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Early Career Researcher Training Grants

Hosted by the ACU Supporting Research Community, ACU Early Career Researcher (ECR) Training Grants fund staff at ACU member universities to organise and deliver training for their early career researchers, including doctoral candidates.

The training equips researchers with essential skills to enable them to succeed in their careers, whether they remain in academia, or utilise their skills in other professional fields. 

Skills which are in scope of the training include:

  • Presentation skills
  • Networking
  • Time management
  • Public engagement and communicating with non-academic audiences
  • Media training
  • Social media
  • Relationship/stakeholder management
  • Grant writing
  • Research data management
  • Career training, including doctoral careers outside higher education

Please focus your training on ideally one topic or a maximum of two.

Applications are now open for the third round of grants. There are 10 grants available with a maximum of 1000 GBP per grant.

The application window will close on Monday 7 November at 23:59 UTC.

Who can apply?

Research office staff, or any other staff members who lead on providing training for early career researchers.

Universities can use their internal criteria of what defines an ECR, but this must include Doctoral candidates, and the training must be made available to ECRs from multiple disciplines.

Training must be targeted at early career researchers but can be opened up to other groups, e.g. mid-level researchers.

This grant scheme cannot fund existing training courses.

Priority will be given to those member universities that have not previously been awarded an Early Career Researcher Training Grant.

Application Requirements

As part of the application form, applicant institutions must:

Describe the focus, goals and content of the training to be delivered. Training with practical aspects will be looked upon favourably. State the target audience and the number of people who will benefit, including whether any training will be accessible by other ACU members
Give detailed information about the trainer. Describe the training format and platforms to be used.
Provide a detailed time plan, including preparation time and how much time is to be dedicated to each activity. The training must take place within the period of February to July 2023. Timelines that include gaps between sessions for participants to reflect and practice and give feedback will be looked upon favourably. State the planned outcomes, showing the connection between objectives and outcomes and ensuring outcomes are measurable.
List the outputs – one output must be shareable with other ACU members. Explain how the training will be evaluated and how success will be measured.
List the costs for which funding is to be claimed: these can include materials, trainer fees, staff time and data costs. Provide a letter of support from a senior university leader that demonstrates buy in from your university and how your university will support the training.


One of the aims of the Supporting Research Community is to share knowledge and good practice through international collaboration. Therefore, we strongly encourage applicants to make their training available to other ACU member universities if possible.

One output from the training must also be made available to be shared with other ACU member universities.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a report into the training delivered, which compares the outcomes to those projected as part of the application and provides a list of attendees including their gender. Please ensure this is included in your work plan.

How to apply

To apply for a grant, you will need a MyACU account.

If you do not already have a MyACU account, please ensure that you register for an account first and then follow the login instructions in the registration email before accessing the application form.

Please email us if you require any information not provided here.

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About ACU Supporting Research Community

These grants are delivered as part of one of the ACU Supporting Research Community’s aim to help the development of early career researchers across the Commonwealth.

The Supporting Research Community is a forum for staff at ACU member universities who are involved in supporting the research process, including research management and administration, research impact and uptake, and library services. Researchers at all levels are also welcome to join.

The community brings together colleagues from across the Commonwealth and creates a space for sharing knowledge, experience and good practice, discussing issues and solutions, showcasing ideas, and discovering potential avenues for collaboration. Members can also keep up-to-date with the latest trends and opportunities in the profession and promote the work of their team and university.

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I really enjoyed the course platform and the use of different interactive modules. I also appreciated that the discussion about knowledge mobilisation was not entirely technical, and that the course encouraged me to think about what excites and matters to me knowledge mobilisation.

Overall, I really enjoyed the course - it's great to see all of the unique ways academics are choosing to share their research!

- Participant from the ECR training held at Athabasca University, Canada -  2020-21  Early Career Researcher (ECR)  Training grant recipient.