How to distinguish your IFTG application

What distinguishes an excellent application from others?

  • Projects should demonstrate benefits outside the faculty/ies of origin, and the likelihood of  take-up to the wider Monash community.
  • Outcomes that are clearly articulated.
  • Good applications make the problem, gap, or opportunity clear up front, and then how the project fills it, or meets the problem or opportunity.
  • What is already known about the area, or, what activity with this particular focus in the University is already happening? (work being undertaken, findings of studies). What resources are already available? Links to previous work should be made, as the panel is unlikely to fund work already being undertaken by another group – resources are scarce!
  • Why these particular people as team members? Make it clear what each team member brings to the project, what stage or activity each will lead, and how each will contribute.
  • Include a concise synopsis. The synopsis should include a sentence each for the problem,how the project will tackle it, the approach and the benefits.
  • Include actual budget calculations (eg project leader 1 day per week for 100 weeks @ the rate of $x., not an estimate (eg project leader 30 K).
  • Your budget and your timeline of activities should align.
  • Educational publications as a result of the project are an advantage – but dissemination and benefit to other faculties is more important.
  • It is very important to apprise your Associate Dean Education (ADE) about your project. You
    SHOULD request a meeting and discuss it with them.