National Competitive Grants Program
Super Science Fellowships
The Australian Government announced the creation of a new scheme, the Super Science Fellowships, as a part of the Australian Government’s new $1.1 billion Super Science Initiative, which is helping to build a stronger higher education and innovation system for the 21st century. The aim of the Super Science Fellowships is to attract and retain outstanding early-career researchers in three key areas: space and astronomy; marine and climate; and future industries.
In 2009, the Super Science Fellowships will offer three-year fellowships, funded up to $72,500 a year plus 28% on-costs, to 100 outstanding Australian and international early-career researchers. Of the 100 fellowships on offer, 50 fellowships may be awarded in Round One for funding commencing in 2010, and a further 50 fellowships may be awarded in Round Two for funding commencing in 2011. One call for Proposals for the Super Science Fellowships scheme will be made by the Australian Research Council. Proposals for both Round One and Round Two must be submitted within this call.
Super Science Fellowships will be applied for, and awarded directly to, Administering Organisations, who must then undertake a process of competitive national and international recruitment to fill the fellowship positions.
A Proposal may be submitted only by an Eligible Organisation linked to existing Super Science funding (for example, National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Scheme funding within a theme area); and/or be involved in an ARC Centre of Excellence, strategic priority of a Publicly Funded Research Agency and/or CRC within one or more of the key theme areas.
In addition to the Australian Research Council’s involvement, each researcher’s Administering Organisation and/or Host Organisation(s) must also provide each Super Science Fellow with a minimum of AUD$20,000 cash for each of the three years of the fellowship, to support the research project.
A maximum of three Super Science Fellowships may be requested by an Administering Organisation in a single Proposal for each targeted discipline and round.
The Super Science Fellowships scheme does not support Medical and Dental research.