Resources - Research

For an overview of the research process see the “Launching Pad”. This will guide you through each of the major stages of a research project, and connect you to the key supporting departments across Melbourne Children's Campus. For additional resources, continue on this page.  


Before you start to write a new protocol, read through this guidance document: Developing, amending and adhering to research protocols. This provides information on why you need a protocol, what information needs to be included and where to seek information and help. 

There are four protocol templates available. If you are unsure which template is best for your study please email

Budgeting guidance and budget template

All campus staff planning to undertake a research project have a responsibility to ensure that good financial management practices are in place. This guideline on setting up a research budget and the budget template will help you cost your project, with useful tips and tricks to ensure you include everything you need. The template is best suited to clinical trials, but can be adapted for other research. 

Ethics and governance management

CRDO has created two process flowcharts that will help you manage the ethics and governance processes for single, or multi-centre studies. They detail each of the steps, and the order of the steps you need to follow. This is especially useful in multi-site studies when you are submitting as a lead site, and need to interact with one or more accepting sites. The flowcharts are housed on the Research Ethics and Governance website

There is also a Standard Operating Procedure and Process flow for the management of adverse events.  This makes this often complex process much easier to navigate. There are both hosted on the Adverse Event page of the Research Ethics & Governance website. 

Project Management

*NEW* Template Version 12 April 2017

This template document is a guide only and lists an abbreviated set of tasks, which cover trial set up, conduct and completion. 

Useful Tools

Research Measures Library
Useful tools and free measures designed to assist researchers conducting their research.
Translation Toolkit

To help make your research count through better translation, use this toolkit to identify stakeholders and select appropriate engagement methods. 

For Melbourne Chidlren's staff and students only - contact CRDO at to request any of the following examples (completed) which you can use as a guide when completing your toolkit: clinical translation; public health translation; and laboratory translation. 

Study Binder (Investigator Site File) Guideline

This guideline details what needs to be included in your study binder/investigator site file and why. Below, there are templates such as delegation and recruitment logs to use in conjuction with this guideline.  For those that prefer to file electronically (or have a mix of paper and electronic) let us know. We have an electronic file structure we can email you that is identical to the paper version. 

Research Forms and Templates 

Updated April, 2017

CRDO, along with the Melbourne Children's Trial Centre (MCTC) and Research, Ethics and Governance (REG) are starting to roll out a number of SOPs designed to help research teams ensure Good Research Practice. If you have a request for a particular SOP please don't hesitate to contact us.  

National Research Regulations and Guidelines