HASS ARC Incubator Program

Why an ARC Incubator Program? The HASS Faculty Research Office (FRO) is very keen to “value-add” and provide structured assistance to our researchers in their ARC application endeavours. We see our role as building upon support and mentoring already provided within research groups, and schools/institutes/centres. We also coordinate our activity to line up with expert support that is provided centrally by UQ Research and Innovation. We believe our model is flexible enough to be tailored depending on the need and experience of those applying.

What does the assistance look like? The HASS ARC Incubator Program is a multi-layered system of support to those applying to the ARC (although the advice and techniques will have broader application to all funding schemes). The program includes the following activity:

  • Presentations on process, strategy, hints/tips, budgets, metrics
  • Group sessions in scoping out potential applications with peers led by experienced facilitators
  • Intensive readership sessions with experienced readers on individual/team proposals as they develop

Who is involved? The FRO will coordinate the activities and provide a mechanism to facilitate interaction and information sharing among applicants, peers and mentors. There will be a large group of mentors on hand across all disciplines and academic levels who have ARC experience and a willingness to work with colleagues. Applicants (individuals or teams) are encouraged to participate at any stage. We also engage experts beyond the faculty within UQ to enrich the experience and knowledge of those applying to the ARC. Anecdotal (and hard) evidence suggests that applicants who source a wide range of support from within and beyond their disciplines in preparing a submission have a greater chance of success; the HASS ARC Incubator Program povides that framework of support.

What happens now? We encourage participation from researchers at all stages of the application process. You can email us at research@hass.uq.edu.au with questions on how you can be involved. 

Deconstructing the Proposal Sessions: 23-27 October 2017

This year the Deconstructing the Proposal will be coordinated as a UQ wide initiative. The sessions are aimed at breaking down the ARC application into discrete sections or themes and then focusing discussion accordingly. Hour long sessions will be held daily throughout the week and will be presented by scholars who have been successful in the ARC space. We will be offering sessions on sharpening your title and summary, stating your case as an early career researcher, considering your impact beyond academia, and a range of other critical aspects of the application.

Presentations and session recordings are available on the HASS Intranet (UQ login required), click here

The sessions and presenters are below:

Session 1 – Writing your title, 100 word summary and impact statement

Monday 23 October - 12.30pm Lunch and presentations 1:00-2:00pm
QBI Auditorium, Level 7, Queensland Brain Institute Building (79), St. Lucia Campus
Presenters: Victor Callan – ADR (MC), Andrew Burton-Jones (BEL), Paul Strooper (EAIT), Christine Beveridge (Science)
Overview: This session is focussed on dispelling myths on what makes a "good" title/summary/impact statement and to share with attendees what annoys assessors. We will also explore how these sections (along with FoR codes) direct who assesses the proposal.  

Session 2 – The First Page

Tuesday 24 October - 12.30pm Lunch and presentations 1:00-2:00pm
QBI Auditorium, Level 7, Queensland Brain Institute Building (79), St. Lucia Campus
Presenters: Christina Lee – ADR (MC), Andrew Neal (HABS), Tom Rufford (EAIT), Adam Ewing (Med)
Overview: This session will provide insight on how best to approach the project description first page, including giving appropriate weighting to the Aims and Background.   

Session 3 – Project Quality, Significance and Innovation

Wednesday 25 October - 12.30pm Lunch and presentations 1:00-2:00pm
Senate Room, BWC
Presenters: Annemaree Carroll – ADR (MC), Anna Johnston (HASS), Jason Stokes (EAIT), Kerrie Wilson (Science)
Overview: This session will cover the often confusing sections of what makes a proposal "significant" (why the problem is important) and "innovative" (what is novel or ground breaking).  

Session 4 – ROPE: How to best express your research track record

Thursday 26 October - 12.30pm Lunch and presentations 1:00-2:00pm
Senate Room, BWC
Presenters:  Sean Emery – Research Dean (MC), Debra Bernhardt (AIBN), Michelle Hill (Medicine), Michelle Brady (HASS)
Overview: This session will provide insight on the importance of putting your work into context. What tips and tricks can applicants utilise to ensure their profile highlights that they are the right person/team to successfully undertake this timely project at this institution.

Session 5 – DECRA: How to state your case as an early career researcher

Friday 27 October - 12.30pm Lunch and presentations 1:00-2:00pm
Senate Room, BWC
Presenters: Stuart Crozier – ADR (MC),  Artem Pulemotov (Science), Aude Bernard (Science), Paul Pounds (EAIT)
Overview: This session is all about DECRAs. With low success rates for the scheme, how can ECRs shine a light on their track record and make their research project stand out.

Presentations and session recordings are available on the HASS Intranet (UQ login required), click here

Grant Development Workshop: 7 December 2017

This sesion provides an opportunity for researchers in HASS to have one-on-one interaction with facilitator experienced in achieving success in the major funding rounds. Participants will work in a group with facilitators who will be able to provide timely, strategic advice around research teams, grant writing and pitching projects.

The workshop will feature a thirty minute presentation from Professor Annemaree Carroll providing insights on the ARC process and on crafting an application, followed by group sessions to workshop potential applicants’ Expressions of Interest.

We welcome participation from new applicants working towards DP19 and DE19 applications, continous Linkage Projects and also those unsuccessful in previous DP/DE/LP rounds and considering resubmission. If you’d like to receive feedback from colleagues with experience and success in ARC schemes then please get involved. 

The Grant Development Workshop will be held Thursday 7 December, 10-12pm, Room 329, Steele Building (3).

Once available please complete an Expression of Interest to register your attendance

Expressions of Interest to be submitted by Wednesday 29 November 2017 to allow review by your facilitator.

Please email research@hass.uq.edu.au to submit your EOI or ask any questions regarding the session.

Readership for DP19 and DE19 Rounds: January and February 2018

The Faculty Research Office provides readership to any researcher seeking to make an application to an external funding body. We can be contacted at anytime to provide this support. However, given the size and scale of ARC submissions we provided a coordinated program for the DP and DE schemes.

The sessions are offered to provide applicants with an opportunity to seek feedback from peers on their proposals. The FRO Team will arrange the meetings which are only made possible by the generosity of readers who give their time and expertise. If applicants (or readers) aren't available on the dates below this isn't a problem, we are happy to arrange electronic or adhoc sessions as needed. To participate in the DP or DE readership please email a PDF of the RMS version of your application to research@hass.uq.edu.au by due dates below. 

Discovery Projects (DP19)

  • Round Opens - 13 November 2017
  • UQR&I Scheme Information Session - 10 January 2018
  • HASS Faculty Readership submission due date - Monday 15 January 2018
  • HASS Faculty Readership Sessions - Wednesday 24, Thursday 25 and Tuesday 30 January 2018
  • UQR&I Internal Deadline - Wednesday 24 January 2018
  • ARC Deadline - 21 February 2018

Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards  (DE19)

  • Round Opens - 8 January 2018
  • UQR&I Scheme Information Session - 30 January 2018
  • HASS Faculty Readership submission due date - Monday 12 February 2018
  • HASS Faculty Readership Sessions - Tuesday 20 February and Wednesday 21 February 2018
  • UQR&I Internal Deadline - Monday 19 February 2018
  • ARC Deadline - 14 March 2018

Continuous ARC Linkage Projects

From 1 July 2016, applications for the ARC Linkage Projects scheme can be submitted at any time. To support staff working towards ARC Linkage Project applications we would encourage you to get in touch as soon as possible. UQ is supporting the continuous round via a hybrid model of major intake dates and continuous processing, to support pipelines of high quality Linkage Projects applications.

Make sure you visit the UQ ARC Linkage Projects site to assist you in preparing a submission and to find out the intake dates, UQ template documentation and a brochure for potential Partner Organisations.

Also email us at research@hass.uq.edu.au to discuss your proposal. Our Research Partnership Manager, Ms Sarina Hobbin is available to discuss your linkage plans and meet with potential partner organsiations and collaborators as required to support the development of your submission. .