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The Office of Science is now accepting applications for the 2017 Round of the Premier's Science Fellowship Program for a package of a Premier's Science Fellow (a distinguished researcher and leader of international prominence) and a Premier's Early to Mid-Career Fellow (a supporting early to mid-career researcher) to address the following Area of Research in Western Australia:

World-leading human phenomics research (using metabolic phenotyping) and data analytics with clinical applications targeted at precision medicine to deliver healthcare benefits and opportunities to Western Australia, including economic and social benefits.

Applications must be submitted by the Western Australian Health Translation Network as the Lead Applicant, in conjunction with one or more eligible host organisations based in Western Australia.

Western Australia has the opportunity to make a significant contribution to realising the promise of the application of metabolic phenotyping in precision medicine by building on Western Australia's strengths in metabolic phenotyping, which include:

  • state-of-the-art infrastructure;
  • internationally recognised researchers;
  • collaboration within Western Australia through the Western Australian Health Translation Network; and
  • international linkages through membership of the International Phenome Centre Network (the Australian node of this network is the Western Australia-based Australian National Phenome Centre).

In addition, metabolic phenotyping offers Western Australia opportunities to:

  • build on the State's strengths associated with clinical trials and internationally recognised population health cohorts, such as the Busselton Health Study and the Western Australian Pregnancy Cohort (Raine) Study; and
  • not only link metabolic phenotyping data with health, lifestyle and clinical data, but also with genomics and proteomics data, and potentially imaging data.

The State Government funding available through the 2017 Round is $1 million over four years to support the Premier's Science Fellow and $0.5 million over four years to support the Premier's Early to Mid-Career (EMC) Fellow. The State Government funding to support each Fellow must be matched by committed cash co-investment (from the host organisation(s)/other sources) at a minimum 1:1 ratio.

Applicants should:

  • read theApplicant Information, which includes the objectives, the role requirements for the Fellows, the eligibility criteria and the selection criteria for this round; and
  • complete all three parts of the Application Form:

oPremier's Science Fellowship Program - 2017 Round - Application Form - Part A.doc;

oPremier's Science Fellowship Program - 2017 Round - Application Form - Part B.doc; and

oPremier's Science Fellowship Program - 2017 Round - Application Form - Part C.doc.

Submission instructions and guidance notes for completion of the Application Form are contained within the form.

The completed Application Form (Parts A, B and C) and all requested supporting documentation must be submitted by 3.00 pm (AWST) on Tuesday 12 September 2017. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Senior Policy Officer Dr Ros Dilworth (ros.dilworth@dpc.wa.gov.au) to discuss their application (including eligibility), or if they have general queries about this round.

The nominated Premier's Science Fellow and nominated Premier's EMC Fellow in each package should discuss the relevant application with the Western Australian Health Translation Network during development of the application.