Research Initiatives Fund Collaborative Equipment Grant Scheme

Critical Dates

Monday 11 June 2018

Applications Open

9AM Monday 30 July 2018

Application Close

Friday 31 August 2018

Notification of Outcome

Friday 21 December 2018

Acquittal of Funds

Overview

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.

Funding

The total pool of funds for the 2018 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 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

  2. Complete the application using the template provided

  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 -2018

  4. Submit the application form to RIC

    All final applications must be submitted to ric-majorinitiatives@unimelb.edu.au by 9am on Monday 30 July 2018

Supporting documents

Contacts

Questions and primary email: ric-majorinitiatives@unimelb.edu.au.

Manage Your Grant