“Secrets from the Grant Review Committee Room”


Presented by: Professor Philip Darbyshire on 30th March 2017

9:30am – 12:30pm in OxINMAHR Seminar Room

OxINMAHR HQ, Level 2 Colonnades, Oxford Brookes University, Headington Campus, Oxford.

RSVP oxinmahr@brookes.ac.uk by Friday 17th March 2017

It is becoming harder and harder to win competitive research grants.  Ever increasing numbers of researchers and other groups are now chasing the same pots of funding and the competition is intense.

Most researchers know the ‘bare bones’ of how to write a sound, competent grant or proposal, but that is no longer enough. You must work from the basis that all of the other hundreds of researchers or research groups who have applied have also done this.  What then will make YOUR proposal stand out?   What do reviewers look for?  What do they like and dislike? How do they ‘sift’ down to a shortlist?  What are the sure-fire ways to make sure that you grant will CERTAINLY fail.  What is it about your proposal that will earn you a congratulations letter and a cheque as opposed to a ‘thanks for trying’ one?

“Secrets from the Committee Review Room” will discuss the art of grant writing, what happens at the review stage, what reviewers’ value and why some good grants fail while others are funded.

Professor Philip Darbyshire has been a member of ‘Category 1’ national research grant review committees in both mental health and child and youth health in Australia for almost 20 years.  With a background of 40 years' experience in clinical nursing, education, research, leadership and health service development Philip Darbyshire is as passionately keen on creating great nursing and health services for clients, patients and families as he was at the start of his career.  Philip moved from Scotland to Adelaide in 1996 to take up Australia's first 'Joint Chair' Research Professor of Nursing position at a Women's & Children's Hospital, in a unique 3-way partnership with UniSA and Flinders Universities.  For 13 years he led one of Australia’s most successful practice-based research departments at Women’s & Children’s Hospital, described by the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards as an “example of excellence in research leadership”.  The department's credo, even then, was that ALL research undertaken would involve children, young people, families and clinicians as active participants — and it was. Research was done WITH parents and children, not ON them: children living with acute and chronic illness, children living in ‘problem gambling families’, homess children with mental health issues, parents of a child with a disability, children living with life-threatening and life-limiting disorders and more. 

After 13 years at Women’s & Children’s Philip took up the late Steve Jobs’ challenge of: “Don’t settle…"  During the world’s worst global financial crisis in 2008 he left his secure position to create an independent research and consulting business to advise and support nurse leaders, health services, NGOs and universities worldwide as they worked out how they were going to adapt to and thrive in our Brave New World. In addition to being an object lesson in radical change, this has given Philip the opportunity to work with some truly go-ahead organisations in Australia, New Zealand, UK, Norway, Sweden and Italy.

The Australian College of Health Service Management called Philip: “the ‘go-to’ person for hospitals and health care organizations who want research and evidence-based practice demystified and moved out of the ‘too-hard basket’ and into the hearts and minds of clinicians who will use it make a real difference”.

Philip’s current consulting work involves creating research and evidence-based cultures, evaluating and reviewing existing organisations and services, and especially, helping organisations “change how they change”.

Philip also maintains his academic connections with a professorial position at Monash University and remains a prolific writer and sought-after speaker. (If you value such metrics, he has an H-index of 28 – 10/10/16). He is a proud ambassador for the Association for the Wellbeing of Children in Healthcare, and is the Patron of 'Supporting Silk Sisters' - an amazing, nurse-run charitable trust helping mothers, babies and families in Cambodia.

For fun, and in a vain attempt to keep in touch with his lost physique and youth, he enjoys social media, photographing rock bands and donning the lycra to ride his beautiful Bianchi as a 'weekend warrior cyclist'.

Follow Philip on Twitter: @PDarbyshire, Philip’s website with plenty of free resources is at: www.philipdarbyshire.com.au