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HRB Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement Awards 2015
Project / Programme grants
Opening Date:
26 September 2014
Closing Date:
8 December 2014

This innovative postdoctoral fellowship scheme by the HRB is aimed at building and attracting capacity into population health and health services research and, through a team-based approach, will enable the development of partnerships between researchers, practitioners and decision makers in policy and health service delivery.

The ICE Awards initiative is a strategic initiative to address gaps in capacity, build on existing investment, strength and capabilities and encourage partnership and collaboration between the population health research and health services research communities and clinical researchers.  

Applicant teams must be interdisciplinary in nature to ensure that fellows receive appropriate training and mentoring in contextual, methodological and other issues related to their work and they develop skills and competencies required for successful interdisciplinary and trans-sectoral research in population health and health services research.     

Who should apply?

The initiative takes a team-based interdisciplinary approach whereby existing teams or newly formed teams of senior established researchers come together to apply for one to three postdoctoral fellows to join their team to add value through expertise and insight.  Interdisciplinary teams under this scheme is a group of researchers from a variety of disciplines working collaboratively on projects that fall within population health or health services research.  Interdisciplinary teams can seek funding for early postdoctoral trainees, for Research Fellows or for Senior Research Fellows.    

What does the award include?

The ICE Awards are primarily development and training awards for postdoctoral researchers.  As such funds will be used to provide support for postdoctoral researchers with a small yearly running cost allowance.  Postdoctoral fellowships can be held on a full-time or part-time basis.  Allowable costs include salary support for postdoctoral fellows, training and development allowance, research experience allowance, dissemination and knowledge exchange costs and the yearly running cost allowance. 

Submission and deadline

All applications must be made online using the HRB GEMS. The deadline for submission of complete applications to the HRB is Monday, 8 December 2014 at 13.00.

Prior to final submission to the HRB, all applications must first be reviewed and approved within GEMS by the signatory approver at the research office (or equivalent) at the Host Institution (see Guidance Notes). It is critical therefore that Principal Investigators leave sufficient time in the process for the Research Office (or equivalent) in their nominated Host Institution to review, seek clarifications and approve applications prior to the final submission date. This may involve being aware of and complying with any internal Host Institution deadlines for review and approval, distinct from the HRB deadline.

The HRB is committed to an open and competitive process underpinned by international peer review. Following an initial eligibility check applications will be sent to international experts for analysis and comment. A grant selection Panel will then be established to consider applications and the associated comments of the peer reviewers with a view to making final recommendations to the Board of the HRB.

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