Funding opportunities

Here you can find general information on research funding opportunities and where to get started.

What is the definition of research?

Federation University Australia recognises the Australian Government's Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) definition of research as follows:

'Research is defined as the creation of new knowledge and/or the use of existing knowledge in a new and creative way so as to generate new concepts, methodologies and understandings. This could include synthesis and analysis of previous research to the extent that it leads to new and creative outcomes.'

For a more extensive definition, please refer to section 3 of the HERDC Specifications found at https://www.education.gov.au/higher-education-research-data-collection.

The collection of research data and income in the annual HERDC return is dependent on several factors including but not limited to:

  • The original source of income;
  • project activities and budget;
  • contractual obligations and restrictions of the project.

For further information on the classification of research income, please refer to section 4 of the HERDC Specifications.

For advice on whether or not your planned project and/or funding application fits within the Australian Government HERDC specifications, please contact research.funding@federation.edu.au in the early stages of planning.

All research projects must be processed through the Research Funding Team section of Research Services.

Funding opportunity links

1. Research Professional - Online Research Grants Database
2. Australian Research Council (ARC) funding opportunities
3. National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding opportunities
4. Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) funding opportunities
General Enquiries

1. Research Professional - Online research grants database

We subscribe to Research Professional, an online database of research funding opportunities and awards. This subscription enables researchers to search for available content, and set up email alerts to stay informed on new funding opportunities relevant to individual research discipline(s).

To get you started with this new and exciting funding opportunities system, the Research Funding Team has assigned you to a broad discipline workgroup. You will receive a weekly email alert with a list of current research funding opportunities relevant to this discipline workgroup. However whilst this search has been set up for you, you will have the ability to change and refine your email alert and workgroup preferences based on your specific needs.

Key features of Research Professional include:

  • An intuitive interface to make browsing for funding as simple as checking your email.
  • Shared resources, allowing you to benefit from saved searches and folders of bookmarked items created for you by your administrators.
  • Ability to set up targeted email alerts on funding opportunities within your area of research interest
  • Powerful search tools to help you find exactly the funding opportunities that interest you.

To help you get started on the site, you might want to take a look at the available help resources. These include:

Please log in to Research Professional. Here you can log in via our Federation University Australia account. Please see the PDF below for instructions on logging in:

How to login to Research Professional - FedUni staff (PDF)

If you are a FedUni researcher and have any queries about Research Professional and managing your account, please contact your FedUni Research Funding administrators:

  • Tina D'Urbano - Ph: 5122 6872
  • Jane Eltringham - Ph: 5327 6735

Email: research.funding@federation.edu.au

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2. Australian Research Council (ARC) funding opportunities

The ARC run a range of different research funding schemes throughout the year. If you are interested in applying for ARC funding, please visit the ARC website to determine which scheme best suits your research project and needs.

Please speak to your Faculty ADR or Centre Director if you are interested in applying for a particular scheme. All research funding proposals must be faculty approved before submission. View Grant approval forms. Budget costing pro formas for research projects can be found at Research finance.

Proposals for all ARC schemes require significant time and development. Some general things to consider before applying for an ARC grant:

  • Do you have an up to date RMS account? All ARC proposals are submitted through the online RMS portal.
  • What are your current time commitments and how will an ARC project fit into your schedule?
  • Have you read the relevant scheme funding rules, Instructions to Applicants (ITAs) and other documentation? This information can be found on the ARC website.
  • What support is available through your faculty and centre?

For information on current ARC schemes and dates running through FedUni, please visit our Funding application dates page. For an exhaustive list of all ARC scheme dates, please visit the ARC website.

For all ARC administrative, budget and RMS enquiries, please contact research.funding@federation.edu.au.

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3. National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) funding opportunities

The NHMRC run a range of different research funding schemes related to medical research throughout the year. If you are interested in applying for NHMRC funding, please visit the NHMRC website to determine which scheme best suits your research project and needs.

Please speak to your Faculty ADR or Centre Director if you are interested in applying for a particular scheme. All research funding proposals must be faculty approved before submission. Grant approval forms can be found at Grant forms.  Budget costing pro formas for research projects can be found at Research finance.

Proposals for all NHMRC schemes require significant time and development.  Some general things to consider before applying for an NHMRC grant:

  • Do you have an up to date RGMS account?  All NHMRC proposals are submitted through the online RGMS portal.
  • What are your current time commitments and how will an NHMRC project fit into your schedule?
  • Have you read the relevant scheme Funding Rules, Instructions to Applicants (ITAs) and other documentation?  This information can be found on the NHMRC website.
  • What support is available through your faculty and centre?

For information on current NHMRC schemes and dates running through FedUni, please visit our Funding application dates page. For an exhaustive list of all NHMRC scheme dates, please visit the NHMRC website.

For all NHMRC administrative, budget and RGMS enquiries, please contact research.funding@federation.edu.au.

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4. Office for Learning & Teaching (OLT) funding opportunities

If you would like information on applying for an OLT funding opportunity, please visit the CLIPP webpage.

Alternatively, please contact FedUni's OLT Institutional Contact Officer Nina Fotinatos at n.fotinatos@federation.edu.au.

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General enquiries

If you would like to enquire about a  particular research funding scheme or the general process for all research funding applications, budgets, grants and contracts, please contact the Research Funding Team on research.funding@federation.edu.au.

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