The 3-day interactive workshop aimed to provide guidance in grant/fellowship writing, grantsmanship, clinical trial design, biostatistics, budgeting, bibliometrics and career development through mentorship, lectures and group discussions. This intensive workshop involved lectures from topic experts (clinical trials design, biostatics), and panel discussions. Attendees were assigned with an experienced primary and secondary mentor and recieved individual feedback on their application.

In collaboration with The University of Queensland (Faculty of Medicine) and the Curtin University, the workshop will be led by Professor Roslyn Boyd, NHMRC Research Fellow and Director of the AusCP-CTN CRE, and mentors with NHMRC track records in the field of Cerebral palsy, Neuroprotection, Pre-clinical Trials and Paediatrics. 

Invited Keynote Speakers

  • Prof. Anne Kelso AO FAA FAHMS (Chief Executive Officer, National Health and Medical Research Council)
    • Overview and focus of NHMRC's current and future activities
  • Prof. Ian Frazer AC (Professor, Faculty of Medicine, The University of Queensland; Translational Research Institute Ambassador, Chair of TRI Foundation Board)
    • Grantsmanship secrets
  • Prof. Jonathan Carapetis AM (Director, Telethon Kids Institute)
    • Alternative funding: philanthropists/trust/not-for-profits/patient-led funding
  • Anne McKenzie AM (Manager, Consumer Engagement, Consumer Advocate, Telethon Kids Institute)
    • Involving consumers in research

Workshop Program

Who should attend?

This workshop was aimed at early to mid‐career researchers from a broad range of disciplinary foci. The goal of the course was to produce a highly competitive funding submission in pre‐clinical or clinical research. The outcome is to produce a submission for a NHMRC Investigator or Ideas grant, or Clinical Trial. This course is designed around an NIH intensive grant writing course and will include updated information on submission to current needs of NHMRC.