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Scholarly Writing: Writing for Grants

Finding a Grant

Australian Sports Foundation's Fundraising Toolkit: Templates and step-by-step instructions on preparing your grassroots sports fundraising plan.

Grant Finder: An Australian Government service, Grant Finder helps you locate the grants and assistance programmes most relevant to you.
Grant Connect: Australian Government grant opportunities and grants awarded.

HCF Research Foundation: charitable trust which was set up to encourage research and enquiry into the provision, administration and delivery of health services in Australia for the benefit of HCF contributors and the Australian public generally.

Research Endowment Fund 2023-2024 applications open on 1st August 2023 

VicHealth: Victorian State Government grants for health and wellbeing

Staff affiliated with the University of Melbourne can search Grant Applications Library (UoM Staff credentials required to sign-in).

Open Access Requirements

Australian Research Council (ARC) Open Access Policy (updated June 2017)
applies to all recipients of grants under funding rules from 2013 onwards.

Unlike the NHMRC Policy, the ARC OA Policy applies to all research outputs stemming from a grant. Journal articles, books and book chapters, conference papers, reports, theses, and creative works are all considered within scope of the policy.

The policy also applies to graduate researchers whose scholarships are funded in part or full by ARC funds.

The ARC policy only applies to 'research outputs' - the finished 'product' of research - it does not apply to research data or patents.


National Health & Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Open Access Policy (updated November 2018)
possesses a different scope and commencement date to the ARC Policy.

The policy applies only to peer-reviewed journal articles and conference papers. Specifically, all journal articles published since July 1, 2012 and all conference papers published since January 15, 2018.

The policy, unlike the ARC Policy, does not apply to graduate researchers whose scholarships are funded by the NHMRC.

The recently revised NHMRC policy has also been extended beyond research outputs to cover research data and patents. Unlike research outputs, however, compliance for research data is 'strongly encouraged' rather than compulsory at this stage.

Writing your grant

Before you apply
If you wish to apply to a scientific grant you must notify the Research Directorate,, with your intentions to apply. Grants must be registered with the Research Directorate.

Contact St. Vincent's Research Directorate for advice and support on grants, awards and funding opportunities, including:

  • National Ethics Guidelines and Resources
  • Ethics and Governance Submission Guidelines
  • SVHM-Specific Guidelines
  • Administrative SOPs


Philanthropic grants
All Philanthropic grants are managed via the SVHM Foundation. Please contact Richard Prentice, Trust & Foundation Manager,, if you wish to apply to a Philanthropic grant.

Grant application checklist
Points to cover and questions to be prepared to answer when writing a grant application.  A brief description of the sorts of information most grantmakers ask for, but be aware that the questions may be different or differently expressed.

Fundamentals of grant writing for nurses from VCCC Nurse-led Research Hub
Part 1 - Preparation and understanding funders [video]
Part 2 - Writing strategies [video]
Part 3 - Project plan and writing tips [video]



Measuring and Demonstrating Impact

​​​​​The selection of the most appropriate metrics and/or the optimum method of presenting those metrics is dependent on the discipline, the purpose, the context and the specific research being evaluated. Please consult the following resources when deciding which metrics are appropriate and how to use those metrics to demonstrate research impact and engagement:

Australian Research Council Grants: ARC funding is provided to organisations, not individual researchers. The ARC funds research and researchers under the National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP).

National Health and Medical Research Council: how the NHMRC defines the impact of research in its funding schemes.

See more information including freely available tools at Metrics.