New Opportunities2020 Tall Poppies - nomination deadline extended

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Nominations are open for the 2020 SA Tall Poppies awards and will now close on 30 April 2020. The Flinders internal closing date is 27 April 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Dr Marina Delpin, Manager, Research Training, Development and Communication, as soon as possible. Marina can link you in with past winners for coaching and mentoring.

The Tall Poppies Award promote science and intellectual achievement and give a voice to younger scientific researchers in public debate. Nominations are sought from early to mid career researchers who have completed their PhD within three – ten years at time of nomination. Selection criteria, eligibility criteria and nomination forms are now available.

The 2020 awards are open to residents of South Australia working in all fields of science, including biomedical, engineering, mathematics, technology and other applied or cross disciplinary sciences. Applicants from the social/behavioural sciences will be considered if their research demonstrates significant scientific, analytical rigour.

Nominees should hold a PhD and have completed their PhD within three to ten years of the nomination closing date. The selection committee will consider exceptions based on evidence of equivalent experience in industry, and will take into account personal or extenuating circumstances that might provide grounds for consideration outside the above criteria. Awardees receive media opportunities, public exposure, and personal development including training and networking.

Flinders Research NewsARC Executive Director visit and presentation - the Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture


Dr Robert Mun, Executive Director, Australian Research Council (ARC) will be visiting Flinders on 2 April 2020. Dr Mun present an information session and answer questions related to the newly announced ARC Special Research Initiatives for Australian Society, History and Culture. Up to $12 million in total funding for up to three years, will be available to support research grants with funding between $20,000 and $100,000 per year.

The Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture grant opportunity will support excellent research into all aspects of Australian society, history and culture from ancient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander beginnings to modern-day Australia. Research can be in a range of diverse areas of Australian life including community, institutions, literature, art, music, philosophy, language, media, politics and geography.

Research funded under this grant opportunity is intended to give a greater understanding about modern Australia, including its origins and the events that have shaped it.

To attend the seminar with Dr Mun, register now via ienrol - research.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are to:

  • support excellent research into Australian society, history and culture; and
  • build Australian research capacity in this area by supporting researchers of the highest international standing as well as foster high-quality postdoctoral researchers.

The intended outcomes of the grant opportunity are to:

  • advance understanding, through the research projects, into the formation, development and standing of Australian society, history and culture; and
  • increase research capacity in Australia.

Applications opened on 28 February 2020.

  • RDS deadline for a Request Not to Assess is 15 April 2020.
  • RDS deadline for compliance and quality review is 15 April 2020.
  • RDS deadline for letter of support / statement by Flinders and co-investment form (if applicable) is 20 April 2020.
  • RDS deadline for submission of final application in RMS to RDS is 4 May 2020
  • Applications close in RMS on 6 May 2020 (extended from 22 April 2020). 

For application advice and support, contact Maya Roberts, Senior Research Grants Officer (ARC).

Grants documentation is available on GrantConnect. Further information is available on the ARC website.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsWhat's on in ienrol research - 5 to 19 March 2020

Proactively Supporting our Research

Book now at ienrol research to access Flinders’ researcher training and development opportunities. Workshops, information sessions, seminars and drop-in sessions aim to provide ongoing development and support to all researchers.

Key workshops in the next three weeks include:
   NHMRC Ideas Grants information session and Sapphire Launch;
   Sapphire training
   SA Science Excellence + Innovation Awards information session;
MRFF Information Session
plus scheduled one-one meetings that enable you to meet and work directly with our RDS teams.

Click on the links below to view the course details.

NHMRC Ideas Grants information session and Sapphire Launch - Friday 6 March 2020

Sapphire Training - NHMRC's new grant management system - Tuesday 10 March 2020

One-on-One meeting: ARC grants - Tuesday 10 March 2020

South Australian Science Excellence + Innovation Awards: Information sessionWednesday 11 March 2020

One-on-One meeting: Industry, Government, International & Internal grants - Wednesday 11 March 2020

One-on-One meeting: NHMRC and Health grants - Thursday 12 March 2020

Sapphire Training - NHMRC's new grant management system - Monday 16 March 2020

Protecting your research in Controlled Environments - review and valuation - Tuesday 17 March 2020

Research Bite: Flinders' internal research funding schemes - an overviewTuesday 17 March 2020

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Information SessionWednesday 18 March 2020

One-on-One meeting: ARC grants - Wednesday 18 March 2020

Sapphire Training - NHMRC's new grant management system - Wednesday 18 March 2020

One-on-One meeting: NHMRC and Health grants - Thursday 19 March 2020

One-on-One meeting: Industry, Government, International & Internal grants - Thursday 19 March 2020

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

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsSupporting Sapphire


The NHMRC has released Sapphire, their new online grant management system.

To support the Flinders’ research community, Research Development and Support (RDS) is presenting information about Sapphire on Friday 6 March, and hands-on training in Sapphire on Tuesday 10 March, Monday 16 March and Wednesday 18 March.

Register now at ienrol-research to join an information session, "NHMRC Ideas grants and Sapphire launch" on Friday 6 March by Flinders' Grants and Tenders team, RDS.

RDS will provide further hands-on training to support Flinders’ researchers’ transition to Sapphire:

  • Tuesday 10 March - Lecture Theatre 1, Flinders Medical Centre 12.30-1.30 pm
  • Monday 16 March - Level 4 Seminar Area, Flinders Medical Centre 12.30-1.30 pm
  • Wednesday 18 March - Room 1300, Physical Sciences Building, Bedford Park 10:00-11:00 am

Register now at ienrol-research to participate in a "Sapphire Training" workshop, which will include a demonstration of Sapphire and time for researchers to access, navigate and step through Sapphire in-session. There will be plenty of time for questions as well as information about how to access further advice and support. 

The NHMRC has released the following news and advice:

NHMRC copied RGMS users’ CV/Profile data from RGMS for migration into Sapphire on Wednesday 12 February 2020 after 5.00pm (AEDT). Any changes made to an RGMS profile after this date has not been replicated in Sapphire. The NHMRC has advised that it is the responsibility of researchers to confirm all Profile data is complete and up-to-date prior to submitting an application. Information on how to access Sapphire is available on the NHMRC Website.

A summary of the key changes for Sapphire Profile and NHRMC’s recommendation for checking your profile data is available on the NHMRC website. If you have any questions or concerns about your migrated profile data, please contact the Sapphire Help Desk

Current Applicants using RGMSAll grant opportunities that are currently open will continue to accept applications through RGMS. Applicants to these grant opportunities should continue to update their profile and applications in RGMS in accordance with the relevant grant opportunity grant guidelines. 

Peer Reviewers and active grants - Until further notice, RGMS will continue to be used for peer review processes and post-award management of active grants, including grant variations, reporting and payments. 

Next Steps - The launch is stage one of Sapphire and it includes functionality to support user profiles and applications. This reflects NHMRC’s staged approach to the development and implementation of Sapphire. Sapphire will continue to be updated and improved over the life of the system.

The first grant round to open will be Synergy Grants on 26 February 2020. Applications for all future grant opportunities will be received in Sapphire 

NHMRC assistance and help - Resources are available to assist you in navigating Sapphire, such as Help (a list of frequently asked questions and answers), how-to videos and access to the Sapphire Help Desk. The Sapphire Helpdesk will be available by email and telephone to assist you with any questions and issues. 

The NHMRC encourages applicants to provide feedback on their experience with the system, online tutorials and Help by completing the online feedback form, emailing or calling the Sapphire Helpdesk on 1800 500 983.

Your feedback will help NHMRC resolve any urgent issues and will help inform improvements to Sapphire.

We encourage you visit the NHRMC Website regularly to keep yourself informed.

New Opportunities2020 SA Science Excellence + Innovation Awards now open - extended deadline

2020 South Australian Science Excellence and Innovation Awards

Nominations for the 2020 South Australian Science Excellence and Innovation Awards now close 5pm Friday, 22 May 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 13 May 2020. Please contact Dr Marina Delpin, Manager, Researcher Development, Training and Communication, as soon as possible if you are intending to nominate, as institutional endorsement is required.

The 2020 South Australian Science Excellence and Innovation Awards recognise outstanding achievements by leaders and tertiary teachers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM).

For HDR applicants, contact the Office of Graduate Research for application advice and assistance. They have a number of resources developed to assist applicants. Please note that nominees for the PhD Research Excellence Award must be Australian citizens, and have had their PhD conferred up to 24 months prior.

Awards will be presented in four categories in 2020:

  • Awards for Science Excellence
    • South Australian Scientist of the year
    • PhD Research Excellence Award
  • Award for Excellence in Innovation and Translation
    • South Australian Innovator of the Year
  • Excellence in Science and Industry Collaboration (previously Excellence in Research Collaboration)
  • Awards for Innovation in STEMM Teaching
    • STEM Professional Award
    • STEM Educator of the Year (split into School Teaching and Tertiary Teaching categories)

The Award for Excellence in Innovation and Translation is new for 2020 and is for exceptional innovators (including researchers and research teams) that are able to demonstrate innovation and translation and how this innovation has delivered a positive impact.

The South Australian Scientist of the Year and new Innovator of the Year category will receive a prize to the value of $25,000 each. Other category winners will receive a prize to the value of $10,000 to use towards their career development.

Award finalists will now be announced in June through the Science Excellence and Innovation Awards website and social media channels.

The gala dinner, originally scheduled for August will now be postponed due to the circumstances and restrictions around COVID-19. Inspiring Research will advise the new gala dinner date, when it is announced.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Friday, 14 August 2020 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Why should you nominate?

  • Recognition of your (and your teams) achievements by peers and decision makers.
  • Finalists receive a compelling video of their journey that is available online for colleagues, peers, and others to access. It can also be used for future endeavours, as a record of your journey.
  • Special invitations are extended to winners and finalists, such as invitation to the Prime Minister's Prize for Science Awards night.
  • The gala dinner provides an excellent opportunity to network with luminaries such as the Vice-Chancellor's of each SA university, keynote speakers and peers and industry.

For more information, guidelines and to apply, visit

New Opportunities2020 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes now open - extended closing date

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Do you know someone making a difference in their field? Nominations for the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes 2020 program to reward excellence in Australian science are now open.

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 Associate Professor Philip Dinning (2011). 

The 2020 program comprises of 17 prizes across the areas of research & innovation, leadership science engagement, and also school science. Entries will now close on Friday 15 May 2020. The Flinders internal closing date is 8 May 2020 for a completed final draft application. For assistance in preparing the nominations/applications, please contact Dr Marina Delpin as soon as possible.

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 2020 there is a prize pool of $170,000 on offer.

Many winners have enjoyed significant media coverage and reported a range of new opportunities following their selection.

For more information, visit the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes website.

New OpportunitiesSanfilippo Children's Foundation 2020 grant round now open

Sanfilippo Children's Foundation

The Sanfilippo Children's Foundation is currently calling for expressions of interest for their 2020 grant round - Translational Research Grants and Incubator Grants.

Translational Research Grants provide funding for projects with significant potential to move through the translational pipeline towards treatment. This includes pre-clinical and clinical research to develop new treatments.

Incubator Grants focus on small scale projects investigating bright new ideas with the potential to generate results that may attract larger scale funding.  

The Foundation funds research worldwide, with priority given to projects most relevant to our objectives regardless of geography, discipline or researcher.

The deadline for the submission of expressions of interest is 24 March 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft is 10 March 2020. The deadline for full applications is 12 May 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

Funding decisions will be made in August/September 2020.

For more information, visit the Sanfilippo Children's Foundation.

Flinders Research NewsNew research funding register of interest now open – “Diversifying Research Income”

Proactively Supporting our Research

In 2020, a register of interest "Diversifying Research Income" will enable Research Development and Support (RDS) to target opportunities to researchers and support and work with those interested in applying for research funding other than ARC, NHMC and MRFF grant income. We invite interested researchers to complete a brief survey by Friday 20 March 2020.

By completing this survey, you are registering your interest to learn, explore and receive information about a broad range of research funding sources.

These may include:

  • competitive research funding from local, state or federal government departments and agencies
  • research tenders
  • business and industry programs
  • philanthropic organisation and foundations, other non-government organisations (NGOs)
  • international schemes

Diversified research income streams can fund a variety of concurrent research activities and programs ranging from significant tender contracts and major, long-running research projects to smaller scale investments such as funding Honours or postgraduate projects, pilot studies or conference support.

Information from this survey will be used to inform RDS of your specific areas of research focus, expertise and interest and the research funding sources that you are interested in. This will enable the RDS to:

  • send targeted emails directly to you to provide timely information on schemes and funding opportunities matched to your discipline, research interest and career stage; and
  • invite you to relevant researcher training and development opportunities and information sessions that aim to increase awareness and upskill the research community.

Please note that two registers will run in 2020: 

  • This one, "Diversifying research income" (closing 20 March 2020) and
  • "ARC and NHMRC grants Intent to Apply" (opening 29 June 2020, closing 29 July 2020)

New OpportunitiesHeart Foundation 2020 Future Leader Fellowships - extended deadline

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Future Leader Fellows are emerging leaders, the best and brightest in cardiovascular research. Being awarded a fellowship will allow a researcher to build their research capacity as they become leaders of research groups.

The fellowship funds a generous salary along with project funding, to facilitate high impact research outcomes and assist researchers in leveraging funds from further sources to help support their career.

Level 1 Fellowship must be 3–7 years post awarding of their PhD on the application closing date. Level 2 Fellowship must be 7–10 years post awarding of their PhD on the application closing date. Applicants must be involved in any area of cardiovascular health research including biomedical, clinical, public health and health service delivery.

Applications open on 2 March 2020 and will now close on 8 May 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 24 April 2020.

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

For more information, including eligibility criteria, visit the Heart Foundation website

New OpportunitiesCDMRP opportunities - changes due to impacts of Covid19


The Department of Defense office of Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) has recently released Fiscal Year 2020 funding opportunities for the Department of Defense (DoD) Autism Research Program, Ovarian Cancer Research Program and Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program.

Please note the following updated information from CDMRP - released 20 March 2020:

"Due to impacts of COVID-19, the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program, Autism Research Program, and Ovarian Cancer Research Program have extended the pre-application submission deadline. The extension is for all applicants. 

Requests for further extensions to the new pre-application submission deadlines will not be accepted."  

Please consult the modified Program Announcements available on and contact the Research Grants and Tenders team if you have any questions.

The Flinders internal closing date for each of these opportunities is 10 working days prior to the external closing date. Please contact the Research Grants and Tenders team if you are intending to apply as soon as possible so that they can assist in registering to apply etc.

Autism Research Program

  • Clinical Translational Research Award
  • Clinical Trial Award
  • Idea Development Research Award

Ovarian Cancer Research Program 

  • Clinical Translational Research Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Ovarian Cancer Academy – Early-Career Investigator Award
  • Pilot Award

Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program

  • Discovery Award
  • Focused Program Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Research Award
  • Technology/Therapeutic Development Award

Prostate Cancer Research Program

  • Early Investigator Research Award
  • Physician Research Award
  • Idea Development Award
  • Health Disparity Research Award
  • Translational Science Award
  • Clinical Trial Award
  • Population Science and Outcomes Research Award
  • Clinical Consortium Award
  • Prostate Cancer Pathology Resource Network Award

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements. The Program Announcements are available electronically for downloading from the website, the CDMRP website and the electronic Biomedical Research Application Portal (eBRAP). A listing of all open CDMRP funding opportunities can be obtained on the website by performing a basic search using CFDA Number 12.420.

Submission is a two-step process requiring both pre-application submission and full application submission. All pre-applications must be submitted through eBRAP. Full applications from extramural organisations (non-DoD organisations i.e. Flinders University) must be submitted through

Refer to the General Application Instructions, Section II.A. for registration and submission requirements for eBRAP and For detailed information on the submission process, refer to Section II.D. of the Program Announcement/Funding Opportunity.

Flinders Research NewsMedical Research Future Fund Information Session

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A Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Information Session for the Flinders University research community will be held on Wednesday 18 March and provide a comprehensive overview of the MRFF program, how you can best approach opportunities and the support available to Flinders researchers.

A panel consisting of external MRFF experts, Flinders’ researchers and Flinders’ research support will share their perspective and experiences.

Speakers and panel members include:

  • Professor Wendy Keech, CEO, Health Translation SA
  • Dr Andrew Milligan, MedTech Ventures Case Manager, Biomedical Translation Bridge Program
  • Associate Professor Kim Hemsley, College of Medicine and Public Health
  • Professor Robyn Clark, College of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Professor Danny Eckert, College of Medicine and Public Health
  • Grainne Mullen, Manager, Research Grants and Tenders, RDS

The panel discussion will be followed by an opportunity for Q&A and discussion.

Register to attend at ienrol - Research.

New OpportunitiesCall for applications for APEC 2020 ASPIRE Prize - extended date

Australian Academy of Science AAS

The Australian Academy of Science invites applications from Australian researchers for the APEC Science Prize for Innovation, Research and Education (ASPIRE Prize) for 2020.

The ASPIRE Prize is an annual award which recognises young scientists from APEC economies who have demonstrated a commitment to both excellence in scientific research, as evidenced by scholarly publication, and cooperation with scientists from other APEC member economies.

The theme chosen for this year is Biodiversity for a Prosperous Economy. This theme focuses on scientists’ contributions to biodiversity for prosperous economies across the APEC region by driving research that contributes to local livelihoods, traditional and modern medicines, and economic development.

To be eligible, Australian researchers must be under 40 years of age at 31 December 2020 and be an Australian citizen, or an Australian permanent resident who is a citizen of an APEC member economy and living in Australia at time of application.

The call for applications will now close at 11:59 pm (AEST) on Friday 15 May 2020. The Flinders internal closing date is 11 May 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Dr Marina Delpin, Manager, Researcher Development, Training and Communication.

For more information and the nomination form, visit the AAS website.

New OpportunitiesUS-Australia International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative - Cyber Autonomy through Robust Learning and Effective Human/Bot Teaming

Proactively Supporting our Research

Encouraging partnerships between Australian and US-based institutions, the US-Australia International Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (AUSMURI) operates in conjunction with the United States Department of Defense’s Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative (MURI). 

Each year AUSMURI designates a topic that is a research priority for Australia’s future defence capability.  The 2020 designated topic is Cyber Autonomy through Robust Learning and Effective Human/Bot Teaming.

The AUSMURI program will provide 100% of eligible project costs up to a maximum of AUD$1 million per year over 3 years. Projects may be extended for a further 2 years, subject to approval, with additional funding of AUD$1 million per year.

Flinders University researchers with interests in the designated topic are encouraged to make contact with US University collaborators to lead the MURI application. If an Australian university is part of a successful submission to the US MURI for a research project on the designated topic, it can then apply for AUSMURI funding for that project.

The objective for this designated topic is to obtain scientific understandings and establish model for trusted cyber autonomous systems that support robust learning (especially from failures), exhibit anti- fragility adaptation, and allow cyber bots teaming among themselves or with human agents, in order to achieve mission assurance under highly dynamic and adverse environments.

The 2020/21 round is a 2-step process.

Step 1 now open - White Papers are due 1 June 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern (US Time). Full Proposals due 14 September 2020 at 11:59 PM Eastern (US Time). 

The corresponding AUSMURI round will open in approximately May 2021.

For application advice and assistance, contact Dr Sarah Jay, Research Grants Officer (IGII).

More Information can be found at for the AUSMURI program and at the US for the MURI program (search the funding opportunity number W911NF-20-S-0009). For details of the AUSMURI Round 4 designated topic, go to the ‘Related documents’ tab and select N00014-20-S-F003.pdf.

Flinders Research NewsFederal Minister for the Environment - Call for scientists to join the Threatened Species Scientific Committee

Flinders Chase National Park, Kangaroo Island

The Federal Minister for the Environment, the Honourable Sussan Ley MP will expand the Threatened Species Scientific Committee from 10 to 12 members and look at including scientists with expertise in fire ecology, captive breeding, managing fragmented populations with spatial ecology and freshwater ecology.

An expanded Threatened Species Scientific Committee will enhance the capacity and broaden the expertise of the current cohort, bringing in additional support to focus on new and emerging priorities after the most recent bushfires.

Threatened Species Scientific Committee Chair Emeritus Professor Helene Marsh, welcomed the decision. "The new members will bring additional knowledge and expertise to the committee and increase our capacity to address the priorities set out by the government in a timely and effective manner, " Professor Marsh said.

The Threatened Species Scientific Committee works closely with Threatened Species Commissioner Dr Sally Box and the Expert Panel which gives advice on priorities for investment under the Australian Government’s $50 million Bushfire recovery package for wildlife and their habitat.

The invitation will be published on the Department’s website in March with new members expected to be appointed before June. For more information on the Committee, visit the Committee webpage.

Flinders Research NewsProtecting Your Research in Controlled Environments – Review and Valuation

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Our University’s vision is to be internationally recognised as a world leader in research, and our success in this regard relies on the work and efforts of our researchers. To ensure the millions of dollars-worth of Flinders’ scientific research is appropriately protected the University prioritises an active risk management approach to our research Controlled Environments.

Any Flinders researcher who has any research work in a Controlled Environment is strongly encouraged to attend a forthcoming seminar, 17 March, live or online to help them fully understand how to ensure their work is appropriately protected.

What are ‘Controlled Environments’?

The majority of our research and experiments are undertaken and stored in Controlled Environments: these are spaces or equipment that require a controlling mechanism. Examples include (but are not limited to) research laboratories, research-related freezers/fridges, greenhouses, animal houses and even oxygenated fish tanks.

What’s happened that affects me as a researcher?

Across Australia over the last couple of years, the number and value of insurance claims for research spoilage losses in Controlled Environments at universities have increased considerably. 

As a result, Flinders’ insurer, Unimutual, has changed cover levels for reinstating spoiled research due to Controlled Environment failure. Recognising that changes to how the University protects its research will take time to implement, Unimutual has given us a “period of grace” until 1 November 2020 when these cover changes will come into effect.

In preparation for this change, a Controlled Environment review and valuation is due to occur during March/April, which is intended to identify, value and record research in Controlled Environments.

The involvement of all researchers working with Controlled Environments will be critical to the process of accurately recording Flinders’ research, so come along to this session to find out more.

What are these cover changes?

In summary, any spoilage loss of research held in a Controlled Environment deemed by Unimutual to be ‘unmitigated’ (i.e., without appropriate measures taken to ensure reasonable protection, eg a back to base alarm that is monitored 24 hours a day) will have lower limits and increased excesses, leaving Colleges and other research centres with significant increased costs for reinstating lost research.

What’s Flinders doing to appropriately protect my research?

A Controlled Environment review and valuation is due to occur during March/April, which is intended to identify:

  • Where are the University’s research Controlled Environments;
  • Estimated reinstatement costs for said research; and 
  • What control mechanisms currently exist.

Recording the above will inform the University’s action plan for minimising the likelihood and/or scale of further research losses and is a key element of how losses will be assessed by the insurer.

The involvement of all researchers working with Controlled Environments will be critical to the process of accurately recording Flinders’ research, and the University will help our researchers identify, value and record their work.

What next?

In preparation for the University’s Controlled Environment research review and valuation, Simon Iliffe, Unimutual’s Risk Manager and expert in Controlled Environments risk will be presenting an information seminar in Health Sciences Lecture Theatre 1.09 on Tuesday 17 March 2020, 11 am-1 pm. Please enrol now via ienrol. This event will also be livestreamed on the web for regional sites and researchers to tune in. Also look out for more information in upcoming College newsletters.

Any Flinders researcher who has any research work in a Controlled Environment is strongly encouraged to attend this seminar (live or online), to help them fully understand how they should support the review and valuation, and how to ensure their work is appropriately protected.

Please direct all queries as per below: 

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsDigital Health in Indonesia - Opportunities for Australia

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The digital health ecosystem in Indonesia is growing rapidly, with revenues projected to reach almost $1 billion by 2022. Businesses in Indonesia are increasingly using technology to find innovative solutions to healthcare delivery challenges across the archipelago. This has the potential to create huge opportunities for Australian digital health businesses that understand the Indonesian market and are able to tailor their strategy to Indonesian customers.

To mark the launch of the report by Asialink Business and MTPConnect, Digital Health in Indonesia: Opportunities for Australia, MTP Connect are hosting a special luncheon event which will feature a panel discussion with industry experts on the key insights from the new report. The experts will discuss their experience of digital health technology in emerging markets like Indonesia, and how Australian businesses in the MTP sector can leverage the new opportunities in Indonesia’s digital health ecosystem.

To register for the event, visit Eventbrite.

Panellists will include:

  • Ms Elisabeth Yunarko - Business Development Manager ANZ, George Clinical and Co-Founder, Spokle App
  • Ms Bronwyn LeGrice - Founder, CEO and Managing Director, ANDHealth
  • Professor Tim Shaw - Professor of eHealth, University of Sydney
  • Mr Paul Gallo - Group CEO, PNORS Technology Group
  • Moderated by Mr Mukund Narayanamurti - CEO, Asialink Business

New OpportunitiesCall for submissions and Peer Reviewers for the Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies

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The new Australian Journal of Defence and Strategic Studies (AJDSS) will provide insights and analysis that stimulate critical thinking and be a platform for addressing issues relevant to Australia’s defence and strategic interests.  

The AJDSS is committed to publishing high-quality professional discourse and peer reviewed scholarship that contributes to national, regional and global defence and national security dialogue.

The journal aims to be a leading source of contemporary defence and strategic thinking and practice, which nurtures the desire in military and civilian personnel to achieve individual, and collective, professional excellence. 

The AJDSS welcomes submissions considering future and contemporary concerns relevant to the defence and strategic outlook of Australia and the Indo-Pacific region.

Submissions Deadlines

  • Vol 2. No. 2 30 April 2020
  • Vol 3. No. 1 30 September 2020

Length of submissions

AJDSS considers:

  • scholarly research papers of 4000 to 6000 words
  • commentary and opinion essays of 1500 to 4000 words
  • reviews and review essays (generally by commission) of 800 to 2000 words
  • correspondence in response to articles of no more than 2000 words.

It is the expectation that all submissions will be original, clearly argued and demonstrate appropriate levels of research and evidence. Scholarly research papers accepted for consideration will undergo a double-blind peer review process.

Peer Reviewers

Academics and subject matter experts interested in peer reviewing for AJDSS are welcome to contact the editorial office outlining their areas of expertise and availability.

For more information, visit the AJDSS webpage.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsCollaboration for Industry Impact - March 2020 Deep Dive workshop

CRC Association

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. In its 28-year history, it has proven to be an effective model for linking researchers with industry to address R&D challenges with commercial outcomes.

Bidding for a CRC is a highly competitive process requiring cross-disciplinary teams to come together and collaborate. This takes planning, time and patience. Developed by the CRC Association and Collabforge, this workshop (19 March 2020, Brisbane) will combine practical bid-creation content with a deep dive into the theory and practice of collaboration.

The workshop will teach participants what makes a great bid, what the process of bid development entails, the roles of all bid participants, and how to build effective relationship/communication between researchers and industry to develop a compelling bid. Participants will be provided with the opportunity to develop their ideas in conjunction with guidance materials and feedback, finishing with substantive parts of their bid concepts being fleshed out (these can be hypothetical CRCs, bids planned for submission, or even ARC Linkage type concepts).

Attending this workshop will significantly increase the likelihood of a successful CRC or CRC-P application.

Who should attend:

  • Researchers who have the responsibility for or interest to develop CRC and CRC-P bids.
  • Administrators who have the responsibility for helping coordinate, develop, approve and or administer CRC and CRC-P bids (eg from Commercialisation, Research, Scholarships, etc)
  • Interested industry representatives

For more information and to register for the workshop, visit the eventbrite page.

Flinders University is a member of the CRC Association. Interested attendees are to contact Jordan Gardner, Engagement and Policy Manager at the CRC Association, on 02 6260 4177 or at for the discount code before registering for the workshop. 

New OpportunitiesDavid and Valerie Solomon Award 2020 for early-mid career science or technology graduates

Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering

The David and Valerie Solomon Award is an early-mid career award for a science or technology graduate working in academia/research or industry R&D who demonstrates substantial ability to foster research-industry collaboration and knowledge transfer for the benefit of Australia.

The winner will receive a unique award, a cash prize of $15,000 and 12 months mentoring from a senior entrepreneur/industry Fellow of the Academy with $5000 travel expenses to enhance this mentoring experience.

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) administers the award, which will be presented for the first time at the Academy’s Oration and New Fellows Dinner on 11 June 2020 in Melbourne.

The David and Valerie Solomon Award recognises and incentivises public sector researchers who are engaged with industry and engaged industrial researchers and drive collaborative activities to produce real-world impact.

Specifically the Award will:

  • Highlight the importance of collaboration between industry and research, and the translation of research for economic, social and environmental benefit.
  • Recognise the achievements of an early-mid career researcher who has worked across the research-industry divide, beyond purely academic research or only experimental development.
  • Bring to the attention of policy-makers the key role applied science, technology and innovation play in the nation’s development.

Nominations for the Award close 16 March 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 11 March 2020. Please inform Dr Marina Delpin, Manager, Researcher Training, Development and Communications, of your intention to apply.

For more information, including the nomination form and guidelines, visit the ATSE website.

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