate Honours Scholarships

The 2012 SIEF Scholarships program includes up to ten honours scholarships with a focus on areas with a mathematics/numeracy component, and the aim of helping to develop undergraduates into independent researchers.  Honours Scholarships will be available to students who have completed a Bachelor of Science and who are enrolled for an Honours year for the duration of the scholarship. The Scholarships are for one year.

For more information about Undergraduate Scholarships please see our webpage.


Upcoming Dates

18 November

Undergraduate Honours proposals due

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