Research updates

2019 Early Career Research - Chancellery Grant Scheme

Congratulations to the Graduate School's successful 2019 Early Career Researcher (ECR) Grant scheme applicants.

Dr. Paula de Barba - Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education

Project: Supporting self-regulated learning through personalized analytics-based feedback in STEM education

Dr. Ben Deery – Early Childhood Education and Care

Project: Mapping mindfulness impact, implementation, use and knowledge in early primary school

Dr. Claire Scoular - Assessment Research Centre

Project: Investigating the relationship between problem solving, collaboration, and ICT digital literacy skills

The ECR Grant scheme is intended to support early career researchers with high research potential to progress their research careers and gain the necessary skills in competitive grant application processes.

MGSE Research Review Consultation with Staff

MGSE is committed to building a better research support services program to help all MGSE researchers thrive.

As part of our staff consultation we recently conducted a research services survey covering grants, contracts, publications, ethics and graduate research support and had 83 people respond.

The survey included both quantitative measurements of specific services provided by centre administrators, MERI, UOMC and university services as well as an opportunity for staff to provide commentary on each service dimension.

The results confirmed a number of known challenges in service delivery that academics are experiencing in a rapidly changing service delivery landscape across the University. The next phase of the staff consultation will be a series of focus groups to improve end-to-end delivery of:

  1. Grants, contracts and budget services
  2. Graduate research services
  3. Publications services
  4. Ethics support services (on-hold until the Ethics@Melbourne reforms are announced)

If you would like more information on the research services survey or to participate in the focus groups, please register your interest here (if you haven’t already) or contact Sam Shokravi at

Annual Graduate Research Conference

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the success of MGSE’s Annual Graduate Research Conference held on Saturday 24 November.

With 18 highly talented Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates presenting to approximately 50 attendees, it was a wonderful display of the breadth and quality of research undertaken by MGSE postgraduate researchers.  It was also a wonderful way for our HDR candidates to share their research and ideas with their peers and academic staff members in a safe and supportive environment.

The day however would not have been successful without the commitment and tireless effort of our MERI team; Amy Yip, Tim Mattingsbrooke and Matt Smith, as well as our academic staff members who volunteered their time to share their knowledge and expertise with our HDR candidates; Professor Helen Cahill, Professor John Polesel, Professor Jan Van Driel, Professor Leo Goedegebuure, Associate Professor Shelley Gillis, Associate Professor Ian Marshman, Associate Professor Kay Margetts, Dr Paul Molyneux, Dr Peter Woelert and Dr Amanda Burritt.

MERI have received very positive feedback of the event from attendees, but please feel free to email the team if you have any further suggestions.

Post-doctoral fellow recruitment

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) for The Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) is inviting applications for a Post-doctoral Fellow to join the team. Download this flyer for further details.

Research Committee seat: Seeking MGSE Alumnus

The new MGSE governance structure has been devised to ensure a broad representation of our stakeholders at all levels. There is an opportunity for an engaged MGSE graduate research alumnus to sit on the Research Committee.

The Research Committee provides advice to the MGSE Executive on research and graduate research strategy, policy and support programs and meets approximately eight times per year. If you are an MGSE graduate alumnus and interested in contributing to the strategy and governance of research at the school by sitting as a committee member, please contact the Associate Dean for Research, Jan van Driel, at or call ext. 46736.

Looking for support with grant applications at MGSE?

MERI offers a comprehensive set of grant support services for academics at MGSE. This includes a series of targeted events to support grant applicants and direct support at submission time.

Grants Support Program

ARC Discovery and DECRA Studios: a series of studios to bring together ARC applicants on series of relevant topics connecting you with peers and mentors

  • Studio 1 – Introduction to ARC Grant Writing – Where to Start?
  • Studio 2 – DP20/DE20 Budget and project plan
  • Studio 3 – Intro to DP20/DE20 and your ‘Pitch’ – Why now? Why you? Why this project?
  • Studio 4 – DP20/DE20 Research record relative to opportunity (ROPE)
  • Studio 5 – DP20/DE20 Communication of Results, Data Management and Research Environment
  • Studio 6 – DP20/DE20 Essence: summaries and keywords

MERI Grant Submission Support

During grant submission, MERI offers a wide variety of research support in developing grants including but not limited to:

  • Assistance with budgets, formatting and related preparation, eligibility checks, reviewing draft applications
  • Liaising with RIC for ARC Grant funding rule clarification and eligibility
  • Organising peer review if necessary
  • Arranging requested grant reviews from a professional external reviewer
  • Arranging signatures and authorisations by MGSE (i.e. FT or DECRA Strategic Statements and Authority to Submit form MGSE signatures)

For more information on accessing these services please contact or Matt Smith on ext. 57997.

ORCID How to video resource

MERI has just completed a campaign to register and all ongoing academic staff for ORCID. For academics who we have not been able to contact, the library has developed an MGSE specific ORCID how-to video.

If you would like personal assistance with registering for ORCID, please contact Yana on or 03 9035 3157.

ORCID support for MGSE academic staff and graduate research students

If you are a MGSE staff member or graduate research student with a publishing track record and need help with building your ORCID profile, help is at hand. You can visit Fransie Naude on level 3, 100 Leicester Street, Wednesdays 12.30pm-2.30pm.

Contact Fransie
Date: Drop in on Wednesdays
Time: 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Venue: Level 3, 100 Leicester Street

Have you got an ORCID?

If not, please contact Andria Karageorgopoulos at MERI to access one-on-one support to register and build your ORCID profile, and assistance including your ORCID in your email signature.

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 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.

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.

Key opportunities

OPENING SOON: 2020 ARC Discovery Projects 

Opening date delays

Key dates:

Applications open on RMS: 13 November 2018*

*NOTE: The ARC is anticipating a delay to the opening dates for Discovery Projects for funding commencing in 2020

When the new opening dates for these schemes are known, the ARC website and GrantConnect will be updated.

Application drafts due to MERI: 22 January 2019

Applications due to RIC for review: 29 January – 31 January 2019

Final Applications due to MERI: 14 February 2019
Final applications due to RIC: 21 February 2019

A detailed timeline and submission information is available on the RIC Discovery Projects website.

More information and supporting documents here

OPENING SOON: 2020 ARC Discovery Indigenous

Opening date delays

2020 ARC Discovery Indigenous will be opening soon.

Key dates:

Applications open on RMS: 21 November 2018*

*NOTE: The ARC is anticipating a delay to the opening dates for Discovery Indigenous for funding commencing in 2020.

When the new opening dates for these schemes are known, the ARC website and GrantConnect will be updated.

Application drafts due to MERI: 5 March 2019

Applications due to RIC for review: 12 March 2019

Final applications due to MERI: 14 March 2019
Final applications due to RIC:  21 March 2019

A detailed timeline and submission information is available on the RIC Discovery Indigenous website.

More information and supporting documents here

Now Open: 2019 ARC Future Fellowships 

Applications are now open for ARC Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2019.

Applications open on RMS: 15 October 2018

Application drafts due to MERI: 19 November 2018 Applications due to RIC for review: 26 November 2018

Final applications due to MERI: 10 December 2018
Final applications due to RIC:  17 December 2018

A detailed timeline and submission information is available on the RIC Future Fellowships website.

Instructions to Applicants and FAQs: Now available at Grant Connect  or RIC Future Fellowships website.
More information here
Contact: Veronica Loew / 8344 8236

ARC Special Research Initiatives: Per- and Poly-Fluroalkyl Substances (PVAS) Remediation

This Special Research Initiative aims to facilitate the development of innovative technologies to investigate and remediate PFAS (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) contaminated media including soil and other solid contaminated debris, groundwater, waterways and marine systems. Up to $13 million in total funding is available to support a range of research projects.

Draft applications to RIC: 5:00pm, Wednesday 23 January 2019
Request Not to Assess to RIC: 5:00pm, Tuesday 29 Jan 2019 (due at ARC 31 January 2019)
Final certified application to RIC: 5:00pm, Thursday 7 February 2019 (due at ARC 14 February 2019)

RIC Contact: Mel Horder 90358379,

Now Open: 2020 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 

Applications are now open for ARC DECRA for funding commencing in 2020.

Key dates:

Applications open on RMS: 15 October 2018

Application drafts due to MERI: 11 February 2019
Applications due to RIC for review: 18 February – 20 February 2019

Final applications due to MERI: 1 March 2019
Final applications due to RIC:  7 March 2019

A detailed timeline and submission information is available on the RIC DECRA website.

Instructions to Applicants and FAQs: Now available at Grant Connect  or  RIC Future Fellowships website
More information here

Academic Documentary Development & Pitch Training Workshop

The University of Melbourne is collaborating with the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC) on an exciting new initiative designed to provide select researchers increased media engagement opportunities with the non-fiction screen sector.

The initiative will provide ten University of Melbourne researchers the opportunity to participate in a two-day training workshop to help develop their projects into non-fiction screen content (including television, film and web production). The workshop will take place in Melbourne on Saturday 19 January to Sunday 20 January, 2019 and will include a combination of seminars and mentoring from top film and television industry professionals.

Expressions of Interest Close: Wednesday 19 December 11:59PM

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 simultaneously with the MGSE News release.

SCIP (Social & Cultural Informatics Platform) 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

Mid-career researchers grant

Capstone Editing invites applications for its mid-career researchers grant. This supports mid-career researchers through the preliminary stages of their research project, leading to the development of a research council funding application.
Applicants must be employed at a research institute, university or government science agency in Australia. They must have obtained their PhD within the past five to ten years.

One grant is available, worth up to AUD 5,000 for up to one year. Funds may cover software or equipment, travel, editing and data analysis costs.

MERI close date Monday 10 December ahead of submission date of Sunday 30 December. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Capacity building in the field of youth

Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, EU

This aims to increase the capacity of organisations through the implementation of transnational capacity-building and mobility activities. Each grant is worth up to €150,000 and covers up to 80 per cent of the total costs.

Maximum award: €150,000

MERI close date Friday 16 January 2019 ahead of submission date of 24 January 2019. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Evaluation exchange

Creative Victoria, AU

This aims to provide existing social impact projects with free access to evaluation experts who will provide guidance and hands on support to improve the evaluation and measurement and build the capacity of the project team. A maximum of five projects may receive grants, worth up to AUD 20,000 each for up to one year.

Maximum award: €20,000

MERI close date Thursday 28 February 2019 ahead of submission date of 07 March 2019. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Visionary grants

American Psychological Association, US

These support research, education and intervention projects and programmes that use psychology to solve social problems. Grants are each worth up to USD 20,000 for one year.

Maximum award: USD 20,000

MERI close date Monday 25 March 2019 ahead of submission date of 01 April 2019. Please contact MERI if you intend to apply.

Call for submission of your 2017 and 2018 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,
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.

Recent Publications

Barry, D. & Goedegeburre, L. (2018). Good Governance and Higher Education. In: P. Teixera & J. Shin (Eds.) Encyclopedia of international Higher Education Systems and Institutions. The Netherlands: Springer Science & Business Media. doi: 10.1007/978-94-017-9553-1

Chan, M., Wan, M.E. & Clarke, D. (2018). Entangled modes of social interaction in student collaborative problem solving in mathematics: Connect process and product. In E. Bergqvist, M. Österholm, C. Granberg & L. Sumpter (Eds.) Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Meeting of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (pp. 225-232). Umeå, Sweden: Psychology of Mathematics Education

Christensen, D.R. (2018). A review of opioid-based treatments for gambling disorder: an examination of treatment outcomes, cravings, and individual differences. International Gambling Studies 18(2), 286-309. doi: 10.1080/14459795.2018.1470662

Francis, M. & De Blasio, H. (2018). Case study: Wilderness School Adelaide, South Australian. In: P. Griffith (Ed.) Assessment for Teaching, 2nd Edition (pp. 266-280). United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Harding, S., Nibali, N., English, N., Griffin, P., Graham, L. , Alom, B.M., & Zhang, Z. (2018). Self-regulated learning in the classroom: Realising the potential for Australia’s high capacity students. Melbourne, Australia: Assessment Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education. URL:

Henderson, M., Phillips, M., & Ryan, T. (2018). Designing for technology-enabled dialogic feedback. In: D. Boud, R. Ajjawi, P. Dawson, & J. Tai. (Eds.), Developing Evaluative Judgement in Higher Education: Assessment for Knowing and Producing Quality Work (pp. 117-126) United Kingdom: Taylor & Francis.

Patston, T.J., Cropley, D.H., Marrone, R.L. & Kaufman, J.C. (2018). Teacher implicit beliefs of creativity: Is there an arts bias? Teaching and Techer Education 75, 366-374. doi: 10.1016/j.tate.2018.08.001

Poed, S. (2018). Student voice and educational adjustments. In K. Trimmer, R. Dixon & Y.S. Findlay (Eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Education Law for Schools (pp. 335-351). Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-77751-1_15

Tang, H., Seah, W.T. & Weizhong, Z. (2018). A Study on Values in Mathematics Learning of Elementary School Students. Curriculum, Teaching Material & Method 38(10): 82-85.

Vass, G., Maxwell, J., Rudolph, S. & Gulson, K. (Eds.) The Relationality of Race in Education Research. United Kingdom & USA: Routledge – Taylor & Francis.