UNSW Internal Funding Opportunities

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Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure Initiative


The Major Research Equipment and Infrastructure Initiative is designed to provide UNSW with a world-class research environment to attract and retain a critical mass of research excellence. Whether it is in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, or in Medical research, Science, Engineering and Technology, our investment in major research infrastructure and equipment is a strategic investment to enable our researchers to work at the cutting edge of local, national and international research.


Applicants must be members of the academic staff of the University, and on the payroll of the University or have been formally appointed according to established processes for Conjoint or Clinical appointments for Area Health Services or associated research institutions. Conjoint and Clinical staff must have all their research productivity (e.g., grant applications, postgraduate research student supervision, publications) submitted through and administered by UNSW to be eligible to apply for support under this scheme. Emeritus and Honorary staff are not eligible to apply for support from this scheme.

Timeline and Process

Applications are submitted through, and ranked by, Faculties with the final decision on funding being made by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) in consultation with Deans and Associate Deans (Research).

The closing date for applications (for funding in the following year) is set by each Faculty, and is typically prior to the end of October. Faculty Deans submit their ranked list to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) by the due date, and decisions are released typically in late November/early December, in order to take into account the outcomes of external ARC and NHMRC major equipment schemes that are generally announced in November.


UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowships


The UNSW Vice-Chancellor's Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships are awarded to early career researchers of exceptional calibre wishing to conduct full-time research at UNSW in any of its areas of research strengths. The number of Fellowships and selection criteria are reviewed very year.   

Goldstar Awards


What are UNSW Goldstar Awards?

UNSW Goldstar Awards are awarded annually to UNSW researchers who narrowly miss out on grants in the ARC Discovery and NHMRC Project grant funding rounds.  The awards are to support UNSW's best researchers to conduct initial research on the proposed research program and to allow the investigator to further refine and improve the application for re-submission. 

Who is Eligible for a Goldstar Award?

Goldstar Awards are available to UNSW salaried appointments or conjoint appointment in an approved location. There is no application process. The successful recipients for the 2015 Awards were selected on consideration of the ranking information provided by the ARC and NHMRC, and preference was given to early career researchers. Faculty Associate Deans (Research) also provided advice. A condition of acceptance of this award is that the recipient will submit an ARC or NHMRC application in the next major funding rounds (e.g. a Discovery Project or Project Grant).

2015 Goldstar Award Outcomes

A full list of the 76 successful investigators awarded Goldstars in 2015 can be found in the Related Documents section in the right-hand sidebar of this page.

A summary of the Goldstars awarded per faculty can be found below:

Faculty Goldstar Awards
UNSW Canberra 1
UNSW Art & Design 3
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences 2
Faculty of Engineering 12
Faculty of Medicine 31
Faculty of Science 27