University of Toronto – University of Melbourne: Joint Research Program

Critical Dates

20 September 2021

Applications open via SmartyGrants

1 November 2021

Applications close 3pm (Melbourne time)

November 2021

Communication of results

1 December 2021

Start date of awards


The overall aim of the Fund is to encourage and provide initial support for development of high-quality research projects that include Early Career Researchers (ECRs). Funding is available at both institutions to develop new partnerships that will lead to long-term collaborative research with a view to enabling principal investigators (PIs) to subsequently make joint proposals to external funding sources for the next phase of their research.

The fund is open for proposals across all research areas.

Project teams must include participants from both UoM and UoT.

Melbourne: Applicants must hold an appointment at the University of Melbourne 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/Units must endorse applications.

Toronto: Applicants who are Faculty members in continuing U of T appointments are eligible to submit proposals. Faculty members in continuing U of T appointments, and students and fellows under their supervision at U of T, are eligible to participate in exchange activities.


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

Application Form

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,