Funding Opportunities

Published in the Research School of Physics Event Horizon
Vol43 Issue14 24–28 April 2017

The Australian-French Entrepreneurship Challenge 
The challenge (this year in Adelaide) is based on the 24 hours for Entrepreneurship challenge: a flagship event run in France since 2011. The application form is attached, which has further information.

An overview of the event:
 This second edition builds on the success of the first Australian-French Challenge at the Australian National University in June 2016. ANRT (L'Association nationale de la recherche et de la technologie) and Novancia Business School will again bring in their pedagogical know-how and organisational support. Participating PhD students will gain an invaluable opportunity to broaden their research and entrepreneurial skill set while establishing interdisciplinary and international relationships. Up to 70 contestants will be invited to participate in this challenge. Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee and the outcome will be announced on Tuesday 19 May. The challenge will be held in Adelaide. All costs relating to flights, accommodation and meals outside of the event will be the applicant’s responsibility.
Interested candidates should be research active in any of the following fields:
·         the natural sciences, including earth, chemical or biological sciences
·         technology
·         engineering
·         medicine
·         the humanities
·         social sciences.
Applications close 9am (AEST) Monday 8 May 2017.
The event runs from Tuesday 11 July to Wednesday 12 July. Participants are organised into teams and have 24 hours to develop their proposal, after which they pitch their ideas and the judges make their selections. This information will also be sent by the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor, Innovation to the relevant College Research Offices. The Research Offices will act as the central college contacts, and will also arrange for the sign off from School Directors on the letters of support.
Any interested students please contact the RSPE Research Management team for assistance in organising the letter of support.


Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2017 
Nominations are being sought for the Robert and Helen Crompton Award 2017. This Award provides funding of up to $15,000 to assist postgraduate research students enrolled at the Research School of Physics and Engineering to undertake part of their research program overseas or make a collaborative visit to an overseas institution, for three to six months.
Applications will close 5pm on Friday, 12 May 2017.
Information on the Conditions of Award and application process is available here
Other enquiries RSPE student office with any other enquiries.


Regional Studies Association (RSA) (Various deadlines)
The Regional Studies Association (RSA) is committed to supporting students and early career researchers and following below are some of the many initiatives that they offer to help grow students and early career researchers’ careers, influence and research.
Note that you must become a member of the Association to be eligible to apply.

Networking and career development
Student and Early Career Representatives posts on the RSA Board
Application deadline: 7th May 2017
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic PhD student and an Early Career researcher to join the Regional Studies Association Board. During the term of office, the post holders will meet distinguished scholars, practice your organisational skills, develop your interpersonal abilities and benefit from our Board Members’ experience. Both positions offer a unique opportunity to develop one’s career and networks further. For more details go to: Link
European Week of Regions and Cities 2017:
Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy
8-12 October 2017, EU Institutions, Brussels, Belgium
Application deadline: 9th May 2017
As part of the 15th European Week of Regions and Cities (EWRC), the biggest event world-wide on regional and urban development, the Master Class on EU Cohesion Policy will be held for PhD students and early-career researchers. The Master Class is a unique format to connect young researchers and will include presentations of papers by the participants as well as lectures and panel debates with policy makers, EU officials and senior academics to improve understanding of and research on EU Cohesion Policy. This year, the Master Class will focus on EU Cohesion Policy’s implementation, the debate about its future post-2020 and EU and international research programmes and projects. More details at Link
RSA Early career research grant schemes
Application deadline: 31st May 2017
This award is open to single applicants in their early career (five years between the date shown on the PhD certificate and the application deadline). The award is provided to support a discrete piece of regional studies and/or regional science research. The value of the award is up to £10,000 and has a maximum time span of 18 months.
Grant value: up to £10,000 (c. €11500; US$12,000)
For more details see Link
RSA Travel grant
Application deadlines: 31st May 2017, 31st August 2017, 30th November 2017
We offer members up to £500 towards travel costs when attending a non-RSA event. Recipients of the Travel Grant must be members of the Association at the time of the application, at the time of travel and claim.
Grant value: up to £500 (c. €570; US$600)
For more details see Link
RSA Awards
Application deadline: 31st May 2017
Nominations (both self-nominations and third party nominations) are being sought for the RSA:
Nathaniel Lichfield/ Recent Master Student Award: Applicants need to have graduated with a master`s degree in regional studies and related fields in 2016.
PhD Student Award: Applicants need to be registered PhD students who have not yet received their PhD certificate.
Routledge Early Career Award: Applicants need to be early career researchers within five years of the date on their PhD certificate or equivalent.
The Awards’ ceremony will take place at the President’s Event on 16th November 2017 in London, UK. The prize for each of these Award is:
A cheque for £500;
A certificate;
Up to £200 discretionary fund toward attending the 2016 RSA President's Event (transport costs).
For more details on RSA Awards see Link
Regional Studies, Regional Science student and early career mentored paper section
Submission deadlines: 31st March 2017, 31st July 2017, 30th November 2017
Our open access journal, Regional Studies, Regional Science, has a section which specifically focuses on publishing short articles from students and early career researchers to make their research accessible to a wider audience. Articles in this section will have a regional focus and will succinctly present the research questions and results whether preliminary or final. The editors of the Early Career Papers section are currently seeking submissions of paper proposals for short articles (max. 3,000 words). For more details see Link
RSA Student & Early Career Conference 2017
Charting a Career Path: Sharing the Learning and Lessons
2nd- 3rd November 2017, CURDS, Newcastle University, UK
Abstract Submission Deadline: 17th August 2017
This conference aims to provide students and early career researchers (within 5 years after finishing their PhD) opportunities to present their work, receive feedback, network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and related fields. In addition, the conference will offer sessions on academic publishing, how to promote your research and increase its impact and how to develop your career. For more details, please go to: Link

Membership Offer
These opportunities are available for RSA members but we encourage current non-members to join the RSA when making an application. RSA members benefit from reduced conference fees in addition to publications (hard copies and/or online access), research funding and awards, open networks and collaborations, an expert register, and discounted publications. To see the full list of benefits, go to:
Student membership    Early career membership

To join the RSA, go to or email us at

Bridging Grants
The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science and administered by the Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE)

The Bridging Grants is a program of assistance that targets early stage of proof of concept and knowledge transfer, product development and market testing, innovation and commercialisation activities. It supports the partnerships of Australian Researcher – International SMEs in a priority listed economy, and Australian SMEs – Researchers in a priority listed economy.

Funding Amount: $25,000-50,000 per grant

Scheme opens: 2 May 2017

  • Eligibility Test: 2 May – 5:00 pm 16 May 2017
  • Scheme closes: 5:00 pm 23 May 2017
  • Outcome announced: July 2017


Falling Walls Lab Australia 2017 

This international forum promotes interdisciplinary connections between aspiring academics, innovators, entrepreneurs, investors and professionals, known for their excellent work.

he deadline for applications is 5pm (AEST) Monday 12 June 2017.

For mor information see: Link


Student Travel Grants for France (Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant)
The Embassy of France in Australia is pleased to announce that the applications for the 2017-2018 Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant are now open. The Nicolas Baudin Travel Grant is designed to encourage students to undertake study, research or professional development in France. The grant consists in a return flight ticket between Australia and France. For students undertaking an internship in a French laboratory or company, social insurance is also provided for a period of up to six months.
The Higher Education section has made some exciting new changes to the program from previous years, notably to include cotutelle candidates, students undertaking an internship in France, and students participating in a short course. By broadening the list of eligible candidates, we hope to receive an increased number of applications from a diverse range of students wishing to experience the benefits of studying in France. Additionally, applications must now be completed and submitted online to allow for a simpler and clearer process for students.
For this new version of the program, students are eligible to apply through the following frameworks:
1) Students seeking to undertake a research internship in a French laboratory or undertake an internship within a French company.
2) Students seeking to undertake research in a France as part of a cotutelle joint-PhD established between an Australian university and a French university. The student will obtain an Australian degree and a French degree at the end of their studies.
3) Students enrolled at an Australian university seeking to take part in a study abroad/ exchange program at a French establishment.
4) Student seeking to pursue a full degree at a French university (students will obtain a French degree at the end of their studies), including double degrees jointly offered by a French and an Australian university.
5) Students seeking to undertake a short term program at a French establishment. This includes summer and winter school programs.
Applications from research, internship and cotutelle students will be given special consideration.
To apply for the grant, students will need to visit the Embassy’s Grants and Opportunities page and follow the dedicated link to the online application platform.

  • Scheme closes: 15 June 2017  

For more information, students can visit the Nicolas Baudin Grants page or contact the Higher Education team at

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 2017 (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 2019

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