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Research funding

Research funding

There are many sources of research funding available to you, both in Australia and overseas.

Details below will assist you on where to look for funding, the various types available and provide detailed information on how to apply for funding and the resources available.

Category 1 Competitive Grants

Category 1 Competitive Grants formal review process

There is strong evidence across all Australian universities that applications have a much higher chance of successful funding following extensive peer-review prior to submission.  This, coupled with a process which includes screening of proposed applications, and not supporting the submission of sub-standard applications to funding bodies, will be undertaken.

Formal review processes have been introduced for:

  • ARC Discovery;
  • ARC DECRA; and
  • NHMRC Investigator Grants.

Strategic Research Fund for Category 1 Grant Applications

  • Funding Rules and Guidelines
  • Business Case templates

External funding

External research funding is divided into research income categories as defined by the Higher Education Research Data Collection.

External funding can be located through various sources.

Internal funding

Research Services also offers various internal funding opportunities to assist with developing a researcher’s track record or developing collaborations with industry partners.

Funding Databases

ECU provides a variety of resources to assist researchers in identifying potential funding opportunities. Funding opportunities in the Research Weekly are sourced from a number of external databases.  As an ECU staff member or student, you are free to access the content on these.

Apply for funding

All applications for funding (Research grants, contract research and Tenders) must be reviewed by Research Services who will then submit your application to the funder on your behalf.

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