Early Career Researcher Grants

Critical Dates

Monday 10 May 2021

Round opens

Thursday 27 May 2021
1:00-2:00pm (AEST)

ECR Grants Information Session - video below

Monday 7 June 2021

3:00pm (AEST)

Eligibility Exemption Requests due via SmartyGrants

Monday 26 July 2021
3:00pm (AEST)

Applications due via SmartyGrants

End of October 2021

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 2022 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/A Submit your draft project description and application form (PDF copy generated in SmartyGrants) for review to abp-research@unimelb.edu.au by 1 July 2021.
    Arts Steph Johnson, arts-staffresearch@unimelb.edu.au (03) 8344 9161 No additional instructions
    Business and Economics Ryan Perera, fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au (03) 9035 3863 Submit your draft project description and application form (PDF copy generated in SmartyGrants) for review to fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au by Monday 28 June 2021.
    Education Veronica Loew, mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au (03) 8344 8236 Submit your draft project description and application form (PDF copy generated in SmartyGrants) for review to mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au by Monday 21 June 2021. Only selected applications will be invited to proceed to the final application stage.
    Engineering Libi Vojinović, FEIT-research@unimelb.edu.au (03) 8344 3674 Support program offered to help you prepare your application. Email FEIT-research@unimelb.edu.au to sign up.
    Fine Arts and Music Bernardo Jarrin, fineartsmusic-research@unimelb.edu.au (03) 9035 9412 Expressions of Interest should be submitted by 11:59pm Monday 31 May here.
    Law Mas Generis, law-research@unimelb.edu.au  (03) 8344 9983 Contact Mas by Friday 28 May 2021 if you are interested in applying
    Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences  Nikki Fisher, mdhs-grants@unimelb.edu.au   (03) 8344 6330 After reviewing the funding documents, please refer to the MDHS advice listed here.
    Science Yu May Soh, science-philanthropicawards@unimelb.edu.au8344 8269Should you require a faculty review, please submit a draft application by 5th July 2021. Feedback to be returned to the applicant by 12th July 2021 for final submission. Please submit a draft proposal to the science-philanthopicawards@unimelb.edu.au inbox.
    Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences Timothy Crockett, fvas-researchdevelopment@unimelb.edu.au 03 8344 4637 Please email vet-ag-research@unimelb.edu.au with an expression of interest by COB Wednesday 2 June.
  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 - 2022 - JUL". 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 2022 as of 10 May 2021:

  • 2022 Eligibility Exemption Request (SmartyGrants Link)
  • 2022 Application Form (SmartyGrants Link)
  • 2022 HoD Certification Form
  • 2022 Funding Guidelines
  • 2022 Instructions to Applicants
  • 2022 FAQs
  • UOM Research Costing and Pricing Tool
  • 2022 Seminar Slides (27 May 2021)
  • 2022 Seminar link
  • 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

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