Research Support Directory

The Research Support Directory provides points of contact and information for the Tasmanian research community. 

This Directory is intended to help you wherever you are on your research journey. It lists resources available to the research community and provides contact information for further support.  The Directory has been compiled by our partners and is updated quarterly.  If you have any information that you think could be included within the Directory, please contact

Research directory

Step 1 – Identifying the research idea

All research starts with a research idea, this may be a problem that you wish to solve, an area you wish to research or a gap in current knowledge.

As your idea is forming it is helpful to:

  • Develop your idea in collaboration with external partners, consumers, and research end users.
  • Search current available topic literature.
  • Consider the data that already exists.
  • Define the research question.

Step 2 – Seek approvals

If you are working in the health system, you must discuss your research idea with your direct line manager and seek any approvals before commencing any research.

  • Consider whether a formal mentoring or course may support you to achieve your research aims.
  • Consider whether your research is a Quality Improvement (QI) initiative.

For University of Tasmania staff, please contact if you are unsure of requirements.

International or National

Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement list relevant mentoring and study opportunities.

University of Tasmania

For all available courses visit the University of Tasmania Course and Unit Handbook

Department of Health

For information on Clinical Trials go to the Australian Clinical Trials Education Centre

Primary Health Tasmania

Primary Health Learning Hub

Step 3 – Planning and development

Building strong collaborative relationships is crucial in the development stage of your research project. Develop your research questions and study further by:

International or National

Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement list relevant mentoring and study opportunities.

University of Tasmania

University of Tasmania Discovery Portal

For all available courses visit the University of Tasmania Course and Unit Handbook

International or National

Tasmanian Collaboration for Health Improvement guides and resources.

Consider potential partners outside academia such as NGOs and health professional groups. These can be vitally important as research partners or as part of the research project team i.e. recruiting study participants and implementing your research findings in policy and practice.

Step 4 – Research protocol

Write a detailed, thorough description of your proposed research project. Follow the appropriate guidelines to construct your study protocol. For assistance with how to prepare a research protocol:

  • Speak to mentor/supervisor
  • Speak to library services
  • Join CoP’s and get support from peers
  • Review project protocol templates on the UTAS Ethics Review Manager (link below)

Step 5 – Sources of funding

If you are applying for research funding, please follow the guidelines of the identified funder. Research funding should include ethics. If your project does not require external funding, ensure that you have a budget for any research activities such as travel and ethics approval and/or ethics fees that may be incurred.

University of Tasmania

Research Funding. This intranet page includes link to summaries of ARC, NHMRC and MRFF on the intranet, inc. some useful resources that UTAS has developed.

College of Health and Medicine Hub

UTAS employees need to follow internal processes for Grant Funding submissions, including submission of a Research Funding Clearance form and Costing tool, and have approval to submit. Further information.

UTAS staff can access the UTAS Successful Grants Library to find examples of previously successful grant applications (once you’ve identified a potential funder).

Research Professional (UTAS staff service)

Step 6 – Research ethics approval

Ethics review focuses on the protection of participants, researchers and those who may be impacted by the research. Almost all human research requires ethical review. It is important to identify what ethics approvals you need to obtain before proceeding.

Department of Health

Email for more information

Contact the Research Ethics Office to discuss your project

Step 7 – Research governance approval

Governance review focuses on the capacity of the sponsor and researcher to undertake the research and site or institution to host the research including whether it conforms with standards, compliance, privacy and confidentiality, financial probity, legal and regulatory matters, risk management and monitoring arrangements, and good research.

You will also need to apply for research governance approval.

Step 8 – Undertake Research

Department of Health

Library services will assist and indicate what resources and/or packages are available (e.g. REDCAP)

Library services | Tasmanian Department of Health

Step 9 – Translating findings and driving implementation

Once research findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals, the project can consider how to translate these findings into actionable summaries for key stakeholders and the public.

With special thanks to:

  • University of Tasmania – College of Health and Medicine Research Hub – Strategic Research Funding Team – Research Division. University of Tasmania
  • Department of Health – Research Governance Office, Clinical Quality, Regulation and Accreditation (CQRA), Department of Health 
  • University of Tasmania – Learning and Research Librarians – University of Tasmania
  • Department of Health – Library Services
  • Primary Health Tasmania
  • Department of Health – Quality Improvement Team

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