bridging the funding gap

The new veski inspiring women grants – bridging the funding gap, is a pilot program designed to support women in STEM who face systemic barriers to success at a critical point in their career to enable them to continue their research in Victoria.

High calibre researchers continue to face challenges in obtaining funding to support research. In addition to this, a diverse workplace brings different experiences and perspectives which boost creativity and innovation. This grant aims to support equality across the research ecosystem by fostering the representation of women in STEM with intersectional identities.

Applications are sought from mid-career leaders or emerging leaders in STEM who identify as a woman, have intersectional identities, and have narrowly missed out on funding to commence in 2023 through either:

  • a NHMRC Investigator Grant EL2 or L1; or
  • an ARC Future Fellowship FT1, FT2, or FT3

with between 8 – 15 years of Full Time Equivalent [FTE] professional post- doctoral scientific research experience in their field.

Keeping these women in STEM research fields will contribute to the future diversity of the STEM workforce.

The grants will provide up to 12months funding of up to $75,000 to support research outputs. Grant awardees should be able to maximise the use of the grant to maintain their competitiveness for future rounds of funding from major funding bodies.

Application Documentation

Read the Application guidelines

Read the FAQs

Application Process

The application round is NOW CLOSED.

It is anticipated that recipients of the Grant will be announced in the first quarter of 2023.


This pilot aims to support equity, diversity and inclusion in Victoria’s research workforce and is targeted to women who face systemic barriers to success.  We would like to reassure you that information we are seeking from applicants, awardees and employer organisations is directly for this purpose. Information that may help provide evidence for the need of this program may be reported to program partners, but specific and identifiable information will not be made publicly available or be disclosed to any other external party without your consent, unless required or authorized by law.

In developing this pilot, the team at veski has been mindful of sensitivities around the language we use and how we request information from you.  We recognise we don’t have it 100% right and sincerely hope we have not caused you any offense. If you have the time and energy we would welcome your feedback on how we can make out programs more inclusive.

Please direct any comments or suggestions on how we might look to improve, or any requests to alter any personal information you provide to veski via [email protected].

Should you feel aggrieved in any way through undertaking this application, you can also raise your concern to [email protected]

We will endeavor in the first instance to take any steps necessary to resolve the matter within a week. If we are not able to do so, we will ask you to submit your complaint in writing.

In most cases, we expect to investigate written complaints and provide a response within 30 days of receipt. If the matter is more complex and our investigation may take longer, we will contact you and tell you when we expect to provide our response.

If you are not satisfied with our response, you can refer your complaint to the Office of the Victorian Information Commissioner