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Research and Innovation Fund 2020-2021

Submissions are now being accepted. Submissions close at midnight 1 December 2020 (AEDT).

IMPORTANT: Please read information below to assist you in completing your application online.

The RIF will offer grants for individual projects of up to $300,000 to support the development of research capacity and capability in key health areas to meet the health and wellbeing needs of the ACT community.

$1.4 million is available in the 2020-21 financial year to fund research projects within the key health areas and which have a translational intent.

Additionally, $600,000 of the fund will be allocated in the 2020-21 financial year to research in support of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission.

Welcome to the Research and Innovation Fund 2020-2021 online grant application.
You may begin anywhere in this application form. Please ensure you save as you go. If you do not save as you go, you might lose your work.
Ensure that you have read the Research and Innovation Fund Grants Advice to Applicants before you commence the application process.

For queries about the guidelines, deadlines, or questions in the form, please contact us by email and quote your submission number.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions out team are working remotely.  Asking questions via email ( will ensure a response.

In accordance with the provisions of Section 100(1) of the Electoral Act 1992, the ACT will hold a general election for the Legislative Assembly on Saturday, 17 October 2020. The caretaker period begins at 12:00am on 11 September 2020 and ends with the election of the Chief Minister on the first sitting day of the Legislative Assembly following the election. The continuation of the 2020-21 Research and Innovation Fund Grants following this general election is a decision for an incoming government. As a result, potential 2020-21 Research and Innovation Fund Grants applicants are advised that it is possible this grants program may not proceed.

On every screen (page of the form) you will find a Form Navigation contents box, this links directly to every page of the application. Click the link to jump directly to the page you want.
You can also click 'next page' or 'previous page' on the top or bottom of each page to move forward or backward through the application.

If you wish to leave a partially completed application, press 'save and close' and log out. When you log back in and click on the 'My Submissions' link at the top of the screen, you will find a list of any applications you have started or submitted. You can reopen your draft application and start where you left off.
You can also download any application, whether draft or completed, as a PDF. Click on the 'Download PDF' button located at the bottom of the last page of the application form.

You will find a Review and Submit button at the bottom of the Navigation Panel. You need to review your application before you can submit it.
Once you have reviewed your application you can submit it by clicking on 'Submit' at the top or bottom of the screen or on the navigation panel. You will not be able to submit your application until all the compulsory questions are completed and there are no validation errors.

Once you have submitted your application, no further editing or uploading of support materials is possible.

When you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached. This will be sent to the email you used to register.
If you do not receive a confirmation of submission email then you should presume that your submission has NOT been submitted.
Hint: also check the email hasn’t landed in your spam or junk email folder.

You may need to upload/submit attachments to support your application. This is very simple, but requires you to have the documents saved on your computer, or on a storage device.
You need to allow enough time for each file to upload before trying to attach another file. Files can be up to 25MB each; however, we do recommend trying to keep files to a maximum of 5MB – the larger the file, the longer the upload time.

A number of people can work on an application using the same log in details as long as only one person is working at a time. Ensure you save as you go.

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