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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

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.


Cross Cultural Awareness

Personal and Professional Development
ECU Staff
Research Staff

Develop a theoretical understanding of the dimensions of culture and how it influences language and behaviour. Guest speakers from various cultural backgrounds will present real life examples and insights.


Reach a wider audience with Research Online

Engagement and Impact
Postgraduate Research Students
Research Staff

Highlights the benefits of making research outputs openly accessible in ECU’s repository. How Research Online can help increase readership and impact as well as fulfil funder requirements. Creative commons licences, journal copyright agreements and author’s accepted manuscripts explained. Library-Research Services sessions are offered either on campus, as live webinars or via appointment.


Building an Academic CV

Personal and Professional Development
Research staff

Produce an effective CV that will improve your chances of being successful in applications. During the workshop there will be opportunities for practice and feedback, so please bring three paper copies of your current CV.

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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