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RSSS Cross-College Grant

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Applications for 2017 are now closed.


The purpose of the RSSS Cross-College Grant is to award funding (of up to $40,000) for researchers to develop and create viable research networks with ANU colleagues in the following academic areas:

  • College of Medicine, Biology & Environment
  • College of Physics & Mathematical Science
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science
  • College of Business & Economics

The funding can be used to support a range of research platform activities including seed funding for grant development, workshops/seminars, and pilot grants.


The main objectives of the Cross-College Grant are:

  • To build interdisciplinary capacity in the social sciences;
  • To improve RSSS capacity to address grand challenges and build research teams;
  • To demonstrate the importance of social scientific insights to guide technical and medical innovation; 
  • To build RSSS research and grant capacity in line with The Rome Declaration on Responsible Research and Innovation and the ARC Science and Research Priorities; and
  • To contribute to the interdisciplinary community of national and international scholars in the Research School. 


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).

Applications must include:

  • A project proposal (c. 1000 words) demonstrating how the project will meet the objectives of the Grant;
  • A list of the investigators (at least two of whom must be from outside the College of  Arts and Social Sciences, ie, from the College of Medicine, Biology & Environment, the College of Physics & Mathematical Science, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, or the College of Business & Economics);
  • 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.

Preference will be given to projects that have obtained additional or matching funding from the collaborating areas. Applicants should strive to include a mix of both senior and early career academics, and be gender-balanced.


Applications will be assessed according to the following criteria:

  • The interdisciplinary and collaborative merit of the research project;
  • The quality of the investigators' academic track records, relative to opportunity;
  • The securing of any additional or matching funding from the collaboration area; and
  • The impact of the project's outcomes.

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:

  • Seed funding for grant applications;
  • Workshops;
  • Seminar series;
  • Pilot research studies;
  • Website creation;
  • Travel; or
  • Research assistance.

For the avoidance of doubt, funding may not be spent on teaching relief, academic staff salaries or honoraria.

The closing date for applications is 24 March 2017. Applications will be considered, and applicants will be advised of the outcome in writing.

Funding must be spent by December 2017.

Updated: 29 March 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Director, RSSS / Page Contact:  Web Publisher