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Melbourne Connect Information Session

Date: Friday 28 February
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: 181 Grattan Street, Sunderland Theatre,  University of Melbourne

Professor Jim McCluskey, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, warmly invites to you attend a Melbourne Connect Information Session.

Learn how Melbourne Connect will establish itself as a digital and data science powerhouse by co-locating innovative organisations, startups and SME's with the University's interdisciplinary expertise, creativity and graduate talent.

'Demythifying' University engagement

Date: Monday 2 March
Time: 12pm - 1pm
Venue: Elisabeth Murdoch Building, University of Melbourne

The term engagement is visible in university strategic papers, promotion criteria, websites and newsletters. However, we often hear colleagues respond in the following way: "What is engagement, why should we engage, we are busy as it is, we don't have the time, resources and skills to engage with others."

In this session, the idea of University engagement will be unpacked and deconstructed. Staff are invited to bring their lunch and join this thought- provoking one-hour session, which is also a great opportunity to meet and network with other colleagues.

2020 ARC Linkage Projects information session

Date: Tuesday 3 March
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: PAR 207-221, Bouverie St-B120  (Theatre 2), University of Melbourne

The session is intended to provide an overview of the application process and discuss the recent changes to the Linkage Projects scheme round. This will also give an opportunity for researchers to clarify the scheme's funding rules.

EU Funding Opportunities Workshop

Date: Monday 23 March
Time: 11am - 1pm
Venue: Room 553 Arts West, University of Melbourne

The session will cover the types of EU grants available to Australian academics, how to prepare a grant application and how to navigate the application process. You will have the opportunity to hear from Professor Murray who is the recipient of numerous EU grants and awards as well as the Arts Research Team and RIC.

Research funding, costing and pricing policy launch seminar

Date: Monday 30 March
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: B120 Singapore Theatre, Glyn Davis Building (MSD), University of Melbourne

The Research Funding, Costing and Pricing Policy is replacing the Research Pricing Policy (MPF1254) and the Research Funding and Fee for Services Activities Policy (MPF1021) as of 30 March 2020.

This seminar is to announce the policy launch and to showcase the support material developed to support research costing and pricing. For more information visit the Research costing and pricing support project page.

New iThenticate mandate for graduate researchers at thesis submission

From 30 March 2020, graduate researchers will be required to check the full draft of their thesis in the text-matching tool iThenticate prior to thesis submission. Supervisors and chairs of examiners must consider the iThenticate report in deciding whether the thesis is ready for examination to ensure the originality of writing and correct attribution of prior work. The mandate comes following a change to the Graduate Research Training Policy in October 2019.

More information, resources and enquiries can be found on the iThenticate University of Melbourne.

Universitas 21 Forum for International Networking in Education (U21 FINE)

Congratulations to Dr Alex Bacalja who is the successful Early Career Researcher who has been nominated to attend the U21 FINE and the 2020 American Educational Research Association (AERA) annual conference held in San Francisco, California.

Research Integrity Online Training (RIOT)

The Office for Research Ethics and Integrity (OREI) has announced the implementation of a new online training program/course, Research Integrity Online Training (RIOT). RIOT is a University-wide training approach that introduces and discusses key aspects of the responsible conduct of research. Graduate researchers are the target audience for RIOT and successful completion of the training will be a requirement for confirmation. However, the training content is relevant to anyone conducting or managing research, and should be an excellent tool for supervisors and students alike.

ORCIDs and Researcher Profile Support

An Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) helps with the disambiguation of researchers and research outputs, enables linking and reuse of high quality, persistent data, and connect research activities. Funding bodies including the ARC are strongly encouraging applicants to create and ORCID.
On 17/11/16 the University of Melbourne Executive endorsed a compulsory ORCID for all University of Melbourne academic staff. It is important for all academics to:

  • Register for an ORCID, if they do not already have one.
  • Connect their ORCID to their Minerva Elements account.

A new Your ORCID Identifier printable guide has now been published.

Easier Research Business project news

The Easier Research Business program (ERB) is an all of University initiative aiming to improve processes, systems and the experience for people accessing research support services and tools.  Improvements will be delivered throughout 2019 and 2020.  Staff in the Arts Research Office are Change Agents for the project, seeking Faculty researcher input and involvement when required, and communicating project updates and outcomes as they occur.

Latest Easier Research Business newsletter
To keep up to date with progress and what it means for you can read the latest ERB newsletter available online.

In this issue:

  • The new Research Gateway is live
  • NEW Find an Expert has gone public
  • rebus Finance and HR 2019 achievements
  • Research Funding and Pricing Policy support project

If you have any queries, please email

Changes to animal and human ethics processes and systems

The University has been working across its research community to develop an efficient and user-friendly approach to improve the management of ethics elements of the University's research projects, including easier compliance, research and teaching support, and the delivery of a scalable service. This is being delivered across three streams of work: a refreshed ethics committee structure and ethics review and management processes, a centralised ethics support function, and a new technical solution -  Infonetica Ethics Review Manager (ERM).

Animal Ethics is the first to change - find out more in our series of showcases held at the Parkville, Werribee and Dookie campuses.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Entering details on Find an Expert through Themis

Please read and follow the steps below on how you can provide details of any grants you have been awarded that are not recorded in the Themis Agreements module.

Specifically “How do I add a biography to my Find an Expert profile?”

A biography is one of the first things people will see when they view your profile in Find an Expert. To add a biography to Find an Expert:

  1. Login to Themis
  2. Go to UoM Research Self Service
  3. Select the Themis Researcher Profile option
  4. Select Public Staff Profile
  5. Select Biography Details
  6. Enter your biography into the Biography Text field
  7. In the Additional Grant Information field you can provide details of any grants you have been awarded that are not recorded in the Themis Agreements module. Information you enter here is published in the Projects section of your Find an Expert profile.
  8. Click Save

Please note that this information will take about a day to feed from Themis to Find an Expert.
For further support, please contact Themis Support on 834 40888/Option 3/Option 2.

SCIP (Social & Cultural Informatics Platform) research data consultations

This year the Social & Cultural Informatics Platform (SCIP) has welcomed two new academic staff, both Data Scientists to Arts and Education. Amanda Belton is here at MGSE and Dr Trent Ryan is based in the Digital Studio, Faculty of Arts.

In March SCIP is hosting digital data workshops in:

Amanda is here to co-design and consult on new digital data generation and develop new digital research initiatives in education.

Kate Coleman is also happy to fill you in on SCIP news and digital HASS highlights if you have any questions. Kate and Amanda are on Level 7 in 100 Leicester St.

Journal of Artistic and Creative Education

Deadline for submissions: Sunday 31 May, 5pm

Studios are inherently practice-oriented sites that evoke and invite intercultural, sociomaterial, technological and integrative connections. This edition invites authors to consider place, site and space in ways that contribute to artistic and creative education. We invite authors to submit a 4000 word (or equivalent) paper or creative submission. We also invite interested parties to register their interest as reviewers for this exciting special issue of JACE.

Read more

Research Gateway

The Research Gateway provides digital access to research support services and resources and is available to all academic and honorary staff, graduate researchers and professional staff.

Services, resources and service providers have been collated in the gateway making it easier to connect to research support online, by phone, chat or email.

For any queries the friendly Research Helpline team assists researchers and research support staff with research related queries and requests.
Phone 834 40999
Office hours are Monday to Friday
9am to 5pm or request a call-back if phoning outside of core hours.

Find out more: Research Gateway

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

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

Future Fellowship FT20 for MERI and RIC

Applications for ARC Future Fellowships for funding commencing in 2020 are now open in the ARC’s Research Management System.

The ARC has advised that the following competitive grant schemes will be open – MGSE and RIC submission dates are to be advised:

For further information, please contact:

Alex Burns (Senior Research Officer): 03 9035 8871.

Laura Bassi Scholarship

closes Tuesday 25 March

The Laura Bassi Scholarship, which awards a total of $8,000 thrice per annum, was established by Editing Press in 2018 with the aim of providing editorial assistance to postgraduates and junior academics whose research focuses on neglected topics of study, broadly construed. All currently enrolled master’s and doctoral candidates are eligible to apply, as are academics in the first five years of their employment. Applicants are required to submit a completed application form along with their CV.

Funding Items

ARC Linkage Projects

If you are contemplating to submit an application in round 2 or 3, please notify MERI.

Linkage Projects 2020 Assessment Round 2

  • Submit review ready application to MERI: 29 June 2020
    Submit review ready application to RIC: 6 July 2020
    Request not to Assess due to RIC: 20 July 2020
    Request not to Assess Close: 22 July 2020
  • Final Application due to MERI: 22 July 2020
    Final Application due to RIC: 29 July 2020
    Final Applications due to ARC: 5 August 2020

Linkage Projects 2020 Assessment Round 3

  • Submit review ready application to MERI: 26 October 2020
    Submit review ready application to RIC: 2 November 2020
    Request not to Assess due to RIC: 15 November 2020
    Request not to Assess Close: 17 November 2020
  • Final Application due to MERI: 17 November 2020
    Final Application due to RIC: 24 November 2020
    Final Applications due to ARC: 1 December 2020

DFAT Grants

The Arab world: Australia-Arab Relations Grants closes 16 March 2020
Indonesia: Australia-Indonesia Grants closes 26 March 2020
India: Australia-India Council Grants closes 26 March 2020
Japan: Australia-Japan Foundation Grants closes 26 March 2020
Korea: Australia-Korea Foundation Grants closes 26 March 2020
China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau: Australia-China Council Grants not yet open
Latin America: Council On Australia-Latin America Relations Grants closes 26 March 2020
Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam: Australia-ASEAN Council Grants promoting projects that link Australia with one or (ideally) more of these target ASEAN countries closes 26 March 2020.

Economic and Social Research Council

Open call for project ideas and significant grant opportunities (may need UK partner). Applications are open on an ongoing basis.

Now open - 2021 ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)

Applications are now open for the ARC DECRA for funding commencing in 2021. This award provides focused research support for early career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions.

Candidates must at the closing date of submission have been awarded a PhD on or after 1 March 2015, or have eligible, certifiable career interruptions. Up to 200 fellowships are awarded each year, with a per annum salary contribution of up to $104,316 for three years, as well as up to $50,000 of non-salary funding per year. Funding commences on 1 January 2021.

ARC Discovery applications:

  • MGSE Draft Deadline: Tuesday 21st January 2020
  • RIC Review Ready Deadline: Tuesday to Thursday, 28-30 January 2020
  • MGSE Final Application deadline: Thursday 13 February 2020
  • RIC Final Application deadline: Thursday 20 February 2020
  • Final Applications due to ARC: Wednesday 26 February 2020

ARC DECRA dates are:

  • MGSE Draft Deadline: Monday 10 February 2020
  • Review Ready for RIC Deadline: Monday 17 February to Wednesday 19 February 2020
  • Final Application Due to MGSE: Friday 28 February 2020
  • Final Application Due to RIC: Friday 6 March 2020
  • Final Application due to ARC: Thursday 12 March 2020

Instructions to Applicants and FAQs: Now available at Grant Connect or RIC DECRA website.
Please contact Alex Burns if you are interested in applying.

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.

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

Applications open from 3 February - 6 July

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission invites applications for its professional scholarship in vocational education and training. Applications are open to employees within the vocational education and training sector as well as 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.

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.


Calma A., Davies M., Critical thinking in business education: Current outlook and future prospects (2020), Studies in Higher Education.