International Funding

Many philanthropic Funds and Foundations provide funding for university research. In cases where research grant funding is awarded via an advertised competitive application round, the submission of applications is managed through the RGC, which will also manage the grant once awarded. See 'managing research income from philanthropic funding schemes' for further information.

If you would like to apply to an International funding body you should:

  • Contact RGC Pre Award Team to notify them of your intent to submit an application. All applications from UNSW staff & students must be submitted via the Research Grants and Contracts.
  • Submit your application 4 weeks prior to the Sponsors deadline for compliance review and submission
  • Be aware that the majority of submissions require approval from a delegated UNSW representative
  • Be aware that some funding bodies still require hard copies of submissions, which can take 3-4 working days for delivery

Research Strategic Office (RSO)

RSO work closely with UNSW Researchers by providing strategic support on the scope, nature, addressing criteria and general grantsmanship for the development of applications for funding from International sources. Researchers are encouraged to discuss their project at the early stages of their application process to ensure comprehensive review and advice. For International Strategic Advice please email:

New Guidelines for Engaging China Partners 

All staff engaging in Knowledge Exchange and other activities with external partners from China, including collaborative research grant applications, contract research and/or consulting, should be aware of new guidelines effective immediately.

The new guidelines are based on our experience over the last five years and aim to preserve UNSW’s reputation, ensure financial sustainability and mitigate the risk of account deficits, aged debtors and bad debts. Note in particular:

  • All industry and state owned enterprise partners must pass due diligence and credit checks before negotiations commence. For contract research, the cost of these checks will now be a project expense (up to US$5K per partner)
  • If partners pass due diligence and proceed to a signed agreement, project accounts will not be opened until the initial payment is received by UNSW
  • The duration of staff appointments from project funds will be limited to the period of time that can be covered by funds received by UNSW
  • Invoices unpaid for 90 days will result in the suspension of project expenditure. If an invoice is overdue for 120 days this will trigger termination of the project by UNSW

If you need further information please contact:


Division of Research - International Seminar presentation - 20 November 2018 - You will be required to use your UNSW zID and password to access this presentation