First listed on: 18 January 2022

CSIRO Grants Advisor


The Opportunity

  • Do you have experience administering and reporting on grants?
  • Are you super-organised with a great eye for detail?
  • Are you a strong communicator with amazing stakeholder management skills? 
  • An exciting opportunity to be part of the high-performing CSIRO Grants team, investing in Australia’s science and innovation.

Grants Advisors at CSIRO work as part of a small team in the CSIRO Research Office (RO) with a focus on pre-award and post-award activities associated with CSIRO’s internal competitive grants portfolio (ResearchPlus i.e., as the Funder). In this role you may also support other activities of the RO including CSIROs engagement with external funding programs, agencies, and stakeholders; provide Secretariat functions to the CSIRO Science Council and other committees; facilitate CSIROs engagement with external Awards and Prizes, and as the Service Provider for managing the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF).

Your duties will include:

  • Administering the full pre-award and post-award life cycle for selected ResearchPlus (R+) and external grant programs.
  • Pre-award activities include
    • Application and Expression of Interest (EoI) cycles (e.g. Good Grants and CSIRO intranet set up; round collateral; promotions; webinar presentations; applicant queries; RO audits and eligibility checks);
    • Assessment cycles (assessor recruitment, relationships, coaching; assessment panel secretariat; written reports, outcomes and feedback).
  • Post-award activities include
    • Reviewing and recommending reports and variations for approval;
    • Providing post-award support to grantees (e.g. expenditure planning); and
    • Ensuring any reporting requirements to external funders are met.
  • Monitoring and reporting on Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)s (e.g. applicant and success rates, strategic alignment) and make recommendations for change to ensure the programs are efficiently administered and continue to facilitate science excellence.
  • Throughout the grants life cycle, provide advice to grant applicants and grant holders, as well as other Business Unit stakeholders on funding guidelines, grant terms and conditions, reporting and variation requirements, feedback and outcomes, as well as deliver information sessions such as webinars. Undertaking special projects prioritised by the RO to continuously improve processes, systems and organisational effectiveness 

Location: Adelaide (Waite Campus); SA or Clayton, VIC preferred, other major cities considered
Salary: AU$87k - AU$98k plus up to 15.4% superannuation
Tenure: Specified term of 3 years
Reference: 81122

To be considered you will need:

  • A relevant degree or successful relevant experience proactively contributing to a dynamic, fast-paced team and providing high-level support to a program, project or initiative
  • Significant experience in administering a funding and/or grants scheme and/or demonstrated experience in research management and governance in a similar organisation.
  • Strong communication skills appropriate for a diverse cohort; the ability to clearly convey information and ideas in written and verbal form; and establish and maintain effective interpersonal relationships with internal and external stakeholders; ability to professionally handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Highly developed organisational skills to meet deadlines and attention to detail; ability to prioritise a diverse workload; deal with ambiguity and adapt to changing circumstances and new responsibilities.
  • A history of professional and respectful behaviours and attitudes; the ability to work under minimal supervision in a geographically dispersed team environment, proactively collaborating, consulting, and sharing resources to accomplish objectives.
  • Demonstrated proficiencies in information and communication technology to effectively and efficiently administer research management e.g. Office 365, desktop publishing, online collaboration.

For full details about this role please review the Position Description


To be appointed to this position you must be an Australian/New Zealand Citizen, or an Australian Permanent Resident currently residing in Australia.

The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Check or equivalent. Additional integrity checks may be required for specific roles which require security clearance for working with children, Australian Government cybersecurity requirements or other identified security roles.

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

Sunday 6 February 2022, 11:00pm AEST

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