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.



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 


  • 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.


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.
  • Lead Investigators on a project must be researchers holding a salaried appointment with UNSW and are only permitted to apply as a Lead Investigator on one application. (Lead investigators may be included as an 'other investigator' on a separate application as long as it is for a different project.)
  • Applications are welcome from academic staff at all levels at UNSW. 

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


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:



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



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Please note this list will be updated as queries arise.

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.