University of Adelaide (Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President, Research): Seed Funding Program for Interdisciplinary Research 2015

Interdisciplinary research is one area where there is potential for the University to create innovative research directions that build upon our current capabilities. Accordingly, funding will be made available in order to:

  • foster early stage interdisciplinary research projects, particularly where a project crosses structural boundaries in the University such as schools and faculties, and
  • initiatives that promote the development of a collaborative research environment.

Seed funding may be granted through the Beacon of Research in one of several ways, for example:

  • as support funding for events, workshops and ‘sandpit’ or ‘dragon’s den’ events for interdisciplinary project development;
  • seed funding for pilot projects;
  • to assist in the development or provision of research ‘enabling’ capability that crosses faculty boundaries.

Examples might include emerging interdisciplinary areas such as bioinformatics, training in another discipline, shared space or equipment, facilities and services that foster the development of a collaborative research environment.


A small number of projects requiring funding of up to $30, 000 in 2015 will be supported.

Internal co-investment is not required but Faculties and Schools are welcome to partner in the scheme to add funds to a specific grant or to provide additional grants to shortlisted projects at their complete discretion.

Project funding may be used by the successful researchers to:

  • bring teams together to respond to competitive calls from granting bodies for applications in specific interdisciplinary areas;
  • to workshop interdisciplinary publications in high impact journals;
  • to test a concept or generate preliminary or pilot data;
  • to scale up existing work in an area with potential to attract external funding;
  • to fund travel and/or and visiting-scholar grants to work in multidisciplinary groups;
  • to build new connections and partnerships, internally and externally;
  • to purchase small items of equipment that are shared and are critical to an interdisciplinary project; or
  • to purchase services or access facilities that foster interdisciplinary connections.

Other purposes may be considered at the discretion of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).


Eligibility is confined to University staff. For further eligibility and selection criteria, please refer to the Guidelines below.

Supporting Documents

Submission Requirements

Applications are to be made on the template provided (See Application Form above) and are limited to four pages in length.

Applications (word version not pdf) are to be forwarded electronically to Kerry Jaeger in the Office of the DVCR.


Further Information

Please contact Kerry Jaeger, Office of the DVCR,  to discuss your application.

Phone: (08) 8313 7568


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