The Sustainable Research Excellence in Universities (SRE) scheme provides block grants on a calendar year basis to eligible higher education providers (HEPs) to ensure that these institutions are better placed to meet the indirect cost of research activities that are not entirely met by the various competitive grant programs.
The objectives of the SRE scheme are to:
- address an identified shortfall in the funding available to meet the indirect costs associated with Australian competitive grant research; and
- support HEPs to build and maintain research excellence through the implementation of best practice financial management, performance and reporting frameworks.
Indirect Costs Financial Return 2013
Higher education providers are advised that the template for the 2013 Indirect Financial Costs Return is now available. The completed returns and Vice-Chancellors Certification Statement are due to the department by 30 June 2013.
Guidelines and Conditions for SRE Grants
The guidelines for the SRE program are in the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2012 which can be downloaded from the Australian Government's Federal Register of Legislative Instruments:
SRE grant amounts for 2013 have been provided to higher education providers on the basis of the conditions outlined in the following document
Payments are made to universities which administer research block grant schemes on behalf of the department. Individual students or researchers need to approach their university to obtain funding support.
Process for Determining SRE Grants