MQ Research Centres

MQ Research Centres


The Macquarie University Research Centres (MQRC) Scheme is the means by which major, coordinated, cohesive and high-performing research groupings are branded, promoted and supported as Macquarie University Research Centres. The scheme exists to deliver on the four key research objectives of the Strategic Research Framework by seeding development of future externally-funded research centres by supporting the development of high quality research environments and aiding the branding and visibility of high performing researchers.


MQRCs established in this application round will be for a period of three years, after which they may seek extension of Centre status. MQRCs established in this application round will receive annual funding of up to $50,000 per year, subject to satisfactory annual progress reports.

Funds awarded to Centres under the MQRC Scheme are not to be used to fund research projects directly.  They are intended to provide support for the Centre management and administration (e.g. to provide teaching relief and/or administrative assistance for the Centre Director) or to support Centre activities (e.g. workshops and inviting key visiting scholars to the Centre).

Faculty Processes

The Faculties have their own approval and review processes for grants under this scheme. They may also have deadlines for submission of draft applications that are earlier than the Research Office deadlines. Please ensure that you contact your Faculty, as early as possible, for information on process and deadlines. Faculty contacts:

Faculty of Arts
Ph 9850 4496 (x4496), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Jan Zwar

Faculty of Business and Economics
Ph 9850 8485 (x8485), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Agnieszka Baginska

Faculty of Human Sciences
Ph 9850 9607 (x9607), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Jo Tuck

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Ph 9850 2788 (x2788), Faculty Research Manager, Dr Kyle Ratinac

Faculty of Science and Engineering
Ph 9850 8912 (x8912), Faculty Research Manager, Ms Irina Zakoshanski

Key Dates

Funding Rules Available: Week commencing 11th April 2018
MQRC Scheme Information Session: 9th May 2018 (see training and support)
Stage 1 - Notification of intention to submit*: Due 30th May
PVC Research Performance and Innovation meetings with potential Directors: Early June 2018
Stage 2 – Faculty deadline: 11th July 2018
Stage 2 – Full applications close: 25th July 2018

* This will simply require the following: proposed Centre name, Director, disciplines involved, and a brief overview of Centre aims (research problem/s the Centre will address etc) provided to


Funding Rules

Full Application Form

ContactsJulian Zipparo
Manager, Pre Award
Research Services
Ph. 02 9850 8609
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