Internal Research Grants

Western Sydney University supports the development of research projects through its competitive research grant schemes.

Research Partnerships Program

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The Research Partnerships Program is designed to be a flexible scheme that encourages individuals and groups to submit applications for support of a research project jointly developed and funded with an external partner. Partners suitable for collaboration may be from industry, commerce, and the public and community sectors.

Research projects must demonstrate a high level of collaboration between University researchers and eligible partners, plus the potential to develop new links or the significant enhancement of existing links. Innovation and potential real world impact will be a central feature of successful applications.

The program is designed to encourage researchers and their partners to explore and promote their research project to the point where support from major external funding programs (e.g. ARC Linkage Projects or NHMRC Partnership Projects funding) can be realistically sought. Applicants should articulate more than one possible avenue for further funding and the anticipated time frame to achieve such funding.

The primary objective of the scheme is the support, on a competitive basis, of quality research projects to be carried out by partnerships showing clear evidence of high research capacity. The program is designed to encourage the development of long-term and strategic relationships between the University and industry, commerce, and the public and community sectors, as well as assist researchers to gain a greater understanding of industry research needs through collaborative research and development projects. It will provide the opportunity for University researchers and their partners to bring advanced knowledge and techniques to bear on problems or opportunities in order to realise economic and social benefits for Australia.

The University normally awards funding of up to $25,000 under this scheme (in exceptional circumstances up to $35,000 may be awarded). Partners must provide new cash, plus GST (except in the case of overseas partners where GST is not levied). The ratio of partner/University funding must be at least 2:1.

University funds will be awarded in January 2018 with all project funds to be expended no later than December 2018. Carry forwards beyond 2018 will not be permitted. Partner funds can be expended prior to 2018 once ethics approval has been obtained and contracts are in place.

Researcher Development Funding

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Engagement, Development and International) provides a suite of initiatives to support researchers individually, their research development, and research leadership more broadly. The strategy includes a series of development packages and training. This suite of grants and awards is focused on early career development, gender equity and career interruption. For further information, please see Researcher Development