bridging the funding gap
The veski inspiring women grants – bridging the funding gap, is a pilot program designed and delivered in 2022/2023, 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 endeavours.
High calibre researchers continue to face challenges in obtaining funding to support their ongoing research.
In addition to this, a diverse workplace brings different experiences and perspectives which boost creativity and innovation. This grant supports equity across the research ecosystem by fostering the representation of women in STEM with intersectional attributes.
Keeping these women in STEM research fields contributes to the future diversity of the STEM workforce.
The veski inspiring women bridging the funding gap grants provide 12-months funding of up to $75,000 to support research outputs. Grant awardees maximise the use of the grant to maintain their competitiveness for future rounds of funding from major funding bodies.
Recipients in 2022/2023
The recipients of the veski inspiring women grants – bridging the funding gap were awarded by Dr Leonie Walsh, veski chair and Ms Bronwyn Halfpenny MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Jobs.
Application Process & Eligibility
Applications were sought from mid-career leaders or emerging leaders in STEM who identify as a woman, have intersectional attributes, 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.