Advice on funding opportunity through the Australia China Young Scientist Exchange Program

The Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme (YSEP) is a joint initiative funded by the Australian Department of Industry and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST). It is supported by the Commonwealth of Australia under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (science and research knowledge exchange).  This programme builds on the earlier Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Programme which ran from 2006 to 2011 and the Australia-China Young Researchers Exchange Programme which ran from 2012-2013. 

YSEP aims to provide a catalyst to bring together future science leaders from Australia and China to foster long term relationships to;

·        Increase early and mid-career Australian and Chinese researchers understanding of the cultures,  particularly the science and research practices and systems, of the two countries;

·        Develop the researchers’ leadership skills as future “science ambassadors” for Australia and China; and

·        Provide a catalyst for future Australia-China Research collaboration.

Further information about YSEP is set out in the Australia-China Science and Research Fund Program Guidelines on the ATSE website www.atse.org.au/ysepand should be read in conjunction with the application form: application form link here

ATSE will only acceptone application per eligible research or industry organisation. The research office (or authorised office) will be responsible for setting up its internal deadlines for application submission and selecting the best candidate from within their organisation.

Important dates

·         Call for applications opens Monday 22 June 2015.

·         Applications close at 5pm Friday 17 July 2015.

·         Successful candidates will be notified by early to mid August 2015.

Activities Guidelines and responsibilities of Australian participants during and after the exchange

Australian participants will:

·         travel as a group to China in the given travel period: 1-13 November 2015;

·         participate in a telephone pre departure session in Australia and attend an orientation session upon arrival in China in Beijing;

·         be placed in at least one, and no more than five, appropriate research institutions (including but not limited to universities, publicly funded research agencies, medical research institutes and research-intensive businesses) in China for a total period of 2 weeks.  During the 2 weeks, participants are expected to undertake research-related visits, meetings, give seminars with Chinese partners;

·         attend a debriefing session in Shanghai, including providing a short presentation on their 2-week exchange experience;

·         be required to provide a written report within 30 days and 12 months after returning to Australia,  that includes details of activities undertaken and benefits derived;

Funding

Up to 20 applicants will be accepted as a YSEP awardee. The successful applicants will receive:

·         return economy airfares from Australia to China;

·         visa application fees and travel insurance;

·         accommodation, domestic travel within China; meals and incidentals will be covered in China.

NOTE:  successful applicants will be supported by an in-country liaison officer from CSTEC.

How to apply

1.       Determine that you are eligible to apply. Each Eligible Research Office (ERO) must certify that the nominated applicant meets all of the eligibility requirements.

2.       Complete application form and attach a CV (maximum one page, listing 5 of your most relevant publications).

3.       Submit a completed application form to theresearch office (or other single authorised central office) of the Eligible Research Organisation (ERO) so that the research office can submit one application per ERO toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  before 5.00 pm Friday 17 July 2015.

Where an applicant sends an application form directly, or a single ERO sends more than one application, the application will not be accepted.

 

Eligibility

Australian applicants must:

·         be Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents, but who do not have consolidated links with China and have not lived, studied or worked in China for longer than a total of 3 months;

·         be an early to mid-career researcher.  An early to mid-career researcher is defined as: A researcher who has had between 3 and 10 years of research experience since the award of his/her PhD (or equivalent research qualification), with the PhD having been awarded between 3 and 15 years prior to the closing date for submission of applications;

·         be employed by an Eligible Research Organisation (see below) in one of the approved research fields (natural and physical science disciplines, including technology and engineering);

·         have shown the potential to become leaders in the research community (demonstrated outstanding skills and potential for senior positions in science and technology);

·         not be an employee of a non-corporate Commonwealth entity under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability ACT 2013.

·         must not have previously participated in the Young Scientist Exchange Programme, known previously as the Young Researcher Exchange Programme or YREP.

 

All applicants will be notified of the selection outcomes in writing.

Note: ATSE will not enter into discussion or correspondence regarding the reasons why an application is successful or not.

ATSE will only acceptone application per eligible research or industry organisation. The research office (or authorised office) will be responsible for setting up its internal deadlines for application submission and selecting the best candidate from within their organisation.

The Research Office must send completed application form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before 5.00 pm Friday 17 July 2015.  LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  Please do not include the first three pages of guidelines with your completed application form.

Happy to assist with any queries.  ATSE is most grateful for your support and assistance.

Kindest regards

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Meier | Executive Manager, International Linkages
Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering

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What is an Eligible Research Organisation (ERO)?

An organisation is an ERO if it is:

·         A higher education institution or provider (being an organisation listed as a Table A or Table B provider in the Higher Education Support Act 2003).

·         A Public Funded Research Agency, being an Australian organisation to which the following criteria apply:

o   It is at least 50 per cent owned or controlled by the Commonwealth, or an Australian state or territory or government;

o   It is primarily carrying out research and development activities; and

o   It is providing services, or making facilities available, in relation to science or technological research; or collecting, interpreting or publishing information relating to science or technology.

·         A Cooperative Research Centre;

·         An incorporated Australian private or not-for-profit research organisation.

An organisation is not an ERO if it is:

A non-corporate Commonwealth entity under section 11 of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013.

Important information for Eligible Research Organisations

·         Each ERO may submit a maximum of ONE application for the programme. The application must be submitted directly by the research office (or other single authorised central office) of an ERO toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm Friday 17 July 2015.  EROs that submit an application for this programme agree, in principle, to host Chinese visiting scholars in future YSEP rounds, if required.