The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic and Undergraduate) and Deputy Provost has allocated up to $400,000 for 2021 under the Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP) to encourage initiatives that focus on undergraduate low-SES, regional, rural and remote and indigenous students, either encouraging their entry to University or supporting their retention, success and completion.

Key dates

Opening 22 June 2021

Closing  21 July 2021

Funding body The Federal Government's Higher Education Participation and Partnerships Program (HEPPP)

Download (UoM only) 2021 EIG Guidelines(PDF )


A total amount of up to $400,000 may be allocated across all 2021 Equity Innovation Grants. Individual applications may request amounts of up to $40,000.

Priority will be given to:

  • initiatives that can specifically demonstrate positive influence upon the aspiration, engagement and attainment patterns of low SES prospective students who may not otherwise consider university as a viable choice;
  • initiatives to enhance the embedding of support for low SES students within University of Melbourne Undergraduate Degrees, particularly where evidence of opportunities for improvement exists;
  • initiatives to enhance success rate of priority low SES, regional, rural and remote and indigenous cohorts particularly where outcomes will be quantitatively evaluated.

Applications are required to demonstrate faculty financial contributions (which may include in-kind salary costs) and long-term sustainability beyond the duration of the possible EIG funding. Initiatives that involve collaboration between Faculties or Divisions are strongly encouraged.

Please note that the Equity Innovation Grant Scheme should be viewed as providing seed funding for new initiatives for one year only and a progress report will be required to be submitted in April 2022.

How to apply

Apply online:

In making its decision, the Selection Committee will consider:

  • the clarity of the project objectives and their alignment with HEPPP Guidelines;
  • the intended project outcomes (including the project's capacity to provide new approaches, build on existing understandings and/or focus on changed understandings of low SES participation);
  • the extent to which low SES student oriented project outcomes can be clearly evaluated according to predefined and measurable goals/behaviour change;
  • how the proposed project addresses one or more priority areas for funding;
  • opportunities for sustainable institution or sector wide adoption of the project method and/or outcomes;
  • the extent to which the project will raise the visibility and profile of the University in matters relating to social inclusion (projects should aim to meaningfully engage with more than a small group of students or a single school)
Other relevant information

For details of past successful applicants see:


For enquiries, please contact Illy Paumolevuka

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