Seed Funding

STATUS: Closed. The next round will open in mid-2023.

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 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.

Information on previous successful projects can be found here.

Eligibility and selection criteria

Researchers from all disciplines across the University of Melbourne are eligible to apply for projects up to a maximum of $20,000. Researchers can apply with multiple projects but will only be awarded one project as a lead researcher.

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 October 2023.

Further guidance on eligibility is detailed below in the Seed Funding Information Pack.

Proposals will be assessed against five selection criteria:

  1. Indigenous knowledge research advancement
  2. Commitment to partnership
  3. Interdisciplinarity and approach
  4. Impact and researcher development
  5. Feasibility and budget

Key dates

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

Applications open

Monday 1 August 2022

Information/drop-in sessions

See the Events tab for details on upcoming Seed Funding Information Sessions

Applications close

Monday 12 September (COB)

Assessor reviews

26-30 September 2022

Funding outcomes

Week commencing 10 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 Seed Funding Information Pack

Download the Application Form (PDF 924.0 KB)

Download the Application Form (DOCX 508.8 KB)

Send your completed application form to by the due date.

For more information contact us at or attend one of our Seed Funding Information Sessions.