Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network

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Money available for exploring problems important to Australian ecosystems

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Money available for exploring problems important to Australian ecosystems

Support is available from the Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, a Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network facility, for teams of researchers and managers to explore questions and problems important to Australian ecosystems.

There are three ACEAS funding categories:
1. Working Groups: consist of no more than 15 scientists and managers who will use workshops as a tool for their successful collaboration, concentrating on specific issues that require in-depth analysis of data and synthesis of ideas with an Australian focus. Working Groups may meet 1-3 times within an 18 month period, from at least four days to a week per meeting.
2. Targetted Workshops: a single meeting of no more than 15 scientists and managers who focus on data and/or information integration, analysis and synthesis around a major Australian ecosystem science question.
Workshop and Working Group participants need to have clear roles according to their contribution to the aims of the workshop, represent a range of organisations, including management where relevant, and include at least one postdoctoral student or equivalent.
3. Sabbatical Fellowships: support travel and accommodation expenses (no stipend) of internationally recognised ecologists and ecosystem scientists to a maximum of $15,000 per fellow for periods of 3-12 months. No funding support is available for salary support or honoraria.

To be considered for funding applications must:
• have tangible output and outcomes for advancing ecosystem science and management, for example a peer-reviewed synthesis, an analysis paper, a report;
• have demonstrable national, rather than solely local, significance;
• focus on the analysis and synthesis of data;
• use data held in Australia, to the benefit of ecosystem science in Australia; and
• demonstrate utility outside the interests of the team applying.

Applications:
Open Monday 16 May 2011
Close Friday 17 June 2011

If you think you have an important question that needs attention, some data and people that could be put together to find a solution visit www.aceas.org.au for more information, or contact:
Assoc. Prof. Alison Specht
ACEAS Program Manager
P: (07) 3365 9773
M: 0458448686
E: aceas.tern@uq.edu.au

For more information about TERN visit www.tern.org.au

TERN is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy and the Super Science Initiative.

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