SEED Grants

SEED Grants support pilot projects which test and evaluate an original idea, or stand-alone, small-scale project, or projects which build the capacity of early career academics. Applications can address any of the priorities for Innovation and Development Grants.

In 2015 these priority areas are:

  • Academic standards
  • Assessing equivalence of qualifications and learning outcomes
  • Assessment and promotion of student learning (on selected topics)
  • Curriculum design (on selected topics)
  • Employability skills
  • Improving institutional pathways across higher education
  • Improving access to and outcomes in higher education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
  • The contemporary PhD
  • Details of each of these priority areas are outline on the OLT website.

Key external timelines

In 2015, applications for Seed Grants can only be made in Round 2 of OLT grants.

  • The IOC officer at FedUni will submit this application only if we are the lead organisation and the application is correctly formatted with appropriate approval. The IOC contact for FedUni is Associate Professor Nina Fotinatos. The IOC officer also needs to submit a summary document to the OLT on Monday 15 June 2015 outlining the intended applications.
  • The applications must be received via the online OLT Grants Portal, no later than 5pm (AEST/AEDT), Monday 22 June 2015.
  • Indicative funding of $600,000 has been earmarked for this category of grants. It is anticipated that a Seed Grant application would be based on a project budget request of up to $40,000.

Internal timelines and processes

  • Staff interested in applying for a SEED GRANT proposal must obtain written support from their Executive Dean as working on a project will impact on the workload of the staff member and thus must be approved by their direct line manager. This support can be in the form of an email.
  • Staff MUST work closely with their Associate Deans Learning and Teaching (ADLT) and provide sufficient time for their application to receive feedback and quality endorsement from the Executive Dean, ADLT and the IOC officer.
  • All final applications require a support letter from the DVC Learning & Quality, Professor Marcia Devlin as per the instructions (OLT SEED Grant Application Instructions 2015: Page 12).
  • For further internal timelines and processes, please refer to "Table 1.0 Internal OLT SEED GRANT Timeline 2015" (Internal Information and Timeline: Page 2).

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