Flinders Research NewsConferences and Papers database now available in Research Professional

Research Professional

Searching for Conferences and Papers is a new feature of Research Professional. All Flinders staff have access to Research Professional via the Okta dashboard.

In Conferences and Papers, you will find an editorially curated database of calls for papers for conferences and special issues of scholarly journals from all over the world, helping you find new ways to disseminate and publicise your work.

Searching and browsing in Conferences in Papers is easy and can be searched by discipline terms, free-text, or through an advanced search which allows searches to be tightly defined by criteria such as:

  • Special issues,
  • conferences (including name search),
  • abstract or manual submission deadlines,
  • event dates,
  • country, or
  • keyword.

If you'd like to learn more about Conferences and Papers, you can find details on the new feature in the Research Professional Help materials. If you have any queries about Research Professional contact reseach.grants@flinders.edu.au.

Flinders Research NewsInvestigator Grants - NHMRC and MRFF Fund Priority Round - Now open


The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Investigator Grant Opportunity and the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) priority round is now open for funding in 2020/2021 - with applications due 27 November 2019.

Investigator Grants consolidate separate fellowship and research support into one grant scheme that provides the highest-performing researchers at all career stages with funding for their salary (if required) and a significant research support package.

These grants provide the investigator with the flexibility to pursue important new research directions as they arise and to form collaborations as needed, rather than being restricted to the scope of a specific research project.

To provide our research community with key information, and details of the application process and Flinders' support to applicants, an NHMRC Investigator Grants Information will be held on Tuesday, 15 October 2019. Please enrol to attend via ienrol - Research.

Full application guidelines and templates for the can be found under the Grant Opportunity (GO) documents via GrantConnect. In addition to the guidelines, the following resources from the NHMRC are also available on GrantConnect available to assist applicants to prepare applications:

  • Investigator Grant 2020: Key Changes
  • 2020 Eligibility Web Tool
  • Key Characteristics of Investigator Grant 2019 Applications

The Investigator Grants: MRFF Priority Round grants aim to ensure the next generation of talented Australians have the capacity to make and progress great medical discoveries and promotes opportunities for active clinical researchers to work in partnership with professional colleges and industry. It will support the research program of outstanding early- to mid-career clinical researchers that contribute to the MRFF priority research areas (see link below).

The MRFF Priority round is open to outstanding early- to mid- career researchers contributing to the MRFF priority research areas. The Commonwealth Government is investing $32 million over the next two years to support MRFF funded Investigator Grants. Applications for this funding will be submitted and peer-reviewed through the 2020 NHMRC Investigator Grant round.

Further information on Priority Areas and Grant Guidelines for this MRFF funding round are available on GrantConnect. Applications for the MRFF Priority funding are restricted to applicants at the EL category (EL1 and EL2).

Applications close 27 November 2019 and must be submitted through the NHMRC Research Grants Management System (RGMS). Further information on the scheme can be found on the NHMRC website.

For application advice please contact the NHMRC Grants Team - Gareth Rees, Amanda Wright and Lucy Sheehan-Hennessy on nhmrc@flinders.edu.au. For all NHMRC timelines and Flinders' internal process information, visit the NHMRC page on the Flinders Research Support website.

Flinders Research NewsCollaborative opportunities between Flinders and Technische Universität Dresden for 2020 now open

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Do you want financial support for short or long-term stays in Dresden for scientific, professional and cultural exchange with Technische Universität Dresden (TU Dresden)? Are you an academic or PhD student working in diabetes or depression research projects? Or are you a professional staff member who will provide support to promote collaborative partnerships and/or joint projects between TU Dresden and Flinders?

If you are any of these, support is now available through the Scientific and Administrative Staff Mobility 2020 program and the PhD Student Mobility 2020 program.

Over the past five years, Flinders and TU Dresden have conducted leading-edge international health and medical research, promoted staff and student mobility exchanges, and health professional education opportunities. This, and other collaborative engagement partnerships with TU Dresden, has now led to the creation of the Scientific and Administrative Staff Mobility 2020 program. Applications for the program close 6 December 2019.

Funding is available for €89 per day for up to 22 days, or €2,000 per month to cover living expenses plus €1,350 once for travel costs. Applications are sought for:

  • The development of new or continuation of ongoing projects in the field of diabetes or depression
  • Preparation of applications for third-­‐party funds for joint projects
  • Initiation of joint projects within the partnership, e.g. in research support, fundraising, student & staff exchange, etc.
  • Professional and cultural exchange on administrative level, e.g.via job shadowing

Applications are to be submitted, with the following documents, via email to Mr Felix Klee, Department for Development and International Affairs, Carl Gustav Carus School of Medicine at TU Dresden, felix.klee@tu-­dresden.de:

  • Letter of motivation/project outline (short description of your current position, proposed outcomes, expected benefit from the stay, proposed schedule for the planned stay, previous connections to TU Dresden);
  • Declaration of consent signed by your manager; and, if possible,
  • Letter of invitation of the corresponding partner at TU Dresden

For more information, see the guidelines and application information below:

Staff Mobility 2020 guidelines and application information

PhD Student Mobility 2020 guidelines and application information

If you are intending to apply, please contact your College RDS Staff to advise them. 

Flinders Research NewsAustralian Research Council announces changes to grant guidelines and processes

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has released the grant guidelines for the Industrial Transformation Research Program 2020 (ITRP20) and announced a number of measures to streamline the grant guidelines and process across all its schemes.

Changes have been made in accordance with the Australian Government’s Streamlining Government Grants Administration Program (announced in 2015–16) and in response to the Parliamentary inquiry into efficient, effective and coherency of Australian Government funding for research (2018).

In addition to the standard consideration of comments provided throughout the previous year’s grant opportunity assessment processes, ahead of the 2019 drafting process a number of changes were proposed to streamline the guidelines, agreements and assessment process through the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP) Streamlining Workshop held with members of the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS) in November 2018. Some of the proposed changes were presented to ARMS members and the ARC College of Experts for further feedback prior to their submission to the Minister for approval.


Overall changes to the 2019 grant guidelines

1. Multi-year guidelines

In the past the ARC has revised and issued grant guidelines for each scheme every year. From 2019, they intend to issue the scheme guidelines every second year.

This change has been reflected in removing reference to specific dates in the grant guidelines, so the document can apply for a number of grant opportunities (scheme rounds).

Changing the guidelines period provides researchers and research office staff with assurance that the details of each scheme will stay the same for a longer period, meaning longer-term planning can be put in place and less time is devoted to the interpretation of ARC grant documentation. It will also provide the ARC with more time to consider policy issues affecting its funding schemes, rather than spending significant time amending wording and formatting.

Guidelines references: applicants are referred to the ARC website for dates for each grant opportunity where relevant in the guidelines.

2. Format and streamlining

Since the ARC’s move to the whole-of-government grant guidelines template in 2018, the ARC has continued to review the format and content of its guidelines with a view to:

  • standardising presentation across all ARC funding schemes;
  • increasing alignment with the guidelines of the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) where appropriate; and
  • ensuring the ARC’s grant guidelines are consistent with the whole-of-government grant guidelines. While no significant changes to the format and content of the guidelines have been made, minor revisions include the following:
  • clarifying the eligibility requirements (especially project limits) to ensure that they are as simple as possible; 
  • changing the layout of the Eligible Organisation list to match NHMRC (guidelines ref: 4.7);
  • removing lists of policies, and instead referring applicants to the ARC website for the most up to date information (this is also in line with the NHMRC) (guidelines ref: 10.6); and
  • removing any other unnecessary duplication or repetition.


Changes to Assessment

3. Scheme objectives and assessment criteria streamlined and updated

In 2019, the ARC reviewed the assessment criteria for all NCGP funding schemes as part of streamlining activities being undertaken by the agency. The review was undertaken on the basis that clarity and consistency in presentation of the assessment criteria and their sub-elements will help provide clarity for both applicants and assessors. In some instances, the changes made relate specifically to changes made in the application form to streamline the collection of information.

4. Scheme objectives structure

The scheme objectives and outcomes have been separated to clarify the objectives and expected outcomes of each scheme where:

  • objectives are ‘the specific result the ARC/Australian Government is trying to achieve within the scheme timeframe and with the available resources’; and
  • outcomes are ‘the result the ARC/Australian Government hopes to achieve if the objectives are accomplished’.

This approach is consistent with the whole-of-government grant guidelines template and the NHMRC.

5. Requests not to assess – removed option to request more than 3 assessors be excluded

In order to streamline this process, a maximum of three assessors may be requested not to assess an application. Previously more than three assessors could be requested not to assess an application in extraordinary circumstances and only if additional justification was provided. The administrative burden of this process was high. The option was not taken up by many applicants, and many of the requests were already covered by standard conflict of interest processes. Further information about this process is available on the ARC website.


Changes to Eligibility

6. Project limits simplified

Chief Investigators with projects funded under the Special Research Initiatives, Learned Academies Special Projects or Supporting Responses to Commonwealth Science Council Priorities schemes will no longer count towards Linkage Projects scheme project limits requirements.

The wording in this section of the grant guidelines (What are the limits on the number of applications and projects per named participant?) has also been revised for clarity.

Further information about NCGP project limits is available on the ARC website.

Guidelines reference: 4.28-4.34 (page 15-16)


Changes to Budget Requests

7. Changed budget item limit - Teaching Relief 

In the Industrial Transformation Research Hubs scheme, the limit for teaching relief will now be considered per Chief Investigator (CI) rather than at a project level. The new limit allows teaching relief to be requested for up to $50,000 per CI per year. As the limit was previously set by Project rather than CI, CIs participating in a project involving multiple CIs were disadvantaged when requesting teaching relief. This change seeks to rectify this issue.

Guidelines references: A4.1 (page 34)


For further information or assistance in applying for ARC grants, contact the ARC Team in Research Development and Support, Research Grants and Tenders.

Flinders Research NewsRelease of Information Paper - The implementation of the 3Rs in Australia


The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has released the Information Paper: Implementation of the 3Rs in Australia.

The fundamental framework for the ethical and humane use of animals for scientific purposes in Australia includes the responsibility to apply the 3Rs – Replacement, Reduction and Refinement — at all stages of animal care and use. The 3Rs are among the governing principles in the Australian Code for the care and use of animals for scientific purposes and are established in Australia through the adoption of the Code in state and territory legislation.

All those involved have a responsibility to ensure the consideration and implementation of alternative approaches that do not use animals (Replacement). If the use of animals is the only way to obtain the necessary information, they have a responsibility to ensure that the studies are of the highest quality, designed to involve the smallest number of animals (Reduction) and to support and safeguard animal wellbeing (Refinement).

Despite the importance of the 3Rs, there is little evidence about how they are being implemented in Australia. The NHMRC has undertaken its 3Rs Project and the development of this Information Paper to fill this evidence gap. The Information Paper identifies situations where innovations in the 3Rs in Australia are unrecognised. It also highlights apparent strengths in current practices as well as opportunities for improvement.

Implementation of the 3Rs is the responsibility of the research sector as a whole. NHMRC is providing this Information Paper for broad circulation within the Australian community to promote informed discussion about the implementation of the 3Rs in Australia. The NHMRC also hopes that this document will assist the research sector in making improvements where required.

The Information Paper was developed with advice from NHMRC’s Animal Welfare Committee comprising members with expertise in veterinary science and animal welfare, as well as scientists and community representatives.

The Information Paper and further information are available on the NHMRC’s website.

Questions or feedback about the Information Paper can be sent to ethics@nhmrc.gov.au.

Flinders Research NewsStem Cell Therapies Mission Roadmap call for consultation


As part of the 2019-20 budget, the Commonwealth Government announced a commitment of $150 million, over 10 years, for a comprehensive research effort focussing on stem cells. 

A draft Stem Cell Therapies Mission Roadmap is now open for comment and feedback. The roadmap will assist in the implementation of the Mission, including setting key priorities for funding.

A clear and well-focused Roadmap will ultimately increase the success of the Mission and the ability to attract co-investment from other funding sources. A series of consultation questions are available in an online survey.

The funding, awarded under the Government’s landmark Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), will support Australian researchers to make game-changing discoveries, develop a global biotech industry and enable the implementation of changes in healthcare.

To participate in the consultation, and to access a copy of the draft roadmap, visit the Department of Health consultation website.

Flinders Research NewsTiming of next round of ERA and EI has been announced

Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has announced the timing of the next rounds of Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) and the Engagement and Impact (EI) Assessment. 

The next round of ERA will take place in 2023 and the next round of EI will take place the following year, in 2024.

The Australian Government is committed to the ongoing assessment of engagement, impact, and quality of Australia’s university research. 

As a result, in 2019-20, the ARC will be conducting a comprehensive review of the ERA and EI to: 

  • simplify and streamline the programs 
  • take advantage of recent developments in technology and big data
  • ensure the programs continue to reflect world’s best practice and
  • respond the ongoing needs of the university sector. 

The timing of the next rounds will facilitate the adoption of any changes to reporting requirements arising from the current review of the Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification and the ARC’s upcoming review of the ERA and EI. 

Further information about the review of ERA and EI and the relevant reporting requirements for the future rounds will be made available on the ARC’s website in due course. 

More information is available on the ARC ERA page and ARC EI page.

Flinders Research NewsEstablishment of the Blood Cancer Taskforce

Leukaemia Foundation

The Leukaemia Foundation has established the Blood Cancer Taskforce to help develop Australia’s First National Strategic Action Plan for Blood Cancer. 

The Taskforce will work together to develop the Action Plan, which will be delivered to the Commonwealth Government by June 2020. 

The Blood Cancer Taskforce unites Australia’s leading haematologists, researchers, patients and members of the blood cancer ecosystem together for the first time, to provide the blueprint to help tackle the key issues facing the blood cancer community today and into the future.

The Taskforce is co-Chaired by Bill Petch, CEO, Leukaemia Foundation and Professor John Seymour, Director of Cancer Medicine, Clinical Research and Haematology, Peter MacCallum Centre. A full list of members can be found at the Leukaemia Foundation website.

The formation of the Taskforce and development of the National Strategic Action Plan together mark a major milestone for the blood cancer community and will set the national agenda around blood cancer for many years to come. 

The Leukaemia Foundation was provided with $150,000 by the Commonwealth Government to develop a National Blood Cancer Action Plan.

The Plan’s scope draws on the Leukaemia Foundations’ 2019 Report State of the Nation: Blood Cancer in Australia, which had identified actions required in relation to:

  • Empower patients
  • Accelerate Research
  • Ensure Access; and
  • Catalyse Health Service Reform.

For more information, see the Leukaemia Foundation website.

Flinders Research NewsFlinders University has renewed its CEDA South Australia membership


The Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) is a national, independent, member-based organisation providing thought leadership and policy perspectives on the economic and social issues affecting Australia for over 50 years.

Flinders University staff can the opportunity to engage with CEDA in a number of ways and receive exclusive member benefits, which include:

  • Discounted member rates for member employees and their guests at CEDA public and member-only events. Visit the CEDA website to see all upcoming events.
  • Opportunities to host your key clients at corporate tables and receive priority seating.
  • Member only opportunities to sponsor CEDA events and communicate your message to a senior, cross-sector audience.

Since 1960 CEDA has produced more than 3000 publications, research reports, and articles, highlighting emerging issues and directions in a diverse range of policy areas. The quality and independence of CEDA's research program has built its reputation as Australia's leading independent voice on economic and business issues.

Flinders is one of the more than 780 leading Australian businesses and organisations who choose to be members of CEDA.

For more information, visit the CEDA website. To receive invitations to CEDA public and member-only events and updates, subscribe to CEDA.

Flinders Research NewsResearch Manager Dashboard improvements

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The Research Manager Dashboard has been improved and is now live. It provides real-time updated financial information, with each Chief Investigator designated a dashboard.

Now accessible online through TechOne Financials, the Research Manager Dashboard will ensure that relevant information is available for your research project when you need it.

The following benefits are also expected:

  • A simplified view of the portfolio of your research projects that is clear and intuitive to follow,
  • A streamlined “whole of life” view of your research project budget view allowing for clearer point in time view of the available budget for research projects,
  • An updated “Action Indicator” to help you focus on the projects that need your immediate attention. 

The aim of this first review was to simplify and streamline the Research Manager Dashboard used for monitoring research projects in TechOne Financials.

As a result of the work undertaken to review the prior Dashboard with input from Research staff, the Research Manager Dashboard has been redesigned in this way as an interim measure to better meet the demands of ongoing research project management. 

These incremental improvements are in response to your feedback. There are further opportunities being explored in the grants research area of work. The continuous improvement approach is a journey, and as such, the Finance and Procurement portfolio are encouraging continued feedback and support.

For more information or guidance on TechOne Financials, please visit the Finance and Procurement Services webpage

For training contact finance.systems@flinders.edu.au.

Flinders Research NewsCall for clinicians to join the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee

Clinician standing with patients in the background

The Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (SAC HREC) is a joint committee of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network and Flinders University.

The SAC HREC has identified high priority clinical areas where further representation is needed and have opened a call for expressions of interest. 

This is an excellent opportunity for clinicians to engage in professional development, improve their knowledge of human research ethics, improve the quality (and thus turnaround time) of their own human research ethics applications, and network with other clinical and non-clinical members.

The SAC HREC understands that many clinicians are extremely busy and have developed a range of engagement options to suit clinicians with much of the committee's work handled out of session via email. Members are expected to attend a minimum of 6 meetings per year, which are held every 3 weeks on a Monday afternoon. This will be reverting to monthly meetings as of 2020.

High priority areas where the SAC HREC is seeking greater immediate representation include:

  • Mental Health
  • Respiratory and Sleep Medicine
  • Paediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical Oncology

Other areas where the SAC HREC lacks adequate/optimal representation for its current (and developing) needs include:

  • ICCU
  • Nephrology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Dermatology
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Diabetes and Endocrine

Clinicians interested in applying are asked to submit an Expression of Interest with a copy of their CV to Health.SALHNOfficeforResearch@sa.gov.au or to Petrina Kasperski.

Flinders Research NewsNew Systematic Review Resource - Covidence at Flinders


Flinders Library and IDS are pleased to announce that Flinders now offers a site license for Covidence.

Covidence is a cloud-based software tool designed to facilitate the systematic review process. Covidence is a core component of the Cochrane review process, an industry-standard approach to systematic literature reviews.

Who can use Covidence?

Any researcher already using the limited free version, or any researcher who wants to undertake a systematic literature review / Cochrane review.

Covidence can also be used in the classroom as a tool to help demonstrate the systematic review research method and critical appraisal of studies.

What does Covidence do?

Covidence assists with multiple steps in the systematic review process, including:

  • Importing data from bibliographic management software tools
  • Screening and selecting studies
  • Resolving disagreements
  • Extracting study data
  • Assessing study quality/risk of bias
  • Exporting data to multiple file types
  • Creating PRISMA diagrams

Covidence is available to all researchers at Flinders from 1 October 2019. More information is available on their website.

How do I get access to Covidence?

Covidence will be available via the Flinders Library’s A-Z database page. Users log in with their Flinders email address and password.

How much does it cost to use?

Covidence is available at no cost to all Flinders researchers.

Flinders Research NewsClinical Trials support - anatomy of a successful NHMRC/MRFF grant information session


Have you thought about applying for a clinical trial grant?

On Friday 13 September 2019, Professor Derek Chew, Professor of Cardiology, will present an information session focused on how to enhance researchers' capacity to think like a translational clinical trialist and provide advice on how to best negotiate the issues that arise in clinical grant review. Discussion will cover design, establishing groundwork for feasibility, and how to establish the appropriate CI team and network.

Professor Chew is a clinical and interventional cardiologist, as well as a clinical trialist and outcomes researcher in cardiovascular medicine. He is the Head of the Flinders Clinical Trial Centre, and Chair of the Statewide Cardiology Clinical Network. 

Register now at ienrol - research to participate in this session - "Flinders Clinical Trials Support: Anatomy of a successful NHMRC/MRFF grant", Flinders' Health Sciences Lecture Theatre Complex, Friday 13 September 2019, 9.30 to 10.30 am.

Flinders Research NewsResearchNow support for your public profile, going live in October


Your ResearchNow public profile will launch globally in October, enabling viewers from around the world to read about you.

Research Development and Support (RDS) is currently providing assistance to ensure that your research outputs presented in the system are of the highest quality, but we need your help with this. 

Please check that your profile information and your publication entries are up-to-date and accurately recorded. To access your ResearchNow system click on the ResearchNow button on your OKTA dashboard. The researcher guides on the ResearchNow support website will help you to get started. To access the public portal and to view your profile there, visit the public portal.

If you would like some extra assistance with these tasks, or to learn more about the features of this new system, please email the member of the RDS ResearchNow support team assigned to your College (see below). If you are not available on the days that someone is working in your College please let that RDS support team member know and they will arrange another team member to meet with you. Alternatively, you can log a request for assistance via ServiceOne 'Research', which is located on your OKTA dashboard.

To get started with ResearchNow log in to the system via your OKTA dashboard and see if you have any tasks waiting for you in the taskbar on the right-hand side of the page. 

For example: 

  1. Outputs are ready to be pushed to next workflow step – this means you have outputs (publication records) that have a status ‘entry in progress’. If these are complete and accurate records and are not marked as a possible duplicate, they are ready for you to change their status to ‘For verification’. This will send them onto the library for a final accuracy check before they appear on your public portal profile. 
  2. Candidates are ready for import – Scopus has automatically harvested an output that might be yours. You can choose to import or reject the record. Scopus records are often more data rich than manually entered records, so you can choose to import, after which you should log a ServiceOne request that it be merged with duplicate the manual entry.  


RDS ResearchNow support team

Brooke Williamson, responsible for the College of Medicine and Public Health and available on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Emma de Courcy-Ireland, responsible for the College of College of Science and Engineering and available on Tuesday and Thursday.

Mimi Eldeeb, responsible for the College of College of Humanities, Arts and Social Science and the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work and available on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Bree Walden, responsible for the College of College of Business Government and Law and the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and available on Thursday and Friday (for CBGL) and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (for CNHS).

Flinders Research NewsData Sharing and Release - Issues Paper call for public comments

Office of the National Data Commissioner

As part of the response to the Productivity Commission Review of Public Data Availability and Use, the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet is developing Data Sharing and Release legislation. This will provide a framework for Government Departments to more effectively share data and facilitate access to data for researchers.

The Department has now released a discussion paper, outlining its proposed approach to the legislation, and a Privacy Impact Assessment, and they are open for feedback until 5.00 pm (AEST), 15 October 2019.

For more information please visit the Office of the National Data Commissioner website.  Draft legislation is expected to follow early next year.

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.

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

Jakarta skyline, Indonesia

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

Service One on a laptop

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. 

Flinders Research NewsNew budget estimator tool for tied or competitive research

Budget Tool

This week a new budget estimator tool has been released to Flinders’ research community, with the aim to assist researchers prepare budgets for tied / competitive research grants, including category 1 grants and other research where budgets are to be calculated on direct research costs.

Benefits of using the tied/competitive research budget estimator tool include that: calculations encompass direct salary costs; on-cost rates can be easily adjusted; budget totals are summarised and available as both financial year or calendar year totals.

Hosted on the Flinders’ RDS website, this downloadable interactive tool systematically steps users through research budget considerations and construction.

Also accessible is the budget estimator tool for commissioned research, launched in February this year and developed to assist Flinders’ researchers to prepare budgets for commissioned / contract research, research tenders or consultancies.

  • Commissioned or contract research includes Category 2 & 3 research such as Request for Tenders, Quotes and other commissioned research. The budget is usually costed on commercial terms and research is often eligible (in full or part) for Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) purposes.
  • Consultancies are when individual staff contract to provide their expertise to a third party on commercial terms. Note that consultancies can be counted as HERDC research income if it satisfies the definition of research.

Together these two budget estimator tools will enable ease of costing for research and consultancies by our research community.


If you require assistance in preparing a budget using this Budget Tool, please contact your local College Research Support staff.

If you experience difficulties using the tool, or require technical assistance please contact the Research Grants Team.

The newly released budget estimator for tied / competitive research grants is currently in beta testing so if you have any feedback please email research.grants@flinders.edu.au.

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