Grants

Our aim is to help you turn your good ideas into funded grant projects. RMIT University has a variety of ways to support you in doing this. To learn more about the Research Support at the university, click here:

RMIT Research Support Website

We also strongly encourage you to also review the links at this page:

RMIT Finding Funding Website

To create your own bespoke list and receive notifications for opportunities specific to your work, please log into this website. It is an excellent resource:

Research Professional
RMIT is a member of this service. It not only includes details about grant competitions, but also details specific to RMIT. it is an invaluable resource and you should definitely sign up. If you have any issues registering for this service, please email Danielle Hickey, Senior Grants Coordinator, at danielle.hickey@rmit.edu.au.

DSC Research Information for Staff

This is a good site to help you understand some of the resources and support available to you at the college level.

DSC Library of Successful Grant Applications
This link will take you to a library of grant applications for several recurring awards. It includes proposals from ARC Discovery, ARC Linkage, Future Fellows, and DECRA winners.

The rest of this page is organised into two columns. On the left are Internal grant opportunities available to you within RMIT University. On the right is a column of External competitions. This is a selective rather than exhaustive list, based on historical programmes projected to recur in the upcoming year. In parentheses, we have noted the Category of the Grant, C1, C2, or C3.



RMIT University Opportunities

School of Education (SOE)

  • Travel Grant Application
  • Research Leave Application
  • AWAM Research Allocation Increase Application

College of Design and Social Context (DSC)

Enabling Capabilities Platforms (ECPs)

External Opportunities

January

WISE awards (C3)
Qatar Foundation

These recognise innovative projects that address global education challenges and that have demonstrated a transformative impact on communities and societies. Six awards, worth USD 20,000 each, are available.
Closing date: 30 Jan 19 (Forecast)

February

Small Research Grants (C3)
Spencer Foundation

These support smaller scale or pilot projects that will contribute to the improvement of education, broadly conceived. Grants are worth up to USD 50,000 each.
Closing dates (multiple): 1 Feb, 1 May, 1 Aug, 1 Nov.

March

Early-career grants (C3)
Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation

These support research into conditions that may affect the health, education and welfare of children. Grants are worth up to AUD 35,000 over one or two years.
Closing date: 22 Mar 19 (Forecast)

Australia-China Council grants (C2)
Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in late 2018 or early 2019. The following information is subject to change. These grants support projects across China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau and Australia that broaden and strengthen Australia-China relations in education, business, culture and arts. Grants are worth between AUD 5,000 and AUD 40,000 each. ***
Closing date: 28 Mar 19 (Forecast)

Council on Australia Latin America Relations grants (C2)

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
These provide seed funding for innovative projects that demonstrate the potential for the development of long-term links between individuals and institutions in Australia and their counterparts in Latin America. Grants are worth between AUD 5,000 and AUD 50,000 each per year.
Closing date: 28 Mar 19 (Forecast)

April

Australia-ASEAN Council Grants (C2)

Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in late 2018 or early 2019. The following information is subject to change. These support increased cooperation between Australia and south-east Asian countries. Grants are worth between AUD 10,000 and AUD 50,000 each per year. ***
Closing date: 04 Apr 19 (Forecast)

June

Opportunities forthcoming

July

Hugh Rogers fellowships (C3)
Melbourne Boston Sister Cities Association

These fellowships fund research and projects that expand and enhance Melbourne’s and Boston’s reputations as centres of knowledge excellence. Three fellowships worth up to AUD 10,000 each will be awarded.
Closing date: July (Forecast)

Education Horizon Research Grant scheme (C2)

Queensland Department of Education and Training
This supports the delivery of high-quality research aligned to the Queensland government’s education and training priorities. Grants are worth up to AUD 100,000 per year for up to two years.
Closing date: July (forecast)

August

Opportunities forthcoming

September

Conference Grants for Advancing Education Research (C3)
Spencer Foundation
These support small research conferences and focused symposia. Grants are worth up to USD 50,000 each.
Closing date: 04 Sep 18

Project grants (C3)
Pierce Armstrong Foundation

These enable non-profit organisations to undertake projects that positively impact and enhance the lives of Australians. There is no specific minimum or maximum funding amount, but grants are generally worth up to AUD 20,000.
Closing date: 15 Sep 18
Note: Limited Submission Process. Pierce Armstrong will only accept one application from RMIT University.

Australia-India Council grants (C2)
Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open in late 2018 or early 2019. The following information is subject to change. These grants support groundbreaking and catalytic collaborations and build awareness and understanding between the peoples and institutions of Australia and India. Grants are worth up to AUD 150,000 each. ***
Closing date: 29 Sep 18 (Forecast)

October

Lyle Spencer Research Awards (C3)
Spencer Foundation
These support research projects that advance our understanding of educational practice and its improvement. Awards are worth up to USD 1 million.
Closing date: 02 Oct 18

Research Grants (C3)

Australian Literacy Educators’ Association

These support schools and teachers in conducting research focused on literacy development and learning within the school context in collaboration with an academic partner. Grants are worth up to AUD 5,000. Additionally, early bird registration at the national conference of the association will be covered for the grant recipient and their partner.
Closing date: 15 Oct 18 (Forecast)

November

National Academy of Education/Spencer postdoctoral fellowship programme (C3)
Spencer Foundation

This supports early-career scholars working in critical areas of education research. Up to 30 fellowships, worth USD 70,000 each, are available.
Closing date: 01 Nov 18

December

Opportunities forthcoming