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, and the second round in 2015, SJTU and UNSW have each agreed to provide additional funding over the next two years commencing January 2018. 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.
 

SEED GRANTS

APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN
 

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 (ie at least one visit by UNSW staff and/or students to SJTU and one by  SJTU staff and/or students to UNSW) (to be conducted within the duration of the award)
- the submission of at least one joint co-authored publication (or equivalent output)
- targeting a suitable scheme for the submission of a joint application for external research funding

Theme areas to be supported in 2017/18:

- Biomedical Sciences & Engineering 
- Architecture, Design and Urban Governance 
- Energy and Water 
- Social Policy and Social Sciences 

Funding

  • Seed Grants of up to $10,000 per annum may be awarded for a duration of 12 months.
  • 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 be required 11 months after receipt of funding providing evidence of outcomes to date. 
  • 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 25% 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.

 

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), Friday 1st December, 2017.

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: 

SJTU Lead Investigator:

 

KEY DATES

  • Applications Open: Friday 3rd November, 2017
  • Applications Close: 5pm (local time), Friday 1st December, 2017
  • Advice to successful applicants: Late December 2017
  • Grants begin: January 2018

 

QUERIES AND FURTHER INFORMATION

Please email: research.partnerships@unsw.edu.au 

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 via the above details and one for the lead SJTU investigator to complete in Chinese and submit to SJTU via the above details.

The UNSW form and guidelines are available above. The SJTU application form is also available above and have also been disseminated by SJTU.

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 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?

As noted in the guidelines, 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 (ie at least one visit by UNSW staff and/or students to SJTU and one by  SJTU staff and/or students to UNSW) (to be conducted within the duration of the award)

With 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 25% of grant.

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

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Can you be lead investigator on 2 separate applications?

You can be a lead investigator on one application and an ‘other investigator’ on another application (as long as they are for different projects), but not a Chief Investigator on 2 separate applications.

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Can I be lead investigator on one application and 'other investigator' on another application.

Yes, you can be lead investigator on one application and 'other investigator' on another application as long as they are for different projects.

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I am a past recipient of an SJTU grant, can I apply for this round if I have a different partner?

Past UNSW awardees are not eligible to apply for this grant even if there is a different partner.

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Does the theme area 'Biomedical Sciences & Engineering' relate only to Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering or also include Engineering in general?

This theme area focuses on biomedical research and translational medicine and as such relates to the fields of Biomedical Sciences and Biomedical Engineering. 

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