Research updates

Contact information for MERI

General inquiries:
Graduate research:
Human ethics:

Update for researchers and staff who submit ethics applications and amendments

Human Ethics at the University of Melbourne will be transitioning from a local to a central process. Currently, once an application is submitted in Themis, responsible researchers cannot track their applications. Themis does not alert applicants if there are compliance issues or errors with ethics applications nor do these non-compliant applications show up on the Ethics Officer’s workbench.

Tracking your ethics application
Submitted applications will sit in Themis until the responsible researcher emails for an update on their application. In the interim, to track your ethics application through the current process, download this spreadsheet which is sorted by HEAG lodgement date and will be updated weekly, so please check regularly if you have submitted an ethics application, amendment or registration in Themis.  If you do not see you application on the spreadsheet please immediately email and provide your application ID number.

Lodging a new application
Please remember every time you lodge your application on Themis to email with the application ID number and provide the MGSE HEAG with a hardcopy of your signed application form and summary report to the Melbourne Education Research Institute (MERI) on Level 9, 100 Leicester Street.

Submit your IP Disclosure Request via Service Now

Have you created intellectual property from your research that could be translated to solve problems and generate real-world impact? If so, let the Knowledge and Technology Transfer team in Research, Innovation and Commercialisation (RIC) know about your IP by submitting a disclosure online via Service Now.

Click on 'Research', followed by 'Request Something' and 'IP Disclosure Request' to fill out the online form. Upon receipt of your IP Disclosure Request, a member of the Knowledge and Technology Transfer team will contact you for a discussion and to provide guidance on your IP. Visit the Knowledge and Technology Transfer site for more information. Contact Grace Chan for any enquiries by calling 8344 7185 or emailing

Zoom Seminar: Undertaking your completion

Date: Wednesday 1 April
Time: 12pm - 1pm 
Venue: Zoom Meeting

Do you have a Graduate Researcher in the final year of their thesis?

Kylie Smith is hosting a seminar via Zoom to discuss what they need to include in their seminar, who should participate, how to organise it during self-isolation and when to present.

Please pass on the registration link to your Graduate Researcher so they can prepare for completion as best possible.

Research funding, costing and pricing policy launch webinar

Date: Monday 30 March
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: Zoom Meeting

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 webinar is to announce the policy launch and to showcase the support material developed to support research costing and pricing.

Video available - Melbourne Connect Information Session

In February Professor Jim McCluskey hosted a Melbourne Connect Information Session. It was designed to inform all University staff of the vision, purpose and opportunities for the entire academy to engage with the precinct. If you missed it, you can view the recording of the session
on YouTube. For more information about Melbourne Connect visit their project page or for enquires email

Research support over the phone

The University has a Research Helpline team who provide support via chat and over the phone to the University's research community.

Business hoursMon - Fri
9am - 5pm

8344 0999
you can request a call-back outside office hours

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.

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 ORCID Identifier printable guide has now been published.

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.

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

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 CollectionMERI 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 into the MGSE Submission Policy, and additionally allows MERI to provide the appropriate support for your application.

Key opportunities

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.

Melbourne Data Analytics Platform (MDAP)

EOIs close Monday 30 March 

The Melbourne Data Analytics Platform (MDAP) is currently seek expressions of interest (EOI) from researchers across the University to collaborate in applying innovative, tailored and/or end-to-end approaches to your individual data journeys — from data wrangling to analysis, visualisation, access and much more. If you have a data challenge or idea that can be worked on over a three to six month period together, MDAP want to hear from you.

Please submit your EOI via the MDAP website.

2021 Melbourne Research (Career Interruptions) Fellowships

closes Wednesday 15 April 3pm AEST

Applications now open:

To enable eligible researchers who are University of Melbourne staff and who do not have a continuing tenured research position, whose careers have been severely interrupted, delayed or otherwise constrained, to enhance or re-establish their academic research careers. Includes up to 12 months of salary and project costs of $20,000. Must have completed a PhD degree between 14 April 2010 and 14 April 2017, or have experienced exceptional circumstances.

Applicants must be able to commence no later than 30 June 2021.

Jeff Northfield Memorial Award for Excellence in Teacher Research 2020

closes Sunday 19 April 5pm AEST

Applications are now open for this award initiated in recognition of the significant contribution of former Monash Education academic Jeff Northfield, in supporting and conducting teacher research. 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. The recipient receives a cheque for AUD$1,000 and a certificate in recognition of the award.

All teacher researchers in Victorian Schools are eligible.

Submit and contact
Send your application or enquries to

2021 McKenzie Fellowships Program

closes Thursday 21 May 5pm AEST

To attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University from around the world. The Program aims to recruit new researchers who have the potential to build and lead interdisciplinary collaborative research activities inside and across the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. Starting at salary level A6, plus $25,000 project funds. Applicants must be able to commence no later than 30 June 2021.Expression of Interest

For more information visit the McKenzie Fellowship page.

Funding Items

ARC Special Research Initiatives for Australian Society, History and Culture

To support excellent research into all aspects of Australian society, history and culture from ancient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander beginnings to modern-day Australia. Applicants can request between $20,0000 and $100,000 p.a. for between 1 to 3 consecutive years. Funding will commence as of 1st October 2020.

Notice of Intent: Open Now

Draft Applications to MERI Wednesday 18 March 9am
Draft Applications to RIC Wednesday 25 March 9am
Final Applications to RIC Wednesday 15 April 5pm

For more information visit the ARC Special Initiatives page.

ARC Linkage Projects

If you are contemplating submitting 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

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.

Australian-American Fulbright Commission, AU

closes 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.