Early and mid-career researchers and clinicians, the Translation Pathways program is designed for you! Through this program, you will learn to harness the translational potential of your research to ultimately improve patient outcomes. There is also the opportunity to secure six months of one-on-one mentoring to directly support you and your work. No matter how early you are in your career or how early-stage your research, you will benefit from taking part in TRI’s Translational Pathways Program. Why? It can be a long pathway from discovery to patient impact for medical research, however, by changing the way you approach and think about your research, you can begin having an impact much sooner.

Who is eligible to participate? Early and mid-career researchers based at TRI as well as clinicians at our partner hospitals (Metro South Health, Mater and Children’s Health Queensland) are eligible to take part in this program. Senior researchers and clinicians may also apply if they believe the program will benefit them.

Cost: Free

Why take part? This program will help you understand the long-term potential for your research, and with the skills you learn, you will be able to begin building a network of stakeholders around your work. This network is vital to inform, support, and potentially fund your research.

What TRI-based researcher have to say about this program

“The training program was insightful and was an important conduit to see how our work can be focussed for engagement with external investors. The one-on-ones were key for a number of reasons.”
Dr Arutha Kulasinghe

"This was an excellent program and I know I will continue to go back to the lesson and materials in the months and years ahead."
Dr Aideen McInerey-Leo

“I thought the program was excellent – it highlighted the importance of having early conversations with a variety of potential ‘stakeholders’, conceptualising our research as a solution to their problems, and provided useful tools to prepare for and develop those relationships.”  
Dr Kate Irvine

The Translational Pathways program consists of three training and coaching modules, each building on the other. You must complete the modules consecutively.

Module 1: PRIMER Workshop: Identifying stakeholders & alternative research funding sources 

Activity About Eligibility

Monday, 5th September 2022
9:30am – 1:30pm
Room 2003, TRI

Register by 30 August:  BOOK YOUR PLACE 


How well do you understand your research and its potential impact? In this introductory workshop, you will learn how look at your research in a new way and in doing so, you will be able to identify potentail key stakeholders and alternative funding sources. This workshop will also help familiarise you with concepts around entrepreneurship -- something you probably think can't or won't ever apply to you, but it does! These concepts help you frame and understand how your research could one day translate into improvements for patient outcomes. Hear about the success stories, and how using a few simple tools you can start on your own research translation journey. 

TRI-based early to mid-career researcher for at least 20% of your time, or affiliated clinician

Places: 25

Module 2: Stakeholder ENGAGEMENT Workshop & Coaching

Activity About Eligibility

Immersive workshop & 1-on-1 Mentoring Session

Wednesday , 12th October 2022
9:30am – 1:30pm 
Rm 2003, TRI 

This module will help you secure greater impact for your research by showing you how to engage meaningfully with key stakeholders, industry partnerships, and funders. 

  • Develop an active idea with support in real-time. 
  • Learn and apply entrepreneurial practices to accelerate and increase the potential for impact; build a compelling value proposition for you and your research; and increase your chances of success.
  • Build  entrepreneurial muscle to increase your resilience, adaptability, resourcefulness and the ability to seize new opportunities.

The workshop is supported with additional self-guided learning through online videos and course workbook. 

To maximise the outcomes, you will also have 1-on-1, personalised coaching from our training partner, Bright Arena. Available over four weeks, this will help to progress your project, develop your value proposition, or identify/solve problems for your specific stakeholder engagements.

TRI EMCRs and affiliated clinicians who have completed the Primer Workshop.

Places: 12 (selected through an invitation-only EOI process)

Module 3: Specialist Innovator COACHING

Activity About Eligibility

Six months of one-on-on coaching plus two workshops

This module is designed to develop your capabilities and progress a research translation goal(s). This is your chance to have specialist support to reach your 'North Star'.

EMCRs and affiliated clinician-researchers who have completed Workshop 2.


TRI recommends: Other training programs

There are many external programs available to TRI-based researchers via their universities, government, venture capital organisations and private organisations.

Organisation Program Details
Discovery research


Academic publishing: Play by the rules [webinar] »

Planning and presenting persuasive research [webinar] »

Entrepreneurial skills


UQ Ventures Pop-up workshops »

  • Design thinking workshop
  • The business of you workshop
  • Business model design workshop
  • Pitching and storytelling workshop
  • Agile project management workshop


Entrepreneurship »

Understand the basics of becoming and being an entrepreneur. Discover the nature of entrepreneurship, who entrepreneurs are, how to take advantage of an opportunity.

Intellectual Property 

IP Australia

Understanding IP »

Detailed information on types of intellectual property and its protection.


IP & Commercialisation training (free) »

Work through our free IP and commercialisation training modules, created for university researchers, staff and students.

Valuing intellectual property »

Lectures on technology valuation methods and techniques and on technology-based company valuation.

Research commercialisation


Research Commercialisation Workshop »

Two-day, free workshop providing an overview of IP, research commercialisation and engaging with industry.

Industry Connect Program »

Align pipeline technologies with a company’s need/interest.


Demystifying intellectual property »

Bust the myths surrounding intellectual property and copyright. Shed light on a researcher’s rights, responsibilities, and opportunities, and get equipped with a toolkit for managing your research.

Why engage with industry during your research degree? »

Engaging with industry is essential for building your networks and putting your real-world skills to work. Get an overview of industry engagement offerings at QUT, and find out why you should jump at the next opportunity.

Bridge Program »

3-day symposium to equip researchers and entrepreneurs with the knowledge, skills and networks to enable the successful commercialisation of new pharmaceuticals.

UQ Ventures

See the Ventures website for the latest programs on offer.

UQ- ilab
(see also UQ Ventures)

ilab Accelerator »

Runs for six-months each year and offers a $10,000 equity-free grant to each team. The program also includes workshops, mentoring, an Entrepreneur in Residence, partner deals, desk space and introductions to investors. 

Life Sciences Queensland

Life Sciences Catalyst »

Provides start-ups & SMEs with opportunities at all stages of the innovation spectrum and aims to create a unique roadmap with a customised solution for each new idea.