Small-Scale Trials Grants Program

Proposals invited for ACSES’s Equity Frontiers Small-Scale Trials Grants Program

The Australian Centre for Student Equity and Success (ACSES) is now inviting proposals to be submitted for the Equity Frontiers Small-Scale Trials Grants Program.

The Program will fund proposals for controlled trials to test student equity interventions that address contemporary developments and challenges in higher education equity policy, practice, and evaluation.

The Program focuses on interventions that address current gaps in student equity throughout the entire higher education student life cycle, as well as other issues highlighted in the Australian Universities Accord Panel’s Review of Higher Education. Proposals outlining plans for scaling up and/or adopting interventions to ensure their lasting and widespread impact within university settings, and potentially beyond, are given priority.

ACSES invites proposals from suitably qualified and experienced equity professionals in interventions relating to all student equity issues in the Australian higher education context.

Between 7 to 15 projects will be funded in the 2024 round, with the value of funding per project ranging between $75,000 and $250,000 (excluding GST).

Projects will be funded over a 12-month period, commencing in August 2024, with  the following co-funding model applying:

  • The applicant (partner university) funds at least 10% in cash. In-kind contributions are additional.
  • ACSES funds 90% of the trial project’s total cost in cash.

Proposals will be assessed by the ACSES Equity Frontiers Grants Committee (EFGC).

Key Dates and Documentation

  • Applications Open: Wednesday, 1 May 2024
  • Closing Date for Proposals: Thursday, 6 June 2024 – 11.59 pm (AWST)
  • Acknowledging receipt of proposals: On receipt of proposal (via email)
  • Consideration by the ACSES Equity Frontiers Grants Committee: 7 June to 4 July 2024
  • Invitation for rejoinder: 5 July 2024
  • Closing date for rejoinders: 19 July 2024
  • Notification of outcomes of selection process: 2 August 2024
  • Funding agreement finalisation: 30 August 2024
  • Project work: September 2024 to August 2025
  • Project completion and acquittals: October 2025

The Equity Frontiers Small-Scale Trials Grants Program Guidelines, Proposal Template, and Budget Template are available below.

ACSES Equity Frontiers Small-Scale Trials Grants Program Guidelines [323KB]

ACSES Equity Frontiers Small-Scale Trials Grants Proposal Template [126KB]

Budget Template [140KB]