Research Grants: 2019 Funding Round

The objective of the NCSEHE is to build the evidence base through research informing policy and practice. One of the ways the Centre has achieved this is through the NCSEHE Research Grants Program which has funded 47 projects over four rounds from 2014–19, with a total research expenditure of A$1,945,733.

The fifth funding round (2019–20) received 54 applications from 28 different lead organisations, with 15 projects awarded funding to a value of A$534,779.

The research priorities for this round included equity students and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); equity and mature age students; digital inclusion and student equity; study-life balance and student equity; non-traditional’ equity groups; and housing and student equity.

The 15 Research Grants Program projects for 2019/20 will be as follows:

Chief InvestigatorLead InstitutionProject Title
Tim PitmanCurtin UniversityCalculating the costs of supporting people with disability in Australian higher education
Alexander NewmanDeakin UniversityCareers guidance for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Migrants and Refugees (CALDM/R) students.
Francisco PeralesUniversity of QueenslandUnderstanding the higher education experiences of humanitarian migrants in Australia
Lisa AndrewarthaLa Trobe UniversitySupporting carers to succeed in Australian higher education
Sarah LambertDeakin UniversityOpen Textbooks and social justice: A national scoping study
Sharron KingUniversity of South AustraliaInvestigating transitions to university from regional South Australian high schools
Julie McMillanAustralian Council of Educational ResearchSTEM Pathways: The impact of equity, motivation and prior achievement
James Smith Charles Darwin UniversityHigher education aspirations, participation and achievement of Australian Indigenous males
Amani Bell University of SydneyExploring benefits and challenges of online Work Integrated Learning (WIL) for equity students
Jen JacksonMitchell Institute, Victoria UniversityEquity through complexity: Inside the “black box” of the Block Model.
Ben WadhamFlinders UniversityAustralian universities and educational equity for student veterans
Julia CookThe University of NewcastleHousing matters: understanding the housing experiences of undergraduate regional and remote students living outside the family home
Jonathan BullenCurtin UniversityComfort with discomfort: Exploring Wadjella educators’ engagement with Indigenous students
Bret StephensonLa Trobe University“Ghost student” failure among equity cohorts: Towards understanding non-participating enrolments (NPE)
Simon LeonardUniversity of South AustraliaA novel approach to mapping the impact of informal STEM programs

More details on the successful projects here: