SJTU-UNSW Collaborative Research Fund

UNSW and China’s prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University have increased the size of a joint investment fund designed to mobilise industry investment in research and tap into China’s rapidly rising demand for advanced technology.

Building on the success of the collaborative research fund first launched in 2013, Shanghai Jiao Tong University and UNSW have each agreed to provide additional funding over the next two years commencing September 2015.

The fund will be used to promote and encourage collaborative research and development in areas of common interest, provide facilities for this purpose and enhance the activities of each institution. 

Read more about the agreement.



  • 2015-16 AWARDEES - A list of successful applicants can be found in the Related Documents list in the right hand column.

About the Grants

Seed Grants of up to $15,000 per annum may be awarded for a duration of 12 months.

The purpose of the seed grant is to establish a joint research collaboration leading to the submission of at least one joint co-authored publication, at least 2 reciprocal visits for staff and/or students, and targeting a suitable scheme for the submission of a joint application for external research funding.

Seed grants may be renewed for one further period of 12 months subject to performance in fulfilling the objectives of the scheme. A progress report will need to be submitted 11 months after receipt of funding providing evidence of outcomes to date. 

Each institution will provide funds to its own researchers. Funds may only be spent at the home institution/country.


Key Dates - 2015

Applications Open: Wednesday 30 September

Applications Close: 5pm, Friday 30 October

Advice to successful applicants: Late November 2015

Teams of researchers with one lead researcher from each institution should submit an application on the provided Application Form by the deadline.

Applications will be assessed by the Deputy Dean, Division of Science & Technology, SJTU and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), UNSW or delegates.

Theme areas to be supported in 2015/16:

  • Business Studies

  • Energy

  • Legal Studies

  • Medical Sciences

Selection criteria:

  1. Quality, expected outcomes and impact of proposed research program

  2. Strength of research team relative to opportunity

  3. Alignment of proposal with purpose and expected outcomes of the fund

NB. Past awardees are not eligible to apply for this round.


  • Travel costs of researchers and/or research students associated with the project

  • Reimbursement of living and hosting costs of visiting researchers from each institution

  • Minor research costs associated with the project. Not to exceed 25% of grant.

  • Note - Salaries and scholarships will not be funded


The lead investigators from UNSW and SJTU need to work together to prepare a joint application. The application needs to be submitted to both UNSW and SJTU to be eligible for consideration.

Applications will only be accepted via email in either PDF or Word format:

UNSW applicants: 

SJTU applicants: Submit to both Guo Liang and Xu Lin 


These awards have now been allocated. A list of successful applicants can be found in the Related Documents list in the right hand column.