Seed Funding 2015

The Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI) is seeking applications for innovative interdisciplinary research projects from the University research community. The interconnectedness between people, places, things and systems is creating new challenges and opportunities for technology to create, control and monitor human activity across society.

The Institute provides Seed Funding to catalyse innovative interdisciplinary projects that will help us understand and shape the networked society. The program is designed to fund small to medium scale projects up to $60,000 that have the networked society as their core value and show the potential for future external funding.

Seed funding provides support for new research projects that are well defined, align with the Institute's research focus and bring together an interdisciplinary team of researchers, to understand, examine and develop the networked society.  Successful research projects will demonstrate capacity to scale research through attraction of external funding and partnerships.


The Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI) came into being in February 2015 and seeks to examine the challenges and opportunities of the networked society. The Institute's mission is to foster interdisciplinary research focused upon the key question: how can society take advantage of networks and connectivity in their broadest sense?

MNSI builds upon the history of the Institute for a Broadband-Enabled Society (IBES) and marks the natural evolution of the Institute from focusing on universal access to broadband to the complexity, scale and speed of connectivity underpinning the networked society. Read more about the challenges and opportunities of the networked society.

Research Focus

The Institute's research is focused around three key areas networked living, networked economy and networked infrastructure. Find out more about MNSI's research focus.



MNSI staff are available to provide information to prospective applicants and applicants are encouraged to make contact to discuss their proposals beforehand.

Staff Contact details


MNSI will be hosting a workshop for researchers on Monday 30 March 2015 to provide an overview of MNSI, details of the Seed Funding Process and provide an opportunity for discussion and networking over refreshments.