The UNSW Research Infrastructure Scheme

The Research Infrastructure Scheme provides UNSW researchers with funding for equipment and other infrastructure in order to create a world-class research environment. Whether it is in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, or in Medical Research, Science, Engineering and Technology, our investment in research infrastructure and equipment is a strategic investment to enable our researchers to work at the cutting edge of local, national and international research. To achieve this goal, the scheme aims to not only enable acquisition of high-end infrastructure but to maximize accessibility of infrastructure by also funding support staff who will facilitate access and training.

Due to the financial impacts of Covid-19, the Research Infrastructure Scheme will not be run as an open call for 2021, and will largely be administered directly by Faculties. If you are unsure of how your Faculty is running this round, please contact your local Research Management office, or us on

Key dates for RIS 2021

These dates apply to UNSW Canberra applicants. For other applicants, please use these dates as a guide only as most Faculties are distributing their allocation internally. Contact your Faculty research admin office for more information.

Research Infrastructure Scheme (RIS) 2021 round guidelines published End July 2020

Expressions of Interest(if applicable) closes no earlier than:

Monday, 24th August 2020

Call for full applications via Online Application Management System (AMS) open (for UNSW Canberra researchers only) Wednesday, 26th August 2020
Information Session Cancelled - contact for any assistance

Applications close

Monday 28th September 2020

Schools/MWAC units to complete review and approval of applications Monday, 12th October 2020
Faculties/MWAC to complete review, ranking and approval of applications Monday, 26th October 2020
Announcement of funding outcomes Late October/Early November 2020
Distribution of funds January 2021