Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsWhat's on in ienrol research - 20 June to 4 July 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.

Growing a research profile & program at Flinders, Monday 24 June 2019

Inspiring proposals - exploring the commonalities among successful funding applicationsMonday 24 June 2019

Finding funding masterclass: Research Professional, Tuesday 25 June 2019

Informing your publication plan: CBGL, CEPSW & CHASS - understanding journal rankingsTuesday 25 June 2019

Are you ready? Benchmarking your career - tools and insightsTuesday 25 June 2019

Animal Researcher Information Session - ResearchNow (Ethics & Biosafety)Tuesday 25 June 2019

Meet the media: Broadening the reach of your research & establish yourself as a thought leaderThursday 27 June 2019

Working with the media - getting started & good practice engagementThursday 27 June 2019

Animal Researcher Information Session - ResearchNow (Ethics & Biosafety), Thursday 27 June 2019

Publishing with impact - online tools to maximise the impact of your research outputsFriday 28 June 2019

Online academic profile management - ORCiD, Google Scholar and moreFriday 28 June 2019

Drop-In Sessions: ARC grantsTuesday 2 July 2019

Drop-In Sessions: NHMRC and Health grantsWednesday 3 July 2019



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

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsCalling all HDR Supervisors! Sign up to Judge the Flinders 3 Minute Thesis competition

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The Office of Graduate Research is seeking judges for the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Heats or Semi-Final to be held at Flinders (see dates below).

The 3MT is a transnational competition for University students. PhD students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance, in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

It is not an exercise in trivialising or 'dumbing-down' research. The oration should engage the audience without reducing research to entertainment value alone. It is an exercise in developing academic and research communication skills.


Wednesday 3 July, 10am – 12pm

Thursday 4 July, 2pm – 4pm

Friday 5 July, 10am – 12pm 


Thursday 15 August, 1pm – 3pm   

In the 3MT competition, competitors progress through heats, the semi-final, the University final, and then the Asia-Pacific 3MT Competition, held in Brisbane, Australia in October 2019, each with prize money attached to it. 

Flinders University students and staff, and members of the public are encouraged to attend the heats, semi-finals and final and support our students and their ground-breaking research.

For further information, contact Dr Dani Milos or visit the Office of Graduate Research website.

New OpportunitiesBupa Health Foundation 2019 Emerging Health Researcher Award

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The Bupa Health Foundation is now seeking nominations for its 2019 Emerging Health Researcher Award.

Offered once a year, this award recognises the valuable contribution of emerging health researchers (no more than 5 years post PhD) make toward improving health outcomes for all Australians. The award is open to all disciplines of health and medical research with a particular focus on those incorporating translation into their work. 

The national winner will receive prize of $25,000 to put towards continuing their research career. Selected Finalists and Highly Commended nominations will also be acknowledged through the awards.

Nominations can be made online via the Bupa Health Foundation website at Applications close on Monday 15 July 2019 (9am AEST). The Flinders internal closing date is 1 July 2019 for a completed final draft application. For application support and advice, please contact Dr Marina Delpin, Manager: Research Training, Development, and Communications.

The Bupa Health Foundation is a leading charitable foundation dedicated to health in Australia.  Our vision is to partner with health and medical researchers to address the health needs of the Australian community and deliver on our purpose to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives.

The role of the Foundation is not only to support research through funding and partnerships, but also to develop the capabilities, skills and networks of researchers to improve the translation of their findings so as to have real impact on health and care.


New OpportunitiesRound 2 of the BioMedTech Horizons Program now open

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Round 2 is now open for the the Australian Government's $45 million BioMedTech Horizons (BMTH2.0) program, delivered by MTPConnect.

BMTH2.0 is an initiative to support innovative collaborative health technologies, drive discoveries towards proof-of-concept and commercialisation that address key health challenges as well as maximise entrepreneurship and idea potential. This funding is being delivered via the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), and administered by MTPConnect, the Medical Technology and Pharmaceutical Industry Growth Centre.

BMTH2.0 can provide up to $1 million of funding over a maximum two-year period to help eligible organisations progress medical technologies and devices through to Proof of Concept or beyond, the point where they are attractive to secure further venture capital or other funding. EOIs must be submitted by an Australia based SME, including startup company. The applicant’s research collaborator must be an Australian research organisation / institute / university. Please note that BMTH2.0 is a fully funded grant program that encourages, but does not require, matching funding be provided by the applicant.

MTPConnect has opened a call for non-confidential Expressions of Interest (EOI) to identify and select a number of biological and medical technology innovation initiatives that address one of the following four priority therapeutic areas:

  1. Cardiovascular;
  2. Orthopaedics;
  3. Emergency medicine/trauma; or
  4. Ophthalmology.

Within these four priority areas are nine Clinical Challenges. Applications must address one of the following to be eligible.


  1. Image-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems, including those utilising AI for diagnosis of macular degeneration, glaucoma and/or diabetic retinopathy in the general population.
  2. Drug delivery technologies for the treatment of eye disease (for example; drug-delivery systems to avoid intravitreal injections in patients with age-related macular degeneration or other conditions; or sustained drug delivery systems for the treatment of eye disease).
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  1. Global risk assessment tools for the prediction and early detection of atrial fibrillation, heart failure and coronary artery disease (for example, AI-based tools, genetic tools) and/or diagnostics/bedside diagnostics for screening for coronary/peripheral atherosclerosis, heart failure and risk of sudden death from acute myocardial infarction/arrhythmias in the general population.
  2. Technological solutions for personalising advice and post-discharge monitoring in cardiovascular patients.


  1. Enhanced 3-D imaging diagnostics, with or without virtual reality guidance (to provide anatomic, functional or other clinically relevant information), for personalised procedure planning in patients undergoing joint replacement and other orthopaedic procedures.
  2. Medical devices and technologies for the prevention and/or management of infection in patients receiving orthopaedic implants.
  3. New and more effective device-based technologies for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Emergency Medicine/Trauma

  1. Wearable sensors and integrated data analysis/display to achieve vital sign monitoring in acutely injured patients.
  2. Advanced bedside imaging to diagnose and monitor critically-ill patients who can’t easily be moved.


Application to BMTH2.0 will be conducted through a two-stage process. During Stage 1, applicants will submit a non-confidential EOI through the online application portal. EOIs will close on 15 July 2019. For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health) as soon as possible. The Flinders internal closing date for the Stage 1 EOI is 1 July 2019 for a completed final draft EOI.

Eligible EOIs will be reviewed by an independent selection panel of research, industry and investment experts. The selection panel will evaluate the EOI proposals based on the defined scoring criteria and generate a rank ordered list of applications that will progress to submit a complete Stage 2 application.

For more information, including the guidelines and application form, visit the MTPConnect website.

Flinders Research News2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Early Career Researchers

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Professor Robert Saint, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is inviting nominations for the Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Early Career Researchers.

The Awards recognise the outstanding contributions to the University of individual Early Career Researchers, embarking on their research career. These awards will recognise, reward and encourage excellence in research across all Colleges.

Up to ten awards can be made each year. Each award is valued at $2,500, and should fund opportunities to broaden the recipient's networks and enhance their standing and recognition as a staff member of Flinders University.

Details together with the link to the nomination form are available in the Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Early Career Researchers pdf.

Nominations should be forwarded to or to by the close of business Friday, 30 August 2019. The nomination form must bear the signature of the nominator, one supporter and the nominee's supervisor.

New OpportunitiesApplications now open for the 2019 Centenary Institute’s Medical Innovation Awards for Early Career Researchers

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Applications are invited from Australia’s promising and inspiring young biomedical scientists for the 2019 Centenary Institute Medical Innovation Awards with a prize pool in excess of $50,000.

Hosted by the Centenary Institute, the Awards are open to researchers from any institute or university in Australia and aim to promote innovation and creativity in the medical research sector.

The Centenary Institute is dedicated to supporting the medical research sector as a whole, and firmly believes in encouraging scientific innovation in our field. "These Awards not only celebrate the achievements of the brilliant young scientific minds in Australia, but also encourage a domestic culture of scientific excellence,” says Centenary Institute Executive Director, Professor Mathew Vadas AO.

Since their inception in 2011, the Awards have recognised some of our nation’s most inspirational young post-doctoral scientists and provided a catalyst for them to gain wider recognition for their research projects, particularly in the funding arena.

The 1st place $30,000 In Memory of Neil Lawrence Prize, proudly sponsored by Commonwealth Private, will be presented to the biomedical research scientist based in Australia who demonstrates the most creative and innovative approach to their research concept. The researcher positioned in 2nd place will receive the Bayer Innovation Award of $15,000.

The Harvard Club of Australia Foundation will provide a $5,000 Travel Prize to one of the finalists to undertake a study tour to Harvard University in Boston, USA.

The People’s Choice Award will enable the Australian public to engage with the Awards, having the opportunity to vote in the $2,000 People’s Choice Award.

Applications close on Friday, 5 July, 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 28 June 2019 for a completed final draft application. For application advice and assistance, contact Dr Marina Delpin, Manager: Research Training, Development and Communications.

Applications are administered through thinkable. Before applying, applicants must be registered as a researcher. Applicants will authenticate their current organisation email, select their field/s of study, and provide details of at least one recently published peer-reviewed article as part of the registration process.

Full details, including how to apply, can be found at

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsConvergence Series session - Building Resilient Systems

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Defence Innovation Partnership (DIP) is hosting its second Convergence Series session on 25 June at 5.30pm at the Historian, Coromandel Place, themed "Building Resilient Systems" - What does resilience look like, and how can we build systems that are able to avoid, withstand, recover from, adapt to, and evolve through adversity?

The DIP team warmly welcomes attendance by experts in health and wellbeing, counter terrorism, disaster recovery, cyber security, environmental protection, climate change, occupational health and safety, management and organisational science, engineering, design, architecture, and urban planning.

This Convergence Series session will kickstart conversations about resilience as an enabler for prosperity and productivity. A panel and an audience of experts from diverse fields will discuss the latest developments and thinking on how to enable, encourage, and design resilient individual, organisational, national, and global systems – in particular, where they have defence and national security implications.

Tangible outcomes from this session will include new professional connections across the research sector, industry and government; and conversations which could lead to the formation of multidisciplinary teams for our Collaborative Research Fund or other funding schemes such as the Next Generation Technologies Fund.

To register for the session, visit the Defence Innovation Partnership website.

New OpportunitiesNational Palliative Care Projects - open call

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The Department of Health has opened the call for applications for the National Palliative Care Projects.

National Palliative Care Projects are intended to improve the quality of palliative care service delivery in Australia.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to support nationally focussed projects for the target population groups that: 

  • Improve the quality of and access to palliative care service skill development for service providers; 
  • Improve the quality of palliative care service delivery in community and acute care settings; 
  • Strengthen understanding and increase uptake of advance care planning; 
  • Improve knowledge and community awareness of palliative care; and 
  • Improve the collation and dissemination of palliative care information across the sector. 

Under this grant opportunity, funding is available for national projects that target specific population groups who have recognised limited access to palliative care. 

Targeted populations may include but are not limited to the following under-served populations: 

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people 
  • People who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and/or Intersex (LGBTI) 
  • Veterans 
  • People from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds 
  • People who are experiencing homelessness 
  • People who are incarcerated 
  • People living with a disability 
  • People who are living in Australia with Refugee status 
  • Care leavers (including Forgotten Australians, Former Child Migrants and Stolen Generations) and those affected by forced adoption.

Submit your completed application to by 2 pm, Canberra local time on 8 August 2019. The Flinders internal closing date is 25 July 2019 for a completed final draft application. For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

Funding is available for projects from $300,000 to $1,200,000.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsBLiSS 2019 Adelaide - a unique one-day symposium for EMCRs by EMCRs

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Are you an Early-Career or Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR)? Do you want to collaborate outside of your immediate field of research, and think, "OK, where do I start?" The "BLiSS" one-day symposium has been created to facilitate local multi-disciplinary collaborations.

Abstracts and registrations are now open on the BLiSS website for South Australian ECRs (<5 years after PhD award) and MCRs (5 to 10 years after PhD award). Abstract submission closes 7 August 2019 and registration closes 13 September 2019.

Hosted at the Sanctuary, Adelaide Zoo on Friday 4 October 2019, BLiSS is an experience unlike your typical conference and has been designed by EMCRs for EMCRs, right here in South Australia. EMCRs are put front and centre and through a unique presentation format, focusing on 'big picture' ideas, with the aim to encourage EMCRs to discuss and share ideas freely. Registration is free, but places are limited so get in early!

Join BLiSS to tackle the 2019 themes:

  • Fundamentals in Life
  • Sustainable Earth
  • Innovative Futures
  • Pathways to Innovation Translation

BLiSS focuses mainly on Life Sciences research and techniques. 

All the costs are covered thanks to the generosity of BLiSS' sponsors who will be present at the symposium. You will have the chance to chat with sponsors who are your partners in research and can be vital for your work.

At BLiSS*Adelaide you will: 

  • Connect with EMCRs
  • Find out what the "person next door" does,
  • Get the opportunity to ask facility managers about the feasibility and cost of your best scientific ideas outside your technical scope, and
  • Have your say in vibrant discussions about the big challenges of our time.

Our EMCRs have amazing expertise, knowledge and terrific ideas. We want to hear them!

For more information, contact Flinders' Dr Alice Clement, College of Science and Engineering, and BLiSS Committee Co-Chair and Head of Operations, or visit the BLiSS website.

New OpportunitiesCall for Submissions for the Defence Innovation Hub Special Notice

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The Department of Defence via the Defence Innovation Hub (Defence) is seeking innovative proposals that will address the Chief of Army’s focus area of Network Assurance, under the ‘Network’ priority area.

Up to 15 respondents will be asked to display and pitch their proposed innovations to assessors, Capability Managers and Defence Innovation Hub personnel at Army Innovation Day 2019 (AID19) on 25 September 2019. Defence has a total funding budget of $5 million available for successful respondents via an Innovation Contract.

This Call for Submissions is Stage 1 of a two-stage procurement process. Defence’s objective in this Call for Submissions is to select approximately 15 respondents to participate in the Request for Proposal process (Stage 2). As part of Stage 2 assessment, respondents will be invited to display their innovations at AID2019.

Stage 1 closes 3 pm ACT 9 July 2019. The Flinders internal closing date for Stage 1 proposals is 2 July 2019 for a completed draft application. For application advice and assistance, contact Tony Kyriacou, Defence Partnerships Director. Stage 2 proposals close 3 September 2019.

Defence’s objective, following Stage 2, is to select a number of respondents to enter into an Innovation Contract with Defence to deliver a demonstrator of the technology for user trial and evaluations with the Australian Army within 12 months after AID19. If your technology will not be ready in this timeframe, you should not respond to this Call for Submissions and may instead prefer to submit a proposal to the Priority Innovation Notice at If you are intending to submit a proposal, please notify Tony Kyriacou, Defence Partnerships Director.

Army Innovation Day 2019 attendees may include relevant Ministers, Defence personnel, Defence contractors, senior officers from the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Force and Home Affairs,  representatives from media outlets and any other guests invited by Defence. 

Defence is seeking innovation proposals that meet the following capability themes:

  • Resilience: Physical or Non-physical
  • Deception: Electromagnetic, Physical & Cyber
  • Defence: Electromagnetic, Kinetic & Cyber

For more information, including criteria and application details, visit the Defence website.

Flinders Research NewsDraft Research Integrity Policy and Breach of Research Integrity Procedures are now open for consultation

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The draft Research Integrity Policy and Breach of Research Integrity Procedures are now open for consultation.

The draft Research Integrity Policy, which will replace the current Responsible Conduct of Research Policy, adopts the revised Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research (2018) in full.

It applies to all researchers at Flinders, namely all staff, all academic status holders, and all students enrolled in a higher degree by research course (HDR students), in respect of their Flinders University-related research activities (which includes supervision of student research activities). It does not apply to coursework students, who are instead within the scope of the Student Academic Integrity Policy. 

The draft Research Integrity Policy and Breach of Research Integrity Procedures can be accessed on the Flinders Policy Library.

The new Breach of Research Integrity Procedures have been developed to replace the Research Misconduct Policy and reflect the requirements of the new NHMRC (2018) Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Please provide any comments to by no later than Friday, 21 June 2019

If you have any queries about the draft new Research Integrity Policy or procedures, please contact Camilla Liddy, Manager, Research Integrity Office.

Flinders Research NewsResearch Activate and Communicate

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Join us at Flinders’ annual research intensive - 24 to 28 June. Collectively, sessions will provide insight into creating a research identity, strategies to develop a research program, and good practice for research communications, publishing and career benchmarking.

On Monday 24 June, morning sessions will focus on how to build a research profile and program at Flinders as well as exploring the commonalities among successful funding applications. Be inspired by three highly successful Flinders researchers and a member of the College of Experts as they share their experience and strategies.

Jodieann Dawe, Director, Research Development and Support will also share updates on Flinders’ major research improvement projects at the 9 am session, 24 June.

Throughout the week, workshops will cover core themes:





Please click on workshop titles to enrol.

For more information contact: Dr Marina Delpin, Manager: Researcher Training, Development & Communication on x13873 or at

New OpportunitiesFlinders University Impact Seed Funding for Early Career Researchers – applications now open

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Flinders University Impact Seed Funding for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) enables emerging researchers to develop their careers by undertaking key research projects or promotion of research outcomes. 

Applications for the 2019 round are now open, closing 29 July 2019. Funding of up to $10,000 will be awarded to each successful applicant.

This initiative is powered by Flinders partnering with our community of donors to provide ECRs (0-8 years post-PhD conferral) with the financial support to grow and fortify their skills. Our supporters want to make a difference by building our researchers’ capacity and capabilities to make a positive impact. 

This investment may represent your first independent research funding, enhancing your research track record and providing a springboard to larger projects and grant opportunities. Or it may provide the funds to showcase your research on the international stage or to form collaborative partnerships with industry and government stakeholders. It represents an opportunity for you to secure funding, manage your projects, and gain new experiences. Having access to funds at this early stage of your career will help to carve your own research pathway.

Project funds may be used for activities including:

  • achieving a key result or pilot study to underpin future funding applications; 
  • developing collaborations with industry or other partners;
  • travel support to present current research findings at an international conference in your research field;
  • accelerating progress in your existing research program(s) by facilitating additional resources (eg. short term research support staff or consumables).

Applicants are encouraged to formulate their own grant submission, outlining how the addition of Impact Seed Funding will leverage and stimulate their research activities, before consultation with their College Dean of Research.

The selection panel will consider the intrinsic research merits of, and potential for impact from, the project. In addition, the panel will be looking to understand how the applicant will use this opportunity to develop their capacity to be an independent, competitive researcher and how this investment will support their career pathway.

The application form and guidelines are available on the Flinders' Internal Schemes webpage

All queries and applications can be directed to Rupali Saikia, Research Grants Officer (Industry, Government, International and Internal), RDS. 

Applications must be lodged by 5 pm, Monday 29 July 2019.


Flinders University Impact Seed Funding for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) was established in 2018, and you can read more about the inaugural recipients on the Flinders News Blog.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsAustralia - Innovation & Internationalisation Tour

TIME’S RUNNING OUT! Register today and collaborate with US researchers and expand your international network right here at Flinders at Tonsley!

Flinders New Venture Institute (NVI) has been chosen to host 10 US based academics on the Australia: Innovation & Internationalisation tour here at Flinders at Tonsley on Monday 15 - Thursday 18 July 2019.

NVI are inviting you to explore potential partnerships with academics from Fox Temple University and other East Coast Universities in the US, with the aim to co-develop case studies, white papers, journal articles, conferences, and/or grant submissions. 

You’ll also have the chance to gain insight into local South Australian SMEs to hear about their journeys toward internationalisation and the role of innovation in their development, and also into the inner workings of the Tonsley Innovation District. 

This tour provides a unique opportunity for Flinders researchers such as yourselves, to develop international collaborations and partnerships with US College academics. You’ll also have the opportunity to visit local SMEs to hear their journey toward internationalisation and the role of innovation in their development. 

A complete list of the visiting US academics, their roles and their areas of interest can be found on the Flinders NVI website.

This unique opportunity requires your involvement in a minimum of two of the following four collaboration sessions:

  • Monday 15 July 1:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday 16 July 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Wednesday 17 July 11:30am - 1:00pm
  • Thursday 18 July 9:00am - 11:00am

You can find more information and register your session tickets on eventbrite. Registrations will close on 28 June 2019.

If you have any questions or require any additional information please contact Emily Canale or on 8201 7943. 

Please feel free to distribute to other colleagues that may be interested in this opportunity.

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