Communicate in clever ways

Writing and design – Grants and proposals – Facilitation and coaching

Writing + design

When writing for researchers, funding providers and companies, we use a step-by-step approach to make sure the content reaches audiences in compelling ways.

Grants + proposals

This is one of our most sought-after services. We’ve written, edited, reviewed and coordinated hundreds of proposals for programs like the ARC, CRC, CRC-P, GRDC, ARENA.

Facilitation + Coaching

We facilitate workshops and run training programs to achieve the outcomes you need. One-on-one coaching is also available to develop non-science skills.

What we do for you


Website strategy and content

Need a new website, or would you like to revise or overhaul an existing one?

Reports and publications

We have expert writers with qualifications in scientific domains including ecology, environment, geology, botany, zoology, palaeontology, petrology, medicine and psychology.


Grant proposal writing and editing

Our successful proposals have attracted more than $180 million in grant or project funding (plus much more in partner cash and in-kind contributions).



When workshopping a complex topic, it pays to have a facilitator who ‘gets it’. That’s Straight Up. You can pick from our daily, half-day or hourly rates to plan, run and summarise the outcomes of your workshop



We have training programs in grant writing, communication, reaching target audiences and science writing for websites, brochures or stories about complex subjects.



Researchers already on a promising career paths work with us to develop non-science skills. Because to get noticed in today’s research industry, you need to be the best at both science and promoting your work.  


About Us

Specialists in marketing and communications for researchers, government managers, and a wide range of industries. Our team is experienced and skilled in services that help you get the funding, partners, or attention you need.

Our Industries


The research community relies on grants and commercial partnerships to fund research programs. Their goals include achieving high quality research outcomes, transferring innovations to industry, and publishing in high ranking journals. 

Government Organisations

Citizens look to government departments for services and environmental protection. Government managers look to understand target audiences and how to influence behaviours and attitudes.

Tech Companies

Tech startups and mature companies alike benefit greatly from working with a marketing team that understands complex, nuanced information. They want to attract audiences to their innovations.


Professor Andrew Lowe

University of Adelaide

“Straight Up is very good at interpreting complex situations, and understanding what’s required for an opportunity. They think about what’s required and add strategic direction. They just get it.”

Dr Jordan Parham

1414 Degrees Ltd

“Straight Up translates and communicates detailed technical matters to a variety of audiences. They work with you to peel back the layers to draw out the core story and pitch, as well as think through the strategy of taking that back out to the target market. The team is easy and reliable to work with.”

Professor Veronica Soebarto

University of Adelaide

“We are very pleased to work with the team at Straight Up in producing “Thermal Comfort at Home: A guide for older South Australians”. Not only did they listen and understand our goal, they also offered suggestions and solutions beyond our initial expectations. We are very happy with the outcome and look forward to working with Straight Up in the future.”

Professor Graham 'Gus' Nathan


“Straight Up is professional, easy to work with, and high quality. Damia was an important contributor to our bid team that secured $39 million in grant funding for the HILT CRC. She will go the extra mile to get something done.”

Professor Peter Radoll

University of Canberra

“Thank you Damia for your incredible grant writing talent, and for ensuring the many contributions to our bid were weaved together to tell a compelling story in a united voice.”

Ian Overton

Green Industries SA

“I’m so grateful to be working with Straight Up on two important projects: a strategic document and a large grant proposal. It’s been great to work with someone that is part of the team and takes action through her own initiative and brilliant contributions. Damia just gets things done!”

Straight Up has communication experts, editors, writers, graphic designers, and web designers.


At Straight Up we acknowledge the Kaurna People, the Traditional Custodians of the land and sea in which we work and live. We recognise their continuing connection to land, sea and culture, and pay our respects to Elders past, present and future.