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My winning proposal: Engineering an NHMRC proof-of-concept grant

      

Engineer Tuncay Alan explains how he won a commercialisation grant from Australia’s national medical funder

Top tips

  • Having enough background work is crucial—it’s not enough just to have an exciting idea.
  • A multidisciplinary team involving designers and clinicians pays off.
  • Spend as much time on the business case as on the research proposal.
  • Look for internal and external schemes that can help build your commercialisation skills.

Australia’s government has been emphasising the importance of universities’ commercialisation potential, with Alan Tudge making academic entrepreneurship the subject of his first major speech as education minister in March.

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