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Near Miss Scheme

Southern Cross University Early or Mid-Career Researchers who have had a grant application ranked highly, but not funded, in a recent Australian Research Council (ARC) or National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) assessment process can apply for ‘Near Miss’ funding to support them to submit an application to an ARC or NHMRC grant round within the next 18 months.

The Southern Cross University researcher must be the first named investigator on the unsuccessful grant application and must also be:

  • an ongoing University staff member; or
  • on a fixed term contract that would support them for the duration of the grant (if ultimately awarded), or otherwise have an assurance from their Head of Work Unit they would be granted such a contract if the grant was awarded. The contract must be for no less than the Full Time Equivalent (FTE) required for the scheme’s eligibility purposes, if relevant, or the investigator’s proposed FTE.

Near Miss funding is provided at the discretion of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), who may seek matching funding on a co-investment basis from the relevant Executive Dean or other Head of Work Unit.

Researchers who meet the above criteria can apply for Near Miss funding by emailing the following (in a single email) to the dvcr.internalgrants@scu.edu.au:

  • Unsuccessful grant application
  • Expert review comments, if the original application received an expert review
  • All rejoinder information, assessor feedback and rankings information
  • A research plan and budget (no more than 2 pages total) containing the following:
    1. Brief statement outlining why the team consider the proposal to be a “near-miss”, including reference to assessor comments,  outcome feedback and/or scores/bandings.
    2. Targeted scheme and whether the researcher intends to resubmit using the same project or a different one
    3. Broad outline of project and collaborators/co-investigators
    4. Plan to address any issues identified in the feedback for the previous application and itemised budget describing any financial support required to do this. The budget must have been checked by the researcher’s work unit finance support person
    5. Description of alignment to University’s Research Plan, Research Clusters and/or to Faculty/work unit priorities
  • Email from Associate Dean (Research) (or Head of Work Unit, if the researcher is not within a Faculty) supporting the application
  • Email confirmation from work unit (e.g. Faculty Manager or Head of Work Unit) that the researcher is an ongoing staff member, or will be awarded a contract of sufficient FTE for the duration of the grant in the event it is awarded