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General support for grant applications

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Biostatistics and bioinformatics support for grant applications

Help with drafting grant applications

QCIF Bioinformatics provides free consultations to help researchers from QCIF Member universities draft research grant applications that include bioinformatics, biostatistics and biodata.

Examples of areas where QCIF Bioinformatics can help are: 

  • Experimental design (e.g., sample size and power calculations) 
  • Content and pilot analysis to include in the application. 
  • Statistical/Bioinformatics Analysis methods (including clinical trials analysis plan) 
  • Bioinformatics resources and compute infrastructure 
  • Data Management Plan 
  • Quotes for support to include in applications 

Researchers can also include access to QCIF Bioinformatics staff in their grant applications to demonstrate that the project outcomes will be guided by professionally-conducted bioinformatics. QCIF Bioinformatics is structured to deliver the right amount of the right skills at the right times to maximise benefits to the research project at minimum cost. 

Book an appointment for video or face-to-face consultations via the QCIF Members’ Advice Request form. 

Including access to skills in grant proposals

Researchers can include QCIF Bioinformatics in their grant applications demonstrating that the project outcomes will be guided by professionally-conducted bioinformatics. 

QCIF Bioinformatics is structured to deliver the right amount of the right skills at the right times to maximise benefits to the research project at minimum cost. Quotes for on-demand bioinformatics and bio-statistics skills to be included into the grant budget will be provided based on: 

  1. The number of hours for projects requiring less than 130 hours of support   
  2. A fraction of a Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) bioinformatician for larger projects.  

Example Quote 1

75 hours of bioinformatics support

To carry out the necessary bioinformatics analysis during the different phases of the study, QCIF Bioinformatics will provide 75 hours of support to work on the study as and when required. Skills to be provided by QCIF Bioinformatics include gene expression analysis from Next Generation Sequencing, integrative multi-omics analysis and pathway enrichment analysis. 

Number of hours

2021 Hourly rate

Cost ($AUD) Exclusive GST

75

$144

$10,800

Example Quote 2

Part-time biostatisticians for an ARC application

To carry out the necessary biostatistics analysis over the duration of the study, QCIF Bioinformatics will provide on average 0.2 FTE at a salary level equivalent to Australian Research Fellow Step1. QCIF Bioinformatics staff will be available to work on the study when required, providing skills associated with data analysis and statistical integration applied to the study. 

0.2 FTE

2022

2023

2024

2025

Cost at Australian Research Fellow Step1

$26,115

$26,637

$27,170

$27,713

Example Quote 3

Part-time biostatisticians for an ARC application with varying FTE levels

To carry out the necessary biostatistics analysis during the different phases of the study, QCIF Bioinformatics will provide on average 0.1 FTE in Year 1, 0.2FTE in Year 3 and 0.1 FTE in Year 4 at a salary level equivalent to Australian Research Fellow Step1. QCIF Bioinformatics staff will be available to work on the study when required, providing skills associated with data analysis and statistical integration applied to the study. 

Year

2022

2023

2024

2025

Cost at Australian Research Fellow Step1

0.1

 

0.2

0.1

Cost

$13,057

 

$27,170

$13,857

Example Quote 4

Part-time biostatisticians for an NHMRC application

To carry out the necessary biostatistics analysis during the different phases of the study, QCIF Bioinformatics will provide on average 0.2 FTE in year 1 and 0.3 FTE in year 3 at Senior Research Fellow level A. QCIF Bioinformatics staff will be available to work on the study when required, providing skills associated with data analysis, data presentation and statistical integration applied to the study. 

Year

2022

2023

2024

FTE

0.1

 

0.3

Cost at Senior Research Fellow A 

$13,550

 

$42,292

Email contact@qcif.edu.au to discuss QCIF Bioinformatics services and obtain a quote to match grant applications.

Standard (customisable) QCIF Bioinformatics paragraph for inclusion in grant applications

QCIF Bioinformatics is a core facility providing expert analysis support to research teams at its member universities through access to personnel with skills including bioinformatics, biostatistics, systems biology, data management and analytics, specialised computing and software engineering. With a team of more than 20 research professionals, QCIF Bioinformatics has the ability to deliver the right amount of the right skills at the right times. Its team brings expertise in using national bioinformatics platforms from the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) and  Bioplatforms Australia. Delivering more than 400 research projects during the past 13 years, QCIF Bioinformatics has an excellent track record for quality bioinformatics services to life sciences and health research.