In assessing for financial assistance, the Trustee gives preference to proposals that seek to establish a special niche in disciplines that will be of particular benefit to South Australia. Research projects having clearly identifiable potential for worldwide commercial application will also be highly regarded.

Preference will be given to South Australians carrying out research in South Australia or elsewhere. However, other persons involved in research in South Australia may also be eligible for consideration.

Undergraduate scholarships may be awarded to enable eligible South Australians to undertake relevant studies at approved centres in South Australia or elsewhere.

Apply for assistance

To apply for assistance from The Sir Ross and Sir Keith Fund, please forward a completed and signed application form via email to the following address:
MailThe Secretary 
The Sir Ross & Sir Keith Smith Fund 
Australian Executor Trustees 
44 Pirie Street 
CallTelephone: (08) 8127 1600 
Facsimile: (08) 8127 1601

Application Forms

Application forms can be downloaded here:

Application Deadlines

Applications may be considered in the first week of March, June, September and December and must be submitted at least 30 days prior to the quarterly meetings.

Please ensure to submit your application in on time by:

  • 1st February – to be considered in March quarterly meeting
  • 1st May – to be considered in June quarterly meeting
  • 1st August– to be considered in September quarterly meeting
  • 1st November – to be considered in December quarterly meeting

Research and development project

Successful persons or organisations with research and development projects should utilise the following reporting template when preparing progress or final reports for the Secretary, The Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund. Please make every attempt to keep to this template wherever possible. Reports should be submitted by the successful persons or organizations at least thirty days prior to the quarterly meetings.

Scholarship or sponsorship

The minimum requirement for successful scholarship or sponsorship applicants is an annual report by 1 November each year to the Secretary, The Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith Fund.