Seed funding

Seed Funding Information Pack Application Form

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

The IKI invites proposals for innovative and interdisciplinary research projects with a focus on Indigenous knowledges. Indigenous knowledge, sometimes called traditional or local knowledge, refers to the understandings and practices developed by Indigenous peoples through thousands of years of experience. Indigenous knowledge systems are characteristically holistic, relational, and rooted in a strong and continuing connection with the land, sky and waters. The research project should address an identified need or gap in the field of Indigenous knowledge research.

All University of Melbourne researchers are eligible to apply for this seed funding opportunity for projects up to a maximum of $20,000. Proposals will be assessed against five selection criteria:

  1. Advances research in Indigenous knowledges
  2. Commitment to partnership
  3. Feasibility and impact
  4. Interdisciplinarity
  5. ECR development

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

Applications open

Monday 5 July 2021

Information/drop-in sessions

  • Thursday 8 July 2021 (12:00-1:00pm AEST)
  • Thursday 15 July 2021 (3:00-4:00pm AEST)
  • Tuesday 20 July 2021 (2:00-3:00pm AEST)
  • Tuesday 3 August 2021 (11:00am-12:00pm AEST)

Applications close

Monday 23 August 2021 (COB)

Assessor reviews

13-17 September 2021

Funding outcomes

Week commencing 27 September 2021

Funding commences

October 2021

To find out more, download the Seed Funding Information Pack and complete an Application Form. Guidance on equitable remuneration of community research participants can be found at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute's website.

For more information contact us at or attend one of our seed grant information sessions.