This year, a total of $320,000 of funding will be available through this scheme. In the first instance, there will be eight seed-funded grants of $40,000 available to collaborative networks developed through the Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction network. In addition to these funds we are pursuing other philanthropic funding options which may enable us to fund additional projects.
Please note the following changes to the Seed Funding Guidelines from last year’s inaugural round:
- A new sub-theme of Brain Sciences and Translational Neuroscience has been established, please see page 4 of the guidelines for further information.
- Project team must engage four or more collaboration partners (see list Guidelines page 3)
- Project team engages at least one partner LHD or service provider
- Clinical or service provider leadership must be identified on project team, with the exception of applications lodged within the Brain Sciences and Translational Neuroscience sub-theme**
- At least one early or mid-career researcher (up to level C) must be included on the project team
- A Project Leader can only submit one application in this funding round
- Proposals that have been submitted previously cannot be resubmitted without extensive revision to update current activity/or to bring projects in alignment with the additional selection criteria listed in the Seed Funding Guidelines 2018.
Research projects must have potential to progress towards a high-calibre application for future competitive funding. They will focus on building novel programs and solutions or transforming existing research across disparate organisational and/or geographical partner sites. Research projects must have potential to drive further research or clinical outcomes and must also create collaboration between the UNSW Medicine, Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addiction Theme and SPHERE partners.
Please contact Dr Lise Mellor, Acting Executive Officer (Neuroscience, Mental Health and Addictions Theme) by email if you have any questions about the seed funding scheme, or contact the appropriate sub-theme leaders listed (in guidelines) directly.