Seed Funding 2019 Round 1

We are calling for Expressions of Interest for seed funding support for projects that build on the objectives of our Future Cities Research Cluster.

The Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, in collaboration with the Connected Cities Lab, is calling for Expressions of Interest for seed funding support for projects that build on the objectives of the Future Cities Research Cluster.

Two projects will be funded, with successful awards to be determined by the Future Cities Research Cluster Convenors Group in June 2019. Projects will be expected to conclude by the end of the calendar year, with recipients committing to provide an update to the Institute in September.

Up to $5,000 will be available for a strategic, inter-Faculty project focused on sustainable urban research domestically.

A second grant of up to $10,000 will be awarded to a project that, in addition to the core objectives of the cluster, has a strategic focus on international sustainable urban development and global urban governance.

This call is restricted to internal University of Melbourne students and staff, and requires a proposal outlining how the project responds to two or more of the cluster objectives, how the funds will be spent, and a timeline for activities. An EoI submission template is available here.

Aims relating to engagement (such as end-users, participants, policy, media, and stakeholders), as well as research impact will be taken into account in project assessment and are encouraged to be set out in the proposal, with final reporting to be agreed with MSSI. A minimum of one piece of science communication from the project is also required (such as an article published in ‘The Conversation’ or ‘Pursuit’).

Proposals are encouraged to leverage other funds (for example, faculty or project-based resources), with the aim of developing future research opportunities, and involve students and staff from multiple university faculties. Engagement with external current or prospective research partners will also be considered favorably.

Named participants from two or more University Faculties must be listed for projects to be considered, with involvement of Early Career Researchers strongly supported. Project leads must be nominated that hold a minimum 0.4FTE position at the university for the life cycle of the project.

Future Cities Research Cluster Objectives:

  1. To build awareness of, and develop an external profile for, urban-focused research across faculties
  2. To provide a network of cross-disciplinary urban researchers for collaborative research development
  3. To connect urban researchers at the University to external research funding partners (academic, industry and government)
  4. To provide a focal point for planning and urban policy practitioners, peak bodies and academics beyond the University of Melbourne
  5. To support research training and early career researchers at the University

Please email submissions to Janine Campbell, MSSI Executive Officer, before COB, 24th of Mayjanine.campbell@unimelb.edu.au