Early Career Researcher Grants

Critical Dates

Monday 27 February 2023

Round opens

TBC 2023

ECR Grants Information Session

Monday 8 May 2023
3:00pm (AEST)

Eligibility Exemption Requests due via SmartyGrants

Monday 3 July 2023
3:00pm (AEST)

Full pplications due via SmartyGrants

October 2023

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 the 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, Research at Melbourne and Advancing Melbourne.


Funding for successful applicants commences January 2024 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, Law, and the Melbourne Business School.
  • $40,000 for Engineering, Science, Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, and eligible affiliated Medical Research Institutes.

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

How to apply

  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 ContactInstructions
    Architecture, Building and PlanningMatthew Scamporlino (abp-research), 61383446729, mtsc@unimelb.edu.au
    EOIs due: TBC
    Notification of EOI outcome: TBC
    ArtsArts Research Office, arts-staffresearch@unimelb.edu.au 
    Business & EconomicsRyan Perera, 61390353863, fbe-research@unimelb.edu.auNOI Due: Friday 5 May
    Draft project description and application form (PDF copy generated in SmartyGrants) to be submitted to FBE for review: Monday 29 May
    Engineering and Information TechnologyFEIT Research Services, FEIT-research@unimelb.edu.auRegister for support program (link TBC)
    Medicine, Dentistry and Health SciencesTessa Grimmond, 9035 0995, mdhs-grants@unimelb.edu.au 
    LawMas Generis, 8344 9983, law-research@unimelb.edu.au 
    ScienceVeronica Loew, 03 8344 8236, science-internalfunding@unimelb.edu.auSubmit straight to RIC
    Fine Arts & MusicAdelene Auyong, fineartsmusic-research@unimelb.edu.auEOI due: Friday 31 March
  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 - YYYY - MON". 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 the upcoming grant round for 2024 will be provided when the scheme opens. The documents for 2023 are provided as reference:

  • 2023 Funding Guidelines
  • 2023 Eligibility Exemption Request
  • 2023 Application Form 
  • 2023 HoD Certification Form
  • 2023 Instructions to Applicants
  • Themis Grants Workbench guide
  • UOM Research Costing and Pricing Tool
  • 2023 Seminar Slides
  • 2023 Seminar Recording 12 May 2022
  • Grants Application Library
  • Contacts

    Please kindly ensure you have consulted the Funding Guidelines, FAQs and Instructions to Applicants prior to submitting a query.
    Kim Turner at res-devschemes@unimelb.edu.au

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