UWA Fellowship Support

The UWA Fellowship Support Scheme provides funding to fellowship candidates, who have been successful in securing their salary via a competitively won fellowship, but have not received sufficient project grant funding to facilitate their research.

 

Key Dates

This Scheme is open.

Applications may be submitted at any time but must be no later than 12 months after commencement of the fellowship.

Key Information

Applicants will be able to apply for a maximum amount of $30,000 to be expended during the period of the fellowship.

Applications may be submitted at any time but must be no later than 12 months after commencement of the fellowship.

Submission Process

Key Documents

UWA Internal Grant Scheme Appeals Procedure

An applicant may appeal against a decision by the Research Committee, but only on the grounds that the Committee’s procedures for the assessment of the application have not been observed. Appeals based on any other grounds, including the quality of the proposal or the track record of the applicant, will not be considered.

  1. An applicant wishing to lodge an appeal must write to the Chair of the Research Committee within twenty-eight days of receiving notification of the decision, upon which the appeal is based, giving full details of why proper procedures are considered not to have been observed.
  2. Preliminary consideration of the appeal shall be given by the Chair, who may consult others, including the applicant, if deemed necessary.
  3. In the event of the matter not being resolved to the satisfaction of the appellant and the Chair within fourteen days of the notification of the outcome of the appeal (taking the End of Year shutdown into account), the Chair shall refer the appeal to the Registrar, together with a written statement outlining the Chair’s views on the matter.
  4. The Registrar shall then refer the applicant’s appeal to a Review Panel comprising of the following persons:
    • the Registrar, or nominee, as Convenor
    • The Chair of the Academic Board, or nominee;
    • a former member of the Research Committee.
  5. If the Review Panel finds evidence that due process had not been observed in reaching the original decision, it shall direct that the application be reappraised.
  6. The decision of the Review Panel shall be binding on all parties

UWA Fellowship Support point of contact

UWA Near Miss Central

The UWA Near-Miss Central scheme provides funding to applicants whose grant application was ranked highly in the annual Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects or National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grants assessment process, but was not funded.

The funds are intended to support researchers to undertake a scaled down version of the research proposal or carry out preliminary research to further develop the research project, which will then lead to the submission of an improved application in a future ARC Discovery or NHMRC Project round.

 

Key Dates

There is no formal submission deadline associated with this scheme.

Key Information

Eligibility

The following eligibility requirements must apply:

  • The ARC Discovery and/or the NHMRC Project grant must have been rated in the top 10% nationally of those unfunded.
  • The grant application must have been submitted through UWA with UWA as the administering organisation.
  • The first-named Chief Investigator on the unsuccessful ARC/NHMRC Project grant must hold a UWA position or Adjunct position and not be an employee of another university. UWA adjunct appointees at Medical Research Institutes may be eligible dependent on the signed affiliation agreement between UWA and the Institute.
  • The application must have gone through internal peer review and must have been submitted to Research Grants and Contracts Office by the internal deadline. Internal deadlines will be specific for each scheme and will be included in the internal guidelines.
  • The same project must not be funded from an alternative funding source e.g., projects which are submitted to the NHMRC and subsequently funded by a Cancer Council.

Level of Funding

An amount of $20,000 or 50% of the originally requested first-year budget, whichever is the lesser will be awarded to the first named Chief Investigator on the unsuccessful ARC/NHMRC application.


Conditions of Award
  • Funds can only be used to support allowable expenses under the corresponding ARC or NHMRC Funding Rules and must be consistent with ARC/NHMRC allowable costs.
  • Unspent funds will be recouped after 12 months. Funding cannot be carried forward into a subsequent year.
  • The Chief Investigator must submit a new application for a grant listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR) within 15 months or will not be eligible for any subsequent UWA Near-Miss Central award.
  • No Chief Investigator can hold a UWA Near-Miss Central award two years in a row for the same project.
  • It will be possible for a Chief Investigator to hold more than one UWA Near-Miss Central award concurrently for separate projects.

Submission Process

This scheme does not have an associated application process. This award is allocated to all UWA Staff members that meet the eligibility criteria.

Key Documents

UWA Near Miss Central point of contact

UWA Research Collaboration Awards

The UWA Collaboration Awards (RCA) have the dual purpose of promoting either international research collaboration or industry research partnerships.  The overall goal of the program is to facilitate collaborations that will lead to long term research alliances. The RCA scheme aims to provide enhanced research opportunities for UWA research staff and students in relation to publications, research grants, industry and international linkages and research training.  Grants of up to $30,000 are available.

 

Key Dates

Call for Applications: 1 June 2017

Applications Close: 5pm, 14 July 2017

Awards Announced: September 2017

Funds Distributed: January 2018

Key Information

The RCA provides an opportunity to raise matched funding for Worldwide Universities Network grants For more information on international collaborations, or the Worldwide Universities Network, please contact Assoc/Prof. Judith Berman (+61 8) 6488 8033.

Submission Process

To apply, please read the Guidelines below and download the Application Form.

Complete the Application Form electronically. Please note that a fully-signed Application Form replaces the usual need for an Application Cover Sheet.

Merge the fully signed Application Form and all appendices into a single PDF, and submit via email to submissions-research@uwa.edu.au.

Key Documents

UWA Internal Grant Scheme Appeals Procedure

An applicant may appeal against a decision by the Research Committee, but only on the grounds that the Committee’s procedures for the assessment of the application have not been observed. Appeals based on any other grounds, including the quality of the proposal or the track record of the applicant, will not be considered.

  1. An applicant wishing to lodge an appeal must write to the Chair of the Research Committee within twenty-eight days of receiving notification of the decision, upon which the appeal is based, giving full details of why proper procedures are considered not to have been observed.
  2. Preliminary consideration of the appeal shall be given by the Chair, who may consult others, including the applicant, if deemed necessary.
  3. In the event of the matter not being resolved to the satisfaction of the appellant and the Chair within fourteen days of the notification of the outcome of the appeal (taking the End of Year shutdown into account), the Chair shall refer the appeal to the Registrar, together with a written statement outlining the Chair’s views on the matter.
  4. The Registrar shall then refer the applicant’s appeal to a Review Panel comprising of the following persons:
    • the Registrar, or nominee, as Convenor
    • The Chair of the Academic Board, or nominee;
    • a former member of the Research Committee.
  5. If the Review Panel finds evidence that due process had not been observed in reaching the original decision, it shall direct that the application be reappraised.
  6. The decision of the Review Panel shall be binding on all parties

UWA Research Collaboration Awards point of contact

UWA Research Priorities Fund

The Research Priorities Fund (RPF) is intended to provide a source of cash support to applicants normally seeking external funds on a competitive basis, or for support of other research priorities including fixed term strategic appointments.

 

Key Dates

There is no formal submission deadlines associated with this scheme. Applications can be made at any time.

Key Information

Allocations from the RPF will normally be restricted to cases where matching funds will strengthen the University's case of winning external funding in areas of strategic importance to the University's research priorities. This is most likely to arise in situations where matching funds are a specific requirement of an external funding scheme or in one-off circumstances where it can be demonstrated that a University commitment of funds will provide the leverage necessary to attract external funding.

A RPF contribution requires a matching cash commitment from the centre/school/faculty/institute and will not normally exceed 25% of the total cost of a proposal.

  • The applicant's head of school, centre or institute and deans (as appropriate) must confirm in writing that they support the application, including any commitments that may have been outlined above. Deans should indicate how the initiative fits into the strategic plan of the faculty and how it aligns with the University's overall research priorities.
  • In cases where a proposal to obtain external funds is not subject to recognised peer review, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) may seek an external assessment of the quality and viability of the proposal.
  • Because of the nature of the RPF, it is unlikely that all applications will be assessed at the one time. RPF applications should be submitted at least three weeks before the closing date for external funding, unless an alternative closing date is set by the DVC(R).
  • In exceptional circumstances, an application may be submitted after an offer conditional upon obtaining matching funding has been received from an external source, but before the offer has been accepted.
  • Decisions on applications will be made by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).

Submission Process

Applicants for RPF must submit their case using the application form provided.

This must include:

  • A copy of the application for external funds (or alternatively, if the application is not available, the purpose of the request for funds should be set out in detail)
  • The total capital cost of the equipment, or facility, or alternatively, the cost of the academic staff position
  • The amount being sought from the RPF
  • Details of other financial contributions towards the total cost: school, centre, institute and/or faculty contributions must be significant and in writing
  • Details of the recurrent, or operating costs of any equipment or facility and their accommodation requirements
  • Details of how the operating costs of any equipment or facility will be funded in future years
  • The case for RPF funding; in other words, how will the overall benefits to the University outweigh the overall costs?

Key Documents

Research Priorities point of contact

UWA Research Impact Grants

Knowledge transfer and research impact are priorities for The University of Western Australia as our goal is to serve our stakeholders and communities.

The UWA Research Impact Grants scheme will provide funds to promote academic impact on a discipline through high quality publications and presentations at international conference. More importantly, it will also focus on supporting interactions with non-academic users and beneficiaries of research through events such as industry showcases, public awareness campaigns, and stakeholder and community engagement activities.

 

Key Dates

Round 1:
  • Applications Open - 1 May 2017
  • Applications Close - 5:00pm, 16 June 2017
  • Awards Announced - August 2017
  • Funds Distributed - September 2017
Round 2:
  • Applications Open - 4 September 2017
  • Applications Close - 5:00pm, 13 October 2017
  • Awards Announced - November/December 2017
  • Funds Distributed - January 2018

Key Information

There will be two application rounds per annum (May and September) and a maximum of 10 projects will be funded in each round. Applicants may apply for up to $20k.

Please read the Guidelines carefully and use the Application Form provided.

Previous successful projects 

Applications must be received prior to the submission deadline; late applications will not be accepted

Submission Process

  • Refer to the scheme Guidelines
  • Download the application form and complete
  • Once complete save the application as a pdf
  • The application must be submitted via email to submissions-research@uwa.edu.au, prior to the submission deadline.
  • Please refer to the Guidelines and Conditions document for further details and submission instructions.

Key Documents

UWA Internal Grant Scheme Appeals Procedure

An applicant may appeal against a decision by the Research Committee, but only on the grounds that the Committee’s procedures for the assessment of the application have not been observed. Appeals based on any other grounds, including the quality of the proposal or the track record of the applicant, will not be considered.

  1. An applicant wishing to lodge an appeal must write to the Chair of the Research Committee within twenty-eight days of receiving notification of the decision, upon which the appeal is based, giving full details of why proper procedures are considered not to have been observed.
  2. Preliminary consideration of the appeal shall be given by the Chair, who may consult others, including the applicant, if deemed necessary.
  3. In the event of the matter not being resolved to the satisfaction of the appellant and the Chair within fourteen days of the notification of the outcome of the appeal (taking the End of Year shutdown into account), the Chair shall refer the appeal to the Registrar, together with a written statement outlining the Chair’s views on the matter.
  4. The Registrar shall then refer the applicant’s appeal to a Review Panel comprising of the following persons:
    • the Registrar, or nominee, as Convenor
    • The Chair of the Academic Board, or nominee;
    • a former member of the Research Committee.
  5. If the Review Panel finds evidence that due process had not been observed in reaching the original decision, it shall direct that the application be reappraised.
  6. The decision of the Review Panel shall be binding on all parties

UWA Research Impact Grants point of contact

UWA Fellowship Gap Central

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) supports excellence which will enhance the University’s research reputation.  UWA Fellowship Gap Central funding is available to provide salary support for fellowships awarded through the Australian Competitive Grant schemes and fellowships funded from other sources to be agreed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) on a case by case basis. The central support is provided to the Fellow when there is a salary shortfall in the amount received by the external funding agency and the equivalent UWA level.

 

Key Dates

There are no formal submission deadlines associated with this scheme.

Key Information

Eligibility

The following will be eligible for gap central funding:

  • Fellows funded by schemes listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR) and fellowships funded from other sources to be agreed by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) on a case by case basis
  • The Fellowship/grant must be administered by UWA
  • Fellows who hold a fractional fellowship appointment at UWA will be funded at a pro-rata rate commensurate with the fractional appointment.
  • Fellows who transfer their fellowship to UWA, assuming they adhere to all other eligibility and conditions of award
  • UWA Fellowship applicants; including current fellows re-applying, will be required to have their application internally peer-reviewed and submitted to Research Grants by the internal deadline. Internal deadlines will be specific for each scheme and included in the internal guidelines for major ARC and NHMRC Schemes. The internal deadline for all fellowship schemes will be 3 weeks prior to the external deadline. Please contact the Research Grants Office for clarification about relevant internal deadlines.

The following will not be eligible for gap central funding:

  • Adjunct staff who are employed by another organisation
  • Fellows who receive a clinical loading or an award contingent on the Fellow undertaking clinical work
  • Fellows who may be covered under affiliation agreements with alternative arrangements

Level of Funding

The gap funding only applies to the level to which the Fellow is awarded by the external funding agency.

Details of the equivalent UWA levels for ARC/NHMRC funded fellows and others listed on the ACGR is available for reference:

If the successful applicant is appointed at a UWA level higher than the level of fellowship awarded, the shortfall in salary between the fellowship level and the UWA level will be the responsibility of the Fellow and their head of School/Centre.


Conditions of Award
  • The Fellow is expected to supervise research students (Honours, Masters and PhD), mentor early career researchers, and may teach in coursework units where possible and appropriate.
  • During the period of gap central funding, all publications must carry the UWA by-line and all other grants should be submitted through UWA.
  • The Fellow is expected to review the Australian Competitive Grant applications of others and participate in cultural change that will enhance UWA’s Australian Competitive Grant competitiveness.

Submission Process

This scheme does not have an associated application process. This award is allocated to all UWA Staff members that meet the eligibility criteria

Key Documents

UWA Fellowship Gap Central point of contact