University of Toronto – University of Melbourne: Joint Research Program

Critical Dates

13 March 2020

Applications open via SmartyGrants

19 May 2020

Applications close 3pm (Melbourne time)

15 June 2020

Communication of results

1 July 2020

Start date of awards


The University of Melbourne (UoM) and the University of Toronto (UofT) are contributing matching funds to support collaborative research initiatives through a joint call for proposals.

The overall aim of the fund is to encourage and provide initial support for development of high quality research projects in areas of mutual strength and shared interest.

Funding is available at both institutions to undertake short-term visits to initiate, deepen and extend collaborative research links with a view to enabling investigators to subsequently make joint proposals to external funding sources for the next phase of their research.

Project teams must include participants from both UoM and UoT. UoM lead investigators must have at minimum an A6, 0.5FTE appointment for the duration of award. The UoT lead investigator must be a permanent staff member.


The University of Melbourne will provide each approved project up to $16k AUD to support UoM applicants.

The University of Toronto will provide each approved project up to $15k CDN to support UofT applicants.

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

    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

Melbourne-Toronto Joint Call for Proposals

Instructions for creating a grant submission record in Themis.


University of Melbourne: 

Kim Turner, Researcher Development Schemes,

University of Toronto:

Tak Koguchi, International Research Office,