SJTU-UNSW Collaborative Research Fund

Since 2013, UNSW and China’s prestigious Shanghai Jiao Tong University have worked together on a joint investment fund designed to promote and encourage collaborative research and development in areas of common interest. Building on the success of the three earlier seed funding rounds in 2013, 2015 and 2017, UNSW and SJTU will now launch the 2019/2020 round of seed grant call. 

SEED GRANTS
Applications now closed

FUNDING AND PURPOSE
The purpose of the seed grant is to establish a joint research collaboration leading to long term collaboration beyond the scope of the seed project.

The collaboration is intended to include and lead to:
- at least 2 reciprocal visits for staff and/or students to be conducted within the duration of the award (i.e. at least one visit by UNSW staff and/or students to SJTU and one by SJTU staff and/or students to UNSW); 
- the submission of at least one joint co-authored publication (or equivalent output); and
- the targeting of a suitable scheme for the submission of a joint application for external research funding.

Theme areas to be supported in 2019/2020: Open (i.e. no restriction to specific themes)

Funding
•    Seed grants of up to $10,000 per annum may be awarded for a duration of 12 months.
•    A progress report will be required 11 months after receipt of funding providing evidence of outcomes to date. 
•    Seed grants may be renewed for one further period of 12 months subject to performance in fulfilling the objectives of the scheme.
•    Grants should be spent within the period indicated.
•    Each institution will provide funds to its own researchers.
•    Funds may only be spent at the home institution/country.

ELIGIBILITY

Eligible items for funding:
•    Travel costs of researchers and/or research students associated with the project
•    Reimbursement of living and hosting costs of visiting researchers from each institution
•    Workshop or meeting costs
•    Minor research costs associated with the project. Not to exceed 30% of grant.

Items not eligible for funding:
•    Salaries (for professional or academic staff) 
•    Scholarships 

Other eligibility requirements:
•    Past awardees are not eligible to apply for this round.
•    Lead Investigators must be researchers holding a salaried appointment with UNSW, or on a formal conjoint position if from one of UNSW’s affiliated Medical Research Institutes.
•    Applicants are only permitted to apply as a Lead Investigator on one application. A Lead investigator may be included as an 'Other Investigator' on a separate application if it is for a different project.
•    Applications are welcome from academic staff at all levels at UNSW. 

APPLICATION AND ASSESSMENT PROCESS
Teams of researchers with one lead researcher from each institution should submit an application on the provided Application Form by 5pm (local time), Tuesday 10th September 2019.

Applications will be assessed by the Vice-President (International) and Vice-President (Research), SJTU and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), UNSW or delegates.

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

SUBMISSION
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.

UNSW Lead Investigator: 
•    Download the Guidelines and Application Form here 
•    Submit the form in English to internationalresearch@unsw.edu.au
•    Applications will only be accepted via email in either PDF or Word format.

SJTU Lead Investigator:
•    Download the Guidelines and Application Form here
•    Submit the form in Chinese to wuyanping@sjtu@edu.cn   

KEY DATES
•    Applications open: Thursday 18th July 2019
•    Applications close: 5pm (local time), Tuesday 10th September 2019 [Update: Applications are now closed]
•    Advice to successful applicants: Early/Mid November 2019 (updated)
•    Grants begin: December 2019/January 2020 (updated)

QUERIES AND FURTHER INFORMATION
Please email  internationalresearch@unsw.edu.au (UNSW) or wuyanping@sjtu@edu.cn (SJTU) 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please note this list will be updated as queries arise.

Do the Lead Investigators from UNSW and SJTU each have a different form to complete?

Yes, there are two application forms - one for the Lead UNSW Investigator to complete in English and submit to UNSW (internationalresearch@unsw.edu.au) and one for the Lead SJTU Investigator to complete in Chinese and submit to SJTU (wuyanping@sjtu@edu.cn).

Both the UNSW and SJTU application forms are available for download above.

Note that the Lead Investigators from UNSW and SJTU need to work together to prepare their joint application, and that the same information should be included in the UNSW and SJTU application forms.

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Do PhD students need to be listed as co-investigators and are their CVs required?

PhD students do not need to be listed as co-investigators and we do not require CVs for PhD students in the application.

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How much detail should I include in the application regarding the exchange activities?

Exchange activities are a key element of the scheme. Therefore, we advise that you provide information detailing your planned exchange activities in each country as part of your Project Details section. 

The guidelines state that an expected outcome is at least 2 reciprocal visits for staff and/or students to be conducted within the duration of the award (i.e. at least one visit by UNSW staff and/or students to SJTU and one by SJTU staff and/or students to UNSW).

Eligible items for funding:
•    Travel costs of researchers and/or research students associated with the project
•    Reimbursement of living and hosting costs of visiting researchers from each institution
•    Workshop or meeting costs
•    Minor research costs associated with the project. Not to exceed 30% of grant.

Items not eligible for funding:
•    Salaries (for professional or academic staff) 
•    Scholarships 

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Can you be a Lead Investigator on 2 separate applications?

You can be a 'Lead Investigator' on one application and an ‘Other Investigator’ on another application if they are for different projects, but not a 'Lead Investigator' on 2 separate applications.

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Can I be a Lead Investigator on one application and 'Other Investigator' on another application?

Yes, you can be a 'Lead Investigator' on one application and an 'Other Investigator' on another application as long as they are for different projects.

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I am a past recipient of the SJTU-UNSW seed grant. Can I apply for this round if I work with a different partner?

Past UNSW awardees are not eligible to apply for this round even if they work with different partners.

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Are conjoint researchers eligible to apply as Lead Investigators?

Yes, conjoint researchers may apply as 'Lead Investigators' if they hold a formal conjoint appointment with UNSW and are from one of UNSW's affiliated Medical Research Institutes. Conjoint researchers may also be included as 'Other Investigators' on an application.

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Can UNSW project team members come from the Canberra campus or must they all come from the Kensington campus?

UNSW project team members (whether as Lead Investigators or Other Investigators) can come from either campus, Canberra or Kensington.

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What are the priority fields for this round of research funding?

There are no restrictions to specific themes/priority fields for this round of UNSW-SJTU seed grant call.

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Is A$10,000 the total budget for UNSW or for both universities?

If successful, UNSW researchers will be awarded A$10,000 for their seed projects to be used over a duration of 12 months. SJTU will provide separate funding to their SJTU Lead Investigators.

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Do we need to provide a budget plan in our proposal?

A budget plan is not required as part of the application, but feel free to include information about your planned expenses if you feel that it will help to strengthen your application. 

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Does 'Other Investigators' named in the application need to submit their CVs?

All investigators named in the application form (whether they are 'Lead Investigators' or 'Other Investigators') are to provide information about their track record i.e. resume, career publications, funding history etc.

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