Internal Research Grants

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

Research Partnerships Program 2016

Closing date: 30 June 2016

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 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 timeframe 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.

Awards will normally be up to $25,000 (in exceptional circumstances up to $35,000 may be awarded, with matching funding from the industry partner) and are tenable for a period of 12 months. Partners must provide matching new cash, plus GST (except in the case of overseas partners where GST is not levied).

For further information, please see the Scheme Guidelines (PDF, 184.76 KB) (opens in a new window)

Translational Health Research Grants Scheme (THRGS) 2016

Closing date: 30 April 2016

Western Sydney University is providing funding of $100,000 in partnership grants to support translational health research.

The Translational Health Research Grants Scheme (THRGS) aims to generate high impact health research that is directly relevant to clinical, health service and population health outcomes in Western Sydney—and to translate this research into policy and practice.

The THRGS will be run through the Translational Health Research Institute (THRI) (opens in a new window), a new institute at Western. THRI has been established to support health research translation—through collaborative partnerships—and improve policy and practice across a range of health priorities in Western Sydney and beyond.

Applications will be assessed based on a number of criteria, including:

  • The extent to which the project addresses a specific health issue in Western Sydney
  • The extent to which the end result of the project is designed to change health policy or practice.
  • Quality of collaboration in the project, which includes researchers from at least two schools or institutes from Western Sydney University and an external partner.

Please note the following key dates:

  • Applications close 30 April 2016
  • THRGS selection panel assessment: May 2016
  • Applicants notified of outcome: June 2016
  • Funding will be allocated effective from 1 July 2016

Full details of the scheme can be found in the Application Guide (PDF, 1490.51 KB) (opens in a new window)

Please direct any questions to James Kemp at

THRGS Information Sessions

THRI is offering two information sessions to answer any questions you may have regarding the scheme:

Session 1
Wednesday, 9 March (1.00 pm - 2.00 pm)
04.G.23, Campbelltown Campus

Session 2
Tuesday, 15 March (1.00 pm - 2.00 pm)
EE.G.36, Parramatta South Campus

Please RSVP to Sandra Lawrence at to secure your place.

Researcher Development Funding 2016

The Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Development) has launched a suite of initiatives for 2016 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