Research Initiatives Fund Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme

Critical Dates

Wednesday 14 June 2017

Applications Open

9AM Monday 21 August 2017

Application Close

Friday 29 September 2017

Notification of Outcome

Friday 22 December 2017

Acquittal of Funds


The University’s RIF Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme provides funding for cutting-edge infrastructure of critical mass research equipment that cannot feasibly be acquired through National funding schemes. Aligning with principles of the Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program (MCRIP), the RIF Collaborative Equipment Grant aims to support equipment purchases of a collaborative nature, i.e. those that represent the needs of a number of research areas and have impact beyond a single research group.

Research infrastructure is a ubiquitous enabling resource that contributes to the competitive positioning of the University. The University currently hosts twenty individual platforms spanning the full spectrum of the University’s research efforts. There are considerable restrictions placed on national pools of funds that allow for capital expenditure on research infrastructure. ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grant applications for example, are primarily intended to support technologies considered cutting-edge in their field, are high-end (between $150,000 and $2,000,000 in value) and are the focal point of significant (external) collaborative activity. However, there is a significant amount of 'workhorse' research infrastructure across the University that is not of sufficient critical mass to warrant a platform model of operation but that is an important element of the University’s research endeavour. In order to maintain business continuity and ensure competitive advantage, a replacement mechanism for this equipment is required. This scheme provides support for the purchase or refresh of technology outside of national competitive infrastructure grant funding.


The total pool of funds for the 2017 RIF Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme is $1,000,000.

Key eligibility criteria include:

  • An expectation of a minimum cash co-investment of 25% of the total purchase price of equipment.
  • The purchase price of the requested equipment is usually expected to meet a minimum threshold of $100,000.
  • The application must be deemed to pass the ‘collaborative test’ (see Funding Rules).
  • A 0.5 FTE appointment within the University.

Please refer to the Funding Rules for more detailed information on eligibility and the Instructions to Applications for basic guidance on how to prepare an application.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Team Leader, Research Infrastructure & Strategy Support in Major Initiatives (RIC) prior to or during application development.

How to apply

  1. Review the scheme support documents (below)

  2. Complete the application form

    ** Please note this form has an embedded spellchecking macro. Please select 'allow macros' when opening the document. **

  3. Save the completed application form

    All applications should be saved as a single pdf file and named in the following format: [SURNAME]-RIF CEG -2017

  4. Submit the application form to RIC

    All final applications must be submitted to by 9am on Monday 21 August 2017

Supporting documents


Queries should be directed to the Research Infrastructure members of the Major Initiatives team:

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