Learn about research funding opportunities, applying for grants, support services and contacting the Research Grants team.

Applying for research grants and funding

Research Grants team support services

The ODVCR Research Grants team partners with researchers to manage the development and submission process for research grant applications as well as ongoing administration over the lifetime of each grant.

Working closely with Faculty Associate Deans Research (ADRs) and Institute Senior Managers (Research Grant Development)/Faculty Research Managers as well as the ODVCR Finance and Contracts teams, the Research Grants team provides high quality service and support, offering:

  • pre-award advice to researchers on identifying suitable funding sources to target for research projects
  • assistance with the development and improvement of competitive grant proposals
  • strategic ‘lay review’ of applications
  • pre-award compliance checking, proof reading, and expertise regarding funding body guidelines
  • assistance and advice regarding application content and budget drafting
  • processing RAFs and seeking DVCR approval
  • information on the outcome of applications.

All external grant applications and contract research proposals must be approved by the appropriate University delegated signatory – the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) or his delegate PRIOR to submission. Project proposals need to be submitted through the online ORION system (see the RAF process document: Research Approval Form – User Guide also included in the grants package below).

Please note: If you intend on applying for a funding scheme, the earlier you let us know, the greater assistance and value-adding we can provide. The internal submission deadline to the Research Grants team for compliance review is a minimum of five working days prior to the external funding body submission deadline (unless otherwise specified, for example during major grants rounds).

Contact the Research Grants team

To get in touch with the Research Grants team, please email us at res.grants@acu.edu.au or call us on ext 2530. We look forward to assisting you in bringing your proposal to a polished pitch!

Visit the contact us page to connect with individual members of our team


External funding opportunities

The EOI form allows you to lodge your research idea with the ODVCR and work towards relevant funding opportunities, particularly (but not exclusively) the Category 1 grants. Please email the Research Grants Team to request a copy of the form.

National Competitive Grants Program

Australian Research Council (ARC)

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Research Professional

Non-ARC/NHRMC submissions toolkit

Please email the Research Grants Team to request this toolkit of resources. It includes:

  • An ACU grant application flowchart
  • An outline of the application process
  • A guide to ACU research grants: Pre Award to Closure
  • A tip sheet on Costing Projects /constructing the budget
  • The relevant resources for calculating costs, producing institutional information, and understanding the HERDC specifications for research (please note that, currently, the best way to calculate salary costs accurately is to use the HR salary and on costs calculator in conjunction with the relevant level/year from the ACU Staff Enterprise Agreement included within).

For all post-award matters, please email Res.Postaward@acu.edu.au

Fullbright Future Scholarships

Applications open 1 February – 15 July

About the commission

The Fulbright Commission offers a diverse selection of scholarships for Australian students, scholars, and professionals seeking to study or conduct research in the U.S. Applicants can be at any career stage and from any academic background.

About the scholarships

The Fulbright Future Scholarships are our most generous scholarships ever, offering funding for full tuition/visiting researcher fees at any U.S. institution, as well as travel and living costs. By facilitating innovative, impact-focused projects, this program seeks to improve the health, well-being, and prosperity of Australians.

Thanks to generous support from The Kinghorn Foundation, Fulbright Future Scholarships will fund projects that aim to advance cutting-edge applied science, kickstart innovative business collaborations that foster the creation of new jobs, and further the development of impact-driven emergent technologies.

Fulbright Future Scholarships are open to postgraduate students, PhD researchers, academics and professionals who propose innovative research projects with potential for significant impact. See our website for more information on applications and eligibility.

The Fulbright Program

The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the United States of America, aimed at increasing bilateral collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas. Since its establishment, Fulbright has grown to become the largest educational exchange program in the world, operating in over 160 countries. In its seventy-year history, more than 370,000 students, academics, and professionals have received Fulbright Scholarships.

Visit fulbright.org.au/scholarships/future for application advice and FAQs

Or send your questions to fulbright@fulbright.org.au


Internal funding opportunities

Securing a research grant is more competitive every year. ACU Research has a long-term goal of improving the success rate of our applicants by establishing effective infrastructure and constantly improving the efficiency of our processes.

To support this goal, ACU Research also offers a range of internal funding schemes including ACU Research Funding (ACURF), Research Study Program and in association with the Human Resource Directorate, the Research Award for Women Academic Staff. For more details including contact information, please see Internal Funding Sources below.

Research Awards for Women Academic Staff – applications now CLOSED.

See Internal Funding Sources below for more details. Closing date for applications is 6 October 2017.

Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme – applications now OPEN.

See Internal Funding Sources below for more details or visit the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme page on the Universities Australia website.

Research Study Program – applications now OPEN.

See Internal Funding Sources below for more details or visit the Research Study Program Policy page.


Applications for ACURF are not currently being accepted.

Research is supported through funding opportunities available in both Australia and other countries. These sources can be identified through grants’ registers, electronic databases (such as Research Professional) or from information provided locally by ACU Research.

The Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR) lists schemes that provide competitive research grants to higher education providers (HEP) in Australia. The income HEPs receive from ACGR listed schemes can be reported in Category 1 of the Research Income Return – Return 1 of the Higher Education Research Data Collection. The income HEPs receive from schemes listed on the ACGR is a metric used in driving the allocation of the Australian Government’s Research Block Grants (RBG).

Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR)

This register includes funding opportunities from the two major Australian funding bodies, the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Visit the ACGR website

Australian Research Council (ARC)

  • Australian Laureate Fellowships
  • Centres of Excellence
  • Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA)
  • Discovery Projects
  • Discovery Indigenous
  • Future Fellowships
  • Industrial Transformation Research Centres
  • Industrial Transformation Research Hubs
  • Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF)
  • Linkage Projects

The ARC online Research Management System (RMS 2.0) is the mechanism for applying for ARC research funding.

For further details, please see RMS 2.0 Information or contact ACU Research.

Visit the ARC website

National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

  • Project Grants
  • Program Grants
  • Centres of Research Excellence
  • Development Grants
  • Research Fellowships
  • Practitioner Fellowships
  • Career Development Fellowships
  • Early Career Fellowships
  • TRIP Fellowships
  • Postgraduate Scholarships
  • NHMRC/California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Collaborative Research Grants
  • NHMRC/GACD Request for Applications on Type 2 diabetes in Low and Middle Income Countries – Collaborative Research Grants ‘Letter of Intent’
  • Partnership Projects

For more information on NHMRC funding opportunities refer to the NHMRC Research Tracker.

The NHMRC Research Grants Management System (RGMS) is the mechanism for applying for NHMRC research funding. For more information, please see About RGMS or contact ACU Research.

For other potential sources of funding such as Horizon 2020 (The European Commission’s (EC) Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (2014 – 2020) and funding through the US NIH Agencies, please contact ACU Research Grants and Contracts Team.

Visit the NHMRC website

Other external funding sources

To access a list of other external funding sources in Australia, download our PDF guide.

Download guide (PDF, 222 KB)


ACU Research Funding (ACURF)

ACURF is the major process to support researchers through internal funding sources. Applications are assessed competitively via an internal and external review process. As a guide, categories of funding in past rounds have included:

  • Research Program Grants
  • Research Project Grants
  • Early Career Researcher Grants
  • Women in Health and Medical Research Grants
  • Industry Research Incentive Scheme.
  • Funding is allocated on a competitive basis.

ACURF applications are not currently being accepted. Announcements will be made when a future round opens.


Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme

Applications currently closed.

Universities Australia (UA) in association with the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (German Academic Exchange Service; DAAD) offers this scheme to foster high quality research collaborations between researchers at UA member universities and eligible German universities and research institutes.

The Scheme supports the exchange of Australian and German researchers working on a joint research project, allowing members of the team to spend time at each other’s institutions.

ECRs and HDR students are encouraged to apply.

Australian and German applicants must collaborate on proposal development. Australian applications are submitted to the Contact Officer at their institution and the corresponding German application (in German on the DAAD’s prescribed form) is submitted by the German researchers to the DAAD.

The ACU DAAD Proposal Assessment Committee will review all applications and recommend the strongest applications for funding. The corresponding German applications will then be assessed with the final decision on successful proposals being made by the DAAD.

Australian funding will cover the costs of:

  • return economy airfares from Australia to Germany;
  • a per diem of either AUD 250 per day or a maximum of AUD 3,500 per month per person for each day spent at the host German institution, or at other locations in
  • Germany necessary for the research in question.
  • Maximum funding per year per project is AUD 12,500.

Please visit the Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme site for all information on eligibility and application procedures, previously funded projects, forms, terms and conditions and FAQs etc.

ACU Contact: 



Research Study Program for Academic Staff

Applications now closed.

The Research Study Program (RSP) provides academic staff with the opportunity to focus on developing their research.

Eligible staff may apply for RSP for up to six months for study within Australia and/or overseas. Applicants may also be granted a travel allowance which could include a dependent spouse and children.

If you are interested, it is imperative that you read the policy on Research Study Programs for Academic Staff before applying. It is also essential that you speak to your Head of School or Research Institute Director to obtain their in principle support for your application. 

Questions should be directed to res.development@acu.edu.au



Other internal funding sources for ACU staff

Research Awards for Women Academic Staff.

Applications for the Research Awards for Women Academic Staff currently closed.

For more information:

Please email res.development@acu.edu.au or hr@acu.edu.au.

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Research Professional is a database of funding opportunities in all disciplines in Australia and overseas. All funding opportunities in Research Professional are eligibility verified for Australian researchers. It has powerful searching and customisation tools and a News function that includes Funding Insights with specific items for Australian researchers.

ACU Research provides free access to the Research Professional database for Australian Catholic University staff. You must log in with your ACU university account (not your personal account) to access all resources.

University staff members with a valid email address can request access to Research Professional by clicking on the Register link at http://www.researchprofessional.com.

Research Professional has online help as well as the following resources:

The team at Research Professional also run 60-minute webinars to assist you in using the Research Professional database. The schedule of webinars for this year is:

Friday July 27th 2018
09:00 – 10:00 AEST (Sydney)

Friday September 28th 2018
09:00 – 10:00 AEST (Sydney)

Friday November 30th 2018
11:00 – 12:00 AEDT (Sydney)

The ACU Research Office coordinates the management of research grants.

We work closely with Faculty and Institute research support staff to assist the researcher to funding success.

The following fact sheets explain how ACU manages External Reseach Funding – Finding, applying and managing.


Research Policies

Insurance Certificates of Currency (please contact: res.grants@acu.edu.au )

ACU Staff Salary rates


From June 2016, all proposals seeking external funding must submit a Research Approval Form (RAF) through the online ORION system prior to any applications being submitted to funders.

The RAF replaces the old PDF style Grant Cover Sheet.


The Research Approval Form (RAF) can be accessed by logging in to ORION and clicking the Project eForms link from the menu panel on the right-hand-side of screen.

For more detailed information, please refer to the User Guide below.

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