Our Role

Research Development and Support (RDS) is located within the university's Office of the Vice-Chancellor and reports to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). Publications produced by the office can be viewed on our Publications page.


Funding & Contract Services

  • Coordinate the review, administration and submission of University centrally funded and externally funded research grant applications.
  • Advise, negotiate and facilitate sign-off of research contracts and terms and conditions of award.
  • Disseminate current and future funding opportunities information to academic clients, via weekly Grants Bulletin email.
  • Facilitate the handover of awarded, finalised grants and contracts documentation to Grants Finance for establishment of accounts, invoicing, disbursement of research funding and preparation of financial statements. For all other grant related finance enquiries contact grants.finance@flinders.edu.au.
  • Legal Services, for research related matters, provides (i) legal advice to the RDS and (ii) contract research, research tender and consultancy assistance to academic clients with an emphasis on supporting researchers with commercial or intellectual property issues.


Research Ethics, Biosafety, & Integrity

  • Oversight, executive support and administration for the:

           Human Ethics
           Animal Ethics
           Export Controls

  • Provide advice on the development of ethically sound research proposals.
  • Oversee research integrity, and investigate allegations of research misconduct


Research Data & Reporting

  • Provide services and support processes that involve the collection and reporting of publication and income research data
  • Coordinating regular statutory reporting processes such as submissions for the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) program and the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC).
  • Support Flinders researchers, administrative staff and managers by providing advice, reports and analysis on research activity to inform strategic decision making processes. Researcher research performance data via RePortal.
  • Maintain the Research section of the University website.
  • Publish the RDS’s Inspiring Research blog, including interviewing of subjects for articles. Past pdf editions can be viewed on our Publications page.


Strategic Initiatives

  • Targeted research prize and award application and nomination editing, drafting and support.
  • Large application (i.e. >$2m) and/or strategic funding proposal development, drafting and editing including assistance with national centre application development and coordination such as ARC Centres of Excellence.
  • Development of research overview marketing materials.



  • Provide training in grant application preparation, research ethics and the responsible conduct of research, and supports the mentoring program for early stage researchers.


Organisational Chart - RSO 2016 (PDF 72KB)