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International Seed Funds

The Office of Research Affairs (ORA) and the Office of International Affairs invite applications for seed funding for bilateral collaborations with Australian university partners.


Through strategic partnerships with Monash University and the University of Sydney, one-time, non-renewable seed funding is available to support innovative joint initiatives with investigators at both universities. Funds are intended to build on mutual strengths, catalyze new efforts and position binational teams to pursue private and federal support for collaborative research programs.

Funds are open to faculty and researchers in all disciplines. All proposals must include a UC San Diego PI and PI from the partner institution. Approximately 15 grants of $20-30K each will be awarded, with funding to be available as early as summer 2019. For all awards, the proposed UC San Diego budget share will be distributed locally to lead investigators, with matching funds distributed to co-leads. Funds are intended to support planning, development, and proof-of-concept activities. Activities that develop new research links, support student mobility, or expand existing collaborations are welcome. Multidisciplinary projects are encouraged.

UC San Diego - Monash University Seed Funds  

UC San Diego and Monash are seeking proposals to foster collaborative, sustainable, and cross-disciplinary research programs. The 2019 Seed Fund has been created to provide seed monies to faculty groups to develop plans for long-term programs integrating graduate students and faculty from both universities.

Eligible uses of funds include staff/student exchange (incoming or outgoing), direct research support costs, equipment/facility/platform access fees, travel, and other expenditures in support of the long-term project development. Funds may not be used for faculty salary or stipend, indirect/administrative costs, to hire a consultant or contractor, or for general equipment expenses.

Proposals require a minimum of one and maximum of four investigators at both Monash and UC San Diego.

Applications, including the completed application form and CVs for lead PIs, must be submitted as a single PDF file to vp.research-noe@monash.edu and seedfund@ucsd.edu.

UC San Diego - University of Sydney Seed Funds

The USyd-UC San Diego Partnership Collaboration Awards have been established to facilitate and support joint initiatives that will strengthen the two universities’ strategic priorities as well as develop multi-disciplinary cutting-edge research to create academic and societal impact.

Applicants are encouraged to submit funding proposals for innovative and sustainable programs built around collaborative research linking USyd and UCSD. Applicants must also demonstrate that their projects are sustainable in the long-term, preferably by including a plan for engagement that includes leveraging external funding and publication outputs. Preference will be given to teams that include students, postdocs, and researchers rather than one-to-one research projects. Projects which are multidisciplinary in nature are encouraged.

Eligible uses of funds include travel, seminars and workshops, accommodation, and limited publication costs. For complete details, view the guidelines below.

Applications must be submitted electronically via the University of Sydney funding portal. Applications must be initiated by the USyd lead PI.


For both programs, the UC San Diego lead must hold a campus appointment that confers automatic PI eligibility. Students, postdocs, and other researchers may participate in projects, but may not serve as lead applicants.

Selection Process and Criteria

Awards will be jointly reviewed and funded with faculty panels at Monash and USyd. Please refer to individual program guidelines for evaluation criteria.

Terms and Conditions

Allowable expenses vary by program. All travel must comply with UC San Diego Travel Policy.

Awardees may be required to present progress at a campus-hosted workshop. A written summary is due 14 months after seed funds are awarded (fall 2020).