UNSW-Tsinghua Collaborative Research Fund

Seed Grants

 

PLEASE NOTE: THE 2018 ROUND OF FUNDING IS NOW CLOSED. RECIPIENTS ARE LISTED IN THE ATTACHMENT UNDER 'RELATED FILES'

ABOUT THE SCHEME

Building on the success of the collaborative research fund first launched in 2016, Tsinghua and UNSW have each agreed to provide additional funding for a new round of seed grants commencing February 2018  The program will provide seed grants to identify, promote and encourage opportunities for collaborative research and development in areas of common interest, provide facilities for this purpose and enhance the activities, profiles and reputation of each party.

Tsinghua University is consistently ranked as one of the top academic institutions in China and globally. As one of China’s most renowned universities, Tsinghua has become an important institution for fostering talent and scientific research and UNSW is pleased to continue strengthening our partnership through this scheme.

SEED GRANT GUIDELINES

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 Tsinghua and one visit by Tsinghua 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
-    targeting a suitable scheme for the submission of a joint application for external research funding

Theme areas to be supported in 2018/19:

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Business and Law
  • Smart Cities

Funding

  • Grants of up to $15,000 per annum may be awarded for a duration of 12 months
  • Each institution will provide funds to its own researchers (ie UNSW will award a grant of up $15,000 to the UNSW lead investigator)
  • 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
  • Funds may only be spent at the home institution/country
  • Seed grants may be renewed for one further period of 12 months  

 

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 as a Lead Investigator for this round but may be included as an ‘other investigator’ on an application as long as it is for a different project.
  • 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. 
  • Applications are welcome from academic staff at all levels at UNSW.

 

APPLICATION AND ASSESSMENT PROCESS
Teams of researchers with one lead researcher from each institution should submit an application using the relevant provided application form to their institution by 5pm (local time) on 10 January 2018. 

Applications will be assessed by a Steering Committee with representatives including the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research), UNSW and the Vice President, Research, Tsinghua University or delegates. 

Selection criteria:
a)    Quality, expected outcomes and impact of proposed research program
b)    Strength of research team relative to opportunity
c)    Alignment of proposal with purpose and expected outcomes of the fund

SUBMISSION
The lead investigators from UNSW and Tsinghua need to work together to prepare a joint application and each submit the relevant application form (see below) to their own institution. The application needs to be submitted to both UNSW and Tsinghua to be eligible for consideration. 

UNSW Lead Investigator: 

  • Download the Application form
  • Please ensure you read the guidelines on this website prior to completing your application.
  • Submit form in English to: internationalresearch@unsw.edu.au  
  • Applications will only be accepted via email in either PDF or Word format.

Tsinghua Lead Investigator:

Key Dates 
Applications open:   Wednesday 22 November
Applications close5pm (local time) on Wednesday 10 January 2018
                                   (Please note this is a hard deadline and late applications cannot be accepted.)
Announcements:      Applicants will be notified mid-February 2018
Grants begin:            March 2018

QUERIES AND FURTHER INFORMATION
Please email: internationalresearch@unsw.edu.au

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Please note this list will be updated as queries arise.

Do the lead investigators from UNSW and Tsinghua 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 Tsinghua investigator to complete in Chinese and submit to Tsinghua via the above details.

All relevant guidelines and forms are available above.

Note that the lead investigators from UNSW and Tsinghua need to work together to prepare their joint application, and that the same information should be included in the UNSW and Tsinghua forms.

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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 include brief information/dot points around the activities investigators will undertake at each institution during the reciprocal visits (eg what the investigators will be doing while visiting the partner institution - eg workshops, lectures, research activities etc).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 Tsinghua and one visit by  Tsinghua 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 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).

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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 a UNSW-Tsinghua seed 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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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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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.

 

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