Research Infrastructure Support Scheme - Guidelines

CSU 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 CSU 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 CSU?
  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.