Research Matters

Research Matters

Research Matters
Vol. 26. No. 09

Published 8th May 2019

The attached Funding Opportunities Spreadsheet covers the period 16th to 30th September 2019. You can use the filters at the top of the first column “02 FORC” to sort the opportunities roughly into discipline areas. Funding opportunities listed within the body of Research Matters under “Other Funding opportunities” fall outside this two-week period.

All research funding applications should be submitted through PURE - well ahead of funding body deadline - to leave time for approvals by HoD, ADR, and Research Services. DVC-R Co-funding applications and Discretionary Funding applications should be submitted one month before the external deadline. 


The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) scheme is now open. CRC Program Round 21 supports medium to long term industry-led collaborations to solve industry problems and deliver tangible outcomes. Please talk to Prof Grant Hose or Prof David Coutts if you are interested in developing a CRC. Applications close at 5.00pm (AEST) Monday 1st July 2019.

Macquarie University Research Fellowships

Macquarie University Research Fellowships will be open to Expression of Interest applications from the 16th April 2019.

Only applicants who have the support of the Department/School will be sent the EoI form.

We are asking potential applicants to contact WELL in advance of the advertised 30th May 2019 deadline for submitting EoIs, so if you know of a potential candidate, or would like to be a sponsor for someone, make sure they contact us ASAP.

Science Meets Parliament

Science Meets Parliament will run again on the 13th – 14th August 2019 in Canberra at Parliament House, and Macquarie University is a silver sponsor of the event. The Faculty will pay for two people to attend – please email ASAP if you are interested in going along.

Macquarie University Research Centres

If you are thinking of putting in an application for a Macquarie University Research Centre this round, please put in a “Notification of Intention to submit” by sending the following to proposed Centre name, Director, disciplines involved, and a brief overview of Centre aims (research problem/s the Centre will address etc), before the 29th May 2019.

Funding rules for the MQ Research Centre (MQRC) Schemecommencing in 2020 are now available. The Application Form will be open from the end of this month. Proposed new Centres, and Centres whose funding period ceases at end of 2019, are required to submit an application in this round. (Please also notify Research Preaward if you intend to reapply for an existing Centre, or if you are not reapplying and intend your current Centre to cease).

Week commencing:

1 April

New Funding Rules and Guidelines available
Scheme Information Session
Notification of Intention to Submit opens 

29 May

Notification of Intention to Submit closes
Application Form opens

17 & 18 June

NoI Interviews

24 July

Applications close

August (late)

MQRC Review Panel interviews


Outcomes announced

January 2020

Funding commences

Please email Anita at if you have any questions.


Upcoming NHMRC deadlines:

NHMRC e-ASIA Joint Research Program Grants – Applications close on 14th May 2019.
Postgraduate scholarships – Applications close on 12th June 2019.
Partnership Projects PRC2 – Applications close on 14th August 2019 with minimum data due 31st July 2019.
MRFF International Clinical Trial Collaborations (ICTC) – Applications close on 15th August 2019 with minimum data due on 31st July 2019.

Professor Grant Hoseis our new interim Associate Dean of Industry and Corporate Engagement – please discuss potential partnership opportunities with him as early in the process as you can.

If thinking of a partnership proposal, in addition to talking with Prof Hose, you should also fill out a Basic Project Brief form, accessible through Research Services Service Now portal. This will help capture key, initial information about your potential partnership and provide your HoD with some background on what you are doing. Please see “Getting Started” on the Research Partnerships page.

Internal MQ Linkage Review Deadlines

The MQ strategic review deadline for Round 1 of ARC Linkage Project applications has now passed. If you are thinking of putting in a Linkage application, we strongly recommend you aim for the second round to avoid the rush of applications from all institutions submitted to the ARC at the end of each year.

2019 Round 1

Strategic review deadline: Thursday 2 May 2019
Compliance check deadline: Thursday 23 May 2019
Submission to ARC: Thursday 30 May 2019

2019 Round 2

Strategic review deadline: Thursday 1 August 2019
Compliance check deadline: Thursday 22 August 2019
Submission to ARC: Thursday 29 August 2019

2019 Round 3

Strategic review deadline: Thursday 31 October 2019
Compliance check deadline: Thursday 21 November 2019
Submission to ARC: Thursday 28 November 2019


Metrics and Research Impact

Understand your Research Impact – Using Metrics to Develop Grants, Promote your Track Record and Benchmark Yourself
12:30-14:00, Tuesday 21st May 2019, E7A 801 (12WW)

This workshop will provide an overview of Scopus and SciVal for researchers. The session will cover responsible use of research metrics such as field-weighted citation impact, citations per publication and outputs in top citation percentiles. Research metrics can be used for multiple purposes, such as developing competitive grant proposals, benchmarking your performance against your peers, and uncovering collaborators. Scopus and SciVal are easy to use tools that can assist you to achieve these goals. This workshop will provide practical examples of how to determine impact metrics and how to use these to promote your track record.

Developing ARC Linkage Project Applications

Developing a Competitive ARC Linkage Project Application
12:30-14:00, Wednesday 5th June 2019, E7A 801 (12WW)

This seminar will provide strategic advice to Macquarie University researchers who are planning on submitting an ARC Linkage Project in the 2019 continuous round. The presentation will detail how to develop your project description, articulate Partner Organisation alignment and contributions, and report on the ROPE of personnel.

Speaker: Dr Ross Hill (Research Services)


The Georgina Sweet Awards for Women in Quantitative Biomedical Science are now open for nominations. This award promotes and supports female scientists who demonstrate excellence in the area of Quantitative Biomedical Science. Successful candidates will have a compelling research vision and high academic quality and demonstrate strong mentoring support from their institutions. They will receive funding that can be used to support the direct costs of research-related activities, travel costs and out of pocket childcare expenses. Awards of $25,000 each will be awarded annually from 2016–2020; up to three awards will be awarded in 2019, with the funds intended to assist the recipient’s scientific research.

Nominations close on the 31st May 2019. Please contact if you are interested in being nominated for this award.

For a list of currently open Prizes and Awards, please follow this link.


Please continue to check in with PURE at regular intervals and claim or disclaim any publications that appear in your publications list! Unless you claim your publications they will not be counted in the Faculty, Departmental or researcher totals.


Alf van der Poorten Travelling Fellowship

A reminder that the Alf van der Poorten Travelling Fellowship closes to applications next week, on the 16th May 2019. The fellowship aims to assist young pure mathematicians in travelling in Australia and overseas so that they can enrich their mathematical research through contact with other mathematicians. The Fellowships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, although need may be taken into account. The Fellowship is funded by the family of the late Professor Alf van der Poorten.

Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour

Student Research Grants for the Australasian Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour close on the 17th May 2019. These support innovative behavioural research, particularly within the Australasian region and particularly by younger scientists. Grants are worth up to AUD 1,200 each.

AMP Tomorrow Maker Fund

The AMP Tomorrow Maker Fund is open to everyone and offers a share in $1million for worthy projects. Applications close on the 27th May 2019.

Tempe Mann Scholarship for University of Sydney graduates

The Tempe Mann scholarship is offered by the Australian Federation of Graduate Women and enables an Australian woman to undertake a short period of advanced research or course work in any field at an overseas or interstate university or equivalent organisation. The scholarship is worth up to AUD 8,000. The Scholarship is available to women enrolled as a research masters or a research doctoral degree student at The University of Sydney, or who have a first degree or masters from the University of Sydney and are enrolled for a research doctorate at another university within NSW or Canberra. Applications close on the 30th May 2019.

Margaret Middleton Fund for Endangered Australian Native Vertebrate Animals

The Margaret Middleton fund for endangered Australian native vertebrate animals from the Australian Academy of Science closes to applications on the 1st June 2019. This fund supports field-based ecological research and conservation-based research of Australian ecosystems leading to tangible outcomes for management. Grants are worth up to AUD 17,000 each over a period of 18 to 24 months. The grant is open to PhD students and early-career researchers (within 3 years of completing their PhD). Annual funding is intended for field research over 18-24 months.

Australian Academy of Sciences Funding

The closing date to apply for research conferences, research awards and travelling fellowships is 1st June 2019.

Conference Funding

Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conferences (Physical sciences)
Fenner Conference on the Environment
Boden Research Conferences (Biological sciences)

Research and Travel Funding

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Travelling Research Award
The Margaret Middleton Fund for endangered Australian native vertebrate animals
The Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award  
The Moran Award for history of science research
The Thomas Davies Research Fund (for marine, soil and plant biology)
Graeme Caughley Travelling Fellowship (for ecologists resident in Australia or New Zealand to travel to overseas scientific centres)
Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship (for Australians or overseas scientists to visit Australian scientific centres and to deliver lectures)
Selby Travelling Fellowship (for overseas scientists to visit Australian scientific centres)

Information on eligibility criteria and nomination/application procedures, is available on the website

RV Investigator Voyages

Pre-proposals are now being sought for granted voyages on RV Investigator for the 2021-22 voyage season. A pre-proposal must be submitted if you intend to apply for a primary granted voyage. The application process involves submitting a brief, compulsory Pre-proposal. Once MNF has collated the Pre-proposals, applicants will be contacted and given an opportunity to consider other applications and potential for collaboration where there are potential scientific and research synergies. Applicants will then be invited to submit their more comprehensive Primary Application for an MNF Granted Voyage.

Applications are invited from marine researchers employed by Australian research organisations and their international collaborators. More information about the 2021-22 Primary Voyage Application Process is available here.

Pre-proposals must be submitted by 12 midnight AEST on Monday, 3rd June 2019.

Special Research Initiative in Excellence in Antarctic Science

The Special Research Initiative in Excellence in Antarctic Science for funding commencing in 2020 closes on the 5th June 2019. Up to $56 million in total funding for up to seven years, will be available to support a range of research projects. The objectives of the SRI in Excellence in Antarctic Science grant opportunity specifically are to:

*support excellent research in identified Australian Antarctic science priority research themes;

*contribute to a coordinated and collaborative approach to Antarctic, Subantarctic and Southern Ocean research that builds on Australia’s existing capability in this area;

*build Australian research capacity in this area by supporting researchers of the highest international standing as well as high quality postdoctoral researchers and research students; and

*advance Australia’s capabilities and knowledge in Antarctic research.

Funding may be sought for a maximum of seven consecutive years. The Application must be submitted as a mature research plan presenting the proposed Project ready for implementation and must contain all the information necessary for its assessment without the need for further written or oral explanation, or reference to additional documentation, unless requested by the ARC.

Fisheries Research and Development Corporation call for EoI

The Fisheries Research and Development Corporation (FRDC) is calling for Expressions of Interest (EOI) that address research, development & extension (RD&E) priorities nominated by the FRDC’s Advisory Groups: Research Advisory Committees (RACs), Industry Partnership Agreements (IPAs) and FRDC Subprograms. The April 2019 Competitive Round Call closes to applications on the 17th June 2019.

AINSE Early Career Researcher Grant

Applications for the Early Career Researcher Grant are being accepted until the 1st July 2019. This $10,000 grant is offered by AINSE to suitably-qualified persons holding a postdoctoral Early Career Researcher position at an AINSE Member Institution and/or Organisation and wishing to undertake work in collaboration with ANSTO. Applicants must be in the first five years of employment as an ECR and working, or about to commence work, in collaboration with ANSTO.

Bayer International Fellowship Program

The Bayer International Fellowship Program targets students and apprentices in scientific and medical disciplines. Its goal is to support the next generation of researchers and teachers as they engage in “Science for a Better Life”. The Fellowship Program consists of five scholarship programs that offer tailored financial support. Important requirements for the support: The project to be supported must be innovative and international. Scholarships are granted to students and young professionals (up to two years after graduation) from Germany wishing to realize a study or research project abroad or to foreign students/young professionals pursuing a project in Germany. The next round of applications must be submitted from 1st June 2019 until the 14th July 2019.

QUEST Travel Award

The QUEST Travel Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK) closes to applications on the 31st August 2019. This enables individuals and teams to get professional experience overseas. The award is worth up to £1,500 for individuals and up to £6,000 for groups. You must be an ICE Graduate or professionally qualified member, and you must have been a member for a minimum of two years up to the application (includes student membership).

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