Research Application Areas

The School has three major research application areas:

The application of engineering, computing and mathematical techniques to health and medicine is a growing and important area.  Such research includes the design and development of engineering and computational techniques to develop new medical devices, to manage patient information and to investigate new biomaterials and implants.  Most of our research is included within the Medical Device Research Institute.

The application of our research to defence and national security is the other major thrust of our research work.  This includes research in areas such as autonomous underwater vehicles and intelligence analysis techniques through to new robotics and maritime electronics.

The environment represents a growing research and teaching focus for the School.  In collaboration with the School of the Environment, we focus some of our research and teaching in areas such as environmental technologies engineering and mathematical environmental applications.


Contractual Legal & Intellectual Property Support

The 2 main departments to go to are the Research Services Office and the Legal Services Team

 The type of contracts each department handles are as follows at the moment:

RSO (Contract Managers &Grant Application   Officers)

Legal Services (Lawyers & Contract Managers)

  • Competitive Research Grants (Category 1)  
  • Research Council funding contracts (e.g. NHMRC and ARC)  
  • Collaborative research contracts 
  • Clinical trials  
  • Research subcontracts  
  • Research project related material transfer contracts (MTAs)  
  • Research contract variations
  • Research studentship contracts 
  • Confidentiality contracts under research        collaborations



  • Commercialisation and revenue sharing        contracts  
  • IP licenses  
  • Invitation to tender responses (non-competitive grants Categories 2 & 3)  
  • Sponsored research and subcontracts  
  • Fee for service and consultancy contracts
  • Stand-alone confidentiality contracts
  • Commercially sponsored clinical trials 
  • Commercially focused MTAs
  • Formal legal review of any contractual terms and conditions  
  • Lead or consultation as appropriate in       respect of any contract concerning a project with potential commercial        output/exploitable IP
  • Assistance with litigation  
  • Contract planning, drafting, review and negotiation
  • Dispute resolution (contracts, employment etc.)
  • Freedom of Information (FOI) advice 
  • Intellectual Property advice  
  • Legal Compliance advice
  • Managing external legal service providers  
  • Privacy law and policy advice

The Legal Services link above also includes other links such as the

The process of contract management and record keeping at the University might also be useful.

Please note that each department (RSO, Legal Services and FP) have access to relevant flinders contractual legal templates to assist researchers with any agreements that need to be put in place. In the case of external agreement templates being offered to flinders,  legal services will legally review those & negotiate terms with the external party if required before the contracts get recommended to the authorised delegate for signature. The whole process is handled by contract managers within each department.

There is also a Researcher Support section within the Flinders website. It refers to important forms such as the Certification Form that academics must organise and send to the RSO or Legal Services as relevant for all research contracts as well as how to apply for funding and various funding sources etc.

Other links related to research include Ethics applications & Research Data and Reporting

If researchers would like commercialisation services such as the following, they can approach Flinders Partners

  • Identifying intellectual property arising from research activities
  • Identifying commercialisation opportunities and mechanisms
  • Assessing and evaluating forms of IP protection (Patenting)
  • Protecting, managing and developing commercially viable IP
  • Attracting and liaising with industry partners, investors, and clients
  • Negotiating with industry parties on behalf of Flinders on matters of consulting, contract R&D, licensing, sale, spin-off or partnering involving University intellectual property
  • Promoting  research capabilities and expertise
  • Providing in-house training to research staff at Flinders on how to commercialise, and how to partner with industry