Travel Grants and Awards


 ABSTRACT SUBMISSION & AWARDS FOR THE SRB 2017 MEETING


Selecting your category

When submitting, you need to nominate two of the following categories:

- Assisted Reproductive Technology - Stem Cells
- Gene regulation
- Growth factors / Cytokines / Immune System
- Male Reproductive tract
- Native/Exotic species biology
- Oocyte/blastocyst/embryo
- Ovary/Follicle Development/Corpus luteum
- Pituitary/Gonadal axis
- Pregnancy/Parturition/Placenta
- Receptors/Signal transduction
- Seasonality
- Spermatogenesis / Sperm function
- Uterus/Placenta/Implantation

 

Presentation Types

All applications must be in abstract format and made by June 2 2017 via the ESA - SRB portal http://www.esa-srb.org.au. When submitting your abstract please indicate that you wish to be considered for an SRB oral or a poster. 

Submissions must include sufficient original data for the SRB Program Organising Committee to determine the scientific merit of the study. Selection of presentations for oral format will be determined by consensus of the program organising committee, and will be of the highest standard taking into consideration scientific quality and originality, as well as session themes. 

Please note the following

1.    Applicants can be an author on multiple abstracts but presenting author on only one.
2.    Applicants can apply for all awards for which they are eligible.  However, please note that each applicant will only be PLACED into one awards competition, such that if an applicant has SELECTED multiple award categories, the judging panel will decide the best category fit based on the content and overall ranking of the abstract. Therefore, if the applicant has a strong preference for a particular award, they are advised to select that category only.
3.    On finalisation of the program, abstracts will be posted on the SRB website in PDF format. If you wish to withhold publication of your abstract - please indicate on the abstract submission 
4.    A PDF copy of the Conference Proceedings containing the abstracts will be made available to those who register to attend the conference (hard copies will not be distributed).

 

2017 SRB Awards

Applications are invited for the following awards. Applicants for student and post doctoral awards will be judged initially on the basis of their submitted abstract. Applicants will be informed of the session in which they are to present when acceptances of abstracts are sent out. In order to apply, simply tick the box at the relevant question during abstract submission and submit the appropriate eligibility and declaration of authorship form to the appropriate awards committee chair. 

Before you submit your abstract, please fill out the SRB Awards Declaration form

 

Past unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to reapply for the Robinson Institute and Newcastle Awards

 

For established researchers

2017 The Robinson Research Institute Award for Excellence in Reproductive Biology Research
To recognize an excellent contributor working in the field of Reproductive Biology who is a member of the SRB. This outstanding award is conferred to an established researcher and in the past has been won some of our most outstanding leaders in reproductive biology. This award is based on the candidate’s overall research career excellence. Recipients must be less than 15 years post-receipt of their Doctorate at 16 May 2017 and agree to attend and present at the 2017 SRB annual meeting if application is successful. Time away from research will be taken into account within the time limit, based on career disruption recognised as per NH&MRC guidelines. Applicants must have been an SRB member for at least 6 months prior to applying for the award.

 

Criteria: The successful applicant will have demonstrated a substantial and sustained contribution to research in the field of Reproductive Biology. Evidence of such contribution to be considered includes:
• Peer-Reviewed Publications
• National and International Awards
• National and International Invited Presentations
• Student Completions
• Grant Awards
• Commercial and/or clinical translation
• Institutional Responsibilities
• Service to profession

 

Award: $3000 cash prize announced at the Society for Reproductive Biology meeting, and on SRB website and in Annual Conference Proceedings

 

Application (due by 5 pm EST 16 May 2017): 
(1) Curriculum vitae of up to 3 pages and 1 page Executive Summary addressing selection criteria (sent by applicant to Committee Chair). Applications that are more than 4 pages in total will not be accepted.
(2) Two letters of reference (suggested maximum of 2 pages each; sent from referee directly to Selection Committee Chair). Excess cv and Executive Summary pages will be discarded.
(3) Winner will be invited to present their research at the SRB RCRH symposium at the 2017 SRB Annual Meeting.

Send all documents by email to: Dr Patrick Western, Hudson Institute for Medical Research, patrick.western@hudson.org.au

 

For early career researchers

2017 Newcastle Reproduction Emerging Research Leader Award
To recognize an emerging and excellent contributor working in the field of Reproductive Biology who is a member of the SRB. This highly contested award is conferred to an early career researcher for the best oral presentation, with consideration of the applicant’s track record. The quality of talks is always excellent and the distinction of this award is reflected by the outstanding careers of past winners. Recipients must be more than 2 years and up to 8 years** post-receipt of their Doctorate at 16 May 2017 and if shortlisted for the final, agree to attend and present at the 2017 SRB annual meeting in the Newcastle Reproduction Award Session. ** Time away from research will be taken into account within the time limit, based on career disruption recognised as per NH&MRC guidelines. Applicants must have been an SRB member for at least 6 months prior to applying for the award.

 

Criteria: The successful applicant will have demonstrated a substantial contribution to research in the field of Reproductive Biology relative to opportunity. Evidence of such contribution to be considered includes:
• Peer-Reviewed Publications
• National and International Awards
• National and International Invited Presentations
• Student supervision
• Grant Awards
• Commercial and/or clinical translation
• Institutional Responsibilities
• Service to profession

 

Award: $1000 cash prize announced at the Annual Dinner of the Society for Reproductive Biology meeting.

 

Application (due by 5 pm EST 16 May 2017): 
(1) Curriculum vitae of up to 2 pages and 1 page Executive Summary addressing selection criteria (sent by applicant to Committee Chair), Applications that are more than 3 pages in total will not be accepted.
(2) Two letters of reference (suggested maximum of 2 pages each; sent from referee directly to Selection Committee Chair). 
(3) Three finalists will be invited to present their research at the Newcastle Reproduction Emerging Research Leader symposium at the 2017 SRB Annual Meeting.

Send all documents by email to: Dr Patrick Western, Hudson Institute for Medical Research, patrick.western@hudson.org.au

 

Hudson Institute of Medical Research Centre for Reproductive Health 'Award for Excellence' for best ECR and MCR posters
Two awards are given to presenting authors who are SRB delegates for the best poster presentations in reproductive biology.

SRB early-career poster Award (students and postdocs up to 2 years) 

SRB mid-career poster Award (from 2 years up to 10 years postdoc)

Award: $500 cash prize announced at the Dinner of the SRB meeting.

For PHD/MD Students (2nd year and above) and PhD/MD Graduates: Applicants must be SRB members for at least 6 months prior to applying.

For Honours students, MSc students and 1st year PhD students: Applicants must be SRB members at the time of submission of the application.

Applicants must use the attached form to submit a 100 word statement describing their career stage (i.e. degrees and date of award) and progress toward PhD or beyond and listing each author(s) contribution to the work to be presented. This statement must be signed by all authors and emailed to: Dr Patrick Western, Hudson Institute for Medical Research, patrick.western@hudson.org.au  before the close of abstract submissions on 2 June 2017 . Only applicants who are chosen for SRB poster presentations will remain eligible for these awards.



For students and new post doctoral researchers

The Oozoa Student Award
One award is given to a presenting author who is a current SRB member for the best presentation, either oral or poster, by a postgraduate student (pre-award of PhD at time of abstract submission), working on gametes (oocytes or sperm). 
Applicants must indicate their wish to be considered for the award and submit the declaration form indicating your career stage and declaring your contribution to the presented work.

Award: $500 cash prize announced at the Annual Dinner of the Society for Reproductive Biology meeting.

For PHD/MD Students (2nd year and above) and PhD/MD Graduates: Applicants must be SRB members for at least 6 months prior to applying.

For Honours students, MSc students and 1st year PhD students: Applicants must be SRB members at the time of submission of the application.

Applicants must use the attached form to submit a 100 word statement describing their career stage (i.e. degrees and date of award) and progress toward PhD or beyond and listing each author(s) contribution to the work to be presented. This statement must be signed by all authors and emailed to Dr Patrick Western, Hudson Institute for Medical Research, patrick.western@hudson.org.au before the close of abstract submissions on June 2 2017.



The David Healy New Investigator Award

This award is given to the best oral presentation at the Annual Scientific Meeting by a postgraduate student or early career researcher within 2 years of receiving their PhD award on May 5 2017. Applicants must be members of the Society for Reproductive Biology.
Sponsored by the Monash University Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecologyin honour of the late Prof. David Healy, who was the Head of the Department and a great supporter of reproductive biology research for our young investigators.

Award: Announced at the Annual Dinner of the Society for Reproductive Biology meeting, the winner will receive a $1000 cash prize and will travel to the UK to attend the 2017 SRF Annual Meeting and the 2016 World Congress of Reproductive Biology.

For PHD/MD Students (2nd year and above) and PhD/MD Graduates: Applicants must be SRB members for at least 6 months prior to applying.

For Honours students, MSc students and 1st year PhD students: Applicants must be SRB members at the time of submission of the application.

Applicants must use the attached form to submit a 100 word statement describing their career stage (i.e. degrees and date of award) and progress toward PhD or beyond and listing each author(s) contribution to the work to be presented. This statement must be signed by all authors and emailed to Dr Patrick Western, Hudson Institute for Medical Research, patrick.western@hudson.org.au before the close of abstract submissions on June 2 2017.

 

ANZPRA New Investigator Award 

This award is given to a presenting author who is a current ANZPRA member for the best oral by a postgraduate student or researcher within 2 years of receiving their PhD award on May 5 2017 on placental biology. Applicants must be current members of the Society for Reproductive Biology and ANZPRA. A short list of applicants will be selected from the submitted abstracts to present in the dedicated ANZPRA Emerging Investigator Award session.

Award: $500 cash prize announced at the Annual Dinner of the Society for Reproductive Biology meeting.

Applicants must use the attached form to submit a 100 word statement describing their career stage (i.e. degrees and date of award) and progress toward PhD or beyond and listing each author(s) contribution to the work to be presented. This statement must be signed by all authors and emailed to Dr Patrick Western, Hudson Institute for Medical Research, patrick.western@hudson.org.au before the close of abstract submissions on June 2 2017.


ANZPRA - Australian and New Zealand Placental Research Association
Please see the ANZPRA website here.

 

SRB-RFD publication of the year award

Nominations are now open for the inaugural SRB-RFD publication of the year award. If you are the first or last author of a paper published in Reproduction, Fertility and Development over the past 18 months, and are a current SRB member, then we invite you to nominate your publication for consideration for this award. Please email the SRB secretary with the full paper reference and a brief paragraph outlining the major findings of the work and how each author contributed to the paper (noting which authors are SRB members). Please see the guidelines below for further information. We look forward to receiving your nominations!

 

RFD-SRB Publication of the Year Guidelines

  1. This prize shall be awarded to the best research publication by an SRB author in Reproduction, Fertility and Development each year.
  2. Papers with an SRB member as first or last author (or both) shall qualify.
  3. The author must have been an SRB member for at least 6 months at the time of nomination.
  4. The award in 2017 has no monetary value.
  5. To be entered into the award papers must be nominated by the authors themselves. A call for nominations will go out in April each year, and close on the 1st of June. The prize will be awarded at the SRB annual conference in August. Papers must be published online by the nomination deadline to qualify in a particular award year.
  6. For the 2017 award, papers published over the preceding 18 months (December 2015 – May 2017) shall be considered.

 


 

SRB Visiting Lecturer Award

The aim of annual SRB Visiting Lecturer Award has recently been revisited to provide greater flexibility for the funds in order to better aid the Society to promote the career(s) of our many loyal mid-career researchers (between 8 and 20 years post-PhD) in the field of reproductive biology. The award, will now be a grant-in-aid fund, with a value of AUD $2,500, that will be open TWICE a year for applications. The award will enable the recipient to attend and present at an Australasian or international conference (to an academic or public audience or preferably both). In addition to conference attendance, the recipient may utilise the funds to visit institutions and research colleagues to establish or affirm collaborative research opportunities.

It is hoped that the revised SRB Visiting Lecturer Award will assist members in demonstrating their standing in the field of reproductive biology, whilst promoting the benefits of SRB membership. The attached document contains the revised guidelines regarding the application criteria and process. Applications will be considered twice a year. For round one (travel occurring from 1st January to 30th June applications must be lodged by November 30th of the previous year, and for round two (travel occurring from the 1st July to 31st December), applications must be lodged by May 31st of the current year, or the last working day preceding these dates.


 

SRB Early Career Researchers Collaborative Research Travel Awards

The ECR Collaborative Research Grants are a new initiative from SRB. These awards will fund the travel of an ECR to the institution of another ECR for the purpose of planning joint research and/or the conduct of preliminary experiments or to allow the training of an Early Career Researcher by another (for example in a technique). Details are in the attached document. The deadline for applications is 5pm, 31 October 2017.


 

SRB Student Travel Grants

All students who are financial members or who have applied to be members are eligible to apply for travel grants to attend the Annual Scientific Conference. For eligibility requirements and to apply, please print out a copy of the application form (2017 Application Form) and send it together with a copy of your abstract to the Treasurer by June 2 2017.

Value of Student Travel Awards, Perth 2017:
Adelaide  $400
Melbourne $500
Sydney $500 
Newcastle $500 
Brisbane $600
Cairns $600 
Townsville $600 
New Zealand $600 (AUD) 

  
All recipients MUST have attended the conference AND submitted an application with their abstract to the Treasurer to be eligible.

Payments will be arranged by bank transfer to the awardees account after the conclusion of the meeting. Bank details should be sent to:

Dr Jeremy Smith
School of Human Sciences, M309 
The University of Western Australia 
Hackett Drive 
Nedlands, WA 6009

Email: jeremy.smith@uwa.edu.au 
Phone: 08 6488 8688


SRB Early Career Research Registration Subsidies

SRB are providing registration subsidies ($400) for early career researchers attending the next ESA/SRB Annual Scientific Meeting. 

Applicants must:

• Be a current member of SRB.
• Have had your PhD thesis accepted.
• Be within 8 years post-receipt of your doctorate.
• Be attending the conference and presenting an abstract.
• Be present in person at the ECR meeting held at the conference to accept the subsidy.

All early career researchers who are financial members or who have applied to be members are eligible to apply for registration subsidies to attend the Annual Scientific Conference. To apply, please print out a copy of the application form (2017 Subsidies Application form) and send it together with a copy of your abstract to the Treasurer by June 2 2017.

Payments will be arranged by bank transfer to the awardees account after the conclusion of the meeting. Bank details should be sent to: 

Dr Jeremy Smith
School of Human Sciences, M309 
The University of Western Australia 
Hackett Drive 
Nedlands, WA 6009 

Email: jeremy.smith@uwa.edu.au 
Phone: 08 6488 8688