Charles Sturt University
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Funding Opportunities

CSU researchers can access funding opportunities through various sources.  The University subscribes to Research Professional, an online database of research funding opportunities, research policy and practice news, covering all disciplines, large research councils and small charities.

Researchers can search for upcoming grants, and set up email alerts to stay informed of new funding opportunities tailored to individual research interests. 

Research Professional is an online database of research funding opportunities and research policy and practice news.  All CSU researchers and HDR candidates can access it using your CSU login and password.  There are specific funding categories that are relevant to HDR candidates and HDR candidates are encouraged to seek advice and support from your Principal Supervisor when applying for external funding.

Further information on Research Professional can be accessed in the following user guides:

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

The Australian Competitive Grants Register  lists schemes that provide competitive research grants to higher education providers (HEPs).  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.  Schemes listed on the ACGR are generally run annually. 

Other useful sources of grant information include:

Researchers and HDR candidates are encouraged to apply for additional funding to support the cost of research.  Internal funding opportunities may be available through Faculties, Research Centres or the Research Office and are generally advertised through internal communication forums such as What's New and News, Faculty Newsletters or the Research Office Bulletin. 

Additional funding sources may be as simple as:

  • Conversation with 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.  Researchers should contact their Associate Dean (Research) or Research Centre Director for further tips on approaching industry partners.
  • Analysing the sources of grant funding received by peers in your discipline at CSU and other universities.

Regardless of the source of funding, the applicant must first check all guidelines and funding rules to ensure they are eligible to apply for funding in any particular scheme.  Applicants who require assistance with eligibility enquiries should contact the CSU Research Office on 02 6933 4290 or via email:  research@csu.edu.au.