Future Research Leaders Program
This world-first leadership program has been developed collaboratively by the Go8 universities, and is delivered in full each semester for the benefit of the research community of the University of Adelaide. The program is aimed at both emerging and aspiring research leaders, and seeks to build a range of skills and knowledge critical to successful research leadership and management.
Do just one module, or do as many as you like. It's up to you.
Learn more about this program and its benefits by clicking on the questions below, or follow the quick links to the timetable, enrolment facility and/or program home page.
About the program
- How is the program structured?
- What is the time commitment?
- Do I need to do it all at once, and in order?
- What does it cost? Who is eligible?
- Who should participate? What about PhD students?
- What are the benefits?
- What topics do the modules cover?
- How do I get a password & access the content?
- When are the workshops to be held?
- How do I enrol?
- Where do I go for further information?
How is the program structured?
There are eight discrete modules, each covering a key topic in research leadership, together with a Settling In induction activity. The induction is done on-line, while the other modules are delivered through a combination of online study and a face-to-face workshop. Participants need to work through the online material in advance of the workshop.
What is the time commitment?
Each face-to-face workshop runs for about four to five hours. Depending on your particular background, you may need to allocate up to a further 10 to 11 hours of online/independent study to cover all the requirements for each module. (Some people may only need half this time.) Bear in mind that a reasonable portion of this time will be spent working through the online material prior to the workshop.
Do I need to do it all at once, and in order?
No. The program has been designed with the work schedules of busy career researchers in mind. All modules will be offered every semester, so work through the whole program at a pace that suits your other commitments. And take the modules in any order convenient to you. Though make sure you work through the induction module before you do anything else - this is designed to set the scene for you, and to provide you with essential background information.
Who is eligible?
All members and affiliates of the University of Adelaide research community are able to enrol for this program. If you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us.
Who should participate?
The program is aimed at current and aspiring research leaders. If you are currently leading and managing a research project or a research group or are involved in managing and promoting a line of research - or if you are on track to do so - then this program is for you.
I am a PhD student - should I do the program?
If you have begun to develop some understanding of research management and leadership issues, and if you are seeking to acquire research management and leadership skills, then please come along and see if the program suits your needs. Many PhD students have already participated in the program and have reported finding it very useful in these respects.
What are the benefits?
These modules should enable you to improve your ability to gain research grants and your ability to manage projects and personnel successfully. Major granting bodies strongly support participation in this initiative because they believe that researchers who have participated in it will be more likely to make the best use of their grant funding. Heads of School/Discipline should find the program particularly beneficial in respect of providing enhanced research management and leadership skills.
In addition, staff successfully completing the full program within a two year period will be recognised with a Go8 certificate. It is also anticipated that within the next few years the program will be accredited as a post-graduate coursework award; in that event, staff who undertake the program prior to its formal accreditation will be able to gain academic standing for the award.
What topics do the modules cover?
The modules cover the following topics:
- Settling In (Induction Module)
- Research Strategy and Planning (Module 1)
- Commencement and Collaboration - putting ideas into practice (Module 2)
- Governance and compliance - protecting yourself, your research and your university (Module 3)
- Intellectual property, knowledge transfer and commercialisation (Module 4)
- Financial, resource and risk management (Module 5)
- Grant and Contract Administration (Module 6)
- Managing People in a Research Context (Module 7)
- Project Closeout (Module 8)
View the Program Brochure for more information
How do I get a password & access the content?
The module content is located on the Future Research Leaders Program website, at:
To get beyond the home page of this site you will need log-in details. These will be emailed to you once you register for the program.
When are the workshops to be held?
For dates & times of module delivery, visit our Workshop Schedule page.
How do I enrol?
Just follow the links on the Workshop Schedule page. Or go to the ITS training course catalogue, and locate the Future Research Leaders Program under Researcher Education & Development. In order to enrol on-line you will need a University of Adelaide user ID and password. If you do not have log-on privileges but are still eligible to undertake the program, we will register you manually.