Fellowship and grant opportunities

Fellowship and grant opportunities

A variety of support is available to  researchers who apply for research grants through Macquarie University. The 2023 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

NHMRC

For NHMRC grants 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.

Ideas Grants 

Investigator Grants - NOI OPEN

Synergy Grants 

Strategic and Leveraging Grants

Centres of Research Excellence - OPEN

Development Grants  

EU Collaborative Research Grants - 2022 topics now available

NHMRC–NIHR (UK) Collaborative Research Grants - OPEN

Partnership Projects - OPEN

Clinical Trials and Cohorts Studies 

Targeted Call for Research  - OPEN

Postgraduate Scholarships

Special Funding Calls

e-ASIA 2022 Joint Research Program

2023 GACD Implementation Research Targeting Non-Communicable Disease Risk Factors Associated with City Environments

NHMRC-AMED 2022 Dementia Collaborative Research Scheme

NHMRC-NEURON Funding Call 2023 - FORECAST OPPORTUNITY

NHMRC-JPIAMRF Funding Call 2023FORECAST OPPORTUNITY

Sapphire Quick Reference Guides (QRG)

Adding a new organisation

Creating a new account

Changing primary institution

Change grant application title

Sapphire tutorials

MRFF

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.

What is the MRFF?

MRFF Strategies and Priorities

MRFF Missions

Researcher Exchange & Development in Industry (REDI) Fellowship (administered by MTPConnect)

MRFF Funding Opportunities and Successful Grant Recipients

MRFF Application Support and Templates

MQ Contacts

Sapphire Quick Reference Guides (QRG)

Adding a new organisation

Creating a new account

Changing primary institution

Change grant application title

Sapphire tutorials

EU Funding

Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme 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 programme 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.

For funding opportunities under this Pillar, please click here.

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 Major Grants Round Calendar

Download your copy of the 2023 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:

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 late 2022 or 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.

Content owner: Research Pre-award Last updated: 28 Nov 2022 11:38am

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