Hallmark Disability Research Initiative Seed Funding 2016

We are excited to announce the second round of seed funding from the Hallmark Disability Research Initiative (DRI). Our first round in 2015 stimulated exciting projects that have already strengthened interdisciplinary collaborations, community and industry engagement and led to larger research grants. This year, we are looking forward to similar results. We are aiming this round specifically at enabling researchers across the university to conduct interdisciplinary projects aimed at rights based disability research.

2016 Areas of Focus

The goal of the funding is to provide a small amount of resources for researchers to begin work on a larger research project for which they are planning to seek larger-scale funding.

We are open to any rights based disability research, however we are particularly interested in proposals in the following areas:

  • Social and cultural participation, including through social programs, community building, accessibility and the built environment
  • Economic participation and financial planning
  • Transitions from education to employment
  • Inclusion in tertiary education settings
  • Access to health care

Across all projects, we particularly encourage the inclusion of people with disability and disabled peoples organisations in the co-production of research. We also encourage consideration of intersectional issues, including disability and gender, LGBTQI, aging, race, and immigration status.

Information Session & Workshop

DRI will be hosting a morning tea information session and workshop for all interested researchers to collaborate and share ideas. RSVP is essential:

  • Date: Tuesday 24th May 2016
  • Time: 11:00am – 12:00pm
  • Place: Law School Clinical Classroom, GM19, Mezzanine, Law School Building
  • RSVP: By Wednesday 18th May 2016 to disability-research@unimelb.edu.au

Details to include in your RSVP:

  • Name/s
  • Faculty/Department/Organisation
  • Research interests


Please read the DRI Grant Guidelines and complete the DRI Application Form and submit by Friday 17 June 2016 for consideration.

2016 DRI Grant Guidelines
(.pdf 148KB Download)

2016 DRI Application Form
(.pdf 113KB Download)

Further Information

If you are interested in applying or would like more details on the application process, please get in touch with Academic Convenor, Dr Anna Arstein-Kerslake at disability-research@unimelb.edu.au.

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