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A typical research project follows a journey with six distinct stages. The Office of Research and Innovation provides expert advice and administrative support during each stage.

Getting started

As an academic at an Australian University, it is expected that you will undertake research in your chosen field.

Developing research ideas into fundable projects or a publication can be a daunting task and usually raises a lot of questions.

In this section we explain what ‘research’ means and outline the support available for developing a research concept into an application and/or publication.

Research Funding

Explanation of funding income categories, what's available, where to find it along with detailed processes and support we can offer.

Completing pre-research tasks

Your application has been successful, but where do you go from here?

This section includes:

  • accepting the award;
  • establishing a contract;
  • ethics approval;
  • sanctions and defence trade control requirements;
  • risk assessment and management; and
  • opening a project account.

Managing your research

Effective grant management contributes to successful project outcomes and enhances a researcher’s track record and chance of future funding.

This section includes:

  • meeting contractual milestones;
  • raising invoices and expending funds;
  • identifying when a contract variation is required; and
  • reporting research outcomes.

Completing your project

The funding agreement between ECU and the funding body will outline the final reporting requirements.

This section includes:

  • preparing and submitting the final report;
  • preparing the financial acquittal;
  • dealing with over- or under- expended funds; and
  • closing the project account.

Knowledge transfer

Throughout your project, you may wish to consider the following:

  • presenting your work at conferences;
  • publishing your work in a variety of outlets; and
  • commercialising your research.
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