Publication subsidy fund

ANU provides Publication Subsidies for eligible authors whose work has been accepted for publication by ANU Press.

Subsidies are determined by the Publication Subsidy Committee, which is chaired by Ms Roxanne Missingham. The Committee meets twice a year, usually in March and September, to consider the applications. ANU Press administers the Publication Subsidy Fund and provides secretariat services to the Committee.

In evaluating applications, in addition to the criterion set out under ‘Purpose’ below, the Committee will take into account the quality of the work, as assessed by referees or by other means.

The Committee may give preference to early career researchers.

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The Vice-Chancellor allocates funds to assist the publication of the results of academic research of staff members or students of the University that are published by ANU Press——on the basis of the University’s commitment to scholarly publishing.


Applications are called twice a year usually and the maximum amount for any one subsidy is up to $2,500. Each subsidy is discrete and no long-standing commitment will be made towards the costs of ongoing publications such as journals or other series. Typical activities funded are copy-editing, indexing and fees for images. The publication subsidy will not be approved for commissioning cover designs, as ANU Press includes publication cover design as part of its processes. Translations of works into or from English are unlikely to be supported unless they are of exceptional literary or scholarly merit.

Eligibility criteria

All staff members and students of the University may apply. The Application must relate to a completed piece of work conducted while at the University and negotiations with ANU Press must be at an advanced stage. Subsidies will only be allocated to works that have been accepted by ANU Press for publication.


Funds will be allocated to ANU Press publications. The grant supports scholarly work from the University with an internationally respected publisher and to ensure optimal quality publishing in print and digital editions.

Conditions of the subsidy

Successful applicants must enter into an arrangement with the University concerning such matters as acknowledgement of the University’s assistance in the work and the provision of a copy of the published work to the Governance Office. The subsidy will lapse 12 months from the date of approval by the Committee and any unclaimed funds will be reallocated in the next round. If the work has not been published within 12 months, the applicant will have to reapply for a new subsidy.

Application process

Applicants are requested to submit a completed application form (See reference document section) which is also available in PDF format with the following information:

  • full details of the proposed publication and its current status – This includes the working title, name of author/s or editor/s, whether it is part of a series, the projected date of publication and a brief description of the work.
  • background to the Application – Name and extent of involvement with the project by the applicant/s, whether other ANU staff are involved, if there are other contributors, and if so, from which institution/s.
  • financial details – The number of copies to be published, the cost of publication with and without the subsidy and the total cost of publication that the subsidy represents (exclusive of sales and marketing costs). Details of other proposed sources of funding, including college assistance, sponsorship etc. How much the publisher is contributing towards the publication.
  • subsidy details – What amount is being sought from the Committee, and how this amount was calculated.
  • peer-review process or references – Copies of the reviewers reports.
  • written assurance that the applicant has no personal involvement with any of the suppliers concerned with the production and distribution of the work.
  • other relevant documents – eg negotiations/contract with ANU Press.

The application must include the completed ANU Press Book Proposal Form and a copy of the ANU Press Proposal Evaluation Form signed by the relevant Editorial Board.

Note that the number of subsidies granted each year is limited and for an application to be successful it must demonstrate that ANU Press will not publish the work without the requested subsidy amount.

Application due date

There are two rounds of the publication subsidy fund per year, The next round of subsidy applications are due by 14 May 2017. No out-of-round applications will be considered by the Committee. Send applications to:

Manager, ANU Press
RG Menzies Building (#2)
The Australian National University
Acton ACT 2601

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