Small Research Grant Scheme

The Asia Pacific International College (APIC) Small Research Grants (SRG) scheme is available to all APIC academic staff (permanent, contract and sessional ). The SRG scheme aims to enhance a culture of research and scholarship culture at APIC. Grants are available to support research in the substantive disciplines of APIC as well as research into learning and teaching.

Grants can be awarded to individual researchers however priority is given to projects that:

  • Answer important applied research questions
  • Involve internal and external collaborations

APIC SRGs will normally be for a maximum of $7500.00 although it is expected that many projects will require less funding. Grants that involve cross-disciplinary collaboration or collaboration with external partners may be up to $10,000.00.

Decisions about the award of grants is based on merit (Click here to download Application form ).

Funding may be used for a range of purposes including, but not restricted to, purchase of software and equipment, research assistance, consumables, and participant incentives / reimbursement.

Funding of any project requiring human research participation is contingent on the applicant(s) obtaining appropriate ethical approval, either through the APIC Research Ethics Committee (REC) for negligible or low risk research or from a fully constituted Human Research Ethics Committee for any project deemed to be above negligible or low risk.

It is a condition of the award of an APIC SRG that:

  • grant recipients complete a Progress Report Form annually
  • any substantial changes to how the budget is expended and/or the methodology of the grant are approved by the Chair of the APIC Research and Scholarship Committee who may seek advice from other members of that Committee. If the project involves human participants, then changes to methodology must be approved by the ethics committee that originally approved the project.

Grant Application Process

Applications for the APIC SRG are requested annually by closing date of 31 October with outcomes conveyed to applicants by 20 December and funding available from January of the following year. Staff wishing to apply must apply using the APIC Small Research Grant Application Form

  • APIC SRGs are awarded for a maximum period of two years with grant rounds open each year.
  • Staff can hold no more than one APIC SRG concurrently, either as individual or as joint applicants. This means that staff holding an APIC SRG are not eligible to apply for an additional grant until the first grant has been completed successfully.
  • Applications must be submitted on the application form and should be no longer than 2500 words in total excluding, budget, references and appendices.
  • The application must have been:
    1. reviewed and signed by the applicant’s line manager;
    2. submitted to by 31 October.

    Application Review Process

    1. The process of application review is overseen by the SRG Sub-committee of the APIC Research and Scholarship Committee.
    2. The SRG Sub-committee is chaired by a member of the APIC Research and Scholarship Committee. Members of the SRG sub-committee may be co-opted from outside the membership of the APIC Research and Scholarship Committee. The SRG Sub-committee comprises at least three members with demonstrated research experience.
    3. Applications are reviewed by at least two independent reviewers at the request of the Chair of the SRG Sub-committee. Reviewers are not members of the Small Research Grants Sub-committee and people who are applicants for funding in a grant round do not act as reviewers.
    4. Each reviewer evaluates the grant application on three criteria:
      • Research Question: Whether the research question is relevant. Whether there is sufficient rationale to support the proposed research question(s) to be addressed.
      • Specific Aims and Study Design: How well the specific aims and proposed methodology will address the research question(s) to be explored.
      • Impact: To what extent the study will make important contributions toward the goals of advancing the research
      • Budget Justification: A budget detailing the how funds will be expended and how the expenditure is necessary to carry out the project.
    5. The SRG sub-committee considers reviewers reports on each grant application and makes recommendations about the award of grants.
    6. The principal investigator will be notified about the outcome of the submission by 20 December.
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