Funding opportunities

18 April 2016

Research funding rounds

The National Vocational Education and Training Research (NVETR) program periodically provides funding for VET research. NCVER provides applicants with an information kit which includes briefing notes on the research priorities and a guide to submitting research proposals. These become available on the website when a funding round is announced.

When are the funding rounds?

Funding rounds will be advertised in the national press and on this website. To be advised when our next funding round opens, we invite you to subscribe to NCVER News.

Who gets the funding for NVETR research projects?

Successful proposals have come from:

  • Researchers based in universities
  • Private consultants
  • Researchers based in VET providers
  • Researchers within government departments/industry

Partnerships between academics and practitioners are encouraged, as are partnerships between researchers from different disciplines.

Research funding is awarded to organisations through a competitive process. NCVER is not eligible for this funding.

How are projects selected?

A selection panel established by NCVER evaluates all proposals against a set of broad criteria, which may include:

  • demonstrated understanding of the key bodies of literature in the field and their findings and implications
  • the relevance of the issues and the related research questions proposed to be addressed
  • the quality and suitability of the proposed research approaches and program
  • the timeliness of proposed reports and their client focus
  • the composition and quality of the proposal research team
  • value for money

Specific criteria are included in the information kit for each funding round.

Need more information?

For all enquiries about NVETR funding rounds, please contact:
Tabatha Griffin
Senior Research Officer, Research Operations

Building research capacity

NCVER is committed to building research capacity in the VET sector by:

  • attracting experienced researchers from outside the sector
  • encouraging early career researchers
  • supporting people in the sector to undertake research

In an effort to achieve these aims, the following programs are offered.

NCVER Fellowships

NCVER offers fellowships to provide researchers interested in education, labour markets and social inclusion with the opportunity to use NCVER data sets. Research topics will be negotiated between the host institution, the researcher and NCVER. Funding of between $10 000 and $20 000 will be offered.

There are currently no fellowship opportunities available.

For queries regarding the fellowships please contact Bridget Wibrow.

PhD top-up scholarships

NCVER periodically offers top-up scholarships to students starting post-graduate research degrees. The aim of these top-ups is to attract high quality students from disciplines such as economics and the social sciences to do research in the fields relevant to NCVER’s remit. Each scholarship is valued at an annual rate of $5000 for three years.

Applications are currently closed.

For queries regarding the PhD top-up scholarship scheme please contact Tabatha Griffin.

NCVER post-graduate research paper funding round

In order to encourage early career researchers, NCVER periodically offers small grants (of $5000) to post-graduate students to write a paper on some aspect of their post-graduate research. The research paper should aim to inform policy and practice in tertiary education and training, in particular the labour market and social outcomes from post-compulsory education.

Applications are currently closed.

For queries regarding the post-graduate research papers please contact Tabatha Griffin