Our Role

Research Development and Support (RDS) Division aims to provide proactive, quality and valued research support to our customers who include researchers, Colleges, Centres and Institutes, other portfolios and external stakeholders.

RDS is part of the Portfolio of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), and works in conjunction with other Flinders portfolios to ensure excellence in research management and promoting Flinders’ research.

Click the image to read the brochure online. If you wish to obtain a hard copy, please contact Research Development and Support via

P: 8201 7972 or E: info.rds@flinders.edu.au

The RDS Brochure is also available as a PDF version - RDS Brochure (PDF 7MB)

Strategic Partnerships including Research Commercialisation

We support the development of strategic partnerships and collaborations with industry, government and other research organisations.

We convert new ideas, innovations and basic research into valuable and useful commercial products.


College Research Support

We provide high quality research administrative support that enables the College and its researchers to reach their research goals.


Centres and Institutes

Flinders University conducts research through a number of Centres and Institutes and many of these high performing Centres and Institutes are supported by Research Development and Support team members.


Research Grants and Support

We provide specialist advice to our researchers on a diverse range of research funding schemes, aimed at maximising the success rate of high quality research grant applications through our support with their development and submission.


Research Contracts

We provide specialist service and advice on research contracts and agreements.


Ethics and Compliance

We support safe and ethical research practice at Flinders University.


Researcher Professional Development

We coordinate training and development to build key skills that are core to doing research at Flinders University. Our aim is to facilitiate the ongoing development of all researchers and link the research community through targeted communications.


Research Analytics and Reporting

We inform strategic decision making processes by providing advice, analysis and reports to researchers, administrative staff and managers on research activity within Flinders University.