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Jeff Northfield Memorial Award for Excellence in Teacher Research

Monash University established the annual Jeff Northfield Memorial Award for Excellence in Teacher Research in 2005 in recognition of the importance of Jeff Northfield’s work in supporting and conducting teacher research. The recipient receives a cheque for AUD$1,000 and a certificate in recognition of the award.

The Jeff Northfield Memorial Award for Excellence in Teacher Research is awarded to one recipient each year, who demonstrates an ongoing and current commitment to teacher research.

Applications close Friday 29 March.

MGSE Research Development Awards Call for Applications

Applications are now open through SMARTYGRANTS for the Melbourne Graduate School of Education Research Development Awards for Round 1 2019 closing Monday 1 April, 2019.

The Melbourne Graduate School of Education Research Development Awards scheme supports submission of proposals from Early and Mid-Career Academics from Level A6 to Level D and is specifically aimed to strengthen researcher capability in two areas, publications and grant applications. Collaborations with other staff of the MGSE is strongly encouraged where this will represent the expertise to be drawn on, and improve the competitiveness and feasibility for  both future grant applications and paper writing.

Depending on academic seniority, this scheme support can be provided to:

  1. build a stronger publication track record (Level A6-C), or
  2. develop a bid for a grant application in the next major round (Levels C-D).

Funding up to $8,000 is available for individual applications. These funds are to be used to build tangible products in terms of 1) submitted papers to top-tier journals, or 2) fully developed proposals for a major grant round.
The funding is to support writing activity and can be used for purposes of marking or teaching buyout, or RA support – please note that travel, conference attendance, and the collection of new data are not eligible for funding under the scheme.

Should you require further information or support, please contact MERI.

Workshops for Graduate Researchers

Effective Communication: Sharing Your Research 
Date: April 2019
Effective Communication is the key to sharing your research with an interested and appreciative world. The ability to present your research ideas clearly and succinctly to a non-specialist audience is now an essential skill for an academic, and to be able to do this in an exciting, engaging way and dynamic way could mean the difference between getting the next big grant, industry contract or highly paid job and being left in the 'maybe' pile.

Spreading the word: Publishing outside the academy
Date: May 2019
Publication in non-academic outlets (including newspapers, magazines, books and, of course, their digital counterparts) will allow you to reach huge audiences across the globe. But perfecting how you approach these publications and the style you use to you write for them is crucial for achieving success in the non-academic/commercial world.

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.

MGSE Conference Funding 2019

Applications for MERI conference funding 2019 are now open and you can access the MGSE Conference funding policy here.

The submission process for MERI conference funding 2019 has been changed.  Applications are now submitted via Smartygrants.

If you have not used this platform before you will need to register before you will be able to make an online submission.  Once you have registered with Smartygrants you may continue with the application process. Registration gives you secure access to your form allowing you to work  on your application over time rather than completing your application all at once.  If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.

For those seeking MGSE Conference funding:

  • MERI Conference funding will be available for only one conference per calendar year (max. $3,000 for international travel and $2,000 for domestic travel)
  • Presenting at a conference is expected to lead to publication of a journal article
  • Those with teaching and supervisory responsibilities that need to be met during time away must provide evidence of subject coordinator approval
  • Within the supervisor support statement, your supervisor is required  to make clear and explicit that the primary purpose of the approved travel is conference attendance
  • Priority for funding will be given to early career academics presenting at a conference for the first time since completing their doctorate
  • Staff with access to consultancy funds or funding from grants/contracts that provide for conference travel to call upon these funds in the first instance
  • Whilst not excluded from MGSE Conference Funding Level D and E academic staff are expected to first seek grants or utilise consultancy funds to assist in conference travel

Please note that the application submission for the MGSE Conference Funding 2019 close Tuesday 30 April, 2019.

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 MERI.

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

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

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

Australia-Indonesia grants

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, AU

These provide seed funding for innovative programmes and initiatives that strengthen people-to-people and institutional links between Australia and Indonesia. Grants are worth up to AUD 40,000 each.

Maximum award: AUD 40,000

Closing date: 21 March 2019 (recurring)

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.

Research project grant within artistic research

Swedish Research Council | Vetenskapsr├ądet, SE

This enables researchers to conduct a research project related to art. Grants are worth a minimum of SEK 400,000 per year for one to three years.

Maximum award: Not known

Closing date: 19 Mar 19 (recurring)

MERI close date Tuesday 12 March 2019 ahead of submission date of 19 March 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

NOW OPEN: 2019 ARC Linkage Projects

Applications for ARC Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2019 are now open in RMS.  This grant opportunity supports projects which initiate or develop long term alliances to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.
Key dates for intake 1 – 2019:

  • Review Ready Applications due to MERI for review: 22 April 2019
  • Review Ready Applications due to RIC for review: 1 May 2019
  • Final applications due to MERI:  22 May 2019
  • Final applications due to RIC:  29 May 2019
  • Final applications due to ARC:  31 May 2019

A detailed timeline and submission information is available on the RIC Linkage Projects website.
Instructions to Applicants and FAQs: Now available at Grant Connect.

All documentation for this grant opportunity can be found on Grant Connect. While grant guidelines are available to view, you will need to register with Grant Connect to access all documentation.  To view the details for ‘Linkage Projects for funding applied for in 2019’,  under Grant Opportunities, search for  GO ID: GO2093.

For More information and supporting document, please refer to RIC Linkage Projects webpage
Contact RIC:

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

Duffy, P., HATTON, C., Sallis, R. (Eds.) (2019). Drama Research Methods, Provocations of Practice, Brill, Sense: ISBN 9789004389564

Lo Bianco, J. (2019). Uncompromising talk, linguistic grievance, and language policy: Thailand’s Deep South conflict zone. In M. Kelly, H. Footitt & M. Salama-Carr (Eds.), Handbook on Languages at War. London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Bird, J., Sallis, R. (2019).  Acting Smart, Drama, Version 8. ISBN: 9780994602015

Bird, J., Sallis, R., Bailey, M. (2019). Acting Smart, Theatre Studies, Version 8. ISBN: 9780994602022