Seed-funding goals

The overarching goal of the ESPRIt Hallmark Initiative is to broaden and deepen existing collaborations, and bring together researchers who have not previously collaborated, with the aim of generating new knowledge, insights and ideas. To that end, ESPRIt provides seed-funding for interdisciplinary research projects.

Second Round - 2018

The call for applications for ESPRIt's second round of seed funding opened on 2 July and will close on 31 August 2018.

It is with great pleasure that the ESPRIt Hallmark invites applications for the second round of seed funding. Interdisciplinary applications are sought from researchers of all levels and will ideally include early career researchers on the team.

Key dates:

  • 31 August: Formal Applications are due
  • 28 September: Outcomes are advised

Please find further details on the funding rules as well as the funding application form here:

Seed Funding 2018 Rules
Seed Funding 2018 Application Form

If you have any inquiries that the Funding Rules and Application Form do not address, please e-mail us here using the subject headline “seed funding r2 query”.

First Round - 2017 - CLOSED

The first ESPRIt seed funding round, which was restricted to early career researchers, has just been completed. On 14th December 2017, we held an early career researcher networking event to provide the opportunity for researchers from different disciplines and Faculties to discuss ideas for joint research projects. The event was well-attended with 15 participants from four of the six faculties associated with the Hallmark initiative.  Applications were submitted in February and four projects were funded:

1) ‘Stigma and segregation: investigating attitudes towards public housing in rapidly changing neighbourhoods in Melbourne’ by Katrina Raynor from the Melbourne School of Design, Camilo Ordóñez from School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, and Laura Panza from the Department of Economics.

2) ‘Theoretical explanations for socioeconomic inequalities in multi-morbidity among adults’ by Ankur Singh and Tania King from Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, Emily You from Department of Psychiatry, Melbourne's Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, and Diana Contreras Suarez from Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.

3) ‘Does more information result in better health care choices? Evidence from NBN expansion in Australia’ by Gideon Aschwanden from the Melbourne School of Design; and Arezou Zaresani and Diana Contreras Suarez from Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research.

4) ‘Text selection in the senior English curriculum’ by Alexander Bacalja from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education and Lauren Bliss from the Faculty of Arts.

An Early Career Researcher symposium will be held in December 2018 where the successful applicants of the first seed funding round will present their research findings. Details to come.