Conference objectives

We have two main themes for the 2021 Grant Holders Conference:

  1. HRB Strategy 2021-2025: Health research – making a difference
  2. Futureproofing research

Through these themes, we hope to address the following objectives:

  • To introduce the new five-year HRB Strategy: Health research – making a difference.
  • To spotlight researcher-led, innovative solutions to various challenges to health research and research impact brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • To generate networking and collaboration opportunities among the HRB-funded community.


Conference overview

Thursday 11 February 2021

15.00 - 17.15 

HRB Strategy overview

This session will introduce attendees to the new five-year HRB Strategy, taking an in-depth look at several key areas of focus over the next five years.


Friday 12 February 2021

09.00 - 11.15

Futureproofing health research

This session will draw on learnings from the COVID-19 pandemic to address various ways in which researchers can futureproof research projects and grants for unanticiapted challenges or events. 


Online platform

Building on the success of our recent national conference, the Grant Holders conference will also be hosted online which has numerous benefits, including improved accessibility as well as adhereing to our commitment for environmental sustainability. We will be using a custom-built online platform that will support live Q&A interaction as well as providing opportunities for networking.

Due to the online format, principal investigators may invite up to three postdoctoral reseachers working on their HRB-funded grant.