Research Grants

1. Applicant Details

The principal applicant must be a current financial member of ALS at the date of submission of the application. If the principal applicant is not a current financial member of ALS, the application will not be considered.

If there is more than one applicant for a research grant, please copy the applicant details and provide a separate set of applicant details for each applicant. 

Please follow the instruction below and submit the documents as format requried online. 

2. The Project

2.1 Project title

Provide a brief, no more than 10 words, the title of the project

2.2 Project Summary

Provide a brief, 200 words maximum, statement summarising what the project will do, its aims, significance and expected outcomes.

2.3 Research Goals

What goals does your research aim to address?
Where will you do the work, and who will you be working with?
How long are you going to be there?
Provide detail on methodology (e.g., what data exists already, is the data well structured, how are you going to collect and/or analyse data, how will you create community products).

2.4 Research Expertise

What expertise and training do you have to undertake this research?
Are there mentors who will assist with expertise?
If your research involves databases, the development of scripts and algorithms or other technical approaches, please provide details of the technical expertise available on your team. You will need to provide evidence that any technical prerequisites to the research are either currently available or can be developed such that project completion is possible within the proposed timeframe.

2.5 Research Approvals

Does this project require approvals, ethics or otherwise? Have these been obtained? If not, what is the evidence that they will be in place by the commencement of the research project?

2.6 Research Expenses Summary

What expenses arise in relation to this research? For example, this could include accommodation, payments to consultants, travel. Funding for equipment will only be available in exceptional circumstances. Funding generally excludes conference travel (please provide a detailed justification if you ask for this).

NOTE: This section is a summary and NOT the budget, which is to be detailed in Section 3. An example summary would be - “This project requires air/road travel to X. It requires payment to X consultants”

2.7 Research Time Frame

Are there factors which necessitate that the research is undertaken within a particular time frame?

NOTE: This section relates to time constraints which follow inherently from the nature of the research itself. Some examples of such time constraints are the following:

“All speakers of X are elderly, and therefore recording their knowledge is an urgent priority.”

“Months X-Y are the rainy season in Location A, and it is very difficult to undertake research at Location A in this period. Consequently, the project is planned for months F-H.”

Time constraints which relate principally to the applicants’ schedules are not relevant and will not be considered. Some examples of time constraints which relate principally to the applicants’ schedule are:

“The research team can only undertake this research in non-teaching periods.”

“The research team members have to leave approved for months X-Y, and consequently cannot undertake the project in this period.”

2.8 Potential Alternate Funding

Have you applied to any other source of funding (e.g. ARC, ELDP)? When will you know the outcome of that application?

If you are a student, please also provide the following information.

Does your School / Centre / Department / Faculty have funds available to students to support research costs? Have you applied for such funds? How much, and what costs would it support? Has your application been approved, and if so what funding has been approved? If your application is still under consideration, when will you know the outcome?

Does your supervisor have a relevant research grant? If so, how much funding is supplied from that research grant for your research?

3. Budget

Please provide an estimate of the overall budget for the project. You may request funding up to $5,000. Use the table below and add extra rows as necessary. (The text in the table is just an example, please type over.)

Please clearly show any other funds you have obtained or requested (your own personal contributions, or any student research allocation from your School, for example).


Amount (AUD)


e.g. consultant payments


40 hours @ AUD$25 p/h, to be paid from Research Grant

e.g. flights


flights paid by my School/ELDP grant

e.g. vehicle hire



e.g. fuel



e.g. accommodation




IMPORTANT: Tax Office Ruling on Grant Administration through Universities

The ALS accountants have advised ALS that ALS is not liable for GST, as the research grantee is not supplying anything to ALS. ALS does not receive either a good or a service. All that is required is a report on what was done and how the money was spent. ALS is not supplied with any intellectual rights or other tangible assets. 

Please see the attached Tax Office ruling in PDF & MS Word.

Consequently, research grant applications may not include provision for GST.

Universities standardly invoice GST on all transactions. If you are planning to administer your grant through a University, you will need to discuss procedures for invoicing ALS for the research grant that do not involve the collection of GST. It may be helpful to provide the relevant University administration personnel with a copy of the Tax Office ruling.

4. Assessment Criteria

The scheme is open to projects of all kinds falling under the general heading of “Linguistics”.

The ALS Executive will assess research grant applications against the following criteria.

A. Is the project well designed and feasible? What approvals, expertise, and resources are required to complete the project within the timeframe specified?

B. Given the research opportunities available to the applicant(s), is there evidence that the applicant(s) will bring the project to successful completion within a reasonable timeframe?

C. Will the proposed research be cost-effective and value for money?

D. What is the potential time period when the research could be undertaken?

E. The potential for the applicant(s) to obtain funding from other sources.

F. The potential significance of the proposed research.

5. Accounting and Reporting

Successful applicants will be required to sign a contract with ALS. This contract will set out the research to be undertaken and the funds supplied by ALS. Grantees will be required to:

A. Account for all expenditure.

B. Provide copies of receipts for all expenditure.

C. Provide a final report describing the research undertaken and the results of this research.

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