Research Funding & Development

Research Funding and Development Team

The Research Funding and Development team is part of the Research Services Division and provides expert advice and support services to researchers and research management staff across the University. The Team advises academics and professional staff on funding opportunities, provides guidance on pre-award and post-award funding management and supports the University Research and Innovation Portfolio by managing and delivering internal and targeted funding opportunities. The team is the main University point of contact for a diverse range of research management operations, including the monitoring of research projects and compliance activities within the unit.

Major Initiatives Team

The Major Initiatives team at ANU provides specialist advice and support to researchers, research management staff, delegates and other stakeholders on the planning, development and coordination of selected applications to high value, large scale, strategically important and/or complex research funding opportunities. The team provides support from idea conception right through to submission tailoring the support provided to the needs of the research team. ARC Centres of Excellence and Industrial Transformation Research Program proposals are supported by the team as well as NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence, Cooperative Research Centres and other ad hoc special initiatives.



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ANU Research Funding Portal

The ANU Funding Portal is a 'one-stop shop' available to all ANU researchers, and outlines what researchers need to consider or do at each stage of a research project. The portal also contains a range of current funding opportunities, fellowships, awards and prizes.

Applying from outside the University:

Researchers who wish to apply for funding through the ANU and are not University staff (or do not hold Honorary status), should notify the relevant College Research Office of their interest. It is advisable to make contact as far in advance as possible (ideally no later than 4 weeks before the funder submission deadline). For funding opportunities from small or international funders, please also include a web link or funding guidelines.

Please note that in accordance to the ANU Indirect Costs of Research and Consultancies, the University's Indirect Cost (overheads) rate is 37% on direct costs over AUD 50,000.


Our teams & contacts


Contact details
ANU Grand Challenges Scheme 
Defence Trade Controls enquiries 
Enquiries related to ANU Futures Scheme 
Enquiries related to Major Equipment Committee 
Enquiries related to Major Initiatives 
Enquiries related to NHMRC funding 
Enquiries related to Post Award 
Enquiries related to Pre Award 
Foreign Interference & Arrangements contact 
Research Funding and Development 
Phone +61 6125 1455
Support for ARC's Research Management System 
Support for Costing & Pricing Tool 
Phone +61 2 6125 1541


Contact details
Kus Pandey 
Manager, Research Funding and Development
Phone 0414 280 680
Sean Downes 
Major Initiatives Lead
Phone 0422 474 434
Catherine Karcher 
Research Funding and Development Coordinator
Phone +61 2 6125 7226
Huan Wu 
Research Funding and Development Coordinator
Phone +61 2 6125 4264
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