The first phase is now live. It’s available to researchers, including HDR candidates, and support teams in Australia and Barcelona. Click here to access it.
Over 400 existing research web pages and content in MyResearch are being progressively consolidated into one place to make it easier for you to find what you need when you need it.
“This is a resource we have really needed and will transform the research experience here. It has the potential to become a single source of information and save researchers a lot of time.”
Associate Professor, Sharath Sriram
“This is the best support tool I’ve seen in over 15 years at RMIT. The ability to log future projects … will help us balance current commitments with emerging opportunities. At any career stage … the portal will be a significant resource.”
Associate Professor, Lawrence Harvey
“It is a terrific online tool that … provides information about the competitive world of research funding and grant seeking. This first phase will introduce HDRs to many of the grant seeking basics.”
PhD candidate, Sam Carroll-Bell
The portal is the place to:
- see your research project milestones, finances, ethics and publications;
- access information across the research lifecycle;
- capture new research ideas;
- access the HDR Candidature and Supervisor Centre; and
- get help and support.
About the portal
However, our researchers have told us they find it difficult to access research information and support. Currently, more than 400 RMIT web pages contain research content, which are often outdated. In addition, it’s not always clear who researchers should contact for support.
That’s why we’re introducing one place for you to find the tools, information and support you need to focus on shaping the world for the better. Researcher Portal is an important step in transforming the way we support our researchers.
You can see information about any of your projects that are listed in Research Master. For each of your projects, this includes your:
- milestones (provided you are a project member listed in Research Master);
- finances (provided you are the Chief Investigator or have been given access by them);
- ethics approvals; and
- publications list.
All current and historical research projects back to 2001 will be visible.
While some of this information can be accessed in MyResearch today and other locations, moving it into the portal will provide one place for you to see information about your research.
Researcher Portal contains information about each stage of the research lifecycle – from idea to impact and everything in between.
The information is structured under six categories.
- Idea – create and capture research ideas.
- Plan – develop a plan to do your research well and maximise its impact.
- Fund – consider possible funding options to bring your project to life.
- Conduct – the ins and outs of conducting your research.
- Communicate – let people know what you’ve discovered.
- Impact – assess the impact of your research.
By consolidating research content into one place, Researcher Portal will make it simpler for you to find research information and support when you need it. Over time, it will help you to spend more time focusing on delivering excellent research outcomes and, ultimately, shaping the world.
And with the portal covering each stage of the research lifecycle, it will be a place to help you take your research from idea to impact.
Researcher Portal will eventually replace MyResearch. However, no decision has been made on when that will occur.
The first release of Researcher Portal has consolidated key information that is currently available in MyResearch and on various RMIT web pages, as well as providing new functionality.
It does not include information about your academic promotions, historical HDR completions and contracts.
Information about individual research projects comes from the following places.
- Research Master for existing project information (including ethics, milestones and publications).
- SAP for existing project finances.
Information about the research lifecycle, including articles, how-to guides and FAQs, is provided by our research services teams. They ensure the information is kept up-to-date.
Accessing the portal
You will need to complete a Salesforce New User form via ServiceNow. You can access the form here. Alternatively, you can contact the Service and Support Centre on 9925 8888.
The process is the same for any new starters who require access to the portal.
Using the portal
You can control who can see your project information. If you are the Chief Investigator, you can:
- keep your project private, so only you can see it; or
- choose to share the project with other researchers at RMIT.
Please note that anyone who is listed as a project member for a project recorded in Research Master will be able to view that project.
From early 2019, you will also have the ability, should you choose, to make your project public to anyone at RMIT, opening the door for more collaboration across the university. More information will be provided about this.
The create project function is a place for you to capture your own user-created research projects. These are new research ideas that don’t yet have a legally binding agreement or an approved internal scheme associated with them. You can decide whether you share these ideas with other researchers or keep them private.
Researcher Portal gives you a single place to see your established research projects that are in Research Master, and to develop new research that you can take from an idea to impact.
For HDR candidates, Researcher Portal is the place to go to build your understanding of how to do research at RMIT. You will find information from each stage of the research lifecycle, and get research help and support.
If you are also part of a research project that has a Research Master record, you may be able to see information about that project in the portal. This will only occur if the Chief Investigator lists you as a project member.
There are also links in Researcher Portal for:
- HDR candidates to access their Enrolment OnLine (EOL) where they can continue to view and manage details of their program and HDR candidature.
- Supervisors to access their Supervisor Centre (within the Student Administration Management System) which includes details for the HDR candidates they supervise.
No, any external researchers you’re working with on your projects are currently not shown in the portal. This includes external co-authors and project co-investigators from outside RMIT.
Eventually, the portal will contain this information but it will take some time to do that between our systems.
Salesforce back-end access is being piloted with the Grants and Post Award teams, and some team members from the Colleges. Salesforce is the platform being used to present data from our other core university systems (such as SAP and Research Master) into Researcher Portal.
We want to ensure this new way of working is implemented effectively before providing Salesforce back-end access to other research services teams. As more functionality is added to the portal, this access will be broadened.
Some additional functionality is already planned for early 2019. This includes:
- the ability to collaborate and share projects with other RMIT researchers;
- research contracts;
- compatibility with mobile phones; and
- reports for managers.
Future functionality will be based on users’ feedback, so please tell us how the portal can continue to be improved.
Getting research help and support
You will receive an email from No.Reply.Research.Support@rmit.com.au containing all the details of your enquiry. It will include the mailbox of the team who will be handling your enquiry (via email), so you can follow up if the matter is urgent or if you need to update your enquiry at any stage.
The team will respond to you as soon as possible. Please do not email the No.Reply.Research.Support@rmit.com.au mailbox as it is not monitored.
Depending on the nature of the enquiry, a response can take time. However, you should follow up by emailing the mailbox listed in the automated email you receive from Research Support.
Please note that you do not need to raise another enquiry.
There are a few tips you should be aware of when using the search function.
- If you enter a phrase in the search function, make sure you put it in quotation marks. For example, “funding agreements”.
- Click on the keywords button to view a tailored list of relevant content.