Research News

  • Melbourne Data Analytics Platform: EOIs open for research collaboration

    Melbourne Data Analytics Platform (MDAP) supports and enables data-intensive research across all disciplines, as part of the Petascale Campus Initiative (PCI). Between Monday 26 October  — Sunday 15 November, MDAP is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from researchers to collaborate with the MDAP team in applying innovative, tailored and/or end-to-end approaches to individual data journeys — from data stewardship, wrangling, analysis, visualisation, access and much more. MDAP’s team of multidisciplinary research data specialists are highly skilled at helping other researchers with their data-intensive projects.

    The EOIs will be open from Monday 26 October for three weeks, before they invite full applications from short-listed submissions, for collaborations to start in February 2021. Please email the MDAP team with any enquiries.

  • Find an Expert: New supervision enquiry form

    New functionality is now available in Find an Expert. A key new feature is the supervision enquiry form. Prospective graduate researchers will now be able to complete a form when making supervision enquiries. The form is located below the 'Study with Me' tab on a researcher's profile and prompts the prospective graduate researcher to enter and attach necessary information including CVs, academic transcripts and comments relating to their area of interest. These details can be used to support researchers in prioritising their responses to enquiries. There is no need to access new systems to see the form details, as the information included in the form will be emailed to researchers from their relevant Faculty Graduate Research Office. For enquiries, please contact Tania Winton.

  • Enhancing our research data and computing services

    The Petascale Campus Initiative (PCI) is a five-year plan to accelerate the University's capacity for data-intensive research from 2018 to 2022. It is intended to drive new ways of co-designing the scope and scale of digital research systems with the research community and give researchers more time to focus on creativity and results, while spending less time on IT provisioning and maintenance.

    Research Computing Services (RCS) is responsible for delivering the data and compute infrastructure component of the broader PCI plan, focussing on enhanced service reliability, capacity, performance, ease of access and ease of use for the University's Research Cloud, High Performance Computing (HPC), and research data storage and management services. Around $17 million has been invested since 2018 in end-of-life replacements, capacity, and capability uplifts.

    For enquiries, please contact the Research Computing Services team.

  • Call for participants: Parent and child wellbeing during COVID-19

    The Research in Effective Education in Early Childhood Hub (REEaCh) is conducting an Australia-wide survey about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on parent and child wellbeing, parent-child relationships, the home learning environment, and young children's learning and development. If you are a parent/carer of a child aged 3-7 years and you live in Australia, they would love to hear from you.

    Participation involves taking part in three online surveys:

    1. Now: A 20-minute online survey now,
    2. In three months: Another survey in three months' time
    3. In six months: A final follow-up survey in six months' time.

    Take the survey or find more information on the Qualtrics site. Ethics Id: 2057564.1

  • Reminders

    GEM Scott Teaching Fellowships 2021

    Expressions of Interest are now open, and close due Friday 20 November.

    The GEM Scott Teaching Fellowships program recognises, rewards and further develops exceptional academic teaching staff at the University. Fellows propose and undertake a significant program of work to improve and enhance curriculum design and development, teaching, learning and assessment, innovative pedagogical practice and/or the student experience at the University. The Fellowship will allow staff to further develop their understanding and practice in University-based teaching, learning and assessment and asks them to share this more broadly across the University. Up to two GEM Scott Teaching Fellowships of up to $65,000 each will be awarded for 2021. Enquiries can be submitted to

    U of T - UoM International Research Training Group

    The call for project proposals will close on Monday 23 November

    The U of T - UoM International Research Training Group - Call for Proposals awards academic collaborative pairings from Melbourne and the University of Toronto (U of T) with funding to support Joint PhD candidates. Project proposals are open to all research areas, and a SciVal report is available for download that details the most prominent research areas and current research collaborations between UoM and U of T.

    Applications are open for individual projects and project "clusters". Priority will be given to “Cluster Applications”, which includes three or more primary supervisors (PIs) across both institutions, supervising at least two joint PhD candidates. More details about applications can be found in the Joint Call Guidelines.

    Please email if you are interested.

    Graduate Certificate in University Teaching - EOI for 2021 intake

    EOIs close on Monday 30 November

    Melbourne Centre for the Study of Higher Education is now accepting expressions of interest for the Graduate Certificate in University Teaching 2021 intake. This course combines research-based, theoretical seminars with practical exercises involving peer review and negotiated projects. It is offered part-time to complement participants' current teaching practice. A limited number of University of Melbourne academic staff who have the support of their Dean or Head of School will have their course fees covered by the University.

    Interdisciplinary GR Program in Indigenous Settler Relations

    The Indigenous Settler Relation Collaboration’s Interdisciplinary Graduate Research Program is open to graduate researchers in any faculty undertaking a graduate research related to the emerging field of Indigenous-settler relations in Australia and the world.

    The program will connect students with researchers across disciplines, fostering an engaged and supportive intellectual community, and creating a strong cohort experience for the duration of their study. The program will deepen academic understandings, and enhance interdisciplinary knowledge exchange on research that leads to more just relations between Indigenous and settler peoples. Students are supported to build networks across the University and with relevant external organisations and to develop their research in reference to current real-world challenges.

    Eligible students must have commenced a PhD/Doctorate or Masters by Research. Priority will be given to students who have at least one supervisor based at the University of Melbourne.

    If your graduate researcher is working in this space, please direct them to find out more about the program and how to apply on the Program website.

    ARC scheme EOIs open

    Expression of Interest (EOI) for ARC schemes opening in the third and fourth quarter of the year are now available. If you are interested in applying for the current rounds please complete the EOI so that the MERI team can support you through the application process.