RSSS Inter-School Grant

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Applications for 2020 are now open. Please email applications to

Applications will close at 5.00pm on Wednesday 25 March 2020.


The purpose of the RSSS Inter-School Grant is to award funding (up to $15,000) for researchers to develop cross-discipline research projects.


The main objectives of the Inter-School Collaboration Grant scheme are:

  • To promote excellence in research by supporting interdisciplinary collaboration within the Research School;
  • To promote the Research School’s profile through high-quality grant applications, sustainable research networks, high-impact policy input, or industry partnerships;
  • To advance new and established research collaborations within the Research School and leading researchers and institutions (including ANU) within and outside Australia, and to build the Research School’s interdisciplinary capacity;
  • To enhance the national and international reputation, scope and impact of research conducted by the Research School’s staff; and
  • To contribute to the interdisciplinary community of national and international scholars in the Research School.


Interdisciplinary merit will be the main criterion and investigators will have a proven track record of publication and research, relative to opportunity. Applicants will be academic staff who are employed by the ANU on a continuing (or continuing contingent-funded) basis, or on a fixed-term basis (provided that their current contract does not expire before the end of the current calendar year). At least two of the investigators will be from different Schools or Centres within the Research School.

Applications must include:

  • An abstract (c. 200 words) explaining how the project will build interdisciplinary capacity within the Research School;
  • A project proposal (c. 1000 words) demonstrating how the project will meet the objectives of the Grant;
  • A list of the investigators (two of whom must be from difference Schools or Centres within the Research School);
  • The short-form CV (c. 5 pages) and a one paragraph statement of each investigator’s academic achievements relative to opportunity (c. 250 words);
  • Endorsement from the applicant’s Head of School or Centre Director; and
  • A budget for the proposed project.

Early career academics are strongly encouraged to apply.


Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • The interdisciplinary merit of the research project;
  • The quality of the investigators’ academic track records, relative to opportunity; and
  • The impact of the project’s outcomes.

Preference will be given to applications with more than two investigators.

The investigators will also be expected to provide a brief (one page) report at the end of the year, covering their work on the project, and its outcomes.


Funding may be spent on the following:

  • Workshops;
  • Grant application preparation;
  • Travel or conferences;
  • Data gathering or analysis;
  • Research assistance.

Funding may not be spent on teaching relief, academic staff salaries or honoraria.

Funding must be spent by December 2020.

Updated:  24 February 2020/Responsible Officer:  RSSS Director/Page Contact:  CASS Marketing & Communications