US Department of Defense (DoD)


The USA Department of Defense (DoD) funds a diverse array of innovative research through its grants program.

Funding opportunities can be viewed via, the US grants portal.

Key Dates

Key dates are located within each Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA).

The Macquarie University submission date is 4 weeks prior to the funding agency due date and requires the full draft application to be submitted via PURE.

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 the Macquarie University submission date.  Many applications for external funding require cash and in-kind contributions from the host institution in order to be considered for funding.  In most cases, researchers request cash contributions, such as project support funds, funding for research associates, scholarships, and major equipment, from the DVCR via the DVCR Co-Funding Scheme to support their external funding applications.  To be eligible to request this DVCR Co-Funding, grant applications must be submitted internally, via Pure, by the Macquarie University submission date.

  • Applications for major grant rounds (US DoD) must be submitted to the Research Services Pre Award team 4 weeks prior to the external deadline.
  • Applications that do not have a Pure record and/or do not have all the appropriate approvals in Pure (Head of Department [HoD] and Associate Dean Research [ADR]) will not be submitted to the external funding body.
  • For further information see FAQs.
How to Apply

1. Complete the MQ Notification Of Intent (NOI)
Complete a Notification of Intent to inform your Faculty and the University Research Services teams of your intention to submit an application.

2. Communicate with the Funding Scheme Program Director
The program director (also referred to as program manager or program officer) is an excellent resource to use to understand the various schemes in which you might be able to apply. They can also advise if similar or related work has been funded by the agency. It is generally good practice to contact program manager(s) before each submission. You can find contact information for the program managers on the FOA under Grantor Contact Information.

In preparing a Department of Defense (DoD) proposal, it is extremely important to talk with the program manager, as they have significant influence in which projects are funded under their programs. Most DoD programs have a window of dates in which you can contact the program manager with questions, during which they can be very candid and forthcoming, and after which they will answer only the most basic of questions.

3. Create an eBRAP account (if you do not already have one)
The Lead Principal Investigator (PI) must have an eBRAP account prior to application. Register an account through the eBRAP portal. Macquarie University Research Services will approve investigator’s affiliation so to allow the application to progress.

As Macquarie University is an extramural organisation (non-Department of Defense (DoD) organisation. E.G. academia, biotechnology companies, foundations, Government, and research institutes), applicants usually submit their pre-application content and forms via eBRAP and full application via

4. Access application from, review funding announcement and create a account (if you do not already have one)
Search the database for an appropriate funding scheme. Each scheme has a unique opportunity number (which is generally made up of letters and numbers E.G. W81XWH-20-RCRP-CA).

To create an account with click “register” in the top right-hand side of the webpage. To register as an MQ employee you will need to input our UEI/DUNS number which is 749953444. Macquarie University Research Services will approve investigator’s affiliation so to allow the application to progress.

5. Foreign Justification
When considering applying for a US based grant, such as the DoD, it is important to consider the expertise of the team and the research being proposed, as a justification for funding to be conducted outside of the USA. Areas to be considered are the expertise of the team, the resources available at MQ as well as partner organisations, and if appropriate, the populations you will be researching.

6. Complete the Application
The application has multiple forms and are completed in the portal. The forms can be completed directly into the workspace or the forms can be downloaded via the workspace. The resources below will assist in completing the forms required, including annotated forms which provide pertinent information for completing each of the forms.

For your sub-awardees (applications led by another institution) it is recommended that you download and send the forms directly to them to complete, especially the budget (R&R Subaward Budget Attachment(s) Form 5 YR 30 ATT).

7. Submit application in PURE
A PURE record must be created, all forms must be uploaded into the PURE record and the record submitted for Faculty checking no later than 4 weeks prior to the funding agency due date. During these 4 weeks, your application will receive a strategic review and two compliance checks (if submitted on time).

8. Submission to funder
For applications led by Macquarie University, the lead PI must click the “Submit to AOR” button in the workspace to submit the final completed application to Research Services for us to be able to submit it to the funder. The funder recommends applications are submitted 24-72 hours prior to the deadline, as the Program Manager checks for any errors manually. If errors are found Research Services and the PI are notified to rectify. These errors are only able to be fixed if discovered prior to the scheme closing.

For sub-awardees (applications led by another institution), the MQ co-PI must submit completed documentations via PURE for HoD and ADR approval, see below.

If Macquarie University is a sub-awardee and the application is led by another institution, the process is:

1. Complete the Application forms, as directed by the lead institution

2. Submit application in PURE, with a note indicating when the lead institution has requested for the forms to be submitted to them

3. Submit to the lead institution when HoD and ADR approvals have been obtained in PURE.

The MQ internal deadline for sub-awardees is 4 weeks prior to the funding agency due date.


How-To Guides

How to search for a grant

How to register with

How to create a workspace

Understanding the user roles

Completing the forms in workspace

Submitting an application in workspace

Annotated Forms

Annotated forms

MQ Guide, Budget Templates and Salary Rates

Guide to US Department of Defense Grant Applications

DoD Budget Template for Applications Led by Macquarie University

DoD Budget Template for Sub-Awardees

MQ Salary Rates including on-costs (for proposals submitted in 2022)


In the first instance, contact your Faculty Research Office

  • Faculty of Arts
    Ph 9850 9663 (x9663), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Christine Boman
  • Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences
    Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
    Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski
  • Macquarie Business School
    Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

Information and Compliance
Research Proposals Team
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 6848

Strategic Advice (health and medical)
Ms Courtney Bendall
Grant Development Manager
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4745

Strategic Advice (non-health and medical)
Dr Ross Hill
Grant Development Manager
Research Services
Ph: +61 2 9850 4737

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