Seed Funding Scheme

This scheme supports interdisciplinary research projects in the field of Indigenous research, with the primary purpose of building capacity and supporting new and emerging areas of Indigenous research.

About the scheme

The objectives of the Seed Funding Scheme are to:

  • Support and give preference to new areas of Indigenous research that enhance the University’s capabilities in this area;
  • Fund highly innovative small-to-medium-scale interdisciplinary research projects that show potential for future funding by granting bodies; and
  • Catalyse the drawing together of academic staff from across disciplines to work on interdisciplinary problems consistent with the broad research objectives of the IRI.

*The Seed Funding Scheme will not be offered for 2018 projects*

  • 2016 Projects

    Project: Planning for economic development and diversity on the Tiwi Islands
    Lead researcher: Dr Jane Elith, Faculty of Science
    Partner: Tiwi Land Council

    Project: Miminni and Burri: A report card of health outcomes in the Goulburn Murray Region
    Lead researcher: Prof Bill Adam, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
    Partners: Kaiela Institute, Rumbalara Aboriginal Cooperative, Goulburn Valley Health, Greater Shepparton City Council

    Project: Art as voice: Indigenous epistemologies for research on arts and for practice-based research in Australia
    Lead researcher: Dr Sally Treloyn, Victorian College of the Arts & Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
    Partner: Wilin Centre, CDU

    Project: Indigenous news database and case studies on Indigenous news media
    Lead researcher: A/Prof Margaret Simons, Faculty of Arts
    Partners: Guardian Australia, IndigenousX

    Project: Improving the health service access utilisation of young Aboriginal people in Melbourne
    Lead researcher: Dr Simon Graham, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences
    Partner: Victorian Aboriginal Health Service

  • 2017 Projects

    Project: Improving care of Indigenous Australians with diabetes in rural communities
    Lead Researcher: Dr Elif Ekinci
    Partner: Rumbalara Aboriginal Health Service

    Project: Collaborating, Building and Broadcasting in Wadeye, Northern Territory
    Lead Researcher: Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker
    Partner: Thamarrurr Development Corporation

    Project: Digital solutions for capturing connectedness and mobility data in remote Indigenous communities
    Lead Researcher: Dr Katherine Gibney
    Partners: Menzies, Northern Institute, Bankwest Curtin Economics Centre

    Project: New approaches to improve nutrition in Indigenous children in a remote Yolngu community
    Lead Researcher: Dr Sarah Hanieh
    Partner: Miwatj Health Aboriginal Corporation

    Project: Enhancing the educational experience and outcomes of Indigenous doctoral students
    Lead Researcher: Dr Nikki Moodie
    Partner: University of Melbourne Indigenous Graduate Students Association