Research Funding & Conferences

Funding Opportunities

Grand Challenges Explorations

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) is an initiative of the US Gates Foundation that awards initial grants of USD100,000.

Successful projects are eligible to receive follow-on funding of up to USD1 million. Proposals are solicited twice a year for an expanding set of global health and development topics.

Applications are only two pages, and no preliminary data is required. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies.

The next application round for GCE will open in September 2019

The David and Valerie Solomon Award

The David and Valerie Solomon Award is a new early-mid career award for a science or technology graduate working in academia/research or industry R&D who demonstrates substantial ability to foster research-industry collaboration and knowledge transfer for the benefit of Australia.

The winner will receive a unique award, a cash prize of $15,000 and 12 months mentoring from a senior entrepreneur/industry Fellow of the Academy with $5,000 travel expenses to enhance this mentoring experience.

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering administers the award, which will be presented for the first time at the Academy’s Oration and New Fellows Dinner on 29 November 2019 in Melbourne.A

The David and Valerie Solomon Award recognises and incentivises public sector researchers who are engaged with industry and engaged industrial researchers and drive collaborative activities to produce real-world impact.

Specifically the Award will:

  • Highlight the importance of collaboration between industry and research, and the translation of research for economic, social and environmental benefit.
  • Recognise the achievements of an early-mid career researcher who has worked across the research-industry divide, beyond purely academic research or only experimental development.
  • Bring to the attention of policy-makers the key role applied science, technology and innovation play in the nation’s development.

Applications for the 2019 award are now open and close 9am AEST Monday 26 August 2019 .

Guidelines and Nomination form are online

2020 Australian Rural Leadership Program

Applications are now open for the 2020 Australian Rural Leadership (ARLP) Program. The ARLP is a 15-month leadership development program that takes place over five sessions across Australia and Vietnam.

Over thirty scholarships (worth $50,000 each) are available for people working in or wanting to contribute to the development of rural, regional and remote Australia and AgriFutures Australia is pleased to sponsor a participant in each cohort.

The ARLP is Australia’s longest and most in-depth experiential leadership program. It gives participants valuable opportunities to nurture, challenge and build upon their leadership skills with people from diverse communities and industries.

The ARLP 2020 program is now open and applications close on Friday 30 August, 2019. Interviews will be conducted between 23 October and 8 November 2019.

For more information and to apply for the 2020 program, the application can be found here:

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Research Conferences

Melbourne International Business and Social Science Research Conference

Dates: 28-30 September 2019
Venue: Rendezvous Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
Abstract Submission Deadline: 16 August 2019
Broad Conference Theme: Innovation in Research and Research Training

Melbourne International Business and Social Science Research Conference (MIBSRC) 2019 aims to provide an opportunity to academics and practitioners around the world to discuss and share the contemporary issues of business and social science research. The proposed conference provides an outlet for high quality research in all areas of accounting, CSR, finance, economics, econometrics, education, information technology, Islamic finance and Sharia, law, management, marketing, social business and multidisciplinary. 

For further information please visit the website

Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing Conference 2019

The Australia & New Zealand Society of Evidence Based Policing (ANZSEBP) and Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) are co-hosting this year’s ANZSEBP Conference in Canberra on 31 October and 1 November at Old Parliament House.

The theme of the conference is New Frontiers – How the Evidence Base can inform Policing and Law Enforcement.

Sub-themes will include:

  • Counter terrorism and countering violent extremism
  • Responses to serious and organised crime
  • Reducing child sexual exploitation
  • Targeting high-risk offenders
  • Preventing volume crime
  • Improving police practice and leadership
  • Law enforcement training and education

The theme of this conference, and these sub-themes, reflect the growing importance of embedding evidence based policing as part of a wider range of law enforcement activity.

For more information visit
Museum of Australian Democracy
Old Parliament House