Academic Consortium 21 (AC21): Special Project Fund (SPF) 2020

Award Title: Special Project Fund (SPF) 2020

CALHN Internal Closing Date: 31 January 2020

The AC21 Special Project Fund (SPF) was created in order to promote the development of research and educational exchange between AC21 members by providing seed funding for a variety of collaborative research projects and activities.

Although research collaboration between AC21 members is important, this fund is not intended to support particular or individual research projects. It is awarded to projects that include as many participants as possible. For example, a symposium jointly held by three or more institutions, featuring speakers from these institutions, and open to all AC21 members, as well as to the general public, will serve our goal of internationalization and cooperation between members more effectively compared to simple research projects conducted by one or two individuals per institution.

Events can include mini-symposia, mini-workshops, schooling projects, start-up funds for long term research projects, or small international forums, as well as traditional research proposals that attempt to include as wide a circle of contacts and participants as possible.

Member Institutions

AC21 has 15 members, including current University partners such as:

  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China
  • North Carolina State University, USA
  • University of Canterbury, NZ
  • University of Freiburg, Germany
  • University of Strasbourg, France
  • Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia


Up to USD $10,000 (approx AUD $14,500) per project is available. Awarded in April as a single payment.


Applicants must be academic staff members of an AC21 member institution who hold faculty positions. Students of an AC21 member institution, either undergraduate or graduate, shall not be eligible to apply for the SPF.

If a student has a research project that meets the purpose of the SPF and wishes to have the project submitted, the student must consult with his or her advisor [supervisor] in advance for review of the project and, upon advisor approval, the application should be prepared and submitted by the approving advisor.


Applications must be submitted to the University’s Global Engagement Office by 31 January 2020

Forward Applications to:
Dr Glen Stafford, Director, Internationalisation Strategy,
Global Engagement Office, Division of Academic and Student Engagement
The University of Adelaide, AUSTRALIA 5005
E: [email protected]

For further information and application instructions please visit:

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