Faculty Town Hall July 2017

These are the slides from the Faculty Town Hall presentation by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius and the Associate Dean (Research) Professor David Coutts, held 26 July 2017.

DVCR FSE Town Hall presentation July 2017

ADR FSE Town Hall Presentation July 2017


Faculty Funding Schemes


Support for Visiting Academics

The Faculty of Science and Engineering Visiting Research Fellowships are targeted at researchers of very high standing relative to their career stage, and who are invited by a Faculty academic staff member for a short period of time. The Faculty will provide up to $10,000  for each visitor to help cover costs of the visit, depending upon length of stay and travel costs. Larger amounts may be requested in exceptional circumstances and/or in combination with other schemes, and there are limits to the number of times people can apply.

This round, you will need to apply through PURE:

For more information please see:

FSE Support for Visiting Academics-Information Sheet 2018 round 1
FSE Visiting Researcher Fellowship – Application Form-2018-R1

As this is a competitive scheme which requires assessment, outcomes can take up to 3 weeks following the closing date to be announced.

The first application period for 2018 covers the visiting period of March to July 2018 and will be open from the 1st January 2018 until the 31st January 2018.


Drop in Clinics for Partnership Development

These 15 minute clinics are for researchers wanting to develop research funding from non-ARC sources such as government organisations, commercial companies, NGOs, not-for-profits, trusts etc. If you have an idea for a partnership, or you can see an opportunity and want help making it happen, please book in!

When: every second Wednesday starting from 3 May, 9-10 am (next date 14th June 2017)
Where: E6A-242  Fishbowl

Bookings are essential. Please email and attach the drop-in clinics one-pager which contains some background information about you and your research. For more information, contact Irina Zakoshanski in the FSE Research Office, Ext. 8912


Faculty Safety Net

The University runs a Safety Net scheme to assist researchers who have been ranked in the top 10% of unsuccessful applications in the ARC Discovery and Linkage Programs, and Category 6 NHMRC Project, Development and Partnership applications.

The Faculty of Science and Engineering also offers a Safety Net scheme for those applications which fall into the 10-25% band of unsuccessful applications. The Faculty scheme provides up to $10,000 for anything that will make the proposal more competitive in subsequent rounds. Following the announcement of results for eligible funding schemes, the Faculty will contact you to ask if you wish to apply for this safety net.


Funding Resources

Research Matters

Research Matters is a fortnightly email newsletter from the Faculty Research Office which aims to keep researchers informed about what is happening in the faculty and across the University, which deadlines are approaching and which schemes will soon be opening.

You should automatically be added to the mailing group if you are a new academic staff member employed within the Faculty. If you are not an academic staff member and would like to receive the newsletter, please email and ask to be added to the mailing list.


University Research Office

The University Research Office maintains a webpage of Fellowships and Grant Opportunities with links and descriptions to a number of major funding bodies. Each funding opportunity listed will have the University and Faculty closing dates as well as all documentation relevant to the opportunity.

They also maintain a helpful Training and Support webpage, which links to upcoming talks and seminars relating to funding opportunities and managing grants. This site also holds archives of presentation material and recordings of past workshops.

The University Research Office also holds a library of successful applications from previous rounds for a variety of funding schemes. We recommend that you have a look through these – please contact to make an appointment.


Research Professional

Macquarie University has an institutional subscription to Research Professional, an online database owned by Research Research Limited, a UK company, who also provide a research jobs network. The funding database can be searched for opportunities by using a number of criteria, including discipline, closing date, funding type and amount. Always follow up by checking the funder website, as the information contained in Research Professional is not always up to date.


Defence Funding

The Next Generation Technologies Fund is managed by the Defence Science and Technology group, and is geared toward fundamental research. It is forecast to invest $730 million, across a range of priorities, up to 2026. The Defence Innovation Hub through the NGTF brings small agile companies, including start-ups, larger companies and academic researchers to work alongside Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group scientists, and all GC projects are mission-focused with clearly-defined end goals.  For this reason, familiarity with the material on the Defence Innovation Portal and early engagement with leaders of relevant DSTG Research Divisions is essential.


Awards and Prizes

Emily Brennan from the DVCR’s Office maintains a list of upcoming External Awards and Prizes. Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click on a month to see what is closing to nominations in that month. The Faculty has processes in place for some of the major prizes, so if you are interested in applying for or positioning yourself toward winning a prize, please discuss your interest with your Head of Department.


Applying for a Grant


Faculty Processes

Please talk to the Faculty Research Office about all potential research funding opportunities that you are thinking of pursuing. That way we can make sure the resources you need are available to help you when you need them. We will also let you know what the process is for the particular scheme you are applying for. The Faculty closing date for review of applications is usually one week earlier than the central Research Office deadline.


Filling Out an APLI Form

*Please note the APLI Form is being phased out in favour of the PURE Research Hub. Trials for grant proposals are now underway, using the MQRSG scheme as a pilot.
The APLI Form replaces the old “coversheets” for projects. The form is currently accessed via IRIS using your OneID and password.
For information about how to create a new project and used the form, please use the links on the Macquarie Research Project Form website.
If you are having difficulty with getting the form to work, please try a different browser in the first instance. If this does not fix the problem, email and we will help you work through it. APLI will be replaced by PURE through a series of rollouts in 2017.


Getting Help with the Media

Publicise your success, and raise your profile!

The Media and Communications team at MQ can assist withal media related activities such as external communications (how to write media releases, how to set out pitches and how to handle media enquiries), internal communications (through MQ webpages and This Week at Macquarie University), and the use of MQ social communications platforms. They also have a specific section of their website for scientists, called Science Media Savvy.

Contacts are:

Social Media Team:
External Communications, and to arrange media training:

The Communications Team can also show you how to use Altmetrics to follow your media profile.