Find and apply for funding

Find and apply for funding

If you are interested in applying for funding – whether it be a grant, contract research, consultancy (non-research), fee for service training or a tender, please let our Research Grants and Business Development team (RGBD) know as soon as possible.

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The 2019 IAS Rainmaker Start-Up Grants and Leverage Funds rounds are now open for applications on a continuous basis (unless committed funds are expended sooner). The guidelines and application forms are provided below.

RGBD offer support services commensurate with the time period RGBD Officers are given prior to the closing date.

It is University procedure that all applications are processed through RGBD via PURE and that all preliminary approvals are gained prior to submission. RGBD cannot guarantee that a proposal will be submitted within the funder timeframes if RGBD is given the completed proposal less than one week prior (or as advised by the RGBD Officer) to the submission closing date. Our RGBD Officers have extensive working knowledge regarding the requirements of many funding opportunities and can assist you with your application.

The type of support RGBD can offer in relation to identifying and applying for funding includes:

  • identification of suitable funding sources
  • provision of advice regarding funding guidelines and eligibility
  • coordinating cross faculty/institution bids
  • coordinating major grants rounds (i.e. ARC and NHMRC)
  • assistance to develop your project proposal and budget (see our proposal and budget development webpage for further details)
  • facilitating the approval mechanisms (see our approvals process webpage for further details).

How to find funding

There are a number of ways you can find out about suitable funding sources for your project.

These include:

Funding providers including the Northern Territory Government offer exciting research grant opportunities.

  • Research Professional - CDU subscribes to Research Professional, a funding database that enables researchers to conduct their own funding searches.
  • Good Universities Guide Scholarship -  the Good Universties Guide Scholarship Search is an undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship search engine. Scholarships in the database are relevant for Australian students wishing to study at home or abroad, and for international students wishing to study in Australia.
  • Research Funding Bulletin - this regular bulletin has been produced by the RGBD team and summarises some of the key external research and enterprise calls and funding opportunities currently open. Please subscribe to the Research funding mailing list to the receive weekly issue or check the 'Research funding bulletin' tab below.
RGBD Survey Results (as at 30th August 2018)

Thank you for participating in our recent survey on RGBD funding opportunities. We had 58 respondents with representations from all Colleges. Summarised below are key result findings.

  • Respondents are interested in all types of funding opportunities, including grants (research, travel and conference), fellowships, scholarships, awards, prizes and tenders
  • Over 65% of respondents were regularly searching for opportunities (weekly to monthly)
  • Respondents would like the Bulletin improved for relevance, i.e. new opportunities that are catagorised by discipline, type and date
  • 45% of respondents are unaware of or are not using the Bulletin
  • 70% of respondents are unaware of or are not using Research Professional
  • Respondents want more support, training and mentoring, and networking opportunities

RGBD team has considered researcher feedback and will be taking steps to convey more relevant opportunities and provide improved support. Detailed below are some of the strategies we will endeavour to roll-out over the next 12 months:

  1. Design and deliver Research Professional workshops. With Research Professional (RP) accounts, researchers will be able to tailor searches to receive relevant opportunities. RP is also the best way a researcher can search and directly apply for travel, conference grants or HDR scholarships since these opportunities are not administered by ORI.
  2. Change the Bulletin from a weekly to fortnightly publication. 75% of respondents said they search for opportunities fortnightly or less frequently.
  3. Take steps to improve the Bulletin to include only new opportunities, categorised by broad disciplines, types and dates.
  4. Design and deliver workshops to researchers on how to cost for projects, for both commercial and non-commercial projects.
  5. Design and deliver grant/tender writing workshops and provide links to networking opportunities.


Research Professional is a database designed to assist you to search for research funding. It contains funding opportunities in all disciplines from a wide range of funders/sponsors, nationally and internationally. Registered users can save their searches and set up email alerts.

Accessing Research Professional

The Office of Research and Innovation provides free access to the Research Professional database for Charles Darwin University staff. You must use your or a email address to register.

Registered access - On campus only

From any computer within the University network, you can register yourself and start searching directly by going to Research Professional. Once on their webpage, there is a link 'Register' on the top right hand side next to login. Click on this link and follow the instructions.

Registered access - Off campus

University staff members based away from any CDU campus with a or email address can request access to Research Professional by emailing Once logged in you will be able to save your searches and access Research Professional from any computer via a browser.


Research Professional has online help and these resources:


Registration and log in support is available by emailing:

This mailing list is a means of disseminating information regarding research funding opportunities and other information relevant to researchers at CDU. This mailing list is only available to the staff and students of Charles Darwin University, therefore only email addresses that end in "" will be accepted.

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The Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR) lists all current funders and schemes which are recognised as national competitive grants. These grants must meet the following specific qualifying criteria in order to be listed:

  • funds must be provided on a nationally competitive basis and clearly be for research only
  • the funding scheme must be nationally advertised and available to universities throughout Australia
  • the funding scheme must have a well-defined mechanism for competition and selection by a well-qualified panel
  • funds must be provided through direct transfer from the funding agency to the higher education institution
  • grants in kind such as the use of facilities, equipment etc. or subsidised travel or accommodation are not eligible
  • funding schemes used exclusively to fund student scholarships are not eligible
  • schemes that provide funding wholly or mainly for infrastructure purposes are not eligible
  • the funding body must agree to provide funding data to the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and the data must be up to date
  • for non-Commonwealth research funding schemes, the total annual budget from 2010 must be at least $1,000,000.

For a full list of grants available please visit the Australian Competitive Grants Register website.

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