Research Initiatives Fund Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme

Critical Dates

Monday 30 May 2016

Applications open

9AM Monday 22 august 2016

Application close

end-september 2016

Notification of outcome

END 2016

Acquittal of Funds


The University’s RIF Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme provides funding for research equipment that cannot feasibly be acquired through national funding for cutting-edge infrastructure of critical mass. Aligning with principles of the Melbourne Collaborative Research Infrastructure Program (MCRIP), the RIF Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme aims to support equipment purchases of a collaborative nature, i.e. represent the needs of 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. However, there is a significant amount of 'workhorse' research infrastructure across the University that is not of 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.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. 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 2016 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 application Guidelines).
  • A 0.5 FTE appointment within the University.

Please refer to the Scheme Guidelines for more detailed information pertaining to eligibility and application development.

It is encouraged that Major Initiatives (RIC) are consulted prior to or during application development.

How to apply

  1. Review the Guidelines for Applicants

  2. Complete the Application Form

  3. Save the completed Application Form

    All applications should be saved as a single pdf file and named in the following relevant format: [SURNAME]-RIF CEGS -2016

  4. Submit the Application Form to RIC

    All final applications must be submitted to by 9am on Monday 22 August 2016

Supporting documents


Queries should be directed to the Major Initiatives team:

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