Information resources

The University of Sydney Research Office provides details on grants, grant applications and grant management, research training, ethics, sources of research funding as well as the policies governing research at the University.


Applying for ethics approval

The Faculty reviews all ethics applications prior to sign off and submission to the University Ethics Office. Please be advised that ethics applications are now on-line only. For more information please see Research Support Ethics or contact Acting Ethics Coordinator, Dr George Odhiambo.

Gaining ethics clearance takes time!

Once your application has been reviewed by the Faculty ethics review team, please allow enough time for your ethics application to be signed by the Associate Dean Research. Applications received on the day ethics applications are due are unlikely to be signed. The University of Sydney Ethics Office provides all the necessary information to complete your ethics application.
Contact Acting Ethics Coordinator, Dr George Odhiambo to seek advice on ethics submissions.


Applying for grants

The Australian Government collects data on the types of research being conducted. When you apply for a grant it is necessary to nominate your research areas using the Fields of Research (FOR) codes. In addition, you will be asked to select the impact area for any research being proposed or undertaken by using the Socio-Economic Objectives (SEO) codes. These codes are part of the
ANZSIC Classification. Further information is available from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.

Forms and resources for research grant applications


Research in NSW government schools

It is necessary to apply for separate ethics clearance from the NSW Department of Education and Communities when proposing research in NSW government schools. This process, known as SERAP, must be lodged along with University ethics clearance with the University Research Office. For further information:


Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC)

All research publications are reported annually by the University to the Australian Government (HERDC). The following links provide useful information when submitting publications to the Higher Education Research Data Collection.


Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) will be conducted again in 2012.

The Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) initiative assesses research quality within Australia's higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review by committees comprising experienced, internationally-recognised experts.


Other useful links

  • Policy Online includes research policy documents on code of conduct for responsible research practice, guidelines for dealing with allegations of research misconduct, authorship and location of data forms.