Sydney Catalyst Monthly Newsletter
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We know the start of 2017 has been a really busy time for all of our members, with many of you working on project grants and other funding submissions. The Sydney Catalyst central office team has been busy too, working on a range of translational research activities (including our new flagship program EnRICH, which now has ethics approval and will begin recruitment to a SLHD pilot soon), as well as some new tools, resources and other activities to help keep our 600+ members informed and actively engaged (including our brand new website, which we're hoping to launch in the next month or so). 


Dr. Devanshi Seth in the Centenary Institute. Photo: Janie Barrett

Beating the Gender Gap in Science

In an industry where only 32.5 per cent of management in professional, scientific and technical services were women in 2015-2016, a group of enterprising young scientists at the Centenary Institute formed the 'Women in Science' group as a means to tackle the gender inequality in the workplace. 

We spotted Sydney Catalyst member Dr Devanshi Seth in the news this past month, telling her story of career resilience built from her father's tough love approach whilst she grew up in India. Click here to read more.


One of the three flagship programs identified in our TCRC grant from the CINSW is our Pilot and Seed (P&S) Program. Applications are currently open for the 2017 P&S round, so we thought this would be a great time to reflect on some of the program's successes to date.

Between 2012 and 2016 Sydney Catalyst received 110+ applications from which 24 projects were awarded P&S funding to a total value of $1, 141, 945. Our P&S program has enabled some amazing new translational research concepts and big wins, including:
  • Professor Phyllis Butow's 2012 P&S project which grew into a 2015 CINSW Translational Program Grant, proving that sometimes little things really do grow!;
  • Professor Tim Shaw’s 2015 P&S project entitled ‘An integrated rehabilitation program utilising telehealth for patients undergoing surgical treatment for non-small cell lung cancer’, which has developed into a new PhD research project for Exercise Physiologist Michael Marthick;
  • Jolyn Hersch's and Hayley Suen's 2016 P&S projects, both of which exemplify the importance of providing support for early-mid career researchers. Jolyn was just one year out of her PhD and Hayley was still writing hers up when they received their awards!
This is just a small sample of the projects we’ve funded; our website has a list of all projects that we’ve been able to support to date. If you are interested in submitting an application as part of our 2017 round, please check out the details below


We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2017 round of funding for Flagship Program 2 - the Sydney Catalyst Pilot and Seed (P&S) Program, are now open.

This essential component of our research strategy aims to support the development of new concepts and projects that will:
  1. Lead to future larger programs of work (e.g. leverage funding from external sources, lead to immediate adoption of evidence in practice); and/or
  2. Build capacity in translational cancer research (e.g. supporting early and mid-career researchers, support otherwise under-represented research areas and disciplines).
This year Sydney Catalyst is organising an information teleconference for all interested applicants, to be held between 9:00am and 11am (exact time TBC), Monday 27th March, 2017. Simply drop us an email to register your interest and we'll follow up with the dial in details when they become available. Feel free to contact us with any questions you may have prior to the information teleconference.

The teleconference will provide an overview of the program and guidance as to the types of new research projects that might be suitable for funding through the P&S program. It will be an excellent opportunity to ask any specific questions you may have regarding your application. 

Eligibility, selection criteria and more for the round are available now on the Sydney Catalyst website. Good luck! 


Registrations are now open for our 5th annual Sydney Catalyst Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Symposium, so please come along to hear our keynote speaker Professor Barbara Fazekas de St Groth speak about her career trajectory.

We''ll be accepting abstracts until COB Friday 17th March, 2017 so if you're interested in supplying a brief oral presentation on your own research, make sure you register before this date and submit a short abstract (max 200 words) alongside your registration form.

Download the flyer here for more information and we'll look forward to seeing you there!

Other Opportunities

As always we have some exciting events and opportunities coming up. Check out the highlights below and then head to our website for even more. 


Have you logged onto the Members Area on our website lately to check out the useful resources we have available for our members? Our Research Marketplace in particular houses two priceless tools to help you with your current research projects: We invite you to login with your email address and have a look around. You never know what you might stumble upon. 
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