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 the COVID epidemic impacting our student revenues, 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

At the finalisation of the program, you will have learnt how to articulate what you are doing and why and you will have the opportunity to Pitch to Panel to secure $20K in non-equity bearing seed funding to support for your research.

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

Start Date
Tuesday 9th May 2023 – Information session
Application Close Date
Sunday 16th April 2023
Cost Nil
Duration 22 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

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Program Structure


Information Session & Scene Setting
9th May
Stage 1 - Preparing for Impact & Translation
Module 1: Who is in your network?
25th May
Module 2: What might they want?
8th June
Module 3: How can you be useful to the market?
22nd June
Module 4: How to strategically supercharge IMPACT? 29th June
Stage 2 - Planning for Impact & Translation
Module 5: Refining your critical assumptions 20th July
Module 6: Turning plans into actions 3rd August
Stage 3 - Pitching for Funding
Pitching Fundamentals Training 24th August
Pitch 1 on 1 Session 31st August
Pitch to Panel Session
7th September
Pitch to Peer Session
14th September
Pre-Final Pitch Practice Session
28th September
Pitch Final
5th October

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

Application Process

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