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Our funding opportunities aim to bring together multidisciplinary groups within the University to explore challenges facing human, animal and ecosystem health.

The Institute encourages research that improves understanding of the complex pathogen, host, environment interactions that fuel the emergence and spread of infectious diseases.

New funding opportunities

This large-scale funding opportunity is specifically aimed at groups that are driven by strong preliminary data and collaboration. Projects up to $50,000 will be funded and must be concluded within 1-2 years.

Submissions will be evaluated using a double-stage procedures. Initially screening will be performed by an executive team to ensure that the objectives and minimum quality criteria are met. Then a multidisciplinary advisory board, composed of members from major schools and disciplines will consider the strategic importance and strength of the application.

Contact the Marie Bashir Institute to find out more about applying for this funding call.

Applications will be accepted for node-related projects for up to $20,000. This round of Marie Bashir Institute seed funding offers specific support to projects aligned with established research nodes. Research project nodes support multidisciplinary academic communities focused on thematic areas of interest and strength.

Assessment criteria

Seed funding grants aim to support projects that will generate preliminary data necessary to submit a competitive project grant application. Competitive applications will be those that demonstrate scientific merit, likely productive outcomes (competitive funding proposals and peer reviewed publications), good value for money and productive multidisciplinary links. Additionally, applications led by Levels A-C academics are encouraged and research that further the aims/goals of a specific MBI Research Node (with endorsement of the relevant node leadership) will be viewed favourably.

Please note the following key criteria:

  • Applicants must be University of Sydney-affiliated members of MBI
  • Research must have an infection focus
  • It is important to indicate specific targets for future competitive grant applications
  • Recipients of previous seed funding who have not submitted progress reports are ineligibile for futher funding
  • Funds are provided for purposes related to:
    - Initiation and completion of a new project
    - Collecting new/pilot data or analysis of available data
    - Building productive multidisciplinary collaborations

There is a maximum of $60,000 available in this round. Applications will be ranked based on scientific merit and assessment criteria outlined above.
There is an additional $20,000 available from philanthropic funding specific to a FungiSphere node-related project.

Apply online now. Applications close 12.00pm on 23 October 2019.