Research Matters Archive

Research Matters Archive

Research Matters
Vol. 26. No. 04

The attached Funding Opportunities Spreadsheetcovers the period 1st to 15th July 2019.

A reminder that all 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.

Funding Announcements

ARC Discovery Projects for 2020

Discovery Project applications have now been submitted to the Australian Research Council. The Faculty of Science and Engineering put in 60 and there were 107 applications across the University. We especially want to thank the Research Services team for working around the clock without any additional resources to make sure all our applications were compliant, and we also wish to thank all of you who are putting in applications for your hard work and patience, especially in dealing with a ton of emails and the trials and tribulations of the PURE system.

Good luck!

ARC RMS Updates

A bit late now for your DPs if you missed it earlier, but still - the latest RMS functionality released on the 19th February includes the following changes where RMS will now render the following for Research Outputs:

  • ‘Editors’ in citation references when an “Author” is also listed for books and edited book chapters.
  • ‘Place of publication’ (Address) for books and edited book chapters where a publisher is included in the reference. Important: Please note this is not an automatic update to Research Outputs in the PDF application. Researchers or Research Office staff will need to make a change to each ROPE answer (for example: remove or add a research output) and then select save for the Research Outputs PDF to be regenerated with the updated fields and ordering.

NHMRC Ideas Grants

For National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Ideas Grants – Courtney Bendall from Research Services has put up new budget calculators and CIA/CI/AI certification wording, which are now available on the MQ NHMRC Ideas webpage. A new Ideas Grant Toolkit is also available, though this will also be updated on the day the scheme opens.

NHMRC Investigator Grants

The NHMRC 2019 Investigator Grant round closed 6th February 2019, with 1,857 applications progressing to peer review. The success rate is predicted to be somewhere between 14-17% - best of luck to those taking part in this round.

ARC Deal with Europe for DECRAs

The ARC has signed a new Implementing Arrangement with the European Research Council (ERC) to commence in late 2019, which is designed to provide opportunities for ARC-funded early career researchers (DECRA fellows) from Australia to pursue research collaborations with European researchers supported through a relevant ERC grant. Further information will be provided closer to the date, but the agreement is available as a pdf.

JDRF Scholarships and Travel Grants – immanent close

The 2019 round of JDRF PhD Top-up Scholarships and Travel Grants close TOMORROW, 28th February 2019.

The PhD Top-up Scholarship is worth up to $6000 per year, for three years, to support full-time or part-time Australian PhD students pursuing research relevant to JDRF's mission - to accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent and treat T1D and its complications.

The Travel Grants offer up to $2,000 for domestic travel, and up to $4,000 for international travel to early stage scientists, mid-career researchers and allied health/nursing professionals. The awards are designed to provide funding for travel to research institutions or scientific meetings, for the purpose of furthering the recipient’s expertise in type 1 diabetes research or management.

Major Deadlines Calendar and NHMRC Closing Dates

Don’t forget that the major grant deadlines can be found on the Research Services website.

NHMRC closing dates are here (please note some of these schemes are not yet open):

* Synergy Grants close on 1 May 2019 with minimum data due on 17th April 2019.
* Ideas Grants close on 8 May 2019 with minimum data due on 10th April 2019.
* Clinical Trials and Cohort Studies Grants close on 8th May 2019 with minimum data due on 10 April 2019.
* Targeted Call for Research into Nutrition in Aboriginal and Torre Strait Islander Peoples—Applications close on 6th March 2019.
* Targeted Call for Research into Per- and Poly-Fluoroalkylated Substances - Applications close on 1 May 2019 with minimum data due on 17 April 2019.


DST and the Future Submarine Project are seeking to establish the Research Network for Undersea Decision Superiority to build world-class research capabilities and capacities in Australian partner universities and leverage the significant skills, expertise, networks and infrastructure of Australia's research base for sovereign benefit. This initiative focuses on the human element in undersea decision making and will provide a mechanism to fund and oversee research projects that lead to improved decision making in the context of future submarine operations.

Any Australian university that is a signatory to the Defence Science Partnering Deed (DSPD) is invited to submit an expression of interest for network membership. Network members will be required to sign a Deed of Accession to the network agreement and will be required to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the network.

Academics from Network members are able to apply directly for project funding opportunities presented by the network. Non-member academics, from DSPD signatory universities, are eligible to participate in projects through collaboration with Network members through the usual subcontracting processes under the DSPD. Projects will be led by academics from network members.

Up to $2 million per annum of funding will be available for suitable projects and other network activities such as seminars, scholarships and administration. Membership does not guarantee project proposal funding. Expressions of interest close 25th March 2019.

On 5th and 6th March, DST will be hosting an Emerging and Disruptive Technology Assessment Symposium (EDTAS) on Space Technologies in Perth.

The EDTAS series helps future-proof Australian Defence, utilising the Next Generation Technologies Fund to consider an expansive science and technology topic that will likely have a major impact for the Defence or national security domains in the 20+ year timeframe. Attendance at the symposium is by invitation only. If you have expertise in the area of space technologies and would like to receive an invitation, please contact the EDTAS organisers as numbers are limited.

Please discuss all potential partnerships with Professor David Coutts!

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.

New NSW Physical Sciences Fund

The NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer is pleased to announce the launch of the NSW Physical Sciences Fund (PSF).

The PSF aims to capture potential commercial applications of NSW research across all branches of physical science such as in sensor or materials technologies, with the aim to attract a broad spectrum of disciplines and provide support through the product life-cycle.

The PSF is aimed at individuals, companies, research institutes and universities developing physical science devices and systems, and will support bringing these innovative technologies to market. In the 2019-20 financial year the Physical Sciences Fund has $5 million available.

The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer is now welcoming Preliminary Applications for Round One of the PSF. The Round will close on 3 May 2019.

An Application Form and Guidelines may be downloaded at:

Seminars and Workshops

$5K of matched funding available for Ignite hosted crowdfunding campaigns

An announcement from Macquarie University’s Advancement office on the 26th Feb 2019 confirmed that $1,000 of matched funding from the Vice Chancellors fund will be available for the first five approved crowdfunding projects once they independently raise $1000.

Macquarie’s own crowdfunding platform, Ignite, was launched in July 2018 and through its pilot phase, raised over $5,000 for four University based, philanthropic projects. A stand out project last year, raising funds for tracking Manta Ray social behaviour, successfully raised nearly $2,000 through the site. Rob Perryman, PHD Student from the School of Biological Scientists, leveraged his campaign by using amazing images, an insightful video, and a strategically executed promotional plan to reach his funding target. To find out more about the matched funding incentive, and Ignite, register for the Crowdfunding at Macquarie: Lunch and Learn Session.

Wednesday 13 March at 12noon – 1:00pm
Venue: 75 Talavera Road, Continuum Meeting Room, Level 3
To Register:
For more information, contact the Advancement office on 9850 1357 or email



Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a unique, persistent digital identifier that distinguishes you from every other researcher. ORCID is fully owned and controlled by you. It doesn’t change, irrespective of funder, affiliation or field of research.

Through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, ORCID supports automated linkages between you and your professional activities ensuring that your work is recognised. It is important to include your ORCID in your publications, when applying for grants, and in any research workflow to ensure you get credit for your work.


1) Link PURE to ORCID
2) Set PURE to automatically harvest from Scopus
3) Link ORCID to Scopus
4) Set ORCID to have MQ as number one affiliation

For instructions on how to do this please visit Macquarie University's ORCID website or contact

Other Funding Opportunities

ANSTO will be hosting the ANSTO-HZB neutron school (sponsored by AINSE) from the 23rd to the 28th June.  This school is primarily aimed at participants who have completed their Bachelor degree in physical, engineering or life sciences; and early-career researchers (e.g. PhD students and postdocs).  It aims to provide an introduction to neutron scattering techniques, hands-on experimental experience, and inspiration for the application of neutrons to future research.

Applications are now open (please see the ‘How to apply’ section on and will close on the 1st March 2019.


Applications for CSIRO Prime 6 will close on the 4th March 2019. ON Prime is a free national program open to researchers from Australian universities and public research organisations. The program runs for eight weeks between May – July (exact dates depend on location). An incentive this round is that ARENA are sponsoring $100k each for 10 projects (total of $1mill) for successful prime teams who are in the renewable energy space.

NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Frailty in Hospital Care: Complex Health Care

The NHMRC Targeted Call for Research into Frailty in Hospital Care: Complex Health Care opportunity is re-open and closes to applications on the 21st March 2019 (minimum data is due on the 7th March 2019). This TCR aims to support research that addresses the following question: How can frail persons be supported to safely avoid hospitalisations, receive optimal care when admitted and achieve the best health recovery outcomes through integrated and coordinated in- and post-hospital interventions?.

Course on Atmospheric Aerosols

A 2-week course on Atmospheric Aerosols will be held at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil, from July 22 to August 2. Up to 80 travel grants are available for international student attendees. Applications close 24th March 2019.

Cooperative Research Centres Program (CRC-P)

The Cooperative Research Centres Program (CRC-P) Cooperative Research Centres Projects Round 7 grants support short term industry-led collaborations to develop important new technologies, products and services that deliver tangible outcomes.

To support the overall aims of the CRC Program, CRC-Ps must:

*be a short term, industry-identified and industry-led collaborative research project to develop a product, service or process that will solve problems for industry and deliver tangible outcomes
*benefit SMEs and increase their capacity to grow and adapt in changing markets
*include education and training activities.

The minimum grant amount is $100,000, the maximum grant amount is $3 million, the grant amount will be up to 50 per cent of eligible grant project value, and the the maximum grant period is 3 years. Applications close 17.00 28th March 2019 AEDT

ANSTO and United Uranium Scholarship

ANSTO are currently accepting applications for the United Uranium Scholarship (closing 29th March). The scholarship recognises outstanding ability and promise in the field of nuclear science and technology, specifically as it applies to nuclear energy. Further details can be found at ANSTO’s scholarships website.

Lung Cancer Research Foundation

Research grants from the Lung Cancer Research Foundation close to applications on the 1st April 2019.These support innovative research projects focused on the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer. Grants are worth up to USD 150,000 over two years. More details can be found here.

Medical Research Future Fund

The Researcher Exchange and Development within Industry Initiative (REDI), is supported by the Medical Research Future Fund. The objective of the fund is to strategically fund research and address national priorities in a cohesive and coordinated way. We will fund one service provider who will be responsible for:

*facilitating connections between industry, universities, registered training organisations and government entities; and
*delivering, potentially in collaboration with joint-service partners’ relevant training programs, industry placements, mentoring and exchange programs for researchers.

The objectives of the grant opportunity are:

*to provide researchers with a diverse range of experiences and exposure to entrepreneurism with the aim of strengthening Australia’s success with translation and commercialisation to identify innovative ways to prevent, diagnose and treat disease.

The Australian Government has announced a total of $32 million over four years from 2019-20 to 2022-23 for this grant opportunity, which closes on the 9th April 2019.

National Blood Sector Research Program

Closing on the 5th April 2019 is the National Blood Authority’s National Blood Sector Research Program – Round 4. The Program is focussed on the following research areas:

*Patient Blood Management (PBM) evidence gaps, as identified in the NBA’s PBM Guidelines, and

*Efficient and effective use of immunoglobulin (Ig) products, as highlighted through the Ig Governance Program.

No more than $1.275 million is available under Round 4 of the Program for single or multiple year projects.  Grants are offered under 3 categories as outlined below:

Project Grants, typically $30,000 to $150,000 per year to be expended over a period of up to 3 years. Applications should be for an entire, discrete research project proposal.

Seed Grants, typically under $50,000 to be expended over 1 year.  Applications for seed funding should be for early stages of innovative new research, or for effort generation of preliminary data needed to support future grant applications.

Scholarships, typically $25,000 to $30,000 to be expended over 1 year.  Scholarship grants are intended to support medical researchers in the attainment of a PhD or Master’s degree or postdoctoral research fellow research. Application forms are available on the NBA Website.

Department of Industry, Innovation and Science: Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) Pilot Round 2

The Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) Pilot Round 2 program provides small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with grant funding to develop innovative solutions for government policy and service delivery challenges. The total grant funding for the program per round consists of $2 million for feasibility studies and $10 million for proofs of concept.

The Minister for Industry, Science and Technology approved the following 5 challenges for Round 2:

*Fast and secure digital identity verification for people experiencing family and domestic violence,
*Intelligent data to transform tourism service delivery,
*Uplifting government capability to help deliver world-leading digital services,
*Managing the biosecurity of hitchhiking pests and contaminants on shipping containers, and
*Automating complex determinations for Australian Government information

To be eligible you must:

  • have an Australian Business Number (ABN) and be one of the following entities:
  • a company, incorporated in Australia
  • an incorporated trustee on behalf of a trust
  • an individual or partnership, provided you agree to form a company incorporated in Australia to enter into a grant agreement.

Joint applications are acceptable, provided you have a lead applicant who is the main driver of the project and is eligible to apply. The applicant must have a turnover of less than $20 million for each of the last three years. This includes the turnover of any related bodies corporate. There is an exception for applicants controlled by an Australian university or public sector research organisation, whose individual turnover must be less than $20 million for each of the three years prior to lodgement of the application. Applications close on the 17th April 2019.

ANSTO SAAFE Exchange Program Applications for the ANSTO SAAFE Exchange Program close on the 1st May 2019. The Scholarship ANSTO/AINSE/French Embassy (SAAFE) program supports early-career researchers who wish to travel from Australia to France, or France to Australia, in support of their research. The SAAFE program facilitates the conduct of research and fosters research collaborations between France and Australia in nuclear science and engineering in the areas of Human Health, Environment, and the Nuclear Fuel Cycle. PhD and postdoctoral students are invited to visit our SAAFE website for further information.

Science to Solutions Team Funding, from the Science for Nature and People Partnership closes to applications on the 1st May 2019. Funding supports the creation of working groups to collaborate on the topics of sustainable economic development, human well-being or nature conservation. The total budget for this call is USD 1 million, for between four and six working groups over two years.

The American Astronomical Society is offering opportunities for AAS members to secure funding to travel to a Society meeting in order to increase the number of astronomers from historically underrepresented groups. FAMOUS grants are awarded at a level of up to $1,000 to attend a single AAS meeting, at which the awardee will present her or his research. Priority will be given to members of historically underrepresented groups, such as scientists at small colleges, minorities, non-traditional students, and veterans, among others. The funding will not cover the meeting registration fee, but is intended to offset expenses for travel, meals, and lodging. Recipients of FAMOUS grants may not apply again until three years have passed. To apply for the 234th AAS meeting in St. Louis, MO in June 2019, please fill out the brief proposal form (also linked below under RELATED) by 3rd May 2019.

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