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 specialized 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 expertise 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 anticipate experts beyond the faculty within UQ: the team at UQR&I or anyone else we believe will 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; we are keen to provide 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 - 24 to 28 October 2016

Deconstructing the Proposal is a new initiative of the Faculty's ARC Incubator program, 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.

The presentations 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

12:00-1:00pm, Monday 24 October
Room 303, Frank White Building (43)

Come along and discuss how to craft your proposal’s title, your 100 word summary and your impact statement, along with tips on how to select your FOR codes. Presenters: Professor Joanne Tompkins, Professor Greg Marston and Dr Felicity Meakins.

Session 2 – ROPE: How to best express your research track record to a wider audience

12:00-1:00pm, Tuesday 25 October
Room 303, Frank White Building (43)

Come along and hear from successful grant writers on how to present your work in context. Presenters: Professor Kath Gelber, Associate Professor Adrian Cherney and Dr Michelle Brady.

Session 3 – Writing your communication plan: Framing your project’s benefit to society

12:00-1:00pm, Wednesday 26 October
Senate Room (Level 5), Brian Wilson Chancellery (61A)

Come along and consider the ways in which you can argue the benefit of your project to the Australian and international community, and how you plan to communicate that beyond academia. Presenters: Professor Annemaree Carroll, Associate Professor Ilana Mushin and Dr Cameron Parsell.

Session 4 – The DECRA pitch: How to convincingly state your case as an early career researcher

12:00-1:00pm, Thursday 27 October
Senate Room (Level 5), Brian Wilson Chancellery (61A)

Come along and hear from current DECRA holders on ways to successfully shine a light on you and your research. Presenters: Dr Tyler Faith, Dr Jessica White and Dr Amelia Brown.

Session 5 – Aims vs Background: Finding the right balance

12:00-1:00pm, Friday 28 October
Room S201, Hawken Engineering Building (50)

Come along and consider common questions such as “How important is my first page?”, “What are my project’s aims?”  and “How can I successfully pitch this project?”. Presenters: Professor Lorraine Mazerolle, Associate Professor Frances Bonner and Associate Professor Katie Makar.

Grant Development Workshop - 7 December 2016

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 Joanne Tompkins 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 DP18 and DE18 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 Wednesday 7 December, 1pm to 3pm in Room 329, Steele Building (3).

The presentations are available on the HASS Intranet (UQ login required), click here

Expressions of Interest to be submitted by Friday 25 November 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 DP18 and DE18 Rounds - February and March 2017

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.

Discovery Projects (DP18)

  • Round Opens - 7 December 2017
  • UQR&I Scheme information Session - will be set once round opens
  • HASS Faculty Readership submission due date - Monday 30 January 2017. Email a PDF of the RMS version of your application to research@hass.uq.edu.au
  • HASS Faculty Readership Sessions - Wednesday 8 February and Thursday 9 February 2017
  • UQR&I Internal Deadline - 1 February 2017
  • ARC Deadline - 1 March 2017

Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards  (DE18)

  • Round Opens - 16 January 2017
  • UQR&I Scheme Information Session - will be set once round opens
  • HASS Faculty Readership submission due date - Monday 20 February 2017.  Email a PDF of the RMS version of your application to research@hass.uq.edu.au
  • HASS Faculty Readership Sessions - Wednesday 1 March and Thursday 2 March 2017
  • UQR&I Internal Deadline - 1 March 2017
  • ARC Deadline - 22 March 2017

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. .