Eight joint research projects have been selected to receive seed funding under the partnership agreement signed by the University of Sydney and UC Davis earlier this year.
Under the terms of the agreement, both institutions will contribute up to AU$100,000 annually for two years to support cooperative research projects and activities.
The awards are designed to catalyze scientific discoveries through collaborative engagement between researchers at the two universities by providing funding to support initiatives that foster international partnerships in research, teaching and learning, capacity building and other areas.
Professor Kathy Belov, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global Engagement) at the University of Sydney said: “What really stands out is the breadth and quality of the research that will receive funding. There’s a fascinating spread of projects that address global challenges in human, animal and planetary health, and in food security and energy. This is a great start for our partnership with UC Davis.”
Cameron Carter, interim Vice-Chancellor for Research at UC Davis, added: “This exciting new partnership with the University of Sydney combines the strengths of two world class public research universities and promises to generate multiple new lines of interdisciplinary research that will have a major global impact.”
Each principal investigator (PI) at the University of Sydney will receive up to $20,000 per year for two years, with equivalent matching funds for the American PI supplied by UC Davis.
Eight research projects were selected from a total of 22 applications covering a wide variety of disciplines. The recipients are:
The two universities are planning to announce a second call for proposals later in 2017 to further enable researchers to work together on grand challenge-type projects of mutual interest.
For questions about the partnership or awards, please contact Matthew Louie (Partnerships Officer, Office of Global Engagement).