Flinders Research NewsIntroducing you to Research Link – Flinders’ new research communications platform

Research Link

Research Link is a research-focused opportunities and communications platform that enables Flinders’ research community to access relevant research information quickly. 

Accessible via your OKTA dashboard, Research Link has strong filtering functions so that once preferences are customised, articles of personal interest and relevance to you are displayed.

A powerful keyword search allows articles to be quickly retrieved. A calendar, plus countdown features on each article, flag key dates to access, action and realise opportunity.

Research Link sorts articles into 4 categories:

  • Funding - research funding opportunities. These can be filtered based on funding type.
  • Career Development - career development opportunities. Subcategories include: Flinders’ training and development; research prizes and awards; seminars; conferences.
  • Information Hub - news and details of changes to the research landscape. Subcategories include: Flinders news; external news; funding rules; policy updates.
  • Uplifting Research - news and details of Flinders’ major projects that are facilitating doing research. Subcategories include: DVCR (Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)) portfolio; RDS (Research Development and Support); OGR (Office of Graduate Research); Library; OCME (Office of Communication, Marketing and Engagement).

Other pages provide key information to enable your research:

  • Useful resources – Links to Flinders’ research webpages and policies.
  • Associations – Flinders has corporate memberships with a number of Associations. Links to them and their resources, including funding opportunities are available here. 

Sponsored by Flinders’ DVCR, Professor Robert Saint, Research Link aims to elevate, activate and communicate research opportunities to Flinders’ research community, and as such it is continuously updated with new content.

All partners in research support across Flinders’ research ecosystem are able to use this platform to contribute their research-specific opportunities and information. In doing so, Flinders’ research community can confidently use Research Link as the single go-to platform for all opportunities related to research. 

Editorial management sits with the RDS training, development and communications team - please contact research.link@flinders.edu.au for more information.

Research Link is now live. It is replacing Inspiring Research. Next week will the last issue of Inspiring Research as we make the exciting transition to Research Link.

Keep an eye out in your email inbox too. A Research Link bulletin will be sent each Thursday to provide a snapshot of top articles. 

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsWhat's on in ienrol research - 28 May to 11 June 2020

Proactively Supporting our Research

Book now at ienrol research to access Flinders’ researcher training and development opportunities.

Upcoming workshops and information sessions include:
   ARC Rejoinders - preparing a response
   Data management - essential information and principles
plus RDS Connect, one-on-one virtual meetings that you can book to meet and work directly with our RDS teams.

Click on the links below to view the course details.

Connect with a researcher - assistance with commissioned-research opportunities - one-on-one virtual meeting - Thursday 28 May 2020

Connect with NHMRC & Health - one-on-one virtual meeting - Thursday 28 May 2020

Connect with ARC Grants - one-on-one virtual meeting - Monday 1 June 2020

ARC Rejoinders - preparing a response - Tuesday 2 June 2020

Connect with IGII [Industry, government, international and internal research funding & research tenders] - one-on-one virtual meeting - Tuesday 2 June 2020

Research Bite: Data management - essential information and principles for research and researchers - Wednesday 3 June 2020

Connect with researcher training and development - one-on-one virtual meeting - Wednesday 3 June 2020

Connect with a researcher - assistance with commissioned-research opportunities - one-on-one virtual meeting - Thursday 4 June 2020

Connect with NHMRC & Health - one-on-one virtual meeting - Thursday 4 June 2020

Connect with Human Ethics - one-on-one virtual meeting - Friday 5 June 2020

Connect with Defence exports and international security - one-on-one virtual meeting - Tuesday 9 June 2020

Connect with researcher training and development - one-on-one virtual meeting - Tuesday 9 June 2020

Connect with ARC Grants - one-on-one virtual meeting - Tuesday 9 June 2020

Connect with IGII [Industry, government, international and internal research funding & research tenders] - one-on-one virtual meeting - Wednesday 10 June 2020

Connect with a researcher - assistance with commissioned-research opportunities - one-on-one virtual meeting - Thursday 11 June 2020

Connect with NHMRC & Health - one-on-one virtual meeting - Thursday 11 June 2020

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

Flinders Research NewsNew Flinders Research Support Hub - launched and open for business

Proactively Supporting our Research

Spanning from the Registry through to the Union building, Research Development and Support (RDS) is now located along a corridor that runs parallel to the Student Centre at Bedford Park Campus.

Please drop by anytime to visit us, get an orientation and walk through, and of course talk with us – we are here to proactively support your research. So where are we?

RDS location campus map

Registry basement – Teams located in room B04 include Strategic partnerships; Researcher training, development and communication; Research ethics and compliance

Registry Annex – A new research support training room is located in room B15/16

Registry Annex – Research contracts are located in room B18

Union basement – Research grants and tenders team are located in room B4, together with the Director of RDS.

Please refer to the campus map to best orientate, and give us a call on 8201 7972 if you’d like further directions/assistance. We hope to see you soon!

Flinders Research NewsResearch Activate 2020 – a focus on funding – week of 22 June

Research Activate

Research Activate is an initiative to bring Flinders’ research community together to inform, inspire and share strategies for research success. In 2020 Flinders’ annual research intensive will focus on funding.

Enrolments are now open. Join us to participate in the following research funding focussed workshops:

Sessions will cover a breadth of topics core to: understanding the research environment and funding types; seeking and applying for funding and partnering beyond academia.

Please contact Flinders’ Research Training, Development and Communication team if you have any queries, on 8201 3968 or researcherpd.rds@flinders.edu.au.

Flinders Research NewsWelcome back to the Library

Flinders Library

The Flinders Library team and their online collections haven’t gone anywhere! But we are very pleased to announce that the team are back in the building. 

The Library completed a successful pilot of their Central branch 24/7 spaces over the weekend and are currently making sure that their spaces and physical collections transition into the "New Normal".  The Library aims to have all branches open and operational by 25 May.

The Higher Degree by Research (HDR) study space on Level 1 at the Central branch is now available for use (student ID swipe access is required to access the Library doors and the HDR room).

For Library updates visit the COVID-19 Web Page.

Flinders Research NewsInvitation to provide feedback on the South Australian Productivity Commission’s Research and Development Inquiry Issues Paper

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Professor Robert Saint, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) is inviting feedback on the South Australian Productivity Commission’s Research and Development Inquiry Issues Paper. The Issues Paper provides extensive analysis of South Australian R&D performance and invites comments and proposals for recommendations.

To enable the preparation of the Flinders Institutional Response, it would be appreciated if you could send comments and suggestions for recommendations that you would like included in the Flinders submission to Dr Ann-Louise Hordacre by Wednesday 3 June 2020.

Section 5, presents the key issues laid out as information requests, identifying key areas on which Flinders should provide comments and recommendations. 

Please note that the South Australian Productivity Commission (SAPC) is undertaking two inquiries into research within South Australia – one inquiry into Health and Medical Research and one inquiry into Research and Development activities. For further information please refer to the SAPC website.  

The University has already provided an Institutional response to the former, the Health and Medical Research Inquiry, while the above Issues Paper are in regard to the latter, the general Research and Development Inquiry.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsFree online AARNet webinar series - Supporting Remote Research


The research community is facing many challenges around continuing research with labs and campuses closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. To support researchers, the AARNet eResearch team is hosting fortnightly webinars focused on remote research challenges and solutions.

This is a timely series of webinars offering advice to researchers about tools and methods that can make life easier while working remotely. The webinars will be hosted by Dr Carina Kemp, Director of eResearch at AARNet. 

Remote Research Challenges 1: Collecting Data Remotely with a panel (Professor Brent McInnes, Dr Steve McEachern, Dr Jens Klump and Sebastian Robertson)
Thursday 21 May, 12.00 pm - 1.30 pm AEST

Working remotely can mean that researchers are separated from their usual places of work and collecting data. In this webinar invited speakers will talk about remote research data collection methods from how best to build an online survey to working with remote control drones.

Remote Research Challenge 2: Maintaining and Building Communities
Thursday 4 June, 12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Staying connected to our communities while we are all working remotely is another research challenge we are experiencing during the COVID-19 restrictions. How can we adapt available technologies to continue research collaboration? How can we transform the experiences of traditional conferences and seminars to successful forms of research engagement and communication? This webinar will highlight some recent experiences in running online conferences, creative approaches to research presentations and different ways we can stay connected to our communities while working from home.

Remote Research Challenges 3: Remote Data Storage and Analysis
Thursday 18 June, 12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

Remote Research Challenges 4: Building Remote Data Workflows
Thursday 2 July, 12.00 pm - 1.30 pm

For more information and to register to attend, visit the AARNet website. The first webinar in the series, held on 7 May is also available for viewing at the AARNet website.

New OpportunitiesState Library of New South Wales 2021 Fellowships now open

State Library of NSW banner

Nine research fellowships are on offer from the State Library of New South Wales and are designed for applicants who are experienced researchers - either independent or professional - and familiar with using library and archival collections.

The Library's Fellowships are prestigious and aim to support and foster writing, research and study. They provide money, a room and behind-the-scenes access to Library staff. Research topics have ranged from early colonisation of Australia through to investigations of contemporary life.

The Library currently offers the following fellowships:

For further information please refer to the Fellowship FAQ section or contact Education & Scholarship via phone: 02 9273 1910 or email: scholarship@sl.nsw.gov.au.

Applications close on 17 July 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 3 July 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Dr Sarah Jay, Research Grants Officer (IGII).

New OpportunitiesForecast Opportunity - NHMRC-NIHR 2020 for funding in 2021


The NHMRC-NIHR Collaborative Research Grant scheme (NHMRC-NIHR scheme) supports Australian participation and collaboration in leading international collaborative research through the United Kingdom’s National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Programme. The HTA Programme funds independent research about the effectiveness, costs and broader impact of healthcare treatments and tests.

Projects involving Australian researchers, based in Australia that are chosen by the NIHR for funding, may be eligible for NHMRC support.

NHMRC is considering supporting Australian researchers for the following NIHR HTA 2020 Round 1 research topics:

  • 20/18 Minimally invasive operative intervention for bladder outlet obstruction due to benign prostatic hyperplasia
  • 20/19 Nasal decolonisation of MRSA
  • 20/20 Imaging in paediatric osteomyelitis
  • 20/21 Subcutaneous vs oral methotrexate for rheumatoid arthritis
  • 20/23 Diagnostic tools to establish the presence and severity of peripheral arterial disease in people with diabetes
  • 20/24 Psychological intervention for complex post-traumatic stress disorder
  • 20/25 Guided self-help for depression in adults with autism spectrum disorder  
  • 20/26 Antifungal Stewardship in Haemato-oncology
  • 20/27 Management of ankle fractures in children

Round 1 opportunities for funding will be advertised as a Grant Opportunity on Grant Connect in the third quarter of 2020. Please contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health) should you have any queries.

New OpportunitiesNew data sets access for HDRs and ECRs from the Australian Bureau of Statistics

Australian Bureau of Statistics

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has extended provision of two highly confidential data integration initiatives to allow HDR students as well as junior research officers to access ABS’ Multi-Agency Data Integration Project (MADIP) and Business Longitudinal Analysis Data Environment (BLADE). 

The BLADE combines business tax data and information from ABS surveys over time to provide a better understanding of Australian businesses and the economy.

The MADIP is a partnership among Australian Government agencies to develop a secure and enduring approach for combining information on healthcare, education, government payments, personal income tax, and population demographics (including the Census) to create a comprehensive picture of Australia over time.

More details about both products as well as data access arrangements can be found on the ABS website.

Any further questions about both initiatives and the application procedures can be directed to Dr Pawel Skuza, Statistical Consultant, Flinders Library. For other opportunities of obtaining confidentialised and open data access please refer to the Flinders' Library Statistical tools and services webpage.

New OpportunitiesVictorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Grants for Gambling Research Program

 Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation

Applications are now open for the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation’s Grants for Gambling Research Program (Round 11). The Foundation awards research grants for areas of study that will build on their knowledge of how gambling affects the Victorian community, inform the advice they provide to government and the strategies and activities they support to address harm.

For this funding round, researchers are invited to submit proposals under the theme, "Gambling in Victoria in 2020 – COVID-19 and beyond".

Applications will be accepted for:

  • investigative grants (up to $150,000 over three years)
  • mid-career researcher grants (up to $100,000 over two years)
  • early career researcher grants (up to $50,000 over 18 months).

For more information about the Foundation’s Grants for Gambling Research Program (Round 11), visit www.tenders.vic.gov.au, tender number VRGF 1-20.

Applications close at 2 pm AEST on Wednesday 24 June 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 10 June 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Dr Sarah Jay, Research Grants Officer (IGII).

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