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Open Rounds

The below listing is the main relevant funding opportunities currently open.  For opportunities more specific to your discipline as well as scholarships and fellowships, please visit Discipline Specific funding page.  You can log in to Research Professional system using your ECU sign in.

If you are planning on applying for, or coordinating arrangements for any external research funding please see our Applying for funding web page.  The internal deadline for submitting grant applications to Research Services is at least 10 working days prior to the funding scheme submission date.

December

Closing Date

Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet (Women’s Leadership and Development Grants)

The objective of the WLDP is to improve outcomes for Australian women in six key focus areas: women’s job creation; women’s economic security; women’s workforce participation; women’s leadership; women’s safety; and international engagement. Maximum one application per institution. If you are interested, please email research-preaward@ecu.edu.au.

9/12/20

National Health and Medical Research Council (MRFF – Million Minds Mission – 2020 Mental Health)

Supports research into specific mental health priority areas. Grants worth between $8mil to $12mil. Projects must be completed by 30 April 2026.

9/12/20

Suicide Prevention Australia (Targeted research grants)

*Extended Deadline - Support research partnerships between researchers in suicide prevention and suicide prevention or postvention programmes and services.

10/12/20

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (MRFF Frontier Health and Medical Research Programme)

Supports development of medical research plans, aiming to improve health outcomes, quality of life and health system sustainability. Stage 1 funding between $250,000 to $1million for up to 15months. If successful, Stage 2 funding up to $100million over 5 years.

11/12/20

Tour de Cure (Support Project Grants)

These support projects that make a difference to cancer patients, families, caregivers and communities from the moment of diagnosis, through treatment and beyond. Grants worth up to $100,000.

11/12/20

Tour de Cure (Prevention Project Grants)

These support projects that focus on factors that will minimise the incidence of cancer and increase education and awareness of the steps that can be taken within the community to prevent cancer. Grants worth up to $100,000.

11/12/20

The Australian Pain Society (Clinical Research Grant – Pain in Childhood)

This supports clinical research in the field of childhood pain. The grant is worth up to $30,000 for one year.

15/12/20

Office of National Intelligence (National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Program: Intelligence Challenges)

Supports projects in better leveraging emerging science and technology to meet the increasing complexity of geostrategic environment, broadening scope of national security and intelligence missions, rapid pace of scientific and technological change and high levels of innovation investment by other nations. If you are interested, please email research-preaward@ecu.edu.au.

16/12/20

Department of Defence (National Intelligence and Security Discovery Research Program: National Security Challenges)

Supports game-changing projects that significantly advance the science and technology in national security capabilities. Aims to enhance strategic advantage and enable rapid responses to challenges and significant changes. If you are interested, please email research-preaward@ecu.edu.au.

16/12/20

Australian Department of Health (Heart disease and stroke early detection grant)

*NEW* - The Australian Department of Health invites applications for its heart disease and stroke – early detection call.  This aims to increase the early detection of people at risk of heart disease and stroke to reduce avoidable hospital admissions and save lives

17/12/20

Australian Department of Health (Heart disease and stroke – support for recovery grant)

*NEW* - The Australian Department of Health invites applications for its heart disease and stroke – support for recovery call. This aims to provide support for Australians with heart disease or stroke to make the best recovery possible, to be well and participate in the community.

17/12/20

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (Moon to Mars initiative – Demonstrator feasibility grants)

Initiative is an element of 'Advancing Space: Australian Civil Space Strategy 2019-2028', supporting Australian organisations to join NASA’s Moon and on to Mars endeavour. This supports feasibility activities for space projects. Grants worth between $50,000 and $200,000 for up to one year.

22/12/20

Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program)

The Australian Government is inviting applications to deliver services under the Future Drought Fund: Drought Resilience Research and Adoption Program – Drought Resilience Adoption and Innovation Hubs (Hubs). The target regions include SW WA and Top End NT/WA.

23/12/20

Australasian College of Dermatologists (Scientific research fund)

This supports research into dermatology and allied or associated sciences. Grants worth up to $25,000

31/12/20

The WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust (Biennial Grant)

Supports projects that enhance the quality of nursing and midwifery practice, management or education. Open to HDR students, industry healthcare professionals, and nursing/midwifery academics. Grants worth up to $40,000.

31/12/20

Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine (Research Grant)

*NEW* - The Australian and New Zealand Society of Nuclear Medicine, in collaboration with the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, invites applications for its research grant. Grants worth up to $20,000 for one year.

31/12/20

January

Closing Date

Department of Health (Perinatal Mental Health and Wellbeing Program – Emerging Priorities)

The purpose of the Emerging Priorities grant opportunity is to address national gaps in perinatal mental health and wellbeing service delivery through the delivery of new initiatives that complement and enhance existing services.

11/1/21

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Australia-India Council Grants Program)

*NEW* - These grants aim to raise awareness of Australia in India, and vice versa, encouraging further growth in relations between the two countries during and following the COVID-19 pandemic.

18/1/21

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (Competitive Round EOI)

*NEW* - The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation invites expressions of interest for its competitive round call for applications. This supports research and development of benefit to Australian fisheries and aquaculture

20/1/21

Ian Potter Foundation (Healthy – Medical Research grants)

Supports the provision of equipment and capital infrastructure to support outstanding medical research groups, to aid in advancing understanding and improving treatment of major diseases. Grants worth up to 100,000. Maximum two applications per institution. If you are interested, please email research-preaward@ecu.edu.au.

22/1/21

Healthway (Exploratory Grant 2021 Targeted Research Round: Priority-driven Policy Research for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity)

The 2021 Targeted Round supports research that will contribute to evidence-based policy and regulatory initiatives to increase healthy eating and/or, promote physical activity/reduce sedentary behaviour for the purposes of obesity prevention. Grants worth $75,000 for up to two years.

29/1/21

Healthway (Intervention Grant 2021 Targeted Research Round: Priority-driven Policy Research for Healthy Eating and Physical Activity)

The 2021 Targeted Round supports research that will contribute to evidence-based policy and regulatory initiatives to increase healthy eating and/or, promote physical activity/reduce sedentary behaviour for the purposes of obesity prevention. Grants worth up to $120,000 per year for up to three years, and $150,000 per year for years the intervention is implemented.

29/1/21

Healthway (Intervention research grants – Aboriginal health)

*NEW* - These grants support projects that aim to better understand Aboriginal health issues or demonstrate a clear pathway to an Aboriginal health promotion programme or policy intervention in Western Australia.  Grants worth up to $120,000 each per year.

29/1/21

Healthway (Exploration research grants – Aboriginal health)

*NEW* - These research grants support research projects that will address gaps in policy-relevant obesity prevention research, with demonstrated potential and intent to impact and improve healthy eating and physical activity outcomes for the Aboriginal community in Western Australia. Grants worth up to $75,000 over a maximum of two years.

29/1/21

The WA Nurses Memorial Charitable Trust (Standard Grant)

Supports projects that enhance the quality of nursing and midwifery practice, management or education. Open to HDR students, industry healthcare professionals, and nursing/midwifery academics. Grants worth up to $15,000.

30/1/21

Avant Foundation (Grants - EOI)

Supports research that influence quality, safety and professionalism in medical practice, in particular systems and processes to create sustainable changes, enhancing patient care and reducing clinical and medio-legal risks. Must target one of four 2021 focus areas. Grants are worth between $10,000 and $100,000 each.

31/1/21

Macular Disease Foundation Australia (Grant family fund)

Supports early-career researchers in undertaking ‘blue sky’ research in the field of macular disease, who have not previously held a substantial grant such as NHMRC. Studies should be within one of focus areas. Grants are worth up to AUD 50,000 for up to one year.

31/1/21

Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA Research Grants Program)

Supports medical, social, low vision or nutritional research aiming to reduce the incidence and impact of macular ideas. Applications focused on one of three focus areas of strategic importance are encouraged. Grants worth between AUD 200,000 and AUD 300,000 for up to three years.

31/1/21

February

Closing Date

National Health and Medical Research Council (MRFF – PPHR Initiative – 2020 Childhood Cancer Research Grant)

Support research into accelerating development of new options for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Projects must align to one of two streams: Cancer in children or Cancer in adolescents.

3/2/21

National Health and Medical Research Council (MRFF – PPHR Initiative – 2020 Maternal, First 2000 Days, and Childhood Health Grant)

The Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) Preventive and Public Health Research Initiative will support research that focuses on one or more of the following priorities: Maternal health, early childhood, or exercise and nutrition. Estimated Grant Value up to $1.5K.

3/2/21

National Health and Medical Research Council (MRFF – PPHR Initiative – Efficient use of existing medicines grant)

Supports research that conduct clinical trials to address one of two topics. Priority given to clinical trials investigating changes in use of medicines that have greatest potential impact on patience, clinical care and/or health service delivery.

3/2/21

Rosemary Bryant Foundation (Accelerator Grant)

Supports research that is in its early stages of development, focusing on nursing and midwifery practice and the translation of research findings into practice and policy. Grants are worth up to $25,000 for one year.

12/2/21

Rosemary Bryant Foundation (Discovery Grant)

Enables researchers to either build on results from an existing research project or establish a new research project focusing on nursing and midwifery. Grants are worth $50,000 each for up to one year.

12/2/21

Later in 2021 and onwards

Closing Date

US Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (I20 Office-wide Broad Agency Announcement - ABSTRACT)

Supports revolutionary research ideas for topics not addressed in the I20 Program or other DARPA programs. Core technical work ranges from AI and data analysis, to secure engineering and formal methods, however focus also on overcoming technical challenges. For further information, please contact Andrew Dowse (a.dowse@ecu.edu.au) or Tony Marceddo (a.marceddo@ecu.edu.au).

23/9/21

Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources (Australian Moon to Mars supply chain capability improvement grants)

These grants support Australian businesses and researchers to join NASA’s inspirational endeavour to go forward to the Moon and then go on to Mars. If you are interested, please email research-preaward@ecu.edu.au.

23/12/23

Hollywood Hospital Research Foundation (Research Grants)

Research projects must be conducted within Hollywood Hospital, but may include other sites, and be beneficial to the patient community served by Hollywood Private Hospital.

No closing date

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