Flinders Research NewsGoodbye Inspiring Research…. Hello ResearchLink

Research Link

Thank you for your support and readership of Inspiring Research. Today is the last issue of Inspiring Research as we transfer to our new platform, ResearchLink.

ResearchLink is now live and accessible via your OKTA dashboard.

ResearchLink aims to elevate, activate and communicate research opportunities, and as such it is continuously updated with research-focussed opportunities and news.

Key features of ResearchLink include:

  • Strong filtering functions. Once you "customise preferences" in ResearchLink they are saved so that articles of personal interest and relevance to you are displayed in "My Feed" each time you access the platform. 
  • A powerful keyword search allows articles to be quickly retrieved. 
  • A calendar, plus countdown features on each article, flag key dates to access, action and realise opportunity. 
  • All partners in research support across Flinders’ research ecosystem can use this platform to communicate research-specific opportunities and information. In doing so, Flinders’ research community can confidently use ResearchLink as the single go-to platform for all opportunities related to research.
  • Follow ResearchLink on twitter @FLINResearchLk to receive notice of when key information is posted.

Research Link sorts articles into 4 categories:

  • Funding - research funding opportunities. These can be filtered based on funding type.
  • Career Development - career development opportunities.
  • Information Hub - news and details of changes to the research landscape internal and external to the University.
  • Uplifting Research - news and details of Flinders’ major projects that are facilitating doing research.

Other pages provide key information to enable your research:

  • Useful resources – Links to Flinders’ research webpages and policies.
  • Associations – Flinders has corporate memberships with a number of Associations. Links to them and their resources, including funding opportunities are available here. 

Editorial management sits with the RDS training, development and communications team - please contact research.link@flinders.edu.au for more information.

Flinders Research NewsIntroducing you to Research Link – Flinders’ new research communications platform

Research Link

Research Link is a research-focused opportunities and communications platform that enables Flinders’ research community to access relevant research information quickly. 

Accessible via your OKTA dashboard, Research Link has strong filtering functions so that once preferences are customised, articles of personal interest and relevance to you are displayed.

A powerful keyword search allows articles to be quickly retrieved. A calendar, plus countdown features on each article, flag key dates to access, action and realise opportunity.

Research Link sorts articles into 4 categories:

  • Funding - research funding opportunities. These can be filtered based on funding type.
  • Career Development - career development opportunities. Subcategories include: Flinders’ training and development; research prizes and awards; seminars; conferences.
  • Information Hub - news and details of changes to the research landscape. Subcategories include: Flinders news; external news; funding rules; policy updates.
  • Uplifting Research - news and details of Flinders’ major projects that are facilitating doing research. Subcategories include: DVCR (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)) portfolio; RDS (Research Development and Support); OGR (Office of Graduate Research); Library; OCME (Office of Communication, Marketing and Engagement).

Other pages provide key information to enable your research:

  • Useful resources – Links to Flinders’ research webpages and policies.
  • Associations – Flinders has corporate memberships with a number of Associations. Links to them and their resources, including funding opportunities are available here. 

Sponsored by Flinders’ DVCR, Professor Robert Saint, Research Link aims to elevate, activate and communicate research opportunities to Flinders’ research community, and as such it is continuously updated with new content.

All partners in research support across Flinders’ research ecosystem are able to use this platform to contribute their research-specific opportunities and information. In doing so, Flinders’ research community can confidently use Research Link as the single go-to platform for all opportunities related to research. 

Editorial management sits with the RDS training, development and communications team - please contact research.link@flinders.edu.au for more information.

Research Link is now live. It is replacing Inspiring Research. Next week will the last issue of Inspiring Research as we make the exciting transition to Research Link.

Keep an eye out in your email inbox too. A Research Link bulletin will be sent each Thursday to provide a snapshot of top articles. 

Flinders Research NewsNew Flinders Research Support Hub - launched and open for business

Proactively Supporting our Research

Spanning from the Registry through to the Union building, Research Development and Support (RDS) is now located along a corridor that runs parallel to the Student Centre at Bedford Park Campus.

Please drop by anytime to visit us, get an orientation and walk through, and of course talk with us – we are here to proactively support your research. So where are we?

RDS location campus map

Registry basement – Teams located in room B04 include Strategic partnerships; Researcher training, development and communication; Research ethics and compliance

Registry Annex – A new research support training room is located in room B15/16

Registry Annex – Research contracts are located in room B18

Union basement – Research grants and tenders team are located in room B4, together with the Director of RDS.

Please refer to the campus map to best orientate, and give us a call on 8201 7972 if you’d like further directions/assistance. We hope to see you soon!

Flinders Research NewsResearch Activate 2020 – a focus on funding – week of 22 June

Research Activate

Research Activate is an initiative to bring Flinders’ research community together to inform, inspire and share strategies for research success. In 2020 Flinders’ annual research intensive will focus on funding.

Enrolments are now open. Join us to participate in the following research funding focussed workshops:

Sessions will cover a breadth of topics core to: understanding the research environment and funding types; seeking and applying for funding and partnering beyond academia.

Please contact Flinders’ Research Training, Development and Communication team if you have any queries, on 8201 3968 or researcherpd.rds@flinders.edu.au.

Flinders Research NewsWelcome back to the Library

Flinders Library

The Flinders Library team and their online collections haven’t gone anywhere! But we are very pleased to announce that the team are back in the building. 

The Library completed a successful pilot of their Central branch 24/7 spaces over the weekend and are currently making sure that their spaces and physical collections transition into the "New Normal".  The Library aims to have all branches open and operational by 25 May.

The Higher Degree by Research (HDR) study space on Level 1 at the Central branch is now available for use (student ID swipe access is required to access the Library doors and the HDR room).

For Library updates visit the COVID-19 Web Page.

Flinders Research NewsImportant notice from NHMRC regarding Sapphire registrations for Ideas Grant applications


This article details information released as an "important notice from the NHMRC" regarding (i) Sapphire registrations for Ideas Grant applications, (ii) Chief Investigator invitations, (iii) Associate Investigator invitations.

If you have any queries, please contact Flinders’ Research Development and Support (RDS) NHMRC and Health team via email nhmrc@flinders.edu.au.

New user account registrations

If you intend to participate on an Ideas Grant application, and do not have a Sapphire Account, you must have your Sapphire access request submitted to the Research Help Centre no later than 5pm AEST Wednesday 27 May

Chief Investigator invitation process

Some applicants have experienced problems with Chief Investigators not being able to accept invitations to join their application. We are working on a solution to this issue and will provide further advice as it becomes available.

Associate Investigator invitations

We have also resolved the issue regarding Associate Investigators not being able to view and accept/decline an application invitation. Application owners are required to generate a new invitation if the "invitation response" is showing as "sent". If required, click the 'Resend Invite' button next to the Associate Investigator’s email address.


Further information regarding the latest hints and tips for sapphire can be found here: https://www.nhmrc.gov.au/about-us/news-centre/sapphire-hints-and-tips. 

Flinders Research NewsInvitation to provide feedback on the South Australian Productivity Commission’s Research and Development Inquiry Issues Paper

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Professor Robert Saint, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is inviting feedback on the South Australian Productivity Commission’s Research and Development Inquiry Issues Paper. The Issues Paper provides extensive analysis of South Australian R&D performance and invites comments and proposals for recommendations.

To enable the preparation of the Flinders Institutional Response, it would be appreciated if you could send comments and suggestions for recommendations that you would like included in the Flinders submission to Dr Ann-Louise Hordacre by Wednesday 3 June 2020.

Section 5, presents the key issues laid out as information requests, identifying key areas on which Flinders should provide comments and recommendations. 

Please note that the South Australian Productivity Commission (SAPC) is undertaking two inquiries into research within South Australia – one inquiry into Health and Medical Research and one inquiry into Research and Development activities. For further information please refer to the SAPC website.  

The University has already provided an Institutional response to the former, the Health and Medical Research Inquiry, while the above Issues Paper are in regard to the latter, the general Research and Development Inquiry.

Flinders Research NewsNHMRC change to Ideas Grants minimum data and Sapphire new user registrations


To accommodate processing the backlog of new user requests, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has moved the deadline for Ideas Grants Minimum Data to 5.00 pm AEST Friday 15 May 2020.

The NHMRC’s Research Help Centre is experiencing a very high volume of new user account registration requests for Sapphire.

New user account registration requests submitted after 12 noon AEST Wednesday 13 May 2020 will not be processed until the week of Monday 18 May 2020.

For more information, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

Flinders Research NewsBRAVE Lecture - The Future of the Workplace

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Join globally renowned Futurist, Andrew Grill and Director of the Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Professor John Spoehr for the May 2020 Brave online event: The Future of the Workplace.

There has been much global discussion about Covid-19 and its effects on life as we once knew it. During the pandemic, our community focus has been on prevention, control, restrictions, safety, social distancing, isolation, and curve-flattening. But what does our society look like beyond Covid-19? And in particular, the workplace?

Many employers have been forced to adapt their business models and approach to employees working arrangements. As we return to work, or in some instances, need to find new work, what are the likely changes we can expect going forward?

Join our online presentation as we talk to internationally renowned futurist, Andrew Grill, and Director of Flinders University’s Australian Industrial Transformation Institute, Professor John Spoehr about the future of work in the digital age, the effects of Covid-19, Industry 4.0 and Artificial Intelligence, and the ways in which this new work paradigm can be leveraged for the greater good. 

To register to attend the livestream on Thursday 21 May 2020, visit the Registration page.

Through its education and research programs, Flinders encourages new ways of thinking, and supports experimentation and daring, with the mission to contribute on an international scale through ‘changing lives and changing the world’. So we invite you to share and collaborate with us on our BRAVE journey. We will impart our knowledge and new discoveries, elevate discussion and inspire debate; all with the view to facilitate the betterment of our society. To find out more about the BRAVE series, please visit the Flinders website.

Be BRAVE, be bold, be at Flinders.

Flinders Research NewsIntroducing the new Microspectroscopy Facility Manager at Flinders Microscopy and Microanalysis

Flinders Microscopy and Microanalysis

The instrumentation housed within Flinders Microscopy and Microanalysis (FMMA) is supported by a team of Instrument Leaders (academic staff with an extensive background in their chosen techniques) and Instrument Managers (technical staff who conduct training, support users with routine issues and undertake maintenance).

In 2020, FMMA welcomes the addition of new team member, Dr Alexander Sibley.

Dr Alexander Sibley

Alexander completed his PhD in 2019 at Flinders University. His research involved the creation of thin organosilane films on metal oxide surface through both chemical and plasma deposition. A focus of this work was microspectroscopic analysis of these films with surface sensitive analytical techniques. 

He joins the team as Instrument Manager for the PHI 710 Scanning Auger Nanoprobe, FEI Inspect 50 Secondary Electron Microscope and Bruker D8 Advance Eco X-Ray Diffractometer. Alex maintains and operates these instruments offering training for new facility users, and measurements/analysis for clients.

Please contact him or the rest of the FMMA team at microscopy@flinders.edu.au

Flinders Research NewsCreative arts internship provides insight into regional creative industries

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Fourth year arts PhD, Verity Laughton, recently completed a four-month internship through the APR Intern program with the Legatus Group researching regional creative industries in South Australia.

The Legatus Group, a peak regional local government organisation, were interested in understanding regional creative industries and developed an internship project to research current activities, trends and potential resourcing requirements.

CEO of the Legatus Group, Mr Simon Millcock said "The Legatus Group have been actively seeking to create closer linkages with universities and have seen the PhD internship program as an integral step in creating benefits for both students and our councils / communities". Simon also indicated that the significant experience and knowledge brought by Verity to the project was very attractive and contributed to the internship’s success as a starting point for further actions by councils and communities. Further, the project has assisted local creatives to start to develop their own collaborations and local and regional support networks. 

Verity was also positive about the outcomes of the internship and has identified a number of benefits, including an opportunity to increase her understanding of creativity and creative industries while also expanding her skills in social science research methods.  It has also helped her reflect on potential future pathways and collaborators, Verity said. However, completing the internship while both extending her knowledge and finalising her PhD was a challenge and Verity acknowledges the support of her academic mentor, Dr Tully Barnett, College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, and industry supervisor, Simon as instrumental in achieving the goals of the project. 

Managing the potential workload challenges for PhDs undertaking an internship was also acknowledged by Tully, who indicated that regular communication was another critical factor to ensuring a successful outcome. However, from her perspective the benefits far outweighed the inputs, both for the PhD candidate and the academic mentor. As a mentor she appreciated the opportunity to develop her thinking around creative industries in regional locations, how to communicate research effectively for industry, and to extend her (and the University’s) network, which may lead to future collaborative opportunities. She also highlighted the importance of internships as a way of "navigating the transition from a PhD to the next phase of career" for doctoral candidates.

While much of the research was undertaken before the COVID-19 restrictions came into place, Verity made her final presentation virtually. APR Intern have indicated that PhD internships will continue, many virtually, and is working with PhDs, organisational partners and universities to ensure the health and safety of all those involved. Internships are available across a range of industries and are generally between three and five months in length. They can be particularly beneficial to PhD students nearing the end of their research and considering the next step in their careers.

For more information about APR Intern, available internships and eligibility requirements visit the APR Intern website or contact Megan Prideaux, Partner Engagement and Pathways Officer, Office of Graduate Research. 

Flinders Research NewsResearchNow Ethics & Biosafety – Human Research Ethics application forms now online

Research Now Ethics & Biosafety

ResearchNow Ethics & Biosafety is the new online platform for human research ethics at Flinders University. 

It can be accessed via Okta (add the "ResearchNow Ethics & Biosafety" chicklet to your dashboard) and allows researchers to apply for human research ethics approval online. To support the transition, two additional researcher training sessions will be held next week.

There are three forms available:

  • HREC Application Form – for all new research projects requiring Ethics approval
  • HREC Cross-Institutional Approval Form – for all research projects approved by an external Human Research Ethics Committee
  • HREC Project Transfer Form – for all current projects approved under the old system and that do not expire on/or before 31 December 2020. These projects need to be transferred into the new system.  

For further information, visit the Flinders' Applying for and managing human ethics approval webpage.

Two online training sessions will be held on:

  • Tuesday 12 May from 3 pm
  • Wednesday 13 May from 2 pm

All researchers and research support staff who have human research ethics approval or are intending to apply for human research ethics approval through Flinders University’s Human Research Ethics Committee are welcome to attend and learn how to navigate the new system. Please register now at iEnrol-Research if you are interested in attending one of the online sessions. 

New Participant Information and Consent Form template

An updated version of the Participant Information and Consent Form template is now available on the Applying for and managing human ethics approval webpage and within ResearchNow Ethics & Biosafety (see Templates area). This template can be used for all human research projects. 

Flinders Research NewsDefence Science and Technology Strategy 2030

DST Strategy 2030

The Defence and Science Technology (DST) have released their strategy, More, together which sets the directions for defence science and technology to 2030.

It outlines DST's ambitions, aspirations and establishes the overall science and technology priorities for Defence.

This strategy seeks to ensure the national science and technology enterprise is nurtured and leveraged to achieve scale in the resources that are applied to research problems. It includes initiatives to focus resources on Defence’s highest strategic priorities, and supports more streamlined transitioning of ideas into capability. Embracing these challenges will ensure that Australia's military forces have a strategic advantage achieved through leap-ahead capabilities to prevail in contest environments.

The key objectives of the Strategy are to:

  • Focus on larger science and technology programs supporting Defence strategic priorities.
  • Increase scale by partnering within the national science and technology enterprise and international partners.
  • Deliver impact and a capability edge through streamlined and secure innovation pathways.  

The Strategy is underpinned by three strategic pillars and introduces the Science, Technology and Research (STaR) Shot concept. While the STaR Shots focus the national science and technology enterprise on Defence objectives to deliver leap-ahead capabilities, the strategic pillars enable the STaR Shots and support the broader Defence S&T program.

The Strategy can be read online or downloaded in PDF format at the DST website.

Flinders Research NewsAn update from the ARC CEO Professor Sue Thomas - 1 May 2020

Australian Research Council

Professor Sue Thomas, has provided an update on the ARC grants processes.

It includes information on: the National Competitive Grants Program - current rounds; new post award guidance; support for early and mid-career researchers - including extension to DECRA 2022 closing date; and the 2020-21 grant calendar.

"Following on from previous Network Messages to the sector, I would like to provide an update on the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) grant application and peer review processes, and outline further flexibility that the ARC is introducing for 2020 to support researchers on active ARC projects and researchers planning applications for future ARC support.

Grant application rounds continue with the assistance of the assessor community

We are continuing to progress the application and peer review processes for current ARC scheme rounds, including the Australian Laureate Fellowships, Future Fellowships, Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA), Discovery Projects, Discovery Indigenous, Industrial Transformation Research Program, Linkage Projects, Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities, and the Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture.

Despite the significant disruptions that the sector is experiencing, the ARC’s assessor community is continuing to provide assessments for over 4000 grant applications. We greatly appreciate this critical contribution to peer review processes that will ensure delivery of funding outcomes that support Australian research in the recovery period and beyond. Online Selection Advisory Committee meetings are also progressing very well.

New post award guidance—responding to the impact of COVID-19

To assist researchers and administrators working on active ARC projects impacted by the COVID-19 situation, the ARC has investigated ways to allow greater flexibility and minimise the burden of post award administration at this time. The ARC has now published post award guidance material that takes into account Grant Agreement requirements and seeks to provide a balance between accountability for expenditure of public money and easing the burden on researchers and Research Offices.

The guidance covers streamlined mechanisms to notify some variations through the ARC’s End of Year Report process, extensions to notification and reporting deadlines, other variations that will be considered due to the impact of COVID-19, and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Acknowledging that COVID-19 is affecting researchers and the progress of research projects in a variety of ways, the guidance provides options for researchers and administrators to consider in responding to the specific impact on their project.

The ARC will continue to monitor the situation and update this guidance and FAQs accordingly.

Supporting early and mid-career researchers

We know that this is a particularly difficult time for our early and mid-career researchers, who have specific eligibility timeframes to apply for the DECRA and Future Fellowships (FT) schemes. The ARC is therefore introducing a one year, automatic eligibility extension, for all researchers currently in their final year of eligibility for both schemes. 

Researchers in their final year of eligibility for DECRA may choose to apply in 2020 (for DECRA 2022) within the existing eligibility timeframes or in 2021 (for DECRA 2023) utilising the automatic one-year extension. The same eligibility extension will be available for researchers in their final year of eligibility for Future Fellowships. Applicants may choose to apply in 2020 (for FT 2021) or utilise the automatic, one-year eligibility extension to apply in 2021 (for FT 2022). Final year applicants in either scheme cannot apply in both rounds.

For researchers planning applications in these, and other, NCGP schemes, the Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) selection criterion allows inclusion and consideration of any career interruption, which has affected a researcher’s ability to undertake and contribute to research. Career interruptions arising from COVID-19 can be included under ROPE for consideration by assessors in all future rounds, for most NCGP schemes—advice will be included in the Instructions to Applicants on how to do this.

In conjunction with this change, the closing date for DECRA 2022 applications has been extended to 25 November 2020 (previously 11 November 2020).

2020-21 Grant Calendar coming soon

The ARC had delayed finalising the 2020-21 scheme round dates until now. At this stage we are not anticipating significant delays to the scheme applications rounds due to open at the end of this year. We have now resumed finalising these dates and will publish the dates on our website by the end of May.

Finally, I want to assure you that the ARC is committed to supporting researchers through this challenging period. We will continue to identify new issues as they emerge, reassess the applicability of our new measures, and update guidance as required.

Professor Sue Thomas
Chief Executive Officer"

Flinders Research NewsSurvey on the impact of COVID-19 on Health and Medical Research

Research Australia

Research Australia is working with its members across the pipeline to compile a comprehensive report for Australian governments to fully understand the contribution the health and medical research innovation sector is making to the response to COVID-19 and the impact COVID-19 is having on the sector.

They are requesting input to the impact COVID-19 is having on the sector with a brief survey to gain insight into the impact of the pandemic from the viewpoint of researchers and innovators across the whole sector. 

Please complete the survey - it will only take 10 to 15 minutes.  

Research Australia believe it is vital governments fully understand the different effects COVID-19 is having right across our sector and this is your opportunity to contribute.  They need governments to know about the impact COVID-19 is having on you, your research, and your teams. At the moment this impact has no visibility- you can help fix this. 

The survey is available  via surveymonkey.   

The survey questions have been developed by Research Australia in partnership with Deakin University. Non-identifiable data will be transferred to Deakin University for analyses, report writing and publication of findings as aggregated data in peer-review publications. Submission of the survey implies consent. If you have any complaints about any aspect of the project, the way it is being conducted or any questions about your rights as a research participant, then you may contact The Human Research Ethics Office, Deakin University, Telephone: 9251 7129, research-ethics@deakin.edu.au. Please quote project number [HEAG-H 71_2020].

For further information on this study, see the plain language statement and consent form from Deakin University.

Flinders Research NewsSurvey on the impact of COVID-19 for Early- and Mid-Career Researchers

EMCR Forum

The Australian Academy of Science Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Forum Executive is inviting EMCRs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to complete a survey that aims to find out more about the challenges and barriers EMCRs face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The information collected from the survey will be used to inform the Forum’s advocacy activities and the key identified issues will be communicated to the Australian Academy of Science, funding bodies and employers of EMCRs to help them understand the needs of the EMCR community. Responses are anonymous.

This is an opportunity to share your insights on the current situation for your research, teaching and other aspects of productivity and for the EMCR Forum to hear if you have identified any (perhaps unexpected) positive outcomes.

Have your say and share the survey widely among your peers.

Survey closes at 11.59 pm AEST Tuesday 19 May 2020

Flinders Research NewsNew 10 year Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan

Proactively Supporting our Research

The Australian Antarctic Science Council has released a 10 year Australian Antarctic Science Strategic Plan. 

The new plan has been developed following extensive consultation with the Antarctic science research sector, Commonwealth agencies, Tasmanian government, universities and industry stakeholders. 

The plan sets out three key research areas: 

  • Environmental Protection and Management
  • Ice, Ocean, Atmosphere and Earth Systems
  • Human Presence and Activities in Antarctica. 

The plan also highlights the importance of digital integration, with data collection and analysis underpinning scientific outputs.

The next action for the Australian Antarctic Science Council is the development of an approach to implement research across the key research areas and to provide the required explanatory detail and clarity about priorities and research goals.

The new plan is available at the Australian Antarctic Science Council website.

Flinders Research NewsYour Research @ Flinders Profile – Is it Time for a Health Check?

Research Now

Want to see how your research profile looks to your peers? 

Do a quick five step health check of your Research @ Flinders profile.


1. Happy with your profile photo? 


If not, learn how to add a new photo at ResearchNow guides.


2. Is it time for a re-fresh of your Research Biography or Research Interests information?

See the Edit profile information guide (option 6) for instructions.


3. Noticed any missing, new publications? 

Make sure you have claimed your newest publications from Scopus

If your publication isn’t on Scopus, instructions to add it manually are available at ResearchNow researcher guides

  • Did you know that you can receive an email when new Scopus import candidates are found? See step 6 in the enhance your profile guide to learn how to set this up.


4. Have you linked your ORCiD to ResearchNow and authorised export to ORCiD

By authorising export of ResearchNow content to ORCiD you will keep your ORCiD profile updated through your actions in ResearchNow. 


5. Last, but not least, don’t forget to check your Scopus ID recorded in ResearchNow is correct.

Without an accurate Scopus ID your automated searches won’t yield the correct import candidates.


To learn more about enhancing and editing your Research @ Flinders profile, please visit the full list of researcher guides on the ResearchNow website

For questions that are not answered by these guides, contact the ResearchNow support team via ServiceOne > Research Services > ResearchNow query.

Flinders Research NewsResearch Survey on Digital Research Initiatives 2020

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Digital Research Services (DRS) has commenced five new digital research initiatives for the benefit of the Flinders research community. These initiatives have been prioritised and approved as part of the Flinders capital bid process.

To position the University to get the best possible outcomes for its researchers and HDR students, DRS and Professor Robert Saint, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), invite you to have input into these initiatives, by completing a survey.

The ethos of DRS is to work closely with its partners, including researchers, the Library, Research Development and Support, Office of Graduate Research and other groups to develop solutions that are pragmatic and timely. Your input is therefore vital to the success of these initiatives.

The initiatives are:

  1. Grants Lifecycle Management, for easier management of research grants.
    This project will improve processes and systems in the grants lifecycle, starting from the research certification form through to research project closure and financial acquittal. A key focus of this work is to minimise data entry through integration of systems.

  2. Research Data Management as a Service, to enhance the management of data in the research lifecycle.
    Research funders are increasingly expecting data to be availability for discovery and potential re-use. This project aims to improve the discoverability, management, and accessibility of research data assets through the entire research data lifecycle.

  3. Research Data Storage, to identify appropriate storage solutions and security levels for different types of research.

  4. PhD with a Focus, for engaging Flinders with industry partners early, providing career paths and research opportunities for students.
    This extends the professional development of HDR students into career development that is more clearly targeted.

  5. Evidencing Making a Difference, to make it easier for researchers to define research goals and metrics that can be measured for research impact.
    This project is designed to address how to improve the identification, recording, and promotion of research impact. It will engage with researchers to understand their needs, and pilot an approach for consistently reporting research impact.

In addition, there is ongoing work to further develop the Inspire system - Australia’s first ‘digital doctorate’ for Higher Degree by Research (HDR) students. This work includes: migrating the HDR examination process online; helping supervisors to manage their professional development compliance to meet the Register of HDR Supervisors criterion and national guidelines, and; adding new online forms to manage scholarships.

In the current uncertain climate, where the way we all work is being transformed, it’s even more critical that our digital systems facilitate our researchers working as efficiently as possible. Professor Saint encourages you to spend a few minutes to fill in the following survey - Researcher Survey on Digital Research Initiatives 2020.

The survey is open from Monday 20 April 2020 to Monday 11 May 2020 and takes only 20-30 minutes to complete. If you have any questions about it, please contact Sally Wheldrake, DRS.

Flinders Research NewsConnect with Research Development and Support

Proactively Supporting our Research

Research Development and Support (RDS) is open for business. One-on-one virtual meetings enable a researcher to meet individually with an RDS team member for bespoke advice and support related to any aspect of research that is core business to RDS.

Scheduled regularly, one-on-one virtual meetings can be booked via iEnrol-Research. Our team members will then contact you with individual appointment details.

Book an appointment with one of our teams now – 

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Ethics and Compliance

Researcher Training and Development

If a one-on-one virtual meeting related to your enquiry is not listed, please contact researcherpd.rds@flinders.edu.au so that we can arrange a meeting for you.

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