Bonn-Melbourne Research Excellence Fund

Project Funding

Funding for joint research projects with faculty from the University of Melbourne (matching funds from both universities for a total of up to € 40,000 per project).

Submission Deadline

A new call for 2023 is expected to open in May 2022.

Currently no Call

Funding Conditions

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 researchers from the University of Bonn and the University of Melbourne.

The expectation is that these initial projects will lead to long-term research collaborations, institutional and research relations, and when applicable, generate publications, exhibitions, and/or external funding for ongoing collaboration.

In 2022, up to three applications will be funded (each with two principal investigators: one from the University of Bonn and one from the University of Melbourne).

  • Expenses for University of Bonn or University of Melbourne faculty and PhD researchers to travel to the partner university (for Bonn staff: transportation, accommodation, and per diem rates in accordance with the Travel Expenses Act of the State of NRW)
  • For justified exceptions (e.g. for the initiation of teaching collaborations), travel expenses for Bonn or Melbourne students to the partner university (based on applicants’ calculations)
  • Material expenses needed to conduct research activities and events
  • Personnel expenses, scholarships, publication costs, and basic equipment (e.g. laptops, computer, etc.) are excluded from this funding

Successful funding applications will be awarded up to AU$ 66,000/ € 40,000 per project (up to AU$ 33,000 from the University of Melbourne and up to € 20,000 from the University of Bonn). These funds must be used for research (broadly defined) and must follow the budget guidelines.

The budget costs for the University of Melbourne and the University of Bonn must be shown separately in the financing plan.

  • Academic quality and impact: the academic quality of the proposed work, the likelihood of it gaining wide recognition and/ or having a high impact when completed. If appropriate, the ability to cut across disciplines.
  • Innovation: the extent to which the project will contribute to novel thinking and creative outcomes.
  • Outcomes and Sustainability: the likelihood that the project will lead to long-term research relationships and generate on-going collaboration. Expected outcomes may include, among other possibilities: publications, grant proposals, clinical interventions, technological innovations, exhibitions, performances, enhanced networks and/ or research-based seminar/ conference/ workshops.
  • Partnership and Strategic Relevance: how the project will contribute to promoting and consolidating the relationship between the University of Melbourne and the University of Bonn. How the research will be shared with broader academic communities at each institution and contribute to realizing university strategies.
  • Graduate Researcher Involvement: are opportunities provided for PhD researchers to engage in the collaboration? What are the anticipated benefits of PhD researcher involvement in the project and for the individuals themselves?

Researchers of the University of Bonn who have completed a doctorate submit a joint proposal with faculty from the University of Melbourne. Bonn researchers must be able to show proof of their employment at least until the end of the collaborative research project.

  • Online form
  • Project description (PDF file, max. 8 pages plus short biographies), consisting of:
    1. Narrative description of the proposed project for a multi-school, multi-disciplinary audience
    2. Brief description of how the project will address the above-mentioned selection criteria 
    3. Budget and budget justification, explaining in detail all anticipated expenditures
  • Curriculum vitae: 2-page maximum, current, for each Principal Investigator
  • Curriculum vitae: 1-page maximum, current, for additional team members

Detailed information on the grant program and the application process can be found in the grant guidelines2.


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