Funding opportunities

MGSE funding submission essentials

This process is in response to both the MGSE Submissions Policy and the MGSE Grants Notice of Intent (NOI) Policy. It applies to both lead proposals (submitted via University) and non-lead proposals (submitted through other institutions).

It's essential to notify the MERI Grants team of your intent to apply for any funding opportunity, as all funding proposals (internal and external) need to be endorsed by the Dean, as Head of Department.

As all applications require several internal approvals, MERI sets its own close dates in advance of both the funding body (for submissions direct to sponsor), as well as the Research, Innovation, and Commercialisation (RIC) closing dates. This allows time to process your application before it is formally submitted.

If you're not sure you can make the MERI close date, email the Grants team with your intent to apply.

Email the Grants team

  • Opportunities closing soon

    2020 India Engagement Seed Grants

    Deadline to contact the Grants team: Thursday 8 October

    Through the Global pillar of Advancing Melbourne 2030, the University aspires to lead, convene and collaborate through strategic partnerships on a global scale. The Indian Engagement Seed Grants (IESGs) demonstrate the University's commitment to realising these global aspirations, building upon the priority areas outlined in Engaging India 2020-2024, as we work towards a shared future benefiting both the Australian and Indian communities.

    The IESGs aim to support University of Melbourne academic staff in advancing new and sustainable links between the University and institutions and community organisations in India.

    For more information, contact Professor Muthupandian Ashokkumar.

    Applications are open until 5pm Thursday 15 October.

    Theodore Fink Education Endowment

    Deadline to contact the Grants team: Friday 9 October

    The Theodore Fink Education Endowment is currently open for applications to assist with costs in organising a seminar on historical or comparative study of Australian education.

    In 2020, $2,700 has been set aside to fund an online memorial seminar.

    It’s expected that this online memorial seminar will happen in the latter half of 2020 or early 2021.

    Applicants are to fill in the short application form and submit by the due date to Pian Zhang via email.

    Applications will close Friday 16 October.

    MEL-BER Partnerships Funding

    Deadline to contact the Grants team: Monday 12 October

    Together with the members of the Berlin University Alliance (BUA) – Freie Universität, Humboldt-Universität, Technische Universität, and Charité – the University has opened the second round of the MEL-BER Partnership: Call for Joint Research Proposals 2020/21, seeking to strengthen our existing links and stimulate new research collaborations between Melbourne and the four Berlin institutions. In last year's inaugural call, 12 projects received funding.

    Applications close on Monday 19 October.

    Community Engagement Grants - Melbourne Social Equity Institute

    Deadline to contact the Grants team: Friday 16 October

    The Melbourne Social Equity Institute is inviting proposals for activities to support a UoM researcher with an idea to test, explore, and develop in partnership with members of disadvantaged or marginalised communities. Grants of up to $3000 are available. The funding will enable the researcher to develop interdisciplinary and community-engaged networks within and external to the University. The scheme aims to support research ideas that may lead to a proposal for future rounds of the Institute's Seed Funding Program or the Community Fellows Program. For any queries, please email the Melbourne Social Equity Institute.

    Applications close on Friday 23 October.

    Melbourne-Bonn Research Excellence Fund

    Deadline to contact the Grants team: Friday 23 October

    The inaugural call of the Bonn-Melbourne Research Excellence Fund aims to support collaboration in new research areas with Universität Bonn that have not yet received funding from Bonn or Melbourne or through a third-party before. Up to three applications will be funded and receive up to 20,000 € or $33,000 AUD from each institution.

    Applications close on Friday 30 October.

    Email the Grants team to apply

    Edified Energiser Grants 2020

    Deadline to contact the Grants team: Friday 23 October

    Do you know of a student or graduate with a compelling plan to improve education for their community? Encourage them to apply for a $5,000 Edified Energiser Grant. The grant is open to people of any nationality (domestic and international) who are currently studying at, or have graduated in the last five years, from an Australian, New Zealand or UK higher education, vocational or English language institution. Applications are now open for grants to support students and graduates with a vision and plan to improve education in their community. A total of three grants are on offer, for a project in each of the following categories to improve:

    1. Any type of education
    2. Education in safety, health or wellbeing
    3. Education for women or about gender equity.

    The 2019 winners of this grant opportunity included our own Tricia Martin and her team, with their submission of a Virtual Internship Platform for Regional NSW. For more information, please visit the Edifier website.

    Applications close on 31 October 2020.

  • Reminders

    ARC Linkage Projects

    Linkage Projects 2020 Assessment Round 3

    • Submit review ready application to MERI: 26 October 2020
      Submit review ready application to RIC: 2 November 2020
      Request not to Assess due to RIC: 15 November 2020
      Request not to Assess Close: 17 November 2020
    • Final Application due to MERI: 17 November 2020
      Final Application due to RIC: 24 November 2020
      Final Applications due to ARC: 1 December 2020

    If you are contemplating submitting an application in round 3, you must email the Grants team as soon as possible.

    DECRA and Future Fellowship applications extended

    Applications close Wednesday 25 November.

    The Australian Research Council (ARC) has extended the application time frames for DECRA and Future Fellowship applications, to take into account the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. Find out more on the ARC website.

    If you're considering applying, please email the Grants team as soon as possible.

    Email the Grants team to apply

  • Ongoing opportunities

    The Ford Foundation - Challenging Inequality

    Expressions of Interest are open on an ongoing basis

    The Ford Foundation is a prestigious United States funder that has fellowship and project opportunities available in the broad thematic area of Challenging Inequality. Having a United States partner would improve the competitiveness of your application.

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

    Applications are open on an ongoing basis

    The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has a grants database with fellowship and project opportunities that includes Higher Education in the Humanities, Arts and Cultural Heritage, Diversity, Scholarly Communications, and International Higher Education. Having a United States partner would improve the competitiveness of your application.

    The Economic and Research Council

    Applications are open on an ongoing basis

    The Economic and Social Research Council has called for proposals for a range of project ideas and specific grant opportunities. Having a United Kingdom partner would improve the competitiveness of your application.

    Email the Grants team to apply