Courses & Units

Grant Writing For Scientific Research KLA708


This unit is only available to students enrolled in Graduate Certificate of Research (X5A).


Obtaining project funding is critical for a successful career in research and grant writing is an art form. In this unit, higher degree research students will gain an insight into the research funding environment in Australia. Different types of grants (including projects and fellowships) will be discussed and the process of preparing an application will be practiced in several steps. Skills will be developed in identifying relevant research topics, appropriate funding bodies and developing project budgets. The major assessment will allow those skills to be practiced through development of a research proposal for a small project (aligned with your higher degree research project), such as would be submitted to a research funding agency. The proposal will concisely introduce background for the proposed project, including aims and objectives. The expected outcomes and benefits of the project will be developed, along with experimental design and methods and a costing of resources required. How the results will be communicated to stakeholders is an important part of all grant proposals. A short oral presentation of a 100-word project summary will enable feedback to help develop the grant proposal.


Unit name Grant Writing For Scientific Research
Unit code KLA708
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Sciences and Engineering
Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture
Discipline Agriculture and Food Systems
Coordinator Associate Professor Kara Barry
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Postgraduate


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Online Spring school (extended) Off-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Spring school (extended) 30/10/2023 22/11/2023 26/12/2023 18/2/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Develop skills in finding information on relevant funding bodies and understand the funding requirements
  • Identify a research gap in your area of science and develop a research project, including a costed budget
  • Demonstrate skills in ‘grantsmanship’ by writing a convincing project proposal
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
$1,892.00 $888.00 not applicable $2,567.00

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Teaching Pattern

Intensive workshops – Two days in week 1, one day in week 4. 

Assessment1.Grant proposal ground-work. (20%)|3a Final grant proposal (50%)|2 Project summary (100 words) (10%)|3b Costing tool and budget (20%)
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