Funding opportunities

12 February 2018

Expressions of interest for research projects

Under new arrangements from 2017, national research priorities and projects undertaken or commissioned by NCVER are determined through the Skills Senior Officials Network (SSON) Research Working Group (RWG). Members of the RWG include nominees from the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training and each jurisdiction, an Australian Industry and Skills Committee nominee, and NCVER.

NCVER may periodically call for expressions of interest, or seek collaborative partners, to undertake research projects which will be considered by the RWG, with NCVER as the contract manager.

Call for Expressions of Interest now open

We are inviting interested peak VET bodies and VET research organisations to submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) to be considered in the next research round.

NCVER is interested in research on topics relevant to the National research priorities for 2017-18. Researchers are invited to develop research areas where they can build on past research, or contribute to a gap that exists in existing research. Applicants are encouraged to consider NCVER's current research and recent research publications.

EoIs must be submitted using the template, available below. The EoI requires a brief description of the proposed research that includes:

  • the aims, background and rationale
  • proposed methodology
  • project deliverables
  • potential impact
  • identified risks

The research should aim to deliver short term outputs, within 6 to 12 months. For projects likely to use NCVER data, please refer to Using NCVER data. Applicants are also encouraged to familiarise themselves with NCVER's Research Principles. Contributions in the form of funding and/or in-kind to a project will be considered highly.

Submitted EoIs will be considered by the RWG against the Research Working Group Project Prioritisation Criteria (see below). If selected for advancement, NCVER will work closely with the research team to then develop a detailed Project Proposal for final decision by the RWG. If the work is then commissioned, a contract between the research team and NCVER will be negotiated and executed, under the standard NCVER Services Agreement.

Please submit your EoI to by close of business 28 February 2018.

NCVER will acknowledge receipt  of EoIs by 2 March 2018. If applicants have not received acknowledgement by this date, they should contact NCVER immediately.

Applicants will be notified of the RWG outcomes by mid-May 2018.

If you have any questions, please email NCVER and your query will be directed to the appropriate person.

Expression of Interest Template

Research Working Group Project Prioritisation Criteria

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