New OpportunitiesHeart Foundation Partnership Engagement Grants round one 2020 now open

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Partnership Engagement Grants enable researchers to partner with the Heart Foundation to apply to NHMRC, ARC and other funding bodies for large-scale cardiovascular research projects. Success in this grant provides the applicant partnership support when applying for the large-scale funding.

The program is predominantly aimed at NHMRC Partnerships for Better Health Projects (Partnership Projects) and ARC Linkage Projects, however other partnership grant types will be considered. 

By partnering with the Heart Foundation, researchers benefit from association with a large, reputable organisation that will enhance their ability to attract further funding. The award provides financial, reputational and in-kind support. A successful application would be one that aligns with the Heart Foundation’s strategy, priorities and values. 

Applicants may request a financial contribution, an in-kind contribution, or a combination of both. If requesting a financial contribution, the amount requested must be equal to or less than $150,000.

Round One applications close on 20 March 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 6 March 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Grants Officer (NHMRC and Health).

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

New OpportunitiesMohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund - round 1 now open

MBZ Fund

The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund (MBZ Fund) is an innovative philanthropy providing small grants to boots-on-the-ground, get-your-hands-dirty, in-the-field species conservation projects for the world’s most threatened species.

Through innovative micro-financing, the MBZ Fund empowers conservationists to fight the extinction crisis instead of bureaucracy and red-tape. To date the Fund has awarded over 2000 grants to a diverse range of species across the world.

The MBZ Fund has been established to provide targeted grants to individual species conservation initiatives, recognise leaders in the field and elevate the importance of species in the broader conservation debate. Its focus is global and eligibility for grants will extend to all plant, animal and fungi species conservation efforts, without discrimination on the basis of region or selected species.

Round one closes 29 February 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 14 February 2020. Please note that the MBZ Fund advises not leave it until the last minute to submit your application but do so well ahead of the deadline. 

Round two closes on 30 June 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 16 June 2020.

Round two closes on 31 October 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 16 October 2020.

For grant writing and administrative support, please contact Denise Caretti, Trust & Foundations Coordinator - Alumni & Advancement, Office of Communication, Marketing & Engagement. For more information, including frequently asked questions, visit the MBZ Fund website.

New OpportunitiesL’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships 2020 Climate Edition

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The world needs science and science needs women.

Applications for the 2020 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Australian & New Zealand Fellowships are now open. This year, the program will be supporting solely women researchers tackling issues around climate change.

Each year the L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognises the achievements of outstanding female scientists in over 100 countries. Since 1998 over 2,500 women have been awarded Fellowships to support their continued research.

In 2020 five For Women in Science Fellowships worth $25,000 - four for Australia and one for New Zealand, will be awarded. Eligible candidates must be within five years of completing their PhD and an Australian or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident. Applicants must undertake research contributing to issues associated with climate change.

Applications are due Monday 2 March 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 17 February 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Dr Marina Delpin, Manager: Research Training, Development and Communication.

More information and the online application form can be found at

New OpportunitiesCalling for new members to join the 2020 BLiSS Adelaide EMCR committee


BLiSS was founded with a vision to break down walls between disciplines to design a more ambitious research for tomorrow by empowering EMCRs to form multidisciplinary collaborations.

The inaugural BLiSS*Adelaide EMCR Collaborative Symposium was held on 4 October 2019. The BLiSS*Adelaide committee is now looking for passionate and highly motivated early- and mid-career researchers (EMCRs) to join the 2020 committee to make the next event even bigger and better!

The Adelaide symposium brought together researchers from across Adelaide to meet, share and grow new ideas. In 2019 attendees came from diverse STEMM backgrounds such as biomedical engineering, life sciences, applied linguistics and photonics biosensing, to name a few.

BLiSS*Adelaide attendees found the event useful for creating links across disciplines – 100% of attendees indicated they had met new EMCRs outside their discipline on the day, and 40% thought it likely they would develop a new collaboration with one of these connections. Delegates praised the unique format of talks and discussions, and 98% of attendees said they would recommend BLiSS events to colleagues and friends.

Build your CV and skills set. If you would like to play a role in shaping the research landscape in Adelaide, whilst working with highly talented and motivated E/MCRs in Adelaide, you can apply to join the team by downloading the application form and applying by 3 February 2020.

New OpportunitiesNominations now open for the 2020 Prime Minister's Literary Awards

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards (the Awards) is an annual program which accepts books published in the previous calendar year. The Awards celebrate the contribution of Australian literature and history to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.

The Awards play an important role in supporting a national appreciation of Australian literature. Entries are sought for books of high literary merit, and in the case of Australian history, scholarly accomplishment.

The Australian history category recognises outstanding work that contributes significantly to an understanding of Australian history.

They provide acknowledgement and prizes to the authors and illustrators that have published the best works of Australian literature each year.

The Awards are administered through an open competitive process. Awards are presented in six categories; fiction, non-fiction, young adult literature, children’s literature, poetry and Australian history. Up to $100,000 will be awarded in each category—$80,000 for the winning entry and $5,000 each for a maximum of four shortlisted entries. All prizes are tax-free.

Nominations close on 28 February 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 14 February 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Dr Marina Delpin, Manager, Research Development, Training and Communication.

For more information, including the eligibility criteria, visit the Awards website.

New OpportunitiesExpression of Interest – MRFF Grant Assessment Committee

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The Department of Health is seeking interest from a range of stakeholders to assist in the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) grant review and assessment processes as a member of a Grant Assessment Committee for a number of 2019-20 MRFF grant opportunities. 

The MRFF helps shape the future of health and medical research, improve lives and contributes to an innovative and sustainable health system. It has a particular focus on collaborative and translational research and utilises grant assessment processes that embrace diverse perspectives, including alternative disciplines, industry, health care and consumer experience.

In line with the published MRFF Grant Opportunity Guidelines, MRFF grant assessments have a strong focus on impact and value and the Department of Health is interested in hearing from people with translation, implementation, and a health and medical consumer focus, who can demonstrate experience and/or expertise in the following areas:

  • Translation of research into clinical practice
  • Commercialisation of health research
  • Transdisciplinary research, e.g. collaboration and/or engagement between researchers, consumers, patient groups, those involved in health service delivery and industry
  • International research projects, including clinical trials.

It is not essential to have a research qualification to contribute to MRFF grant assessment.

Please note that NHMRC administers some MRFF grant opportunities on behalf of the Department of Health. As such, participation as a member of an MRFF Grant Assessment Committee is independent of, and should be considered separate to, any existing NHMRC peer review responsibilities.

To register your interest, visit the Grant Assessment Committee online portal.

New OpportunitiesNature Research Awards for Driving Global Impact 2020 now open

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Science is critical in solving global challenges. In 2020 Nature Research are inviting applications from early career researchers.

The winner will receive a grant of USD $30,000, coverage on and on the Award’s website, and an expenses paid invitation to attend the prize presentation ceremony at the 2020 Tencent WE Summit, to be held in Beijing in November 2020. The two runners up will each receive a grant of USD $10,000 and coverage on and on the Award’s website.

Applications are sought from ECRs working in one or more of the following areas:

  • Food security, water security and/or energy security – ensuring a long term, sustainable supply of either food, water or energy.
  • Healthcare interventions – the assessment, improvement or promotion of human health.
  • Environmental protection – protection of the natural environment on land and water including the repair of damage.
  • Climate change – slowing climate change and adapting to what’s unavoidable.
  • Sustainable cities – building green, liveable cities that last.

They should hold a PhD or clinical doctorate, awarded not earlier than 1 January 2005, lead an independent research group established within the past 5 years as of 1 January 2020 and need to demonstrate that the application, or potential application, of their research will make a positive impact on one or more global challenges above.

Applications close on 27 March 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 13 March 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Dr Marina Delpin, Manager, Research Training, Development and Communication.

For further information, including the guidelines for applicants, visit the Nature Research website.

New OpportunitiesKidney Health Australia Research Medical and Scientific 2019-2020 funding round is now open

Kidney Health Australia

Through their new research funding rounds, Kidney Health Australia, aims to reduce the impact of kidney disease on all Australians through the support of research.

The 2019-2020 Funding round will focus on research relating to making kidney transplants last longer in the basic science, psychosocial or clinical science/population health areas. The Grants scheme offers a once only amount of up to a maximum of $50,000 towards the cost of the project, with a total of 3 Awards available.

In 2016-2017 Kidney Health Australia conducted a review of the research grant system, and as a result of the review, research at Kidney Health Australia has undergone a transformation with a focus on community participation, a research agenda with structured programs of research endorsed by our community and organisational collaboration.

In line with its consumer focus, the Kidney Health Australia Research Grant Program will prioritise projects that clearly demonstrate consumer and/or community involvement or engagement at some or all stages of the research cycle. This includes:

  • Consumer input into research priority setting, conception, design and conduct of research ideas and studies
  • Consumers as part of the research team
  • Consumer input in dissemination of research findings
  • Consumer and community involvement in research translation and knowledge implementation

The deadline for funding submissions is Friday 14 February 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 30 January 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII). For more information, visit the Kidney Health Australia website. Applicants are advised to read the Kidney Health Australia Research Guide to Applicants before submitting their application.

New OpportunitiesClosing dates for the 2020 Linkage Projects assessment rounds

Australian Research Council (ARC)

The Australian Research Council (ARC) is introducing improvements to the implementation of the Linkage Projects scheme. This includes moving to three assessment rounds per year. 

The changes are in response to an evaluation of the implementation of the continuous Linkage Projects process.

For the Linkage Projects round for funding commencing in 2020 (LP20), applications can be submitted at any-time up until 1 December 2020 and will be assessed within one of the three assessment rounds (detailed below). 

As Research Development and Support needs time to review applications, please ensure that any LP applications to be submitted to ARC in the LP20 assessment rounds are submitted to RDS for review in RMS by no later than the following dates: 

  • for assessment round 1 - 25 March 2020,
  • for assessment round 2 - 22 July 2020, or
  • for assessment round 3 - 17 November 2020.

Please also send any ARC written evidence forms to and complete the Flinders University certification form and co-investment form (if applicable) by those dates. For further information on support available on applications to the ARC, visit the Flinders' ARC schemes webpage.

New OpportunitiesAustralian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion Research Fund 2020


The Australian and New Zealand Society of Blood Transfusion (ANZSBT) seeks expressions of interest for the ANZSBT Research Fund for the calendar year 2020. The Society is offering a total of AUD $75,000 comprising either a single grant of $75,000 or smaller grants totalling $75,000.

The ANZSBT Research Fund supports basic, clinical and translational transfusion research in Australasia to investigators at all levels of their careers. The aim of the Research fund is to support the advancement of research in transfusion medicine and science and to promote and develop research in related medical knowledge and science.

The Society maintains broad interests in clinical practice improvement, patient blood management and haemovigilance.

In addition, the ANZSBT Council has nominated the following research priorities for 2020:

  • Transfusion in rural and remote settings;
  • Transfusion in the fetal, neonatal and paediatric settings;
  • Transfusion in indigenous populations or minority groups of Australia or New Zealand; or
  • Transfusion in the elderly.

Grants will be available for research projects and are intended for researchers who have not received significant funding from other sources for the nominated project. Applications that seek funding to provide service delivery are unlikely to be funded.

Consideration will be given to applications that support a candidate to obtain an academic degree and/or to conduct research work or gain professional expertise at a centre of excellence relevant to the field of blood transfusion.

Applications are due 28 February 2020. The Flinders Internal closing date is 14 February 2020 for a completed final draft application. For grant writing and administrative support, please contact Denise Caretti, Trust & Foundations Coordinator - Alumni & Advancement, Office of Communication, Marketing & Engagement. 

New Opportunities2020 Capstone Editing grants for Mid-Career Researchers

Capstone Editing

The Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers is currently open. Applications close on 24 February 2020.

The Grant provides up to A$5,000 of seed funding for one researcher per year to undertake an innovative research project. The expectation is that the research project will gather preliminary data and lead to the development of a research council funding application.

The grant can be used to cover any costs related to the research project, such as software or small lab equipment; domestic or overseas travel to learn new techniques or collaborate with colleagues; academic editing of the grant proposal; and data analysis.

Capstone Editing defines a mid-career researcher as someone who 1) holds a PhD and 2) graduated from their PhD within the past five to ten years (excluding career interruptions in relation to caring responsibilities).

Application support and advice for the grant is available from Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII), Research Development and Support.

For further information, including eligibility and the online application process, please see the Capstone Editing website.

New OpportunitiesAustralian Army History Research Grants now open

Australian Army History Unit

The Australian Army History Research Grants Scheme supports and encourages research into the Australian Army’s history and development both on operations and during peace.

The Australian Army and Australian Army History Unit values new research that identifies how Army specifically has approached challenges in the past, and which is accessible to both Army and the public. Grants are up to a maximum of $15,000 for one year.

Since its inception, the Scheme has supported over 300 applicants and has a strong track record of delivering unique research. 

If you are wondering whether a particular research proposal is suitable under the auspices of this Scheme, applicants are advised to pay special notice to the list of previous supported topics on the Australian Army website which will give a strong indication of the type of projects favoured by the assessment committee.

Applications close 13 March 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft application is 28 February 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII).

More information can also be found at the Australian Army website.

New OpportunitiesFisheries Research and Development Corporation Funding - Call for Expressions of Interest


The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) that address research, development & extension (RD&E) priorities nominated by the FRDC’s Advisory Groups.

EOIs close on 16 February 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft EOI is 31 January 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII).

The nominated RD&E priorities for investment are outlined in the document on the FRDC website and it includes RD&E priorities such as:

  • post-graduate student funding; 
  • coping with change; 
  • assessing the relevance of key coastal habitats and habitat-related ecological processes; 
  • aquatic animal welfare;
  • developing and adopting biodegradable seafood and bait packages, 

as well as people development opportunities including: 

  • enhancing research capacity in marine economics and social sciences.

EOIs that address multiple priorities are encouraged.

Applicants may also submit an EOI that does not address a nominated priority.

If you do wish to submit an application that does not address one of these priorities, it is recommended that you first discuss your research concept with the relevant FRDC Advisory Group contact. In addition, FRDC strongly recommends that all applicants consult with the relevant stakeholder groups and expected end users to ensure that research concepts has the support of beneficiaries. Support can be demonstrated through formal letters of support, in-kind contributions and project cash contributions.

Further information is available on the FRDC website.

New OpportunitiesAustralian Eggs - preliminary proposals now open

Australian Eggs

Australian Eggs is seeking preliminary proposals for projects commencing in July 2020.

Proposals that fit closely with industry needs, result from consultation with industry and are supported financially by industry will be given priority and preference will be given to projects that have funding inputs from industry. Proposals should represent a sound investment for Australian Eggs’ stakeholders.

The types of proposals available include:

  • research projects,
  • feasibility studies,
  • training,
  • dissemination of information,
  • provision of advice or assistance and
  • the publication of reports, periodicals, books or papers.

The topics of interest are:

  1. Testing the long-term efficacy (60 weeks +) of vaccines for production diseases, such as Pasteurella multocida, Newcastle disease. 
  2. An epidemiological study of Red mite and Lice; setting the benchmark for industry and suggesting management strategies associated with reduced red mite and lice burden in laying flocks 
  3. Investigating the options for range sanitation and determining the best methods for detecting, identifying and promoting good soil microbial populations 
  4. Reviewing current best practice for layer drinking water – studying the short, medium- and long-term effects on layers of consuming water with increased concentrations of sodium and chlorine 
  5. Economic assessment of investing in layer welfare 
  6. Comparative study looking at the different temperaments, behaviours and production characteristics of the brown layer, the white layer and the brown x white layer (including how do each respond to enrichment, stress events and comparison of rate of floor eggs) 
  7. Study of flock dynamics to better understand events that lead to pile ups and smothering; identifying movement patterns and potential intervention strategies. Ideal outcome would be a tool for producers to assess healthy/ unhealthy movement dynamics in real time 
  8. Review of layer production diseases emerging in other countries that have eliminated cage systems, exploring different production systems and management strategies employed in these countries to maximise production and welfare. 
  9. Identifying cost effective and practical ways to regenerate the range, understanding the benefits of various range cultivation strategies and the role plant probiotics could play 
  10. Ensuring water security for the Australian Egg industry; reviewing water use efficiency in the industry and identifying areas for improvement 

The closing date for submission of proposals is 31 January 2020. The Flinders internal closing date for a completed final draft is 17 January 2020. For application advice and assistance, contact Sarah Jay, Research Grants Officer (IGII).

To access a copy of the submission template, contact Sarah Jay

New OpportunitiesNHMRC Special Initiative in Mental Health


The NHMRC will open a funding call in March 2020 to support the establishment of a $10 million national centre for innovation in mental health care, involving a multidisciplinary and nationally focussed team operating as a collaborative network across Australia.

The NHMRC Special Initiative in Mental Health will deliver innovative, high quality implementation research into improved health outcomes and outlooks for people living with mental illness.

Further information is available on GrantConnect.

We will provide updated information when the opportunity has opened.

New OpportunitiesWebinar to support the Early Career Researchers Showcase - the chance to win $6,000

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The CRC Association will be convening a 'Communicating Your Science in 30 Seconds' Webinar with the Centre of the Public Awareness of Science at the ANU and the Australian Science Media Centre, Thursday 30 January, 11:00-12:00 AEDT.

This webinar will underpin and support ECRs in developing submissions for the CRC’s Early Career Researcher Showcase.

Instructions on joining the webinar on the day are available online.


The Early Career Researcher Showcase celebrates good research communicated well, and the CRC Association want to hear from you. Showcase your research for the chance to win $6,000.

Tell them in 30 seconds about your research and you could win a trip to Canberra to present your work at Collaborate Innovate 2020, 25-27 May, the annual conference of the Cooperative Research Centres Association.

The five finalists will receive: 

  • A trip to Canberra with airfares, transfers, conference registration and all social events, including the CRC Association’s Innovation Showcase.
  • $1,000.
  • The opportunity to give a 5-minute presentation on your work at Collaborate | Innovate | 2020 for the chance to win $5,000.

Applications close Thursday 9 April 2020.

New OpportunitiesNHMRC Research Help Centre shutdown information


The NHMRC have advised that as part of the NHMRC Operational Shutdown Period, the NHMRC Research Help Centre will be closed from 3pm AEDT on 24 December 2019 and reopening  9am AEDT on 2 January 2020

You can still submit enquiries by sending an email to and your enquiry will be addressed from 2 Jan 2020.

The Flinders' NHMRC and Health Research Grants team will also be unavailable during this time period.

New OpportunitiesSTEM Women Changemaker grants to attend Catalysing Gender Equity 2020

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STEM Women is offering funding to support exceptional and diverse changemakers in the STEM Women community to attend Catalysing Gender Equity 2020, thanks to the generous donation by Professor Michelle Coote of her Georgina Sweet Fellowship.

These STEM Women Changemakers will network with leaders and influencers across the STEM sector, contribute to the development of strategies to achieve gender equity, share their knowledge and experiences, and champion the STEM Women platform.

STEM Women will cover costs associated with each changemaker’s attendance at Catalysing Gender Equity 2020, such as registration, travel, accommodation and caring support. The type of activity covered depends on the changemaker’s departure location.

More information about this initiative, the event and how to apply, visit the Catalysing Gender Equity 2020 website.

Applications close 9am AEDT Monday 13 January 2020.

New OpportunitiesMRFF - 2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure grant

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF)

The 2019 Rural, Regional and Remote Clinical Trial Enabling Infrastructure grant opportunity provides between $5 million and $100 million for new and innovative approaches to enhance and improve clinical trial infrastructure, to extend existing clinical trials into rural, regional and remote areas of Australia. This grant opportunity was announced as part of the Medical Research Future Fund and is an initiative under the National Critical Infrastructure Initiative. 

Australians living in rural, regional and remote areas face barriers to participating in clinical trials and are often under-represented in research studies. The intent of the grant opportunity is to provide initial stimulus funding for innovative approaches with potential for national application, and not to be a source of funding for routine and on-going activities eligible for funding though existing funding mechanisms.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are:

  • improved facilities, equipment, services and systems in rural, regional and remote Australia
  • improved quality of care and health outcomes for patients through quicker and easier access to medical treatments, drugs, therapies and devices, through participation in clinical trials
  • reduced burden, costs and risks for patients and their families related to clinical trial participation
  • increased research capacity, including linkages, leveraging and enhancements of existing local and national structures, organisations, facilities and/or workforce, with flow-on effects to broader health services.

More information on this grant opportunity can be found on

Applications must be submitted through grants hub and close 3 March 2020. If you are intending to apply to this opportunity, contact the NHMRC team in Research Development and Support (RDS) for information on application support and deadline for compliance review.

New Opportunities2020 Clunies Ross Awards

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The Clunies Ross Awards have a proud 28-year tradition of recognising contributions by dedicated individuals who have shared their vision and knowledge with others to apply technology for the benefit of Australia.

The Awards provide a great opportunity for Flinders University to showcase, and be recognised for, its research-industry engagement and commercialisation impact.

The Clunies Ross Awards will be awarded in three categories, with a single winner in each category:

  • Entrepreneur of the Year award - open to an individual winner only
  • Knowledge Commercialisation award - open to an individual or a small team (normally up to 3 people)
  • Innovation award - open to an individual or a small team (normally up to 3 people)

For more information the Clunies Ross Award Online Nomination Portal Information and Nomination Guidelines are available at Any additional queries please contact the Clunies Ross Awards coordinator via email

Nominations close by 9.00am AEDT on Wednesday 8 January 2020. The Flinders internal closing date is 18 December 2019 for a completed final draft application. If you are interested in applying, please contact Dr Marina Delpin, Manager: Researcher Training, Development and Communication.

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