UNSW-Indonesia Seed Fund



UNSW has established a new research seed fund to strengthen research collaboration and deepen relationships with Indonesia. The fund will be used to provide seed grants that identify, promote and encourage opportunities for collaborative research and development in areas of common interest between UNSW researchers and their partners at higher education institutions in Indonesia.  


The purpose of the seed grant is to establish (or further) a joint research collaboration leading to long term collaboration beyond the scope of the seed project.


  • 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 and expenditure against the awarded amount.

  • Grants should be spent within the period indicated.

Applications are now open to all academic staff from all faculties at UNSW in the following theme areas:

  • Law, Economics and Social Sciences

  • Public Health and Policy

  • Sustainability and the Built Environment


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 and/or research students from each institution

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

  • Note – salaries and scholarships will not be funded

Other eligibility requirements:

  • UNSW CIs must be salaried staff of UNSW

  • Indonesian CIs must be employed at an Indonesian Higher Education Institution

  • UNSW Early Career Researcher is defined as “A postdoctoral research fellow or equivalent within 5 years of obtaining PhD”



  • The lead investigator from UNSW and the Indonesian partner university need to work together to prepare a joint application using the Guidelines and Application Form provided

  • The application form needs to be submitted to UNSW only and should be completed in English

  • Applications will only be accepted via email in either PDF or Word format to the following email address: research.partnerships@unsw.edu.au  


Applications:                  NOW CLOSED

Announcements:            Successful applicants will be notified in November 2016

Grant Commencement:   1 January 2017



Are academics at UNSW able to submit more than one application?

There are no restrictions on the number of applications that a UNSW staff member can be lead CI or a part of the team on applications. If you would like to be involved in more than one application we would suggest as an option being the lead on one application and part of the team on the second/third.

Are there any restrictions on the type of partner institution in Indonesia?

The partner institution can be a university, research institute or the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI). Government agencies are not eligible partners for this scheme.

What would be suitable follow-up funding schemes for joint applications?

Follow-up funding schemes may be through Australian government schemes such as ARC or NHMRC grants, or bilateral funding from areas such as: DIPI, the Australia-Indonesia Centre-small project scheme, ANU Indonesia Project and SMERU Research Institute Grants and Australia Indonesia Institute Grants.

Is there any difference in evaluation between ECR and non-ECR applications?

The grant is open to both ECR and non-ECR applicants who will be assessed equally.