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Internal funding

Closing dates

  • Society and Culture Research Theme – Small Grants Scheme 2021 - CLOSED
  • RAP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Research Grant - CLOSED
  • Early Career Researcher Grant Scheme - CLOSED
  • Industry Engagement Scheme - CLOSED

Internal Schemes

The ECU Early Career Researcher Grants; Industry Engagement Grants; and Visiting Professorship Award schemes will not be available for 2020-2021

The objective of the Society and Culture Small Grants Scheme is to foster and develop existing and new collaborative research across Schools at ECU within the framework of the Society and Culture Research Theme. The scheme will support interdisciplinary teams (2 or more researchers) that have the potential to build research capacity and achieve measurable outcomes. Small grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to collaborative research projects that align with the Society and Culture Research Theme Priority Areas.

To apply for this scheme, a short application form that outlines the research project and proposed use of funding up to $5,000 must be submitted by 15 September 2021. Eligibility, selection criteria, and supported budget items are stipulated in the guidelines.

Submit applications by email to Emma Burke ( ).  ECURMS EOIs are not required for these grants.

Successful applicants will be notified in late September of the outcome. Please contact Emma Burke, Research Strategy Officer ( for any further information.

As part of ECU’s Reconciliation Action Plan (2018-2021), and in recognition of the University's commitment to supporting Aboriginal researchers to advance their academic careers and research objectives through the Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), ECU is offering a research grant up to $25,000 each year to eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander academic staff. Funding for the initiative is being provided by central sources within the University, which are outside of the Strategic Research Fund.

Closing date for applications is Friday, 23 October 2020.

RAP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researcher Grant

Open Access increases access to research publications for the entire research community and can result in greater academic impact and citation of ECU Research across the world. Scholarly publication models continue to transform, but many journals still require a significant cost in the form of an Article Processing Charge (APC) to publish.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Caroline Finch, is pleased to provide an additional allocation of $150,000 from the Strategic Research Fund (SRF), increasing the Open Access Funding Support Scheme from $300,000 to $450,000 in 2021. The scheme is open immediately to any ECU researcher (staff member or PhD higher degree by research (HDR) student), to assist them to make their imminent 2021 publications available online through Open Access.  These Q1/A* publications must be linked directly to one of the University’s priority Field of Research (FoR) areas (see appendix within the guidelines for full list of identified priority FoRs) relating to our Strategic Research Themes.

There have been some important changes to the scheme compared to previous years to more directly align the scheme to ECU’s strategic research directions and to ensure it is feasible within funding constraints. All applicants are advised to make themselves fully aware of the eligibility and other aspects of the scheme before they apply.

To apply for these funds, please review the guidelines, complete and submit the online form.

For more information please contact

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