Research Infrastructure Support Scheme (RISS)

The Research Support Program (RSP) provides funds to eligible higher education institutions to support the systematic cost of research not supported directly through competitive and other grants.

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Development and Industry) has announced the outcomes for the 2018 Research Infrastructure Support Scheme (RISS).

19 applications were received in the 2018 RISS worth $2,385,836. RISS is funded using the Research Support Program (RSP) which is one of the two Research Block Grants received annually. Ranked applications were reviewed by the DVC RDI, PVC Global Engagement (Research and Partnerships) and the Director Research against the criteria for RISS within Charles Sturt University and to ensure compliance with the Research Block Grants rules.

Funding will be awarded to 7 applications to a total value of $669,413.

Funding has been awarded to the Faculties of Science, Arts & Education and BJBS and to the Graham Centre as listed below. It was encouraging to see a wider interpretation of the term infrastructure in this scheme which is strongly supported by the Research Committee that infrastructure is more than just physical equipment. All funded equipment and projects supported through RISS will be required to provide records of achievements, outcomes and usage records where appropriate. All funding must be used within the 2018 calendar year and funding cannot be carried forward into 2019.

Faculty/CentreTitleApplicationAwarded
Funding Request Faculty/Centre Leverage RISS funding Faculty/Centre Leverage

Science

A high dynamic range multiplex imager for sector-standard quality Western blot signal quantification

$49,598.00

$16,000

$49,598.00

$16,000

Science

Equipment supporting high quality research in the life sciences and the Charles Sturt University research narrative

$133,000.00

$25,000

$133,000.00

$25,000

Science

The Community Health Research Acceleration Program

$40,340.00

-

$40,340.00

Faculty will provide ongoing support from 2019 Compacts

Graham Centre

Meat Science Lab

$131,649

$30,000

$131,649.00

$30,000

Graham Centre

QualySense Qsorter for analyis of grain composition diversity

$175,214

$35,000

$175,214.00

Centre and Faculty leverage will provide ongoing support for service contract beyond 2018

Business Justice & Behavioural Sciences

Building Up a Smart Environment for Better Living

$49,612.00

-

$49,612.00

-

Arts & Education

Creative Innovation/Collaboration Hub: Innovate Everywhere

$185,586.00

-

$90,000.00

Faculty will support 50% of cost from 2018 Compacts

Aim

The RISS is funded through the Research Support Program (RSP) which is a Commonwealth Research Block Grant. The RSP provides funds to eligible higher education institutions to support the systematic cost of research not supported directly through competitive and other grants.

The objectives of RSP are to:

  • provide a flexible funding stream to support the systematic costs of research by Australian HEP’s, including the costs of Australian competitive grant research
  • support the delivery of world class research
  • support the collaboration between HEPS and industry and other research end-users.

The RSP grant amount is determined on the basis of each institution's relative success in attracting research income.

Funding

Applications are a minimum of $40,000 per application unless an exceptional case is made for a lower amount. This is to ensure that each application funded receives a viable level of funding.

Awards made under the 2018 RISS will run until 31 December 2018. All funds must be fully expended by the end of 2018 and no requests for carry forward will be normally considered.

Guidelines

Charles Sturt University administers the RSP scheme allocation according to the conditions for RSP provided by the Department of Education and Training.

Applications must be used for one or more of the following only;

  • non-capital aspects of facilities such as libraries, laboratories, computing centres, animal houses, herbaria, experimental farms;
  • equipment purchase, installation, maintenance, hire and lease;
  • contributions to the salaries of research support staff (including research assistants; accounting and administrative staff; and technicians) employed to provide general support activity in a given area (e.g. a research assistant providing support for a number of research projects but not a research assistant dedicated to a particular project);
  • provide for travel costs to allow participation in international consortia.

Infrastructure Support Scheme Applications are not to be used for:

  • capital works (i.e. construction of buildings);
  • rental of accommodation;
  • salaries of teaching and research, and research-only academic staff (including the cost of ‘buying time’ to free such staff to do more research);
  • salaries of staff supporting research at the institutional level;
  • stipends of postgraduate research students; or
  • travel costs directly associated with individual projects with the exception of travel costs to allow participation in international consortia.

Selection Process

Applications are to be submitted through the appropriate Faculty Office or University Research Centre Business Manager. For applications including investigators based in both Faculties and University Research Centres, the lead investigator must make a decision through which unit to submit in consultation with their co-investigators. All applications must be approved by the relevant Faculty Executive Dean or University Research Centre Director.

Applications will then be ranked before being sent onto the Research Office for a final funding decision by the Selection Committee. The Selection Committee will comprise the DVC (Research, Development & Industry) and selected members of the Research Committee.

The following considerations will be included as part of the review process:

1. How are applications aligned to the Charles Sturt University Research Narrative?

2. Are applications directly related to or stemming from projects that are externally funded?

3. Does the application have support from a number of researchers and show potential to support multiple research projects?

4. Will a successful application enhance current collaborations or lead to new collaborative projects within Charles Sturt University?

5. Will a successful application lead to new collaborations with external organisations?

6. If applications are from a single individual, what is the unique need?

7. Are applications supported by cash or in-kind commitment from a School, Faculty and/or University Research Centre?

8. What is the long term benefit to be gained if the application is funded?

9. Has the application been fully costed and as appropriate have current quotes or evidence of consultation been provided (see below)?

10. What is the Faculty or University Research Centre ranking of the application?

Evidence of all commitments and/or consultations (#7 and #9 above) must be provided to the Faculty Office or University Research Centre Business Manager by the 20 July 2018 closing date.

Location, Installation and Maintenance of the Equipment/Facility

Many pieces of equipment and major facilities require installation and/or ongoing maintenance. For larger pieces of equipment consideration must be given to the availability of space and the type of space required including any special installation needs (e.g. dedicated air-conditioning, three-phase power, water supply or renovations). Investments in infrastructure also need to take into account ongoing maintenance and support requirements for the equipment and applicants must provide an explanation of how these costs are to be met. Where appropriate, applicants may need to discuss their proposals with the Division of Facilities Management (DFM) and/or technical services staff within the Centre/Faculty in order to determine costs associated with the installation, operation, maintenance and technical staff support of the facility and any health and safety aspects of installing and maintaining the facility. All eligible relevant costs must be included in the application and confirmation provided of consultation with DFM and/or technical services staff.

Application Form

Research Infrastructure Support Scheme Application Form

Number of Copies Required

Please forward one electronic copy to the relevant Faculty Office or University Research Centre Business Manager by 3 August 2018 with supporting documentation as appropriate.

Enquiries

All questions should be directed to research@csu.edu.au with emails clearly marked RISS for a prompt response.