Growing a research profile & program at Flinders

Course description

Be inspired by three highly successful Flinders' researchers as they share their strategies for success in building research programs fuelled by competitive funding schemes. Discover how these researchers have successfully:

  • built their careers
  • grown their research identity
  • attracted funding and collaborations
  • created successful research teams, including students

Insights for ARC, NHMRC, and Category 2&3 funding programs.

This session includes an update and launch of Flinders research improvement projects by Jodieann Dawe, Director, RDS.

Speakers will include:

Prof Claire Smith

Claire is an anthropological archaeologist with the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and has raised over $4 million in funding for humanities research projects including seven grants from the ARC. She is a University Medalist and former Fulbright PostDoctoral Fellow with the American University and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History. She has built global research capacity through establishing the Archaeologists without Borders and Global Libraries Programs, supporting the establishment of a refereed journal, Archaeologies, and initiating five new international book series.

Prof Damien Keating

Damien obtained his PhD in 2003 and is one of the six Research Theme Leaders in the College of Medicine and Public Health. He was recruited to Flinders with a Fellowship from BioInnovation SA and has since been awarded a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 1), an ARC Future Fellowship and a NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (Level 2). He has been the lead investigator on three Discovery and one Linkage Grant from the ARC and four NHMRC Project grants, as well as receiving Industry funding. His total funding currently exceeds $8 million, he has published 90 scientific papers and in 2015 he was promoted to Professor. He is currently lead investigator on two NHMRC Projects and one ARC Discovery grant, which supports his research program and an outstanding team of 12 researchers and students.

A/Prof Mike Gardner

Mike researches evolution and maintenance of genetic diversity in natural populations - with lizards and their parasites as his main systems. Based in the College of Science and Engineering, Mike works closely with Ecological Societies and the SA Museum. He has been awarded over $2 million in funding from multiple organisations contributing to building a research team that includes highly active HDRs and honours students. His career path has been non-standard which he built with a mixture of small student lead grants and industry based funding before achieving ARC success. He has published 150 scientific papers.

Flinders’ Research Community based in rural and remote locations will be able to access and participate in the workshop. Please indicate if you are from a rural or remote location when enrolling or contact Kirsty de Ruyter at

Type of course



Melissa Gregory
Research Development and Support

Who should attend

  • ECR
  • MCR
  • Established researchers
  • Research support staff

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