Project Leader: Professor Roslyn Boyd (Professor and Scientific Director, QCPRRC) 

Project Manager: Ms Sarah Piper (Core Facilities Project Manager, Faculty of Medicine)


Project Background and Outcomes

Current situation

The current grant funding climate in Australia is austere, with success rates for federal grant schemes commonly less than 20%. Research within the Faculty is largely dependent on grant and fellowship funding, and so maximisation of grant outcomes is crucial going forwards.

Expected Outcomes

1. Design and develop a Program to better equip researchers to respond dynamically to grant funding opportunities.

The program will include mechanisms to capacity build and upskill at the level of:

  1. Centres of Research Excellence / Synergy grants;
  2. Early Career and Mid-career researchers;
  3. Senior researchers;

The Program will introduce mechanisms to respond dynamically to targeted funding calls, such as the MRFF, and therefore improve strike rates.

2. The design and development of an improved grant submission process with respect to timing and preparation of all grant and fellowship submissions across the Faculty. The process will provide a framework to monitor and incentivise active participation and the uptake of the Program outlined in 1.