Message from the DVCRE
What do we need to discover about COVID-19?
Nicholas Fisk, UNSW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Enterprise), hosts a panel of medical experts, Rebecca Guy, Anthony Kelleher, Raina MacIntyre and William Rawlinson
UNSW COVID-19 Capability Map
The UNSW COVID-19 Capability Map is a depository for all projects underway and under development by UNSW researchers, as well as relevant expertise in relation to COVID-19 at UNSW. It contains full searchable details of over 260 academics and over 200 current and proposed projects. Please email covidcapability.RSO@unsw.edu.au for any project updates, enquiries or if you are considering research in this area.
National COVID-19 Expert Database
The National COVID-19 Expert Database provides a mechanism for governments, the business sector, the research sector, and other decision-makers to easily access the expertise they need to inform their decision making. To contribute your expertise, please register on the database today.
UNSW COVID-19: Rapid Response Research Initiative
The UNSW COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Initiative received a large number of high quality applications. Below are the project details of the 13 successful projects that were initially funded.
On Friday 27th March 2020, as part of UNSW’s contribution to addressing this crisis, the Vice Chancellor launched the UNSW COVID-19 Rapid Response Research Initiative to support UNSW researchers in addressing the biomedical, societal, and/or economic consequences of the pandemic.
Due to the rapid nature of the initiative, applications were received over a short 10-day period, generating 167 submissions across all nine faculties, seeking over $35M in funding. The submissions were of extraordinary quality and breadth. This scheme has focused the UNSW community’s mind on COVID-19 research, and will no doubt assist future philanthropic efforts, internal expertise mapping, and external grant funding opportunities.
The applications were reviewed by three senior research leaders not involved in any proposed projects, and while many were creative and worthy collaborative applications, only 13 were able to be prioritised in this round. This scheme is the subject of a major fundraising effort through the Division of Philanthropy, and with donor generosity, we hope to be in a position to be able to make further selections in the future. See the announcement story in InsideUNSW.
List of Successful Projects:
For further information on each of the projects, including other collaborators, investigators and project summary, please click here.
|Accelerated development and clinical evaluation of immunotherapies for SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19||Medicine||Kirby Institute||Professor Anthony Kelleher|
|A randomised trial to determine the effect of continuing versus discontinuing renin angiotensin system blockade on the risk of SARS-CoV-19 infection in patients with uncomplicated hypertension*||Medicine||School of Public Health and Community Medicine||Professor Alta Schutte|
|Molecular point of care testing among disadvantaged and vulnerable populations in Australia to contain COVID-19 outbreaks and prevent morbidity and mortality||Medicine||Kirby Institute||Professor Rebecca Guy|
|Point of Care, rapid testing for SARS CoV2 - Single molecule plasmonic sensor for amplification-free detection||Science||School of Chemistry and Australian Centre for Nanomedicine||Professor Justin Gooding|
|Real-time phylogeography of SARS-CoV-2 directly from patient samples||Medicine||School of Medical Sciences||Conjoint Professor William Rawlinson|
|Why do only some patients develop severe COVID-19 following infection with SARS-CoV-2?||Medicine||St Vincent's Clinical School & Garvan Institute||Conjoint Professor Stuart Tangye|
|'Count me in': a national research register of one million Australians involved in COVID-19 research||Medicine||Centre for Big Data Research in Health||Professor Louisa Jorm|
|Advanced manufacturing technologies to support Australian companies to retool for on-demand and rapid manufacturing of personal protective equipment (PPE) and critical components of medical devices||Engineering||School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering||Dr Xiaopeng Li|
|Weathering the storm: Australia’s responses to domestic and family violence during the COVID-19 pandemic||Arts & Social Sciences||Social Policy Research Centre||Associate Professor kylie valentine|
|New disinfection systems to overcome PPE shortages and provide long term protection against infection in Hospitals and Public Settings.||Science||School of Optometry and Vision Science||Professor Mark Willcox|
|Alcohol purchasing and consumption: learning from pandemic containment measures for more effective alcohol policy||Arts & Social Sciences||Social Policy Research Centre||Professor Alison Ritter|
|COVID-19: Understanding the sex and gender dimensions on women’s health and wellbeing||Law||Australian Human Rights Institute||Professor Louise Chappell|
|Tracking the Social, Cognitive and Mental Health Impact of COVID-19 from the Womb to Old Age||Science||School of Psychology||Dr Susanne Schweizer|
* This project was awarded however not taken up due to subsequent changes in both disease incidence and the evidence base.
Divisional Support - FAQs and Information
Higher Degree Research Sharepoint site, Key Contacts
The GRS COVID-19 SharePoint includes up-to-date advice regarding HDR candidatures, frequently asked questions, upcoming events, recent communications, key contacts, event recordings, and recommended links.
The site is accessible to all enrolled HDR candidates and UNSW staff and provides a single resource for all HDR information related to COVID-19. The information on this site will be updated as the situation continues to evolve, so please check back frequently for updates.
Shared Facilities, MWAC, 3T Human MRI, ANFF, Animal Research, Cryogen, ResTech
You can access the latest updates on Research Infrastructure and Facilities here.
Q: Are shared research facilities still open?
A: Yes, research facilities are generally open, though operating under revised protocols and access conditions. Each facility is communicating these directly with registered users. Researcher consultations are available via Teams. See below for specific facilities.
Q: Is MWAC still open?
A: Yes, MWAC is still operational. MWAC has circulated modified operational protocols to all users via ACLS, designed to ensure the health and safety of staff and research users. Please consult these revised protocols before planning your experiments. Researcher consultations are available via Teams. Detailed advice for users can be found at MWAC COVID response.
Q: Is the 3T Human MRI shared research scanner at POWH (a.k.a. RINSW) still accessible for research scans?
A: We are currently fully operational and our research staff is on-site to assist with your experiments. Consultations are also available remotely. Should the hospital require spare MRI capacity due to COVID-19, we will temporarily suspend research scanning until the situation improves. Please check our website for updates on our operational schedule.
Q: Can I still access ANFF?
A: ANFF is still open, but under modified operating conditions. Detailed advice has been sent to all users and is available here.
Q: How is animal research being supported?
A: Animal welfare is an extremely high priority for the University. A university wide plan is in place to ensure our normal high standards of animal care and to support staff providing essential animal services. This is being coordinated by Dr Malcolm France and Dr Josephine Joya. Detailed advice is available here.
Q: How are critical services being maintained?
A: Supplies of critical consumables have been maintained throughout the pandemic period. If you have queries about specific items, please contact the relevant Stores, Lab or School Manager for your area. For further information on cryogens and cold storage services, contact Cold Storage Services.
Research Technology Services (ResTech) continues to offer access to computing resources, data advice and training courses. The HPC allocation and Cloud computing scheme are fully operational. Data services are available if you need advice with data classification, storage, or support using any of our data tools such as Redcap and eNotebook. All training courses (e.g. Python, Visualisation in R, Matlab and NVivo), weekly Hacky Hours (providing hands-on support for research code, data and tools questions), deep-dive seminars and Lunch & Learn sessions are all online. For information about our services and events please visit our FAQ page. Subscribe to the ResTech mailing list and join the Research Technology Training Teams channel for training and event updates or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pre-award and Post- award FAQs, NHMRC and ARC updates
Research Grants and Contracts
- It is possible to vary research related funding agreements due to COVID-19 related issues, this includes fellowships. Please discuss the requirements with your RGC Grants Officer and your Head of School.
- FAQs related to pre-award and post-award processes can be found here.
Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC)
The Michael Crouch Innovation Centre (MCIC) is currently closed, all staff are working remotely but are available for consultation virtually, all events and activities are being delivered online.
This page will be regularly updated as the circumstances continue to change.
All units within the Division of Research & Enterprise remain functioning. Any questions you may have can be directed through the regular channels, however should you require any further assistance, please contact email@example.com.