Research updates

Ethics @ Melbourne Consultation

The University is coordinating the Ethics@Melbourne consultation process and all staff are invited to respond to the discussion paper by completing the survey by Thursday 21 June.

The Ethics@Melbourne project

The Ethics@Melbourne project aims to balance a ‘faster’ approval time with a ‘quality’ review process that does not compromise the ethical standards of research at the University. Three options are detailed in the consultation process and it is recognised that no one option will be perfect. Option 3 most closely resembles the current process being trialled.

The discussion paper and survey are available to give individual feedback on the Ethics@Melbourne webpage.

MGSE will provide a formal response on behalf of the faculty including detailing process improvements we have initiated including:

  • Streamlining the two-stage review process between the faculty-run Human Ethics Advisory Group (HEAG) and university-run Human Ethics Sub-Committee (HESC) as detailed below.
  • Holding monthly ethics studios to support staff and students to put together high-quality applications that can be processed more efficiently.
  • Reviewing and updating online resources at the MGSE human ethics webpage.
  • Establishing a human ethics application kiosk for staff and students to use when submitting applications where they can get dedicated support from the HEAG Administrator as needed.
Streamlined Human Ethics Process

The current MGSE process is a 12-month trial where applications are pre-reviewed and discussed at the faculty level at either one of the monthly ethics studios or upon submission to the HEAG Administrator.

The pre-review provides advice to researchers on technical and ethical considerations to strengthen their application where possible prior to submission.  After pre-review, researchers submit (or resubmit) their ethics application via Themis to the HEAG.

When an application is received, the HEAG Administrator checks that all components of the application are lodged.

For Minimal Risk: The HEAG conducts an ethics review of the documentation and submits its decisions for ratification by the University-run HESC.

For Standard Risk: The HEAG administrator conducts a technical review of the documentation before submitting it for ethics review by the University-run HESC.


MGSE Academic Staff ORCID rollout Announcement

Staff who do not have an ORCID will be signed up and directly assigned an ORCID by MERI Staff, by utilising staff email required for login and generate generic form passwords. These passwords can be changed later by the individual academic. During the sign-up process, ORCIDs will be linked to Minerva Profiles. ORCIDs will require to be linked to your email signature, instructions and templates will be provided.

This has been mandated by CADRe and endorsed by the Dean, this approach is the most effective for MGSE.

ORCID Training and support drop-in sessions will be run by the Library, providing advice on the benefits of ORCID, and linking to your existing Researcher ID, Scopus, and Web of Science profiles.

Get one-on-one support to build your ORCID – please contact MERI

The Education Library team and MERI will provide individual support to academic staff to get their ORCID profile ready to include in their email signature.

Staff will be on hand to help configure ORCID profiles and integrate data from Minerva Elements and other identifier systems such as Researcher ID, Scopus and Google Scholar.

Assistance with including your personal ORCID profile link in your email signature will also be available.


MGSE Research Assistants Available

Many MGSE staff have indicated their desire and availability to work as Research Assistants on larger projects, to build capability within MGSE, we ask that you consider internal hires as priority where possible. Please contact MERI for further details.


MGSE Grants Notice of Intent (NOI) Policy

If you are interested in making an application to any opportunity, please notify MERI at your earliest convenience. This applies to both lead (submitted through UoM) and non-lead proposals (those submitted through other institutions). This feeds in to the MGSE Submission Policy, and additionally allows MERI to provide the appropriate support for your application.


MGSE Submission Policy

Please note that MGSE submission policy requires all proposals (internal and external) to be endorsed by the Dean, as Head of Department.

MERI close dates are set in advance of the close dates of the funding body (for submissions direct to sponsor) or the research innovation and commercialisation closing date (usually about a week).

If you are in a situation where you think you will be unable to make the MERI close date, please contact MERI and let us know that you are intending to apply, noting that the level of service MERI can provide in relation to feedback and assistance with proposals will be determined by the amount of lead time available.

MERI close dates are available on all funding opportunities found in the funding opportunities section below.


Funding Items

MGSE Research Professional Magazine – Curated Opportunities for MGSE Academics

Your funding opportunities can be found through Melbourne Graduate school of Education Research Professional Magazine, this curated fortnightly e-publication is updated in tandem with the MGSE News release, we will have a running item in the news to click through to the latest edition, you should all have received a welcome email and the latest edition is available to you now.


Australia–Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme (UA–DAAD)

The Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia (UA) and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). The scheme supports exchanges for researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at the University of Melbourne. Proposals must include an early career researcher. Melbourne applicants can request up to $AUD 25,000 to support travel over two years (maximum of $AUD 12,500 per year). DAAD will award German applicants up to EURO 16,000 over two years (maximum of EURO 8,000 per year).

MERI close date Fri 08 Jun 2018 ahead of submission deadline 15 June 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


2018 Woodward Medals

Nominations are invited for the Woodward Medal in Science and Technology and the Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences. A medal will be awarded for each category to a member of staff for research published between 1 January 2013 and 31 December 2017. The research must have made a significant contribution to knowledge in a field of science and technology, humanities, or social sciences. Recipients of each medal will also receive an award of $10,000.

MERI close date Mon 11 Jun 2018 ahead of submission deadline 18 June 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Early childhood education and care awards, Health Employees Superannuation Trust Australia

These awards recognise early childhood educators that have significantly advanced early childhood education and care through demonstrating innovation and enhanced outcomes for children. The award consists of a prize worth AUD 10,000 and attendance to the awards dinner and national conference, to be held in Sydney in September 2018.

MERI close date Fri 22 June 2018 ahead of submission deadline 29 June 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Research grants - IDP Education Australia

IDP Education Australia, as part of the International English Language Testing System and in collaboration with the British Council, invites applications for its research grants. These support research projects that reflect current concerns and issues relating to the IELTS test in the international context.

Grants are worth up to £45,000 each.

MERI close date Fri 22 June 2018 ahead of submission date of 30 June 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


ARC centres of excellence – Australian Research Council

The Australian Research Council invites expressions of interest for its centres of excellence programme. This aims to help researchers maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in research areas of national priority. The scheme supports collaboration between universities, publicly funded research organisations, other research bodies, governments and businesses in all fields of research except medical research. It also aims to build Australia’s human capacity by attracting and retaining researchers and promising research students from within Australia and aboard, provide postgraduate and postdoctoral training environments, offer opportunities to work on large-scale problems over long periods of time, and establish centres that have an impact on the wider community.

Awards are worth between AUD 1 million and AUD 5m per year for up to seven years.


MERI close date Wed 27 June 2018 ahead of submission deadline 04 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Exploration grant – Documenting human migrations - National Geographic Society, US

The National Geographic Society invites applications for its exploration grant – documenting human migrations. This supports impactful projects that, through education or storytelling, seek to increase understanding of, and tolerance towards, migrants and migrant communities.

Priority is given to projects that aim to do one or more of the following through education or storytelling:

  • document the causes and effects of one or more examples of present-day human migration;
  • document the lives of present-day migrants, their journeys, and receiving communities;
  • develop and test out classroom resources, curricula, or public outreach materials that aim to increase understanding of the migrant experience and acceptance of migrant communities

MERI close date Tues 03 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 10 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Australian-American Fulbright Commission scholarships

Anne Wexler scholarship in public policy

This enables an Australian postgraduate student to undertake a two-year master’s degree in the US in the field of public policy. The scholarship is worth up to AUD 154,300 for a maximum of two years.

Indigenous scholarship

This supports an indigenous scholar in undertaking a research or study programme in the US. The scholarship includes a monthly stipend, travel allowance, and medical insurance of up to AUD 100,000.

Postdoctoral scholarships

These enable Australian researchers who have completed their PhD in the past three years to undertake postdoctoral research in the US. Scholarships include a monthly stipend for between three to 10 months, travel and establishment allowances, and medical insurance of up to AUD 100,000.

Postgraduate scholarships

These enable Australian graduate students to undertake an American postgraduate programme, and allow students undertaking their Australian PhD to conduct research in the US. Scholarships include a monthly stipend for up to 10 months, travel and establishment allowances, and medical insurance of up to AUD 100,000.

Professional scholarship in vocational education and training

This enables employees within the vocational education and training sector or training leaders in business and industry to undertake a short course or research programme in this field at a US institution. Scholarships include a monthly stipend worth AUD 5,500 for a maximum of four months, as well as travel and dependent allowances, and funding for conference travel.

Scholar awards

These support research or training in the United States in any discipline. Up to five awards will be given, worth up to AUD 13,900 each for up to four months.

Senior scholarship sponsored by Kansas State University

These enable Australian senior level academics, government scientists and other key researchers to undertake a collaborative project at Kansas State University in the US. Scholarships include a monthly stipend for six months, travel and dependent allowances, accommodation and medical insurance of up to AUD 100,000.

State scholarships

These support research relevant to the recipient’s state or territory, and assist in the building of international research links between a given state or territory and US researchers and institutions.

MERI close date Fri 06 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 15 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Enabling education programme William Buckland Foundation

Equity Trustees, on behalf of the William Buckland Foundation, invites expressions of interest for its enabling education programme. This supports initiatives which focus on the benefits of education and learning in a variety of ways in Victoria. The following outcomes are the key priorities:

  • engagement – education providers should galvanise students, parents and community to action in support of education for children and young people;
  • inclusiveness – policies, practices and culture should ensure opportunities in a wide range of positive learning experiences are available to all children and young people;
  • teacher quality – passionate teachers inspire curiosity and explore and ignite a passion for learning;
  • leadership – professional school leadership should create inspiring learning environments;
  • pathways – young people, especially those who have left the school system should access pathways to training and tertiary qualifications.

MERI close date Mon 09 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 02 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Conference grants - Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia

These enable members to attend the PESA annual conference in Rotorua, New Zealand in December 2018. Grants are worth up to AUD 400 each.

MERI close date Tues 10 July 2018 ahead of submission date of 17 July 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


University of Melbourne – University of Manchester Research Fund: Now open

Call for applications: University of Melbourne–University of Manchester Research Fund. Application Deadline: 13 July 2018 (midday AEST). The University of Melbourne and the University of Manchester have established a research fund to deepen and extend collaborative research links between the universities. The total fund across both institutions is AUD $100,000. We expect to award up to 5 grants in this round: up to $10,000 per University of Melbourne collaborator and $10,000 per University of Manchester collaborator. Application is via joint submission. Applicants must hold an appointment at Academic Level A (6) or higher and 0.5 FTE or higher at the time of application and for the duration of the award. Honorary and adjunct academic staff are not eligible to apply. Previous recipients may not reapply to the scheme.

Submission deadline: 12pm 13 July 2018
More information: https://research.unimelb.edu.au/support/funding/internal/university-of-melbourne-university-of-manchester-research-fund
RIC Contact: Peter Blight, ric-international@unimelb.edu.au


McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships

The McKenzie Fellowship is one of the University’s most prestigious and highly competitive fellowships (with only 10 funded per year), which provides funding for a three-year appointment commencing at Level A.6 in the University salary band plus superannuation. Fellows will receive an additional $25,000 to be spent on project costs over the term of their Fellowship.

Applicants are judged on both the quality their achievements to date and on their ability to actively contribute to research renewal, including their capacity to build and contribute to inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary collaborations; and their capacity to add innovation and strength to research areas that are important and strategically aligned with university priorities.

MGSE employs an Expression of Interest round to ensure quality candidates have the appropriate support to complete full submission, please submit your MGSE McKenzie EOI here to progress your interest on or before Monday, 23rd July 2018.

To be considered for this Fellowship candidates will need to work closely with a senior academic from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in developing your application to ensure it is competitive.

The McKenzie Postdoctoral Fellowships Program aims to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates in areas of research priority for the university and its faculties, and to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead cross-disciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across faculties. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD no earlier than 1 January 2015 from a university other than UoM, and must not hold a fixed term or continuing appointment greater than 1 year at UoM.

EOI Deadline: EoI due on or before Monday, 23rd July 2018
Eligibility Exemption Requests due to RIC Wednesday 1 August 2018 (cc MERI)
Invited Full Applications Deadline: MERI close date Monday 20 August 2018
Full Applications due to RIC 11.59pm (AEST) Monday 17 September 2018


Social inequality - Russell Sage Foundation, US

This supports research on the effects of economic inequality on social, political and economic institutions, and on equality of opportunity, social mobility and the intergenerational transmission of advantage.


Examples of research questions include:

  • education;
  • child development and child outcomes.

Grants are worth up to USD 150,000 per project, for a maximum of two years.

MERI close date Mon 13 Aug 2018 ahead of submission date of 20 Aug 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Cultural fund - Copyright Agency – MERI close date 28 Sept 2018
The Copyright Agency invites applications for funding from their cultural fund. This supports organisations in delivering opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors. The aim is to create, award, present, publish and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences. The fund also offers the following grants:
*grants for leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.
MERI close date Friday 28 Sept 2018 ahead of submission date of 05 Oct 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


2018 INEI Seed Funding Announcement

2018 marks the fourth consecutive year for INEI Seed Funding, and as usual, this year will fund two international research teams on their pioneering projects. Each team will be funded with USD5,000 for their research. The deadline for submission is Friday, August 17, 2018. The winners will be announced in Mid-September, 2018.

The criteria for proposals are as following:

  1. Proposals for INEI Seed Funding should be no longer than 5 pages
  2. The participants are Multi-National, more than one institute
  3. There must be an option to include additional INEI member institutes in the testing phase
  4. The proposers are exclusive to INEI member institutes
  5. The proposals demonstrate sound research methodology
  6. The proposals have to include costs and time schedule
  7. The theme relevant to the mission of INEI
  8. Additional funds must be sought nationally and/or internationally to leverage future research funds

Please note that funding recipients will be requested to present their preliminary research findings in the 2018 INEI Annual Symposium at Beijing Normal University. This year, BNU is kindly offering additional USD$1,000 for each winning team to support their international travel to China. However the number of INEI & BNU-funded presenters of each team will be limited to up to 2 people. Additional team members are welcomed and have to travel on their own expense.

Please send research proposals with email title: 2018 INEI Seed Funding Proposal to Ms. Chen Wang. If you have any question regarding the submission, review and funding procedures, please do not hesitate to contact INEI.

Global grants - Rotary Foundation, US – No closing date

These support large international activities with sustainable, measurable outcomes in Rotary’s areas of focus: peace; health; clean water; maternal health; education; local economies.

Grants may support:

  • humanitarian projects;
  • scholarships for graduate-level academic studies;
  • vocational training teams, which are groups of professionals who travel abroad either to teach local professionals about their field or to learn more about it themselves.

Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


Cultural fund - Copyright Agency

The Copyright Agency invites applications for funding from their cultural fund. This supports organisations in delivering opportunities for authors, journalists, artists and industry stakeholders in the writing, publishing, education, and visual arts sectors. The aim is to create, award, present, publish and promote work by Australian creators that connects with audiences. The fund also offers the following grants:

  • grants for leading organisations to help build literacy skills for children and young adults.

MERI close date Friday 28 Sept 2018 ahead of submission date of 05 Oct 2018. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.


SCIP research data consultations

To arrange a booking to meet with a SCIP socio-informatician to discuss research data management and any informatics questions and needs (including help with arc applications), please contact SCIP to request a time, and provide a brief description of your requirements.

Important Publications Affiliations

It is important to ensure that all of your publications affiliations reference your position at MGSE, as this affects internal funding distribution. Please see example below:

Professor John Smith, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, the University of Melbourne


Call for submission of your 2017 publications to MERI for Annual Collection (previously HERDC)

What do I need to send?
  • For books – we need the physical book or a copy of the entire front matter up to the first chapter and a copy of your full chapter
  • For journal articles – we need a citation or a copy of the full article
  • For reports – we need a link or copy of the full report, including proof it was made publicly available
  • For conference papers – we need a link to the full proceedings or a copy of your paper and the front pages of proceedings documents up to the first paper

To note on conference papers:

  1. papers can only be included where the full paper (not abstract only) was published in a conference proceedings
  2. if you are claiming as peer reviewed, you will need to provide proof - either as a statement in the proceedings or an email from the conference organiser

Send publications via email only to MERI


Publications Launchpad

Minerva Elements

Have you been entering your publications into Minerva Elements? If so, please also send your supporting evidence to Jacinta Ridge, Grants and Publications, jridge@unimelb.edu.au
This way, we can also include your recent publications in ‘Publications Launchpad’.

Below is a summary of publication and Minerva updates:

How To Add Publications To Minerva: Minerva Elements is the system used to add and update publications. A Minerva User Guide is available. It is also important to check against the University Publications Collections Guidelines on evidence needed for each publication category. Please contact MERI for further advice on publications collection.

Training: additional MGSE specific training sessions will be held in the coming months or contact MERI to organise a one-on-one session.