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External funding

External research funding is divided into research income categories as defined by the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC):

  • Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants, see Australian Competitive Grants Register below.
  • Category 2: Other public sector research income which, includes: Australian government that is not Category 1 and State or Territory government whether through programs, grants or contracts; Government business enterprise; Cooperative Research Centres, where not defined as a lead researcher or participant.
  • Category 3: Industry and other research income which includes: Australian sources such as contracts, grants, donations, bequests and foundations; International sources that are competitive, peer-reviewed research grant income and contract research, non-competitive grants, donations, bequests and foundations.
  • Category 4: Research income derived from Australian Government grants to CRCs; research income derived from non-HEP members of CRCs; research income derived from external parties contributing to CRCs.

The Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR) lists schemes that provide competitive research grants (commonly known as Category 1 funding) to higher education providers.

The income that is received from schemes listed on the ACGR is a metric used to inform the allocation of the Australian Government’s Research Block Grants to Universities.

The ARC is a Commonwealth entity that administers the National Competitive Grants Program which is a significant component of Australia’s investment in research and development.

The ARC supports the highest-quality fundamental and applied research and research training through national competition across all disciplines (excluding clinical and other medical research).

Funding schemes currently offered:

ARC National Interest Test

On 27 November 2018, the federal Minister for Education, the Hon. Dan Tehan, announced the new National Interest Test (NIT) for research grants.  The statement replaces the “benefit and impact” section of grant applications and applies to all selection rounds that have opened since that date, i.e. Discovery (DP20), Indigenous Discovery (IN20), Linkage (LP19) and Linkage Infrastructure (LIEF20).

The intent of the NIT is to provide a statement to enable the community to understand that the government’s investment in research is worthwhile. This is defined as, “the extent to which the research contributes to Australia’s national interest through its potential to have economic, commercial, environmental, social or cultural benefits to the Australian community”

Discovery Program

  • Discovery Projects
  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
  • Future Fellowships
  • Australian Laureate Fellowships
  • Discovery Indigenous

Linkage Program

  • Linkage Projects
  • Industrial Transformation Research Programme
  • Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
  • ARC Centres of Excellence
  • Co-funded Centres
  • Special Research Initiatives
  • Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects

The NHMRC is Australia’s leading expert body for supporting health and medical research; developing health advice for the Australian community, health professionals and governments; providing advice on ethical behaviour in health care in the conduct of health and medical research. NHMRC funding supports research across the full spectrum of health and medical research, from basic science through to clinical, public health and health services research. The NHMRC offers research funding through a number of schemes which will be transitioning to a new structure from 2018 with full implementation for funding in 2020.

Funding schemes currently offered:

Research Support

Grants to Create New Knowledge

  • Program Grants
  • Project Grants

Grants to Accelerate Research Translation

  • Boosting Dementia Research Grants
  • Centres of Research Excellence (CRE)
  • Development Grants
  • Targeted and Urgent Calls for Research
  • Dementia Research Team Grants

Grants to Build Australia's Future Capability

  • Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowship Scheme
  • Postgraduate Scholarships
  • Early Career Scholarships
  • Career Development Fellowships
  • Practitioner Fellowships
  • Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowships
  • Independent Research Institutes Infrastructure Support Scheme
  • Equipment Grants

Work with Partners

  • Partnership Projects
  • Partnership Centres

Collaborative Grants and international activities

  • NHMRC-NIH Brain Collaborative Research Grants
  • NHMRC-EU Collaborative Research Grants
  • Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases
  • Human Frontier Science Program
  • NHMRC-CIRM Collaborative Research Grants
  • NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research Grants
  • NHMRC-NSFC Joint Call for Research to Enhance Prediction and Improve the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes in China and Australia
  • NHMRC/A*STAR Joint Grant Call for Research – Utilising Integrative Technologies to Combat Emerging Infectious Disease
  • NHMRC-National Institute for Health Research Collaborative Research Grants

There are also one-time targeted calls for applications to address a specific health issue. A targeted call for research specifies the scope and objectives of the research to be proposed and funds priority research in defined areas of need and when urgent research needs emerge.

Other than the schemes listed on the ACGR, funding is available from a variety of both federal and state government departments. Check the relevant Government websites for further information.

For example:

  • Department of Health (e.g., Research Translation, New Independent Researcher Infrastructure Support Awards, Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund)
  • Department of Water
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife
  • Department of Child Protection
  • WA Police

Research funding can be obtained via tender submission provided the tender response addresses are search question, e.g. it may contain an evaluation element, and the information can be disseminated to a wider audience.

Not all tenders are through government departments however you may be interested in subscribing to searches / notifications through the following:

Funding can come from sources such as not-for-profit organisations, charitable foundations,philanthropic trusts and industry, whether it be through competitive open calls or contract research. This funding is categorised as Category 3 income and will be reportable under HERDC.

Australian based researchers are able to apply for international funding, however sometimes it does require collaboration with the country of origin.

Some places to start your search include:

US

UK

EU

Other funding can include:

  • Contract research: projects that aim to achieve mutually beneficial research outcomes. Contract research differs to a consultancy, which involves the provision of a service and/or expert advice. Contract research can be categorised as research income (category 2 or 3) and will be reportable under HERDC.
  • A negotiated offer of funding: ‘tap on the shoulder’ funding, industry that seeks to provide funding before EOFY, etc.
  • Funding provided from an external source for a specific research project.

If you are planning on applying for or coordinating arrangements for any external research funding please see our Applying for funding web page.

Contacts

For any queries or assistance please contact:

  • School Research Administration Officers (RAO) for details click on school link below
  • Coordinator Research Administration (CRA) Lorraine Dunbar Tel: 6304 5402
  • Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au

Research Administration Officers

Nicky Kemp
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2623

Sharon Middleton
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3669

Kylie Rudrum
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3430

Research Administration Officer

Nicky Kemp
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2623

Research Administration Officer

Nicky Kemp
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2623

Research Administration Officer

Nicky Kemp
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2623

Research Administration Officer

Nicky Kemp
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2623

Research Administration Officer

Mariko Huartson
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3669

Nicky Kemp
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2623

Research Administration Officers

Mariko Huartson
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3669

Nicky Kemp
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2623

Research Administration Officer

Kylie Rudrum
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3430

Research Administration Officer

Kylie Rudrum
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 3430

Research Administration Officer

Nicky Kemp
Email: research-preaward@ecu.edu.au
Telephone: (61 8) 6304 2623

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