Round 1 - 2014

MBI encourages collaboration and the development of strong links between Medicine, Veterinary Science, the Natural Sciences and the Humanities, with a specific focus on infectious diseases and biosecurity.
In order to provide some tangible support, especially to early career researchers, MBI will contribute to a range of seed funding options with the following broad goals:

  • Create and sustain a vibrant, multi-disciplinary academic community
  • Conduct research that advance understanding of infectious disease biology and strategies that minimize their adverse impacts
  • Increase capacity to diagnose, prevent and control infectious diseases through education and partnership

Please note: Only members of MBI can apply for MBI seed funding. Applications for MBI membership can be completed online Application for MBI membership.

Categories of Seed Funding

MBI Funded

Category 1 - MBI Seed Funding Grants


Applications for Category 1 - MBI Seed Funding Grants are now closed


Closing date for this application is 5pm on Friday, 29 August 2014. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

These grants are aimed at senior and early career researchers who require seed funding to initiate a project or to acquire data that will allow them to submit a highly competitive grant application. The ability to produce tangible outcomes, leverage additional funds and develop a strong proposal that is likely to secure competitive funding will be considered.

Applications for MBI Seed Funding should:

  • Include a broad focus on infectious diseases or biosecurity
  • be led by an MBI member (PhD students can be named applicants but not the primary applicant/recipient)
  • envisage future competitive grant applications via the ARC, NHMRC or other funding agencies Applications for new collaborations involving more than 1 group/discipline/school will be favoured
  • Applications led by and including early career researchers (within seven years of PhD completion) are encouraged
Key Information and Dates:
  • Applications close 5pm on 29 August 2014
  • Winners will be announced by 12 September 2014
  • Projects should commence from October 2014 onwards
  • The maximum grant amount offered will be $20,000
  • Up to four $20,000 grants will be offered this round

Category 2 - Conference Support

Closing date for this application is 5pm on Friday, 26 September 2014. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

These grants are aimed at early career researchers who have excellent research that has been accepted for an oral or poster presentation at a national or international conference. This could also include support for international speakers to visit Sydney.

Selection Criteria:

  • Open to students of MBI members and MBI members themselves (must be affiliated to the University of Sydney)
  • Study topic (invited speakers) should have a specific focus on infectious diseases or biosecurity

For conference attendance, grant recipients must:

  • acknowledge MBI or indicate MBI affiliation (on poster, in talk)
  • provide a brief overview of conference highlights (1-2 pages)
  • extracts to be included on the MBI website
  • conference tweets via MBI central coordinator encouraged
Key information and Dates
  • Applications close 5pm on 26 September 2014
  • Winners will be announced by 10 October 2014
  • Projects should commence from November 2014 onwards
  • The maximum grant amount offered will be $2,500 (international) and $1,000 (national)
  • Up to four grants will be offered this round
  • Applications must be completed online

Co-funded

Category 3 - Joint Seed Funding Grants

These grants are co-funded (50/50) with respective Disciplines/Schools/Faculties. MBI will offer up to $2,500 to be matched by the coordinating Discipline/School/Faculty.

These grants are aimed at senior and early career researchers who require seed funding to initiate a project or to acquire data that will allow them to submit a highly competitive grant application. Collaborative multi-disciplinary projects are encouraged, but the focus/scope of the call will be determined by the administering discipline/school/faculty.

Applications for MBI co-funded projects should:

  • include a broad focus on infectious diseases or biosecurity
  • be led by a staff member of the University of Sydney (PhD students can be named applicants but not the primary applicant/recipient)
  • envisage future competitive grant applications via the ARC, NHMRC or other funding agencies

New collaborations involving more than 1 group/discipline/school will be favoured

Applications led by and including early career researchers (within seven years of PhD completion) are encouraged

Funding can be used for purposes related to

  • building collaboration (including meeting costs, brainstorming sessions etc)
  • collection of pilot data
  • analysis/purchase of datasets etc
How to apply for Joint Seed Funding Grants
  • Disciplines/schools should submit a brief EOI expressing commitment to provide matched funding and defining the aims/mechanism of the project/call for projects
  • Each discipline/school is restricted to a maximum of 5 MBI co-funded projects/year
  • EOIs will be assessed by the MBI executive team
  • In total up to 10 projects will be co-funded per year ($2,500 per project)
  • Disciplines and schools will be responsible for the administration and coordination of the projects