Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsWhat's on in ienrol research - 11 to 26 April 2019

Proactively Supporting our Research

ienrol research lists all training and development opportunities related to developing skills core to the research process and doing research at Flinders University. You can book to attend workshops, information sessions, and/or seminars that aim to facilitate the ongoing development of all researchers.

This regular posting in Inspiring Research will update you as to what’s on offer in the coming weeks, listing current opportunities that you can participate in and book into now.

Click on the links below to view the course details.


Drop-In Sessions: Industry, Government, International and InternalTuesday, 16 April 2019

Drop-In Sessions: ARC grantsWednesday, 17 April 2019

A systematic approach to literature searching (non-health)Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Drop-In Sessions: Social and Behavioural Research Ethics, Thursday, 18 April 2019

Keeping up to date - current methodology for setting up and managing alerts and digital notificationsThursday, 18 April 2019

Drop-In Sessions: ARC grantsTuesday, 23 April 2019

Drop-In Sessions: NHMRC grantsWednesday, 24 April 2019



Further courses scheduled for later in the month and beyond are available at ienrol research.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsScience Meets Parliament - early bird registrations closing soon

Science Meets Parliament

With an expected Federal election in mid-2019, the next Science meets Parliament is your chance to influence the way science and technology shape Australia.

Experts from across the nation have taken part over the last 20 years, learning about the policy- and decision-making process and connecting with parliamentarians to enhance understanding of how science contributes to Australia’s health, environment, wealth and wellbeing.

You could follow in their footsteps at the 20th Science meets Parliament to be held on 13-14 August 2019.

Join Science and Technology Australia and work alongside passionate and curious colleagues from across the STEM sector towards the mutual mission of enhancing the role, reputation and impact of science and technology in Australia.

Early Bird registration closes on 30 April 2019. To register and more details about the event, visit the Science and Technology Australia website.

New OpportunitiesRound 4 of the DMTC Medical Countermeasures Program


Round 4 of the DMTC Medical Countermeasures Program is now open for expressions of interest.

The program is focused on vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics for the protection of military and civilian personnel against Chemical Biological and Radiological (CBR) threats, emerging infectious diseases and pandemics.

Round 4 focuses on the three priority themes of Point of Care Diagnostics, Antimicrobial Resistance, and Security Sensitive Biological Agents.

In addition, proposals are welcomed for therapeutics against chemical threats, regional tropical diseases such as Malaria and Dengue; and Alphaviruses.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest is 4:00 pm AEST 6 May 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 23 April 2019 for a completed final draft. For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

Proposed projects are expected to have at least one industry partner and one research/academic partner. The DMTC MCM program is about translation of technology and therefore all proposed projects must be at or above the non-clinical/preclinical phase of development for vaccines and therapeutics; and prototype development for diagnostics.

Details can be found in the following pdf and associated links -

DMTC is a not for profit collaborative venture that brings together defence industry, universities and government research agencies to develop technologies that will enhance Australia’s defence and national security capability.


New Opportunities2019 Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme now open

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The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is a joint initiative (PDF 1.2MB) of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.

It fosters research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian researchers from Universities Australia member universities and German researchers from German universities and research institutes.

The scheme supports exchanges for Australian researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at Australian universities. Researchers must be working on a joint research project with their German counterparts, rather than simply furthering their own individual research in Germany. The inclusion of early career researchers is a significant focus of this scheme.

Applications opened on 3 April 2019 and close on 22 July 2019. Applications must be submitted through Research Development and Support, as Universities Australia will not accept applications direct. This year the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) will support 2 applications from Flinders being submitted under this scheme. The Flinders internal closing date is 13 June 2019. Applications must be emailed to by COB on 13 June 2019.

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


New OpportunitiesCollaboration opportunity with the CSIRO for their Space Technology Future Science Platform

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The CSIRO Space Technology Future Science Platform (Space FSP) Round 2 call for proposals is open until Friday 26 April 2019.

External partnerships are welcomed and encouraged. To explore opportunities for collaboration with the CSIRO, researchers are encouraged to speak directly with CSIRO science contacts or the Space FSP Leader via

Mr Tony Kyriacou, Defence Partnerships Director, can provide application advice and assistance.

The Space FSP was launched in November 2018 with an initial $16 million investment. It aims to build world-leading capability and drive cutting-edge research within CSIRO in support of the Australian Space Agency’s goal of tripling the size of the Australian space industry by 2030.

The Space FSP will leverage both CSIRO’s existing base of space activities and our as-yet-unharnessed expertise from other science areas to develop technologies that lead to new innovations in the space sector. It will directly address the high-value, high-risk leapfrog R&D areas prioritised by the Australian Space Agency to accelerate the growth of the Australian space sector.

Space FSP investments will focus on the Strategic Priority Areas identified by the Australian Space Agency, and the three Opportunity Areas identified by the CSIRO Space Roadmap:

  • space-derived services
  • space object tracking
  • space exploration and utilisation.

Annual competitive funding rounds will be conducted in 2019 (Round 2, open March – April 2019), 2020 and 2021. Round 2 proposals may be for projects of up to 3 years in duration. All projects are required to include education and outreach/knowledge-sharing goals.

A path to impact is vital for all Space FSP projects, and external partnerships are welcomed and strongly encouraged. Collaboration will typically be carried out under a co-investment model (please note that Space FSP funds cannot be used to fund external organisations to undertake R&D activities).

Potential partners can be involved in proposing a new project, or can join existing projects.

For further information, visit the CSIRO Space FSP website.

New OpportunitiesOpportunities for rising science stars and women in science

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Applications are now open for two media residencies (Science and Humanities) at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Each of the two programs brings five selected PhD-qualified early career researchers (within seven years of completing their PhD) to the ABC for an intensive two-week media bootcamp.

The scheme aims to equip emerging scholars with media and communication skills to help them reach and engage a wide audience for their specialist knowledge and research.

Applications close Wednesday 1 May 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Karen Ashford, Director, Media and Communications, Office of Communication, Marketing and Engagement.

For more information, visit the ABC website.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsAustralasian Groundwater Conference 2019

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The Australasian Groundwater Conference (AGC2019) will be held in Brisbane Queensland, 24-27 November 2019.

Coordinated by the National Centre for Groundwater Research and Training, Flinders University, this conference promises to be an epic event filled with informative presentations, entertaining networking events and stunning field trips exploring the sights and sounds that this sub-tropical dynamic region has to offer.

AGC2019 will provide an important opportunity to showcase exciting and innovative work in groundwater in the following thematic areas:

  • Resources | extractive industries, agriculture, renewables and groundwater management
  • Infrastructure | supporting growing populations and the supply of food, water and energy
  • Environment | sustainability and environmental protection within a changing climate

Present your work, take part in the discussion, and make the most of this significant gathering of groundwater professionals in the Australasian region.

Abstract submissions are currently open and will close on 14 June 2019. For more information, visit the AGC2019 Abstract submission webpage.

Early Bird registrations will close on 30 August 2019.

Visit the AGC2019 website for more information and how to register.

New OpportunitiesInnovation and Commercialisation projects from the Australasian Pork Research Institute

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Australasian Pork Research Institute Ltd (APRIL) is seeking applications for Innovation and Commercialisation projects.

APRIL Innovation Projects are negotiable to around 12 to 15 months, have a maximum budget of $50,000 to $75,000 and require a minimum external cash co-investment of 25 per cent of the total cash cost of the project.

There will be two calls per calendar year for Innovation Projects, with the first deadline being 17 May 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 3 May 2019 for a completed final draft application.

For application advice and assistance on Innovation projects, contact Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII).

Open all year round, Commercialisation Projects are where the path to market of a product or technology may be close and additional co-investment may bring it to fruition. For application advice and assistance on commercialisation projects, contact Mark Bruce, Senior Commercialisation Manager.

For more information on both these project opportunities, visit the APRIL website.

APRIL is an independent, member based research entity, which continues the approach to research, education, training and commercialisation of the very successful CRC for High Integrity Australian Pork, which concludes 30 June 2019.

New Opportunities2019 Field Research Grant Open

The Biology Society of South Australia is joining with the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia to assist field research projects for Honours and PhD students.

This year’s grant is jointly sponsored by the Biology Society of South Australia (BSSA) and the Nature Conservation Society of South Australia (NCSSA).

Funds up to the value of $3,300 per successful applicant are available for research aimed at:

  • Improving understanding of the conservation status of species or ecological communities
  • Providing recommendations for improvement of some aspect of biodiversity conservation
  • Understanding the ecology of species or communities
  • Understanding threats to biodiversity and management of those threats.

The closing date for applications is Friday 10 May 2019.

Please see the BSSA website for guidelines and applications.


New OpportunitiesAustralia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement 2019

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The Australian Government, under the Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement 2019 (ACACA) grant opportunity, is inviting applicants to apply to undertake a Project in Australia and/or China, or undertake a Trade Mission to China.

The beneficiaries of the ACACA program are Australian agriculture, fisheries and forestry industries, organisations, businesses and individuals (and their respective industry or sector) who are seeking to enhance cooperation between Australia and China in agriculture.

The closing date for applications is 11:00 pm AEST on 30 April 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 16 April 2019 for a completed final draft application. For application advice and assistance, contact Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII).

The objectives of the ACACA program are:

  • promote bilateral cooperation in agriculture, fisheries and forestry between Australia and China
  • develop the trading relationship between Australia and China
  • exchange scientific information to enhance cooperation and develop linkages between Australia and China

The intended outcome of the program is to fund projects and trade missions that:

  • support the ACACA program objectives
  • align with one or more of the ACACA agreed funding priorities
  • provide flow-on benefits for the applicant, project and trade mission participants and the applicant’s broader industry or sector in both Australia and China.

For further information visit the Community Grants website.

The Australia–China Agricultural Cooperation Agreement (ACACA) is a treaty-level agreement between the Australian and Chinese governments. The ACACA program operates under this agreement.

New OpportunitiesWorldwide Cancer Foundation 2019 grant round

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The 2019 grant round for the Worldwide Cancer Foundation is now open for registration and application preparation.

Applications can be submitted between Thursday 4 April 00.01hrs (UK Local Time) and Friday 3 May 2019 17:00hrs (UK Local Time). Please note, the Foundation will only accept the first 500 applications submitted in the grant round.

The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is as soon as possible. For application advice and assistance, please contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

The Foundation's goal is to support research that seeks to answer the difficult questions in cancer biology.  They are looking for innovative and truly novel ideas that have the potential to revolutionise our understanding of cancer and how to beat it. They award grants to support fundamental or translational research into the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.

The Foundation does not support clinical research, including clinical trials, patient care, nursing or healthcare delivery research. We also do not support other types of applied cancer research such as policy, public health or psychosocial research.

For more information, on how to register, what to consider before applying, and their research strategy, visit the Worldwide Cancer Foundation website.

Flinders Research NewsGetting Published as an Early Career Researcher

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Wiley has organised a special event, the Wiley UniDay, to address the challenges ECRs face in getting research published and increase the chances of getting published. 

This 2-hour event, to be held on 16 April 2019, will bring together editors of prominent journals, publishing experts and research publishing professionals.

Together, the speakers will provide valuable insight from their different perspectives in the world of research publishing and give you the information they wish they had known as an Early Career Researcher. 

Where: The University of Adelaide, Napier Building, Lecture Theatre 102, 259 North Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000

From: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm on 16 April 2019.

Visit for updates on program, speakers and venue and to reserve your place.

The session will be recorded and made available for viewing after the event. Researchers who sign up for the event through the event website will receive the post event email including slide decks and the event recording.

New OpportunitiesGenomics Health Futures Mission - Projects Grant

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The Genomics Health Futures Mission (GHFM) is the centrepiece of the Australian Government’s $1.3 billion National Health and Medical Industry Growth Plan that was announced in May 2018.

Funded through the Medical Research Future Fund, the Genomics Health Futures Mission (GHFM) will engage with communities to help save or transform the lives of more than 200,000 Australians through research into better testing, diagnosis and treatment. 

The external closing date for applications is 31 May 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 17 May 2019 for final completed draft applications. For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

This Project Grants Opportunity combines the first rounds of the Projects Grant and Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Grant streams and will provide up to $33.7 million over three years to fund innovative and creative genomics research projects in the following research areas:

  • Cancers (including lung cancer and mesothelioma) and diseases with high mortality and low survivability
  • Paediatric acute care genomic research for critically ill children
  • Ethical, legal and social issues related to genomics in health care.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to:

  • expand genomics research effort and reach, allowing researchers and commercial partners to sustain efforts in discovery, build evidence for scaling applications, and build new markets, and
  • encourage research that prioritises health system and commercial needs, projects that can demonstrate validation of research questions by end-users will be favoured.

The Australian Government has announced a total of $156 million over nine years for the Projects Grant stream. There is $30 million available over three years for this round.

The project grants stream include:

  • Up to $15 million over three years for cancers (including lung cancer and mesothelioma) and diseases with high mortality and low survivability rate research projects (min $0.5 million; max $5 million)
  • Up to $15 million over three years for paediatric acute care genomic research for critically ill children projects (min $0.5 million; max $5 million)

A total of $17.6 million over nine years is available for the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues Research Grant stream. There is $3.7 million available over three years for this round, including up to $3.7 million over three years (min $0.1 million; max $0.5 million).

The maximum project period is three years for both streams.

For further information, including the guidelines and application form, visit

New OpportunitiesCancer Council SA Beat Cancer Travel Grant Funding Program

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The Beat Cancer Project is a South Australian state-wide initiative intended to support and advance cancer research within the state.

Support is available to offset the costs of travel and accommodation for early-career South Australian Cancer Researchers (PhD and Masters research students, and other early-career researchers, no more than 5 years post-doctoral) who have been invited to present their work at a national or international scientific meeting, or who can show that attendance at such meetings would have a direct positive impact on their career.

The scheme is also available to early-career researchers to fund travel costs to undertake short-term study/exchange at a national or international location.

Funding is available for up to $5,000 per applicant to support short-term exchange arrangements; up to $2,500 per applicant to support conference attendance and travel.

The closing date is 6 May 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 23 April 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grant Officer (NHMRC and Health).

For more information, visit the Beat Cancer Project website.

Beat Cancer Project is funded by Cancer Council SA and the SA Government (through SA Health) and administered by the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

New OpportunitiesDefence Health Foundation expressions of interest

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The Defence Health Foundation invites Expressions of Interest (EOI) from researchers for medical research grants available from the beginning of 2020. 

The objective of the research must be to benefit the health and wellbeing of serving or ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force or their immediate families.

The closing date for EOI's is Friday 3 May 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 19 April 2019 for a completed final draft of the EOI. For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

Priority research areas are in the clinical and translational area. No funding will be made available for laboratory based (basic science) research.

Broadly the research priorities are for medical research that focuses on:

  • Women’s Health for contemporary serving and ex-serving ADF members
  • Impacts of ADF service on Partners and Family Members
  • Issues effecting Ageing Veterans 
  • Management of Chronic Pain
  • Mental health issues for ADF Members and Veterans

For more information, visit the Defence Health Foundation website.

New Opportunities2019 Mason Foundation ME/CFS targeted project grant round

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The Judith Jane Mason & Harold Stannet Williams Memorial Foundation (‘the Mason Foundation’) is a charitable trust that supports medical and scientific research on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

The 2019 Mason Foundation ME/CFS targeted project grant round (including establishment of a biobank and/or patient registry) is now open and will close on Tuesday, 30 April 2019.

The Flinders internal closing date is 16 April 2019. For advice and information, please contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

The goal of The Mason Foundation is to achieve enduring, positive impact in the areas of ME/CFS through funding medical research principally into the causes, prevention and/or management of this disease. To deliver on its goal into the future, The Mason Foundation has identified the need to enhance its current ME/CFS grants program.

To deliver on this goal into the future, the Mason Foundation believes it is necessary to build the capacity and scale of the ME/CFS research sector in Australia.  Supporting the establishment and operation of an ME/CFS biobank and/or patient registry has been identified, through a process of significant stakeholder engagement, as a key means of achieving this aim.

As such, the Foundation is requesting expressions of interests (EOI) for a project with the following two characteristics:

  • a hypothesis-driven research project that requires patient data and/or biospecimens for its conduct; and
  • establishment of a biobank and patient registry that would support the research project with biospecimens and data that are openly accessible to other researchers.

Please refer to the Equity Trustees website for more information on the grant program.

New OpportunitiesExpressions of Interest for Mental Health Research Grants

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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.

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.

The closing date for EOIs is Friday 31 May 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 17 May 2019 for a final draft application. For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

Further information is available at the Australian Rotary Health website.


New Opportunities2019 Eureka Prizes

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The Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are now open and accepting nominations to reward excellence in Australian science.

The spectrum of prizes cover a broad range of scientific disciplines and aim to recognise the work of scientists and researchers at all career stages.

Over the years a number of Flinders' researchers have received these awards in recognition of their brilliant achievements that make a difference - including members of the Colvera Team (2017), members of the TEPO Team (2016) and Dr Philip Dinning (2011). 

The 2019 program comprises of 18 prizes across the areas of research & innovation, leadership science engagement, and also school science. Entries close on Friday 3 May 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 19 April 2019 for a completed final draft application. For assistance in preparing the nominations/applications, please contact Dr Marina Delpin.

The Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, celebrating excellence in research & innovation, leadership, science engagement and school science. Entrants can enter themselves or be nominated, with prizes available for both individuals and teams. It’s free to enter, and in 2019 there is a prize pool of $170,000 on offer.

New OpportunitiesRebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation

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The 2019 Al & Val Rosenstrauss Fellowship from the Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation is targeted at early-career researchers (3-10 years post-doctoral) who show potential to be stars of the future and who are building credentials for a long career in research.

The fellowship provides funding of $100,000 per year (excluding GST) for a period of four years, towards salary costs of the recipient.

The closing date for the fellowship is 5pm AEST 30 April 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 16 April 2019 for a completed final draft application. For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

For more information, visit the Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation website.

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