Deadline extended - COVID Promoted Research on Federalism

Deadline extended - COVID Promoted Research on Federalism
Thursday 8 July 2021


The Australian Centre for Federalism is a launching a funding program for 2021 to support COVID19 research that relates to federalism. We are seeking to support research from across the ANU that intersects with the broad questions related to how federal arrangements, crisis management systems, and constitutional/legal issues, vertical and horizontal intergovernmental cooperation, and/or political/policy responses in federal context have impacted COVID19 management in Australia and beyond. The ACF also welcomes applications to fund research projects that will advance our understanding of how federalism matters for understanding pandemic management in Australia and comparatively in other federal nations, inclusive of lessons learned for managing future national emergencies. We also welcome applications that direct are attention to how federalism interacts with public health outcomes, disaster managements strategies, economic outcomes, and the public’s understanding of messages, marketing, and education.

This round of funding to support COVID19 promoted research on federalism can be for stand-alone projects, pilot studies, to support existing ANU-based research, or to support the development of a grant applications such as for the ARC or NHMRC schemes. It may be used to gather qualitative or quantitative date, to analyse and/or address policy questions through evidence-based research.



The round of funding seeks to build research capacity in Australian Federalism and Federal Studies more broadly at the ANU. Projects with outputs that raise the profile of federalism studies in Australia while simultaneously contributing to wider strategic research priorities within the University will be prioritised. Impact and benefits should be clearly stated in the proposal. 


Who can apply?

The ACF welcomes applications from all academic disciplines, as well as interdisciplinary projects. In order to be eligible, the Primary Applicant should be willing to become an affiliate of the ACF and must be a member of the ANU. HDR students are eligible to apply for funds in partnership with an ANU based supervisor.


When are applications due?

Opening June 1st, 2021

Closing July 1st, 2021 **Extended until Friday 9th July**

Notification of Outcomes, July 26th, 2021.


Applications for funding

  • Up to $2,500 can be requested for research projects led by ACF/ANU affiliates
  • We will fund a maximum of 2 projects in this round, subject to budget requests.
  • Ethics approval: projects can be submitted to this grant round prior to approval by the relevant ANU Ethics Committee. Where applicable, ethics approval must be obtained before the funding is allocated.
  • All projects will be featured on the ACF website, and applicants should be willing to present final (or preliminary) research outputs at either a SPIR/ACF seminar.


What does the funding cover?

  • Funding requests can include local fieldwork expenses that are COVID19 safe; research assistance; expenses related to remote meetings, research, and field partnerships; payment for research subjects and other participants; survey expenses; remote access to archives, creation of digital platforms, tools, or resources.
  • Expenses related to public dissemination are supported, provided the ACF is acknowledged.
  • Major equipment purchases will not be eligible
  • The proposed budget must be justified fully


Application Materials:

The application should include the following:

  • Outline of the project including its aims, significance and method, and the role of each researcher (500-1,000 words)
  • Explanation of how the research is viable via remote and virtual means, including a COVID safe plan (300 words max.)
  • Planned outputs and estimated timeframe (300 words max.)
  • A justified budget (1-page max.)
  • Abbreviated CVs (2 pages max.)


Eligibility Criteria:

  • A well-designed project with clear aims, methods, significance.
  • Feasibility within the proposed timeframe
  • Planned publications and outreach, including content to appear on ACF website
  • Strong research record
  • Justified budget
  • Ethics clearance (in process or completed- funding is subject to clearance being obtained where required)


How to apply?

Download and complete all sections of the project proposal template (linked below). Email the proposal to 


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