Seed Funding 2017

The Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI) is seeking Expressions of Interest from researchers to undertake innovative interdisciplinary research projects related to the networked society.

We are offering seed funding for projects 12–18 months in duration and up-to the amount of $45,000 for research that is broadly aligned with our focus areas. The funding is a central component of how we nurture and support interdisciplinary research at the University of Melbourne. This year we have refined the process and encourage all eligible applicants to pitch their exciting and innovative research proposals.

The key things we’re looking for are novelty, alignment with the Institute, an interdisciplinary approach and the potential to generate impact.

To support applicants, we are hosting a Seed Funding Workshop on Wednesday 14 June 2017, starting at 2pm. This is an opportunity for you to present your research interests, meet other researchers and kick-start the collaboration process.

Contact Us

We strongly encourage all potential applicants to get in contact with us to discuss your ideas and proposals. Adam and Ken are happy to provide early-stage guidance and can be contacted on:

How to Apply

To reduce the administrative overheads for applicants, all you need to do is review the Terms and Conditions (.pdf) and lodge a simple Expression of Interest (.docx) by 5:00pm Monday 10 July 2017.

Selection Process

Proposals will be reviewed by the Institute’s Executive Committee. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch their proposals to the Executive Committee on Monday 31 July 2017.

Project Funding

Funding will be offered over three phases up to a total maximum of $45,000 for a duration of 12 to 18 months.

Project Development

Successful projects will be invited to work with us over 4–8 weeks to explore feasibility and to develop a detailed project plan. Funding up-to $5,000 is available for this stage. Project plans will be reviewed by the Institute.

Seed Funding

Approved projects will be eligible for funding of up to $40,000. This will be paid in two phases, with the second instalment subject to new work undertaken and project progress.

Leveraged Investment

At conclusion, projects are eligible to apply for an additional investment up-to $25,000 to access leverage funding. Eligibility is subject to the receipt of matching funding.


We are hosting a workshop to allow researchers to share ideas and potentially find collaborators with complimentary skills and interests. Attendees are required to register beforehand and provide a brief summary of their research interests.

  • Date: Wednesday 14 June 2017
  • Time: 2pm to 4pm
  • Venue: Richard Newton Rooms, Level 5, Electrical and Electronic Engineering Building
  • RSVP:


Registrations are essential for this event. Please email your attendance to and including the following:

  • Name
  • Department/Organisation
  • Research Interests

Attendee information will be collated and circulated before the workshop to facilitate networking.