Helping early and mid-career researchers gain a competitive edge

All Office for Research internal grant schemes help early and mid-career researchers gain a competitive edge, as well as develop a positive track record for securing external grants. We have grants to:

  • support researchers conduct early-stage projects
  • provide assistance purchasing equipment
  • help develop research collaborations with industry partners and other universities.

We also have awards that recognise individual researcher excellence at all career stages. Explore the full range of internal grants below.

Griffith Spotlights

Scheme will not be available for 2021 round

Notification of Intent Closing Date:  CLOSED

Full Proposal Closing Date:  CLOSED

Griffith Beacon

Scheme will not be available for 2021 round

Notification of Intent Closing Date:  CLOSED

Full Proposal Closing Date:  CLOSED

Early-career opportunities

Griffith University Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme (GUPF)

Scheme currently under review for 2021 round

Scheme Opens: CLOSED

Applications Close: CLOSED

Eligibility Exemptions Close: CLOSED

Referee Reports Due: CLOSED

Outcomes Expected: CLOSED

NOTE: no extensions beyond these dates will be accepted

Scheme contact:

The Griffith Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme was established to assist the University in achieving our objectives of strengthening research profile and capacity. Early-career researchers are invited to apply for Postdoctoral Fellowship under the Scheme.  Fellowships are for two years. The scheme is open to internal and external applicants.

Before preparing an application, intending applicants must contact one of Griffith’s Research Centres/Institutes.  For applicants in Health area please contact one of Griffith’s Health Schools or MHIQ.

Please refer to the below 2020 Applications and Guidelines:


  1. The Application Form and required attachments must be submitted via Griffith Jobs Portal by the due date indicated above.
  2. Applications submitted by email will not be accepted.
  3. Eligibility Exemptions and Referee Reports are to be emailed to no later than the dates indicated above.

New Researcher Grant

NOTE:  for this 2021 round, successful candidates must commence their project no later 1 December 2021

Scheme open and closing dates: please contact your Dean Research Office or the Deputy Director – Institute for Glycomics (contact details below)

Outcome notification to successful candidates:  approximately week ending 16 July 2021.

New Researcher Grants provide early career researchers the opportunity to conduct their own research projects.

Our academic groups manage the pre-award process only for the New Research Grants and provide the Office for Research their recommendations for the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research’s (DVCR) final approval.

The Office for Research is responsible for all the post-award administration of this scheme.

Application details

Group Deans Research and the Institute for Glycomics set their own internal due dates to coincide with the Office for Research’s recommendations closing date.

For further details regarding the guidelines, application form and due dates please contact your respective Dean Research Office or the Deputy Director – Institute for Glycomics (contact details below).

Contact emails:

Equipment purchase

Griffith University Research Infrastructure Program (GURIP)

This year's GURIP round for funding in 2021 is now closed

Academic Group Applications due: CLOSED

Office for Research due date: CLOSED

Scheme contact:

The GURIP scheme provides funding for research equipment and facilities. Applications must first be submitted to the Office of the Dean Research. Endorsed and ranked applications are then submitted by the Dean Research to the Office for Research. Researchers are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposals with the Group technical support team and relevant Dean Research prior to submitting an application.

This year, the scheme will only be open to early and mid career researchers.


Griffith University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University Collaborative Research Scheme

Scheme will not be available for 2020 round

Applications due: CLOSED

Scheme contact: N/A

Co-founded by Griffith University and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, this scheme is available to members of the Griffith Health Group. The purpose of the scheme is to assist researchers to expand cooperation, exchange ideas and establish research collaborations in the areas of health and biomedical sciences, and behavioural and social sciences.

Researcher excellence

Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence Awards

Scheme contact: Daina Garklavs (

Nominations closing date: 5pm, 14 June 2021 (via email: Late submissions will not be accepted.

Academic group contact emails: AELGBSHealthSciences, Glycomics

Each year a number of the University’s academic staff make outstanding contributions to their discipline, contribute strongly to Griffith’s profile as a research-intensive university or show outstanding promise as an early- career researcher. In acknowledgement of such remarkable work, the Vice Chancellor each year presents Research Excellence Awards for:

  • excellence of a research group or team
  • excellence in research supervision
  • excellence in research engagement
  • excellence in an early-career researcher
  • excellence of an individual mid-career researcher who has made an outstanding contribution
  • research leadership
  • excellence in promoting industry engagement in graduate research

Only Group Pro-Vice Chancellors and the Director - Institute for Glycomics can make nominations for the Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards, after conducting their own Group Awards to select their nominees.

For information on the Group PVC Award process, please contact the relevant Academic Group Dean (Research) or Director-  Institute for Glycomics.