Thursday, 2 April 2020

Attention: SCS HDR Students

We are very sympathetic to the current situation that you face as graduate research students within the Faculty. This is a difficult time for all of us, with a lot of uncertainty. Although we don’t have all the answers, we are here to listen and try to answer as many concerns as we can.

SCS Intranet COVID-19 page

The School of Clinical Sciences has a dedicated page on the School's intranet site for all information relating to COVID-19. This includes messages from the Head of School, general University staff updates, MHTP updates, information on research, the latest Government health advice, and the physical and mental health support services that are available for staff and students. To access the site please click here

Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance (extended edition)

In light of recent events the practice of mindfulness and meditation is more important than ever. To ensure that we look after our mental health Monash staff can now have FREE access to the FutureLearn Mindfulness for Wellbeing and Peak Performance course for the whole year by upgrading your registration.

MMC Level 2 Security Office Relocation

The Monash Medical Centre (MMC) Level 2 Site Security Control Room is relocating. All customer-facing Security administration for MMC and MCH will be administered 24x7 from the Level 1 Security Office.

Accessing Research Professional off-campus

Most people at Monash use Research Professional (RP) whilst on campus, and can therefore access RP without needing to log on (indeed most have never logged on).

Update – Changes to NHMRC 2020 Funding Schemes

Further to the message to the health and medical research sector on 19 March, NHMRC has been working hard and consulting with Research Committee and a number of peak stakeholder groups to develop a way forward in these very uncertain and challenging times.

Update – Changes to ARC 2020 Funding Schemes

The disruptions researchers, reviewers, partners and administrators are experiencing now will have long term impacts and the ARC is committed to assisting all as best they can.

Deadline extended - Club Melbourne EOI

Due to the recent changing circumstances, the MRO will be extending its deadline for its internal expression of interest for the 2020 Club Melbourne Fellowship. Please send your EOI to by 5pm Monday 6 April.

New dates: Clinical Trials & Cohort Studies Grants

In light of the NHMRC's recently revised deadline for Clinical Trials & Cohort Studies (CTCS) Grants, please find new key dates for the scheme outlined below.For questions, please contact

New dates: Ideas grants

In light of the NHMRC's recently revised deadline for Ideas Grants, please find new key dates for the scheme outlined in the email from the MRO below.  The MRO has advised that they are awaiting guidance from Cancer Australia on their revised submission date in light of NHMRC's extended deadline.  This will be updated as soon as known.  For questions, please contact

2020 Synergy Grant Scheme – Cancelled - Please export NHMRC Synergy Grant data from Sapphire before 6 April 2020

In light of the unfortunate cancellation of the 2020 Synergy Grant scheme, please see below communications just in from the NHMRC encouraging grant applicants to export their application data from Sapphire before 6 April 2020. Beyond this date application data will no longer be accessible through the Sapphire system. For questions, please contact

ARC Grants - MRO internal review deadline extensions

Due to the recent extensions of ARC deadlines for Linkage Projects Assessment Round 1 (LP20), Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LE21) and Special Research Initiative for Australian Society, History and Culture 2020 (SR2002) applications, MRO has also extended the internal review deadlines as listed below:

Library response to COVID-19

Monash library have provided the following information for academic staff and graduate students in relation to COVID-19.

MRFF Frontier Health & Medical Research Program Deferred

The Department of Health, via AusIndustry, advise that the Frontier Health and Medical Research Program has been deferred.

MRFF – 2020 Antiviral Development for COVID-19 Grant Opportunity open for applications - urgent call for research

Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) – Coronavirus Research Response Initiative – 2020 Antiviral Development for COVID-19 Grant Opportunity is open in Sapphire and will close 5:00pm (AEST) on 8 April 2020.

Calling ALL Monash SCS students! Hudson Institute Student Society, HISS 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) slide presentation

Please note, the 2020 HISS AGM, which was scheduled on Friday 27th March, was cancelled until further notice and we are hoping to hold this later in the year. The HISS AGM is an opportunity for current Monash SCS and Hudson students to come together, welcome new students and introduce them to the life of a research student.