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 in 2019 - providing information and practical advice about grant writing, access to expert grant application reviewers and grant incubator workshops.

Topics 2019 Diary Dates

Session 1: New NHMRC Funding Schemes   [SYNERGY Grant, IDEAS Grant & CLINICAL TRIALS Grant

Thursday 21 March
Session 2: (TBA)-
Session 3: Pre Grant Writing CircleFriday 17 May
GAP Special Session: NHMRC's new grant programWednesday 22 May
Session 4: How to respond to Reviewer comments: Rejoinder and Rebuttal preparation Thursday 30 May
Session 5: Linkage projectsThursday 27 June
GAP Special Session:  DECRA - ARC Special Session I Thursday 4 July
GAP Special Session: Future Fellowships - ARC Special Session IIFriday 5 July
Session 6: NHMRC Partnerships & Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)Tuesday 9 July
Session 7: Engagement and ImpactWednesday 14 August
Session 8: Pre Grant Writing CircleWednesday 21 August
Session 9: ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program (Training Centres & HUBS)Monday 26 August
Session 10: NHMRC Investigator Grants - lessons learnedWednesday 18 September
Session 11: ROPE [ARC]Monday 23 September
Session 12: Budget [ARC] and Direct Research Costs [NHMRC]Wednesday 9 October
Session 13: Finesse the first page of a Grant proposal [Project description]Wednesday 16 October
Session 14: What’s new and Lessons learnt for inclusion in the 2020 ARC DP Grant RoundsThursday 21 November
Session 15: What’s new and Lessons learnt for inclusion in the 2020 NHMRC ideas and CTCS RoundsTBA - 2020 Q1
Session 16: ARC DECRA ApplicationTuesday 10 December
Session 17: ARC LIEF NOI process and Lessons LearnedTuesday 3 December

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.


Open to all UON researchers.

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