Research Awards for Women Academic Staff Procedure
This procedure is governed by the Australian Catholic University (ACU) Research Awards for Women Academic Staff Policy.
This procedure sets out the requisite steps for implementation of the Research Awards for Women Academic Staff Policy.
All ACU staff involved in the process for Research Awards for Women Academic Staff should ensure compliance with this procedure.
The steps described in this procedure are required by applicants when applying for a Research Award, including the selection procedure and the reporting requirements. The key aim of the Research Awards for Women Academic Staff is to support women in establishing/re-establishing their academic research profile and career following a period of approved leave in association with the birth of an infant or adoption of an under school age child. The Award assists in re-establishing research activity and outputs by providing funding in relation to an approved project.
This procedure also requires actions by the following staff members/areas:
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Research Finance, via the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
Research Award for Women Academic Staff Committee ("Committee")
Faculty Executive Dean
Faculty Associate Dean (Research)
Award applicants will need to complete the application form available via the Human Resources web page at Research Awards for Women Academic Staff, outlining their research project, budget, and timeline and obtain a letter of support and signatures from their National Head of School/Institute Director/Dean1 and relevant Executive Dean or nominee.
Role of Human Resources
Completed application forms and supporting documentation, including verification of approved parental leave, are to be emailed by the applicants, electronically, to Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date (as advertised in the Staff Bulletin). Receipt of all applications will be acknowledged in writing and all applications will be checked and verified.
Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research)
Completed application forms received and verified by Human Resources will be forwarded via email to the Research Office (via email@example.com) within two weeks of the closing date.
Completed application forms will be forwarded to the Committee (Chaired by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)). The Committee will determine up to three Awards of $12,500 each (assessed on a competitive basis) based on the selection criteria in the Research Awards for Women Academic Staff Policy.
Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application.
Letter of Award Outcome
A letter of award (signed by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) will be sent to award recipients, with copies to the Faculty Executive Dean and Associate Dean (Research), Human Resources and Research Finance. Unsuccessful applicants will also receive advice in writing of the outcome of their application.
Establishment of an Account Code
Upon the request of the Research Office, an account code will be established by the Finance Directorate with notification of the Project account code sent to the respective Awardee, Executive Dean, Associate Dean (Research) and Research Finance.
Administration of the Award
The expenditure of the award (once a financial code has been established) will be administered by Research Finance, via the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). Where the award is used for travel, an International Travel Application Form should be obtained from Research Finance and submitted for approval to Research Finance via firstname.lastname@example.org prior to departure. Receipts/invoices must be supplied for other expenditure to be charged against the award.
Award Recipient Reporting
The award recipient will provide a comprehensive report (on the research and its findings including how the award advanced the research opportunities of the Academic Staff member, number and detail of grant proposals submitted and / or funded, number and detail of publications) to the Associate Dean (Research) and Research Office (via email@example.com) within three months of the completion of the project.
Revisions made to this Procedure
Major, Minor or Editorial
14 Sept 2018
Procedure updated to incorporate updated ACU template, administrative details and relevant University contact details.
The University will review the effectiveness of the Research Awards for Women Academic Staff process established by this procedure and corresponding policy. Where applicable, the review will take account of necessary changes to other relevant University policies and procedures. Any staff member wishing to suggest improvements to this procedure is invited to forward their suggestions to Human Resources.
Any staff member who requires assistance in understanding the Research Awards for Women Academic Staff Procedure should first consult their nominated supervisor. Should further advice be required staff should contact Human Resources, HR@acu.edu.au or extension 4222.
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