Research culture fund for La Trobe researchers

Applications for the 2018 round are now open! Deadline for submissions is MONDAY 1 October 2018.

2018 fund information and application guidelines

Sponsored by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Keith Nugent, 5  grants of up to $1000 are available to La Trobe research staff to support the enhancement of university research culture.

Purpose of the scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to encourage research staff to take the lead in developing a range of academic, social and cultural activities that will enhance the research culture at La Trobe. The scheme is not prescriptive about whether the activities take place across schools, departments, physical locations or disciplines. It is about stimulating your research community and contributing positively to the research environment at La Trobe. Researchers may organise academic activities such as conferences and symposia, visual exhibitions, seminars, masterclasses and visiting speakers. This scheme will be particularly beneficial to researchers located at smaller campuses in the La Trobe network.

Proposals that secure additional financial support for the activity from departments, schools, RFAs or external bodies will be favourably viewed.


Researchers will gain valuable experience in event organisation, grant application writing, developing institutional networks and project management. Mentorship and support in promoting initiatives will be available to successful applicants from the RED team in the GRS on request.

Eligibility information

Applicants must be research active academic staff at La Trobe University. Activities must be produced primarily by and for researchers, and held by 31 December 2018.

Enquiries about the scheme can be sent to

Application process

Get together with other researchers in your community and come up with an idea and plan. Consult widely, be creative and think about what would make a difference to your research culture and community!

Complete all sections of the application form and submit it to  Applications will be assessed based on the strength of the proposal, and anticipated impact on your research culture.

Application form

Download a copy of the application form [DOC 97KB].


  • Grants are available for projects run for the community of La Trobe researchers, not to pursue individual development opportunities.
  • Applicants must be current La Trobe staff members.
  • Graduate research candidates are not eligible for this scheme.
  • All projects must take place before the end of 2018.
  • A written report must be sent to at the conclusion of the activity. A report proforma will be sent to successful applicants.
  • Past awardees who have not provided an activity report are not eligible for this round of funding.

2017 funding results

6 applications for funding were received, all of which were of a very high standard.

Congratulations to all successful applications for the 2017 round. The table below details each project that was funded and we thank all applicants for their participation in this scheme.

Successful applicantsDepartment/disciplineProject titleShort description

Sarah Baradell

Rehabilitation, Nutrition and Sport

Developing capacity in the Research of Teaching and Learning

workshop to develop teaching/learning research capability for allied health staff

Narelle Cox

Occupational Therapy

Healthy writing habits for academic health professionals: write a paper in a ‘weekend’ Master

'Writing for publication in the health professions- Masterclass.

Christopher Fisher


Systems Approach to Sexual Health Literacy

Research cluster and workshop

Caitlin McDowell

Occupational Therapy

Burke and Mills Grounded Theory Masterclass

A one-day qualitative research masterclass on grounded theory methodology

Evelien Spelten

Public Health

'Mildura Campus Collective' - research capacity building through community engagement

A workshop series to develop an interdisciplinary campus-wide research project

2016 funding results

14 applications for funding were received, all of which were of a very high standard. The Research Culture Fund Selection Committee met on 25 August 2016 and comprised Keith Nugent, Trevor Hogan, Andy Hill and Jeanette Fyffe.

The following applications were funded and we thank all applicants for their participation in this scheme. Five applications were received from regional campuses: Two from Albury-Wodonga and three from Bendigo.

Successful applicantsDepartment/disciplineProject titleShort description
Julie Rudner, Amanda Kennedy, Terence Mills, Francine RochfordSocial Inquiry, Community Planning & DevelopmentDoing Research: An Interdisciplinary ExplorationInteractive, recorded workshops about how different disciplines do research
Graham Brown, Alan Shiell, Sally Fawkes, Chris Roche, Deborah Gleeson,Tessa KeegelARCSHSSystem and Complexity Methods Cluster'Systems thinking and complexity' methods workshop and ongoing research cluster
Jennifer JonesArchaeology and HistoryAlbury -Wodonga HUSS writing group writing retreatTwo- day writing retreat for AW HUSS writing group members
Caitlin McDowell, Kate D'Cruz, Lucy Knox, Prue Atkins, Deb Fox, Sue McDonough,  Stacey AlexanderOccupational TherapyGrounded Theory Community of PracticeTo establish a Community of Practice for grounded theory researchers
Carol McKinstry, Virgina Dickson-Swift, Amanda Kenny,Teresa IaconoCommunity & Allied HealthDemonstrating research impact: Developing skills and awarenessA workshop series: promoting the impact of research to stakeholders
Karrie LongJohn Richards Initiative Statistics Seminar: Methods, interpretation and presentation.Seminar: Introduction to Statistical Methods, interpretation and presentation.
Arif Siddiquee, Earl Stuart, Daniel LangleyChemistry and PhysicsJoint workshop between La Trobe’s Photonics and AgriBioSciences communitiesJoint workshop between La Trobe’s Photonics and AgriBioSciences communities