Research updates

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Early Career Researcher Workshop
Establishing an Interdisciplinary ECR Network Workshop

Date: Monday 7 October
Time: 12pm - 1.30pm
Venue: TBC

At this workshop, Chancellery Research and Enterprise colleagues, Dr Robyn May and Annette Herrera will facilitate a discussion with early career researchers from across academic divisions in order to establish a future Interdisciplinary ECR Network (I-ECR Network). An I-ECR Network - run and led by ECRs - ties into a key strategic theme of the University's focus on interdisciplinarity and research translation with an emphasis on the needs of ECRs.

Find an Expert sneak peek

Date: Friday 11 October
Time: 11.30am - 1.30pm (drop in at any time)
Venue: 100 Leicester Street, Staff Lounge, Level 3

You are invited to a sneak peek to try out the new Find an Expert website.

Receive Top Profile Tips to help you refresh your profile and if you’re a researcher you’ll get a free professional head and shoulder photograph.

So, come along and share your feedback.

For more information visit the Find an Expert page on Staff Hub.

Seminar for potential 2021 ARC DECRA applicants

Date: Friday 18 October
Time: 12pm - 2pm
Venue: 111 Barry Street, Prest Theatre (G06) Carlton North

Applicants for the 2021 ARC DECRA round are recommended to attend this seminar. Places are limited.

Creating Connections

Date: Wednesday 23 October
Time: 8.30am - 7pm
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Theatre Q230

Melbourne Education Research Institute (MERI) invites you to  attend a variety of workshops and information sessions presented by graduate researchers, academics, supervisors and professional staff.

This is a fantastic networking opportunity to connect with your peers

Event concludes with drinks and nibbles in the Frank Tate Room at 6pm.

2020 Academic Women in Leadership

Nominations for the 2020 Academic Women in Leadership Program are now open. Eligible women academics will shortly receive an email advertising the 2020 program. The program flyer and application are available for download.

As this is a strategically important program, staff are encouraged to nominate themselves or suggest someone to the Office of the Dean directly.

As potential participants are required to speak with the Dean to gain endorsement for their application, applicants are asked to arrange a meeting by Friday 15 November 2019. This will enable MGSE to assess all applications and ensure they are submitted by the official close date of Monday 25 November 2019.

If you have any questions about the program or the process, please contact the Program Manager, Julie Eastman ext. 44159 or the Dean directly.

Research Network for Early Childhood Professionals

MGSE’s Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood (REEaCh) hub is wanting to establish an online research network of early childhood professionals.Members of the research network will be invited to participate in an online survey which will guide the direction of important ECEC research projects and help to find real-world solutions to improve the outcomes of young children.

Minivera Elements - updating publications

MGSE academic staff are encouraged to add their research outputs in the university publications system: Minerva Elements.

  • All continuing and fixed term staff are required to lodge their research outputs in the School Annual Research Output Collection
  • Casual Academic staff and research students are encouraged to lodge their research outputs
  • For all staff and students, it is essential to lodge the research outputs where they relate to funded research activities.

Annual Research Collection

MERI is looking to deploy an improved process for the annual collection of publications at MGSE. Before the process is put into practice, an audit of publications accepted during 2019 across the following categories is required:

  • A1 Books - authored - research
  • B1 Chapters in research books
  • C1 Journal articles - refereed
  • F1 Conference publications - full written paper - refereed

Please send a list of your research outputs published from 1 January 2019 until today. The MERI team will check if they are already listed in Minerva Elements.

These lists can be sent to Claudia Sandoval, who is currently helping MERI to develop and implement a new process.

Professional development - Graduate Research Supervisor Workshop

Date: Friday 4 October
Time: 9.30am - 12.30pm
Venue: Malaysian Theatre, Glyn Davis Building

Registration is now open for the final Graduate Research Supervisor Workshop of the year. This workshop provides updates and information on key responsibilities of academic supervisors at the University. All supervisors of graduate researchers are required to complete training in order to become registered as a supervisor, and to complete a refresher of that training every five years. This training can also be completed online via TrainME. For any enquiries contact:

Update - Conference travel funding now open to professional staff

MGSE endeavours to support the maximum number of MGSE staff in communicating the breadth of our research to the widest possible audience, by making available conference funding support. The MGSE Strategic Plan 2016-2020 highlights MGSE’s focus on developing the calibre of our academic staff and ensuring that they are supported in their capacity to produce world-leading research. Accordingly, there will be a focus on providing enhanced opportunities to our talented cohorts of early and mid-career academics to showcase their research. This opportunity will also be available to professional staff (UOM7 and above) who are involved in research projects or specialist administrative support roles.

The process for allocating funding for conference travel will also be driven by academic supervisors and their discussions with academic staff focusing on quality and productivity, capacity building, and recognition in relation to research outputs and research excellence. It is expected that any conference travel and associated publications will form part of a documented publication plan for each individual academic.

For further information, download the Conference Travel Policy or make a submission for funding.

Submission invitation to IJERPH

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) is running a special issue The Contributions of Positive Psychology and Wellbeing Literacy and Professor Lindsay Oades from the Centre for Positive Psychology will be the guest editor.

This special issue will focus on the:

  • Contribution of positive psychology to population health and wellbeing
  • Potential contribution of wellbeing literacy to understanding and enhancing population health and wellbeing.

IJERPH encourage the submission of papers that report on:

  • The interaction of positive psychological factors (e.g., strengths, optimism, self-regulation) related to population health and/or wellbeing
  • Contemporary views in wellbeing science that can be applied to populations
  • Wellbeing literacy and other aspects of language use that influence aspects of population health
  • New data or conceptualisatons of population health through a wellbeing or positive psychological lens.

If you are interested, please submit a 350-word abstract by 1 December 2019 for consideration and feedback from the Guest Editors. Authors whose abstracts are accepted will be invited to submit a full manuscript. Subject to the decision of the Special Issue editors, up to five manuscripts accepted through this process will receive a waiver of the normal Journal publication fee. In addition, authors may submit their paper through the normal journal submission process and the usual journal processing fee of 1800 CHF will apply.

For more information, visit the special issue website.

The submission deadline is 30 June 2020. Manuscripts must be submitted through the online manuscript submission and editorial system at

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

Special Alert Call for EOIs: MacArthur Foundation 100&Change $100 million grant

100&Change is the MacArthur Foundation’s global competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time. They are seeking proposals that articulate both a problem and its solution. Competitive proposals will address a significant problem and provide a solution that is impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. The University is convening an internal selection process to identify potential projects and choose the most competitive one for submission. We are currently calling for Expressions of Interest from academics who have projects with potential for funding at a $100 million scale. To receive the EOI form and for further information, please contact Georgina Luck.

Dyason Fellowships

Full applications will be due to RIC by Wednesday 6 November 3pm

Dyason Fellowships fund University staff to undertake or host a short-term international visit that fosters significant and lasting research collaborations with leading international researchers. Fellowships are awarded across all disciplines as well as for interdisciplinary proposals.

Funding Items

EU Funding Workshop

Date: Thursday 10 October
Time: 12.30pm - 2pm
Venue: Kwong Lee Dow Building, Level 2, Room 218

A light lunch will be provided

The Faculty of Arts Research Office is hosting a workshop on EU funding opportunities in collaboration with Professor Philomena Murray and the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.

The session will cover the different types of EU funding available to Australian academics, how to prepare a grant application for the EU and how to navigate the application process. There will be the opportunity to hear from Professor Murray who is the recipient of numerous EU grants and awards.

Melbourne Disability Institute 2019 Seed Funding

The MDI Seed Funding Scheme is intended to support disability research that is interdisciplinary and can demonstrate significant impact on the well-being of people with disability, their families and carers. The MDI seed funding scheme is now open for applications. Funding requests of up to $20,000 will be considered. In exceptional cases, funding requests for higher amounts will also be considered. The round closes 5pm Friday, 25 October. Visit the MDI webpage for more information.

Drop-in sessions

The MDI will be running drop-in sessions for interested academics to come and discuss their idea or ask any questions. Due to limited places per session, bookings are essential.

The Ford Foundation - Challenging Inequality

The Ford Foundation is open to new ideas and invite you to submit yours on their online form. They will review and contact you within 45 days. One of the areas they are focusing on is persistent prejudice and discrimination against women, people with disabilities and racial, ethnic and caste minorities.

Please contact MERI if you are interested in applying.

Call for applications- Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia's 2020-21 Workshop Program

Applications are due by Friday 4 October

This grant is for workshops to be held between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021.

ASSA’s Workshop Program provides grants to researchers in the social sciences for the purpose of funding two-day research workshops on issues of national concern. The program provides an arena for intellectual exchange, a forum for developing connections between research and policy, and a platform for supporting Early Career Researchers.

Workshops will be funded to a maximum of $9,000. This sum includes provision of $1,500 towards the cost of preparing a digested analysis paper. This paper should be an analytical summary of the workshop content, and is intended to be accessible to people with no special knowledge in the topic of inquiry. At least one of the workshop convenors must be an ASSA fellow, and at least two of the participants must be Early Career Researchers based in Australia. Workshops with an emphasis on policy often include government officials and policy analysts.

Please go to ASSA's website for information about the Workshop Program, and to download the guidelines and application form.

Please contact Dylan Clements for more information.

Forrest Research Foundation

The Forrest Research Foundation is offering 4 post-doctoral fellowships in any subject area to outstanding early career researchers who wish to undertake their pioneering research at one of the five Western Australian universities. The fellowships are open to candidates who have completed their PhD since 1 January 2017, or who will complete their PhD before 31 December 2019.

Contact for further information.

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission invites applications for its 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. The scholarship may also be used for other forms of professional development, including visits to relevant organisations. The outcomes must benefit the wider vocational and training sector in Australia.

Teachers, managers, administrators and other employees of private and public registered training organisations may apply. People who are leading vocational education and training strategies within their business, and staff within universities that teach within the training and skills sector, are also eligible. Applicants must hold at least an undergraduate degree or equivalent, and be Australian citizens residing in Australia at the time of application. Applicants may not hold dual US-Australia citizenship or US permanent residency, and must be prepared to return to Australia for the two years following the programme.

Scholarships include living, travel and dependent allowances, and health insurance worth up to AUD 100,000, for up to four months.

Applications re-open February 2020 visit the Fulbright Australia page for further information.

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

Publications Launchpad

Minerva Elements

Have you been entering your publications into Minerva Elements? If so, please also send your supporting evidence to MERI
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.