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The Design & Creative Practice ECP provides exciting, innovative and industry-engaged research opportunities.

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ECP Opportunity Fund: Translation and Impact (EOF – TI)

Creates and captures value from RMIT’s research

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED



The ECP Opportunity Fund: Translation and Impact (EOFTI) creates and captures value from RMIT’s research.

Successful applicants will receive up to $125,000, which can be funded for projects lasting up to 12 months in length.

AWARD OVERVIEW

The purpose of the EOF — TI is to enhance the impact of RMIT research, in alignment with ECP priorities. The scheme is to support measurable and achievable outcomes across the funding period in one or more of the following activities:

  1. Catalysing research translation to create impact sooner and more effectively.
  2. Broadening the reach and scale of impact that would have otherwise been difficult to achieve without this targeted investment.
  3. Strengthening the global competitiveness of nascent research that has high impact potential in well identified target markets.

    KEY DATES

EOI open – until 15 July 2019

EOI Review Panel – 24 July 2019

Full proposal workshop – 31 July 2019 (mandatory)

Full proposal support – until 2 September 2019 (optional)

Pitch to Panel – w/​c 12 September 2019

Project activation – from 13 September 2019 onward

ELIGIBILITY

To submit an Expression of Interest, your project team may include the:

Project Leader: the nominated ECP affiliate responsible for conception, conduct and delivery of the Project.
Project Member: an ECP Affiliate or Collaborator with a clearly defined role in contributing to the outcomes of the project.
 — Collaborating Organisation (CO): industry entities, small medium or large industry bodies, for profit firms, not for profit organisations, Government Departments or Agencies as participants in a Project
 — a project member external to RMIT University (including other institutions) who will contribute substantially to value creation and the achievement of project milestones.

Download the detailed 2019 guidelines here.

APPLY

To start your application head to the RMIT Researcher Portal here.

1:1 Mentoring Sessions with Professor Natalie King

Mentoring for early and mid-career creative practice scholars

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.
SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED


Mentoring is an important part of the researcher’s journey. Research mentoring offers an opportunity for people to share professional and personal skills and experiences, and to grow and develop in the process. Mentoring is an important to developing communities of practice. It is centred around mutual trust and a willingness to learn and share. During our research journey, we can have many informal and formal mentors that help us to understand the various complexities of academic life and creative practice.

The Design & Creative Practice ECP is initiating 1:1 Mentoring Sessions with Professor Natalie King, curator, editor and finalist in 2018 AFR 100 Women of Influence. She was the curator of Tracey Moffatt: My Horizon at the 57th Venice Biennale 2017 and currently Series Editor for Thames & Hudson while working on projects in Japan and India.

Scholars such as Annemarie Mol use mentoring as a technique to focus upon embodied, lived experiences through the wayfaring process. Women’s leadership programs like Mentor Walks allow for reflection and self-assessment. 

We are calling for Expressions of Interest from early and mid-career creative practice scholars for a limited amount of places for 6 x 1-hour monthly sessions. This is a great opportunity to gain insights from one of Australia’s leading female curators and writers. 

The EOI will consist of the statement of no more than two paragraphs outlining why the applicant would like this mentoring opportunity, along with one-two paragraphs outlining the applicant’s creative practice.

Successful EOI applicants will then be given options about the length of mentoring possibilities and codes of conduct for mentoring processes.

Vice-Chancellor's Research Fellowship 2020

Shape the world through research

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!



RMIT’s Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowship program is internationally acclaimed for its applied, interdisciplinary research. We are proud to influence partnerships that help to commercialise research knowledge and scale up effective innovations. 

This year will focus on recruiting Senior Research Fellows, Research Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellows and Indigenous Research Fellows whose experience and expertise align with one of RMIT’s eight Enabling Capability Platforms, including the Design & Creative Practice ECP

Working within one of ECP areas, Fellows will make significant contributions to RMIT’s research priorities by developing and engaging in high-quality, high impact research projects, which address local, national, regional and global challenges.

KEY DATES

Registrations open – July 2019

Registrations close – 18 August 2019

Fellowship applications close – 25 August 2019

Research Plan Submissions – 9 – 22 September 2019

Interviews – October 2019 

Reference checks – November 2019

Offers and contracts – November/​December 2019

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for one of the Vice-Chancellor Research Fellowship, you must hold a PhD/​Doctorate qualification or if applying specifically to the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, be awarded your PhD prior to accepting an offer of employment.

Fellowships are not available to RMIT employees with current ongoing academic positions.

APPLY

To start your application submit a Register Your Interest’ via this link. Eligible applicants will then be invited to complete a full application.

The Register Your Interest’ stage closes on Sunday 18 August 2019 with the application assessment closing a week later, therefore we strongly encourage you to register your interest ASAP.

For further information on the application process, please visit Vice-Chancellor’s Research Fellowships.

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2019 ECP Capability Development Fund

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!



We are pleased to announce the opening of the Design and Creative Practice ECP 2019 Capability Development Fund (CDF) with funding up to $10,000. If you are interested in applying please refer to the Summary document for full application details. 

WHO CAN APPLY?

All RMIT researchers, including graduate researchers and academic staff, are eligible to apply. 

ALIGNMENT

As part of completing the application form, you’ll be asked to briefly describe the top 3 ways your activity helps to create value within the ECP Value Chain and has clear alignment to the Platform priorities. 

Further information on the Platform Priorities can be found here.

HOW MUCH?

Applications in the range of $5,000 – 10,000 are expected, although other opportunities will be considered if the value to one (or more) ECPs is demonstrated. 

KEY DATES

Friday 1 March 2019 (COB)
 — send your EOI (up to one page) to dcp.​ecp@​rmit.​edu.​au with the subject line Design and Creative Practice ECP CDF 2019. The ECP Director will respond to your EOI.

Friday 15 March 2019 (COB)
 — With approval from the ECP Director, complete the online application form (found in the Summary document).

Monday 1 April 2019 (COB)
 — Applicants will be informed of outcomes.

Download the guidelines here.

2018 ECP Capability Development Fund

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED

The Design and Creative Practice ECP invites applications up to $5000.

All RMIT researchers, including graduate researchers and academic staff, are eligible to apply. Staff must remain affiliated with RMIT for the duration of the funded activity. To be considered for the Capability Development Fund (CDF), activities must have a clearly identified value proposition which is directly aligned to one or more Platform priority areas and the ECP Charter. Online applications may only proceed with the go-ahead from a Platform Director. 


KEY DATES

Wednesday 16 May 2018
 — one page applications to Platform Director due 

Sunday 1 July 2018
 — closing date for approved, online application 

Download 2018 CDF Guidelines

PhD Scholarship in Digital Media and Geomedia

APPLICATIONS FOR THIS SCHOLARSHIP HAS NOW CLOSED

This Design & Creative Practice ECP PhD Scholarship supports critical examinations of the increasingly pervasive role of location metadata (or geodata) in Australian smartphone practices and cultures and the implications this has for users, industry, and public administration.

Central to the growth of smartphone ownership and use has been the rise of location-based services. Taking a critical perspective across the full ecosystem — from users of digital media to services and developers — the project responds to a crucial need to understand and make sense of how digital media increasingly provoke new forms of engagement with location, and the implications of the geodata produced through this engagement.

The primary aims of the project are to:

  1. Investigate emerging forms of geodata and digitally mediated location awareness, through a comprehensive mapping of locative platforms, apps, and augmented reality services available in Australia;
  2. Identify, analyse, and critically assess how geodata is understood by Australian users of digital media and how it is used by developers to shape and tailor digital media services, including the role of user geodata in algorithmic harvesting and filtering; and
  3. Develop — via design-driven, digital ethnographic research — a public interface for location awareness that enables users to understand the implications of their everyday location sharing via digital media.

The project will deliver online and open resources to enhance public understanding of geodata and geoprivacy, as well as industry and policy recommendations that address the crucial issue of location awareness’ in everyday digital media use.

Find out more


Eligibility

To be considered for the PhD Scholarship, applicants must hold or be currently completing:

  • Master by research
  • Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent
  • Honours degree achieving first class honours
  • 4 year bachelor degree achieving a GPA of 4 or equivalent (80% or above).

If you do not hold one of the above qualifications, you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous publications or significant research experience. All other applicants will be considered ineligible.

Value and duration

$30,900 per year for three years with a possible six-month extension.

Number of scholarships available

One


How to apply

Before applying for the Scholarship, contact the Design & Creative Practice ECP and establish if your research is aligned with RMIT’s research focus and strengths. Contact details are listed below.

RMIT University’s research strategy


All applicants should email the following to Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth:

  • a cover letter, this should detail alignment with research areas at RMIT,
  • your Curriculum Vitae, and
  • a two-page research proposal.

The research proposal is a key part of the application process where applicants must demonstrate the value of their research and their suitability for scholarship selection.

Your proposal should be divided under the following headings:

  1. Title and topic
  2. Research questions you plan to investigate in the context of existing research/​literature in the area
  3. Significance and impact of the research
  4. Methodology/​research tasks required to undertake the research


    Terms and conditions

    See the research scholarship terms and conditions for further information.

    Terms and Conditions


    Contact

    If you have any questions, please contact Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth, Design & Creative Practice ECP Director, via email.

PhD Scholarship in Designing for Ageing Well

We are looking for talented interdisciplinary and collaborative students to undertake a PhD focusing on designing for Ageing Well social futures.

Aged societies are the future.

To design for these complex futures, we need interdisciplinary approaches that coalesce creatives, social scientists and biomed. RMIT offers unique social and creative solutions to ageing well with its expertise in ethnographic and thick data approaches, human-centred design; design for care and social impact; sociology of health; public health; action research and playful technology.

Find out more


Eligibility

To be considered for the PhD Scholarship, applicants must hold or be currently completing:

  • Master by research
  • Master by coursework with a significant research component graded as high distinction, or equivalent
  • Honours degree achieving first class honours
  • 4 year bachelor degree achieving a GPA of 4 or equivalent (80% or above).

If you do not hold one of the above qualifications, you will only be considered for scholarship if you have previous publications or significant research experience. All other applicants will be considered ineligible.

Value and duration

$30,900 per year for three years with a possible six-month extension.

Number of scholarships available

One


How to apply

Before applying for the Scholarship, contact the Design & Creative Practice ECP and establish if your research is aligned with RMIT’s research focus and strengths. Contact details are listed below.

RMIT University’s research strategy


All applicants should email the following to Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth:

  • a cover letter, this should detail alignment with research areas at RMIT,
  • your Curriculum Vitae, and
  • a two-page research proposal.

The research proposal is a key part of the application process where applicants must demonstrate the value of their research and their suitability for scholarship selection.

Your proposal should be divided under the following headings:

  1. Title and topic
  2. Research questions you plan to investigate in the context of existing research/​literature in the area
  3. Significance and impact of the research
  4. Methodology/​research tasks required to undertake the research


    Contact

    If you have any questions, please contact Distinguished Professor Larissa Hjorth, Design & Creative Practice ECP Director, via email.

Designing for Ageing Well Challenge 2018

APPLICATIONS HAVE NOW CLOSED.
SHORTLISTED TEAMS HAVE BEEN NOTIFIED


How do we design for Ageing Well Futures?

Deadline Extended — Entries now open until midnight, Monday 17 September

Our ageing population is increasing, and we are living longer. Issues around how to age well are more important than ever before. Solutions to this challenge require understanding the need for human-centred and interdisciplinary approaches to designing of technology. In particular, designing around smart devices and voice control has much potential for elderly users.

We’re seeking interdisciplinary teams to address specific problems at the intersection of Digital Health and Ageing Well, and design transformative solutions. Presented by RMIT University in collaboration with Telstra, the Challenge invites your team to tackle this real-world issue. At least one member of each team must be either a student, alumni or staff of RMIT.

Priority will be given to proposals focused on human-centred approaches to smart devices and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to ageing well. 

Submit your proposal to win $10,000 and shortlisted entries each winning $5,000.

Download the Challenge Brief



How it works

The following is a summary of the Challenge process:

  1. Form your interdisciplinary team.
  2. Identify the issue or challenge your team’s solution will address. 
  3. Submit your Initial Entry, via the online form by midnight on Monday 17 September 2018. Your Initial Entry will describe the issue you will focus on, the challenges & factors you need to accommodate & your initial scoping for a proposed solution. 
  4. We will notify shortlisted teams on or by 24 September 2018. 
  5. Shortlisted teams will further develop & refine their ideas into a robust proposal & submit their Final Entry via email by 5pm on 19 November 2018. Final Entry submission may include a requirement to give a short presentation (5−10 mins). Shortlisted teams who submit a Final Entry will each receive at least $5,000.
  6. The winner will be announced on 26 November 2018. The winning team will receive $10,000.

Shortlisted teams submitting Final Entries will also have the opportunity to present their solutions at the Engaging for Impact (EFI) conference (18 — 20 February 2019).

SUBMIT INITIAL ENTRY



Key Dates

Below are the important dates for the Challenge: 

  • midnight, Monday 17 September 2018: Initial Entries close. 
  • 24 September 2018: Notification of Shortlisted teams. 
  • 19 November 2018: Final Entries close. 
  • 26 November 2018: Notification of Winning team. 
  • 18 – 20 February 2019: Final presentation at the Engaging for Impact (EFI) conference 2019.

If you are interested in participating, please download and read the full Challenge Terms & Conditions:

DOWNLOAD THE CHALLENGE TERMS & CONDITIONS


How do I find out more?

Once you have read the Challenge brief and Terms & Conditions, if you have any questions, please send us an email.



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