Funding Opportunities

Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol42 Issue48 12–16 December 2016

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

  • 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

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.

2017 Major Equipment Grants Scheme (MEC)

The 2017 Major Equipment Grants Scheme (MEC) will open in November. The MEC provides funding of up to $500,000 to support the replacement or purchase of large equipment for research.

If you are interested in applying or would like further information please also contact:

Commission 17: Laser Physics and Photonics Young Scientist Prizes
International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP)

The IUPAP Commission 17 – Laser Physics and Photonics – is seeking nominations for its biennial Young Scientist Prizes. Two prizes are available for award. One prize is for outstanding contributions of a fundamental nature. The other is for outstanding contributions of an applied nature. Both prize winners will have demonstrated significant achievement, and exceptional promise for future achievement in the areas of laser physics and/or photonics. The recipients must be no more than eight years post PhD (excluding career interruptions) by the deadline for nominations.

Maximum Award: €1,000
Closing date: 20 Dec 16

CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics

The CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics aims to connect the brightest young physicists or mathematicians to a leading research centre overseas or in Australia. Research in physics and mathematics is fundamental for Australia's future. 

Maximum Award: $5,000
Closing date: 1 Jan 17 

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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