SEI DECRA Workshop: Conceptualising Your Project

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Thursday 23 June 2022
12.00 - 2.30pm (AEST)

University of Sydney, Camperdown


A bespoke workshop for USYD researchers to craft a successful DECRA grant application that tackles prominent environmental issues.

This workshop will explore the first crucial step in applying for an Australian Research Council DECRA: conceptualising your project in a way that is clear and compelling. A great application requires a fascinating and important topic, but there are many ways to come at any given topic and package up the project that you will ultimately develop. A great deal rests on those fundamental decisions about how to frame the focus and the research aims, how to structure the work to achieve it, and how to present this to the likely diverse group of researchers who will be part of the assessment of an application.

Participants in this workshop will provide a short sketch of their proposed DECRA project in advance. These will be shared with all participants (in confidence). The event will provide an opportunity for all participants to get focused feedback and workshop their proposed approach with other potential applicants and a small panel of senior colleagues with significant ARC experience.

How to register:

This workshop is open to any potential DECRA applicant who is based at the University of Sydney and working on a project aligned with SEI’s research themes.

Places are limited to ensure that the group is small enough to have a focused discussion. Participants will be asked to email their project title and a 400 word project sketch to the organisers. If possible, this sketch should include your draft project aims and draft project innovations (but this is not required if you’re still figuring these out or aren’t exactly sure what these things are). Please register here by Monday 16 May. 

If you have any questions about this workshop, please contact Thom van Dooren (SEI Deputy Director, Member Engagement): thom.van.dooren@sydney.edu.au.