International Grants Accelerator Program

Critical Dates

16 February 2022

Registrations open for the Finding Funding program (please refer to the link in the Support Documents section below)

27 May 2022 5pm- now closed.

Round 1: Completed travel funding applications due. Outcomes in June.

1 April - 31 May 2022 - now closed.

Drop-in sessions open for the Finding Funding program, with details provided to those who have registered

28 October 2022 

Round 2: Completed travel funding applications due. Outcomes in Nov, travel in 2023 permitted.

Information Sessions

Please register to attend the following information sessions through the Research Development Events page here.

Upcoming Information Sessions

17 August: How to manage US Federal grants once they are awarded (Registration link here)

TBD:  Early Career Academic session - starting international collaboration and funding sources

TBD:  Funding opportunities in Japan

Recorded Information Sessions
  • How to complete a US National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant application. Recording | Slides | Note that applications submitted after 25 January 2023 will now need to include a Data Management and Sharing Plan (details here).
  • Introduction to the US Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Recording | Slides
  • How to complete a CDMRP grant application. Recording | Slides
  • Continental Drift: Funding Collaborations to Connect with Europe. Recording | Slides
  • Funding opportunities from the United Kingdom. Recording | Slides


The International Grants Accelerator Program supports researchers at the University of Melbourne to access international collaborators and funding agencies. It is widely accepted that making initial contact and building relationships with funding agency staff is a strong predictor of success in obtaining funding. The International Grants Accelerator Program offers differing levels of support, intended to respond to the varying needs of researchers and their disciplines, including professional staff development. For an overview of the program, please note that a recorded information and Q&A session is available.


The program will allow researchers to apply for travel funding in order to visit international collaborators and funding agencies, or to support the visit of international partners to Melbourne. Applicants are invited to apply for up to AUD $5,000, with funding available from Chancellery Research and Enterprise in a 1:1 match with Academic Divisions. Up to ten travel awards will be available for academic staff, with up to a further two travel awards available for professional staff.

How to apply

  1. Review the funding guidelines

    Review the guidelines available at the bottom of this page.

  2. Apply

    To enrol in the Finding Funding program and Pitch Your Project scheme register using the link below between 16 February - 15 April.

    To apply for travel funding, complete an application form (available below) with your Academic Division's endorsement and return this to Blake Plowman ( by 5pm 13 May 2022.

Supporting documents

International Grants Accelerator Program Guidelines

Registration for the Finding Funding and Pitch Your Project Schemes

Travel Grant Application Form

Further details and registration links for the information sessions


Blake Plowman, Research Partnership Leader (USA)