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Grant Application and Management

So...where do I look?

The first step in finding external funding is to log into Research Professional

The Research Professional funding database covers all disciplines: from medicine to the humanities; from the large research councils to small charities. You can search for upcoming grants at any time or you can have funding alerts tailored to your research interests which will be emailed directly to you.

If you need assistance in setting up or searching RP, please contact your Faculty Liaison Librarian.

Other useful sources of grant information include Business Grant Guru, Australian Philanthropy Awards, the Ian Potter Foundation, the Australian Research Council and National Health and Medical Research Council. In addition, a good old Google search can often bring up some helpful sources of funding. CSU is also looking at developing policies around crowd-funding for research, which will broaden the scope for sources of funding in the future. 

The Australian Competitive Grants Register provides a useful listing of large Category 1 competitive grants - most of these grant schemes are run annually.

Students may consider applying for additional funding during their candidature to assist with the cost of research. These can be sourced through internal or external funding opportunities.  Internal funding opportunities may be available through the Faculties or the Research Office and are generally advertised through internal communication forums such as What’s New and News or the Research Bulletin. 

We will progressively be adding additional information to this site in relation to CSU Research targets and progress towards them, as well as the types of indicators of performance that are monitored both internally and externally.

Can’t find the funding you’re looking for?

Don’t underestimate your current network of collaborators, partners or contacts in industry. If you clearly understand the problems they face and are able to identify a solution, pitching it correctly could open up new opportunities for funding. Get in contact with your Faculty Research Liaison Officer or Associate Dean (Research) for further tips on approaching industry partners.  It can also pay to consider where peers in your discipline at CSU and other universities have received funding from.  This may give you some ideas about where to look.

You’ve found your funding source, so what’s next?

Allocation of resources, time commitments from CSU researchers should in the first instance be discussed with your Head of School/Research Centre Director. Check the funding guidelines and make sure you are eligible to submit an application for this funding.

The next thing to do is to email the Research Office with a copy to your Faculty Research Liaison Officer, Associate Dean (Research) or Research Centre Director, and Head of School providing them with the funding guidelines and due date to let them know you are developing an application for external funding. This will ensure that they are aware of your application in advance and can work with you to support you through the process. Some grant schemes (such a Perpetual) allow only 3 applications per organisation – so it is important to let the RO know that you intend to apply for this scheme.

Developing your application

Assistance with grant development can be sought from your Faculty Research Liaison Officer (Faculty of Arts & Education, Faculty of Business, Justice & Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Science).  This assistance includes:

  • Arranging a mentor for you in the grant development process
  • Advice on how to apply for Faculty leverage support
  • Proof-reading of your application for clarity/readability
  • Advice on research budgets        
  • Advice on the Notice to Submit Form
  • Assisting you to access relevant Professional Development programs
  • Assistance with your research data management plan.

The Research Office will facilitate the approval of submissions, assist with the interpretation of grant specific guidelines and rules and how they apply to CSU researchers, as well as budget resourcing.

Please remember that completed final applications must be submitted to the Research Office ten (10) working days prior to the funding body deadline to allow for a review by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development & Industry). The Research Office will let you know if/when you should submit the application to the funding body, as they may submit the application on your behalf.

Your Faculty/Centre may also have additional submission approval timeframes and you should contact your Faculty Associate Dean (Research).

Further important information is on the Grant Application Process page of the Research Office website.

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) candidates seeking external funding also have access to Research Professional and are encouraged to use this. There are specific funding categories that are relevant to HDR candidates and you are encouraged to seek advice and support from your supervisors.