Fellowship and grant opportunities
A variety of support is available to researchers who apply for research grants through Macquarie University. The 2023-2024 major grants round calendar for download. The links below provide details for each of the Australian Research Council (ARC), National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), internal, and other external funding schemes, including links to funding rules, contacts, key dates, application deadlines and resources.
Fellowship and Grant Opportunities
Australian Laureate Fellowships
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award - EOIs open
Future Fellowships - EOIs open
Early Career Industry Fellowships - EOIs open
Mid-Career Industry Fellowships - EOIs open
Industrial Transformation Research Hubs
Industrial Transformation Training Centres
Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities
Linkage Projects - OPEN
Strategic and Leveraging Grants
Centres of Research Excellence
Development Grants - OPEN
EU Collaborative Research Grants - 2023 topics now available
NHMRC–NIHR (UK) Collaborative Research Grants - 2023 topics now available
Partnership Projects - OPEN
Clinical Trials and Cohorts Studies
Postgraduate Scholarships - OPEN
Special Funding Calls
e-ASIA 2023 Joint Research Program
2023 GACD Implementation Research Targeting Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factors Associated with City Environments - OPEN
NHMRC-AMED 2022 Dementia Collaborative Research Scheme
NHMRC-NEURON Funding Call 2023 - OPEN
NHMRC-JPIAMRF Funding Call 2023 - OPEN
Sapphire Quick Reference Guides (QRG)
Change grant application title
For MRFF Grants (submitted via the NHMRC Sapphire Grant portal) applicants will now be required to submit a formal DVCR Co-funding request. The DVCR Co-funding is to support MQ researchers to successfully complete their proposed NHMRC and MRFF projects by providing up to 20% co-funding on funds to remain at Macquarie. The goal is for the DVCR Co-funding is to facilitate MQ applicants in providing a ‘top-up’ of NHMRC salary costs (PSP’s), which are lower than MQ equivalent salary rates.
MRFF Strategies and Priorities
Researcher Exchange & Development in Industry (REDI) Fellowship (administered by MTPConnect)
MRFF Funding Opportunities and Successful Grant Recipients
MRFF Application Support and Templates
Sapphire Quick Reference Guides (QRG)
Change grant application title
United States Department of Defense (DoD)
United States National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Trusts and Foundations
Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation
David and Lucille Packard Foundation
Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
Horizon Europe is the European Union’s (EU's) key funding program for research and innovation with a budget of €95.5 billion. It tackles climate change, helps to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boosts the EU’s competitiveness and growth. The program facilitates collaboration and strengthens the impact of research and innovation in developing, supporting and implementing EU policies while tackling global challenges.
Pillar I Excellence Science
The first pillar of Horizon Europe - Excellent Science - supports frontier research and breakthrough scientific ideas, teams up the best researchers from Europe and beyond and equips them with skills and world-class research infrastructures.
European Research Council (ERC)
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)
Pillar II Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness
The second pillar of Horizon Europe - Global Challenge and European Industrial Competitiveness- is established through clusters of research and innovation activities, in order to maximise integration and synergies across the respective thematic areas while securing high and sustainable levels of impact for the Union in relation to the resources that are expended.
View funding opportunities under this Pillar
* Horizon Europe also has a third pillar – Innovative Europe, which supports and connects innovators across Europe.
MQ Fellowship for Indigenous Researchers Scheme - OPEN
MQ Carer Conference Support Scheme - OPEN
MQ Co-Funding Scheme - OPEN
MQ DVCR Discretionary Fund - OPEN
MQ Enterprise Partnerships Scheme - OPEN
MQ Research Acceleration Scheme
MQ Research Infrastructure Scheme (Small)
Other External Funding
Australia-China Joint Research Centres
Australian-American Fulbright Scholarships
Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers
DAAD Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme
Horizon 2020 - Summary for Australian Researchers
Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation
National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education
For other external funding opportunities, search Research Professional
Impacts of COVID-19 on Research
Information on the Impacts of COVID-19 on External and Internal Research Funding
The ARC and NHMRC have confirmed that any variations to funded research projects and researchers that have been directly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic can be considered via their usual post-award procedures.
Impacts may involve changes in circumstances, including scope changes, personnel changes, suspensions and extensions to end dates. The ARC and NHMRC will consider variation requests on a case-by-case basis. It is currently recommended that requests for variation not be submitted immediately as circumstances are rapidly changing. The ARC has provided information, guidance and FAQs on the impact of COVID-19 at the Pre Award and Post Award stages. The NHMRC has released FAQs on the effect of the COVID-19 outbreak on applications for NHMRC funding, peer review, grant management and other NHMRC processes.
The DVCR portfolio is in the process of establishing variation procedures for internal grants affected by Coronavirus. Please keep records of the nature and length of impacts of Coronavirus (e.g., research data collection impacted by an inability to recruit required participants from March 2020).
In relation to internal grants that are due to finish
- in late April-early June 2020 – please liaise with your Faculty Officers for submission of variation/carry forward requests.
- at the end of 2020 – please do not submit variation requests at this time. Post Award will be in touch with further information as it becomes available and in good time for variation requests, if necessary.
Meanwhile, the ARC, NHMRC, Macquarie and other organisations are continuing to administer schemes and provide updates on submission deadlines. The Pre Award team will share advice on changes but researchers can continue to aim for planned funding submissions in 2020.
- Pre Award – please refer to the Fellowship and grant opportunities links above for current details.
- Post Award FAQ – current information for Post Award management is available at Research Project Management COVID-19.
For further information on Macquarie University's response to COVID-19, please visit the Macquarie University’s COVID-19 website.
Research Grant Resources
Changes to Eligibility for DVCR Co-Funding
Eligibility for the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme is now contingent upon on-time submission of grant applications by your mandatory compliance and eligibility check. Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding. This funding includes project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships, and major equipment and in most cases is processed via the DVCR Co-Funding scheme. View further information on deadlines, processes and FAQs
- Applications led by Macquarie University researchers must be submitted to the Research Services Grant Development Team 4 weeks prior to the external deadline, if requesting an optional strategic review and 2 weeks prior for a mandatory compliance and eligibility check. Please refer to the fellowships and grant opportunities webpage for information on deadlines and processes.
- Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department/School [HoD/HoS] and Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation [DDRI]) will not be submitted to the external funding body. It is the lead applicant’s responsibility to ensure the approvals in Pure are complete prior to submission.
Research Professional Database
Macquarie University staff are encouraged to use the Research Professional database to search for research funding opportunities. To set-up your Research Professional Fingerprinting follow the user guide.
2023-2024 Major Grants Round Calendar
Download the 2023-2024 major grants round calendar which contains important internal and external deadlines for ARC, NHMRC, Cancer Australia and Cancer Council funding opportunities.
Notification of Intent to Apply for a Grant
Inform the University Research Services team, Trusts and Foundations Team and your Faculty Research Office of your intention to submit an application in future funding rounds. Complete a Notification of Intent form. THIS FORM IS FOR ALL EXTERNAL RESEARCH GRANTS, EXCLUDING:
- ARC DECRA
- ARC Future Fellowship
- ARC LIEF
- ARC Centres of Excellence
- Click the hyperlinks to their scheme pages, as they have a separate expression of interest process
After completing the NOI form, you will be provided with regular updates about your funding scheme and sent valuable resources that will assist you in developing a highly competitive research grant application.
Training and Support
On the training and support page, view the successful grants library, find details on upcoming workshops, download slides and recordings from past workshops, and view other online resources, such as Advice Toolkits, Budget Calculators, NHMRC RGMS User Guides and general resources.
MQ Salary and Scholarship Rates
Download the MQ salary rates for proposals submitted in 2023 that contains the costs for academic, professional and PhD scholarships for grants
Pure Research Management System
All research grant applications (apart from partner-funded research) must be submitted using the Pure Research Management System. This system is used to obtain the necessary approvals required for submitting grant applications.
Process for HDR Candidates Applying for External Funding
Macquarie University is supportive of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Candidates applying for relevant external grants, such as grants for travel, conference attendance, project costs, or scholarship top-ups. Nonetheless, the University expects that external research grants should not interfere with candidature at the University nor require extended periods of Offsite Research. HDR Candidates who intend on applying for external funding must follow this University process.
MQ Compliance Checking Deadline
Please note that unless stated otherwise (eg: major grant schemes such as those run by ARC and NHMRC), the Research Services deadline for draft applications to external funding agencies is a minimum of two weeks prior to that of the funding agency. View the grant applications process. This allows the proposals team to compliance check applications and provide feedback. Please contact your Faculty Research Office for the dates of earlier deadlines.
Open Access and Funding Compliance
This open access and funding compliance guide explains how to ensure research outputs are as openly accessible as possible (Open Access) and how to comply with Open Access policies of funding agencies (i.e ARC and NHMRC). Making research outputs as openly accessible as possible increases the impact of Macquarie’s research on wider audiences and helps increase citation rates for our researchers.