Seed Funding grants for 2022

The University of Melbourne and the Baker Institute are joint funding a seed grant scheme, as part of the continued growth of the Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health, Melbourne Medical School, University of Melbourne.


The research must be impactful and the collaborative team providing a meaningful contribution to the Baker department and University.

There is funding available to a maximum of $100k per grant for a term of 12 months, 1 January 2022 – 31 December 2022.

The seed funding is to promote collaborative projects with a team of researchers from the Baker Institute and The University of Melbourne under the Baker Department of Cardiometabolic Health.

The establishment of successful teams will increase the potential to progress to successful externally funded grants. The research must be impactful, with the collaborative team providing a meaningful contribution to the Baker Department and University.


  1. Impactful research aligned with the goals of the Department.
  2. Meaningful collaboration between a Baker Institute and University research group led by a member of the Cardiometabolic Health Department. A background of collaboration will be valued, and funding will be dependent on collaborative milestone achievements in a manageable timeline.
  3. The ability to outline a clear pathway to a grant application and include the target grant type and round (i.e. date) required.
  4. Maximum of 1 submission per Principal Investigator. Groups with a CIA on a current seed grant are ineligible. Previously successful CIA’s are ineligible to submit as a CIA on a new grant but may form part of the investigator team on a new application.

Application Process

  • The Notice of Intent Seed Funding application form is due Monday 13 September 2021.  To apply, complete the fillable PDF form or Word application (available below).

Seed Funding Application (PDF version)

Seed Funding Application (Word version)

  • Selected applications will be invited to present an oral project pitch (10 min) on 21 September 2021.
  • Shortlisted teams will be invited to submit a full application for submission by 15 November 2021.

More information is summarised in the guidelines below.

Seed Funding Guidelines

For more information, please contact Leonie Cullen.