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Increase the impact of your research and its translational potential. Learn how to engage with key stakeholders such as industry. The Translational Pathways program is aimed at TRI’s early to mid-career researchers and clinicians. It consists of three training and coaching modules. 

Why take part?

  • develop the mindset and stakeholder engagement skills to translate your research 
  • upskill your entrepreneurial knowledge and capability
  • accelerate translational research outcomes.\

You can expect to increase your understanding of entrepreneurial mindsets, and how they apply in different contexts.

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

Module 1: PRIMER Workshop

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Wednesday 1 Sept 2021
9:30am – 1:30pm
Room 2007, TRI

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This introductory workshop will familiarise you with concepts around entrepreneurship, and how they can apply to developing translational research. 
Hear about the success stories, and how using a few simple tools you can start on your own research translation journey. 
You can expect to increase your understanding of entrepreneurial mindsets, and how they apply in different contexts.

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

Places: 25

Module 2: ENGAGEMENT Workshop & Coaching

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Immersive workshop & 1-on-1 Coaching

Wednesday 13 October 2021
9:30am – 1:30pm 
SPARQ-Ed breakout room, Ground Level, TRI 

EOIs open:
1 Sept 2021

EOIs close: 
5:00pm, Friday 24th Sept 2021

Successful applicants will be notified by email before 1 October.

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

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Six months of 1-on-1  coaching/mentoring to develop your capabilities and progress a research translation goal(s).

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


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

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