Research Grants

2021 ACEN Research Grants

Applications now open

Closing Date: Applications must be received by 5pm AEST on Sunday 16 May 2021.

In 2021 ACEN is offering funding for two Work Integrated Learning (WIL) research grants up to $10,000 each and two grants of $5,000 for Emergent and/or Early Career Researchers.*

*To be eligible for an Emergent/Early Career Researcher grant the project must be led by an Emerging or Early Career Researcher. This is a researcher who is at an early stage of their academic career. Researchers may be eligible to apply if they are working towards or have been awarded a PhD within 5 years. Applicants must also nominate a senior mentor. The grants are open to both academic and professional staff.

Themes

Applications are invited on topics related to one of the following themes identified through National WIL Strategy  and the 2020 ACEN Summit.

  • Inclusive practice, equity and access in WIL: Enhancing equity of access and participation in WIL for all students. Applications that focus on indigeneity, mental health, disability, and rural and remote students will be highly regarded.
  • Upscaling quality WIL through stakeholder engagement: Increasing student participation in WIL through sustainable stakeholder partnerships, including industry/community bodies and professional associations.
  • Impact of WIL: Investigating the efficacy of different WIL approaches for supporting the achievement of diverse learning outcomes. Projects must be cross-institutional and/or cross-disciplinary with a focus on different types of WIL and in different contexts (e.g. accredited /non-specific offerings).
  • Indigenous engagement with WIL: Supporting Indigenous learners and meaningful engagement with indigenous industry/community organizations. Possible topics may include integrating Indigenous perspectives into curriculum and developing sustainable partnerships with Indigenous organisations.

Scheme Objectives

The grants are intended to:

  • build the capacity of ACEN members including early career researchers and higher degree research students to undertake research into WIL
  • promote and support scholarship in WIL
  • develop effective mechanisms for identifying, developing, disseminating and embedding research-based practice in WIL programs
  • leverage opportunities for collaboration in WIL research and the sharing of WIL resources.
Funding and Reporting Requirements

These research grants are valued at a maximum of $10,000 plus GST for each full Research Grant and $5,000 plus GST for Emergent/Early Career Researcher grants. The projects should be completed within a twelve-month period. Funding will be paid at the commencement of the project on provision of an invoice from the institution. Any unspent funds must be returned to ACEN at the end of the project.

At the conclusion of the project successful applicants will be required to complete a project report which will be published to the ACEN website and to submit a statutory declaration detailing how funds were spent.

  • The grants are available to professional or academic staff of institutions with ACEN Full Institutional Membership.
  • The grants are not available to members of the ACEN Board.
  • Applications that include industry or community organization partners are encouraged.
Application Requirements

The application must be provided as a Word document and not exceed five pages (excluding references) and may be addressed to the ‘ACEN Research Chair’. Please refer to the below points for any specific word count requirements. Applications that exceed this overall length will not be considered. Although the reference list is in addition to the five pages, it must be part of the same Word file as the grant application (i.e. it is the 6th page).

Areas that must be addressed in the application are:

  1. Whether you are applying for a full Research Grant of $10,000 or an Emergent/Early Career Researcher Grant of $5,000
  2. Title of Project
  3. Identification of the relevant theme/s to the project (see above)
  4. Brief description of project for communication to WIL Community (around 50 words)
  5. Project Lead/s contact details and short relevant bio (100 words max). Note applications for Emerging/Early Career Research grants must be led by an Emerging/Early Career Researcher and nominate a senior mentor who will provide guidance on the project.
  6. Names of other people, institutions and organisations (if applicable) involved in the project
  7. How the project is consistent with vision, mission and aims of ACEN (100 words) and how it will build on existing research and scholarship in work integrated learning, including previous ACEN projects (at least two) (recommended minimum 300 words)
  8. Aims of the project (100 words)
  9. Expected Outcomes and/or outputs
  10. Research methodology with clear rationale for chosen approach (recommended minimum 300 words). Delays to projects due to COVID-19 will not be permitted so please ensure the research design allows for contingency planning in the event that physical distancing remains in place.
  11. Impact and educational value of the project and significance to higher education (for example: expected impact on stakeholders, future practice and policy). Project outcomes must be transferrable to other contexts, e.g. institutions, disciplines.
  12. Dissemination plan
  13. Overview of project phases and timeline
  14. Project budget
  15. If projects involve creating a website, the project must make clear how the website is to be maintained for up to five years.

Examples of allowable budget expenses include personnel plus on-costs (clerical support, student assistance, etc.), postage, printing, photocopying, travel for conference presentation, telephone and fax costs, and office supplies. Items must be directly related to achieving the research project.

Examples of non-allowable budget expenses include salary for the applicant, indirect institutional expenses, institutional overheads, permanent equipment and capital purchases.

letter of endorsement from the first named project lead’s line manager must accompany the application. This endorsement indicates support for the project and a willingness to provide time for the project to be undertaken.

It is the responsibility of the Project Lead to:

  • arrange ethics approval
  • involve other ACEN members in the process, especially early career researchers, where possible
  • meet negotiated timelines and ACEN reporting requirements and deadlines
  • present on findings at an ACEN event including webinars
  • leverage dissemination opportunities to share good practice including a refereed publication
  • ensure that any resources developed through the project are designed with a view that these are made available for use by the ACEN community and where appropriate a Creative Commons License such as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International is applied to these resources
  • any publications and resources developed through the project should acknowledge the contribution of ACEN to the project
  • provide details of the refereed publication (when available) to ACEN National Board for dissemination.

Applications must be recieved by 5pm AEST Sunday 16 May 2021. 

Enquiries: admin@acen.edu.au

Selection Process

The project proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • significance to one or more of the research grant themes
  • quality of the design
  • potential impact and transferability of project outcomes
  • capacity of the project to deliver proposed outcomes
  • involvement of early career researchers (this will be viewed favourably for projects applying for full research grants)
Q&A Session

A Research Grants Q&A Session was held on Thursday 1st April 2021.

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PRESENTATION

2021 ACEN Commissioned Research Project: Assuring Quality of WIL

Calls for Expressions of Interest

Closing Date: Applications must be recieved by 5pm AEST on Sunday 16 May 2021.

In 2021 ACEN is seeking expressions of interest for a commissioned research project on quality in WIL. This grant is for up to $10,000 and open to both academic and professional staff. Specifically, the commissioned project will build on the quality framework and practical guidelines developed through a previously funded ACEN research grant.

Project Scope

Proposals are sought on projects which address all of the following points:

  • Investigate how the quality framework is being used in different contexts across Australia. This includes gathering feedback from current users of the quality framework (noting any issues experienced).
  • Informed by the above investigation, recommend changes which may benefit the framework. This may include particular areas of the framework that require review in light of contemporary practice.
  • Build on the current practical guidelines for using the framework to develop a practical guide/handbook on how to effectively use the quality framework at unit/course, program and university level. This might include a process for self and peer review (for example, see external referencing of standards, ERoS).
  • Devise a user-friendly and accessible tool for using the framework for auditing, benchmarking and implementation purposes. This should include pilot and evaluation phases.
  • Map the final tool against National Priorities and Industry Linkage Fund (NPILF) metrics which will be used to measure WIL for the purpose of institutional funding.

Funding and Reporting Requirements
  • This project is valued at a maximum of $10,000 plus GST and is to be completed within a twelve-month period. Funding will be paid at the commencement of the project on provision of an invoice from the institution. Any unspent funds must be returned to ACEN at the end of the project.
  • Once the project is awarded and has commenced, the project team will be expected to meet pre-defined milestones (outlined at the agreement stage). This may include progress reports to the ACEN National Board and submission of draft documents. At the conclusion of the project, successful applicants will be required to submit a final report and share the project deliverables in the form of a handbook and/or tool, and other associated documents, which may be published on the ACEN website. They will also need to submit a statutory declaration detailing how funds were spent.
  • The project lead must be a professional or academic staff member from an institution with ACEN Full Institutional Membership in 2021. However, the project team may also include individual ACEN members, adjunct members of staff from ACEN full member institutions and ACEN honorary life members.
  • The project is not available to members of the ACEN Board.
Application Requirements

The application must be provided as a Word document and not exceed five pages (excluding the reference list) and may be addressed to the ‘ACEN Research Chair’. Please refer to the below points for any specific word count requirements. Applications that exceed this overall length will not be considered. Although the reference list is in addition to the five pages, it must be part of the same Word file as the project application (i.e. it is the 6th page).

Areas that must be addressed in the application are:

  1. Title of Project.
  2. Brief description of project for communication to WIL Community (around 50 words).
  3. Demonstrated skills, capacity and experience of the research team in meeting the project scope. This section should include a list of all team members, their institution/organisation and role (tasks and responsibilities) including contact details and a short bio for the Project Lead/s.
  4. How the project will build on existing research and scholarship in work integrated learning, including previous ACEN projects (minimum of two, including the existing quality framework) (recommended minimum 300 words)
  5. Aims of the project (100 words).
  6. Expected Outcomes and/or outputs. This should include an outline of how these outcomes will impact on and advance WIL across all sectors in Australia (recommended minimum 500 words). Project outcomes must be accessible, sustainable and transferrable to other contexts (e.g. institutions, disciplines).
  7. Research methodology with clear rationale for chosen approach (recommended minimum 300 words). Delays to projects due to COVID-19 will not be permitted so please ensure the research design allows for contingency planning in the event that physical distancing remains in place.
  8. Publication strategy (wider dissemination activities will be undertaken in consultation with the Board).
  9. Detailed outline of project phases and timeline.
  10. Project budget.

Examples of allowable budget expenses include personnel plus on-costs (clerical support, student assistance, etc.), postage, printing, photocopying, travel for conference presentation, telephone and fax costs, and office supplies. Items must be directly related to achieving the research project.

Examples of non-allowable budget expenses include salary for the applicant, indirect institutional expenses, institutional overheads, permanent equipment and capital purchases.

letter of endorsement from the first named project lead’s line manager must accompany the application. This endorsement indicates support for the project and a willingness to provide time for the project to be undertaken.

It is the responsibility of the Project Lead to:

  • arrange ethics approval.
  • meet negotiated timelines and ACEN reporting requirements and deadlines.
  • present on findings at an ACEN event including webinars, if required.
  • leverage dissemination opportunities in consultation with the ACEN board, including a refereed publication.
  • ensure that any resources developed through the project are designed with a view that these are made freely available for use by the ACEN community and where appropriate a Creative Commons License such as Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Internationalis applied to these resources. While ACEN gives license for the use of the work that is generated from the project to the lead researchers, ACEN retains the intellectual property and has the capacity to commercialise any outcomes of the project.
  • any publications and resources developed through the project should acknowledge the contribution of ACEN to the project.
  • provide details of any related refereed publications (when available) to the ACEN National Board for dissemination to the wider membership.

Applications must be recieved by 5pm AEST on Sunday 16 May 2021.

Enquiries: admin@acen.edu.au

Selection Process

The project proposals will be assessed using the following criteria:

  • alignment with key focus areas, as per project scope
  • quality of the design
  • potential impact of project outcomes for future practice, policy and/or research
  • transferability, accessibility and sustainability of project outcomes
  • capacity of the project and team to deliver proposed outcomes

Information Session

Considering  applying for an ACEN Research Grant?

This webinar is a chance to ask questions, check the process and explore options with ACEN Board members who are part of the Research Grants committee.

The session will be recorded and made available on the ACEN website for anyone who is unable to attend.

Date: Thursday 1st April 2021

Time: 2:00pm AEDT