National Library of Australia – 2021 Summer Scholarships – Now Open

Have you started your PhD and require access to the National Library of Australia’s world-class collections?

Summer Scholarships support Australian PhD students to spend six weeks at the National Library, from 11 January to 19 February 2021, researching the collections.

Scholars receive a stipend of $6,000 to cover travel, accommodation and living costs, access to the Fellows room with office facilities, as well as special and supported access to collections.

Up to five scholarships are available:

  • Two Norman McCann Scholarships* for research into Australian history, Australian literature, librarianship, archives administration, or museum studies
  • The Seymour Scholarship* for biographical research
  • The Carol Moya Mills Scholarship for a scholar from regional or rural Australia
  • The National Library of Australia Scholarship*, with preference given to Indigenous scholars
    *some age limits apply

Applications now close 5pm (AEST), Friday 28 August 2020

Read the scholarship guidelines and apply at the link:

Australia-China Science and Research Fund – Joint Research Centres – Round 4 – NOW OPEN

The Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF) supports activities undertaken through Joint Research Centres (JRCs). These virtual centres link Australian and Chinese research institutions doing research in a priority area.

For this grant opportunity, up to $5 million is available.

  • the maximum grant amount is $1m
  • the maximum grant period is three years
  • the project must involve research in a priority area

Prioriy areas

The priority areas for round 4 of the program are:

Food and agribusiness

  • agritech
  • supply chains
  • future food and their regulation

Digital technology

  • medical technologies including services and aged care
  • financial technology
  • big data

Energy and resources

  • new energy (renewables)
  • hydrogen
  • energy storage and supply
  • mineral exploration

Advanced materials

  • biomedical metal materials such as titanium and magnesium alloys
  • graphene technology
  • high-performance structure and composites

For future information visit .

Application close:
2-Sep-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

National Product Stewardship Investment Fund – 2020

The objectives of this grant opportunity are to support organisations across Australia to:

  • accelerate work on new industry-led product stewardship schemes, and
  • improve the rates of recycling across new and existing schemes

There is $14 million available for this grant opportunity. The minimum grant is $300,000 and the maximum grant is $1 million.

You can use your grant for one or more of the following activities:

  • business case development
  • scheme design
  • scheme implementation

Link: Closing date:
21-Aug-2020 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)

National Work Health and Safety ColloquiumWednesday 11th November.

Due to COVID-19, this hybrid event will go digital allowing Work Health and Safety researchers across Australia to connect and share their learnings.

This year, the theme is ‘The Impact of Research’ and we want to provide researchers with an opportunity to showcase how their research has made an impact in work health and safety.

We are now seeking submissions from speakers to present their work, expertise or interest in a 20-minute time slot.  Submissions can be made through our abstract portal,, and will close 11.59pm 2 August 2020.

Successful speakers will be notified by 5 August, with registrations to attend the event opening on 7 August.

Record your Engagement and Impact in CRO

From the Library guide Research Impact: Author impact

The Australian Government Research Engagement and Impact Assessment ran in 2018 alongside the Excellence in Research Australia (ERA).  The Engagement and Impact (EI) framework is intended to assess the engagement of researchers with end-users, and show how universities are translating their research into economic, social, environmental and other impacts.

You can use CRO to record your research and impact and engagement with a variety of forms to record your activities, prizes and awards, and social impacts, to support potential EI Assessment in the future.

Use the CRO Activities forms to record membership of professional or institutional boards, editorial roles, invited speaker, hosting or visiting academic roles or Examination activities. Use the Impact form to document how your research has influenced policy, industry or society.

CSU Researchers who have been involved in recent EI Assessments have their Research Impact and Engagement case studies available online.

Planning for Research Engagement and Impact

Fast Track Impact: this source of evidence based resources and training for researchers is based on the UK Research Excellence Framework, and promotes engaging with The Conversation

The UK Economic and Social Research Council have a range of guides and tool kits for researchers planning their Engagement, Impact and Collaboration

See the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014 and 2021) United Kingdom for examples of Case Studies of engagement and impact.

Further Reading

Australian Research Council (2018) Research impact principles and framework

Reed, M. S. (2016). The research impact handbook. St. John’s Well, Kinnoir, Huntly, Aberdeenshire: Fast Track Impact.

Penfield, T., Baker, M. J., Scoble, R., & Wykes, M. C. (2014). Assessment, evaluations and definitions of research impact: A reviewResearch Evaluation23(1), 21-32. doi: 10.1093/reseval/rvt021

Piwowar, H. (2013). Value all research products: A new funding policy by the US National Science Foundation represents a sea-change in how researchers are evaluated.Nature, 493(7431), 159.

Forrest Research Foundation – Post doctoral fellowship program.

Applications Close: Wednesday 26 August 2020

Forrest Research Foundation, is offering up to 22 new post-doctoral fellowships of 18 months duration, to be held at any of Western Australia’s five universities.

The disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in reduced opportunities for recent PhD graduates to pursue post-doctoral research. In response the Forrest Research Foundation is investing $3 million in 22 new post-doctoral fellowships of 18 months duration – the Prospect Fellowships.

These Prospect Fellowships are open to Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents who have completed their PhD on or after 1 January 2019. Applicants must have an outstanding academic profile, and must provide evidence (e.g. Dean’s list, university or other prizes, publications and other outputs) that they are among the top 5% of recent PhD graduates in their field.

Applicants may come from any disciplinary background but their proposed research must be focused on one of six areas of Western Australian research excellence:

  • Indian Ocean (to include e.g. marine science and engineering, geo-politics, economics)
  • Agriculture, food and nutrition
  • Environment and natural resources (to include e.g. extractive industries, ecology, conservation)
  • Frontier technologies (to include e.g. space science, AI, bio-engineering, nano-technology)
  • Mental and physical health and well-being (to include e.g. medicine, human bio-sciences)
  • Arts and culture

Further particulars and application details can be found at:

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Principles for Requests for CSU Cash Leverage for Research Projects

Leverage is the cash component of a research project that is contributed either by Charles Sturt University, or other cash investors. Internally, this leverage could come from ‘central’ funds (DVC-RE) or one of the Research Centres (GCAI, ILWS). There are other potential sources of leverage – staff research funds, School support, and these will also need to be supported by evidence of approval in your funding application.

In order to include a cash component contributed by central research funding from CSU into your research proposal, the following steps must be followed PRIOR to submission of your proposal, NTS and BAF to the research office:

All Central (DVC-RE) Leverage Funding requests;

  •  Must be made in writing to the PVC-RI and include an advanced draft of the research proposal including full budget details. Partially formulated budgets or proposals will not be eligible to be considered for leverage funding.
  • Must be clearly identified in the proposal as a cash contribution from Charles Sturt University. The proposal must also include any cash contributions from external partners. Appropriately costed in-kind contributions from Charles Sturt University and external partners must be provided as part of the detailed budget request.
  • Must clearly stipulate what the leverage request is for which can include stipends (including top ups), salary gap funding, consumables, travel. Requests will not be considered for funds that are transferred to external parties (i.e. all funds must be used within Charles Sturt University). If approved funds must be administered as part of the project specified; leverage funds should not be used for discretionary spending.
  • Must have endorsement from the relevant Associate Dean Research and/or Research Centre/Institute Director. For leverage requests for projects administered through a Faculty, these should be submitted to the PCV-RI with an email of support from the Faculty Associate Dean Research. For leverage requests for projects administered by a Research Centre/Institute, these requests should come directly from the Centre Director. Where leverage is approved, the relevant ADR and / or Centre Director should be informed.
  • Should, where possible, be matched by Centre leverage commitments.
  • Will, normally, only be considered for amounts more than $15K per year*.
  • Will, when assessed, take into account the total University commitment to the application including appropriately costed in-kind and infrastructure cost contributions.
  • Will normally only be considered for amounts where cash leverage constitutes up to 20% of the total project cash budget.**
  • Must be confirmed in writing by the PVC-RI prior to submission to the Research Office for approval for submission to the funding body.

* Consideration will be given to lower cost applications (minimum budget request of $50,000) on application but the justification will need to be strong.

** It is noted that some funding agencies expect a higher level of contributions from the University than indicated in the guidelines above. Consideration will be given to these requests but it is not anticipated that this will be covered by cash contributions in all cases and should include in-kind contributions (staff time, infrastructure support, central resources, access to specialist equipment etc).

Research Professional Launches Funding Insights Dashboard

Research Professional is pleased to announce the launch of a new website, the Funding Insights dashboard, which offers unique insights into the state of global research funding opportunities. Access to the dashboard is free.

With the research funding landscape changing rapidly as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and other factors, Research Professional is providing this aggregated funding data as a service to the community to better inform research offices, researchers, and other stakeholders as they develop their funding strategies. Data will be updated quarterly, portraying the latest trends and delivering related commentary and analysis.

Powered by curated data from the Ex Libris Pivot® and Research Professional® services, the Funding Insights dashboard will help users gain a better understanding of the number of currently available research funding opportunities and related funding trends. The data can be sorted by country, funder, discipline, award type, and other parameters. Funding trend reports and analyses from Research Professional News are also included.

TRI Faculty – Return to Research Funding – Applications Open

This scheme is designed to facilitate a return to active research for staff in all Faculties of the University. This is targeted at staff who have taken a significant career break for reasons including, but not limited to, maternity or paternity leave, extended sick leave, carers leave or other circumstances that have required a break from their research activities, and where no other internal or external funds are available to support their research.

Funding can be used to support activities such as external grant submission, data collection and analysis. Note that funding can only be used to cover the costs associated with conducting the proposed research, and not for buying out teaching. The maximum individual request has been revised down to $5,000.00.

Applications, including a detailed budget and prospective research outputs, as well as a supporting letter from the relevant Head of School, should be submitted to The applications will then be processed by the Associate Deans Research of the Faculties.

For general information on this scheme in the first instance please contact the Associate Dean Research FOS A/Prof Jane Quinn at

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TRI Faculty Open Access Publication Scheme

Open Access Publishing Scheme is now open for applications for articles published after 1/4/2020. This scheme is open to CSU researchers in all faculties.

A maximum of $2500AUD is available as a contribution to open access publishing fees. For this scheme the article must be published in a 100% open access journal. Please read the guidelines before applying. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

The guidelines and application form are available here. If you need any further information please contact either your Associate Dean Research or Faculty Research Liaison Officer. The contact details are available in the guidelines.