NIRAKN’s Research Program is facilitated and delivered by the NIRAKN Hub and our four virtual Research Nodes. NIRAKNs research program extends our pathway of research capacity building and is constituted by two components: external grants and internal grants. Our new and emerging researchers will be given the opportunity to apply their skills in a supportive environment and our early, mid and senior researchers require cross discipline/ institution collaborative opportunities. To this end Node Leaders will convene research roundtables/node meetings for Network Participants and Partner Investigators to develop and enable new collaborative research project applications for NHMRC, ARC Discovery Indigenous and Discovery Linkage, AHURI and OLT grants. External grant applications are the preserve and responsibility of Node Leaders and network member applicants.
NIRAKN’s internal research grants fall under the auspice of the Management Committee and Node Leaders and align to the strategic goals. Node Leaders will assess their respective node research grant applications and make recommendations for funding to the NIRAKN Management Committee. The Management Committee approves the funding of internal grant applications based on the recommendations of the Node Leaders. For establishment grants Node Leaders may choose to provide feedback on a project that is deemed to be broadly fundable but in need of clarification on some points and request resubmission within a few weeks. NIRAKN members can download the NIRAKN Internal Grant Application Form.
The Hub, through the Director, has overall responsibility for the administration, coordination and delivery of NIRAKN’s Research Capacity Building Program as well as undertaking research and other research related activities. The Hub is responsible for NIRAKN’s administrative, operational and governance requirements. The Director has responsibility for the academic leadership and academic cohesion of NIRAKN’s programs and reporting requirements.
The Hub organises NIRAKN’s National Capacity Building workshops, Annual Symposium and Seminar Series, the visiting international and national scholars program, a national critical reading group, Indigenous qualitative methodologies masterclasses and other national and international network collaborations. The Hub is responsible for the maintenance of the NIRAKN website and delivering a biannual newsletter. The Hub coordinates and facilitates network meetings including providing secretariat services to the Management Committee, the Advisory Committee and Node Leaders’ meetings.
The Hub is led by the NIRAKN Director, Distinguished Professor Aileen Moreton-Robinson and is based at the Indigenous Research and Engagement Unit at QUT. The IREU provides administrative support to NIRAKN. IREU staff include: Associate Director, Associate Professor Yvette Roe; Lecturer, Dr David Singh; Network Coordinator, Adam Robinson; Finance Officer, Daphne Campbell; NIRAKN Coordinator, Dr Carol Quadrelli; IREU Administrative Assistant, Brodie Johnston and Personal Assistant to the Dean, Ashley Fox.
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The key role of the nodes is developing and conducting research, delivering research capacity building workshops as well as providing professional advice and support to NIRAKN members. Each node holds an intra-node virtual meeting on a monthly basis. Node membership is fluid. NIRAKN members can choose to be a member of all nodes and attend their virtual meetings. Node leaders and the Director attend a virtual meeting every two months and report on node activities.