Research Block Grants


In 2015, the Australian Government is expected to provide $1.77 billion to higher education as block grants to support research and research training, through a number of performance-based schemes under the Higher Education Support Act (HESA) 2003.

Awards and Scholarships

Support for research

Research funding, data collection and calculations

Participating universities receive a single annual grant amount (block) for each scheme and are responsible for administering the schemes within broad guidelines.

The Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) controls the collection of higher education research data and is designed to ensure the Australian Government’s research block grants are allocated in a fair and transparent way and to support the policy intent of the funding.

Research Block Grants - Calculation Methodology Grant amounts under the research block grant schemes are driven entirely by metrics (one or more of research income, research publications, higher degree by research (HDR) student completions, HDR student load and staff numbers).

The Australian Competitive Grants Register (ACGR) lists schemes that provide competitive research grants to higher education providers. The income providers receive from schemes listed on the ACGR is a metric used in driving the allocation of the research block grants.

2015 Smart Forms for the Collection of 2014 Data

2015 Smart Forms are now available for the reporting of the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC).

Returns are due by 30 June 2015.

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Administration of the RBG

The RBG is administered by:

  • Research Funding and Policy Branch
  • Research and Strategy Group
  • Australian Government Department of Education

Enquiries can be emailed to: