The University is offering a grant accelerator program, aimed at developing the next generation of researchers.

Research Advantage

Grant accelerator program

Grant Accelerator Program

As part of the Research Advantage Grant Accelerator Program a series of workshops/seminars have been developed to run from May to November this year, providing information and practical advice about grant writing, access to expert grant application reviewers and grant incubator workshops.

The eighth of these workshops –DECRA Application and Strategic Statement Writing – will provide information on what a DECRA application is and how to write a strategic statement

Who: UON Researchers

When: 1.30 – 3.00pm Monday 25 September 2017 [light afternoon tea provided]

Where: ATC 210, [Advanced Technology Centre], Callaghan Campus

Presenters:

 

Professor Geoff Evans, School of Engineering (Chemical Engineering), Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

 

Doctor Elizabeth Roberts-Pedersen, ARC DECRA Fellow, School of Humanities and Social Science, Faculty of Education and Arts

 

Doctor Adam Koppers, Senior Research and Innovation Services, R&I Division

 

Questions:

  • What is a DECRA application?
  • When should I apply for a DECRA?
  • How do I write a Strategic statement?
  • What is my compelling story?
  • How do I make the science jump of the page?

Register now via Discover.

https://discover.newcastle.edu.au/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=1211


The seventh of these workshops – Rejected Grants – Next Steps? – will provide practical options to take when a grant application has been rejected by Reviewers.

Who: UON Researchers

When: 1.00 – 2.30pm Tuesday 12 September 2017 [light lunch provided]

Where: ES203, [Engineering Science], Callaghan Campus

Presenters:

 

Associate Professor Chris Dayas, School of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy
Faculty of Health and Medicine [ARC]

 

To be advised [NHMRC]

 

Ms Kate Hayes, Research and Innovation Services, Research and Innovation Division

Questions:

  • What do I do with my rejected grant application?
  • Do I redevelop my research idea? and resubmit?
  • Do I refresh and start with a new approach altogether?

Register now via Discover.

https://discover.newcastle.edu.au/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=1210


The sixth of these workshops – Pre Grant Writing Circle* – will support the development of fresh ideas for grant opportunities and collaborations in a dynamic, interactive, group-facilitated environment.

Who: UON Researchers

When: 3.00 – 5.00pm Thursday 24 August 2017 [light afternoon tea provided]

Where: HC11 [Hunter Building], Callaghan Campus

Limited spaces available: 20 participants

Prerequisite: bring your grant idea/proposal and be ready to pitch to a small group

Facilitators include:

Professor Deb Hodgson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation

Professor Robert Callister, Deputy Head Faculty of Health and Medicine

Professor Catharine Coleborne, Head of School (Humanities and Social Science), Faculty of Education and Arts

Associate Professor Juanita Todd, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science

Register now via Discover https://discover.newcastle.edu.au/mod/facetoface/view.php?f=273

*= repeated session


The fifth of these workshops –Finesse the first page of a grant application– will provide top tips and lessons learnt on polishing your research project description.

Who: UON Researchers

When: 9.00 – 10.30am Tuesday 15 August 2107 [light morning tea provided]

Where: GH202, Purdue Meeting Room – adjacent to Great Hall, Callaghan Campus

Presenters:

Professor David Lubans, ARC Future Fellow, School of Education, Faculty of Education and Arts [ARC]

Ms Jane Graham, Industry Program Coordinator, Newcastle Innovation, Research and Innovation Division

Questions:

  • What is my compelling story?
  • How do I polish my research project description?

Register now via Discover

https://discover.newcastle.edu.au/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=1207


The fourth of these workshops –Track Record (NHMRC) & ROPE (ARC)– will provide top tips and lessons learnt on building a track record and writing successful Track records and Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) statements on grant applications.

Who: UON Researchers

When: 9.00 – 10.30am Tuesday 11 July 2017 [light morning tea provided]

Where: BSC126 [Architecture Building], Callaghan Campus

Presenters:

Track Record (NHMRC) - Professor Billie Bonevski, NHMRC Career Development Fellow and Brawn Career Development Fellow, School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine

ROPE (ARC) – Professor Rick Middleton, Head of School,School of Electrical Engineering and Computing, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment

Dr Adam Koppers, Senior Grants Officer, Research and Innovation Services, R&I Division

Questions:

  • How do I develop a strong track record?
  • Top Tips from the Grants Strategy and Planning Unit
  • How do I write a compelling Track Record as part of a NHMRC grant application?
  • How do I write a compelling Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) statement as part of an ARC grant application?

Register now via Discover.

https://discover.newcastle.edu.au/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=1205


The third of these workshops – Rejected Grants: Next Steps? – will provide practical options to take when a grant application has been rejected by Reviewers.

Who: UON Researchers

When: 1.00 – 2.30pm Monday 19 June 2017 [light lunch provided]

Where: ATC 210 [Advanced Technology Centre], Callaghan Campus

Presenters:

Professor John Attia, Academic Director, School of Medicine and Public Health

Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science

Ms Kate Hayes, Grants Funding Officer,Research Services, Research and Innovation Division

Questions:

  • What do I do with my rejected grant application?
  • Do I redevelop my research idea? and resubmit?
  • Do I refresh and start with a new approach altogether?

Register now via Discover. https://discover.newcastle.edu.au/course/view.php?id=293&section=4


The second of these workshops – How to address Reviewer comments and present a Rejoinder or Rebuttal– will provide practical advice and recommendations.

Who: UON Researchers

When: 1.00 – 2.30pm Tuesday 30 May 2017 [light lunch provided]

Where: HB13

Presenters include:

Professor Jodie Simpson, School of Medicine and Public Health, Faculty of Health and Medicine

Associate Professor Frini Karayanidis, School of Psychology, Faculty of Science

Register now via Discover https://discover.newcastle.edu.au/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=1204


The first of these workshops – Pre Grant Writing Circle – will support the development of fresh ideas for grant opportunities and collaborations in a dynamic, interactive, group-facilitated environment.

Who: UON Researchers

When: 2.00 – 3.00pm Monday 15 May [light afternoon tea provided]

Where: Treehouse, Callaghan Campus

Limited spaces available: 20 participants

Prerequisite: bring your grant idea/proposal and be ready to pitch to a small group

Facilitators:

Professor Deb Hodgson, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research and Innovation

Professor Robert Callister, Deputy Head Faculty of Health and Medicine

Professor Catharine Coleborne, Head of School (Humanities and Social Science), Faculty of Education and Arts

Professor Daryl Knight, Head of School (Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacy), Faculty of Health and Medicine

Register now via Discover https://discover.newcastle.edu.au/mod/facetoface/view.php?id=1203



Grant writing

This workshop is designed to provide an insightful and informative step-by-step guide to grant writing for first-time writers or individuals looking to refresh their skills.

Topics will include:

  • knowledge and understanding of the grant writing process
  • effective ways to write and prepare grant applications
  • development of a project description
  • practical planning and justification of budget
  • how to write your research track record

Research Project Management principles

Good project management ensures the smooth and effective running of all research endeavours. It assists greatly in the timing and integration of critical tasks, as well as with the overflow of projects.

This workshop will provide a forum for researchers to learn:

  • practical and effective research project management skills
  • the requirements for a robust project plan
  • how to identify common project management pitfalls and strategies to overcome them

UON Academy of Reviewers

The UON Academy of Reviewers is a select and esteemed group of highly experienced researchers who will review draft UON grant applications for major grant rounds (ARC and NHMRC), to provide tactical feedback and advice to applicants.

As the Academy is a small group, the reviews on offer are limited. Faculties will be asked to determine final opportunities should interest be oversubscribed. All applicants interested in this scheme must submit an internal expression of interest form by the advertised date.


Grant Incubator Workshops

These workshops are a new initiative to support the development of fresh ideas for grant opportunities and collaborations, in a group-facilitated environment.


Research Mentorship or Sponsorship

A research mentoring strategy will be implemented to support researchers by way of having a positive impact on participants’ wellbeing, grant incomes, publications and abilities to effectively lead, manage and collaborate.

Advice on how to connect with a research sponsor will be available for individuals wishing to obtain targeted recommendation, profile building experience and networking opportunities.


Eligibility

Open to all ECRs (1-5 years post PhD).


Further information

E: Research_Advantage@newcastle.edu.au


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