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Securing Successful Research Funding and Grants Applications Masterclass (Singapore)
Dr. Tamika Heiden
Knowledge Translation Australia
Dr. Tamika Heiden, Knowledge Translation Australia


Dr. Tamika Heiden is the Principal of Knowledge Translation Australia Pty Ltd. She has more than a decade of experience as a researcher and research manager in the fields of health, sport and medical research that began with a sports science degree and a PhD in Biomechanics. She has a certification in Knowledge Translation from the University of Toronto, is an Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and has a formal partnership with SickKids Hospital in Toronto.


Tamika brings a breadth of knowledge from a range of backgrounds - both academic and non-academic - to develop high-level overviews and strategic thinking. Working both nationally and internationally, she has brought together researchers and research users to share, create, and translate knowledge for the betterment of society. She works with many government and non-government organizations to facilitate high-level overviews and strategic thinking that is highly relevant to the Australian research funding landscape, exemplified when she gave evidence to the Senate Committee enquiry for the Medical Research Future Fund.

Program Summary

This comprehensive 2-day program is designed for researchers and research managers who want to develop sound strategies for funding applications. Through this program, you will learn how to identify the most lucrative avenues for funding, compete against the big and established grant applications internally and understand how to enter into collaborative partnerships to secure and retain funding. You will also discover how to write a persuasive and compelling grant application that will improve your grant success rates and solve the biggest challenges when it comes to securing research funding. 


Led by Dr. Tamika Heiden, a highly-acclaimed specialist in research projects and grants, Tamika will show you best practices in pitching your funding applications, key contacts you need to establish and offer you a range of practical techniques to help you succeed in tough research funding competitions. She will also show you how to approach the grant application process and develop a successful application.

Programs, dates and locations are subject to change. In accordance with Clariden Global policy, we do not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national or disability in admission to our programs.


Success in acquiring research funding has become increasingly difficult with the increased number & competitiveness of applications and further exacerbated by the falling expenditure into scientific research. More than ever, researchers and research organisations need to develop innovative strategies to deliver on the needs of the funder and to provide a return on investment to the economy, environment, and society.


Led by Dr. Tamika Heiden, highly-acclaimed and experienced training specialist in research projects and grants, who has over a decade of experience in the industry, you will gain insights into the formal and informal funding sources to fully utilize the research funding options available. You will also understand the strategy to developing a future-proof research agenda to be prepared for the future funding landscape changes that might otherwise hamper the success rate of fund applications. Through interactive group activities, you will learn the steps behind creating a funding strategy that is able to link researchers and research users to ensure research is relevant for everyone.


At the end of the 2-day program, you will gain a better understanding of the considerations behind positioning and pitching in your funding applications, as well as the approaches to translating the broader impacts of the projects into grant writing. This 2-day workshop will refresh, reinforce, and build on your current knowledge by introducing new techniques, methods, and tools that are practical and easily understood


What You Can Expect

  • IDENTIFY available funding avenues and requirements to be positioned strategically to leverage on them
  • GAIN insights into planning for future research funding applications by matching funding opportunities to your long-term research goal   
  • LEARN the techniques needed to future-proof your research agenda to attain funding opportunities more effectively 
  • ADOPT the best practices in positioning your research funding plans focus for research success beyond the application process
  • UNDERSTAND institutional strategies for research funding support to develop a competitive research agenda and a robust funding strategy

Who Will Benefit Most

Researcher, Research Manager, Manager Grant / Funding from

  • Graduate Schools
  • Research Offices 
  • Student Support
  • Office of Research & Scholarship
  • Research Agencies and Institutes
  • R&D Corporations
  • Research Centres
  • Government Departments

Program Outline

Day 1 / 0900 - 1700


Session 1: Introduction: Funding types

  • Formal – Government and other major research funding sources (get attendees to outline major ones that are a focus for them and outline any others that may be relevant to the attendees)
    • Australian audience can highlight funding categories 1, 2,3 & 4 and recent changes to how these are considered in block funding grants from government
  • Informal funding sources
    • Philanthropic funding opportunities
    • Tenders, contracts, consulting directly with SME’s, Business or other industry groups
    • Crowdfunding research – pros, cons, examples
  • Group brainstorming activity


Session 2: The future of research funding

  • Global insights – What are international funders focusing on as we see the funds for research stagnating or being reduced. Where is the emphasis being placed, what trends are we seeing that we can start to prepare for now
  • Strategies to prepare for future funding changes
  • Given what we know of the focus and where changes are happening where should our energy be focused?
  • What considerations do we need to prepare?
  • What is important to funders and the funding source – Tapping into the underlying wants, needs, and desires of funders to tailor your research focus
  • Activity


Session 3 & 4: Future proofing your research agenda

  • Getting the balance right
  • Basic research, applied research, commercial activities
  • Innovation 
  • Research training and culture
  • Identifying current reward mechanisms within your research organization strategy and possible changes. International case study examples of how universities are changing their internal rewards for researchers
  • Projection session – Where would you like your focus to be? 
  • Mapping activity


Day 2 / 0900 - 1700


Session 1 & 2: Partnerships & collaborations

  • Building valuable research partnerships and collaboration to be funding ready
  • Developing future research leaders within your organization
  • Strategies to facilitate:
    • Network building
    • Relationship management
    • Industry ready and relevant research programs
    • Global reach and significance of collaborations and funding resources
  • Group activity – mapping grant/funding types to partner and collaborative opportunities


Session 3: Considerations for successful grant applications

  • Considerations for positioning and pitching within funding applications
    • Articulating project relevance
    • Developing grants to address the needs and wants of the funding organizations
  • Understanding how to approach broader impacts and translation in grant writing
    • Mapping your grant support strategies with your future endeavours
    • Considering innovation, translation, and impact according to the funder's requirements
    • How to articulate your partnerships and impact outcomes in your grant applications
    • Specificity of writing for grant success


Session 4: Bringing it all together

  • Planning for research success beyond the application process
    • Delivering on your promises
  • Activity that ties in the mapping and projections from Day 1 & the mechanisms of developing and managing collaborations and partnerships and funding relevant pitching – the future strategy of the organization
  • Summary and conclusion from two days

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Venue: Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
Date: 3 - 4 April 2018
Faculty: Dr. Tamika Heiden
Early Bird 1: S$1,895 (Register & pay by 13 February 2018)
Early Bird 2: S$2,095 (Register & pay by 13 March 2018)
Regular Fee: S$2,195
Group Discount: 2nd participant get 10%, or register 3 participants and 4th participant get a complimentary seat
(1 discount scheme applies)
Note: GST is applicable to participants from Singapore registered companies.
Contact: clarice.thompson@claridenglobal.org
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