Do you have a project idea that will enhance the AURIN infrastructure, furthering research efforts across Australia? AURIN is calling for proposals from researchers and planners and policymakers from academia, non-profit organisations, and the private sector, as well as local, state and federal government.

In its second round, our High Impact Projects program will result in new tools, services, and datasets that improve understanding of complex urban and regional issues. We are looking for proposals that will expand the value and potential of AURIN’s existing capabilities for other researchers and planners.

Projects will have an impact beyond research—think economic, societal or policy impact—and should align with AURIN’s key thematic priority areas: housing, transport, land use, economy, climate, planning, social policy, infrastructure, health, and demographics.

Projects might also drive innovation in new spatial analysis techniques, data management and modelling, new data products, and the underlying technology required to support our world-class research infrastructure. They will support AURIN’s key strategic priorities and must comply with NCRIS guidelines and funding conditions.

Full details are available in the program guidelines.  You can also ask us questions here.


The objectives of the AURIN High Impact Projects program are to:

Extend the existing AURIN Infrastructure with new tools, services, methodologies, and datasets.

Demonstrate the value and potential of the AURIN Infrastructure.

Improve our understanding of complex urban and regional planning issues in Australia.

To achieve these objectives, AURIN will engage with Australian urban and regional planning communities through collaboration and co-investment in high-quality, high-priority, high impact projects.

Eligibility & Criteria

It is an important objective of the HIP program to support early career researchers.

We are seeking proposals for projects where the project lead is an early to mid-career researcher (within 15 years of PhD conferral, considering career interruptions) from an Australian university, publicly funded research organisation or not for profit organisation.

Project Leads must have an employment contract valid until at least 30 April 2023.

Project proposals will be evaluated by AURIN’s Scientific Advisory Committee; funding will be prioritised towards project proposals that best demonstrate the criteria detailed in the Guidelines.


The table below provides an indicative timeline, noting that the ongoing impact of COVID-19 is difficult to predict and may result in changes.

1 Sep 2021 Call for Proposals for AURIN High Impact Projects for 2021 opens
23 Sept 2021 High Impact Projects information webinar
13 Oct 2021 Call for Proposals for AURIN High Impact Projects for 2021 closes at 5.00PM AEST
13 Oct to 17 Dec 2021 AURIN High Impacts Projects team process proposals and AURIN Scientific Advisory Committee evaluation of proposals
18 Dec 2021 Announcement of projects to be funded by AURIN – updated to accommodate number of proposals
3 Apr 2022 Project funding agreements finalised
4 Apr 2022 Project implementation begins


Can you tell me if my idea will be successful?


The High Impact Projects team is available to help you.

We can:

  • Clarify terms in the application form and example contract, or the meaning or intention of criterium;
  • Help you to determine whether you have sufficiently completed the application form.

We can’t

  • Tell you how your application will be viewed by the independent Scientific Advisory Committee or how it compares to other proposals;
  • Provide feedback from the independent Scientific Advisory Committee’s assessment of previous proposals (we don’t receive such feedback).

We strongly advise that you:

  • Attend our upcoming webinar, which aims to clarify the application form and process, and;
  • Read the Guidelines and AURIN’s Strategic Plan. Your proposal needs to be strongly aligned with our strategy.
Is there a requirement for letters of support?


You do not need to submit anything but a completed proposal form to be considered.

The High Impact Projects team may seek further information and supporting documentation from those projects that are selected to receive AURIN funding.

Do I have to have partners/collaborators for my project?


Collaboration is a criterion against which proposals will be assessed and a key strategic area for AURIN. You will need to decide if your proposal may be strengthened by the addition of partners/collaborators, but they are not essential.

Can international investigators/partners participate?

Yes, with caveats.

International collaborators are a positive addition to any AURIN project.

However, AURIN HIP funding cannot be expended abroad, so if foreign investigators were to receive payment, you would have to find that money as a co-contribution from another source.

What can the funding be used for?

The funding can only be used for those items specified in the 2018 NCRIS Guidelines.

The funding can be used to cover salaries.

The funding cannot be used to cover university administrative activities that are not directly applicable to, and additionally incurred for the operation of the project. Specifically, this includes costs such as enterprise information technology, human resources, accounting, legal overheads, depreciation or other routine expenses for universities or publicly funded research agencies.

For the purpose of clarity, any general ‘administrative charge’ (however calculated) not supported by evidence of services being provided, or the like is excluded.

What are the allowable career interruptions for a mid-career researcher?

We have adopted the definitions of allowable career interruptions from the ARC Future Fellowships scheme, these are set out in the table below.

Reason for Career Interruption Time which can be claimed
Disruption due to international relocation A period of time commensurate with the interruption not exceeding three months per international relocation

–        Carer’s responsibilities

–        Medical condition or disability

–        Maternity or parental leave

–        Unemployment

–        Non-research employment not concurrent with research employment

A period of time commensurate with the interruption
Being the primary carer of a dependent child (inclusive of carer’s responsibilities and any maternity or parental leave)

Two years per dependent child, inclusive of any period of maternity or other parental leave, with no maximum identified

A primary carer who has had extensive caring responsibilities for a dependent child may be granted a further extension (in addition to the two years) with justification. This may be due to the child being ill or having a disability

Source: Grant Guidelines for the Discovery Program (2019 edition). Australian Research Council (20 Sep 2019). Retrieved Sep 03, 2021, from Grant Connect


Submit Project Proposal

The call for proposals is now closed (as of 5.00pm AEDT, 13 October 2021).

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