Preparing your impact track record for the NHMRC Synergy Grant


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Are you applying for a Synergy Grant?

The Synergy Grant round ran for the first time in 2019.  It was the first time that we have seen the introduction of an impact elements required as part of each Chief Investigators track record. 

Having worked with a plethora of researchers around Australia to write their impact case studies for the previous round, and having 29% of our investigator grant clients, writing these same impact elements, win their grants totalling over $16.5 Million, we learned what not to do and how to tackle this aspect of your track record.

Note: This webinar will run after the release of the updated guidelines and include information on any changes to the impact track records sections.

This session will show you:

  • how to approach the case study for the different impact types -  knowledge, social, health or economic

  • common mistakes people make when writing the case study

  • differences between the three sections required in building your impact case study

  • What reviewers liked and didn't like in the first round.

This is worth a large proportion of your grant, it's vital you get this section structured to highlight your impact.

This webinar will talk through approaches each of the elements and outline anything new to note in the guidelines.

  • Reach and significance of the research impact
  • Research program’s contribution to the research impact
  • Applicant’s contribution to the research program
How best to structure and articulate these sections for a clear and concise statement that will be highly ranked on assessment.
The different structures of impact case studies based on the impact type - Health, Social, Knowledge or Economic
What constitutes impact and what constitutes evidence of the stated impacts
Webinar Host
Dr Tamika Heiden
Principal, Knowledge Translation Australia
Tamika Heiden 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.
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.
Our Guest Speaker
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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