Research Grant Opportunities

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Each year external research income and expenditure is subject to audit by the NSW Auditor General’s Office.

All project related income and expenditure is reviewed and assessed in line with the obligations the University has agreed to within all research funding agreements.  Project related expenditure must be aligned with the agreed budget which forms part of the application and contract between the University and the external funding organisation.   Expenditure must also be incurred within the executed contract  timelines for project activity.  

Project timelines aren’t perfect! Things go wrong, projects are delayed and some circumstances beyond your control get in the way of achieving reporting or expenditure milestones. If you need to alter the project activity, budget or request a variation to the agreement for revised timelines, please contact your Liaison Officer in the Research Office on 02 6933 2578, or via email.


NHMRC-European Union Collaborative Research Grants

The NHMRC-EU Collaborative Research Grants scheme provides a contribution to Australian institutions and researchers who are participating in leading international collaborative research that has been selected for funding through Horizon 2020. Horizon 2020 is currently the EU’s main instrument for funding research and development and will run until 2020.

Information on Horizon 2020, including the timing and application process for EU topics, is available from the EU website

Applications must be made to, and approved through the European Commission (EC) peer review process to be eligible for funding through NHMRC.

Opening and closing dates for Horizon 2020 calls vary by topic. The most current information is available on the EU website

Further information can be found on GrantConnect or NHMRC


ARC Linkage Projects

The Linkage Program promotes national and international research partnerships between researchers and business, industry, community organisations and other publicly funded research agencies.

The Linkage Projects grant opportunity supports projects which initiate or develop long term strategic research alliances to apply advanced knowledge to problems, acquire new knowledge and as a basis for securing commercial and other benefits of research.

To facilitate successful collaboration between higher education institutions and other parts of the innovation system, Linkage Projects applications can be submitted at any time and funding outcomes are recommended to the Minister within six months of application submission.

The objectives of the Linkage Projects grant opportunity are to:

  • support the initiation and/or development of long-term strategic research alliances between higher education organisations and industry and other research end-users, in order to apply advanced knowledge to problems to provide opportunitie to achieve national economic, commercial, environmental, or social benefits;
  • provide opportunities for internationally competitive research projects to be conducted in collaboration with organisations outside the higher education sector;
  • encourage growth of a national pool of world-class researchers to meet the needs of the broader Australian innovation system; and
  • build the scale and focus of research in the Australian Government’s Science and Research Priorities.

Funding is available for a minimum period of two to a maximum of five consecutive years and amounts between $50K and $300K can be requested.

For more information please visit GrantConnect or ARC



ARC National Competitive Grants Program Scheme Timelines

Indicative key dates for ARC National Competitive Grants Program have been announced. The 2019-20 timelines are available from the ARC website

The ARC has significantly changed the application closing date for the subsequent round of Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) scheme, which will now close in November 2020 for DECRA 2022 to align with the Future Fellowships scheme timeline.