Academic Consortium 21 (AC21): Special Project Fund (SPF) 2021

The AC21 Special Project Fund (SPF) was created in order to promote the development of research and educational exchange between AC21 members by providing seed funding for a variety of collaborative research projects and activities.

Although research collaboration between AC21 members is important, this fund is not intended to support particular or individual research projects. It is awarded to projects that include as many participants as possible. For example, a symposium jointly held by three or more institutions, featuring speakers from these institutions, and open to all AC21 members, as well as to the general public, will serve our goal of internationalization and cooperation between members more effectively compared to simple research projects conducted by one or two individuals per institution.

Events can include mini-symposia, mini-workshops, schooling projects, start-up funds for long term research projects, or small international forums, as well as traditional research proposals that attempt to include as wide a circle of contacts and participants as possible.

In 2021 the call has a specific focus on projects within a few of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. These include:

  • Goal #3 Good Health and Wellbeing
  • Goal #7 Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Goal #9 Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Member Institutions

There are 12 members in AC21 eligible for inclusion in the 2021 funding call. You can view the full list of eligible members in the guidelines appendix (PDF). Many of them are already good collaborators with The University of Adelaide. These include:

  • North Carolina State University, USA
  • University of Canterbury, NZ
  • University of Freiburg, Germany
  • University of Strasbourg, France
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Nagoya University, Japan.


Range from USD $12,000 to USD $15,000 per project. Awarded in February as a single payment.


Applicants must be academic staff members of an AC21 member institution who hold faculty positions. Students of an AC21 member institution, either undergraduate or graduate, shall not be eligible to apply for the SPF.

If a student has a research project that meets the purpose of the SPF and wishes to have the project submitted, the student must consult with his or her advisor [supervisor] in advance for review of the project and, upon advisor approval, the application should be prepared and submitted by the approving advisor.

Refer to the full eligibility information via the AC21 website (link below).

Submission requirements

Applications must be submitted to Global Engagement, University of Adelaide by 7 December 2020.

Forward Applications to:
Dr Glen Stafford, Director, Internationalisation Strategy,
Global Engagement Office, Division of Academic and Student Engagement
The University of Adelaide, AUSTRALIA 5005

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