Funding Opportunities

Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol42 Issue41 24–28 October 2016

The ARC has released the opening dates for the following ARC schemes:

  • Laureate Fellowships - 5 October 2016
  • Future Fellowships - 18 October 2016
  • Discovery Projects - 7 December 2016
  • Discovery Early Career Research Award (DECRA) - 16 January 2017
  • Discovery Indigenous - 23 January 2017
  • Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) - 8 February 2017
  • Industrial Transformation Research Hub & Industrial Transformation Training Centre - 11 October 2016

Please register your Notification of Intent ASAP.

  • Linkage Projects – Rolling Deadlines:

There are significant changes (including Selection Criteria) in the Funding Rules of Linkage Projects commencing in 2017.

Proposals submitted before 22 December 2016 will be under the current Funding Rules. Proposals submitted in 2017 will be under the newly released Funding Rules.

Important Dates for LP16:

  • Internal Deadline: 27 November 2016 (Research Office will not accept new applications that appeal for the first time to Research Office after this date)
  • ARC Deadline: 22 December 2016


Funded Hardiman PhD Scholarships
NUI Galway Hardiman Scholarships will provide a stipend of €16,000 per annum plus your fees will be paid for four years. These scholarships are for high-achieving individuals who have an appetite for the research world and want to start their PhD in September 2017. Register your Expression of Interest NOW.

Lift-off fellowships
Australian Mathematical Society, AU

These jump start the careers of young mathematicians by supporting them after the submission of their PhD thesis. Fellowships are worth up to AUD 5,000 each and may cover living expense, the costs associated with attending conferences, travel and visits of collaborators.

Maximum award: $5,000
Closing date: None


Australia–India Early- and Mid-Career Fellowships for 2017–18
Australian Academy of Science

The Australian Academy of Science invites Australian early- and mid-career researchers to apply for the Australia–India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) Early- and Mid-Career Researcher (EMCR) Fellowships 2017–18. The EMCR Fellowships provide support for Australian researchers to travel to India and work with leading researchers at major Indian science and technology organisations for a period of between 3 and 9 months.

Maximum Award: $40,500
Closing date: 31 Oct 2016 - 9am (AEDT)

Researcher mobility grants
Royal Society of Chemistry, GB

These enable PhD and early-career researchers to undertake short- to mid-term scientific visits to organisations overseas or in the UK. Grants vary in size depending on the length and location of visits, but are worth up to £7,500 each for visits of up to two years.

Maximum Award: £7,500
Closing date: 31 Oct 2016 

Postgraduate scholarships – energy
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, AU

These provide enhanced opportunities for postgraduate students in energy leading towards a PhD. Top-up scholarships are worth AUD 7,000 per year, over a maximum of three years, plus an operating budget.

Maximum Award: Not known
Closing date: 31 Oct 2016 

EUREKA-Chile joint call for proposals

This supports industrial research and development projects between Chile and EUREKA member countries. Funding may vary depending on national funding agencies.

Maximum Award: Not known
Closing date: 25 Nov 16

Business research and innovation initiative – pilot programme
Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, AU

This is intended to drive innovation within SMEs and government by encouraging the development of innovative solutions by SMEs to public policy and service delivery challenges. Grants are worth up to AUD 100,000 for feasibility studies and up to AUD 1 million to develop a proof of concept addressing the same challenge.

Maximum Award: $1,100,000
Closing date: 30 Nov 16 

Khwarizmi international award
Iranian Research Organization for Science and Technology, IR

This recognises outstanding scientific achievements made by researchers, innovators and inventors from all over the world.

Maximum Award: Not known
Closing date: 30 Nov 16 (recurring)

Mpala postdoctoral fellowship
Smithsonian Institution, US

This promotes the study of biology, anthropology, geology, hydrology, material science, social science, soil science or related areas. The fellowship provides a stipend of USD 47,500 per year for a period of one to two years, and a research allowance of up to USD 4,000 for research-related expenses. Temporary relocation costs may also be provided.

Maximum Award: Not known
Closing date: 1 Dec 16 (recurring)

Peter Buck fellowship
Smithsonian Institution, US

This enables early-career investigators to add additional time to the one-year Smithsonian Institution fellowship award. The postdoctoral fellowships provide scientists with a stipend of USD 48,000 including an additional research allowance. The predoctoral fellowships provide PhD students with a stipend of USD 32,700 also including an additional research allowance.

Maximum Award: Not known
Closing date: 1 Dec 16 (recurring)

Perpetual's IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program
Perpetual, AU

Perpetual distributes more than $80 million annually to non-profit organisations on behalf of the charitable trusts and endowments that we manage. Non-profit organisations can apply for funding through our annual granting program – the IMPACT Philanthropy Application Program.

Maximum award: Not known
Closing date: 2 December 2016

Joint transnational call on sensing technologies
ERA-Net PhotonicSensing, EU

This aims to contribute to the fast development and implementation of photonics based sensing technologies. Funding may range from €500,000 to €4 million per project over 24 to 36 months.

Maximum Award: €4,000,000
Closing date: 5 Dec 16

Volvo environment prize
Volvo Environment Prize Foundation, SE

This recognises innovations or scientific discoveries that, in broad terms, fall within the environmental field. The prize is worth SEK 1.5 million.

Maximum Award: SEK 1,500,000
Closing date: 10 Jan 17 (recurring)

Society in science – Branco Weiss fellowships
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, CH

These enable young postdoctoral researchers to work on a research topic of choice in science, engineering and social sciences. Fellowships include a grant worth CHF100,000 per year for up to five years and the opportunity to work at any academic institution of the fellow’s choice.

Maximum Award: CHF 500,000
Closing date: 15 Jan 17

Australian Synchrotron, AU

This enables researchers to benefit from the Australian Synchrotron’s current beamline capabilities.

Maximum Award: Not known
Closing date: 31 Jan 17 (recurring)

Isaac Newton medal
Institute of Physics, GB

This recognises a physicist, regardless of subject area, background or nationality, for outstanding contributions to physics. The medal includes a prize of £1,000 and a certificate.

Maximum Award: £1,000
Closing date: 31 Jan 17 (recurring)

Experiment – in search of bold research ideas
VolkswagenStiftung – Volkswagen Foundation, DE

This initiative aims to support new research concepts in science, engineering, behavioural and life sciences, disregarding the project risk and perhaps the vagueness of a successful outcome. Approximately 15 exploratory projects will be granted per year, worth €100,000 each for a period of 18 months.

Maximum award: €100,000
Closing date: 05 Jul 17 (recurring)

Horizon prize for CO2 reuse
Horizon 2020: Societal Challenges, EU

This rewards innovative products utilising CO2 that could significantly reduce the atmospheric emissions of CO2 when deployed at commercial scale. The prize is worth €1.5 million.

Maximum award: Not known
Closing date: 03 Apr 19

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