Collaborative Seed Grants

Collaborative Seed Grants

The Alfred Research Alliance (A+) Collaborative Seed Grants intend to assist in funding innovative research and foster lasting collaborations between institutions. Applicants should focus on explaining how the research is innovative, why the collaboration is novel, and outline how the respective researchers have the requisite skills to undertake the research. As a result, the A+ Collaborative Seed Grants review criteria rewards appropriate skill level over track records, and genuine collaboration potential over convenient partnerships.


2020 round guidelines and general information

  1. Overview
  2. Eligibility
  3. The application (due TBA 2020 at 5 pm)
  4. Peer review
  5. Reporting requirements
  6. Contact details

1    Overview

1.1 The A+ Collaborative Seed Grants are a Monash University initiative, and are designed to facilitate collaboration between Early and Mid-Career Researchers (EMCR) from different institutions within A+, including Alfred Health, Monash University, Melbourne Sexual Health Clinic, Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, Baker Heart & Diabetes Institute, Burnet Institute, Centre for Eye Research Australia, La Trobe University and Deakin University within the A+ precinct in Melbourne.

1.2 These grants will be awarded to high quality, well outlined and innovative proposals that support collaboration and knowledge sharing between institutions within the A+ precinct.

1.3 Applications will be accepted from all fields of research, and grant funds may be used for any purpose that facilitates an innovative research collaboration. For example, it may be used to purchase equipment or software, collect unique data, or conduct experiments i.e. laboratory or medical experiments.

1.4 Two awards of $2,000 will be awarded; comprising $1,000 for each of the participating institutions.

1.5 The Committee reserves the right not to award the grant if applications are deemed to be of poor quality.

2    Eligibility

2.1 Applicants must be:

  • 2.1.1 enrolled PhD students within 12 months of submission of their thesis
  • 2.1.2 or level A, B or C academics who are within 10 years of their PhD being awarded (excluding career interruptions)

2.2 Applicants must be employed by, or enrolled in a PhD with, Alfred Health, Monash University, Centre for Eye Research Australia, Baker Institute, or the Burnet Institute within the A+ precinct.

2.3 Each applicant can be awarded a maximum of one A+ Collaborative Seed Grant per year. Where an applicant is named on more than one grant application in a round, no more than one application will be successful.

2.4 Successful applicants from the previous year are not eligible to apply, e.g. if successful in 2018, you may not apply again until the 2020 round of funding.

2.5 Applicants from each collaborating institution must meet these requirements.

3    The application

3.1 Your application should comprise a short proposal of no more than 2 pages (excluding references), which summarises the skills and expertise of the EMCRs involved, the nature of the collaborative work including a brief summary of how the funds will be used, and states the affiliated institutions. This should include the following headings: Background and Aims, Research Design, Budget, Significance and Expected Outcomes. Specific and deliberate mention of how each researcher’s skills allow the research to be conducted at a sufficiently high level is essential.

3.2 Citations for the last five publications (only accepted/in press articles) should be included at the end of the application for each applicant (not included in the 2-page limit)

3.3 All applications must be typed, and a signed electronic copy, with all evidence attached, emailed to by the deadline. Applications are due 15 November 2019 at 5 pm.

4    Peer review

From 2018, applications will be assessed by at least two external peer-reviewers from different areas of research (basic, clinical, epidemiological) and the Collaborative Seed Grants Subcommittee.

5    Reporting requirements

Awardees must submit a brief, plain language report (1-page) to, within twelve months of the award. This report should detail the outcomes of the collaboration and the ways in which the grant has enhanced or will enhance their research activities. This will be published in the EMCR newsletter and elsewhere, where appropriate.

6    Contact details