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Are you managing funded research projects that may be affected by COVID-19? Research Services has compiled information to assist you below.

Revised submission dates announced for ARC-NHMRC: See Category 1 Competitive Grants web page.

ECU’s Research Services plays a key role in building the university’s research profile.

Research Services provides services to support and encourage our research community, including administration of external and internal research funding schemes, data collection, management and reporting, exploring commercialisation opportunities, industry liaison and promotion of research achievements.

Managing research projects and COVID-19

Research Services is keenly aware that some research projects may be affected by COVID-19, especially those involving clinicians, or which are based at hospitals or treatment clinics.

Both the NHMRC and ARC have issued statements about managing the impact of COVID-19 on research projects – those statements are available at: NHMRC and ARC.

Ethics Approval

For all research projects with ethics approval in place, please refer to our COVID-19 advice for researchers which provides a helpful outline of how to assess whether your project can continue, as per recent NHMRC guidelines and how this relates to your ethics obligations.

Contract Variations

If you have a funded research projects that has been affected by COVID-19 then please contact Research Services at  Please provide details of your project (funder, title, reference), outline the affect COVID-19 has had on the project, and the nature of the variation you want to make to the project. The Research Administration team will contact you to discuss what options are available. Depending on the funding body, these options may include: deferral of start dates; suspending your project; varying your research plan; extending end dates and/or changing chief investigators.

Research-related Travel

If your query is about research-related travel, and the need to claim travel costs associated with the impacted project, please see the ECU Travel Insurance web page, and contact

What is the most secure way to conduct research interviews online?

In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the following information is a recommendation for all ECU researchers when conducting research interviews with participants online.

ECU Zoom is an acceptable platform for conducting research, however, if your research requires additional security, Microsoft Teams Meetings should be used as it provides additional security to Zoom.

For all other non-research COVID-19 queries, please see the ECU 2019 Novel Coronavirus FAQ page for staff and students.

We recognise that this is a rapidly changing situation and will respond to your research-related questions as quickly as possible.

Research journey

The research journey web pages will guide you through the six stages of a typical research project – from looking for funding opportunities, to publishing your work.

The stages are:

  • Getting started;
  • Sourcing funding;
  • Completing pre-research award tasks;
  • Managing your research award;
  • Completing your project; and
  • Knowledge transfer.

Training workshops and events

Professional development programs can be undertaken through workshops and seminars, online courses, professional experience, collaboration, networking, mentoring and independent study. Below you will find information about all research-related professional development opportunities offered across ECU.


ECU Media Training for Researchers - Expressions of Interest

Engagement and Impact
Research Staff

ECU’s Corporate Relations team is running media training for ECU academics to help you better communicate your research and expertise through the media. If you’re interested in learning more about the media, helping journalists better report on your subject and learning how the media works, this training is for you.

Use the book now button in the registration and select all of the sessions you’re available to attend. Once the EOI period has ended on August 30, you’ll be notified which session you’ve been allocated.

Sessions will run from 9am to midday each weekday from Monday, 26 October to Monday, 2 November.


GRS HDR Supervisor Update

Research Governance
Postgraduate Research Supervisors

This 1.5-hour workshop is for all HDR supervisors to be completed every two years. It provides updated information on rules, policies, guidelines, support services and new initiatives which are relevant to supervising Master by Research and Doctoral Candidates at ECU.


Engineering Village and Inspec

Research Skills
Engagement and Impact
Research Staff
Higher Degree by Research

An Engineering focused look at these tools which offer metrics and searching targeted at an engineering audience. Engineering Village Provides access to 12 engineering literature and patent databases providing coverage from a wide range of trusted engineering sources. These databases are useful for literature reviews, analysing trends and measuring research performance.

Research funding

There are many sources of research funding available both in Australia and overseas. Discover where to look for funding, the various types available and detailed information on how to apply and the resources available.

Research performance

ECU is committed to undertaking high-quality research which has strong social, economic, environmental and cultural impact.

To monitor achievement of these goals, research performance data are collected and collated for internal and external reporting purposes, for example HERDC and ERA.

Our services

Research Services provides support for researchers in a wide range of areas, including:

  • Research grant submission and administration;
  • Research ethics;
  • Researcher development; and
  • Contract management.


Research Services' assists researchers to assess their inventions for commercial potential, providing guidance on intellectual property protection and the process of translating a research outcome into a marketable product or service.

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