Monash Warwick Alliance 2015 funding opens

Expressions of interest are now open for ISCRRs 2014 Development Grant Program.

The first round of funding for 2015 for collaborations between Monash University and the University of Warwick is open.

Three schemes offer a range of targeted funding opportunities to academic staff and students at both universities.  

Alliance Seed Fund: open to academic staff to support development of new, strategically aligned education and research initiatives with high potential that combine complementary aspects of each institution towards novel and sustainable outcomes.

Alliance Strategic Development Scheme: open to academic staff to support modest, strategically aligned initiatives that build on existing Monash Warwick collaboration and/or have the potential to elevate the institutions to international leadership within a defined academic field. Proposals are eligible for Alliance funding until December 2016 and may, for example, involve staff exchange leading to major advance in a research area, or a form of teaching and learning collaboration such as shared curriculum or learning objects, or joint module development or another form of collaboration.

Alliance Student-Led Activity Scheme: open to students from undergraduate to PhD level to support activities that integrate students and transfer knowledge and innovation across institutions.

Applications close 13 April.

Funding information for Monash University students and academic staff

Funding information for University of Warwick students and academic staff

In the past three years the Monash Warwick Alliance has supported 55 projects, initiatives and joint appointments.

Student-led activities have included a Machine Learning bootcamp, exchanges of advanced practice in Formula Student motor racing and joint philosophy workshops for research postgraduate students.

Staff projects funded in the second round for 2014 included analysis of big data to create urban revival and smarter, safer cities; workshops to develop teaching modules for the digital humanities; collaborative autophagy workshops and research into economic value of macroeconomic forecasts with big data.

Dr Michael Ure from the Faculty of Arts at Monash University, received seed funding from the Monash Warwick Alliance early in its formation, which he attributes as key to the success of his ARC Discovery application.

“The Alliance was essential in the success of my ARC Discovery application. It has also enabled me to successfully access and negotiate with major publishing houses and build a cohort of high quality higher degree research students thanks to the joint PhD program,” he said.

“The Alliance’s institutional continuity has given my Warwick and Monash collaborators the ability to engage in long-term, high yield research projects, that have the support to reach their full research and grant potential, which is often unattainable in other international research collaborations.

I would encourage anyone looking for collaborative opportunities or wanting to expand their research efforts to apply for Monash Warwick Alliance funding,” Dr Ure said.

Academic staff searching for potential collaborators can use Piirus, a free online tool developed by Warwick that links academic staff.

Formed in early 2012, the Monash Warwick Alliance represents an innovation in higher education and research and aims to accelerate the exchange of people, ideas and information between Monash University and the University of Warwick.