Hokkaido – Melbourne Joint Research Workshops Fund

Critical Dates

08 March 2022

Applications open via SmartyGrants

27 April 2022

Applications close 6pm (Melbourne time)

Late-May 2022

Communication of results

01 June 2022

Start date of awards

Overview

The aim of the scheme is to support the development of new collaborations through joint research workshops, with Hokkaido University (HU) and the University of Melbourne (UoM) contributing matching funds. Up to four workshops will be funded in 2022, with two to be held at Hokkaido and the other two at Melbourne. It is expected that these initial projects will lead to long-term collaborations, institutional and research relationships, and when applicable, generate publications, exhibitions, and/or external funding for ongoing collaboration.

Project proposals are open to all research areas, with applications in the following topics particularly encouraged: forestry, engineering, drug discovery, indigenous studies, ageing society and infectious diseases.

Eligibility criteria

Applications must be led by at least one PI from HU and at least one PI from Melbourne.

Melbourne PIs

Melbourne PIs must hold an appointment at the University of Melbourne that meets the following requirements at the time of application and for the duration of the award:

  • Academic Level A6 or higher; and
  • 0.5 FTE or higher.

Honorary employees whose primary academic affiliation is the University of Melbourne are eligible to lead an application if:

  • Their primary employer has entered into an agreement with the University to support the Australian component of the collaborative activity; or
  • They agree to participate in their own expense if they are otherwise unaffiliated. For example, they hold an emeritus position.

All applications must be endorsed by the PI’s Head of Department/School.

Hokkaido PIs

Hokkaido PIs must hold an appointment at Hokkaido University that meets the following requirements at the time of application and for the duration of the award:

  • Postdoctoral Researcher or faculty; and
  • Preferably full-time.

Jointly-appointed employees whose primary academic affiliation is Hokkaido University are eligible to lead an application, if the other employer(s) of them would acknowledge and approve possible following activities under the Hokkaido-Melbourne Joint Research Workshops Fund.

All applications must be endorsed by the PI’s Dean of Faculty, Director of Research Institute/Research Centre, or Chairman of the University Hospital.

Funding

Up to four workshops will be funded in 2022, with two to be held at Hokkaido and the other two at Melbourne.

  • Researchers from the "sending" institution (who will travel to attend the workshop) can request up to $15,000 AUD / JPY equivalent.
  • Researchers from the "host" institution (who will hold the workshop) can request up to $5,000 AUD / JPY equivalent.

How to apply

  1. Review the guidelines

    Under 'Supporting Documents' below.

  2. Prepare and submit your application

    Log in to SmartyGrants to begin your application. Only one of the coordinating investigators will be able to create the application for your team, so you will need to decide who is responsible for submitting the application and collaborate on the application contents offline.

  3. Submit the application via Themis (UoM only)

    Once you have submitted the application via SmartyGrants, the lead UoM investigator will also need to create a Themis Grants Workbench submission in order to obtain their Head of Department's approval.

Supporting documents

Guidelines for applicants

SmartyGrants Application Portal

Instructions for creating a grant submission record in Themis.

Contacts

University of Melbourne

Kim Turner, Researcher Development Schemes 
Research, Innovation & Commercialisation
The University of Melbourne
Email: res-devschemes@unimelb.edu.au

Hokkaido University

The Division of International Relations
International Affairs Department
Hokkaido University
Email: intlconsulation@oia.hokudai.ac.jp