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Research Funding & Grants Manager (Identified Role - Indigenous)

Date: 04-May-2022

Location: Any CSIRO site, AU

Company: CSIRO

Acknowledgement of Country

CSIRO acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the land, sea and waters, of the area that we live and work on across Australia. We acknowledge their continuing connection to their culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. View our vision towards reconciliation

The Opportunity

  • Are you experienced in building partnerships to develop an internal research grants?

  • Manage the full pre-award and post-award life cycle

  • Join CSIRO – Australia’s leading scientific research organisation!


The Research Funding and Grants Manager provides administrative and management services to support the effective provision of research and development activities for CSIRO’s Indigenous Science and Engagement Program. The role will be responsible for establishing relationships with funding agencies and government to build partnerships to develop an internal research grants program that exemplifies co-design, Indigenous leadership, community ownership and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander scientists.

Your duties will include:

  • Act as a trusted advisor, understanding the client’s Business Unit (BU) and seeking information about the real underlying needs of Indigenous people and communities, and identify and adapt quickly to changes in clients’ needs and market changes.

  • Within broad guidelines negotiate and support the team to secure external funds, have sound understanding of Business Unit goals and activities, be a member of and provide strategic advice to the management team, and establish and maintain networks beneficial to the achievement of the Indigenous Science and Engagement program.

  • Manage and collaborate with the Research Office to deliver the full pre-award and post-award life cycle as well as coordinating organisation-wide expressions of interest for selected external grant programs

    • Pre-award activities include grant management system (GoodGrants) setup and full assessment cycle (assessor recruitment, relationships, coaching; assessment panel secretariat; outcomes and feedback)

    • Post-award activities include reviewing and approving reports and variations; post-award support to grantees (e.g. expenditure planning); and ensuring governance requirements with external funders are met


Location: Negotiable - any CSIRO site across Australia 

Salary: AU$117k - AU$138k plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure: Indefinite, Full-time

Reference: 83861

To be considered you will need:


  • Relevant tertiary qualification or equivalent relevant work experience in research management or governance.

  • Demonstrated ability to proactively identify, build and develop business relationships with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, communities and government and/or research funding agencies.

  • Demonstrated experience in administering a funding and/or grants scheme and/or demonstrated experience in research management and governance in a similar organisation

  • Demonstrated experience in and/or knowledge of Indigenous Cultural and Intellectual Property and Human Research Ethics principles.


For full details about this role please review the Position Description


CSIRO considers the filling of this position is intended to constitute a special/equal opportunity/affirmative measure under section 8(1) of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth).

The position is therefore only open to Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people with Australian Citizenship. The successful applicant will be required to provide evidence to confirm that they are an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person.

The successful applicant will be required to provide contact details of at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Cultural Referee to confirm their ability to work and communication respectfully with Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Appointment to this role is subject to provision of a national police check and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

Flexible Working Arrangements

We work flexibly at CSIRO, offering a range of options for how, when and where you work. 

Diversity and Inclusion

We are working hard to recruit people representing the diversity across our society, and ensure that all our people feel supported to do their best work and feel empowered to let their ideas flourish. 


At CSIRO Australia's national science agency, we solve the greatest challenges through innovative science and technology. We put the safety and wellbeing of our people above all else and earn trust everywhere because we only deal in facts. We collaborate widely and generously and deliver solutions with real impact. 

Join us and start creating tomorrow today!

How to Apply

Please apply on-line and provide a cover letter and CV that best demonstrate your motivation and ability to meet the requirements of this role.

Applications Close

02 June 2022, 11:00pm AEST