ARC Grant Consults
Discovery Projects and DECRA Grants

The Australian Research Council Discovery Projects include sections whereby the applicant must outline the potential benefits of the research including the advancement in knowledge, economic, commercial, environmental, social and/or cultural benefits for Australia and international communities, along with the potential contribution to the Australian Government's National Science and Research Priorities. These benefit sections constitute 15% of the application score and should not be taken lightly.

Writing about benefits requires a different approach than typical scientific writing and must be in a language that can be understood by the public and the Minister, this type of writing can be difficult to master.


Our review process helps you to position your project in a compelling way.

Clear benefits

We are experts in articulating research benefits to ensure they shine through.


We edit not just for clarity, but to position your research in the best possible light.

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What's involved:

We use the following process for our grant consult sessions and have found this to be the most valuable and time effective for researchers.  

  1. Book and pay for your consult below.
  2. We will request your draft document in word document format 48 hours before review
  3. RIA will review and track changes on the document (1 hour estimate)
  4. RIA will set up an online consult, via Zoom, to discuss the review findings with the participant and suggest changes (1 hour)
  5. Session recording and any track changes documents will be sent to the applicant
What you'll get:
  • Expert advice and guidance from one of our expert consultants.
  • Online calendar booking to lock in online consultation time.
  • Consultation reminders.
  • Zoom recording and a session report following the consult.
  • Word document with track changes
  • Optional reduced rate final review
Basic review
ARC Discovery Projects & DECRA
Excludes GST

Sections Reviewed: 
 Application Summary 
- National Interest Test Statement
- Project Description - (Benefit & communication of results) 

Track Changes on your word document
One 1-hour online consult discussion
Basic plus ROPE
ARC Discovery Projects & DECRA
Excludes GST
Sections Reviewed:
 - Application Summary 
- National Interest Test Statement 
- Project Description - (Benefit & communication of results) 
- ROPE - evidence of impact and contributions to the field 

Track Changes on your word document
One 1-hour online consult discussion
Full grant review
This option reviews the whole grant for clarity, and strength of messaging

Contact us
Review main document for clarity and messaging
Initial offline review

Track changes of word documents
Two 1-hour online consults

Additional final review
Expert reviewers

Feedback from our consulting clients

I am excited and relieved to be successful for an NHMRC investigator award.  Your session on preparing for this grant enabled me to get my head around what might be required in terms of research impact, and helped me articulate my research impact for the application.  Thanks to your workshop, I learnt this important skill.

Sarah Dunstan, Melbourne University

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It was an extremely insightful experience to attend the inaugural workshop on Research Impact for NHMRC Investigator Grants at the University of Melbourne in late 2018. Tamika and Cathie introduced key strategies including targeting a single research program of highest impact and providing compelling evidence of impact, and put them in the context of the increasing importance of research impact to funding bodies. The atmosphere of the session was overwhelmingly positive and there was significant time for both interactive group learning and individual proposal development. The follow-up with Tamika and Cathie via email and video conference after the session was critical to refine the proposal and produce a finished product. I would encourage other medical researchers to better understand the impact of their research through participation in this course

Dr Michael Hildebrand, Melbourne University

"It was great to have input from experts in how to write a research impact case study for grant funding purposes. But importantly, they provided guidance as to what I need to do in the future to drive impact"

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Kim Bennell

University of Melbourne
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