Early Career Researcher Grants

Critical Dates

Thursday 2 May 2019
12:00-1:00pm (AEST)

ECR Grants Information Session - Please register to attend on Eventbrite

Wednesday 17 April 2019

Round opens

Friday 14 June 2019

3:00pm (AEST)

Eligibility Exemption Requests due via SmartyGrants

Thursday 25 July 2019
3:00pm (AEST)

Applications due via SmartyGrants

Late October 2019

Notification of outcomes

*PLEASE NOTE: Faculty Expression of Interest and Review Deadlines also apply. Please see the table below (How to Apply, Section 2) for further information.


The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • Support early career researchers with high research potential to progress their research careers by funding high quality research projects and pilot research projects on a competitive basis
  • Encourage research of new members of staff seeking to establish their program of research at the University
  • Enhance the staff member’s competitiveness in bidding for external research funds
  • Provide experience in preparing a grant application for peer review.
  • Provide research funding for projects that are strategically aligned with the University’s priorities.


Funding for successful applicants commences January 2019 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.
  • Maximum of $40,000 for Engineering, Science, Medicine Dentistry and Health Sciences, and Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

How to apply

For all Faculties/Graduate Schools

  1. Review the funding documents

    Review the Funding Guidelines and the 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 Planningabp-research@unimelb.edu.au (03) 8344 0608Please submit your Expression of Interest to abp-research@unimelb.edu.au using the ABP EOI Form by Monday 10 June 2019.
    Arts arts-staffresearch@unimelb.edu.au(03) 8344 0192
    (03) 9035 4040

    Submit your application directly to RIC by the deadline as per the ECR Grant instructions.

    Business and Economics Yasi Saninejad (03) 8344 1694Submit your draft project description and application form (PDF copy generated in SmartyGrants) for review to fbe-research@unimelb.edu.au by Thursday 4 July 2019.
    Education mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au (03) 8344 4561

    Submit draft applications for review to mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au by Tuesday 9 July. Please submit your final application directly to RIC, and also a copy to mgse-grants@unimelb.edu.au by the deadline as per the ECR Grant instructions.

    Engineering Adelene Auyong (03) 9035 7362Submit draft application for review to MSE-research@unimelb.edu.au by Wednesday 3 July 2019. Submit your final application directly to RIC, and also a copy to MSE-research@unimelb.edu.au by ECRG deadline, 25 July 2019
    Fine Arts and Music Emily Kersing(03) 9035 9395 Please submit your EOI here by 5pm Thursday 13 June 2019.
    Law Mas Generis(03) 8344 9983

    Contact Mas Generis by Friday 10 May 2019 if you are interested in applying. Send your final complete draft application to Mas by 9am Monday 22 July 2019 so she can arrange the Dean’s certification on your behalf.

    Medicine, Dentistry and Health SciencesPeter Blight(03) 8344 6160Submit your application directly to RIC by the deadline as per the ECR Grant instructions.
    Science Leanora Stuart (03) 8344 6840Submit your application directly to RIC by the deadline as per the ECR Grant instructions.
    Veterinary and Agricultural SciencesHolly Jones (03) 8344 6541 Please submit an EOI using this form by 12 June 2019.
  3. Complete an eligibility exemption request

    If applicable, complete the eligibility exemption request form via SmartyGrants by 3pm, 14 June 2019.

  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. Themis submission is not required.

Supporting documents

Documents for 2020 as of 17 May 2019

  • 2020 Eligibility Exemption Request (SmartyGrants Link)
  • 2020 Application Form (SmartyGrants Link)
  • 2020 HoD Certification Form
  • 2020 Funding Guidelines
  • 2020 Instructions to Applicants
  • 2020 FAQs
  • UOM Research Budget Calculator [login required]
  • 2020 Seminar Slides [pdf]
  • 2020 ECR Seminar Recording
  • Contacts

    Kim Turner, Internal Grants Officer
    E: ric-internalgrants@unimelb.edu.au
    Ph: + 61 8344 2708

    Manage Your Grant