Research Initiatives Fund Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme

Critical Dates

Monday 10 June 2019

Applications Open

9AM Monday 29 July 2019

Application Close

Friday 30 August 2019

Notification of Outcome

Wednesday 18 December 2019

Acquittal of Funds


The University’s RIF Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme provides funding for cutting-edge infrastructure of critical mass 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 2019 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).
  • The applicant must have a 0.5 FTE (or greater) appointment within the University.

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

Applicants are strongly encouraged to consult with the Research Infrastructure team in RIC prior to or during application development.

How to apply

  1. Review the Scheme's supporting documents

  2. Register an account on SmartyGrants (link will become live on 10 June 2019)

  3. Complete the application form on SmartyGrants

  4. Submit the application by 9am on Monday 29 July 2019

Supporting documents


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