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Future Research Leaders Program

About the FRLP

The Future Research Leaders Program (FRLP) was a collaborative initiative of the Go8 universities intended to provide consistent, high-quality training in key aspects of research management and research leadership in universities.

The Group of Eight Limited has managed the program since 2009 and has licensed the program (which has undergone a number of revisions) to a number of non-Go8 universities for use in their research training.

In March 2015 the Go8 Board decided that in order to maximise the impact of the program, the FRLP modules should be made freely available on the Go8 website, to anyone who may wish to use them for non-commercial purposes, subject to appropriate acknowledgement.

Content of the FRLP

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The Group of Eight Future Research Leaders Program provides best practice training in financial management, grant administration, business planning, commercialisation and technology transfer, corporate governance, financial reporting, acquittal and audit requirements to staff in Go8 universities who are identified as future research leaders.

Program participants commence with an online induction module designed for researchers who are new to their universities. The subsequent eight modules prepare participants for future roles as managers of research grants and leaders of research teams. These modules explore the roles and responsibilities that researchers assume as project managers, as research supervisors and as team leaders.

Each module comprises independent-study online learning material to be completed prior to an end-of-module workshop. The total time commitment for participants will be in the order of 8 to 16 hours per module.

The subsequent eight modules target the development of specific capabilities in the following areas:

  • Research Strategy and Planning
  • Commencement and Collaboration: Putting ideas into practice
  • Governance and compliance: Protecting yourself, your research and your university
  • Intellectual property and commercialisation
  • Financial, resource and risk management
  • Grant and Contract Administration
  • Managing People in a Research Context
  • Project Closeout

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Conditions of Use for the FRLP

The FRLP modules may be opened or downloaded by any person (including natural persons and bodies corporate) subject to the following conditions.  By opening or downloading the modules a person is taken to have entered into a contract with the Group of Eight Limited agreeing to these conditions the consideration for which contract is the Group of Eight Limited agreeing to let you use the FRLP modules.  If these conditions are not acceptable to you do not open or download the FRLP modules.

  1. The Group of Eight Limited grants you a non-exclusive licence to use the FRLP modules for non-commercial use only.  Non-commercial use means a use whose purpose does not involve the commercial exploitation of the FRLP modules, the earning of revenue or other similar business operations.  Examples of non-commercial use include research and educational activities in not for profit organisations such as schools and public universities.
  2. You must not claim that you have any rights in respect of the FRLP modules other than the licence granted by clause 1.  You acknowledge the Group of Eight Limited is the owner of the intellectual property rights in the FRLP modules.
  3. You must not use the FRLP modules in any way which is in contravention of Australian law or the laws binding in the jurisdiction in which you are located.
  4. The Group of Eight Limited accepts no responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of the FRLP modules and accepts no liability in respect of the material contained in those modules.
  5. You acknowledge the modules have been developed without regard to your specific circumstances.
  6. You must exercise your own skill and care and carefully evaluate the accuracy, completeness, and relevance of the FRLP modules to the purposes for which you wish to use them and where necessary obtain independent professional advice appropriate to your own particular circumstances.
  7. You agree that to the extent permitted by law the Group of Eight Limited, their members, employees, agents and officers accept no responsibility of any nature for any loss or liability (including without limitation legal costs and expenses) incurred or suffered arising out of or in connection with the use of the FRLP modules including where such loss or liability was caused by the infringement of intellectual property rights, including the moral rights, of any third person.
  8. The Group of Eight Limited may, by notice published on its website, revoke the licence granted under this contract where the Group of Eight Limited forms the view that it ceases to be appropriate or prudent for the Group of Eight Limited to licence use of the FRLP modules.