Our partnership with Museum Victoria

The McCoy Project is a joint initiative between the University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria. It fosters innovative and high impact research projects that leverage the strengths of the two partners.

The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria have a history of collaboration that stretches back to the mid-1850s. At the heart of this history is the remarkable and controversial Sir Frederick McCoy (1823–1899): polymath, professor, museum builder and the project’s namesake.

The aims of the McCoy project are to:

  • Create an environment where scholarship based on Museum Victoria’s collections can flourish.
  • Develop and deliver quality collaborative projects that will have significant impact.
  • Bring scholars from different disciplines to work together to develop innovative and inspiring projects.
  • Develop the next generation of research communicators.

Participants who share common interests are drawn from the University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria to take part in the McCoy Project.

  • The McCoy Seed Fund Projects

    The University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria have collaborated on Australian Research Council Linkage and Discovery Project grants, co-supervised many postgraduate students, undertaken visiting fellowships, jointly curated exhibitions, and undertaken joint collection activities.

    The McCoy Seed Fund supports projects that are cross-disciplinary, innovative, collaborative and have the potential to have a significant impact beyond academia and the museum environment.

    Key statistics

    • 13 ARC Linkage Grants between 2004-2016 (administered by the University, with the Museum as industry partner)
    • 4 PhD Scholarships have been awarded in 2015-2016 through the UoM MV Scholarship Scheme
    • 30 Museum Victoria 1854 Student Scholarships given to University of Melbourne students between 2004-2015
    • 10 Museum staff hold honorary appointments at the University
    • 19 University staff have honorary appointments at the Museum

    View successful projects

    2017 McCoy Seed Fund projects

    2016 McCoy Seed Fund projects

    2015 McCoy Seed Fund projects

    2014 McCoy Seed Fund projects

  • Funding

    The McCoy Seed Fund is a joint fund comprising contributions from both the University of Melbourne and Museum Victoria to support the development of collaborative research projects between Museum Victoria and the University of Melbourne.

    The McCoy Project also offers two PhD scholarships for commencement in 2018. Find out how to apply for these scholarships on the McCoy PhD Scholarships page.

  • Contact us

    If you’d like to find out more, you can email Melinda Heron, External Research Relations Advisor, or call on +61 3 8344 2052.

    If your enquiry is in regard to other business or grants, you can email Sian Jackson-Findlay, Business and Grants Manager at Museum Victoria, or call on +61 3 8341 7583.