Strategies for research funding applications
Success in acquiring research funding has become increasingly difficult with the increased number & competitiveness of applications and further exacerbated by the falling expenditure into scientific research. More than ever, researchers and research organisations need to develop innovative strategies to deliver on the needs of the funder and to provide a return on investment to the economy, environment, and society.
Over two days you will gain insights into the formal and informal funding sources to fully utilise the research funding options available. You will also understand the strategy for developing a future-proof research agenda to be prepared for the future funding landscape changes that might otherwise hamper the success rate of fund applications.
Through interactive group activities, you will learn the steps behind creating a funding strategy that is able to link researchers and research users to ensure research is relevant for everyone.
At the end of the 2-day program, you will gain a better understanding of the considerations behind positioning and pitching in your funding applications, as well as the approaches to translating the broader impacts of the projects into grant writing. This 2-day workshop will refresh, reinforce, and build on your current knowledge by introducing new techniques, methods, and tools that are practical and easily understood.
- IDENTIFY available funding avenues and requirements to be positioned strategically to leverage on them
- GAIN insights into planning for future research funding applications by matching funding opportunities to your long-term research goal
- LEARN the techniques needed to future-proof your research agenda to attain funding opportunities more effectively
- ADOPT the best practices in positioning your research funding plans focus for research success beyond the application process
- UNDERSTAND institutional strategies for research funding support to develop a competitive research agenda and a robust funding strategy
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I was fortunate to attend Tamika Heiden’s 2 day masterclass for Securing Successful Research Funding and Grants Applications in February 2018. It was quickly obvious that Tamika is passionate about impact for research, and for people to achieve and be successful. She presented the information clearly and with experience. She was able to communicate relevance to all people in the room regardless of their experience and reason for attending. I left the masterclass feeling very well equipped to take the steps needed to improve my future applications. If you have the opportunity to attend Tamika’s masterclass, you should go as I am sure you will get a lot from it both professionally and personally.
Dr Helen Petsky RN, PhD
Senior Lecturer & Post-Doctoral Fellow, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Menzies Health Institute Queensland, Griffith University
All workshops include
To examine our performance (impact), and to provide feedback regarding the value of the workshop to the individual and their organisation.
During the workshop participants will work on relevant elements for their own projects. Participants will leave with ideas and a plan of next steps to be undertaken.
Handouts, activity sheets and information. Participants will have a valuable resource to refer back to as they implement their new knowledge.
All workshops include a follow-up coaching session with each participant to cover any questions and concerns and to facilitate the implementation process.
Participants will use action items developed during the workshop to develop a purposeful and strategic plan. We make sure that time out for this workshop is not wasted but instead leveraged.
What participants say about our workshops
Excellent job thanks. Really honestly the best review of a grant I have ever had. I didn’t incorporate all of your suggestions but a large part has been included.
The 2020 NHMRC Investigator Grant Workshop series was EXCELLENT! Each workshop was packed full of important and useful information that helped me write my grant. Tamika and Cathy are amazing teachers and very knowledgeable in the field of research impact. I also had a one-on-one full grant consultation, which I would highly recommend to get detailed effective and interactive feedback.
We found the ‘in-person’ meeting the most valuable aspect of our service with the Research Impact Academy. Articulating impact is one of the hardest things to do in grant applications. Through a stimulating discussion, RIA were able to coach us through exactly what impact our project would have, and how to incorporate this into our application early and often. We had previously been unable to articulate this so clearly. Our interaction with RIA improved our grant considerably, however I learnt many skills in generic grant writing that I will be able to apply for future applications and that I can share with my research students.
Tamika developed an Info Brief for our Center. The disability researchers we serve will have an easy to read, as well as evidence-based, resource to improve their stakeholder engagement. Our Center too will improve its practices around engagement because of Tamika’s insights. Ultimately, when our Center and the researchers we serve use the guidance in the Info Brief, we will build the right solutions to the most pressing problems in the disability community.
I was really happy with the comments on my grant and the zoom recording. Both were really useful while I was re-editing and re-editing and re-editing…
I honestly don’t think I would have been funded if it wasn’t for your guidance in the impact sections
Thanks again for all your help with the NHMRC Investigator Grant application. I honestly don’t think I would have been funded if it wasn’t for your guidance in the impact sections.
Hopefully this will be a springboard for future funding applications, and whenever there is a need to highlight impact/pathways to impact, I’ll be sure to have you involved!
Just briefly I thought the process was great – the combination of the written feedback, zoom call and video recording was excellent. I liked that some additional written feedback was added to the documents during the meeting. In terms of the feedback itself, I thought it was very useful and am confident we now have a stronger application as a result.
Well worth the time. Shows how important it is to take a step back and reflect on impact before the end of a project
RIA presented key elements of the research impact journey in a clear and understandable manner. I would recommend this course to anyone who is involved in writing research grants or summarising their research impact
This is a very insightful workshop. It provided guidance on how I should structure the important 3 pages of my Ideas grant application
You need to clone yourselves – we need more of you. Your knowledge and experiences that you shared, particularly the examples given, are invaluable to researchers who are trying to write these grants, especially for the first time.
Thank you Tamika for facilitating such a wonderful workshop that gave practical and insightful tips and tools for creating, capturing and communicating research impact. Your experience and knowledge of NHMRC applications and beyond enabled our researchers to apply what they learned to their own field of work.
As a PhD student, I really benefited from this workshop. The RIA has enhanced my long-term vision and helped me consider the ways that I create, capture and communicate my impact. I would recommend their workshops to all researchers.