UNSW Research Pricing Tool

The UNSW Research Pricing Tool should be used to calculate UNSW indirect costs on externally funded research grants and contracts within the scope of the UNSW Procedure for Pricing Externally Funded Research.


All UNSW academic staff will be able to access the pricing tool using z-pass authentication - this requires login to the Research Gateway. Professional staff must be approved to use the tool by completing the Administrative Access form and submitting to: Research.Partnerships@unsw.edu.au

The UNSW Pricing Tool works with Internet Explorer (v8 or higher), Safari, Firefox & Chrome. If you need to upgrade Internet Explorer, please contact your local IT administrator or the UNSW IT Service Centre on x51333.


Contact the Research Strategy and Partnerships Office: Research.Partnerships@unsw.edu.au for issues relating to pricing or budgets for contract research, tenders or consulting projects.

Contact the Grants Management Office for issues relating to pricing or budgets for grant funded research projects (ie. Initiated via any form of application)

Additional information on the new Procedure and the Research Pricing Tool can be found in the FAQs and the UNSW Procedure for Pricing Externally Funded Research. In-built help functionality and a separate help manual for using the Research Pricing Tool are available after logging in to the Tool.

Testing and Training

Access Research Pricing Tool test area.  There you can familiarise yourself with the Tool's functionalities including reporting before creating real Projects using the Tool.

You will need:

1. Site password;

3. Active test account;

Please, contact the RSPO for details: Research.Partnerships@unsw.edu.au to assist you with the test account setup.


The UNSW Research Pricing Tool has been developed to support UNSW researchers undertaking externally funded research including contract research and consultancy projects, and competitive grants that are not listed on the Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR).

The new tool will enable projects to be appropriately priced in accordance with the UNSW Competitive Neutrality and Pricing Policy and associated UNSW Procedure for Pricing Externally Funded Research. They provide relevant background information and advice on how to use the Research Pricing Tool.

Features of the pricing tool:

  • Online – note browser requirements above
  • Calculates project price to the sponsor/funding agency inclusive of UNSW indirect costs
  • Enables market price adjustment where appropriate
  • ‘Save’ functionality allows researcher to work at their own pace in developing the budget
  • Final budget can be exported to excel