Researchers IMPACT Progam 2022

Open your research to new opportunities

Designed to Provide a Supportive Pathway for Assessment of IMPACT Potential for Macquarie University Research Groups, Researchers and HDR Candidates.

Course Overview:

As Government funding for research has continued to decrease, coupled with growing pressure on university budgets, researchers need to seek alternate funding sources to continue their work.

This program is a blended learning experience for researchers and HDR Candidates to actively assess the path of their research to IMPACT and turn their ideas into reality.

The program provides an interactive, practical and cohort-based approach that takes researchers through the process of:
• customer discovery
• product market fit
• the impact and value proposition canvas'
• developing clarity around your researchers' potential impact

This program will also increase your ability to:
• Identify opportunities for partnerships and industry engagement
• Secure funding from alternate sources
• Understand what is needed to take your impact to the next level

At the finalisation of the program, you will have learnt how to articulate what you are doing and why. You will also have the opportunity to pitch to a panel of experts to potentially be awarded (at Macquarie Universities Discretion) up to $20K in non-equity bearing seed funding, (and subject to Macquarie University terms and conditions), to further develop the potential IMPACT of your research discovery.

Ultimately participants will have learned new skills that will allow them to successfully translate their research into benefits for their end users and successfully raise funds and make evidence-based decisions about their research, pursuing the best pathway for maximum impact.

Start Date
3rd May 2024
Application Close Date
30 April 2024
Cost Nil
Duration 20 weeks
Location Macquarie University Incubator, 8 Hadenfeld Ave, Macquarie University, 2109
Course Code NA
Course Recognition Online Certification and Badge
Contact Email [email protected]
Funding Opportunity to receive research funding
NOTE: We are open to researchers and HDR candidates from other universities and research institutes wanting to develop their skillset and translate their discoveries to impact.

Taking Application for 2024

Program Structure


Information Session
Friday, 3 May, 2024
Stage 1 - Preparing for Impact & Translation
Module 1: Who is in your network?
Friday, 10 May 2024

Module 2: What might they want?
Tuesday 21 May 2024
Module 3: How can you be useful to the market?
Friday, 7 June 2024
Module 4: How to strategically supercharge IMPACT Friday 21 June 2024
Stage 2 - Planning for Impact & Translation
Module 5: Refining your critical assumptions Friday 26 July 2024
Module 6: Turning plans into action Friday 9 August 2024
Stage 3 - Pitching for Funding
Pitching Master Class w/c 12 August
Pitch 1 on 1 Sessions w/c 19th – 26th August 2024
Pitch to Panel Sessions
w/c 2 September 2024
Pitch to Peer Sessions
w/c 9th September 2024
Pitch To Panel Final w/c 16 September 2024

What You Need To Apply

A research idea that you think may positively impact people, the planet or that could have commercial potential
Willingness to commit to program and come with an open and learner mindset.
Be a current researcher or HDR Candidate at Macquarie University.
Interested in securing further funding to take your research / idea to the next stage
Be a current researcher or HDR candidate at a university or research institute

Application Process

Expressions of interest
Panel Interview – presentation and Q&A session
Offer to participate