Academic understanding


Research grant development

OO supports grant development from the inception to submission. We give robust and independent feedback on quality. We devise multiple pathways for fundable ideas.

external review

OO leads and implements strategic planning processes. We conduct external reviews at Faculty, School and Centre level.

Research capacity building

OO works with early, mid career and advanced scholars. We help with research questions and with methodology and approach.

leadership and governance

OO members have expertise in governance, integrity processes, accountability and risk assessment.

Industry partnership analysis

OO helps research groups to identify potential partners and develop industry relationships.


OO offers writing workshops, editing services and advice on publication strategies.



For more detailed information about our services please read the related pdf.

Meet the Team

Print friendly summary of Outside Opinion’s team of experts (August 2019)

Support for NHMRC and MRFF funding

Our expertise and services to help clients access NHMRC and MRFF funding opportunities

Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education Capability Statement

Our expertise and services relating to HASS grant development

Medical, Health and Life Sciences

Our expertise and services relating to grant development in Medical, Health and Life Sciences

Writing and Publishing

Workshops and targeted support for individuals, teams and academic units to improve output quality and volume

Grant writing and editing

Specialised support to create and refine research grant applications

Publishing for impact

A workshop to increase the impact of your through high quality reports and papers

International Research Grant Funding

A phased model of individualised support for researchers and research groups

Connecting with UK Higher Education

Tailored services to connect with research and funding opportunities in the UK. Offered in partnership with Cloud Chamber


Recent projects

University of Adelaide: ARC grant development, Discovery grants, Office of Research and Faculty of Health and Medical Science.

University of Canberra: external review of research strategy Faculty of Arts and Design.

Curtin University: external review of School of Humanities and Social Sciences.

DASSH Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities: Strategic analysis of graduate employment outcomes.

Flinders University: ARC Discovery, DECRA, IN and LP grant development, College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences.

Griffith University: Leadership and strategy workshops, Arts Education and Law group, Cities Research Institute and School of Architecture and Design.

La Trobe University: implementation of external School review, College of Arts Social Science and Commerce.

Macquarie University: ARC grant development, strategic planning, executive retreat and mentoring, Faculties of Arts and Faculty of Human Sciences.

Murdoch University: grant development workshop, Faculty of Humanities.

RMIT University: ARC grant development (Future Fellowships, Discovery, DECRA and Linkage), Centre of Excellence strategic advice, grant development and editing.

Southern Cross University ARC grant development, strategic advice

Swinburne University: ARC grant development,Centres of Excellence, Future Fellowships, Linkage and Discovery.

University of Melbourne: Strategic planning and ARC grant development on Discoveries, Laureate Fellowships, Centres of Excellence, Future Fellowships and Discovery Indigenous. Office of Research; Faculties of Arts, Fine Arts and Science.

University of Newcastle: Grant development (Cat 1-4) leadership and mentoring, Education and the Arts and Architecture and Built Environment.

University of New South Wales: ARC grant development (Laureate Fellowships, Centres of Excellence, Future Fellowships, Discovery grants), Office of Research.

University of Sydney: ARC Discoveries and Future Fellowships, Office of the DVCR.

University of Tasmania: strategic review of languages offerings and strategies, College of Arts, Law and Education.

University of Technology Sydney: grant development, strategic advice, executive mentoring, leadership workshops, Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Design.

Western Sydney University: member, external review of Bachelor of Arts.