UNSW-MAHE Collaborative Research Seed Grant

UNSW and Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE) are pleased to announce a new seed grant scheme to foster collaborative research between researchers of the two institutions.

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

FUNDING
•    Grants of up to $20,000 may be awarded for a duration of 12 months.
•    Each institution will provide funds to its own researchers i.e. Lead Investigators will receive up to $10,000 for their seed projects from their respective institutions.
•    A final report will be required at the close-out of the grant providing evidence of outcomes to date and expenditure against the awarded amount. 
•    Grants must be fully expended within the 12-month period. Any unspent funds will be returned.

ELIGIBILITY
•    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 UNSW Lead Investigator or MAHE Lead Investigators but may be listed as an 'Other Investigator' and ‘Mentor’ on the application.)
•    MAHE Lead Investigators must be employed by MAHE.
 
APPLICATION PROCESS

•    Download the Guidelines and Application Form
•    Please ensure all guidelines and FAQs are read and understood prior to completing the application.
•    The Lead Investigators from UNSW and MAHE need to work together to prepare a joint application using the application form provided. 
•    The application needs to be completed in English and submitted by one of the Lead Investigators only.
•    Applications should be submitted with all documents (application form, project proposal, CVs) combined as a single PDF.
•    Applications will only be accepted via email in PDF format to the following email address: internationalresearch@unsw.edu.au

KEY DATES
Applications open:
Monday 12 August 2019
Applications close: 5pm (Sydney time), Friday 4 October 2019 (Late submissions will not be accepted.)
Announcement of results: Applicants will be notified in December 2019 (updated)
Grant Commencement: December 2019/January 2020 (updated)

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Please note this list will be updated as queries arise.

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 in your Project Proposal, you provide information detailing all planned exchange trips, relevant investigators involved in the trips and activities to be undertaken during the trips.

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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 if they are for different projects.

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Can I be the chief 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 if they are for different projects.

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Are UNSW 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 academics at Professorial Level E apply as the UNSW Lead Investigator?

Staff at Professorial Level E are not eligible to apply as the UNSW Lead Investigator. However, they can be listed on the application as an 'Other Investigator' and ‘Mentor’ on the application.

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Regarding the requirement for two reciprocal visits, how many trips in total does this refer 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?

We generally expect one visit from UNSW academics and/or research students to MAHE and one visit from MAHE academics and/or research students to UNSW. However, there is some flexibility on this depending on project needs, as long as there is a minimum of two international trips made between Australia and India.

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How can we find potential collaborators at MAHE to work with?

For help with locating faculty specialising in certain disciplines, MAHE has an online Directorate of Research (https://manipal.pure.elsevier.com/en/) where you can search to find out more about the academic profiles and research outputs of MAHE researchers. 

Additionally, please find attached a list of MAHE faculty interested in establishing research collaborations with UNSW faculty. Please feel free to reach out to them if your research areas of interest overlap. 

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One of the expected outcomes listed 'submission of a joint application for external research funding' - can you please clarify on what 'external' means?

‘External’ research funding refers to funding sources outside of UNSW. For example, this UNSW-MAHE seed grant call is considered an ‘internal’ grant as the funding comes from UNSW itself. Examples of ‘external’ research funding schemes are the ARC grants, the NHMRC grants etc. You may also wish to refer to this webpage - https://research.unsw.edu.au/current-funding-opportunities-0 for more examples of external funding opportunities.

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