Seed funding available for Knowledge Sciences theme

5 April 2019

Two Theme Seed Fund awards of $5000 are available for the Faculty of Science's Knowledge Sciences Research Theme*.

Teams are invited to apply for funds through a mini-symposium event, where they will be required to present one-minute lighting talks with a prepared poster or slide.

*The Faculty of Science has embraced the University of Auckland's five Global and Local Challenges, by developing eight research themes.

What are Theme Seed Funds?

This Fund has been established to nurture and encourage interdisciplinary collaborations among researchers within the Knowledge Sciences.

The application should involve at least two different disciplines within knowledge sciences*, but not necessarily two different departments.

* Knowledge Sciences includes philosophy, maths, statistics, computer science, engineering science, and psychology and informs emerging areas of societal interest, such as big data and cyber-security.

Who can apply?

This award is for researchers who are employed as academic staff by the Faculty of Science.

Applicants must have an employment contract that requires them to undertake research as either part or all of their responsibilities and their appointment must be 0.2 FTE or greater. 

Preference will be given to new collaborations, to researchers who do not have an active FRDF grant, and to collaborations with realistic plans to continue beyond the seed funding period (e.g., by applying for external funding).

What can these funds be used for?

The funds can be used for:

  • Travel and hosting collaborative meetings
  • Research assistants
  • Consumables
  • User charges/analytical work
  • Direct student support such as internships, short-term scholarships

The funds cannot be used for:

  • Conferences
  • Academic staff salary
  • Equipment
  • Grant writing support

The Award must be used by 31/10/2019. No time extension is allowed.

Two Seed Fund awards of $5000 are available.

Lead applicants must register by 22 April 2019.

Prior to the mini-symposium, each team will develop a poster or digital slide that outlines their proposed interdisciplinary research.

At the mini-symposium, each team presents their proposed research along with their poster or slide in a one-minute lighting talk.

These posters or slides and the one-minute lightning talks will be the primary method for assessing the applications.

The mini-symposium will be held on the 6 May 2019 from 2 pm.

Registered applicants will be provided with more details about the mini-symposium, and application results will be communicated to people on or before 13 May 2019.

For any queries please contact Eszter Muradin.