Research Division

Research categories

External research funding is provided through a number of categories as defined by the Commonwealth Department of Education in order to allocate Research Block Grants to institutions.

Grant - Category 1

Australian Competitive Grant

The funding scheme is listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR)

Grant - Category 2 & 3

Funding is awarded:

  • on a nationally competitive basis and clearly be for research only
  • to universities throughout Australia
  • through a competitive peer reviewed selection process
  • through a general or open funding call
  1. The University would generally expect to have an ongoing right to own or use project intellectual property, for further research and/or publication purposes;
  2. The funding body is expected to fund direct and indirect costs of research.
Contract Research - Category 2 & 3

Funding is awarded:

Through a direct offer of funding

  1. The University would generally expect to have an ongoing right to own or use project intellectual property, for further research and/or publication purposes;
  2. The funding body is expected to fund direct and indirect costs of research.
Consultancy

Involves buying the skills and expertise (pre-existing know how) of University staff and equipment to work on a specified project;

Funding is awarded:

Through a direct offer of funding

  1. The funding body is expected to fund ALL direct and indirect costs of the project (includes fee-for-service and extension activities);
  2. The funding body may expect to own all of the Intellectual Property (advice and information) arising from the paid consultancy ;
  3. The University would NOT generally expect to have an ongoing right to own or use project intellectual property, for further research and/or publication purposes;

ORS supports both research and consultancy projects, with the exclusion of research projects or consultancies that consist solely of work carried out by an honours student for the purpose of their honours degree.