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

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 Category 1 - MBI Seed Funding Grants are now closed


Category 2 - Conference Support

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.

Applications for Category 2 - MBI Travel Grants are now closed


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