I am writing to get your feedback on an idea that seeks to catalyse new and productive connections for Australian bioinformatics. My hope is that your ideas and input will help improve the concept before we put anything into action.
At this stage, I envision that we would call for ABN Connection Grant proposals every six months or so and review applications in conjunction with information about issues of importance to Australian bioinformaticians and bioscientists.
Could you take a look at the following and add a comment to indicate that you think it's heading in the right direction, or to suggest an improvement?
I'm taking leave from October 3-21 and will aim to act on comments, ideas and suggestions after that.
ABN Connection Grants
The Australian Bioinformatics Network aims to connect people to increase the benefits Australian Bioinformatics can deliver. The ABN Connection Grants Scheme exists to catalyse new and productive connections for Australian bioinformatics in ways that complement what we can achieve through AustralianBioinformatics.net alone. Travel funding, support for national and international visitors, sponsorship of meetings that strengthen professional networks are all in the scope of ABN Connection Grants.
We also want to use ABN Connection Grants to learn how this kind of funding scheme can work better in future. We expect there will be things we can improve, but it is vital for us to make a start so we can learn what they are.
Aims and Principles
- ABN Connection Grants serve to fund activities that strengthen connections between people, so Australian bioinformatics can deliver even more benefit.
- This includes funding for activities such as
- Travel for face-to-face meetings, presentations, learning and development
- Meetings (e.g., through contributions to venue hire, catering)
- Event registration, provided there is a commitment to share information from that event with members of the Australian Bioinformatics Network.
- This excludes funding for
- Products and services
- Activities that affect only the individual applicant.
- Funding requests are open to all. Decisions will be based on how well they fit with these aims
- All proposals will be published to members of AustralianBioinformatics.net
- Funding proposals for projects which have matching fund contributions will be highly regarded
- Funding will be commensurate with potential impact
- For example, a request for support for a visit from a research leader who would present to and interact with audiences across Australia could expect a greater level of funding than an individual seeking travel funding to attend a conference
- Funding decisions will seek to address issues important to Australian bioinformatics communities
The review process will take into account information submitted to AustralianBioinformatics.net about significant issues
- Funding decisions will be made by a panel of reviewers drawn from the Australian Bioinformatics Network
- We will seek to engage reviewers from across Australia, who represent a diverse range of perspectives
- We will seek to ensure a fair review process in line with the Scheme’s aims
- Applicants will be asked to complete the following pro-forma:
ABN Connection Grant Proposal
A one-line title we can use to refer to this proposal
Your name and affiliation
Names and affiliations of any other applicants
Brief description of the proposed activity
Write up to 100 words to summarise what you are proposing to use this funding for. Your concepts and ideas need to be consistent with the aims of the ABN Connection Grants Scheme, avoiding technical terms and jargon. It is important to remember that persons reviewing this proposal will be scientists, but will not necessarily understand highly specialised topics outside their field. The most compelling statements will be clear, concise and straightforward to understand.
How will the proposed activity strengthen connections between people so that Australian bioinformatics can deliver more benefit?
Describe the proposed activity and how it will strengthen connections between people so that Australian bioinformatics can deliver more benefit. Note that we stress “connections”—this scheme is meant to help catalyse new and productive connections. While an applicant may benefit strongly from the proposed activity, proposals that affect only the applicant will not be funded. This does not rule out proposals for training or conference attendance, but it does require the applicant to indicate how that experience will be shared with others in some meaningful way. This could be achieved by proposing to give a seminar, or sharing a written review, or using social media to broadcast aspects of the course or conference to the Australian Bioinformatics Network.
What funding do you seek and how would you use the funding?
Give a brief statement explaining the amount of funding you seek from the ABN, and how you would use it to support the proposed activity. If these funds would be used in conjunction with investments from other sources, please describe how the overall investment would be used.
Is there any other information we should be aware of?
Use this space to add any information that makes your proposal more compelling.
<Your Name> – Brief CV
The completed pro-forma must
Proposals that fail to meet these criteria may not be reviewed.