Flinders Research NewsResearch Development and Support Roadshows - rolling into your locale

Research Development and Support Roadshow

In May and June Research Development and Support (RDS) will be visiting each College and Flinders Campus’ in Darwin, Alice Springs and Tonsley. One hour interactive presentations will communicate RDS’ services and functions. Please join us to discover how the RDS Team can support you in achieving your research goals.

Each Roadshow will feature information on our services, our structure and, a "your voice" Q&A session.

They are being held:

Alice Springs - 22 May 2018

Darwin - 23 May 2018

College of Business, Government, and Law - 12 PM - 1 PM, Wednesday 13 June 2018 in Lecture Theatre North 4, Law/Commerce Building

College of Nursing and Health Sciences - 12 PM - 1 PM, Thursday 14 June 2018 in Lecture Theatre S202, Sturt South Wing

Tonsley Campus - 4 PM - 5 PM, Thursday 14 June 2018 in Theatre G.32, Tonsley

College of Medicine and Public Health - 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Friday 15 June 2018 in Lecture Theatre 1.01, Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex

University Portfolios - 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Monday 18 June 2018 in Lecture Theatre 1.01, Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex

College of Education, Psychology and Social Work - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM, Wednesday 20 June 2018 in Lecture Theatre 1.01, Education Building

College of Science and Engineering - 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM, Thursday 21 June 2018 in Room 0008, Physical Sciences

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences - 3 PM - 4 PM, Wednesday 27 June 2018 in North Lecture Theatre 2, Humanities

SA Rural and Remote - July


For more information on the Roadshows, contact Julia Parker, RDS.



Flinders Research NewsResearch Activate

Research Activate

Flinders Research Activate is an initiative to bring Flinders’ research community together to inform, inspire and share strategies for research success.

Enrolments are now open for research focused workshops being held throughout June.

In the week of 25 June, Flinders Research Activate Intensive will be hosted by Research Development and Support. Enrol now to join us over three mornings - 25, 27, 29 June – to access focused, inter-linked information and action-learning activities. Sessions will cover a breadth of topics core to: understanding the research environment and funding types; seeking and applying for funding; crafting track record; strategic positioning for funding success based on career stage; reporting research activity and more.

Flinders’ research community based in rural and remote locations will be able to access and participate in the Flinders Research Activate Intensive – please contact Kirsty deRuyter, Research Support Officer: Researcher Professional Development, RDS, for further details.

Join us to activate your research.

New OpportunitiesMental Health Research Grants call for Expressions of Interest

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Australian Rotary Health is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for its Mental Health Research Grants. Projects must focus on the mental health of young Australians (aged 0 – 25 years) and be conducted within Australia at a recognised university, hospital or research institute.

The EOIs close on 25 May 2018.

For advice and application support, contact Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII), Research Development and Support.

Research grants are valued at up to $70,000 per annum + GST for 1, 2, or 3 years, and are available to Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, and New Zealand citizens.

For more information, including important notes and submission instructions, visit the Australian Rotary Health website.

Research Engagement and ImpactGenerating conversation through The Conversation

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Have you thought about how to get half a million people to read your research or opinions? For Dr Alice Gorman, Space Archaeologist in the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, writing for The Conversation has enabled her to reach this milestone.

Earlier this month, Alice’s articles achieved a total of half a million unique reads. The most popular article, 60th anniversary of the oldest human artefact in Earth’s orbit, the Vanguard 1 satellite, had close to 59,000 reads.

Alice’s articles have contributed to building her research profile and research career. They have led to copious media interviews and reinforced her skills in engaging with and communicating to the public. In her view, it is key for an informed public to be aware of critical issues of the day. The Conversation enables Alice’s words to reach hundreds of thousands of people easily and achieve her research aim - working to influence national and international policy around space exploration.

"I’d like to think that there are now a half a million people in the world who now have a better idea of why space matters than they did before reading my articles," said Alice.

The Conversation ensures articles published are based on current issues and news and is informed by research and researchers, countering the possibility of incorrect facts being circulated. "The Conversation aims to break this cycle by drawing on the knowledge of those who create it in the first place. In doing so, it strengthens the foundations of Australian democracy by giving people accurate information to make their own minds up. I’m proud to be contributing to that," said Alice.

Contributing to The Conversation has had wider benefits too - it has facilitated Alice talking to fellow authors in other disciplines. Alice has developed a writing partnership with Dr Kevin Orrman-Rossiter, a University of Melbourne physicist. It is a connection she would not have made without the commonality of writing for The Conversation.

"I find that my ideas sometimes move fluidly between Conversation articles and academic articles. I might develop an idea in one location which I pick up in the other and take in a different direction. It’s all part of the same research process for me now," said Alice.

Alice recommends writing for The Conversation and views it as a key form of engagement. The guidance experienced editors provide is crucial to shaping an author’s writing, making it easier to read and more accessible for the readership. As The Conversation encourages other media outlets to republish articles, there is also a wider global audience who will read a researcher’s work.

Alice’s first The Conversation article appeared in 2012 and since then she has provided 30 articles, contributed quotes to authors of other articles, and has even risen to the challenge of writing a short explanation of her research in emoji! Her articles have included opinion pieces, research reports and responses to events in the news.

Flinders is a supporter of The Conversation and encourages our academics to get involved.

The Flinders Media Officer contact is Tania Bawden, Journalist (Research) Office of Communication and Engagement. Tania can also be contacted via mobile on 0434 101 516. Karen Ashford, Director - Media and Communications in the Office of Communication and Engagement, can also be contacted for assistance and advice in liaising with the media and media training (M: 0427 398 713).


New OpportunitiesCall for Research Projects and Supervisors for the MD Advanced Studies

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The College of Medicine and Public Health  is calling for projects and potential supervisors for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) Advanced Studies students.

Advanced Studies (AS) is a compulsory research and scholarship theme integrated across all four years of the Flinders MD program as required by the Australian Medical Council for our students to graduate.

The AS students’ progress heavily depends on the Flinders research community to offer research projects. As part of a team with a well-defined research question, Flinders MD students have demonstrated the ability to substantially aid in the progress of many projects, including quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research.

There are many tasks that are appropriate for students to undertake as part of a research team and these include, but not limited to:

  • Literature critiques/ meta studies/ systematic reviews;
  • Adding a longitudinal or a parallel component to your project;
  • Wet lab bench work (restricted to time commitments);
  • Collaborative or single data collection;
  • Data analysis and interpretation;
  • Undertaking a survey;
  • A group of students running a small clinical trial under the umbrella of your supervision.

We are now calling for projects to offer the 2018 MD cohort who will begin their research in 2019.

Projects broadly related to Medicine from all areas of the University are welcome.

Detailed information can be found here - 2018 Advanced Studies Information for Staff.

Contact Dr Hakan Muyderman for further information (e-mail: hakan.muyderman@flinders.edu.au or phone: 0452 199 965)

Applications close 18 June 2018

Research Engagement and ImpactECR Spotlight - Dr Ashok Manoharan 2018

Diversity Management: Where to from here?

Diversity and diversity management research interests scholars, practitioners and policy makers. Workforce diversity and its management has been central to research across all disciplines. It’s even more important in the context of the hospitality industry and can advise them on how to liaise with customers from all corners of the globe.

At a scholarly level, in spite of the interest and uptake by researchers the number of articles published in hospitality journals indicates these topics are in their infancy. Given the importance of the topic and its impact to policy and practice, it is vital to collate and integrate previous studies, present trends and identify gaps.

Dr Manoharan published one of the first systematic reviews focused on diversity and diversity management literature in hospitality that covered a period of 28 years (1990 – early 2017), in collaboration with Associate Professor Manisha Singal, Pamplin College of Business, Virginia Tech, USA. It has provided a "one stop shop" to understand diversity and diversity management research and offer detailed directions for future research. Analyses of the literature revealed that the top three research areas in (i) diversity are, gender, age and migrants, and (ii) diversity management, are diversity practices, diversity training and managing migrants. The articles were reviewed in relation to journals and years published to understand trends. In addition, the nature of research, theories and frameworks used were reviewed to understand methodologies and various theoretical lenses.

Our review has identified what is not known and what gaps exist in the literature around these topics, and has informed my own research program. A number of future research directions in the context of hospitality include (1) expansion of themes, (2) theory based research, (3) methodological improvements, (4) geographical extension, and (5) improved practical implications.

Ashok’s systematic review of research on diversity and diversity management can be found at Science Direct.



Ashokkumar Manoharan

Dr Ashokkumar Manoharan

Dr Ashokkumar Manoharan is a Lecturer in Strategic Management in Flinders Business, College of Business, Government and Law. Ashok has an interdisciplinary educational background including a PhD in Management from UniSA and an MBA, M.Sc., and Bachelors in Hotel Management. His research area focuses on organisational culture, workforce diversity and diversity management with a particular emphasis on cultural diversity in the Australian hospitality industry.

T: 8201 2838
E: ashokkumar.manoharan@flinders.edu.au
Campus: Bedford Park
College: Business, Government and Law 
Role: Lecturer in Strategic Management

This is a feature for Inspiring Research where we profile Flinders’ Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in our ECR Spotlight. This initiative appears regularly and aims to connect our research community and strengthen research communications within the University. You will get insight into who our ECRs are and how their research and achievements are making a difference.

The featured ECRs welcome dialogue, debate, and conversation and we hope that it may shape future intra-, inter- and/or trans-disciplinary collaboration with Flinders’ colleagues. Please feel free to comment on their spotlight, and/or contact them directly. Also, you can contact the ECR Spotlight coordinator, Dr Marina Delpin, with your queries and comments.

New OpportunitiesNational Housing Research Program Funding Round

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Please note that Flinders staff are not eligible to apply for this as Flinders are not members of AHURI.

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) invites applications for its national housing research program funding. This program aims to build an evidence base of practical, applied and policy-relevant research which adds new knowledge to housing studies and related disciplines.

The 2019 Funding Round is now open until midday AEST Friday 10 August 2018. The Flinders internal closing date is 27 July 2018, and for assistance and advice contact Mary Lyons, Research Development and Support.

Funding is available under four types of projects:

  • evidence-based policy inquiries on population growth, migration and agglomeration – exiting institutional settings or housing subsidies and the funding gap – projects should involve at least two university project leaders;
  • investigative panel projects on housing and energy costs or urban regulation, planning and supply diversity;
  • stand-alone research projects on urban renewal outcomes; urban form and apartment living; indigenous and homelessness in urban settings; remote housing; assistive technologies in housing; companion animals as inhibitors to rental mobility; the social landlord in public housing; ageing in public housing; sustaining Indigenous tenancies; the role of construction costs in house prices or whole of life housing costs;
  • data projects.

Evidence-based policy inquiries may receive up to AUD $600,000 for up to 18 months. Investigative panel projects, stand-alone research projects and data projects may receive up to AUD $150,000 each for a maximum project duration of 12 months.

For more information including the NHRP Handbook (which provides an overview of the National Housing Research Program and the Funding round), the Research Agenda, and Guidelines for applicants, visit the AHURI website.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsHuman Performance & the Intersection of Technology in Defence

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The Defence Science and Technology Group (DST), in the lead up to the launch of the Research Network for Undersea Decision Superiority, invites researchers and students to attend a seminar series presented by renowned experts in Human Factors research.

The speakers will provide their perspectives on the latest research directions for human performance in the increasingly complex world of Defence, a rich source of interesting real-world problems. These problems are challenging and have a material impact on the lives of the men and women serving in our Defence Forces.

The Adelaide seminar will take place from 8:45am - 11:45am, 25 May 2018 at Room 1, UniSA SMARTSchool, Magill Campus, St Bernards Rd, Magill, SA.  Register for the Adelaide Seminar here.

Facilitated by Dr David Gamble, from DST's Maritime Division, this seminar series is not to be missed for researchers, students and defence industry personnel interested in learning more about the human element of the Defence Forces. Tea, coffee and a light snack will be provided.


Professor Neville Stanton BSc (Hons), PhD, FBPsS, FErgsS, MIET, MCIHT

Chair of Human Factors Engineering, Director of the Human Factors Engineering Team, University of Southampton

Neville conducts research into human performance in technological systems. As well as designing better human-machine systems, Neville has undertaken fundamental research into the development and validation of Human Factors methods. He has received many awards and has published over 40 books and 300 journal papers on his work over the past 30 years.

Professor Paul Salmon BSc, MSc, PhD, ARC Future Fellow

Director, Centre for Human Factors & Sociotechnical Systems, Professor of Human Factors, University of the Sunshine Coast

Paul's research focuses on understanding and optimising human, team, organisational and system performance through the application of Human Factors theory and methods. Current interests include complexity and sociotechnical systems theory, and the use of Human Factors to tackle major societal issues such as terrorism, cyber security, and artificial intelligence.

Dr Samuel Huf PhD

Human Systems and Information Integration, Maritime Division, Defence Science and Technology Group

Sam is DST’s Human Systems Integration technical lead for the Future Submarine Program and has gradually built a network of Human Sciences researchers to help support Australia’s largest ever Defence acquisition. Sam’s ambition is to strengthen Australia’s Defence Forces by helping to ensure that Australia's emerging maritime enterprise embeds Navy’s people and their abilities at the heart of the nation-building Future Submarine Program.


Due to space constraints, attendance is limited so please ensure you register using the Eventbrite website.

New OpportunitiesHeart Foundation Health Professional Scholarships and Partnership Engagement

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The Heart Foundation's Health Professional Scholarships and Partnership Engagement Grant Scheme are now open.

The closing date for the Health Professional Scholarships is 22 June 2018. The closing date for the Partnership Engagement is 18 May 2018.

Health Professional Scholarships

Health Professional Scholarships support cardiovascular health professionals to undertake a PhD. Health Professional Scholarships are designed to encourage established health professionals to become active in research, however, recently graduated health professionals are also eligible. Applicants will be encouraged to continue their cardiovascular health practice during their PhD.

For details on these scholarships, visit the Heart Foundation website.

Partnership Engagement Grant Scheme

These grants enable researchers to partner with the Heart Foundation to apply for NHMRC, ARC and other funding, for large-scale cardiovascular research projects. The Partnership Engagement Grant scheme offers Heart Foundation funds to leverage significant additional funding from other sources. Researchers can approach the Heart Foundation with proposals to contribute to partnership grant applications to other funding agencies. 

By partnering with the Heart Foundation, researchers benefit from association with a large, reputable organisation that will enhance their ability to attract further funding. For further details on the Fellowship, visit the Heart Foundation website.


For advice and application assistance on the Partnership Engagement Grant Scheme, contact Mary Lyons in Research Development and Support. For advice and assistance on the Health Professional Scholarships, contact the Scholarships Office.

New OpportunitiesSaluting Their Service Commemorations Program Major Commemorative Grants

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The Australian Government is inviting organisations through an open competitive process to apply for the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program – Major Commemorative Grants.

The objectives of the Saluting Their Service Commemorations Program is to preserve Australia’s wartime heritage.

It aims to involve people throughout the nation in a wide range of projects and activities that highlight the service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations, and to promote appreciation and understanding of the role that those who served have played in shaping the nation. Funding will be provided for state/territory or nationally significant commemorative activities which commemorate the involvement, service and sacrifice of Australia’s service personnel in wars, conflicts and peace operations.

Applications close at 2:00 pm AEST on 3 July 2018.

For further information about eligibility and how to apply, go to the Funding Round Application page.

Information about applying for this funding round can also be found on GrantConnect. For assistance and advice regarding GrantConnect, contact the Research Grants Support team, Research Development and Support via research.grants@flinders.edu.au.

New OpportunitiesFlinders Foundation Health Seed Grant Round 2018/19

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The 2018/19 Flinders Foundation Health Seed Grant Round is now open to all researchers across the Flinders medical precinct including all Flinders University researchers involved in health-related research.

Flinders Foundation is proud to offer the grant round to support health researchers from Flinders University and the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network, made possible thanks to generous donations, campaigns from partners such as Foodland, Drakes Supermarkets and Mr Riggs, and attendance at events like the Pink Yellow Blue Ball and participation in Lightsview Ride Like Crazy and Cycle Cambodia to Cure Cancer.

Up to $25,000 in seed funding is available to get each research project off the ground, bust myths and confirm hypotheses. The seed funding will enable researchers to produce preliminary data to apply for larger grants from national and international funding bodies.

Incredible support has enabled Flinders Foundation to provide seed funding grants for many years. Records show that it’s working, with about 40 per cent of researchers who receive Flinders Foundation seed funding going on to win grants on a much larger scale, enabling many research discoveries and advances in health to be made at Flinders.

Applications must be lodged by 5pm on Wednesday, 20 June 2018 via email to the Flinders University Research Development and Support (RDS) Division at research.grants@flinders.edu.au. Enquires and application support can be directed to Gareth Rees, RDS, or to the Flinders Foundation at info@flindersfoundation.org.au.

The application form and guidelines can be downloaded from the Flinders Foundation website.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsHDR Human Research Ethics Workshop

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The University of South Australia, the University of Adelaide and Flinders University invite all higher degree by research (HDR) students from these three institutions to a one day workshop on research ethics and integrity.

Current HDR students who are undertaking research projects which require human research ethics approval are strongly encouraged to attend this workshop. Non-HDR students whose current program of study requires an application for ethics approval may also be eligible, pending confirmation from their supervisor.

Sessions will include:

  • An introduction to research integrity and the responsible conduct of research
  • An overview of the ethical issues that may arise in research involving human participants (including topic-specific breakout sessions)
  • Tools to analyse and address these issues
  • How to apply for approval from a Human Research Ethics Committee

WHEN: Thursday 14 June 2018, 9:00am – 5.00pm (Registration 8.30am – 9.00am)

(Note: attendance is required all day)

WHERE: UniSA City East Campus, Basil Hetzel Building, Frome Road, H2-02 (campus map)

RSVP: Registration required by Monday 4 June 2018 via the online form

ENQUIRIES: Contact the UniSA Research Ethics Team: humanethics@unisa.edu.au

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