Training and support

Training and support

Macquarie University provides training and support in the form of comprehensive workshops and online resources. These are available to Macquarie University researchers and external applicants who intend to apply for research funding through Macquarie University. Macquarie has also established the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Network which aims to develop the career opportunities and open pathways for achieving world-leading research for our most promising ECRs.

Upcoming Workshops

Advice to MQ Academics on Mentoring Early Career Researchers

About: This workshop aims to provide strategic advice to MQ academics on mentoring early career researchers (ECRs). The workshop will be chaired by Prof Lesley Hughes, and along with 5 panel members from each of Macquarie’s faculties, the group will discuss their experience in recruiting, supporting and advising ECRs. The panel members have outstanding track records in mentoring the next generation of research leaders and will provide unique insights into their development of highly supportive and collaborative research environments. Topics to be covered will include:

  • How mentors have identified and recruited appropriate ECRs
  • Examples of how mentors have assisted ECRs in the transition from PhD to postdoctoral positions
  • Advice mentors have provided to ECRs on becoming independent researchers
  • The importance of encouraging ECRs to apply for competitive research funding
  • Considering the value of teaching duties in developing a well-rounded ECR track record
  • How mentors have provided ECRs with experience in HDR student supervision
  • Guidance and opportunities mentors have provided for ECR career trajectories
  • Challenges faced by both mentors and ECRs
  • Examples of the most outstanding achievements that have emerged from mentoring ECRs

Who should attend? All Macquarie University academics and researchers are invited to attend the workshop. It is expected this topic will be of most interest to mid-career researchers who are building their research groups and who may have experienced some challenges in ECR mentoring. As part of the audience you will have the opportunity to address questions to the panel.

Chairperson: Prof Lesley Hughes (PVC, Research Integrity and Development)

Panel members:

Date: Tuesday 2 May 2017

Time: 12:30-14:00

Location: Senate Room (C8A, 16 Wally’s Walk, room 310)

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Philanthropic Grants Workshop

About: This workshop aims to provide strategic advice to MQ researchers and academics on the process and steps to be more successful in gaining funding from philanthropic foundations.  The 2 ½ hour workshop will detail the various types of philanthropic funders and their expectations; how to position your work for this audience, with particular focus on the evaluation, outcomes and budget; and adapting a category one application (ARC or NHMRC) to a philanthropic foundation. The workshop will be facilitated by Strategic Grants, who provide grant strategies, research and training to build your organisation's capacity to be ready and able to win grants.

Topics to be covered will include:

  1. The philanthropic funding landscape
  2. Ensuring your research project is “philanthropy ready”
  3. How to write a strong philanthropic application
  4. The Macquarie University process for the identification of  and communication with prospective philanthropic funders
  5. Relationship-building and reporting

Who should attend? All Macquarie University academics and researchers are invited to attend the workshop.

Chairpersons:
Prof Lesley Hughes (PVC, Research Integrity and Development)
Mr Paul Dennett (Executive Director, Office of Advancement)

Date: Tuesday 9 May 2017

Time: 12:00-14:30

Location: Lecture Theatre, Level 1, Australian Hearing Hub, University Avenue

REGISTER HERE

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NHMRC Project Grant Rejoinder Workshop

About: Applicants for the 2018 NHMRC Project Grant round will receive assessor comments/questions from their Primary Spokesperson, Secondary Spokesperson and External Assessors in the form of an Assessor Report. Applicants will have up to 10 days, inclusive of weekends and public holidays, in which to submit their two page applicant response. This workshop will provide advice and assistance on writing your applicant response. 

The approximate dates for the release of the assessor reports and submission of the applicant response are below. The provision of the Assessors Report to applicants is dependent upon the timely provision and availability of reports from the Spokespersons and External Assessors and therefore may occur outside of the indicative time periods. Where significant delays occur, applicants will be notified by the NHMRC. 

 Period OnePeriod Two
Approx. dates for release of Assessor Reports5-16 June 201726 June - 4 July 2017
Approx. dates for submission of Applicant Response15-26 June 20176-14 July 2017

Date: Thursday 1 June 2017

Time: 12:00-13:00

Location: Senate Room (C8A, 16 Wally’s Walk, room 310)

Speaker: Courtney Bendall (Research Office)

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Developing Partnerships as a Part of Your Long-Term Research Plan

About: This session aims to introduce researchers to working with external organisations (eg: industry, government and not-for-profit partners) on research projects. The Research Partnerships Managers will facilitate a session to frame how engagement with external partners can be developed, and specific tools to help researchers strategise their own potential partner links as a part of their long-term research plan.

There will also be the opportunity for engaged discussion with researchers who have established partnerships, who will outline their own experience of partnered research, and what can be gained from this activity.

The session will cover:

  • Engaged research - understanding the impact and engagement agenda at Macquarie University and nationally
  • Benefits of working with external organisations - input, feedback and stimulus from external partners in conceiving your research projects
  • Diversifying your funding streams - what does this look like for your 5 year research plan?
  • Training and development - understand what your training and development profile might be for partnered research, and the tools and resources available to you
  • Potential partners & what to do - help to identify who you might want to engage with, and initial steps on how to begin

Date: Wednesday 21 June 2017

Time: 12:00-13:00

Location: Senate Room (C8A, 16 Wally’s Walk, room 310)

Speakers: Mark Berlage, Lisa Elliott, Carly Evans (Research Office)

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Managing Your Research Project: Support Available Through the Research Office

About: This session will provide an overview of Research Office post-award services and includes plenty of time to address your questions.
Date: Sessions for 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks
Time: 
TBA
Location: TBA
Speaker: Phyllis Heggie (Research Office)

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IRIS Systems Training for Researchers and Research Students

About: This session will provide an overview of IRIS system functions and navigation.
Date: Sessions for 2017 will be announced in the coming weeks
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Speaker: Heron Jayawardena (Research Office)

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Collaboration: The Secrets of Success 

About: Collaboration — with colleagues, within or across departments, within or across disciplines, inside and outside the university, with local, national and international partners — is highly prized in academia. But how do you ensure your collaborations are valuable and successful? How do you establish them, set ground rules, negotiate roles and outcomes? How do you manage these relationships over time, recognise trouble signs, and repair faltering or unproductive collaborations? Our Panel of senior researchers and ECRs, academic and professional staff, from across the University will share insights into how to choose collaborators, the keys to successful collaboration and ways to navigate tricky situations. There will be time for your questions and requests for advice.
Date: TBA
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Speakers: Prof Amanda Barnier (Faculty of Human Sciences), Prof Lesley Hughes, (Pro-Vice Chancellor Research Integrity and Development), Prof Catharine Lumby (Faculty of Arts), Dr Celia Harris (Faculty of Human Sciences), Dr Lee Spitler (Faculty of Science and Engineering), Dr Kyle Ratinic (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)

Past Workshops

2017 Workshops

DECRA: Writing the Statement by the Administering Organisation
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Prof Lucy Taksa (Faculty of Business and Economics)
15 February 2017
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

DECRA: Building your Budget
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
8 February 2017
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

NHMRC Project Grant Budget Workshop
Courtney Bendall (Research Office)
2 February 2017
Slides [PDF]

NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (CDF) Workshop - Changes for 2017
Courtney Bendall (Research Office)
30 January 2017
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360] 

Discovery Projects: Building your Budget
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Dr Sarah Mengler (Faculty of Arts)
30 January 2017
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

NHMRC Project Grant Workshop - Changes for 2017
Courtney Bendall (Research Office)
20 January 2017
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360] 

NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Workshop - Changes for 2017
Courtney Bendall (Research Office)
19 January 2017
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

2016 Workshops

What is my next step post-PhD? NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (for HDR students)
Courtney Bendall (Research Office)
28 November 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360] 

DECRA and Discovery Projects: Constructing your Title, Project Summary and Impact Statement
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
16 November 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

Discovery Projects: Developing your Project Description in the Arts and Social Science Disciplines
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Prof Catharine Lumby (Faculty of Arts)
4 November 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

Discovery ProjectsDeveloping your Project Description in the Science Disciplines
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Prof Marie Herberstein (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
3 November 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

Evaluating Your Research Performance & Analysing Journal Quality & Impact with Scopus & Mendeley
Thomas Klingler (Elsevier)
2 November 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

DECRA: Developing your Project Description in the Science Disciplines
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Varun Sreenivasan (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
1 November 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

DECRA: Developing your Project Description in the Arts and Social Science Disciplines
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Prof Amanda Barnier (Faculty of Human Sciences)
31 October 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

DECRA and Discovery Projects: Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) for the Science Disciplines
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Prof Bernard Mans (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
20 October 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

DECRA and Discovery Projects: Research Opportunity and Performance Evidence (ROPE) for the Arts and Social Science Disciplines
Prof Julie Fitness (Faculty of Human Sciences)
18 October 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360] 

Introduction to the Project Grants Scheme - FMHS & FSE
Courtney Bendall (Research Office), Mark Connor (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)
17 October 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

Introduction to the Project Grants Scheme - FA, FBE & FHS
Courtney Bendall (Research Office), Jennifer Cornish (Faculty of Human Science), Viviana Wuthrich (Faculty of Human Science) 
17 October 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

Orientation to Research: Securing Competitive Research Funding and Research Office Support
Louise Fleck (Research Office), Courtney Bendall (Research Office), Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
14 October 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360] 

Introduction to RGMS Profile and CV for NHMRC Grant Submissions
Courtney Bendall (Research Office)
13 October 2016 
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

Introduction to the ARC DECRA Funding Scheme
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
12 October 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

NHMRC Career Development Fellowship (CDF) Workshop
Courtney Bendall (Research Office)
21 September 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360] 

NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (ECF) Workshop
Courtney Bendall (Research Office)
20 September 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360] 

Position Yourself: Avenues to Philanthropic, Industry and Government Funding
Caitlin Crockford (Trusts and Foundations Specialist, Office of Advancement), Gary Colquhoun (Innovation Connections Facilitator, AusIndustry), Anna Grocholsky (Director, Office of Commercialisation and Innovation), Mark Berlage, Lisa Elliott and Carly Evans (Research Partnerships Managers, Research Office)
1 September 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

Strategic Publishing: Choosing Outlets for Your Research
Dr Andy Pleffer (DVCR Office), Susan Shrubb (Library), Rebekah Kim (DVCR Office), Dr Colin Klein (Faculty of Arts)
2 August 2016
Slides [Link]

Developing a Competitive ARC Linkage Proposal
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
29 July 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

ARC DP 2017 - Crafting an Effective Rejoinder
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
29 June 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

ARC DECRA 2017 - Crafting an Effective Rejoinder
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
20 June 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360] 

Developing Your Personal Research Plan
Assoc Prof Malcolm Choat (Faculty of Arts), Associate Professor Ian Blair (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences), Dr Viviana Wuthrich (Faculty of Human Sciences)
15 June 2016
Slides [PDF]

Outside Studies Program (OSP) 2017: The Practicalities
Prof Mike Jones (Faculty of Human Sciences)
18 May 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

Measuring (and Growing) Your Impact
Dr Andy Pleffer (DVCR Office), Jason Davis (DVCR Office), Susan Shrubb (Library), Dr Adam Dunn (Australian Institute of Health Innovation)
3 May 2016
Slides [PDF] 

How to Initiate Research Partnerships with Industry/Government/NGOs - the Early Stages
Mark Berlage, Carly Evans, Lisa Elliott (Research Office), Prof Nicki Packer (Faculty of Science and Engineering), Prof Richie Howitt (Faculty of Arts)
1 April 2016
Slides [PDF]

Research Strategy Development - Publishing Strategies
Assoc Prof John Dumay (Faculty of Business and Economics)
16 March 2016
Slides [PDF] 

Writing Your Strategic Statement: DECRA
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Prof Lucy Taksa (Faculty of Business and Economics)
15 February 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recoding [Echo360]

Building Your Budget: DECRA
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
8 February 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

Building Your Budget: ARC Discovery Projects
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
20 January 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

ARC Project Title, Proposal Summary, Impact Statement: DECRA and Discovery Projects
Dr Derek Van Dyk (Research Office)
19 January 2016
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

2015 Workshops

ARC Project Description for the Arts and Social Sciences: Discovery Projects
Mrs Gill Ellis (Faculty of Arts), Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Prof Brian Opeskin (Faculty of Arts)
17 December 2015
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

ARC Project Description for the Sciences: Discovery Projects
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Prof Michelle Leishman (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
16 December 2015
Slides [PDF] 

ARC Project Description for the Sciences: DECRA
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Dr Elizabeth Madin (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
14 December 2015
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

ARC Project Description for the Arts and Social Sciences: DECRA
Prof Amanda Barnier (Faculty of Human Sciences), Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
14 December 2015
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

ARC ROPE for the Sciences: DECRA and Discovery Projects
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office), Prof Bernard Mans (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
2 December 2015
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

ARC ROPE for the Arts and Social Sciences: DECRA and Discovery Projects
Mr Colm Halbert (Faculty of Human Sciences), Prof Jennie Hudson (Faculty of Human Sciences)
30 November 2015
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

Introduction to the ARC DECRA Funding Scheme
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
18 November 2015
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

NHMRC Project Grant Workshop
Dr Boris Sarcevic (Research Office), Prof Ian Marschner (Faculty of Science and Engineering), Assoc Prof Ann Goodchild (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences), Dr Viviana Wuthrich (Faculty of Human Sciences)
6 November 2015
Slides [PDF]

How ARC Proposals are Assessed (and how to be a good assessor)
Dr Laura Dan (Australian Research Council)
30 October 2015
Slides [PDF] 

Publication Strategies
Assoc Prof John Dumay (Faculty of Business and Economics)
22 October 2015
Slides [PDF]

Securing Competitive Research Funding: Support Available Through the Research Office
Dr Derek Van Dyk (Research Office)
8 October 2015
Slides [PDF] 

Developing a Competitive ARC Linkage Proposal
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
10 September 2015
Slides [PDF]

Writing for Research Grants: Developing a Strategy and Skills
Prof Amanda Barnier (Faculty of Human Sciences), Assoc Prof Malcolm Choat (Faculty of Arts), Assoc Prof Ian Wright (Faculty of Science and Engineering)
2 September 2015
Slides [PDF]

Evaluating Your Research Performance and Analysing Journal Quality and Impact with Scopus
Mr Thomas Klinger (Elsevier), Dr Steven Riddell (Elsevier)
11 June 2015
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

Crafting an Effective Rejoinder: ARC DECRA and Discovery Project Schemes
Dr Ross Hill (Research Office)
29 May 2015
Slides [PDF]  Recording [Echo360]

NHMRC Project Grant Rebuttal Workshop
Dr Boris Sarcevic (Research Office), Assoc Prof Julie Atkin (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)
27 May 2015
Slides [PDF]

Outside Studies Program (OSP) - Maximising the Opportunity
Prof Mark Wiggins (Faculty of Human Sciences)
21 May 2015
Slides [PDF] 

NHMRC ECF-CDF Fellowship Workshop
Dr Boris Sarcevic (Research Office), Assoc Prof Ian Blair (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences)
4 February 2015
Slides [PDF]

Online Resources

Advice Toolkits

ARC Discovery Projects
MQ DP18 Advice Toolkit - v2

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards
MQ DE18 Advice Toolkit - v2

ARC Future Fellowships
MQ FT17 Advice Toolkit - v2

ARC Linkage Projects
MQ LP17 Advice Toolkit - v1

NHMRC Project Grants
MQ Project Grant 2018 Advice Toolkit - v2

Partner Funded Projects
Guide to conducting research with external organisations 
A Q&A based guide to the phases of partnering as well as available support and resources.
Quick guide
A one page summary of partnering phases, support and resources.

Other Resources

Successful Grants Library 

The Successful Grants Library is located in the Research Office (building C5C, 17 Wally's Walk, level 3, east entrance) and contains external and internal grant applications that were successfully funded. Contact the proposals team (research.preaward@mq.edu.au) or a Research Development Consultant, Dr Ross Hill (ross.hill@mq.edu.au) or Ms Courtney Bendall (courtney.bendall@mq.edu.au), to access this resource. Due to an agreement with the owners of these applications, we are unable to send electronic copies to you, but you are welcome to come to the office to read through hard copies.

If you are an external applicant applying for funding through Macquarie University, please email ross.hill@mq.edu.au for access to any of these resources.

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