Research Frequently Asked Questions

Early Career Researchers (ECRs)

What is the definition of an Early Career Researcher (ECR)?

What awards and funding schemes are ECRs eligible to apply for?

What programs for development are available to ECRs?

New Academic Staff

What is the Establishment Grant and who is eligible to apply for it? (login)

How do I enter my previous publications into the Flinders University publications system and who can help me?

Transferring grants to Flinders University from another institution.

What software licencing is available for staff and students through the University?


What research project funding is available for staff through the Faculty?

What funding for research projects and conferences is available for staff at School level?

What research project and conference funding is available for Research Higher Degree students?


What is the role of the University's Research Services Office?

What is the role of the Faculty Research Services Office?

When should I use a certification form?

Where can I find information about the University's infrastructure levy?

What ARC information and assistance is available?

When do I use Fields of Research (FoR) codes and where can I find them?

What are Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) codes and where can I find them?

Publications and data

What do I need to do with my publications in relation to the ARC and NHMRC open access policy?

What is eResearch@Flinders?

What are my responsibilities in relation to data storage?


Where will I find the University's policies and procedures about research?

What is the role of the Advisers on Integrity in Research?

What is the role of Contact Officers for allegations of research misconduct?





Definition of ECR

The University's and Faculty's definition of an Early Career Researcher may vary according to the purpose to which it relates, so it is advisable to check criteria for each circumstance.

However, in general, the ECR definition for internal University use refers to those academics who have been awarded their PhD within the previous 5 years OR who have been awarded their PhD between 5 years and 8 years and have had significant career interruption for maternity or parental leave, carer’s responsibility, illness, international post-doctoral studies, or non-research employment. The date of award is usually considered to be the conferral date on the PhD parchment.

The ARC definition of an Early Career Researcher is one who is up to 5 years post-PhD.  The date the PhD was awarded is the date of conferral of a PhD, that is, the conferral date on the PhD parchment. According to the ARC's definition, the date of award of PhD is not the date of submission of the thesis, nor the date the thesis was accepted by the examination board. Significant career interruptions up to 8 years are taken into account.