Inspiring proposals - exploring the commonalities among successful funding applications

Course description

The session will highlight the commonalities that exist across successful grant applications.

  • Grant application techniques and sections to be discussed include:
  • Presenting your application with the reviewers in mind
  • The importance of the first page of the proposal
  • How to form a successful team
  • Identifying the project innovation
  • Understanding impact
  • Utilising you research environment and facilities
  • Feasible budgets and budget justification

In addition, information about the support available at Flinders for grant development and applications will be provided.

The principles and practices discussed in this session will be applicable for all grant and fellowship types - ARC, NHMRC and Category 2&3.

Flinders' RDS Grants Officers Dr Melissa Gregory and Ms Amanda Wright will lead this session together with Professor Mike Nicholls, CEPSW.

Professor Nicholls is currently the Dean of Research for the CEPSW and is on the ARC College of Experts on the SBE Panel. His research has been supported by over $3M in grants, including nine Discovery Projects from the ARC. His is the Director of the Brain and Cognition Laboratory, which has a broad interest in cognitive processes, how they operate and how they might be represented in the brain. He has held various administrative roles including Dean and Deputy Dean of the School of Psychology, Director or the Flinders Institute of Psychological Science and Chair of the School Research Committee. He was an Editor of Laterality and an Associate Editor for the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Flinders’ Research Community based in rural and remote locations will be able to access and participate in the workshop. Please indicate if you are from a rural or remote location when enrolling or contact Kirsty de Ruyter at

Type of course



Melissa Gregory

Amanda Wright
Research Development and Support

Who should attend

  • ECR
  • MCR
  • Established researchers
  • Research support staff

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