Seed grants

Swinburne's seed-funding scheme is available to support interdisciplinary research projects - in particular those aligned to Swinburne's research institutes and those supporting our external partnership and collaboration objectives.

Grant focus and application

Up to $20,000 is available per seed grant project. The seed grant scheme is focused on supporting projects that address complex, societal and industry challenges in partnership with external organisations. These projects should relate to at least one of Swinburne's five research institutes: Data Science, Health Innovation, Manufacturing Futures, Smart Cities, and Social Innovation.

We are keen to receive Expressions of Interest for these grants, featuring game-changing ideas that will make a real impact while also building on our research excellence. We hope they will help us develop relationships with external partners in priority areas, as well as facilitating internal collaboration across Swinburne.

The seed grants have two key elements:

1. Institute-initiated projects

  • Enable institutes to develop projects with external partners and identify the best capability within Swinburne
  • Enable structured conversations and alignment with institute priorities
  • Institute directors will directly contact researchers with the relevant capability or run special calls.

2. Researcher-initiated projects

  • Enable participation of the research community (part of the institute engagement process)
  • Regular expressions of interests called for on a monthly basis, due on the last Friday of each month at 5pm.

Factsheet, guidelines and application form

Download previously successful seed grant proposals

The following proposals were successful in the first round of seed grant applications. You are encouraged to read them before submitting your own as exemplars of well-written proposals.

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    Previous proposal 1 [PDF 859KB]

    News Savvy Seniors: Enhancing social inclusion through digital stories and social media participation (Dr Anthony McCosker)