Strategic Conference Sponsorship Fund

As part of the University's commitment to fostering collaboration and building stronger research networks, we have launched a new Strategic Conference Sponsorship Fund through the Reputation and Rankings funding allocation.

University staff are invited to apply for up to $20,000 per opportunity for conferences or events that align with our FAME strategies, Industry Engagement Priorities (Defence, cyber and space, Energy, mining and resources, Health and medical industries, Creativity and culture and Agrifood and wine) or Global Partnership Development Framework, and highlight our research excellence and innovation, especially to global audiences.

Please note:

  • This fund is not designed to support applications solely for conference travel or attendance; and
  • You may receive full or part funding of your requested amount
  • Your application will require proof of support from your Head of School/Executive Dean, and an indication of the financial contribution your local area is making to the event (if any)
  • Critical dates

    In 2024, there will be two application rounds:

    Round One

    Date Activity
    Monday 5 February Applications open
    Monday 25 March 5pm Applications close
      Applications assessed
    Week of 22 April Applicants notified of outcomes

    Round Two

    Date Activity
    Monday 1 July Applications open
    Monday 12 August 5pm Applications close
      Applications assessed
    Week of 2 September Applicants notified of outcomes
  • Recipients

    Projects supported to date in 2024 include:

    • Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences Annual Scientific Conference
    • HiTeMP forum
    • RINA - Warships 2024
    • Dusklands at 50: Transnational dynamics, transhistorical conversations - An International Conference
    • 16th International Conference of the Academy of Wine Business Research

    Projects supported in 2023 include:

    • Cholestasis in Pregnancy conference and meetings
    • Presentation at UPCEA Convergence - Credential Innovation in Higher Education
    • Australasian Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence 2023
    • New Directions in Leukaemia Research Conference
    • Institute of Australian Geographers: Scale, Solutions and Geographical Futures
    • 8th International PacRim Breast and Prostate Cancer Meeting
    • International Conference on Advanced Materials for Sustainability and Health
    • Australasian Business Ethics Network Conference 2024

Venue option

For University staff interested in hosting an event, the National Wine Centre (NWC) may be an appropriate venue. The NWC has meeting rooms suitable for small workshops, larger multi-day conferences for up to 350 delegates, and formal gala events. University staff can access free room hire when arranging a University-supported event at the NWC. NWC's audio visual partner will also offer a discount on equipment hire (terms and conditions apply).

To make an enquiry or a booking, please contact the NWC Event Planning Team on 08 8313 3355 or via email.

Reporting obligations

Successful applicants will need to complete the Strategic Conference Sponsorship Fund Post-Event Report within 14 days of delivery of the event, and submit it to

The purpose of this reporting is both for transparency, and to assist in assessing the ongoing efficacy of the Fund.


You are welcome to contact with any queries.