Seed Funding Scheme


Application Deadline: 30 September 2019

We are pleased to open Round 2 of the Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative Seed Funding Scheme. The objective of the scheme is to increase cross-disciplinary academic collaboration on statelessness across the University and with external partners. The Scheme serves as an incubator for developing and upscaling small-to-medium sized interdisciplinary research projects that show significant potential for future funding by granting bodies. The Scheme provides support to research teams with the aim of generating new knowledge and insights on topics broadly related to statelessness, citizenship and identity. Innovative research proposals can encompass a wide range of perspectives and methodologies, such as theoretical projects or projects based on empirical study or community engagement with external partners. Proposals are invited on a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, issues around nationality, deprivation of citizenship, legal identity and documentation, risk of statelessness and/or human rights issues connected with the causes and ramifications of statelessness. The Statelessness Hallmark Research Initiative is keen to support and enhance the career development of early career researchers by providing opportunities for them to participate and play a significant role within interdisciplinary research teams.

In considering the SHRI Seed Funding Scheme’s role to leverage cross-disciplinary collaboration for generating and upscaling innovative project ideas, the second round offer two categories of funding:

  • Category 1 grants aim at providing start-up funding for developing and refining project ideas and/or pilot initial activities. Up to $10,000 for 3-5 projects will be available under category 1 funding. Round 1 recipients are not eligible to apply for this category.
  • Category 2 grants are intended to lay the ground for enlarged project designs that demonstrate a clear strategy for targeting specific external funding opportunities. Up to $25,000 for 1-2 projects will be available under category 2 funding. While open to all entrants, this category also provides an opportunity for Round 1 grant recipients to expand and refine their projects for the purposes of larger external funding opportunities.

Projects must be completed by 31 December 2020. At the end of Round 2, a workshop will bring together all grant recipients to present the project outcomes and seek critical feedback on concept notes for follow-on funding.

Relationship with other funding schemes

There are a number of University schemes to support projects and applicants should consider which scheme is most suitable for their project. Details of other schemes can be found at Applications which request funds to supplement another current internal University grant, external grant or research contract will generally be excluded from consideration.


  • Applications are expected to be developed by a proposing team, and each application must nominate one Coordinating Investigator.
  • Applicants must disclose if they are submitting this application to other University of Melbourne seed funding grant sources.
  • The Coordinating Investigator must hold a salaried academic appointment at the University of Melbourne of at least 0.5 EFT for the duration of the project and the reporting period. If the Coordinating Investigator leaves the employment of the University, this responsibility will be transferred to another member of the team.
  • There are no restrictions on other members of the proposed project team, including international team members.
  • A simple signoff process will be used. It will be assumed that in submitting an application, all project team members have consulted appropriately with their Heads and Deans and have the time and basic infrastructure resources to pursue the project concerned within the context of existing research, teaching and higher degree supervision responsibilities.

Funding Rules

All requests for funding are to be made through the corresponding Application Forms and associated process. Projects should be costed in line with University policy and are subject to final approval by the Director or Chair of the relevant research body.

Funds may be used for:

  • Employing Research Assistants;
  • Employing casual staff to provide development or administrative support;
  • Modest and appropriate teaching or marking relief for the Coordinating Investigator and other Investigators on the team (specific justification for the item is required);
  • Costs associated with workshops or events, including accommodation and catering;
  • Travel costs such as bringing overseas or interstate industry or community partners to the workshops or events;
  • Accessibility costs (for example, for inclusive research, events or dissemination of findings);
  • Modest equipment (specific justification for this item is required); or
  • Consultant costs for workshop preparation, facilitation and/or post-workshop follow-up.

Funds may NOT be used for:

  • Salary top-ups to existing University of Melbourne staff for additional workload;
  • Extensive overseas travel by University of Melbourne staff; or,
  • Retainer fees for consultants.

Payment Schedule

The payment schedule will be linked to key deliverables and agreed between the Coordinating Investigator and the SHRI steering and selection committee prior to the commencement of the project.

Application Process

The application process has two stages:

  1. Proposing teams complete the official application form. The Selection Committee will then shortlist applications.
  2. Shortlisted applications will be invited to give a presentation to members of the Selection Committee on their project. The Selection Committee will then decide how to allocate the funding.

The application consists of the following elements:

  • Completed official application form, including proposal and budget (must include all supporting documentation, i.e. CVs of the Coordinating Investigator and other team members, letters of support from partner organisations).
  • For the Coordinating Investigator and for each team member, provide a statement of no more than one page in total including (a) current position, (b) expertise relevant to the proposed role in the current proposal, including track record of prior collaboration, and (c) a representative list of grants and/or publications in areas relevant to the proposal.

An information meeting for interested applicants will be held on 6 August 2019 - event info here. This meeting will be an opportunity to seek further clarification regarding the SHRI Seed Funding Scheme and the application process.

It is recommended that you discuss your project proposal with the Academic Convenor, Christoph Sperfeldt, prior to submitting your application.   (T: +61 3 8344 1489 E: )

Key Dates

  • An information meeting will be held for interested applicants on 6 August 2019.
  • Applications must be submitted by close of business 30 September 2019.
    • Proposals should be submitted via email to in a single file (PDF or DOC format)
    • Email Subject and Applications must use the filename format: Year-SHRI-Application-Initial+Last Name e.g. 2019-SHRI-Application-JDoe
  • Presentations of shortlisted applicants will be scheduled in October 2019. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their submission in early November 2019.
  • Projects of Round 2 must be completed by 31 December 2020. The feedback workshop will be held in November/December 2020.
  • A project completion report must be filed by 31 January 2021.

Complete Seed Funding Guidelines including Assessment Criteria and Conditions of Grant

Read about Successful Projects awarded in the first Seed Funding Round here.