Our Services

Coaching Support
RCA puts the research leader and the researcher at the centre of research strengthening. RCA provides coaching support for individual researchers and institution-wide solutions. The RCA Coaching Framework is represented as four pillars on a foundation of resources from the researcher’s specific institutional setting.

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Online Course
Our 9 module Online Course “Your Research Career” draws together key lessons from RCA workshops and coaching in institutions in Australia and the Asia-Pacific region. The content is informed by the extensive experience of our coaches as both academic staff and research leaders. 

  • Explored research leadership issues and the main strategies used to strengthen research careers;
  • Identified the main blockages to your research career; and
  • Explored how to manage and balance research and other demands…."


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Public Commentary
RCA provides public commentary to assist the research community and higher education sector to strengthen research.

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RCA collaborates with other researchers to undertake academic research projects and publishes these in appropriate scholarly journals.

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Collaborative Projects & Consultancies
RCA undertakes projects in collaboration with universities and research institutions to identify medium and longer term trends in institutional research and recommends strengthening actions.

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  • RCA supports major research career transition points

    RCA focuses on supporting researchers through major career transitions, including:

    • Towards a Post Doctorate – stepping out from your PhD - PhD candidates who are preparing to compete for post doctoral roles
    • A foot on the ladder – PhD to work transitions - Securing an academic position and starting an academic career
    • Becoming a Scholar – towards scholarship - A new academic staff member seeking to become a well rounded scholar
    • Becoming a research leader – stepping up - Mid career researchers focused on managing competing demands to meet research targets for the discipline and institution
    • Career Transitions – Researchers who are moving into or out of Teaching Focussed roles such as Teaching Scholars
  • RCA strengthens research through strategy review, coaching and tailored interventions

    There are a range of things that RCA can do for institutions including:

    Coaching for early career researchers, mid-career researchers and research leaders including heads

    Coaching HDR Supervisors
    Coaching for supervisors, particularly to support industry engagement and to encourage an ongoing group of strong candidates

    Conducting Workshops
    Conduct workshops on a range of research related topics such as “Research Methods”, “HDR Supervision” and “Getting Published”

    Strengthen a Broad Subject Field
    Strengthening an agreed Broad Subject Field for a range of purposes including research income, ERA, and international rankings

    Coaching whole Research Groups
    Tailored coaching programs for whole research groups in particular areas of research strength or weakness so that the impact of the coaching is maximized

    Merit based coaching awards
    Provide coaching for a merit based coaching support award for researchers

    Transition Coaching
    Support major career transitions especially a move to Teaching Focussed roles such as Teaching Scholars

Targeted research coaching for early and mid career researchers

Targeted advice in a one hour structured coaching session based on assessment of the results of the RCA assessment questionnaire and track record materials

$770 inc. gst

Tailored 3x one hour coaching program to meet identified needs from the RCA assessment questionnaire and track record review

$1980 inc. gst

Research organizational solutions

University-wide, faculty, school or research institution solutions

By negotiation according to needs and number of sessions

Review of research functions in NGOs, Government and medical institutes, hospitals with an in house mandate for research: targeted advice and reviews

By negotiation according to needs

Research service administration reviews to improve the effectiveness of research managers and administrative research support

By negotiation according to needs

Facilitated workshops to assist non university (government) researchers to better understand how to collaborate most effectively with university researchers

By negotiation according to needs

Research career development tailored coaching packages

Executive research leadership development for Heads of School, Deans, ADRs, Centre Directors or Chief Investigators of major projects

By negotiation according to needs and number of sessions

Research Track Record analysis and CV strengthening

$660 inc. gst

Grant application review of nationally competitive grant applications

$880 inc. gst per grant application 

Major research centres/institute applications

By negotiation according to needs

Facilitated research strengthening for groups of researchers and research teams

By negotiation according to needs