2022 Impact Seed Funding for Early Career Researchers (ECRs)

Applications for the are now open, closing 5:00 pm Friday 28th October 2022. Funding of up to $10,000 will be awarded to each successful applicant, for expenditure in 2023.

Flinders University Impact Seed Funding for ECRs enables emerging researchers to develop their careers by undertaking key research projects or promotion of research outcomes. The scheme was established in 2018, and is made possible by a partnership between Flinders University and our community of generous donors. The Impact Seed Funding for ECRs program has funded almost 30 emerging researchers over the past three years (Information on past recipients can be found here).

This investment may represent your first independent research funding, enhancing your research track record and providing a springboard to larger projects and grant opportunities. Or it may provide the funds to showcase your research on the international stage or to form collaborative partnerships with industry and government stakeholders. It represents an opportunity for you to secure funding, manage your projects, and gain new experiences. Having access to funds at this early stage of your career will help to carve your own research pathway.

Project funds may be used for activities including:

  • achieving a key result or pilot study to underpin future funding applications;
  • developing collaborations with industry or other partners;
  • travel support to present current research findings at an international conference in your research field;
  • accelerating progress in your existing research program(s) by facilitating additional resources (e.g. short term research support staff or consumables).

Applicants are encouraged to formulate their own grant submission, outlining how the addition of Impact Seed Funding will leverage and stimulate their research activities. Proposals should be discussed with your supervisor.

The selection panel will consider the intrinsic research merits of, and potential for impact from, the project. In addition, the panel will be looking to understand how the applicant will use this opportunity to develop their capacity to be an independent, competitive researcher and how this investment will support their career pathway.

The application template, guidelines, and the online submission form are available through the Flinders’ Internal Schemes webpage.

Any queries can be directed to Brad Budgen, Research Grants Officer, RDS.


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