Research Funding & Conferences

Funding Opportunities

Remember that all applications for external funding must be submitted to the Research Office 10 working days before the granting bodies closing date with a completed Notice to Submit (NTS) form including all signatures of researchers, HOS and ADR.

Canada Research Funding Sources

Looking to expand your research collaborative opportunities into Canada? The Canada Research Funding Sources is produced by the Australian Trade and Investment Commission provides a listing of Canadian programs where Australian researchers and institutes may be eligible for funding. In the majority of cases, eligibility requires a Canadian partner. Austrade is also available to assist you in finding an appropriate Canadian collaborator.

Further information can be obtained by contacting Michelle Carvajal, Austrade Toronto.

The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), composed of 13 research institutes, provides support, including funding, for health research. In the majority of cases, international researchers may be eligible for a grant if they are affiliated with an approved Canadian institution.
A list of funding opportunities can be found on ResearchNet. Topics range from disease prevention and risk factor modification to cannabis and indigenous health,

The Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada’s federal funding agency in support of research in the social sciences and humanities, offers grants specifically for international partners. This tool helps you determine project eligibility and search for grant programs by level of study and program area. To be considered, research subject-matter must relate to “social, developmental, personality and educational psychology”. Clinical research related to improving health or clinical trials does not fall under SSHRC’s mandate. For more information, visit the subject-matter eligibility page.

Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Alliance Grants is a new cost-sharing program that encourages researchers to collaborate with partner organizations to accelerate the application of research results. Two funding options exist, depending on the partners involved, which determine the size of the grant the partnership is eligible for.

The New Frontiers in Research Fund was recently designed by the tri-agencies and will invest CAD$275 million over the next five years beginning 2018-19 to “international, interdisciplinary, fast-breaking and high-risk research”. The fund is composed of three streams: exploration, transformation and international. Details of each stream are expected to be released July and September 2019.

Distance and cost can be two barriers to establishing a partnership with a Canadian researcher. The Going Global Innovation program can alleviate some of the cost to your potential partners. The program can provide up to CAD$75,000 to a Canadian entity to establish an R&D agreement with a foreign entity for the purpose of commercializing research.
The following tools can assist you in locating the appropriate Canadian partner:

Suicide Prevention Australia

The Suicide Prevention Research Fund was established by the Federal Government in 2017. Funding rounds are available throughout the year and more information on these can be obtained by contacting Kimberley Walker or visiting the website

NHMRC Ideas Grants / Clinical Trials & Cohort Studies – early 2020
Suicide Prevention Australia are gap funders for any applications that are not funded by NHMRC but have high merit and a suicide prevention focus. Applications are made through NHMRC. Click on the links to read more about the Ideas Grants and Clinical Trials & Cohort Studies.

Innovation Research Grants –Opening late 2019
This grant is intended to be used to enable the recipient to position him/herself or a team to competitively apply for more substantial research funding that would further advance understanding of suicidal behaviour and prevention. This grant program seeks to fund research where the research objectives are more exploratory in nature or more developmental in design. You can read more about this grant here.

PhD Scholarships – re-opening late 2019
The PhD Scholarship provides funding for successful applicants to attain a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and aims to support outstanding graduates who are at the early part of their research career. You can read more about this grant here.

Post-Doctoral Fellowships – opening soon
The Post-Doctoral Fellowship provides funding for successful applicants who have already attained a PhD to further their research career within suicide prevention. More information coming soon.

QSR International + NVivo

QSR International and the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology (IIQM) is offering an Early Career Research Grant of $25,000 over two years for the best research proposal using NVivo.

Further information is available from the website or by contacting

Applications should be submitted to by the closing date 23:00 MST on 29 November 2019.


  • Applicants need to have received their PhD in 2011 or later
  • Have an academic appointment
  • Will use NVivo in at least part of the analysis

Australia-India Collaborative Research Projects

Australia-India Collaborative Research Projects are funded by the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF). For this grant opportunity, $5 million is available over 3 years. The minimum grant amount is $500,000 and the maximum grant amount is $1,000,000.

The priority areas for Round 12 of the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund Collaborative Research Projects are:

  • Climate Change mitigation and adaptation
  • Food processing, storage and distribution
  • Mining safety and efficiency
  • Cancer therapeutics/ theranostics
  • Genomics and precision medicine
  • Pest-resistant crops

Applications close 23 October 2019

Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) EMCR Fellowships

EMCR fellowships provide financial support of up to A$16,500 for Australian researchers to travel to India and work with leading researchers at major Indian science and technology organisations for a period of between 1 and 3 months.

The fellowships are intended to facilitate long-term science, technology and innovation collaboration between Australia and India. Researchers in the following fields are eligible to apply for the fellowships:

  • any field of natural science (basic and applied)
  • engineering science
  • mathematics
  • statistics
  • health

Applicants engaged in multidisciplinary research are invited to apply but should note that proposals for research solely in the humanities, social or behavioural sciences are not eligible.
The deadline for applications is 9 am (AEDT) Wednesday 9 October 2019.  Australia-India Strategic Research Fund

Mercy Foundation

Projects that focus on chronic homelessness and women who experience chronic homelessness are currently priority areas for funding. These will generally be larger grants (up to $50,000 for any one year) with grants likely to be averaging $20,000 – $30,000. EOIs close 7 October 2019.


Enhancing Investigations & Enforcement Outcomes

Criterion Conferences brings you the 2nd Annual Enhancing Investigations & Enforcement Outcomes Conference taking place in Canberra on the 24th – 26th September 2019.
The interactive conference and workshops will deliver a comprehensive program sharing success stories, learnings and addressing your key questions in being a modern risk-based regulator. Program can be accessed here.

Are you looking to:
• Drive interagency collaboration for effective outcomes
• Build trust with industry stakeholders and community
• Explore innovative tools and technology for better efficiency
• Use behavioural insights to improve regulation
• Apply investigative interviewing and advanced investigation techniques

Key topics to be explored:
• Compliance and enforcement measures
• Engaging with industry consistently to build trust
• Driving organisational and cultural change to improve compliance
• Use of focus-deterrence initiatives to disrupt illegal business models
• Delivering outcomes of investigations to all parties

Analysing social media for better public policy

A one-day symposium to be held on 14 November in Bathurst, will aim to advance understanding of ways that public authorities can improve their decision-making and policy by listening to citizens through social media. University researchers have a role to play in working with public authorities to develop effective and efficient approaches to gathering and analysing insights from social media that are useful in policy development.
This symposium will focus on qualitative analysis, as distinct from automated, quantitative approaches.

Social media analysis has been used across many disciplines including health, transport, economics and education. This cross-disciplinary symposium will focus on the methods for capturing and analysing data, the advantages and disadvantages of this method, and the needs of public policy makers.

For more information and registration