BIRCH is a partnership between two hospitals (Ballarat Health Services and St John of God Hospital Ballarat) and six universities (Federation University and rural schools of Deakin, University of Melbourne, Australian Catholic University, Notre Dame and LaTrobe Dental School) and co-funded by the Victorian Government.
BIRCH provides collaborative support to researchers to enable assistance with project scoping and linkages, access to office work space and wi-fi in the heart of Ballarat’s Health and Knowledge Precinct, a meeting space and BIRCH research assistance where agreed.
Following discussions with BIRCH, this document is an in-principle agreement between collaborators across a minimum of two BIRCH partners. By signing this agreement, the project participants become BIRCH affiliates.
PI details Name of project: Name of researcher: Department: Organisation Email and phone:
The following people are collaborators within this project. These named collaborators have been made aware of this agreement and may also choose to be an affiliate. Names: Signature: Date:
Terms for working with BIRCH Process Groups and individuals interested in working with BIRCH should make initial contact with the BIRCH Director of Innovation and Research, using the online form or via email. A minimum two of the eight BIRCH partners must be involved in the planned project. The Director will work with the requestor to determine the specifications of the project work and set a meeting with you. There may be times where BIRCH is unable to support your research and will seek to identify other sources of support in this instance. Where BIRCH can support the research, a collaboration agreement is signed.
Prior to the start of the project, the requesting researcher must inform BIRCH of any security requirements or confidentiality agreements associated with shared data. Any data requiring ethics approval needs to be declared before the start of the project to ensure the necessary applications can be made in time and in accordance with national guidelines.
Acknowledgement of support: As a BIRCH affiliate all email signature blocks should have the BIRCH logo with the title ‘BIRCH affiliate’, in addition to your organisation wherever possible. The Logo and title ‘BIRCH affiliate’ can be used on business cards where they are generated by the affiliate. This logo should be used when giving public or organisational presentations.
Below are a few examples to assist you further: a. "AUTHOR" would like to thank BIRCH (Ballarat Innovation and Research Collaboration for Health), for providing a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment. b. "AUTHOR(S)" would like to thank BIRCH (Ballarat Innovation and Research Collaboration for Health) for the administrative and technical support that greatly facilitated this research. c. All authors would like to acknowledge BIRCH (Ballarat Innovation and Research Collaboration for Health) for its support while conducting the research presented in this work. Where intellectual contributions are made by BIRCH staff, co-authorship follows the collaborators institutional Research Integrity policy and Authorship Procedure Policy. Depending on the contributions to a project, BIRCH may be considered collaborators at the same level as other academic colleagues who contribute intellectually and receive funding for work on a project. Scientific papers and reports that result from research projects supported by BIRCH support are expected to acknowledge BIRCH.
Exclusions: A BIRCH affiliate does not undertake duties, that are normally undertaken by BIRCH remunerated employees. A BIRCH affiliate is not obliged to provide service to BIRCH, however where a specific commitment is made the appointee is expected to provide support at that level. Resources excluded from this agreement include storage space, BIRCH computers, IT systems, business cards or e-mail access.