Research Professional Development

Update on CNL and Administering Unit Overhead Charge

The University Research Committee (URC 18/78), at the meeting 19 October 2018, resolved to enforce the 10% Competitive Neutrality Levy on external grants.

Exemptions to the CNL levy will only be granted under one of the following conditions:

• If funding body guidelines exclude charging for indirect research costs
• If projects are worth less than $20,000
• If funding is for a scholarship for HDR students
• If the grants are from registered charities and community groups.

Applicants are encouraged to utilise the Budget Approval Form as a calculator when developing a research budget. Further information in relation to the Competitive Neutrality Levy (CNL) can be accessed on the Budget Approval Form User Guide at Section 4 – Indirect Project Costs. If you are unsure about the applicability of CNL to your research budget please contact the Research Office on ext 32578 to discuss.
Seeking confirmation early on this expenditure will ensure you can correctly budget for this expense if required.

Research Acronyms

At Charles Sturt University (CSU), and in academia in general, there are many abbreviations that are particular to academic research. This list is aimed at ensuring all Faculty staff, but especially those new to research, can understand the ‘jargon’ that is commonly used whilst referring to the different aspects of research.

ABNAustralian Business Number
ABS Australian Bureau of Statistics
ADRAssociate Dean, Research
ANZSICAustralian & New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification
ANSZRCAustralian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification
ARCAustralian Research Council
ASRCAustralian Standard Research Classification
BAFBudget Approval Form
CIChief Investigator
CNLCompetitive Neutrality Levy
CRCost Recovery
CoAChart of Accounts
CROCSU Research Output
DGRDeductible Gift Recipient
DoRDefinition of Research
DRCDirect Research Cost
DVC-RDIDeputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development & Industry)
ECREarly Career Researcher
EOIExpression of Interest
EIAEngagement and Impact Assessment
ERAExcellence in Research for Australia
FoRField of Research
FTEFull-Time Equivalent
HERDCHigher Education Research Data Collection
HDRHigher Degree Research
HREAHigher Research Ethics Application
HRECHuman Research Ethics Committee
HoSHead of School
ILWSInstitute for Land Water & Society
ISSNInternational Standard Serial Number
NCGPNational Competitive Grants Program
NHMRCNational Health and Medical Research Council
NTSNotice to Submit
MoUMemorandum of Understanding
ORCIDOpen Researcher & Contributor ID
PDPaid Direct
PIPartner Investigator
PORTIA Postgraduate Research Training Information Assistant
RCDResearch Centre Director or Centre Director
RMResearch Master
RGMSResearch Grant Management System
RMSResearch Management System
ROResearch Office
ROCResearch Outputs Collection
ROPEResearch Opportunity and Performance Evidence
SEOSocio-Economic Objective
SSPSpecial Studies Program
STEMMScience, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine
TCCTax Concession Charity
UAUniversities Australia

Research Impact and Knowledge Brokering, Exchange, Translation and Mobilisation – A Brief Introduction

How do you actually go about moving your research into policy, practice or industry? This online workshop provides a brief introduction to the skills, attitude and disposition required to increase the reach, influence and impact of your research.

Do you want to… 
• Increase the reach, influence and impact of your research? 
• Identify potential research users? 
• Translate your research for use beyond academia? 
• Build meaningful partnerships and networks? 
• Access new funding streams? 
• Think more creatively and entrepreneurially? 

The reasons for academics carrying out research are wide and varied, driven by both intrinsic and extrinsic motivations. The potential for reach, influence and impact is also wide and varied, as are the settings, contexts and pathways that can be chosen to effectively and efficiently navigate this terrain. But how do you actually go about moving your research into policy, practice or industry? 

Dr Helen Alexiou hosts this on line workshop provides a brief introduction to the skills, attitude and disposition required to increase the reach, influence and impact of your research. We begin by introducing the concept of knowledge brokering and explain how it can support you to map out your pathway to impact. We then explore the concepts of knowledge transfer, exchange and translation and outline how each can allow you to move your research, knowledge and ideas from one domain to another. 

This session is limited to 40 participants and registrations will close on the 4th of March.  |
Each participant is required to complete an on-line survey to help align the case studies for this worksop –

Please note – This session will not be recorded.
It will be held on the 6th March: 9:30am to 11:00am
To register for this session see the PD Calendar –

Targeted PD Sessions

As the Faculty Research Liaison Officer, I would like to plan some research related professional development sessions open to staff within the Faculty. If anyone has any suggestions on topics they would like to see covered, please email me at