Funded Research Programs

The China Studies Centre encourages, organises and publishes research in China Studies across the university. An important step to achieving this is the Funded Research Program grants that the China Studies Centre offers to its actively employed academic members.

The 2012 round of applications awarded a total of $112 736.

Research program categories

1. Cross-disciplinary research projects

5. Small grants research support

2. Major research projects

6. Annual conference

3. Research development

7. Visiting staff program

4. Annual workshop

8. China science and technology scheme



1. Cross-disciplinary research projects

On an annual basis the Centre may allocate up to $50,000 per project to one or more cross-disciplinary research projects that seems likely to have significant intellectual outcomes, that may lead to new fields of study, or that may develop capacity at the University of Sydney. Cross-disciplinary projects in this case are those that go beyond involving a single discipline with China Studies.

Essential criteria include:

  • commitment to publication outcomes
  • applications for later and further external funding where appropriate
  • consideration of sustainable research efforts.
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2. Major research projects

On an annual basis the Centre may allocate up to $50,000 per project to one or more research projects that seems likely to have significant intellectual outcomes, that may lead to new fields of study, or that may develop capacity at the University of Sydney.

Essential criteria include:

  • commitment to publication outcomes
  • applications for later and further external funding where appropriate
  • consideration of sustainable research efforts.
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3. Research development

The Centre will provide relief funds to a member’s department/school/ faculty to permit them to spend a period of more intense research. This program will permit a member of staff to be relieved of up to half their departmental/school/faculty workload for the duration of the support provided.

Applicants may apply for relief for up to a year at a time on the basis of specific projects, with nominated outcomes.

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4. Annual workshop

On an annual basis the Centre will through open a competition to select a topic as the focus of the annual workshop to be held in the first semester of each academic year. Funding for the workshop (of up to $50,000) will be provided to hold the workshop and to invite scholars from outside the University of Sydney to participate.

The academic proposers and organiser(s) of the annual workshop must be at the University of Sydney. The Centre will handle all administrative arrangements.

Each annual workshop will be expected to result in some form of published research. Articles that are published independently but which are generated by such a workshop should indicate their origins and provenance.

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5. Small grants research support

The Centre will put aside $50,000 a year to provide matching funds to members of the Centre who require small grants of up to $5,000 a project to support research.

These funds may be used:

  • for travel
  • to invite visiting academics to Sydney
  • to support research in other ways.

Past experience in other contexts has demonstrated the worth of such a small grants fund to both the recipients and the production of research.

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6. Annual conference

In the second semester of each academic year, the Centre will hold an annual conference where members of the Centre will be encouraged to present papers and sessions on research in progress. Each Academic Group will ensure it makes at least one presentation at the Annual Conference.

The audience would include not only other members of the Centre but also other staff at the University of Sydney, and academics from beyond the University specifically invited to participate.

An annual conference of this nature will provide a structure to many within the Centre, especially junior staff, to write research papers regularly. It will also provide an opportunity for established staff to experiment, and for the Centre to publicise its research more widely. $25,000 has been allocated for this activity.

The Centre is also exploring possibilities for cooperation in mounting this conference with other universities in the Sydney metropolitan area.

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7. Visiting staff program

The Centre will allocate up to $20,000 per visit to support visiting China Studies academics from other universities and institutions wishing to spend a period of study and research at the University of Sydney. Visiting staff may be awarded every May and November.

Nominations for the Visiting Staff Program should come to the Centre with the nomination of a sponsor who is a member of the Centre stipulating the program of work that will be pursued at the University of Sydney, and detailing the outcomes and benefits.

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8. China science and technology scheme

On an annual basis, the China Studies Centre will dedicate $50,000 for one or more research projects in the Science and Technology field, that seem likely to have significant intellectual outcomes, may lead to new fields of study, or that may develop capacity at the University of Sydney.

The China science and technology scheme will fund seed projects bringing University of Sydney science and technology into China with industry partners and projects of a scientific nature that are about or located in China.

Essential criteria include:

  • commitment to publication outcomes
  • applications for later and further external funding where appropriate
  • consideration of sustainable research efforts.
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