US-GAP Funding

Critical Dates

TBA early 2020
11:59pm (AEST)

Applications open

TBA March 2020
11:59pm  (AEST)

Applications round 1 close

TBA June 2020
11:59pm  (AEST)

Applications round 2 close


The United States Grants Accelerator Program (US GAP) recognises outstanding performance by research and professional staff of the University of Melbourne and provides development opportunities for the recipients in support of the University's research strategy. The Scholarships have the key objectives of enabling all staff to develop their expertise further, pass on what they have learned for the benefit of the University of Melbourne, and provide high quality support for United States funding. In particular, the program is focused on supporting the objectives of the US GAP program, which are to:

  • Support the pursuit of US research funding by providing both an accelerator program aimed at educating researchers on the US grant funding landscape and seed funding to support a high value application to an United States based sponsor.
  • For participants seeking support for low value applications, applicants need to demonstrate that the US GAP funding is required for the application to succeed, and that the funding will benefit their research output, impact and future funding prospects.


Further details to be released in early 2020. The program is expected to be funded with options of:

  • Travel funds at a Chancellery match to Academic Division’s contribution on a 1:1 basis up to 2,500 AUD each. There is no limit on how much an Academic Division may contribute above that figure though it is expected that most participants will apply for a maximum of $5000. Funds will be available for researchers and professional staff.
  • Joint workshop funds in the pursuit of large USD $1,000,000+ research proposals to United States federal or philanthropic sponsors. Chancellery match to Academic Division’s contribution on a 1:1 basis up to 10,000 AUD each. Additionally, partner institutions must also contribute at a 1:1 match to support the collaborator’s workshop involvement.

Academic Divisions may apply their own limits to the quantity and value of grants.

How to apply

  1. Applications are expected to be released early 2020

    Applications will be submitted through Smarty Grants. Format TBD.

  2. Review process

    Applications must include approval by the faculty internal funds process. It's advised that FRM offices and RIC are consulted before submission. Approval at the faculty will be weighted strongly. Chancellery Research and Enterprise (CRE) will review the submissions and advise success quarterly at the dates indicated.

Supporting documents


Andrea Moshier, Research Partnerships Manager (USA)