Community Engagement Grants

STATUS: Closed. The next round will open in 2023.
Internal applicants based in the Faculty of Science may like to apply for the Indigenous Engagement Grant scheme

The Indigenous Knowledge Institute (IKI) aims to advance research and engagement in Indigenous knowledge systems. The IKI is one of the Melbourne Interdisciplinary Research Institutes aiming to promote research linkages and collaboration across the University and play a lead role in articulating University research to external audiences.

About the grant scheme

The Institute invites proposals to support academics with a new research idea to test, explore, and develop it in partnership with members of Indigenous communities.

The Community Engagement Grants will be awarded to researchers/research teams who are building equitable partnerships with Indigenous communities at a grassroots level.

The funding will enable the researcher to develop interdisciplinary and community-engaged networks within and external to the University. The scheme aims to support research ideas that may lead to a proposal for future rounds of the IKI’s Seed Funding program.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Researchers from all disciplines across the University of Melbourne are eligible to apply for projects up to a maximum of $3,000.

Chief Investigators named on the application must be existing University of Melbourne academic staff employed at no less than 0.2 FTE until at least July 2023.

Further guidance on eligibility is detailed below in the Community Engagement Grants Information Pack.

Proposals will be assessed against three selection criteria:

  1. Indigenous knowledge research advancement
  2. Commitment to partnership
  3. Interdisciplinarity and approach

Key dates

Key dates for this seed funding opportunity are set out in the table below:

Applications open

Thursday 1 September 2022

Information/drop-in sessions

See the Events tab for details on upcoming Community Engagement Grants Information Sessions

Applications close

Monday 3 October (COB) 2022

Assessor reviews

17-21 October 2022

Funding outcomes

Week commencing 24 October 2022

Funding commences

October 2022

Guidance on equitable remuneration of community research participants can be found at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute's website.

How to apply

Download the Community Engagement Grants Information Pack

Download the Application Form (PDF 932.5 KB)


Download the Application Form (DOCX 501.0 KB)

Send your completed application form to by the due date.

For more information contact us at or attend one of our Community Engagement Grants Information Sessions.