Other due dates

Some external research funding schemes have strict eligibility requirements and require early preparation. The purpose of this page is to notify researchers of selected external research funding schemes where significant eligibility restrictions apply. Please be aware of the internal due dates for the scheme you are interested in.

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Australia China Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP)

Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation (JRC) Scheme - Applications Now Open

Helen Macpherson Smith Trust (HMST) - Social Impact Grant & Community One-off Grants 2017

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Australia China Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP)

The Australia-China Young Scientists Exchange Program (YSEP) is a joint initiative funded by the Australian Department of Industry Innovation and Science and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) to support early to mid-career researchers. It is supported by the Commonwealth of Australia under the Australia-China Science and Research Fund (ACSRF).

YSEP provides an opportunity for early to mid-career researchers from Australia and China to undertake a two week exchange. Successful applicants will establish linkages with a range of relevant research organisations in a structured programme and learn about the science and research environments of each country.

For the 2016 round, 16 Chinese researchers visited Australian institutions in July-August and 14 Australian researchers visited Chinese institutions in November 2016. YSEP also supported further seven Australian alumni from the 2015 exchange to have follow up visits to China in 2016.

The Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE) has been engaged to run YSEP in 2017.


**GEOI Deadline

Internal Compliance  Deadline

Final internal Deadline

External Deadline

COB 05/06/2017

2pm 13/06/2017

12noon 21/06/2017

9am 26/06/2017

**Late GEOIs cannot be accepted.  ATSE will only accept THREE applications per eligible research or industry organisation and internal selection processes may need to be established.

The Research Office (or authorised office) will be responsible for setting up its internal deadlines for application submission and selecting the best three candidates from within their organisation.

Aims of YSEP

Annual exchanges under YSEP have occurred since 2006. YSEP aims to support future long term science, technology and innovation collaboration between Australia and China, by bringing together future science leaders from both countries to foster long term relationships.

It also aims to help early and mid-career Australian and Chinese researchers develop their expertise in international collaboration, by increasing their understanding of the cultures of the two countries, the science and research practices and systems of the two countries, and by providing a catalyst for future collaboration.

Further Information and Guidelines

Please refer to the ATSE website at http://www.atse.org.au/content/international/australia-china-young-scientists-exchange-program.aspx?WebsiteKey=9cfd0302-4b41-4183-a5be-37628c955133

If you have any queries, please contact the Research Funding Team at research.funding@federation.edu.au.

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Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation (JRC) Scheme

-Applications Now Open-

The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is a joint initiative of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic cooperation.

It aims to foster research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian researchers from Universities Australia member universities and German researchers from German universities and research institutes.

The scheme will support exchanges for Australian researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at Australian universities. Researchers must be working on a joint research project with their German counterparts, rather than simply furthering their own individual research in Germany.

The support of early career researchers and junior scholars is a significant focus of this scheme.


Projects are funded for one or two years commencing in 2018.

Federation University Australia, via the Office of the DVC Research & Innovation, has committed a maximum funding pool of AUD $12,500 for successful applications.

Although these applications are not HERDC reportable, due to internal panel selection requirements and Universities Australia processes, all applications must be submitted by the closing date to research.funding@federation.edu.au .

Key Eligibility Requirement

You must have a collaborating partner based at a German institution, who will submit a corresponding application via the DAAD system. You will be required to list their DAAD application number on your proposal.

Further Information

Federation University Australia contact officer for this scheme is:

Tina D’Urbano, Team Leader, Research Funding and Ethics: research.funding@federation.edu.au

Application Form, guidelines and further information can be found on the Universities Australia website: https://www.universitiesaustralia.edu.au/global-engagement/international-collaboration/international-agreements-and-activities/Australia--Germany-Joint-Research-Cooperation-Scheme#.WOb3Q2xMSmS


Applications are now open and close on 16 June 2017. Applicants will be informed of the DAAD review panel outcomes in writing in November 2017 (tbc). Project funding will commence in 2018.

Please note the important dates below, including the internal deadline for the Grant Expression of Interest (GEOI) form, due to research.funding@federation.edu.au:

GEOI deadline

Internal Compliance Review deadline

Final internal deadline to Research Funding*

Internal Selection Panel

Nominations to UA

via Research Funding



12 noon




Mid July 2017


*Late applications will not be accepted.

***** Please also check with your Faculty for any additional internal deadlines.*****

Contact Research Funding Team

If you have any queries, please contact the Research Funding Team at research.funding@federation.edu.au.

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Helen Macpherson Smith Trust (HMST)

Programs – focus areas on what we fund

Cultural and Heritage Creative initiatives that give voice to communities by attracting local participation, encouraging public engagement and developing a sense of place.

Education and Vocations Pathways Education and vocational initiatives that help individuals improve their circumstances.

Land and Environmental Stewardship Initiatives that deliver responsible conservation of Victoria’s natural environments through cooperative projects and sustainable practices.

Regional Resilience Projects and programs that deliver benefits to rural and regional communities.

Health Advancement Major multi-year grants that lead to better health outcomes and quality of life. This grant category is ONLY available for Social Impact Grants

Social Impact Grants 2017

Applications open 23rd May 2017. Please see below for internal dates.  Universities can submit up to 1 application per funding round.

Social Impact Multi-year Grants – Total funding of $91,000 to $200,000 (up to 3 years).
Social Impact Grants are highly competitive and few are awarded.  In addition to HMSTrust’s general funding guidelines, only applications that address the following criteria will be considered:

  • Initial consultation with HMSTrust Grants staff is essential. We recommend you contact us in advance of the opening date and don’t leave it until the last minute. Contact Grants staff here . FedUni staff please contact Jamie McDonald, Director, Marketing, Advancement and Community Engagement in the first instance.
  • 2-stage online application process. The Stage 1 online application form can only be accessed via an individual access code provided by HMSTrust Grants staff following discussion about your project
  • Grants up to 3 years are considered for projects which clearly demonstrate positive long-term social impact. Applications will need to include:
  • 4-month turnaround from Stage 1 application closing date to notification.
  • Grant payments for multi-year grants are made in annual instalments dependent on receipt of satisfactory progress report and financial acquittal.
  • Sustainable business model
  • Robust business plan supported by substantiated data
  • Milestones for each year of funding
  • Confirmed partnerships and collaborations
  • Clearly defined outputs and outcomes
  • Plans for measurement and evaluation
  • Detailed project budget
  • Benefits to the broader sector

Community One-off Grants 2017

Applications open 8th August 2017. Please see below for internal dates.  Universities can submit up to 1 application per funding round.

  • Up to $30,000
  • 1-stage online application process
  • One-off grants for projects which deliver good, practical community outcomes
  • Projects are normally completed within one year, but can extend over a longer period
  • 2-month turnaround from application closing date to notification

Research Funding Internal Dates for HMST


Panel review & Internal Selection

Internal Compliance

Final Submission

External Deadline

Social Impact


4pm 16/05/17

12pm 31/05/17

12pm 12/06/17

12pm 15/06/17

Community One-off


4pm 01/08/17

12pm 16/08/17

12pm 28/08/17

12pm 31/08/17

*Late GEOI’s cannot be accepted due to the funding body limitation of 1 submission per scheme round, per organisation.

For further information about these programs please visit the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust websitehttp://hmstrust.org.au/grantseekers/grant-dates/ .

Please submit your Grant Expression of Interest (GEOI) form, signed by your ADR, to research.funding@federation.edu.au by the GEOI deadline.

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Contact us

If you have any queries regarding these grants, please contact the Research Funding Team at research.funding@federation.edu.au.

*Please also check with your Faculty ADR or Centre Director for any additional requirements.*

Budget support and information

For assistance with the Project Budget Costing Pro-forma, please contact research.funding@federation.edu.au