New OpportunitiesJDRF Project Concepts letter of intent

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JDRF’s Strategic Research Agreements provide research funding for single or multiple investigators to address critical gaps and challenges and potential breakthroughs in Type 1 diabetes research.

The Strategic Research Agreement is a partnership between Investigator(s) and JDRF Scientists to help address roadblocks and accelerate JDRF’s mission through support of cutting-edge scientific investigation.

Further, this mechanism embodies cooperative development of a research plan, interim quarterly reporting on milestones and interaction with JDRF scientists prior to and during the award period. The budget and duration of funding are variable and continued funding is based on satisfactory effort and quarterly progress on milestones.

An investigator interested in pursuing a research opportunity with JDRF must submit a Project Concept through JDRF’s Project Concept Call in RMS360. Project Concepts are selected on the basis of programmatic fit and robustness of the concept. In addition, projects that hold a prospect for transformative breakthroughs that prevent, treat or cure Type 1 diabetes will be given top priority.

Letters of Intent are due by 4 February 2019. For application advice and assistance, please contact Mary Lyons, Senior Research Grants Officer (IGII).

New OpportunitiesIASP Early Career Research grants

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Multiple Early Career Research grants of US$20,000 each are available for IASP members who are within 6 years of having received their final degree, or completing professional and specialty training.

The IASP committee will give consideration to a balance of all aspects of pain research projects including the clinical, social and basic sciences when considering the awards.

The call for 2019 International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) Early Career Research grant proposals will close 7 February, 2019, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern U.S. Time. For more information, including the online application, visit the IASP website.

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

New OpportunitiesThe opportunity to include a question on social inequality in the 2019 Australian Survey of Social Attitudes

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The opportunity to contribute to The Australian Survey of Social Attitudes (AuSSA), by sponsoring a question or questions relevant to this years theme of "Social Inequality" is now open. The proposed questions to be included in the 2019 survey must be confirmed by 29 March 2019.

For more information about the 2019 survey visit:

AuSSA is run as an annual postal survey using a nationally representative sample (drawn from the Australian Electoral Roll) of at least 1200 adult Australians in total, sampled at four periods over the year: May, August and November 2019 and February 2020. Flinders Researchers may partner with ACSPRI as sponsors of AuSSA entitling them to include additional questions. The fee will be $1,000 (exc GST) per question (i.e. per 'tick') for the full sample of 1200, or $400 to be included in any one of the 4 sub-samples.

AuSSA is an important source of data for the scientific study of the social attitudes, beliefs and opinions of Australians, how they change over time, and how they compare with other societies.

If researchers are interested in this opportunity or wish to find out more about it then they should contact ACSPRI via email at

New OpportunitiesDepartment of Education and Training seeking EOI for Investigating the effects of cumulative factors of disadvantage

The Department of Education and Training is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from Table A providers for the commissioned project, ‘Investigating the effects of cumulative factors of disadvantage’. Up to $350,000 is available for successful EOI's.

Please email as soon as possible to confirm your intention to submit an EOI, identify the proposed Chief Investigator, and to obtain an in-confidence embargoed copy of the Review of Identified Equity Groups Final Report (which has not yet been publicly released).

Please note that EOIs must be coordinated and submitted through Research Development and Support. For advice, documentation, and tender application assistance, please contact Daniela Tyson.

You must submit your EOI to by no later than 6.00 pm Thursday 21 February 2019 (Australian Eastern Standard Time).

New OpportunitiesNHMRC e-ASIA Joint Research Program Grants 2019


The e-ASIA Joint Research Program (JRP) selects research projects through an open call for proposals. Fields of cooperation are decided among the e-ASIA participating member organisations and funding is for up to three years.

NHMRC has committed up to $3 million to support the Australian component of projects commencing in 2019 and addressing any of  the three research topics in the e-ASIA JRP health research 8th joint call.

The research topics are:

  • Infectious diseases
  • Antimicrobial and multi-drug resistance
  • Cancer

The NHMRC has opened the grant opportunity in their grants management system for researchers to participate in the call.

Applications close on 14 May 2019. For application advice and assistance, please contact Gareth Rees, Senior Research Officer (NHMRC, MRFF, & Health).

Information about eligible topics and how to apply is available at the NHMRC website.

A workshop for researchers to assist in developing collaborative research proposals for submission to the e-ASIA JRP health call is scheduled on 4-5 March 2019 in Singapore. Potential applicants to the JRP may be interested to attend.

New OpportunitiesLIEF now open for applications


Applications for the Australian Research Council's Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities for funding commencing in 2020 are now open in the Research Management System (RMS), and will close at 5.00 pm (AEDT) on 20 March 2019.

Key dates for this scheme have been updated on the Research Development and Support website. For advice and application support, contact Maya Roberts, Senior Research Grants Officer (ARC).

All documentation for this grant opportunity can be found on GrantConnect

While the Grant Guidelines are available to view, you will need to register with GrantConnect to access all documentation. For further information on GrantConnect, please refer to the ARC GrantConnect information page or the GrantConnect website.


Important note about automated eligibility management in RMS:

New functionality has been introduced into RMS to assist and improve application eligibility compliance in relation to final reports, project limits, and key CI and PI eligibility requirements. 

Eligibility checks are performed in RMS at various stages of the application submission process: whilst the form is being filled; on certification by Flinders University (RDS team); and at time of submission to the ARC. 

Where RMS detects an eligibility issue, an application will not be able to proceed to the next submission stage in RMS.

While an application may pass eligibility checks when initially filled in, subsequent changes to RMS information may affect an individual’s eligibility.

As RMS will prevent applications with detected eligibility issues being submitted to the ARC, please allow adequate time to check and address any eligibility issues encountered at each stage of the application process.

The new eligibility checking functions are not exhaustive and the ARC will undertake eligibility checking after close of submission.


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

New OpportunitiesTender call for research support for the Innovative Language Program Grants program

The Department for Education invites you to submit a proposal and quote (Your Quote) for the supply of research support for the Innovative Language Program Grants (ILPG) program (Supply).

As part of the state government’s Languages in Schools initiative, the Department for Education is awarding 5 Innovative Language Program Grants (ILPG) for 5 primary schools (Projects) to conduct action research on approved innovative proposals to improve languages education in the primary years.

The ILPG program’s 5 research projects will inform the improvement of languages teaching/learning in the primary years by:

  • trialling innovative methods, approaches, technologies and pedagogies that challenge the NIT nexus and increase time on task
  • carefully documenting successes and lessons learnt in order to best replicate these projects in other schools
  • ensuring connection to the Australian Curriculum, Languages

Proposals and completed Request for Quote forms are due back by 5 pm, on Friday 15 February 2019. For advice, documentation, and tender application assistance, please contact Daniela Tyson.

New OpportunitiesAFUW scholarships for women undertaking tertiary studies

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The Australian Federation of University Women – South Australia (AFUW-SA) Inc. Trust Fund awards scholarships annually to assist women who are undertaking tertiary studies at South Australian universities.

Applications for 2019 Scholarships are now open. The closing date for applications is 29 March 2019.

The two Scholarships available to Flinders students are the Graduate Women SA Centenary Scholarship and the Diamond Jubilee Scholarship.

The Graduate Women SA Centenary Scholarship is for women students who:

  • Are Australian citizens or permanent residents;
  • Must be studying at a South Australian University for a postgraduate award which is classified at doctoral level. This includes PhD study by research and professional doctorates (research and/or coursework);
  • Must have completed at least 18 months of PhD or professional doctorate study;
  • Must not be in full time paid employment or on fully paid leave during the tenure of the Scholarship;
  • Must not have received a scholarship or award in the same category in 2018.
  • Find out more here.

The Diamond Jubilee Scholarship is for women students who:

  • Are Australian citizens or permanent residents;
  • Must be studying at a South Australian University for a postgraduate award which is classified at Master’s Degree level. This must be by research or include a thesis component;
  • Must have completed at least six months full time equivalent of their masters program;
  • Must have a good undergraduate academic record;
  • Must not be in full time paid employment or on fully paid leave during the tenure of the Scholarship;
  • Must not have received a scholarship or award in the same category in 2018.
  • Find out more here.

New OpportunitiesExpressions of Interest call from the Fisheries Research and Development Corporation

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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: Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and FRDC Subprograms.

The nominated RD&E priorities for investment are outlined on the FRDC website. EOIs that address multiple priorities are encouraged.

Applicants may also submit an EOI that does not address a nominated priority; however, it should be noted that preference may be given to applications that address nominated priorities.

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. Support can be demonstrated through formal letters of support, in-kind contributions and project cash contributions.

All EOIs MUST be completed via FishNet. Refer to the FRDC website for more information on the FRDC’s process for Applying for Funding.

Applications must be finalised in FishNet by 15 February 2019. For application advice and assistance, please contact Rupali Saikia, Research Officer (IGII).

New OpportunitiesJoint transnational call for multinational research projects on personalised medicine for neurodegenerative diseases

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On 7 January, 2019, the EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) initiative launched a joint transnational call for multinational research projects on personalised medicine for neurodegenerative diseases.

With the ageing of the world population, the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases is on the rise. At present, an estimated 47 million people are suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, the most prevalent class of neurodegenerative diseases. This figure shows no signs of abating, and is expected to double every 20 years as the population ages.

This call, launched in partnership with the European Commission, invites proposals for ambitious, innovative, multinational and multidisciplinary collaborative research projects to change the trajectory of these debilitating diseases through the development of Precision Medicine approaches. 

Relating to the targeting of specific elements responsible for pathology in a given individual at a particular point in time, Precision Medicine is an emerging approach for disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment that takes into account individual variability in genes, biological/molecular characteristics, along with environmental and lifestyle factors.

The total funding made available for this call is 24 million euros (from all participating countries) with a top-up funding by the European Commission that could increase the total funding up to 30 million euros. Under this call, each country funds their own national participants in successful collaborative proposals, according to their national budget allocation. In Australia, the National Health and Medical Research Council, is coordinating the call.

Pre-proposals must be submitted no later than 15:00h C.E.T. on March 12, 2019, via the electronic submission tool.

Full proposals must be submitted no later than 15:00h C.E.S.T. on June 25, 2019, via the electronic submission tool.

For more detail on the call, visit the JPND website.

New OpportunitiesApply now - EOI open for BridgeTech Program 2019

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Queensland University of Technology, in collaboration with MTPConnect and 19 university and industry partners and organisations in the medical-biotechnology sector, will be delivering the second year of this exciting and innovative education program that will provide the necessary training to enable the successful commercialisation of Australian medical technology research.

Registrations are now open for the 2019 offering of the BridgeTech Program which will select up to 100 participants from across Australia to take part in face-to-face and online training in the scientific, legal, financial, clinical, regulatory and reimbursement disciplines that contribute to research translation and the commercialisation of medical devices and diagnostics.

Further information and the Expression of Interest form is available BridgeTech Program website.

For application advice and support for Flinders applicants, contact Kate Luders, Senior Research Support Officer, Medical Device Research Institute via

The BridgeTech Program is a professional development program on commercialisation that equips researchers and entrepreneurs with the enhanced skills, knowledge and networks to bring new medical devices and medical technologies to market. Flinders is a partner of the Program

The BridgeTech Program was awarded industry-matched funding by MTPConnect (Medical Technologies and Pharmaceutical Growth Centre).

New OpportunitiesEndowed Young Investigator Award (YIA) in Mantle Cell Lymphoma

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ASCO’s Conquer Cancer Foundation is accepting applications for the 2019 Endowed Young Investigator Award (YIA) in Mantle Cell Lymphoma. The YIA is a one-year grant totaling $50,000 that provides research funding to promising physicians to support their transition from final years of training to faculty appointment and to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology.

The application deadline has been extended to 25 February, 2019, by 11:59 PM (EST). Recipients will be notified in April 2019.

This grant is designed to encourage investigators early in their careers who are interested in clinical and translational research in mantle cell lymphoma. 

For more information, please visit CONQUER.ORG/YIA-MCL.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsArtificial Intelligence Mission (AIM) to the US


The AUTM Conference, an assembly of international academic technology transfer professionals, is taking place in Austin, Texas from 10-13 February 2019. Austin has become one of the fastest growing tech hubs in the US with competitive strengths in Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and big data.

Following the AUTM Conference, Austrade Americas will be hosting a strategic 2-day program from 13-15 February 2019 for Australian researchers and technology transfer professionals to learn and connect with Austin’s vibrant AI ecosystem. Meetings will include a variety of potential investors and collaborators across industry, academic, and philanthropy. Examples of meetings include Dell and the University of Texas at Austin.

For detailed information about this event and the participation package, please refer to the event brochure (pdf). The Application deadline to participate is 29 January 2019.

Additional information is available from the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)

For more information please contact Elizabeth Bucknor, Education Partnership Director, Austrade Washington, DC via

New OpportunitiesPhD Scholarship top-up grant from MNDRIA

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The MNDRIA PhD Scholarship Top-up Grant is awarded as an incentive to an outstanding PhD student. The grant will provide a $5,000 per annum stipend for a PhD candidate.

PhD candidates who have been awarded a full PhD scholarship for biomedical or health research in motor neurone disease are invited to submit applications for the MNDRIA PhD Scholarship Top-up Grant 2019 - 2021.

Key eligibility criteria and application requirements

  • The applicant must be a PhD student at an Australian University, who has an interest in motor neurone disease.
  • The applicant must be an Australian citizen or Australian resident.
  • The applicant has not received PhD top-up funding from other sources.

All applications will be assessed by the MNDRIA Research Committee. Applicants will be notified about funding decisions in February.

Guidelines and application forms for the MNDRIA PhD Scholarship Top-up Grant can be downloaded for preparation of the grant proposal.

Applications close at 6:00 pm AEST on Thursday 31 January 2019.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsC Change - how a healthy lifestyle can stop cancer in its tracks


On World Cancer Day, join leading researcher and medical oncologist, Professor Bogda Koczwara, who will explore the research behind a healthy lifestyle to avoid cancer, covering modifiable risk factors for cancer and effective strategies to improve lifestyle behaviours.

Concluding the lecture will be a panel discussion moderated by Professor Robert Saint AM, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

Speakers include:

  • Professor Bogda Koczwara
  • Dr Lisa Beatty
  • Associate Professor Claire Drummond
  • Tamara Thorpe, Cancer Council SA

The lecture "C Change: how a healthy lifestyle can stop cancer in its tracks" will be held in Level 1, Room 1, Flinders Victoria Square on Monday, 4 February 2019, 5:30-7:30pm.

To register to attend, visit the Registration page.


Through its education and research programs, Flinders encourages new ways of thinking, and supports experimentation and daring, with the mission to contribute on an international scale through ‘changing lives and changing the world’. So we invite you to share and collaborate with us on our BRAVE journey. We will impart our knowledge and new discoveries, elevate discussion and inspire debate; all with the view to facilitate the betterment of our society. To find out more about the BRAVE series, please visit the Flinders website.

Be BRAVE, be bold, be at Flinders.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsClinical Trials Governance Framework Consultation Workshop for South Australia

As a first step toward a nationally consistent accreditation process for health services undertaking clinical trials, the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (The Commission) has been contracted by the Australian Government Department of Health on behalf of all jurisdictions to develop the national Clinical Trials Governance Framework (the Governance Framework).

The Commission is conducting consultations nationally with key organisations and individuals with an interest or working in the clinical trials sector. The information gathered from the consultative workshops will be used to inform the development of the final Governance Framework.

A workshop has been scheduled for Monday 25 February 2019 from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm at the Royal Adelaide Hospital.

If you would like to participate in the consultation workshop, please register your interest at the eventbrite webpage. Registrations for expression of interest close on 16 January. Once registration has closed, an email will be sent with confirmed dates and location.

Participants from rural and remote locations will be able to register to attend the workshop via videoconference.

New OpportunitiesAdvanced Acoustic Materials Research Proposal

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Multidisciplinary materials is a priority theme of the Next Generation Technologies Fund, aimed at realising unprecedented and potentially game-changing capabilities enabled by developments in advanced materials.

To this end Defence is proactively seeking to drive technological advances in acoustic materials, which will lead to an increase in platform survivability and operational effectiveness through a reduction in platform signatures.

The development of novel acoustic materials seeks to leverage acoustic science, materials science & engineering, technology and innovation across Australia to develop new technology solutions of relevance to Defence. The goal of this proposal is to inform Defence of the potential benefits and practical limitations of advanced acoustic materials through studies and delivery of prototype materials.

Prototype materials should demonstrate capabilities that are either unique to acoustic materials, or which are significantly superior to conventional materials. Furthermore, materials need to be feasible and have realistic maturation pathways.

Applications close 8 February 2019. More information, including the online application form can be found at the Department of Defense, Science and Technology website.

If you are interested in applying for the Advanced Acoustic Materials Research Proposal, contact Tony Kyriacou, Defence Partnerships Director, Research Development and Support.

Seminars Conferences and WorkshopsTherapeutic Goods Administration Meeting Your Obligations workshop at Flinders

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The Medical Device Partnering Program and Flinders University are pleased to partner with SME Assist and the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) to host the free event, SME Assist Workshop: Meeting Your Obligations on 14 February 2019.

The event is aimed at beginners who are unfamiliar with therapeutic goods regulation. This may include small to medium enterprises (SMEs), start-ups and researchers. 

The event will provide an introduction, case studies and useful links for applications, as well as an opportunity for Q&A with TGA specialists.

When: Thursday 14 February 2019, 9.00am - 2.30pm

Where: Flinders University at Tonsley, 1284 South Road, Tonsley SA 5042

RSVP: by Friday 1 February 2019

For more information and to register your interest, please visit the registration page.

Flinders Research NewsChanges to SALHN Phase 1 Clinical trials reviews

The Executive of teh Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) has recently undertaken a review of the conduct of phase 1 clinical trials by SALHN.

Prior to 2018 they were dealt with as per any other phase of a clinical trial (referred to as the “legacy system”). A decision has been made that they require an additional level of review in an endeavour to balance their heightened risk with the value of such trials to the network and research in general and this has now been refined further since the earlier process implemented in June 2018 following user feedback and discussions with internal stakeholders.

Effective 12 December 2018 the decision attached (referred to as the “new pathway”) was made by Executive. New Pathway

The major change is that the requirement for an independent toxicology report has been replaced with a referral by our office to the SALHN DTC for drug studies or the SALHN New Health Technology and Clinical Practice Innovation Committee for device studies. This pathway only applies to phase 1 clinical trials.

Any questions or concerns can be directed to the office and person below:

Dominic How

Ethics Officer, Office for Research

Southern Adelaide Local Health Network

Flinders Medical Centre, Ward 6C, Room 6A219

Tel: (08) 8204 6285

Email: /


Flinders Research NewsARC release updated Variations of ARC Agreement


The ARC has released the updated Variations of ARC Agreement instructions, which are now available on the ARC website.

These instructions incorporate recent streamlining undertaken by the ARC with regards to Variations and the requirements associated with them. To assist with understanding the changes, there is also a downloadable list of the changes.

The 2018 End of Year Reports (EOYRs) are now open in RMS and are available for processing. The End of Year Financial and Progress Reporting instructions are also available on the ARC website. Please note, the instructions are updated from 2017 and include more advice and FAQs. 

The next round of Final Reports are now available in RMS (DP17, DE17, LP17, FL14, FT15, IC15, IH14, IN17, LE18 and CE14). The Final Report Instructions have also been updated to further assist in processing the reports.

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