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Internal funding

Closing dates

  • RAP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Grant - NOW OPEN
  • Open Access Funding Support Scheme - OPEN
  • Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme - NOW CLOSED
  • Industry Engagement Scheme - NOW CLOSED

Internal Schemes

In addition to external funding schemes and opportunities, ECU also offers researchers the following internal schemes:

As part of ECU’s Reconciliation Action Plan (2018-2021), the University is committed to supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers to advance their academic careers. In support of this endeavour, ECU is offering a research grant up to $25,000 each year to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic staff. Applicants are able to request a maximum of $25,000 or part thereof.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 13 March 2020.

RAP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researcher Grant

Making your peer-reviewed research publication available through Open Access can increase the number of times your publication is accessed, read and cited. But the Open Access publication model typically comes with a significant cost from publishers in the form of Article Processing Charges (APCs), making it difficult for Researchers to be able to afford this attractive option.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Caroline Finch, is pleased to provide an allocation of $300,000 from the Strategic Research Fund (SRF) in 2020 for this purpose. The scheme is open to any research staff member or higher degree by research (HDR) student across ECU, to assist them to make their imminent 2020 publications available online through Open Access.

Open Access Funding Support Scheme

To apply for these funds, please complete the application form and send to Library Research Services at

The Early Career Researcher (ECR) Grant Scheme supports promising ECU early career researchers to progress their independent research careers. Researchers can apply for 2020 funding to conduct a research project that will help develop their track record and enhance their research competitiveness.

The scheme aims to provide ECU researchers with experience in applying for research funding and in undertaking and managing a research project as a lead Chief Investigator.

Awards for the 2020 Round is for 12 months with funds available from 1 January 2020.  A maximum of $30,000 can be applied for. To apply, please see the Applying for funding web page.

This scheme aims to support research initiatives that fosters engagement and develops long-term alliances between ECU and industry, government and the professions, both in Australia and elsewhere; with the view to develop successful applications for externally-funded schemes involving collaboration with industry. For this 2019 round, projects which can be completed within 6 months (ending 31st December 2019) will be given priority.

A maximum of $30,000 can be applied for.  Industry Partners are required to match the funding requested.  Please note researchers currently enrolled in a Doctoral Degree are not eligible.

To apply, please see the Applying for funding web page.

In recognising the valuable input of internationally recognised researchers to the growth of research disciplines and collaborations, ECU is offering up to two Visiting Professorships to host outstanding researchers from overseas academic institutions. These awards are designed to build capability within ECU by encouraging collaboration within and external to the university, and by bringing international research leaders to our campuses.

Each fellowship will be awarded up to $20,000 to contribute to airfares, accommodation, incidental costs and any honorarium.

Key dates

  • Application Deadline – 22 June 2018
  • Awards Announced –  3 August 2018
  • Funds awarded – January 2019
  • All funds must be used by – 31 December 2019
  • Report Deadline – 3 months after visit



For further information on the ECU Visiting Professorships Award please contact:

Research Services

Applications can be sent by the application deadline to:

Awards Coordinator
Sharon Smart

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