Funding opportunities

The UOW Global Challenges Program has developed a range of funding opportunities to support UOW researchers to undertake research activities that address one of the themes of Building Resilient Communities, Living Well Longer, Making Future Industries and Sustaining Coastal and Marine Zones.

Seed Funding - Closed

Seed funding rounds run annually and open in March. Interdisciplinary teams of UOW researchers can apply for Seed Funding for projects from up to $15,000 for: Project scoping/proof of concept Research exchange (short term visits) Events (UOW based conferences, workshops, seminars) Engagement with end-users, policy makers Pilot studies The application process involves a short online application, including a 2-page project proposal. Successful applications will then progress to a second stage where they will do a 5 minute presentation to the Global Challenges Executive Committee, followed by a discussion of their proposal.

Project Funding - Closed

Project-level funding rounds run annually and open in April. These projects may have already received Seed funding, although this is not a requirement. Project funding will be up to $50,000. 

Keystone Funding - Opens June

Keystone Projects are an exciting opportunity for the Global Challenges Program and UOW Faculties to leverage capacity and resources to achieve strategic, whole of university research outcomes. Keystone Projects must be interdisciplinary (engaging researchers from at least 3 UOW Faculties), and directly address one of the challenge areas of Living Well Longer, Making Future Industries and Sustaining Coastal and Marine Zones. 

Travel Scholarship Video Challenge

The Travel Scholarships Video Challenge enables current students undertaking a research degree at UOW to travel to a destination of their choice to support their research. Students are asked to describe the 'big picture' problem their PhD is addressing and how it aligns with one of the Global Challenges. The video challenge runs annually and entries open in October.

Drop-in to our offices to talk to our challenges leaders about our current funding opportunities every Tuesday or arrange a meeting with one of our challenge leaders by emailing us at