PD Sessions @ Zoom: Understanding Both Sides of the Funding Table - Insights from Colleagues with Experience Working at Both Funding Agencies and Universities

12:00pm Wednesday, 17 July 2024
1:00pm Wednesday, 17 July 2024
PD Sessions @ Zoom

Ever wondered why funding agencies or university research offices operate the way they do? This is your chance to find out!

Join us for a dynamic panel discussion where we’ll explore the perspectives of both funding agencies and universities. We'll hear from speakers who have worked in both environments, shedding light on their unique and shared goals.

Despite the perception of a 'them vs us' divide, both entities strive for fairness in funding, research excellence, and promoting research for the greater good. This session will offer insights into how we can collaborate more effectively by understanding our differences, similarities, and challenges.

The ARMS ACT Chapter is excited to host this session, uniquely positioned in Canberra, home to several national funding agencies.

DATE: Wednesday, 17 July 2024

TIME: 12PM - 1PM AEST (Check your timezone here.)






Chief Operations Officer, ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS) Sharyn McFarlane 

Australian National University (ANU)

Sharyn is the Chief Operations Officer of The ARC Centre of Excellence for Transformative Meta-Optical Systems (TMOS) where she oversees the strategic planning, management, and coordination of the centre’s strategic activities and projects. Her deep understanding of research management weaves through leading university research offices, strategic grant proposal development, and the Major Investments post-award team at the Australian Research Council. Sharyn is passionate about enabling researchers and students to advance the frontiers of knowledge and innovation and is committed to promoting a collaborative culture between Professional and Academic functions.





Acting Director, Discovery Programs Rohan Yargop 

Australian Research Council (ARC)

Rohan is currently the Acting Director of Discovery Programs at the Australian Research Council (ARC). Prior to this, Rohan used to manage the College of Arts and Social Sciences (CASS) research office at the Australian National University (ANU). Prior to his foray into research management, Rohan was a research associate at the Centre for Global Food and Resources, University of Adelaide and has worked on agricultural research projects for international development in South-East Asia. Rohan is passionate about research and project management and loves working in this space. Rohan is also a trained chef and enjoys cooking in his free time.


Acting Director, Grants Management Office Misha Hutchings 

Health and Medical Research Office Branch, Australian Government Department of Health and Aged Care

Misha Hutchings is the acting Director, Grants Management Office for the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF). She has worked for the past 3 years supporting MRFF implementation throughout the grant lifecycle in different roles within the Department of Health and Aged Care's Health and Medical Research Office and the National Health and Medical Research Council. Prior to this she worked in research management for over 5 years at ANU in the College of Science and the College of Health and Medicine and for 5 years as a researcher in the water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) sector.


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Strategic Research Engagement Manager Suzanne Austin

UNSW Canberra

Suzanne is the co-convenor for the ARMS International Research Collaboration SIG and a co-convenor for the ARMS ACT Chapter. She is also part way through the ARMS ELAP accreditation program.

Suzanne Austin is the Strategic Research Engagement Manager for the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Canberra campus. She and her team are the first point of contact for research funding matters for the Faculty across all categories of funding. Previous to the UNSW role, Suzanne forged a decade-long career working for the UK Research Councils specialising in international funding programmes in partnership with funding agencies around the world. She is passionate about the benefits of joint peer review and development of schemes with viable success rates. She has lived in the UK, France, USA, UAE, and India and now enjoys living in the undervalued capital city of Australia.

CPD: Accredited members (ARMAs and ARMFs) will automatically accrue 1 CPD hour per session registered for and attended.

Zoom webinar link: To be provided in event confirmation. 

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Help/FAQs: Click here for Zoom webinar instructions. If you need assistance with accessing Zoom at your office, please contact your organisation’s IT Support. We strongly recommend you test your ability to connect to Zoom prior to the session.

If you have any questions, please contact the ARMS Executive Office ARMSAdmin@researchmanagement.org.au or +61 8 8201 3701.


Should your circumstances change, and you are unable to attend this workshop, you must contact ARMSAdmin@researchmanagement.org.au by no later than 10 working days prior to the commencement of the scheduled event. ARMS will refund the full registration fee minus any administrative fees.

Should you cancel less than 10 working days prior to the commencement of this workshop, no refund will be payable but instead you may wish to send a proxy.

ARMS reserve the right to cancel, postpone or re-schedule courses and events due to minimum numbers not being reached or for other unforeseen circumstances.  In the event of a cancellation, ARMS will aim to advise all participants in writing five (5) days prior to the scheduled event and will refund the full registration fee including administrative charges within 30 days after notification.

The member's discount applies at checkout.

Please note that PD Sessions @ Zoom are recorded and made available to registrants and ARMS members via our website pending the presenters permission. 

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