|Science and Industry Endowment Fund|
|Documentation relating to Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF) Research Projects, Stage one Expression of Interest (EoI) is now available, with a deadline of 23 July for submission for the latest round of funding. |
|The SIEF provides grants to science and scientists for the purposes of assisting Australian industry, furthering the interests of the Australian community and contributing to the achievement of Australian national objectives. In 2009, the funding arrangement received a substantial gift from CSIRO facilitating the rejuvenated Fund to be a mechanism for significant support of science in Australia.|
Priority areas have been identified for Round 4 Research Projects to ensure that projects funded by SIEF are addressing a broad spread of national challenges for Australia and across SIEF’s Special Purpose areas. These are:
- Plant and Animal Production and Primary Products;
- Mineral Resources;
- Transport; and
- Information and Communication Services.
|All proposals for Research Projects must align with the SIEF Primary Purpose and at least one Special Purpose Area as well as with the priorities of the requesting institution.|
The SIEF Special Purpose Areas (SPAs) relevant to SIEF Research Projects are Emerging Science, Strategic Science and Supporting Science, which fall within the SEIF Primary Purpose. These SPAs represent different stages of development/maturity of the science being undertaken.
The aim is that Research Projects funded by SIEF address a broad spread of development stages, and therefore a strong preference will be given to the SIEF SPA of Supporting Research (SUR) for Round 4 Research Projects, with some scope for support in the Emerging Research SPA should outstanding proposals be received.
Eligibility is extended to national and international* universities, other Publicly Funded Research Agencies (PFRA), and other research focused institutions, (*subject to the funded research meeting the SIEF Primary Purpose of benefit to Australia) with collaborative proposals preferred.
The funding grants for research projects will be up to the value of $1-2 million per annum for a term of 3-5 years with proponents encouraged to co-invest resources (may be as in-kind).