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Below you will find key dates, contacts and links to University of Sydney, Australian Research Council (ARC) and National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) schemes. 

Research Fellowships 

The following research fellowship positions are designed for academic researchers to undertake a research role either as an independent investigator or under academic supervision.

Research Fellowships

The University of Sydney Fellowships Scheme aims to attract outstanding early career researchers to contribute to, and enhance, our research strengths and culture. Recipients receive a full salary and a significant research allowance for the first three years, and become lifetime members of the Sydney Society of Fellows.
Next round: May 2017 (TBA)
Contact: Research Support

The ARC Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme is open to outstanding researchers of international repute and encourages proposals involving Australian or international researchers. The scheme provides project funding in addition to a salary supplement and salary-related support for up to 5 years.
Proposals Open
: 5 October 2016
Proposals Close
: 30 November 2016
Announcement: October/November 2017
Next Round:
 TBA
Contact: Julie Cameron

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA) provide focused support for researchers and aims to create more opportunities for early-career researchers in both teaching and research, and research-only positions. The scheme provides a contribution towards salary and project costs for up to 3 years. See further below for information on the University’s DECRA support contribution scheme.  
Proposals Open: 16 January 2017
Internal deadline: 1 March 2017
Proposals Close
: 22 March 2017
Announcement: October/November 2017
Contact: Kate Taylor / David Boyd

ARC Future Fellowships aim to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers. The scheme provides salary support and non-salary funding for costs including personnel, equipment, travel and field research costs directly related to the research, for up to 4 years.
Proposals Open: 18 October 2016
Internal deadline16 November 2016
Proposals Close
: 7 December 2016
Announcement: June 2017
Next Round:
 TBA
Contact: Sherridan Blackman

NHMRC Boosting Dementia Research Leadership Fellowships aim to expand leadership in dementia research by supporting mid-career researchers to transition to leadership positions. The scheme provides salary support and project funding for up to 4 years.
Applications open: 23 November 2016
Minimum Data due in RGMS: 18 January 2017
Internal closing date: 25 January 2017
Applications due at NHMRC:
 8 February 2017
Next Round: TBA
Contact: Sophie Carruthers

NHMRC Career Development Fellowships are highly competitive, four year fellowships that provide support for the most outstanding early to mid-career health and medical researchers in each Fellowship category.
Applications open: 18 January 2017
Internal closing date: 15 February 2017
Application due at NHMRC:
 8 March 2017
Contact: Rebecca Griffin

NHMRC Practitioner Fellowships are five year, part-time fellowships for clinicians, public health or health service professionals to engage in research related to their professional activities.
Applications open: 7 December 2016
Internal closing date: 11 January 2017
Applications due at NHMRC: 
1 February 2017
Next Round: 
TBA
Contact: Kate Taylor

NHMRC Research Fellowships are five year fellowships supporting leading health and medical researchers in full-time research. The scheme aims to foster an intellectual environment which supports capacity building and knowledge creation in Australia. 
Applications open: 7 December 2016
Internal closing date: 11 January 2017
Application due at NHMRC:
 1 February 2017
Next Round:
 TBA
Contact: Kate Taylor

NHMRC Early Career Fellowships are offered for 4 years and are aimed at early career researchers of outstanding ability who wish to make research a significant component of their career. ECFs provide for advanced training in health and medical research either in Australia or overseas.
Applications open: 11 January 2017
Internal closing date: 8 February 2017
Application due at NHMRC: 
1 March 2017
Contact: Kate Taylor

NHMRC TRIP Fellowships provide support for health care professionals, health care personnel, health systems personnel, health researchers and health policy makers to translate evidence into health care and public health improvements.
Applications open: 5 April 2017
Internal closing date: 17 May 2017
Application due at NHMRC: 
31 May 2017
Contact:
 Rebecca Griffin

Research Grants

The following research grants fund a broad range of research efforts and typically involve multiple researchers and partners.   

Research grants

ARC Centres of Excellence are prestigious foci of expertise through which high-quality researchers maintain and develop Australia’s international standing in research areas of national priority.
Internal Expression of Interest (EOI):  In preparation for the ARC's next EOI call, the Research Portfolio now calls for EOIs from University of Sydney researchers who will submit for a Centre to be based here, or who will be involved in an EOI at another university. 
ARC EOI: 
TBA
ARC Full Submission: TBA (previous round closed September 2016)

ARC Discovery Projects provide funding for research projects that can be undertaken by individual researchers or research teams.
Proposals Open: 7 December 2016
Internal deadline: 8 February 2017
Proposals Close
: 1 March 2017
Announcement: October/November 2017
Contact: Kay Winton / Sherridan Blackman

The ARC Discovery Indigenous scheme provides funding to Administering Organisations to support research programmes led by an Indigenous Australian researcher and build research capacity of higher degree research and early career researchers.
Proposals Open: 23 January 2017
Proposals Close: 29 March 2017
Announcement: October/November 2017
Contact: Sherridan Blackman

The Industrial Transformation Research Program (ITRP) offers a suite of funding schemes attractive to both university-based researchers and industries.

IT Research Hubs (ITRH) is a scheme that will support collaborative research activity between the Australian higher education sector and industry designed to focus on strategic outcomes that are not independently realisable.

IT Training Centres (ITTC) is a scheme that will foster close partnerships between university-based researchers and other research end-users to provide innovative Higher Degree by Research (HDR) and postdoctoral training for the end-user focused research industries vital to Australia's future.

Applications open: TBA
Internal closing date: TBA
Applications close: TBA (previous round closed Dec 2016)
Contact: 
Julie Cameron

The ARC Linkage Projects scheme promotes national, and international, collaboration and research partnerships between key stakeholders in research and innovation including higher education institutions, government, business, industry and end-users. Proposals must include at least one Partner Organisation who must make a contribution in cash and/or in kind to the project. The combined Partner Organisation contributions for a Proposal (i.e. the total of the cash and in-kind contributions of the Partner Organisations) must at least match the total funding requested from the ARC.
Proposals Open: January 2017
Internal deadlineTBA
Request Not to Assess Close
: Must be submitted by the proposal submission date
Proposals Close: December 2017
Announcement: Approximately 6 months from the proposal submission date
Contact: Kate Taylor

The ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities scheme provides funding for research infrastructure, equipment and facilities to eligible organisations, allowing expensive infrastructure, equipment and facilities to be shared between higher education organisations and also with industry.
Proposals Open: 8 February 2017
Internal deadline: 22 March 2017
Proposals Close
: 5 April 2017
Announcement: October/November 2017
Contact: 
Rebecca Griffin

NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CRE) scheme will provide support for teams of researchers to pursue collaborative research and develop capacity in clinical, population health and health services research.
Applications open: 19 October 2016 
Internal closing date: 16 November 2016
Applications due at NHMRC: 
30 November 2016
Next Round:
 TBA
Contact: Sophie Carruthers

NHMRC has allocated funding to support a small number of grants under the Boosting Dementia Research Grants Scheme Priority Round One (PR1) which aims to improve the lives of people with dementia and their carers through increasing the quality of care.
Minimum data requirements: 18 January 2017
Internal closing date: 25 January 2017
Final applications due at NHMRC: 
8 February 2017
Next Round:
 TBA
Contact: Sophie Carruthers

NHMRC Development Grants provide funding support financial support to individual researchers and/or research teams to undertake health and medical research within Australia at the proof-of-concept stage that specifically drives towards a commercial outcome within a foreseeable timeframe. Applicants must secure at least one industry/commercial partner and as part of the application to demonstrate how the industry/commercial partner/s will contribute to, and be involved in the advancement of the proposed Development Grant.
Applications open: 16 November 2016
Internal closing date: 18 January 2017
Application due at NHMRC: 
1 February 2017
Next Round:
 TBA
Contact: Sherridan Blackman

NHMRC Partnership Projects provide funding and support to create new opportunities for researchers and policy makers to work together to define research questions, undertake research, interpret the findings and implement the findings into policy and practice.
Applications open: 18 January 2017
Internal closing date: 22 March 2017
Applications due at NHMRC:
 12 April 2017
Contact:
 Sophie Carruthers

NHMRC Program Grants aim to provide support for teams of high calibre researchers to pursue broad based, multi-disciplinary and collaborative research activities. The scheme is available for all research approaches relevant to better health - biomedical, clinical, public health or health services research and is typically for 5 years.
Applications open: TBA
Internal closing date: TBA
Applications due at NHMRC: TBA (previous round May 2016)
Contact:
 Sophie Carruthers

NHMRC Project Grants are aimed at research proposals that describe the investigation of a new research idea/s. The proposal must support a particular set of aims and the budget must be directed to those aims, and must be between one and five years.
Applications open: 11 January 2017
Internal closing date: 24 February 2017
Applications due at NHMRC: 
15 March 2017
Contact:
 Julie Cameron

 

University of Sydney Funding

A range of schemes are available to further support academic staff employed at the University. More information is available on the intranet. 

University of Sydney Funding

Offered to employees of The University of Sydney. Applications for ARC Discovery and NHMRC Project grants that were ranked highly but not funded are automatically considered for this scheme.
ContactWilliam Channing

Offered to employees of the University of Sydney. The fellowships are designed to offer applicants a continuation of salary for period of up to one year at the end of an ARC or NHMRC Fellowship when they have been unsuccessful in obtaining a continuing externally funded salary. Awards are available up to a maximum period of 12 months and are initially funded for a period of time between the date of expiry of the externally funded fellowship and December 31 in the relevant year.
ContactWilliam Channing

The University of Sydney funds three categories of Equity Fellowships to employees of the University as follows:

  • Thompson Fellowships aim to promote and enhance the careers of academic women. They are offered to academic and research-only women employed by the University of Sydney at levels C or D. 
  • Brown Fellowships are offered to researchers whose careers have been interrupted by the undertaking of sustained primary caring duties and provide relief from routine teaching and administrative responsibilities, and research-only staff with funding for technical assistance for up to two semesters
  • Laffan Fellowships are named in honour of Mr Matt Laffan, Sydney alumnus and colourful character in Sydney's legal fraternity who battled a rare genetic disorder and inspired Australians with his zest for life.
    These Fellowships are offered to university researchers who have, or have experienced, a significant disability, and aims to assist recipients re-establish or enhance their academic research careers.

Key dates: This scheme will be offered during 2017, although the key dates have not yet been finalised. Once determined, the key dates will be announced in Staff News. 

ContactZiyad Hosenbux

Offered to employees of the University of Sydney and funded by the University and the NHMRC, grants of up to $200,000 will be considered for funding. Where the application is for part funding of a purchase greater than $200,000, funding for the remainder must already have been secured and evidence for this funding must be supplied with the application.
ContactWilliam Channing

Funding available to University of Sydney employees and aims to reward success in attracting prestigious research fellows by providing a financial contribution towards the shortfall between the salaries provided by category 1 research fellow schemes and the University pay scales
ContactGrant Cruchley

Provides financial support towards the salary of ARC Discovery Early Career Awards (DECRA) held by the University of Sydney employees. This support from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) tops-up the salary component of the DECRA to lessen the gap between it and University pay scales. See above for further ARC DECRA information.
ContactGrant Cruchley

These fellowships are awarded to early and mid career researchers and aim to recognise and develop our most talented researchers and to establish a cohort of future research leaders for Sydney. Applicants must be University of Sydney academic staff. See our most recent SOAR Fellows. 
ContactMuriel Swijghuisen Reigersberg    

The distinctive aim of SREI 2020 is to encourage colleagues to self-organize and propose opportunities from both within and/or across disciplines to test new ideas, push disciplinary boundaries and scale up research activities that have the potential for enabling research excellence, leadership and preeminence globally. Continuing and fixed term University of Sydney academic staff and affiliates are eligible to apply and/or be part of this scheme. See our most recent SREI2020 recipients. 
Contact: Andrew Black

Available to University of Sydney employees, the University of Sydney’s Commercial Development and Industry Partnerships (CDIP) Team offer the following opportunities:

  • CDIP fund for research commercialisation - provides critical financial support for research projects with commercial potential
  • The University of Sydney Industry Engagement Fund (SIEF) - available to academic staff and affiliates of The University to enable applicants to make connections with potential industry partners.
  • Industry and community engagement seed fund- aims to increase the level of researcher engagement with potential industry partner(s), thereby increasing the opportunity for support from such a partner on a Linkage Program grant funding application or CRC-P project.

Contactcdip@sydney.edu.au