Seed Funding 2018

We are seeking innovative and exciting applications from researchers for new interdisciplinary research projects related to the networked society. These seed funded projects are the primary way we foster, support and enable interdisciplinary research collaborations at the University of Melbourne.

Seed funded projects are small, 12–18 months in duration and valued at $20–40,000. This year we are seeking to invest up-to $300,000 across a number of projects.

In 2018, we have updated the process to apply. Please read the Information Pack and the Terms and Conditions carefully.

We have an open call for projects that focus upon understanding the impacts and opportunities of the networked society and in creating solutions to further the networked society. We seek to support projects that deliver positive social outcomes. We welcome applications from across the University for exciting proposals that align with the mission of the Institute.

We are specifically seeking interdisciplinary applications led by researchers from faculties that have been under-represented in our Seed Funding with special attention being given to applications from: Architecture, Building and Planning; Business and Economics; Education; Fine Arts and Music; Law; Science; and Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.

In addition to the open call we welcome proposals that align with our emerging focus areas:

  • Digital Ethics: exploring the ethical, social, legal and political issues surrounding the use and uptake of connected people, places and things in the networked society.
  • Cybersecurity: examining the security challenges of networked society and creating solutions to ensure and enhance cybersecurity.
  • Future of Work: researching how the networked society is transforming how we structure and arrange work and participate across the economy.
  • Internet of Things: understanding and developing how increasing connectivity can deliver new services and business opportunities across domains such as health, agriculture, and urban spaces.

Seed Funding 2018 Workshop

To support applicants, we are hosting a Seed Funding Workshop on Friday 27 April 2018 at 2pm. This is an opportunity for you to present your research interests, meet other researchers and kick-start the collaboration process.

  • Date: Friday 27 April 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.

How to Apply

The Seed Funding 2018 Information Pack provides details instructions to support you in your application.

To apply for seed funding first you need to read the Information Pack (.pdf) and Terms and Conditions (.pdf)..

Then complete the NSI Seed Funding 2018 Application Form (.docx) and append a 1-page (max) CV for each researcher, PhD student and external collaborator working on the project.

This must be sent as a single.pdf document to by 11:59pm Sunday 13 May 2018. Applications in a format other than that provided above will be deemed invalid and not eligible for assessment.

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 4 June 2018.

Selection Criteria

We are looking to fund projects that meet the following criteria:

  • Potential to generate high impact and engagement
  • Project novelty and innovation
  • Alignment with the Institute
  • Demonstrated potential to build interdisciplinary research capacity
  • Feasibility, scope and budget
  • Ability to scale and to obtain future funding

Selection Timeline

Friday27 April 2018

Seed Funding Workshop

Sunday13 May 2018

Seed Funding Application Deadline

Monday4 June 2018

Short-listed project interviews

Semester 2 2018

Projects Commence

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: