Flinders Research NewsFlinders new research support for Early to Mid-Career Academics

Flinders University

Flinders University wishes to support early and mid-career academics/academic status holders who intend to apply for an ARC DECRA Fellowship, ARC Future Fellowship or NHMRC Investigator Grant.

Commencing in October/November 2019, funding is available to support 6 academic staff intending to apply for a Fellowship, with a further 4 to be supported each year from 2020 to 2023. 

Two year research support packages, to support research costs and/or teaching relief will be provided to successful applicants. 

Funding of up to $25,000 pa can be used for research costs and/or teaching relief at the discretion of the recipient and with approval from the relevant College.  For high cost research, additional funding of up to $25,000 may be granted to support research costs on the basis of a case made by the applicant.  Co-investment from the College may be required and will be negotiated on a case by case basis.

Immediately contact your College Research Development and Support staff for: further details, including guidelines, eligibility criteria and an application form; and to be advised of your College closing date for applications.

For details on the ARC/NHMRC and Flinders internal closing dates and scheme details, please see the ARC Schemes and NHMRC schemes pages.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsWhat's on in ienrol research - 5 to 18 September 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 Session: Social and Behavioural Research EthicsFriday 6 September 2019

Drop-In Sessions: ARC grantsTuesday, 10 September 2019

Writing the front page of your ARC grant application, Wednesday 11 September 2019

Drop-In Session: NHMRC and Health grants, Wednesday 11 September 2019

NHMRC Investigator grant - panel Q&A, Wednesday 11 September 2019

Flinders Clinical Trials Support - Anatomy of a successful NHMRC/MRFF grantFriday 13 September 2019

Part 1: Methodology - Systematic review series, Tuesday 17 September 2019

Drop-In Sessions: Industry, Government, International & Internal grantsTuesday 17 September 2019

Part 2: Literature Searching - Systematic review seriesWednesday 18 September 2019

Drop-In Sessions: ARC grantsWednesday 18 September 2019

Drop-In Session: NHMRC and Health grantsWednesday 18 September 2019


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

Flinders Research NewsNHMRC Targeted Consultation on Publication and Dissemination of Research guides

National Health and Medical Research Council

A series of guides are being developed by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), the Australian Research Council (ARC) and Universities Australia, in support of the principles and responsibilities in the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, 2018 (the Code). 

Flinders University seeks your input on the draft version of the Publication and Dissemination of Research guide by 23 September 2019. Comments and input are to be sent to Ms Camilla Liddy, Manager, Research Contracts and Manager, Research Integrity Office.

The Code articulates the broad principles that characterise an honest, ethical and conscientious research culture. It establishes a framework for responsible research conduct that provides a foundation for high-quality research, credibility and community trust in the research endeavour and outlines the expectations for the conduct of research in Australia or research conducted under the auspices of Australian institutions. The Code is co-authored by NHMRC, the ARC and Universities Australia.

In support of the Code, the co-authors have been developing a set of guides that provide detail on how to comply with the principles and responsibilities of the Code. The guides are designed for use by the full range of Australian research institutions and researchers from all research disciplines. The guides will also provide a reference for the development of institutional policies and processes that promote the principles and responsibilities of the Code.

The first guide supporting the Code, the Guide to Managing and Investigating Potential Breaches of the Code (the Investigation Guide), was developed along with the 2018 version of the Code and was published concurrently.

Flinders University's Research Integrity Policy and Breach of Research Integrity Procedures, developed in response to the Code and the Investigation Guide, are now available on the Flinders Policy Library.

A draft version of the next guide on Publication and Dissemination of Research is available at the NHMRC website for consideration and comment as part of a targeted consultation process.

The co-authors and Flinders University is seeking your input on the structure and content of this guide and, in particular, whether the guide captures all the aspects of publication and dissemination of research for which guidance is required and whether the guidance is sufficient, up-to-date and clear.

The Flinders internal closing date for this targeted consultation is 23 September 2019 with comments and input to be sent to Ms Camilla Liddy, Manager, Research Contracts, and Manager, Research Integrity Office.

Flinders Research NewsGuide on permits for foreign researchers in Indonesia

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Government of Indonesia Regulation No. 41/2006 requires all foreign researchers undertaking research activities in Indonesia to have a permit. The recent passing of new national science and technology laws in Indonesia does not change the requirements for foreign researchers applying for a permit, but it does introduce new penalties for non-compliance with these requirements.

Penalties range from blacklisting to fines and possible imprisonment. Whilst this law has been introduced, implementation regulations and guidelines for the law still need to be developed.

Research activities are those systematically conducted in accordance with scientific norms and method in order to gather information, data and/or facts.

The Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (RISTEK DIKTI) is responsible for the permit process, but the process also involves many other government bodies. RISTEK DIKTI’s Coordinating Team for Foreign Research Permits (TKPIPA) is the contact point.

The permit process can be as quick as 9 days, but it is recommended that researchers should start the process as early as possible. A research permit is valid for up to 12 months. It can be extended twice, up to a maximum of 36 months validity in total. Fees depend on duration and category of research, ranging from Rp. 750,000 to Rp. 10,000,000 (approx. $75-$1000).

The core requirements for foreign researchers conducting research in Indonesia are a research permit and research visa. The guide, Indonesia - permits for foreign researchers, developed by the Australian Federal Government Department of Education, with the support of the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, outlines the process for applying for the permit and visa. 

The new law does include some developments which may prove to be conducive to collaboration with Indonesia including the establishment of a new national research and innovation body, a research endowment fund (worth $990m in the first year), and tax incentives for Indonesian companies investing in R&D. 

Further information regarding the research permit application process can be found at https://frp.ristekdikti.go.id/.

Flinders Research NewsMigration to the new Service One ticketing system – RDS research contracts and biosecurity permits

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Flinders’ new ServiceOne system has been launched and our research community may have been notified that existing tickets for tasks administered by Research Development and Support (RDS) have been closed, or new tickets have been created.

This does not mean that the ongoing work with RDS has finished. Instead, the existing work has been closed in the old system and migrated to the new system, but as a new ticket.

This includes research contracts and biosecurity permits, for example.

RDS is currently re-assigning the existing work within the new ServiceOne system.

We appreciate your patience whilst we finalise this process. 

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsSAHMRI Annual Scientific Meeting 2019

SAHMRI Scientific Meeting 2019

All Flinders University staff are invited to attend SAHMRI’s Annual Scientific Meeting, on 2 and 3 October 2019 at the SAHMRI auditorium, Adelaide.

SAHMRI’s scientific meeting is a once a year opportunity for sharing research and research outcomes.

Day One will be a showcase of research undertaken by SAHMRI and partner early and mid-career researchers and PhD students. Day Two will be a Symposium on the topic of 'Precision Medicine'.

Please note that registration is required separately for each day. Register at eventbrite.

New OpportunitiesTravel Grants for Early Career Researchers to attend the 70th Meeting of Nobel Laureates

Australian Academy of Science

The Australian Academy of Science invites nominations from Australian-based early career researchers to attend the 70th Meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau (physics, chemistry, medicine and physiology), to be held in Lindau, Germany, 28 June – 3 July 2020.

The Science and Industry Endowment Fund is providing financial support through the Science and Industry Endowment Fund – Australian Academy of Science Fellowships to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings.

The successful applicants will receive up to AUD $6,750 (GST exclusive) towards the cost of:

  1. an international return economy airfare from Australia to the international airport closest to Lindau - up to $3,500. 
  2. Participation costs (including accommodation) for the Meeting of Nobel Laureates - up to $3,250.
  3. A $500 travel grant and registration to attend Science at the Shine Dome, an annual celebration of science held at the Australian Academy of Science in Canberra. This is where the pre-Lindau briefing will be held. 
  4. Following the meeting, the delegation continue on a site-visit tour of relevant German laboratories and companies. The site visits will directly follow the Lindau meeting, and finish on the morning of July 10 2020. 

Flinders is limited to applying for two grants on behalf of two early career researchers.

In the first instance, please let us know if you are interested in applying by emailing Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII), by Monday, 10 September 2019.  

Applications are open to eligible Australian-based early career researchers, specifically:

  • applicants currently enrolled in a research higher degree* at an Australian University
  • applicants who have (1) undertaken a research higher degree* and the applicant’s most recent higher degree has been conferred for less than three years and are (2) working in an Australian university, Australian publicly-funded research organisation or research-focused institution.
    The above must be current at the date of the Lindau Meeting. Please note that selection will favour applicants currently undertaking doctoral studies or postdoctoral fellowships.
    *Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or a Postdoctoral Fellowship.
  • Applicants must be aged 35 years or younger at the time of the meeting.
  • Applicants will not hold a permanent position (in particular professorships).

Applications must be submitted to the Academy by the Research Office of an institution. At Flinders, this is Research Development and Support. 

Applications close on 27 September 2019, with a Flinders internal closing date of 20 September 2019.

New OpportunitiesEarly Stage Investment Forum pitches now open for AusBiotech 2019

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AusBiotech is dedicated to the development, growth and prosperity of the biotech industry. As part of this commitment, AusBiotech has developed an opportunity at the national conference, for early stage research projects from SMEs or research institutions to showcase their innovative solutions and technology to an audience from the biotech sector including potential investors and partners through the Early Stage Investment Forum (ESIF).

To encourage, recognise and reward early stage technology and projects, BioCurate is offering a $7,000AUD first prize to the best presentation as voted by the panel of experts. 

The ESIF is seeking short pitches from SMEs and research institutions (Universities, Medical Research Institutes, etc.) on early stage Biotech technology and projects covering areas such as:

  • Human therapeutics
  • Diagnostics
  • Medical devices
  • Digital health and; 
  • Enabling technologies

The pitches will be made to an expert panel that will include international pharma representatives as well as venture capitalists and early stage investors.

The forum will take place on Friday, 1 November at the AusBiotech 2019 national conference held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre between 9.00am–12.30pm and is open to conference delegates.

To apply to pitch your technology/project at the ESIF you will need to complete a short application form by 20 September 2019 at 12:00 midnight AEST. For more information about the forum and how to apply, visit the AusBiotech 2019 website

At last year’s conference the forum attracted over 120 delegates during each session making it the most popular concurrent session on the program. The forum also provided presenters an opportunity to connect with investors and potential partners during and after the event, to facilitate the progression of their projects presented.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsFree conference for Early-Career Researchers and HDR students on Gender, Sex and Sexualities

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Registrations are now open for Past, Present and Future: Contested Histories and Emerging Identities, the 2019 Gender, Sex and Sexualities Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Conference.

This free conference to be held over 2 days, 23-24 September, at the University of Adelaide, Adelaide, North Terrace campus, and is open to everybody including established academics and scholars, undergraduate students, and interested members of the public.

Registrations are now open at the eventbrite page.

Over thirty early career researchers, postgraduate students and honours students will present their research over two days. There will also be two keynote addresses from early and mid- career researchers, and a panel session exploring the future(s) of gender: possibilities, provocations and practicalities of gender into the 21st century.

More information about the conference including our keynotes and panellists can be found on the conference website

The conference is also hosting free post conference workshops on Wednesday 25 September 2019. More information is available on the conference website and registrations are open on the eventbrite page.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsInaugural Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference - call for abstracts

Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference

The Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association, are inviting clinicians and professionals to join them at the inaugural Child & Adolescent Mental Health Conference being held at Mantra Legends Gold Coast from Monday 30 – Tuesday 31 March 2020.

The conference will provide a platform for professionals to connect and gain insight from industry experts, as well as develop a greater understanding of mental health in children and adolescents from ages 3-19 years.

The target audience for attendees are clinicians, counsellors, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, social workers, therapists, case managers and mental health professionals.

During the two-day event, the aim will be to focus on early diagnosis and prevention, as well as treatment and recovery of mental health for children, young people and their families.

The program will feature table top discussions, key note speakers, panel discussions, oral and poster presentations, workshops and networking. Abstract submissions are currently open, and will close on 11 October 2019.

Early bird registrations will close 17 February 2020.

For more information, and to register, visit the conference website - https://www.camh.com.au/.

New Opportunities2019 Dementia Grants Program - round 2 now open

Dementia Australia Research Foundation

Up to four PhD Scholarships for new students, enrolled or intending to enrol in a research PhD are on offer in Round 2, 2019 of the Dementia Australia Research Foundation grants program.

The Scholarships are valued at $30,000 per year for three years and may be undertaken in any area of dementia research

Applications for all the grants close Friday 11 October 2019, 5:00 PM AEST.

To submit an application or to find out more, please visit the Foundation grants page.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsAustralian Nuclear Association 2019 Conference – Early-bird registrations open

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The 13th Australian Nuclear Association Conference on Nuclear Science and Engineering in Australia (ANA2019), 'Nuclear for a Low Carbon Future' will be held on Friday 27 September 2019 at the University of Technology Sydney.

The ANA2019 Conference will highlight achievements and future uses of nuclear science, technology and engineering in Australia and overseas.  Presentations will give timely updates on a wide range of nuclear technology, nuclear power and nuclear applications. 

This is a great opportunity to hear from experts and discuss new developments in Australia and around the world.

Keynote presentations are:

  • NuScale SMR – Progress towards Deployment. Tom Mundy, Chief Commercial Officer, NuScale Power.
  • Decarbonising Energy Transition in China. Dr Jiang Kejun, Director Energy Research Institute, Beijing, China.
  • Framework for Decarbonising Australian Energy. Stephen Wilson, Professor — Centre for Energy Futures, School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering, University of Queensland.

Other Presentations include:

  • Benefits of Nuclear for Australia
  • Advanced Reactor Development in China
  • Neutron Scattering for Industrial Materials
  • Neutron Capture Enhanced Particle Therapy: A new frontier in hadron therapy
  • A Synroc Waste Treatment Facility
  • National Radioactive Waste Management Facility

Registration is $280 including morning tea, lunch, and afternoon tea ($260 early bird before 20 September), with a concession of $120 for students and retired ANA members.

To register, visit the conference website - http://www.nuclearaustralia.org.au/ana2019/

New Opportunities2019/2020 JDRF Travel Grants now open

Proactively Supporting our Research

JDRF invites applications for grants of up to $2,000 for domestic travel or up to $4,000 for international travel to research institutions or scientific meetings, for the purpose of furthering the researcher’s expertise in the study of Type 1 Diabetes.

Travel grant applications are considered in two funding rounds each year, and travel must occur after the date of cut-off for consideration and before the next round’s deadline.

Timelines for the funding rounds are as follows:

Cut off for Consideration

  • Round 2, 2019 5:00pm AEST – Wednesday 18 September 2019
  • Round 1, 2020 5:00pm AEST – Monday 20 April 2020
  • Round 2, 2020 5:00pm AEST – Monday 5 October 2020

There are three categories of application as follows:

  • Early-stage researcher
  • Mid-career researcher
  • Allied Health/Nursing

The applicant must be committed to the mission of JDRF to prevent, treat and cure type 1 diabetes and its complications.

For more information and to apply, visit the JDRF website. For application advice and assistance, contact Amanda Wright, Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

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