Bonn-Melbourne Research Excellence Fund

Critical Dates

24 August 2020

Applications open 

30 October 2020

Applications close 

30 November 2020

Communication of results

Late January 2021

Start date of awards

Overview

The Bonn-Melbourne Research Excellence Fund fosters collaborative research projects. Applicants from all schools and disciplines are encouraged to submit funding applications for innovative and sustainable projects built around collaborative research linking faculty from the University of Bonn and the University of Melbourne. The research may take place in any country as long as it is done collaboratively. The expectation is that these initial projects will lead to long-term collaborations, institutional and research relations, and when applicable, generate publications, performances, exhibitions, and/or external funding for ongoing collaboration. Proposals should focus on new research areas that have not yet received funding from Bonn or Melbourne or through third-party funding before.

Eligibility:

  • Principal investigators from the University of Bonn must be research staff who have completed a doctorate and 0.5 FTE or higher at the time of application and for the duration of the award.
  • Principal investigators from the University of Melbourne must hold an appointment at Academic Level A (6) or higher and 0.5 FTE or higher at the time of application and for the duration of the award. Honorary employees whose primary academic affiliation is the University of Melbourne are eligible to lead the application if their primary employer has entered into an agreement with the University for the support of the Australian component of the collaborative activity; or may participate at their own expense if they are otherwise unaffiliated (for example, they hold an emeritus position). The relevant Heads of Department/School at Melbourne must endorse the application.

Funding

The Bonn-Melbourne Research Excellence Fund will fund up to three applications (with at least two Principal Investigators (PIs): one from the University of Bonn and one from the University of Melbourne) per year. Selected applications will receive up to 20,000 € or $33,000 AUD from each institution. These funds must be primarily used for research (broadly defined).

How to apply

  1. Review the guidelines

    The call documentation will be published under 'Supporting Documents' when the round goes live.

  2. Prepare and submit your application

    Collaborating applicants from the University of Bonn and from the University of Melbourne should submit their proposals in a single, joint submission via the University of Bonn application portal.

Supporting documents

University of Bonn application portal

University of Bonn scheme webpage

2021 Funding Call

2021 Guidelines

Contacts

University of Melbourne: 

Kim Turner, Researcher Development Schemes, ric-internalgrants@unimelb.edu.au

University of Bonn:

Tina Odenthal, t.odenthal@uni-bonn.de