Disability research grant applications

Project details

Client: University of Melbourne
Skills: Editing, business writing

Project description

The University of Melbourne’s School of Population and Global Health hired Copy Octopus to edit grant applications for two major research projects:

  • An NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Disability and Health. Led by 10 Chief Investigators spread across multiple universities, the 5-year project would identify cost-effective policy interventions to improve the health of Australians with a disability.
  • An ARC Discovery Project examining the socioeconomic impacts of acquiring a disability as an adult. This was the third time the researchers had tried to get ARC funding for the project after their application was turned down in 2014 and 2015.

I edited the grant applications for clarity, persuasiveness and flow, shaping them into concise, punchy documents that demonstrated how important each project was.

As a result, both projects were funded for a total investment of nearly $3 million.

A colleague suggested hiring Simon to edit two of my grant applications, and I’m very glad I did. He not only helped us win a prestigious NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence grant, he also got my twice-rejected ARC Discovery grant over the line. Together these grants are worth around $2.9 million.

Simon was brilliant to work with. He is reliable and turns work around quickly, which is important when working to tight funding deadlines. I was very impressed with the way he used easy-to-read, engaging language to convince the assessment panels that our projects were important to fund and that we were the best people to do them.

Professor Anne Kavanagh

University of Melbourne

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