ARC Nanotechnology Network

Australian National Fabrication Facility Short Term Visits (Up to 2 weeks duration)


  • postgraduate student or early career researcher currently studying/working in Australia in the area of nanotechnology
  • member of ANN
  • documented support from Supervisor and ANFF Node Director/Manager


Conditions of Funding

  • up to $1,000 for travel and accommodation to a location(s) within Australia. Preference will be given to inter-state travel or for people who travel for long distances.
  • Up to 2 Short Term Visit grants per person per year.
  • preferred that funding support has already been gained from other sources, eg. home university; applicants are also encouraged to use success in gaining ANN funding to leverage other funding sources as appropriate
  • must acknowledge funding support from ANN and ANFF in publications that result from the Short Term Visit
  • must provide ANN with a written report of the outcomes of the Short Term Visit within 1 month of completion


Payment of funding support will be made as a reimbursement to the Institution that incurs the initial costs. The institution is requested to issue a tax invoice to ANN and attach copies of the original invoices/documentation of costs incurred.


More details on these requirements will be sent to applicants when they are notified of their successful application.


Guidelines for Funding

In order for a Short Term Visit grant to be approved the application must satisfy the listed criteria. Additionally, where it is necessary to rank applications, because the requested funds exceed those available, this ranking will be done on the basis of which applications best satisfy the listed criteria. There is no appeals process. The decisions made by the ANN management committee, informed by the recommendation of the ANN Visits Working Group will be final.


Selection Criteria that will be used to evaluate applications

  1. Relevance and benefit of the research to specific nanotechnology areas in Australia and internationally
  2. Benefit to the applicant in terms of career development
  3. Benefit to the applicant in terms of skills development
  4. Involvement of Industry or industry partners is an advantage.
  5. Plan to publish and/or present the results of the research in journals and conferences (to be specified); priority is achieved by impact factors and standing of the forms of communication
  6. Demonstrated potential/excellence of applicant in field - priority given to applicants with highest merit/relevance
  7. Funding support already gained from other sources
  8. A letter from ANFF Node Director/Manager is essential to indicate that facilities are available to carry out the process requested.

  9. Other activities that may also be undertaken during visit, eg. giving a seminar or short course