CIW Research Funding Grants

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CIW has set aside funds for 2020 to conduct a round of grants for use during that year, across the whole range of research, teaching, and engagement activities.

The aims of this round are to support ANU academic staff in their innovative, collaborative, and multi-disciplinary activities across campus, linking in China scholars both nationally and internationally.


Funding is available for activities which enhance the study of China at ANU, whether in research, teaching, or engagement.

Applications are accepted from CIW members only. CIW membership is open to any academic staff member of ANU who can demonstrate a substantial interest in and track record on research, teaching and engagement with China. Please contact the CIW Director to confirm your eligibility.

An application can be submitted in a subsequent year only once funds from an earlier successful funding application have been fully acquitted.

Funding available

Funding will be available for the following range of activities:

• Seed funding for long-term project development: Such applications should anticipate future work and applications for funding, and may receive a commitment to future support. They should indicate outcomes such as books, exhibitions, and future grant applications that will further the project.

• Workshops, conferences and networking events: Workshops should be multidisciplinary, intellectually creative and have a focused theme. They should be aimed at producing a significant publication, a specific research agenda, or the discussion of new or expanded methodological contributions to the field. Events on the ANU campus will be prioritised, but external events will also be considered.

• Fieldwork: Fieldwork is an integral part of many research programs and covers a wide range of data-gathering activities. Research funding can be used to support CIW members’ travel to a field site to conduct research. In all cases applications will be assessed on an ‘as needs’ basis. Only applications for fieldwork funding that can show a rigorous justification and genuine need to undertake extensive fieldwork as part of a larger research project will be considered.

• Scholarly visits: Funding will be awarded for short-term visits to the ANU by significant scholars in Chinese Studies. Visits should be related to research, collaboration or mentoring activities; and can include visiting overseas scholars who are engaged in research collaboration with colleagues at Australian universities.

• Teaching: Funding can be sought to develop innovative, online teaching methods and resources.

• Other: Initiatives of other kinds not otherwise anticipated.

Evaluation criteria

Each application will be evaluated against the criteria listed below.

• A completed application form and relevant supporting documents that observe word-limit requirements.
• Evidence of mature consideration of the long-term value and direction of the work and of its collaborative nature.

• The potential for the project to contribute to creative and original research or educational activities in the study of China in Australia and overseas.
• Involvement of researchers in the early stages of their careers either as leaders or participants.
• Potential to stimulate cross-campus collaboration, and also international or domestic academic collaboration with ANU China specialists.
• The applicant should state how this project may attract funding and other support as it develops, including from other ANU sources.

Decision process

A panel of ANU China specialists from a range of disciplinary backgrounds, plus a representative of the CAP Research office.

Submitting an application

The deadline for applications is Monday 25 May 2020 for activities to be carried out in the twelve months from 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021.

Please download a copy of the application form. Once you have completed the application form, please submit it online using Smartsheets.

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