CAWRI 2021 seed funding round now open

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Seed funding is now available to support multidisciplinary projects exploring the relationship between creativity and wellbeing. The funding is designed to build capacity and support new and emerging research collaborations.

Project themes

The Creativity and Wellbeing Hallmark Research Initiative (CAWRI) will award grants of up to A$15 000. Projects should explore one or more of the following themes:

  • Creativity, wellbeing and ageing
  • Creativity, wellbeing and the future of public space
  • Creativity, wellbeing and social connection
  • Creativity, wellbeing and social adaptation
  • Creativity, wellbeing and human agencies
  • The wellbeing of creative and performing artists

For more information on each theme, download the CAWRI Seed Funding Guidelines (DOC)

Eligibility and guidelines

  • Your research team should have at least two proposing members. Each application must nominate a Coordinating Investigator (CI).
  • At least one team member must be an Early Career Researcher.
  • Teams must include members from at least two University Faculties.
  • The Faculty of the CI must be a participating CAWRI member. The faculty should have contributed to the CAWRI co-funding allocation for the corresponding year.
  • The CI must hold a salaried academic appointment at the University of at least 0.5 EFT for the duration of the project and reporting period.
  • There are no restrictions on other members of the proposed project team, including international team members.
  • You must provide a signed statement certified by the Head of School/Department/Institute of the CI. This indicates you have the time and resources to pursue the project within the context of existing research. Download the CAWRI Seed Funding Certification Form (DOC). Attach the completed form to your online application.

For full eligibility and selection criteria, download the CAWRI Seed Funding Guidelines (DOC)


You can apply for funding of up to A$15 000 from three streams, in the following combinations:

  • Stream A only
  • Streams A and B
  • Streams A and C
  • Streams A, B and C

Stream A: Basic Research

You can apply for up to $3000 per project in this stream for activities including:

  • Data collection
  • Creating original research
  • Research assistance
  • Expenses for equipment or research materials.

Stream B: Research Partnership Development

You can apply for up to $7000 per project in this stream for activities including:

  • Conducting research in partnership with external stakeholders
  • Supporting research activities with an industry body, not-for-profit or government organisation.

Stream C: Community Engagement

You can apply for up to $5000 per project in this stream for activities including:

  • Cultivating research audiences
  • Conducting advocacy work
  • Organising costs for community engagement activities
  • Outreach events directed at the general public.


Funds cannot be used for:

  • Salary top-ups to existing University staff
  • The extension of contracts for University contract staff
  • Overseas travel
  • Retainer fees for consultants.

How to apply and contact

Submit your application through the online application form. Do not email your application.

You can download a draft application form (DOC) to plan your application. You can copy and paste this into the online form when you are ready to apply.

Applications close COB 14 May 2021.

Notifications of outcomes will be made by 28 May 2021.

If you have questions about the funding, application process, eligibility or selection criteria, email CAWRI coordinator and Research Fellow Frederic Kiernan at


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