Hot Dollar is a monthly seminar for members of the non/fictionLab research group. We target funding opportunities for research and creative production, share and critique draft applications and provide encouragement and support for one another’s projects. We share both our failures and our successes regarding chasing the mighty funding dollar and help one another to plan for future success.
Hot Dollar is convened by Vice Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow, Dr Julienne van Loon (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wed 21 Feb 2018 – A conversation about 2018
A general discussion in which we share our research project and funding plans for the year and talk about how the Hot Dollar seminar series may support and facilitate our ambitions with funding partners, fellowship or residency applications and key research projects/interests. This schedule document is a product of the conversation we had at our first session.
Wed 21 March 2018 – Storytelling session on research partnerships
We ask key members of the Lab to share the story of the research partnerships they’ve established around particular projects. How did the partnership come about? What sort of history was in place? What has the partnership enabled? Where will it go next? This is an opportunity for those who are interested in developing partnerships with external organisations to hear from those who’ve done this well in the past and for those with ongoing partnerships to reflect on where they might go next.
Wed 18 April 2018 – Workshop session for fellowship and residency applications.
What makes for a successful fellowship or residency application? We encourage non/fictionLab members to share a short excerpt from a successful application (within the last 3 years) and for those considering applying for fellowships & residencies this year to share their plans and bring a short excerpt from a draft application. You may wish to find a buddy or mentor from among the participants in this workshop to read and provide further feedback on your application as it develops. Programs we may discuss include Australia Council residencies, Varuna Fellowships, Hedgebrook residencies, National Library and State Library Fellowships, the Ian Potter Travel Grant and the Hazel Rowley Fellowship.
Wed 16 May 2018 – Storytelling session on methods (1)
How are nonfiction/Lab members developing and articulating our research methods? How many of us do this well in grant applications? How many of us follow a similar methodology? Are our methods complementary? Are they unusual? We encourage you to bring along a paragraph from a grant application (or similar) in which you address the question of methods, and to share stories with one another about how we each do the things we call research and creative practice in non/fictionLab. Is there an opportunity here for collaborating on an edited book on methods particular to non/fictionLab research projects?
Wed 20 June 2018 – Workshop session for Creative Victoria, Australia Council & Copyright Agency Limited grant applications
What makes for a successful application to Creative Victoria, the Australia Council and/or CAL? We ask non/fictionLab members to share an excerpt from a successful application (within the last 3 years) and we invite any member planning to submit an application within the next six months to share their plans and bring an excerpt from a draft application. You may wish to find a buddy or mentor from among the participants in this workshop to read and provide further feedback on your application as it develops.
Wed 18 July 2018 – Workshop session on grants internal to RMIT
What’s available in the way of internal research and creative production grants at RMIT? We’ll share success stories from Lab members who achieved funding success with internal grants in 2017 and discuss plans any members may have for forthcoming rounds. Please bring an excerpt from a previous internal grant application if you have one, or an excerpt from a draft application you have in train. Programs we may discuss include the Michael Moore Industry Research Grant, Enabling Capability Platform funding, the RMIT Foundation International Visiting Fellowships & International Research Exchange Fellowships, the Vice Chancellor’s Post-Doc, Research Fellow and Senior Research Fellow programs, and the Higher Degree by Research Publications Grant.
Wed 15 August 2018 – Workshop session on Australian Research Council grant applications
Are you applying for a Discovery grant soon? What about an ARC Industry Linkage, a LIEF grant or a DECRA? Have you had success or had a go at any of these in the past? We ask non/fictionLab members to share an excerpt from a previous application (within the last 3 years) and invite any member planning to submit an application within the next twelve months to two-years to share their plans and/or selected draft material. There are other internal University mechanisms for supporting developing applications of this kind, but in this workshop we provide the chance to share plans with fellow Lab members & discuss ways to help one another as we move forward (or toward) ARC funding goals.
Wed 19 September 2018 – A conversation: “How do I grow X?”
Do you have a project idea that you’d like to talk about with our non/fictionLab Hot Dollar brains trust? This conversation is focussed on the question of how to grow or develop a particular research or creative production idea you’ve been thinking about or working on for a while. Or perhaps you’ve developed a project to a certain level but don’t know what to do next. Are you struggling to think about how to keep it moving? Are you stuck for funding ideas or partnership ideas or both? Just come along and put X on the agenda. We’ll talk about it.
Wed 17 October 2018 – Workshop session on biographies and ROPE statements
In this session, we ask you to bring along current or recent examples of bios and ‘about’ statements for either successful or unsuccessful grant applications and/or fellowship applications, including ROPE statements for those applying for ARC funding. Let’s share and compare and see whether we can help each other to rephrase or reshape the statements we make about ourselves for funding bodies. What should we include or exclude and why? What should we emphasise, and why?
Wed 21 November 2018 – A conversation about programs of research
What is your program of research? That is to say, what is the key narrative of your research career over a five (or perhaps ten) year period and how has it travelled so far? Where will it go next? How do you articulate it or pitch it? How have some of our senior non/fictionLab members managed it and pitched it? And how are our leading ECRs and HDRs approaching the development of such a thing? Come and join the conversation to consider how you might think long term about your key area of enquiry. Can you plan effectively to emphasise or extend one set of interests over another? Should you? Alternatively, you might talk to us about how you can turn the smaller projects you’ve done so far into a particular narrative that articulates your unique program of research. How do people join all the dots?