UNSW-India Collaborative Research Seed Grant




UNSW is pleased to announce a new seed grant scheme to foster collaborative research partnerships between UNSW researchers and counterparts at targeted higher education and research institutions in India. In recent years, UNSW has worked to strengthen its links with Indian academic and research institutions. With the launch of our India Strategy and the Diya Initiative, UNSW is focused on forging research partnerships that will create a new chapter in the Australia-India bilateral relationship.


Through the new Scheme, seed funding for collaborative research activities and academic mobility will be awarded to further or establish a joint research collaboration between UNSW and Indian researchers leading to long term collaboration beyond the scope of the seed project. 

Grants will be awarded in the following theme areas:
  • Global Health
  • Smart Cities
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Water and Environment
  • Grants of up to AUS$10,000 may be awarded for a duration of 12 months.
  • The seed grant funding is largely provided to enable exchange activities between the partner teams. It is a requirement of the grant that at  least two reciprocal visits for staff and/or students are conducted within the duration of the funding period (i.e. UNSW will provide funding for academics and/or research students to travel at least twice to India and/or Indian partners/students to travel to UNSW).
  • All eligible items for funding are specified in the Guidelines provided below.
  • Grants must be fully expended within the 12 month period. Any unspent funds will be returned.
  • Grants are open to salaried academic staff levels A-D at UNSW.
    (NB. Staff at Professorial level E are not eligible to apply as the lead UNSW CI, but may be listed as an 'other investigator' and mentor on the grant.)
  • India Partner CIs must be employed at an Indian Higher Education Institution as specified in the list below.

Eligible Partner Institutions
UNSW researchers may partner with the following institutions in India:

  • Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR) Institutes
  • Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT)
  • Indian Institute of Science (IIS)
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  • Indian Higher Educational Institutions as per list of Category I and II institutions granted autonomy by India’s University Grants Commission.
  • Please also check the FAQs below for updates re additional institutions.
  • Download the Guidelines and Application Form
  • Please ensure all guidelines and FAQs are read and understood prior to completing the application.
  • The lead investigator from UNSW and the lead investigator from the Indian partner institution need to work together to prepare a joint application using the guidelines and application form provided. 
  • The application needs to be completed in English and submitted by the UNSW lead investigator to UNSW only.
  • Applications should be submitted with all documents (application form, project proposal, CVs, letters of support) combined as a single PDF.
  • Applications will only be accepted via email in PDF format to the following email address: internationalresearch@unsw.edu.au

APPLICATIONS NOW CLOSED:        5pm, Wednesday 16 May, 2018 (Sydney time) (Late submissions will not be accepted.)
Announcements:            Applicants will be notified in late June 2018
Grant Commencement: July 2018


For queries and further information please email: internationalresearch@unsw.edu.au



Please note this list will be updated as queries arise.


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 in your Project Proposal you provide information detailing all planned exchange trips, relevant investigators on each trip and activities to be undertaken in each country.

Can I be the lead investigator on two separate applications?

You cannot be a lead investigator on two applications but you can be a lead investigator on one application and an ‘other investigator’ on another application (as long as they are for different projects).

Can I be the 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.

Are conjoint appointments eligible to apply as a lead investigator?

Conjoint researchers may not apply as a lead investigator. Lead investigators must be researchers holding a salaried appointment with UNSW. Conjoint researchers may be included as 'other investigator' on an application.

Can UNSW academics at Professorial Level E apply as the lead UNSW investigator?

Staff at Professorial Level E are not eligible to apply as the lead UNSW CI, however they can be listed on the application as an 'other investigator' and mentor on the grant.

Are Arts included under the Humanities and Social Sciences theme?

Researchers are welcome to submit Arts applications within the Humanities and Social Sciences theme.

Re the two reciprocal visits requirement - how many trips in total is this referring to? And is there a requirement for both the Indian and the Australian parties to travel? Or could the same party travel more than once?

In general we would expect one visit from UNSW partners to India and one visit from Indian partners to UNSW. However there is some flexibility on this depending on project needs, as long as there are a minimum of two international trips between Australia and India.

Is the George Institute for Global Health India considered an eligible Indian higher education partner?

Yes the George Institute for Global Health India can be listed as an Indian partner institution.

Is the LV Prasad Eye Institute an eligible Indian partner institution?

Yes the LV Prasad Eye Institute is an eligible partner.

Is the All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) an eligible partner institution?

 The All India Institute Of Medical Science (AIIMS) is an eligible partner institution.