Funding Opportunities 2020

The Melbourne Social Equity Institute supports collaborative, interdisciplinary research between academics, members of community organisations, policy makers and people with lived experiences of disadvantage or marginalisation in order to create fairer societies. The Institute has created a suite of funding opportunities to enable and support collaborative, interdisciplinary social equity research.

Interdisciplinary Seed Funding

The Institute invites proposals for interdisciplinary, community-engaged and innovative research projects. Applicants can apply for a minimum of $25,000 and a maximum of $40,000. Projects must be completed by the end of 2021. Applications must be led by a University of Melbourne academic.

Expressions of Interest closed on 9 September 2020.

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Community Fellows Program

The Community Fellows Program aims to meet the research needs of community organisations to conduct small research-related projects in collaboration with university researchers. The program is targeted at small to medium-sized community organisations (up to 200 employees) that currently have very limited capacity to conduct research.

Applications closed on Friday 23 October 2020.

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Community Engagement Grants

Proposals are open for activities to support a University of Melbourne researcher with an idea to test, explore and develop in partnership with members of disadvantaged or marginalised communities. The funding will enable the researcher to develop interdisciplinary and community-engaged networks within and external to the University. Grants of up to $3000 are available.

Applications are closed on Friday 23 October 2020.

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Publication Support Grants

These grants of up to $3000 each are offered in recognition of systemic issues that may prevent many early career academics from completing and submitting manuscripts for publication. Researchers who receive these grants will be supported to write papers or books based on research findings from previous or existing projects supported by the Melbourne Social Equity Institute.

Applications are by invitation only.

Research Translation and Impact Grants

The purpose of these grants is to enhance the ability of an existing Community Fellow or Melbourne Social Equity Institute seed fund award holders to undertake research translation and impact activities that were not envisaged in the original project design.

Applications are by invitation only.