1.1 The Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers (Grant) provides up to A$5,000 of seed funding for one researcher per year to undertake an innovative research project. The expectation is that the research project will gather preliminary data and lead to the development of a research council funding application.
1.2 The Grant can be applied towards any costs related to the research project, including without limitation software or small lab equipment; domestic or overseas travel to learn new techniques or collaborate with colleagues; and data analysis.
2. Eligibility Criteria
2.1 In order to be eligible for the Grant:
2.1.1 the applicant must be employed in a research position at a research institute, university or government science agency in Australia;
2.1.2 the applicant must be employed either on a full-time or part-time basis either as a permanent employee or on a contract (i.e. the applicant cannot be employed as a casual employee or in an unpaid position);
2.1.3 the applicant cannot be an employee or contractor of Capstone Editing (or be an immediate relative of an employee or contractor of Capstone Editing);
2.1.4 the applicant must be a ‘mid-career researcher’. For the purposes of this Grant, mid-career researcher is someone who has graduated from their PhD within the past five to ten years (excluding career interruptions in relation to caring responsibilities);
2.1.5 the research project being undertaken by the applicant must be one intended to lead to research output for the purposes of applying for a research council funding application; and
2.1.6 the applicant must not have previously received the Grant.
2.2 Academics employed on a casual basis are not eligible to receive the Grant.
2.3 Any determination on eligibility of an applicant shall be made by Capstone Editing whose decision shall be final.
3.2 Applications must be submitted between 15 April and 24 February (in the following calendar year).
3.3 Capstone Editing’s decision to accept or reject an application shall be final.
3.4 The application must outline the applicant’s intended use of the Grant.
3.5 The application must specify the amount being applied for (a maximum of A$5,000) and must include evidence of the costs of such use to support the amount claimed (in the form of invoices and quotations).
3.6 By submitting an application, the applicant agrees to be bound by these terms and conditions.
4. Award of the Grant
4.1 The Grant shall be awarded once each calendar year on 25 March.
4.2 The Grant shall be awarded based on academic merit and financial need as determined by Capstone Editing in its absolute discretion. The decision made by Capstone Editing shall be final.
4.3 Capstone Editing shall announce on Capstone Editing’s website the successful recipient of the Grant on 25 March each calendar year that the Grant is awarded.
4.4 The successful recipient of the Grant will be notified in writing and subject to clause 7.2.
4.5 Capstone Editing can elect to cease providing the Grant at any time without further notice.
5. Application of the Grant
5.1 The Grant must be applied towards those costs specified in the application.
5.2 Subject to the successful recipient having first satisfied clause 7.2, Capstone Editing at its election shall either pay for the expense by making direct payment or shall reimburse the successful applicant for expenses incurred subject to the successful applicant providing reasonable evidence that payment has been made.
6.1 Capstone Editing is not liable for the payment of any tax or any other obligations the successful applicant may incur as a result of accepting the Grant. The successful applicant must seek appropriate financial advice prior to accepting the Grant.
6.2 In accepting a Grant, the successful applicant agrees to waive, release and discharge Capstone Editing, its officers, associates and partner organisations from any and all liability, including but not limited to any liability arising from the negligence or fault of the entities or persons released for death, disability, personal injury, property damage, property theft, or actions of any kind that may occur as part of the Grant, including during or after any travel undertaken as part of the Grant.
7.1 The details of the recipient of the Grant, including name, position, employer, research project outline and photograph will be used by Capstone Editing for promotional purposes, including but not limited to Capstone Editing’s website, social media channels, blog, print and electronic media.
7.2 It is a precondition of the award of the Grant that the recipient provide their details including name, position, employer, research project outline and photograph to Capstone Editing for use in accordance with clause 7.1.
7.3 By accepting the Grant, the recipient expressly agrees and consents to Capstone Editing using their details including name, position, employer, research project outline and photograph for promotional purposes as set out in clause 7.1.
7.4 Capstone Editing agrees that it shall in no way use the details provided in accordance with clause 7.2 for any purpose other than as set out in clause 7.1 without the express written consent of the recipient.
7.5 The recipient waives the right to inspect or approve the finished product, the advertising copy or other matter that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which is may be applied.
7.6 The recipient must within 3 calendar months of being awarded the Grant provide a 500-word report explaining how receiving the Grant assisted the recipient in their research. This will be published on Capstone Editing’s website.
8.3 By making an application, the applicant consents to Capstone Editing using the information contained in the application to verify the eligibility of the applicant including, without limitation, consenting to Capstone Editing contacting the relevant university to verify the accuracy of the application.
9. Further Information
9.1 If you have any questions, please first visit the Scholarship and Grants Program section of our FAQs.