ACU Research

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researchers to achieve their goals

Funding Research

Sourcing funds for your research is integral to and an ongoing part of conducting and furthering your research strategy and career. In addition, external funds for research whether government or private, contribute to providing the University with money towards the infrastructure required to support research activities in the University.

ACU Research is the University’s Research Management Office (RMO) and partners with researchers to manage the submission process for research grant applications as well as ongoing administration of research grants and related contracts over the lifetime of each grant. ACU Research also manages research consultancies and ensures these are recorded on the University’s research database (ResearchMaster: RM).

Working closely with Faculty Associate Deans Research (ADRs) and Institute Senior Managers (Research Grant Development), the ACU Research Grants and Contracts Team (GCT) aims to provide high quality service and support to:

  • identify and communicate research funding opportunities
  • advise on funding scheme guidelines
  • communicate grant application procedures
  • develop, negotiate and execute research contracts
  • liaise with funding agencies, sponsors or organisations (funding body)
  • manage post-award processes
  • assist in meeting the requirements of research funding bodies
  • manage reporting process for internally-funded research (eg the ACURF – see below)
  • record research projects and income.

Securing a research grant is becoming more competitive every year from an ever-diminishing pool of funds. 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.

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

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

  • ACURF - Now Closed

    Applications for ACURF are not currently being accepted.


  • Funding Calendar
  • External Research Funding Sources

    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:

    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.

    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.

  • Internal Funding Sources

    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. In 2016 there were five categories of funding:

    • 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.

    Australia-Germany Joint Research Cooperation Scheme

    Applications now open until 16 June 2017.

    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. Notification of final outcomes will be made in October/November 2017.

    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 information on eligibility and application procedures, previously funded projects, forms, terms and conditions and FAQs etc.

    ACU Contact Officer:

    Andrew Schrader (

    All ACU applications should be submitted via a Research Approval Form (RAF) by 17:00 16 June 2017.

    Other internal funding sources for ACU staff

    Applications for 2017 are expected to open towards the end of the year.

    • Research Study Program (RSP)
      The RSP Policy is currently under review and an announcement will be made when applications are open for the 2018 Program.



  • Research Funding Database

    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.

    ACU Research provides free access to the Research Professional database for Australian Catholic University staff.

    University staff members with a valid email address can request access to Research Professional by clicking on the Register link at

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

    Pre-recorded webinar (WMV)

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

    Friday October 28th 2016
    10:00 – 11:00 AEDT (Sydney time)

  • External Grants Management

    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.

  • Resources and Forms: External Grants


    Research Policies

    Insurance Certificates of Currency (please contact: )

    ACU Staff Salary rates

    HR Salary and On-costs calculator



    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 selecting the menu Project >> My Project Requests.

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

    Other related forms:

    External Grants

    Request for a Waiver of the infrastructure Levy 

  • Resources and Forms: Internal Grants