Perpetual funding opportunities

James S McDonnell Foundation - Collaborative Activity Awards

The Foundation offers Collaborative Activity Awards to initiate interdisciplinary discussions on problems or issues, to help launch interdisciplinary research networks, or to fund communities of researchers/practitioners dedicated to developing new methods, tools, and applications of basic research to applied problems. In each case the focus of the collaborative activity must meet the program guidelines for one of the following program areas:

  • Bridging Brain, Mind, and Behaviour
  • Studying Complex Systems
  • Brain Cancer Research

The budgets for collaborative activities will vary greatly depending on the scope of the proposed problem or project and on the number of people involved. The Foundation recognizes that funding must be appropriate to an activity's specific scope and needs. It also recognizes that organizing and implementing such an activity can be exceedingly time consuming.

Thus, rather than submit full proposals, applicants for Collaborative Activity Awards should submit a letter of inquiry. Letters of inquiry can be submitted at any time during the year, and must be submitted electronically to: . There are no application deadlines for these grants. Applicants can expect an initial response to their letters within 2-3 weeks of receipt. The letter of inquiry must include:

  1. A brief description of the proposed activity and an explanation of its scientific importance or practical significance (not to exceed 1000 words in length).
  2. A listing of representative or possible participants.
  3. An estimate of the proposed activity's duration and budget.
  4. The lead applicant should also enclose a current short form curriculum vitae.

Internet link: James S McDonnell Foundation website.

Closing date: No deadline (perpetual)

Macquarie Bank Foundation - Project Funding

The Macquarie Bank Foundation focuses its resources in six core areas – the arts, education, environment, health care, health research and welfare. The Foundation is also committed to projects specifically aimed at supporting indigenous communities.

The Foundation’s funding criteria is flexible and open. Applications are welcome from a diverse range of community organisations that are working in innovative ways to provide long-term benefits.

For more information contact Sally Thomson, Grants Project Officer on 8232 7554 or via .

Internet link: Macquarie Bank Foundation website.

Closing date: No deadline

Human Frontier Science Program - Short-term Fellowships

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) supports basic research focused on elucidating the complex mechanisms of living organisms.

Emphasis is placed on novel, innovative, interdisciplinary pproaches to basic research that involve scientific exchanges across national boundaries.

Short-Term Fellowships are reserved for those who wish to work for a short period in a laboratory in another country for example:

  • to learn or develop new techniques;
  • to use instruments or technology not available in their own country;
  • to establish collaborations in a new area of research rather than ongoing projects; and/or
  • to obtain pilot results to establish a new international collaboration.

Short-Term Fellowships are awarded for periods of 2 weeks to 3 months.

Candidates must have obtained or be about to obtain their research doctorate (PhD) or a doctoral-level degree (e.g. a research based M.D. or medical PhD). This scheme is exempt from University of Sydney overhead charges.

For more information see: the Research Office website – Search engine. Use the New Search Engine, Show me: Fellowships & Awards In optional keywords type: Frontier

Research Office Contact: Andrew Black by email or on 9036 7075

Internet link: Health Frontier Science Program website

Closing Date: No deadline (perpetual).

Ford Foundation - Research Grants

Introduction: The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Our goals are to strengthen democratic values; reduce poverty and injustice; promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.

Before a request is made for a grant or program-related investment, a brief letter of inquiry is advisable to determine whether the foundation’s present interests and funds permit consideration of the request.

The letter should include:

  • The purpose of the project for which funds are being requested
  • Problems and issues the proposed project will address
  • Information about the organization conducting the project
  • Estimated overall budget for the project
  • Period of time for which funds are requested
  • Qualifications of those who will be engaged in the project

Eligibility: Please refer to website link below for more information.

Amount Awarded: Please refer to website link below for more information.

Overheads: This scheme is subject to a University of Sydney overhead and infrastructure charge.

For more information see: Research Office website - Search engine. Use the New Search Engine, Show me: Research Grants In optional keywords type: Ford

Research Office Contact:
Health Sciences: Amanda Collins on 9351 3393 or by .

Internet Link: Ford Foundation website

Closing Date: No deadline (perpetual).

Harold Mitchell Foundation – Funding Grants

The Harold Mitchell Foundation supports projects only in the arts or health areas which either, creates discovery in the arts and or health fields to break new ground; increases the capacity of communities to foster their arts and health activities and enables establishment of arts or health activities with real potential to take off and be ongoing. Initial applications must be done online, with the possibility of an invitation from the Foundation to further develop your proposal.

Eligibility: Please refer to website link below for more information.

Overheads: This scheme is exempt from University of Sydney overhead or infrastructure charges.

For more information see: Research Office website - Search engine. Use the New Search Engine, Show me: Research Grants. In optional keywords type: Mitchell

Research Office contact: Annette McLaren (02) 9351 4153

Internet link: Harold Mitchell Foundation website

Closing date: No deadline (perpetual).

Primary Health Care and Information Service- PHCRED Research Fellowships

Introduction to Funding Opportunity: The HFSP supports basic research focused on elucidating the complex mechanisms of living organisms. In particular, HFSP encourages research into biological problems involving approaches and knowledge from different disciplines such as chemistry, physics, mathematics, computer science, engineering, or material sciences because significant new ideas, techniques and discoveries often arise at the boundaries between disciplines.

Eligibility: Applicants must have a research doctorate (PhD) or a doctoral degree with equivalent experience in research at the time of application.

Amount awarded: Please refer to website link below for more information.

Overheads: This scheme is exempt from University of Sydney overhead and infrastructure charges.

For more information see: The Research Office website - Search Engine

Use the New Search Engine, Show me: Fellowships and Awards In optional keywords type: HFSP

Research Office contact: Andrew Black on 9036 7075

Internet link: HFSP website

Closing date: No deadline (perpetual).