Research Funding for Working Groups

The ANU Gender Institute welcomes proposals for new working groups that will develop research around a common theme. 


In 2020 the ANU Gender Institute launched a new funding program to sponsor research projects that examine Gender and Global Threats

In the first round of this funding, we supported individual or small team research on gender-related issues in the context of the present COVID-19 pandemic crisis. We sponsored five research projects that will advance our understanding of gendered and intersectional aspects of the pandemic and its impacts.

In the next iteration of our special round of funding we are interested in developing fresh collaborations, both across our network and with gender researchers outside ANU. Our Research Funding for Working Groups invites you to develop a team of researchers engaged with an innovative common theme.

We invite proposals for working groups whose research falls under this broad heading, ‘Gender and Global threats’ OR which propose a gender and/or sexuality project with potential to address an issue of national and/or international significance. 

Up to $30,000 can be requested to support the research proposed by the working group. We aim to fund two working group projects, but may vary this according to the quality and needs of the proposals received. Working groups will support the conduct of original research by their members and form new collaborations among the members through activities including data collection, regular meetings, workshops and training articulated around a specific theme. Outputs may include publications, briefings, recorded webinars and podcasts, and applications for further funding of the project. The outputs will be showcased on the Gender Institute website. 

This call closes on 11 November 2021. The Committee’s decisions will be communicated by 2 December 2021. 


• A working group will normally comprise 5-10 people, not all of whom need to be affiliated with ANU. We encourage international collaborations. We also encourage the involvement of Early Career Researchers, including HDR students.
• We welcome applications from all academic disciplines, but especially seek to support cross-disciplinary projects involving more than one ANU College, School or Centre. Research with partners at other institutions can be sponsored, but the primary applicant must be a Gender Institute member at the ANU and the majority of the working group must be from ANU.
• The working group project should be designed in the first instance to run for 12-24 months. Preference will be given to projects that demonstrate a long-term vision for their sustainability, beyond the initial funding.

Selection criteria

• A well-designed and innovative project with clear aims, methods, and significance.
• Feasibility within the proposed timeframe.
• Planned publications and outreach, including content that can appear on the Gender Institute website.
• Strong research record, relative to opportunity among members of working group.
• Justified budget.
• Ethics clearance (in process or completed – funding is subject to clearance being obtained where required).
PLEASE NOTE: This funding is separate from our normal grant rounds, details here.


• Up to $30,000 can be requested for working group research projects led by current members of the Gender Institute. 
• Applications should include an outline of the project, its aims, significance and method, role of the researchers included in the group (up to 2 pages); planned outputs and an estimated time-frame, including a brief explanation of how the work is viable via remote and virtual means (1 page); a justified budget; (1 page) short CV (2 pages max/ participant) and statement of any factors that should be considered in ‘relative to opportunity’ evaluation (max 300 words). 
• We are very aware of current pandemic-related challenges faced by many of our members at present and will pay close attention to adjusting for these factors.
• Please indicate in the application any intentions to apply for additional funds, funds secured or applications underway in regards to your project. 
• The proposed budget must be fully justified. Items that can be funded under this scheme include: research assistance; teaching relief to conduct research; expenses related to remote meeting and research, including for working group members, for research subjects and for other participants; required software, where this cannot be supplied by the applicants’ area. 
• Ethics Approval: Projects can be submitted to the Gender Institute prior to approval by the relevant ANU Ethics Committee. However, where applicable to projects, ethics clearance must be obtained before the funding is agreed. Please check the ANU Human Ethics Committee deadlines. 
• All projects will be featured on our website and will include some content generated by the research that can be made available through the website. 
• Project applications must also be approved by the Dean or Director of the lead researcher’s area. 

How to apply

• Download and complete Part A: Application cover sheet
• Download and complete all sections of Part B: Full project description 
• Submit Part A and Part B, along with any other relevant material, to In the event that your email attachments exceed the authorised limit, we recommend using free cloud storage services like Dropbox, OneDrive, WeTransfer or Google Drive. If you require assistance using these platforms please reach out to the administrator before the submission deadline.
The ANU Gender Institute Director, Fiona Jenkins and other members of the Gender Institute Management Committee are available to discuss potential projects with colleagues. We encourage you to contact us in advance of submitting your proposal. 
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ANU, Gender Institute

Date posted

Monday, 13 September 2021

Updated:  7 November 2012/Responsible Officer:  Convenor, Gender Institute/Page Contact:  Web manager, Gender Institute