Early Career Researcher Grants

Critical Dates

7 July 2020
1:00-2:00pm (AEST)

ECR Grants Information Session (Zoom Webinar)

Friday 12 June 2020

Round opens 3pm

Monday 27 July 2020

3:00pm (AEST)

Eligibility Exemption Requests due via SmartyGrants

Wednesday 30 September 2020
3:00pm (AEST)

Applications due via SmartyGrants *DEADLINE EXTENDED

Mid-December 2020

Notification of outcomes

*PLEASE NOTE: Faculty Expression of Interest deadlines may also apply. Please see the table below (How to Apply) for further information.


The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • Support early career researchers who demonstrate clear evidence of high research potential to progress their research careers;
  • Encourage establishment of an early career researcher’s research program;
  • Provide competitive funding for high quality research projects and pilot research projects;
  • Provide early career researchers with experience in preparing a grant application for peer review;
  • Build early career researchers’ track record in order to enhance competitiveness in bidding for external research funds;
  • Provide research funding for projects that are strategically aligned with the University’s priorities:


Funding for successful applicants commences January 2021 for a period of 12 months. Grants will be awarded with a maximum of

  • $25,000 for Architecture Building and Planning, Arts, Business and Economics, Education, Fine Arts and Music, and Law.
  • $40,000 for Engineering, Science, Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, and Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

Half of awarded funding to successful projects is to be provided via co-contribution from your Academic Division.

How to apply

For all Faculties/Graduate Schools

  1. Review the funding documents

    Review the Funding Guidelines, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants documents for this scheme.

  2. Review faculty/school processes

    Ensure that you are aware of any additional submission requirements specific to your Faculty/School.

    Faculty Contact EmailPhoneProcess
    Architecture, Building and Planning abp-research@unimelb.edu.au N/ASubmit your draft project description and application form (PDF copy generated in SmartyGrants) for review to abp-research@unimelb.edu.au by Friday 4 September
    Arts Jacqui Randall, arts-staffresearch@unimelb.edu.au(03) 8344 9284

    No additional instructions.

    Business and Economics Yasi Saninejad, fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au(03) 8344 1694Submit your draft project description and application form (PDF copy generated in SmartyGrants) for review to fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au by Wednesday 26th August 2020
    Education mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au(03) 8344 8236

    Submit draft applications for review to mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au by 5.00pm Monday 7 September 2020.  Only selected applicants will be invited to proceed to the final application stage.

    Engineering MSE-research@unimelb.edu.au(03) 8344 3674

    Support offered to prepare your application. E-mail MSE-research@unimelb.edu.au to sign up.

    Fine Arts and Music Bernardo Jarrin, fineartsmusic-research@unimelb.edu.au N/AExpressions of Interest should be submitted by 11:59pm Monday 3 August.
    Law Mas Generis, law-research@unimelb.edu.au (03) 8344 9983

    Contact Mas by Friday 10 July 2020 if you are interested in applying.

    Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

    Peter Blight,


    (03) 8344 6160

    No additional instructions.
    Science Kirsten Clark, science-research@unimelb.edu.auN/ANo additional instructions.
    Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Ceira Barr, fvas-researchdevelopment@unimelb.edu.au TBA

    Submit your draft project description and application form (PDF copy generated in SmartyGrants) for review to fvas-researchdevelopment@unimelb.edu.au by Friday 14 August.

  3. Complete an eligibility exemption request

    If applicable, complete the eligibility exemption request form via SmartyGrants.

  4. Complete the application form via SmartyGrants

    Remember to leave plenty of time to have the certification statement signed by your head of department. This will need to be uploaded into your SmartyGrants application form before you can submit.

  5. Complete a Themis Grants Workbench Submission

    Once your application is submitted in SmartyGrants, attach this final PDF to a Themis Workbench Submission. Your faculty research office can assist you in the first instance if you are not familiar with this process. The type of submission is "4 - internal grant sponsored by UoM" and the scheme name is "Early Career Researcher Grants Scheme - 2021 - SEP". The status needs to be '"Forwarded to HoD" by the due date.  We understand if there is a slight delay in receiving electronic approval from the HoD.

Supporting documents

Documents for 2021 as of 12 June 2020

  • 2021 Eligibility Exemption Request (SmartyGrants Link)
  • 2021 Application Form (SmartyGrants Link)
  • 2021 HoD Certification Form
  • 2021 Funding Guidelines* updated for Florey eligibility
  • 2021 Instructions to Applicants
  • 2021 FAQs
  • UOM Research Costing and Pricing Tool
  • 2020 Seminar Slides
  • 2020 Webinar recording:
  • Contacts

    Please kindly ensure you have consulted the Funding Guidelines, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants prior to submitting a query.
    Kim Turner, Researcher Development Schemes
    E: ric-internalgrants@unimelb.edu.au
    Ph: + 61 8344 2708

    Manage Your Grant