NHMRC Investigator Grant
Impact Track Record Workshop
Identifying and articulating research impacts

In the previous round of Investigator grants, 29% of our clients were successful in securing more than $16,500,000 in research funding

The research impact sections of your track make up 20% of the NHMRC Investigator grants' assessment criteria. Not representing yourself well within these sections could be the difference you need to get funded.

Based on our previous work on Investigator Grants, we developed this online workshop to help you communicate the research impact your work has achieved for the specific purpose of writing the impact track record sections.

The workshop includes several interactive components and individual activities. You will want to come prepared with an idea of the impacts you could use as part of your research impact sections, and you may even realise some new impacts you didn't know you had!

This workshop is tailored to the new guidelines which are due to be released on 3rd February 2021.

After the workshop, you will have mapped out your impacts and will have begun writing each of the three impact sections with the appropriate language and in a compelling way.

February 11th 2021 Online
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9am - 12noon AEDT
Location: Online
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We're going to show you...
What elements of your case study to include in the different sections
The ideal way to write your problem statement and position your work
The difference between writing a knowledge impact case study and other types of impact case studies
How to map out your impacts and decide what best represents your success
Feedback from our participants

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
Learning outcomes
Understanding impact
  • You will understand the four types of impact, as required by the NHMRC (Knowledge, Health, Economic, and Social)
  • We will help you identify the value and impact of all research outputs, including datasets, software and publications
  • Raise your awareness of the broad range of impact measures including qualitative indicators of research impact, such as influence on policy and practice.
  • Outputs vs. outcomes for impact – Gain clarity around dissemination activities versus reach versus impact
  • Evidence considerations by impact and indicator type, understand what is needed to support your claims
Know your research users
  • Identify the impact activities that were used to translate the research and the audiences of these activities.
  • Map your research users to identify potentially uncaptured impacts and to build into the impact pathway as part of your narrative
Writing styles for impact case studies
  • Building your case study, examples of good and bad case studies
  • Using a story narrative to articulate your research impact in a compelling way
  • Examples and case studies of what an impact pathway looks like in practice
  • Case study examples of innovative translation and implementation activities
  • Linking the research and the researcher’s contribution to the impact
Prefer to pay by invoice? Send an email to Tamika. - theiden@researchimpactacademy.com

"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
Who Should attend?
Are you a researcher applying for an NHMRC Investigator Grant or Synergy Grant?

The course is appropriate for researchers wanting to understand the expectations of the impact case study, how to identify the type of impact they would like to present and how to position the information in a compelling way.
What you will learn
Impact definitions and terminology
The first step to succeeding with understanding impact is to know or be aware of the many and varied terms and definitions surrounding this confusing area. 
Writing with clarity 
We want you to have the skills to both understand your impact but to convey both the purpose of your work and the resulting impacts that your program of work has had.
End users and activities
We will examine the the internal and external collaborations you had and the activities you used to deliver your research knowledge. Armed with this information you will have a clear path to developing your case study.
Your Facilitators
Dr Tamika Heiden
Principal, Research Impact Academy

Tamika has dedicated the last five years of her career to impact pathways through knowledge translation and the identification and assessment of research impact. Tamika is passionate about making a difference and delivering projects that create significant and lasting change for her clients. 

Tamika’s more than a decade of career experience as a researcher and research manager in the fields of health, sport and medical research, along with her formal qualifications in knowledge translation and impact make her one of the few specialists that doesn’t just talk the talk. Tamika enjoys helping her clients to form partnerships, develop impact plans, and be rewarded for their efforts.

More recently, Tamika founded and hosted the annual online Research Impact Summit. Tamika's passion for impact, along with the summit success, led to her becoming known as the “Australian powerhouse of Research Impact”, and resulted in her winning the 2018 Knowledge Mobilization Forum award for Innovation. With a 4000 strong audience representing 47 countries, Tamika has interviewed more than fifty experts in the fields of stakeholder engagement, translation and implementation, and research impact.

Cathie Withyman
Associate, Research Impact Academy

Cathie Withyman is a research impact communication specialist. She has worked with leading universities and government departments both domestically and internationally to develop and craft engaging and insightful impact narratives.

Cathie possesses over 15 years experience partnering with researchers, program managers and communication professionals to facilitate training and skills development in the effective communication of research and program impacts. She is a master at drawing out the true nature of impacts and weaving this into a compelling narrative.

A key achievement of Cathie’s to date has been the compilation of a leading Australian University’s submission to the Australian Research Council’s 2018 Impact and Engagement Assessment. Cathie managed the development and authoring of 12 Impact Case Studies and 10 Research Engagement Narratives over an intense six-month period.
She is skilled at coaching and mentoring research academics to plan, record and report on research impact. She has developed training programs and resource materials to support academics in this increasingly important area of their work.

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$275 per person
11th February 2021 9am - 12 noon AEDT
Location: online
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