TRI's Translation Pathways Program is designed to upskill and support TRI-based early and mid-career researchers and partner clinicians harness the potential of their research and fast-track the journey from discovery to bedside. This program complements the commercialisation training and services provided by our partners’ technology transfer offices, and is delivered in partnership with Bright Arena.

Training workshops

Activity About Eligibility

Workshop I: Research Communication Training

Workshop already held for 2023

This workshop is designed to give researchers an understanding of how to effectively communicate their research and its potential impact.

Topics include:

  • Understanding your research and its potential impact from an outsider’s perspective
  • Communicating your work without jeapardising your intellectual property
  • Leveraging social media to grow your profile
  • Creating a communication ‘pitch’

This workshop is primarily aimed at individual early to mid-career researchers, but it's valuable for researchers at any stage of their career who want to improve their ability to communicate their research. 

Places available: 30

Workshop II: An introduction to research translation

Date:  6 June 2023
Time: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Location: TRI Seminar Rm 2003

TRI researcher/partner clinicians: $0
External participants: $370


Tickets close: 2 June 2023

This interactive workshop will help researchers and clinician-researchers understand the translational pathways available for research. Key topics covered:

  • Understand the wider ecosystem around your research
  • Get an insight into how you can evaluate if your project has translational potential
  • Identify the translational value of your research
  • Start to understand the stakeholders you need to engage
  • Begin crafting your stakeholder pitch.

This workshop is primarily aimed at individual early to mid-career researchers, but it's valuable for researchers at any stage of their career who want to understand translation and its application to their research. 

Places available: 50

Workshop III: Developing translational research: project design, stakeholder engagement & alternative funding sources

Date:  27 July 2023
Time: 9:00am – 2:00pm
Location: TRI Seminar Rm 2003


TRI researcher/partner clinicians: $0
External participants: $850

This intensive, highly interactive workshop will help researchers and clinicians identify clearly what their research translation offering is, what they want to achieve and who they need to work with to achieve this.

You will also have support creating an elevator pitch and be upskilled in engaging with critical stakeholders.

Participants in this workshop are also given a 1:1 coaching session.

Places are only available by invitation to graduates of the Introduction to Research Translation workshop.

Places available: 20

Translation Fellowship - a future leader's program

Key details About Eligibility

Fellowship value:  $20,000

Fellowship duration: 1 year

Applications open:
Monday 13 March 2023

Applications close:
Friday 12 May 2023

Fellows Announced:
May 2023   

To apply please fill in the attached form and email it to: [email protected]

TRI is offering four Translation Fellowships to provide high-impact support and training to further develop future research leaders at TRI.

The Fellowship provides:

  • Six months 1:1 translation coaching to further a translational project (must be undertaken in 2023) -- please note, the Fellow will have access to a set number of hours of professional coaching over a six-month period, with the timing and frequency of the coaching sessions chosen by the Fellow to best suit their availablility
  • Up to $4000 to attend a training program to help advance their translational development (must be undertaken in 2023)
  • Automatic acceptance into TRI Translational Pathways 2023 workshops (required participation if haven’t already attended) and consumer training workshops (optional).

Application Process:

  • Interested EMCRs must complete this Application Form and submit it via email to TRI: [email protected] by 5:00pm AEST, Friday 12 May 2023.
  • There are only four (4) spots available for this module – one per TRI partner.
  • Preferential selection will be given to researchers with the more immediate need and/or demonstrable translational clinical outcome. Each of TRI’s partner Directors will review and approve the selected candidate from their institution.

Applicants will be notified of the outcome by email within 15 business days. TRI’s decision will be final.

The successful Fellows will be required to meet with their tech transfer office to brief them on their project.

  • Early to mid-career researcher (up to 15 years post PhD being granted allowing for career interruption) based at TRI (at least 20% time spent at TRI), and
  • Metro South Health, Children's Health Queensland and Mater early to mid-career clinicians (15 years post undergraduate clinical qualification e.g., MBBS, BN), including early to mid-career clinicians undertaking a higher degree research based at TRI

 To be succesful, applicants must be able to demonstrate they have a research project with translational potential (commercial or non-commercialisable).

 Fellowship is contingent on attending Translation Pathways workshops and 1:1 coaching. Failure to participate will see the Fellowship withdrawn.

One Fellowship will be awarded to applicants from each of our four partners: UQ, QUT, Mater Research and Metro South Health.

Fellowships available: 4

Translation Lead -- professional translation support

Accessing this service About Eligibility

To access this service, please fill in this short form and email: [email protected]

TRI-based researchers can now access professional consultation, at no cost, to progress translational research.

When to use this service:

  • Not sure if your project has translational potential?
  • Need help deciding on a pathway, engaging with industry or what to do next?
  • Have a project that could improve patient outcomes but isn’t commercialisable?

Please note: this service is for projects which are not commercialisable or too early for UniQuest or our other partners’ tech transfer offices.

This support is available to TRI-based researchers and clinician-researchers.


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


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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.