Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Funding Opportunities

External Support for Research

All external research grant and consultancy applications, unless otherwise stated by the Research Office, must be submitted as a Notice to Submit (NTS) to the Research Office a minimum of TEN (10 working days) prior to the external submission date. There are also Faculty timelines to be considered, as the NTS needs to be reviewed by the A/Dean (Research) and your Head of School prior to submission to the Research Office.

Important information about the Faculty and Research Office timelines

Internal Support for Research 

The Faculty of Arts and Education's Compacts funding strategy for 2017 aims to improve the performance of research active staff and to align research activities, programs and support with the University Research Narrative. Each funding scheme has been designed with specific research targets in mind. Broadly these are designed to support:

  • engagement in research partnerships with communities, industry and stakeholders;
  • generation of external research income;
  • production and dissemination of high quality research; and
  • research capacity building.

Support for productive research collaborations, within or across Schools and Faculties, or with external partners, is a key focus for 2017.

Further information on each scheme can be found on the relevant application form, available below.
Note that applications for schemes with 'no due date' can be submitted any time.

The funding Schemes for 2017 are:

Grant Development Funding Scheme - no due date

The goal of the Grant Development Funding Scheme is to provide support for academic staff with well-established or emerging track records to attract external funds to the university by working towards an advertised Category 1, 2 or 3 grant, with CSU as the lead organisation. Applications leading to the submission of a grant led by another University are also encouraged. The Faculty will provide up to $10,000 for approved development activities.

Research Income and Initiatives Funding Scheme - no due date

The goal of the Research Income and Initiatives Scheme is to support new initiatives in developing research-industry partnerships, research commercialisation and collaborations between industry partners and academics that have the potential to bring external research income to CSU. This approach is in keeping with the goals underpinning the Australian Government's National Innovation and Science Agenda – to improve Australia's record of research-industry collaboration. The Faculty will provide up to $15,000 for approved development activities.

Research Assistance for Sustained Programs of Research Funding Scheme - second round due 28 July

The Research Assistance for Sustained Programs of Research funding scheme has been designed to acknowledge key areas of research strength in the Faculty, particularly where staff have a proven record or applying for and winning externally funded grants, tenders or contracts. The aim is to sustain and extend this record by providing ongoing access to high quality, specialist research personnel who can assist in sourcing, applying for, and managing research funds. Funding is expected to boost the number of successful applications for research funding submitted by the Faculty, increase research impact, produce quality publications, and promote engagement with the industry. The Faculty will provide funding for RA employment up to a maximum of 0.6 FTE for approved applications.

CSU-Hosted Research Events and Activities Funding Scheme - no due date

The Funding Scheme for CSU-Hosted Research Events and Activities aims to achieve "improved research output, impact and productivity focused on issues relevant to our communities and strengths" through CSU regional events that have the potential to strengthen CSU's research status and profile. A further goal is to broaden the research experiences of CSU higher degree research students (HDRS) and Early Career Researchers. The Faculty will provide up to $7,000 for approved events/activities.

Visiting Scholar Funding Scheme - no due date

The goal of the Visiting Scholar Funding Scheme 2017 is to provide an opportunity for academic staff with strong or emerging research track records to draw on the expertise of an international or Australian scholar in the development of an application for external research funding. It is a requirement of the scheme that Visiting Scholars will make a wider contribution beyond the particular research interests of the applicant(s) through School-based activities, regional engagement, research workshops/training, seminars, or other activities. The Faculty will provide up to $10,000 for approved costs to support a Visiting Scholar.

Research Skills Development Funding Scheme - no due date

The aim of the Research Skills Development Funding Scheme is to build research capacity by providing support for individual researchers or collaborative research teams to develop or extend research skills and expertise in specific methodologies or theoretical approaches. The Faculty will provide funding to attend training/workshops provided by external organisations or CSU-organised training/workshops, or for 'bespoke' training. The Faculty will provide up to $2,000 per staff member for approved applications.

Research Establishment Grant for New Academic Staff - due within 6 months of appointment

The aims of the Faculty of Arts and Education Establishment Grant for New Academic Staff are to assist new academic staff of the Faculty to establish their research and research output as they make the transition to CSU and to contribute to the Faculty's research capacity. The Faculty will provide up to $8,000 for approved applicants.

Leverage Funding for Large grants/Research Contracts - due within 1 week of NTS

The Faculty of Arts and Education's Compacts funding strategy focuses primarily on supporting academic staff to successfully apply for external research funding. Leverage funding involves a financial commitment on the part of the Faculty to co-invest in substantial research projects that align with existing areas or emerging areas of research strength. Judiciously applied, leverage can add that 'bit extra' to enable researchers to win a competitive tender through added value, or to succeed in a competitive grant application through enhanced feasibility and demonstration of a healthy research environment.

Budget Advice

We encourage you to use the improved Budget Approval Form to help accurately calculate the budget of your Compact grant. The HR Salary Cost Calculator, on the HR Salaries, Increments and Allowances page can also be used to help calculate the cost of a research assistant. If budgeting travel costs please make sure you use the latest allowance and travel rates which are on the Travel website.

Reporting

Staff who receive funding under any of the Compact schemes need to report on expenditure of these projects, at the end of the project or end of the year whichever comes first. This should be done using the final report form which is included on each of the application forms. 

These should be sent to the Faculty Research Liaison Officer, Lisa McLean

Staff who receive a New Staff Grant are required to submit a progress report at 6 months, and a final report at 12 months using the appended report form. 

A calendar reminder for all interim/final reports will be sent to you shortly after initial approval.

Questions?

Please contact Prof Linda Harrison, Associate Dean Research if you have any questions or to discuss proposed applications. Staff are also encouraged to discuss their proposed application plans with their Head of School.

And also...

Staff are encouraged to use Research Professional to source funds to support research projects. For help in using Research Professional, go to the RO page.

The Research Office website provides advice in looking for available funding opportunities.

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