Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Leverage funding process

This is the process you need to follow if you intend to apply for leverage funding for an external grant:

1.  Notify the Research Office

The sooner you let us know about a proposal that you plan to submit, the greater the opportunity for administrative support. This is particularly useful for smaller schemes or schemes where you may be the only applicant from CSU.  

Email and let us know your intent to submit. 

2.  Approach your School/Faculty/Centre

  • Discuss your proposal with your Head of School, Associate/Sub-Dean Research and/or Centre Director.
  • Confirm the support of your school/faculty/centre for your proposal in writing (e.g. email), detailing the level of cash and/or in-kind funding being provided and any conditions of that support.
  • The Deputy Vice-Chancellor will not consider providing leverage support to a proposal where there is no internal cash or in-kind support secured.

3.  Approach external partners (if applicable)

  • It is strongly recommended that you commence internal CSU negotiations before approaching an external partner.
  • In discussions with external parties, please ensure they understand that you have not yet received final approval to submit from CSU. This does not occur until sign-off from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry).
  • Confirm the external parties support in writing, or as per the requirements of the funding scheme in preparation for your application.

4.  Submit application

Send your application in a single email titled the scheme name, include your name and the external closing date to with the following attachments:

  • final proposal
  • completed and signed Notice to Submit
  • any other relevant information (e.g. evidence of internal and external parties support)

It is essential that we receive a complete package of information no later than 10 working days prior to an external closing date.

5.  Proposal review

We will refer your proposal to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry) for consideration as part of the compliance and checking process and will notify you of the decision as soon as possible.

Requests for leverage funding made directly to the Deputy Vice Chancellor will be returned without consideration.


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