South Australian Research Fellowship​

Up to $1 M is available to develop the SA research and development sector that supports economic, social and environmental objectives.



The State Government’s science strategy seeks to develop the State’s research and development sector to support economic, social and environmental objectives as set out in South Australia’s Strategic Plan (SASP). A key element of the strategy is to strengthen the State’s research capabilities.

South Australia’s Strategic Plan is a blueprint for the State’s development and wellbeing, which guides government decisions on directions and investment. The SASP is underpinned by a number of strategic documents addressing specific issues of concern. Examples include South Australia’s Greenhouse Strategy; the 30-Year Plan for Greater Adelaide; Water for Good water security plan; Skills for All; the Information Economy Agenda and other plans for employment growth, economic development and environmental sustainability. Many complex issues are identified within these state strategies and greater research is needed to develop appropriate ways of tackling them.

The Government has also comprehensively reviewed where the State stands now, and has made decisions about where its focus needs to be for the future. From this process the Government has identified seven primary areas of focus for the government’s forward agenda. They respond to South Australia’s key challenges and community issues and are focussed on the long term future of our state. The priorities are:

  1. Creating a vibrant city
  2. Safe communities and healthy neighbourhoods
  3. An affordable place to live for everyone 
  4. Every chance for every child 
  5. Growing advanced manufacturing 
  6. Realising the benefits of the mining boom for all
  7. Premium food and wine from our clean environment



The objectives of the South Australian Research Fellowship program are to:

  • Build or strengthen a key research capability within South Australia by attracting to the State outstanding interstate or overseas researchers with an existing track record and clear potential for early success in the Australian research context.
  • Develop or strengthen research capability that directly aligns with and addresses the States seven priority areas, and issues of strategic importance to South Australia, the expectation being future translation of research to application through greater industry/end-user engagement in the research and demonstrable industry benefit in the mid-to-long term.
  • Strengthen links to leading international centres of research by either bringing existing relationships or being able to form such relationships to benefit their institution and the State.
  • Improve institutional and hence South Australia’s research performance as evidenced by successful applications for Commonwealth, industry or other competitive research funding.



The Premier’s Research and Industry Fund will offer up to two Fellowships annually for a term of up to five years on a full-time basis, subject to annual reviews of performance against agreed objectives.

Funding to a maximum of $250,000 per year for four years (or equivalent over 5 years) is available to support the appointment and research work of each Fellow. It is expected that SA Government funding will contribute to the direct support of the Fellow; cost of recruitment will be the responsibility of the Administering Organisation.


Eligible Projects

Application Proposals must be submitted via an application form to the Department of Further Education Employment Science and Technology (DFEEST) either electronically or by hard copy.

Applications should address the following:

  • The research field to be addressed through the Fellowship.
  • Support from a local end-user(s)/industry for the research and commitment of monies or in-kind support for the Fellowship.
  • An outline of how the Administering Organisation will support and accommodate the Fellow, including how the Fellow will work within or be supported by a team of researchers that will contribute towards conduct of the research program.
  • A summary of funding commitments to be provided by the Administering Organisation, research partners and any other stakeholders/industry support for the Fellowship.


Eligible Applicants

Proposals for the Fellowship will be accepted from South Australian based public or private research, educational or other organisation (including universities, research institutes, Co-operative Research Centres, and Commonwealth research organisations).

The organisation which submits the Proposal will be the Administering Organisation.



Applications Close  7 December 2012.


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