La Trobe Asia research small grant program

In 2020 La Trobe Asia will disperse around $20,000 in small grants to support La Trobe University academics who hold Level A, B or C appointments and who research on or in the Asian region.

The grant program requires recipients to submit output/s to journals, which are eligible for the Publication Award Scheme (or a recognised high-quality refereed journal) overseen by the DVC (R).

Applications must be completed online by 11:59pm Sunday 16 February 2020.

Applicants will be advised of the outcome by end of March 2020.

Selection criteria

The research project must clearly meet at least one of these criteria:

a. examine some aspect of Asia’s states and/or peoples; a cross-disciplinary approach is welcomed*
b. involve close collaboration with a partner based in an Asian institution; or that supports a specific Asia-related research project. Examples of established partners include Ateneo de Manila, IIT Kanpur, Kyushu University, BITS Pilani and East China Normal University. The Asian Smart Cities Research Innovation Network (ASCRIN) is one example of an existing cross-disciplinary project.
c. require Asia-based fieldwork or data collection.

* Research into the following themes is encouraged for 2020 applicants, although all proposals will be judged on their merits:

  • Security and governance in Asia-Pacific
  • Climate and the environment
  • Religion
  • Labour migration from Asia
  • Smart/creative cities

We will also expect recipients of the grants to have identified a clear pathway to publish their outcomes in a journal included in the La Trobe University Publication Award Scheme (or a recognised high-quality refereed journal) and to indicate how this grant will contribute to a subsequent external grant application.

General guidelines

The grant can be used for the following:

  • travel for fieldwork or research collaboration
  • La Trobe led hosted gatherings of national and/or international experts/partners
  • tutorial and/or marking buy-out (justification will be required along with written approval from department head)
  • research assistant wages
  • seed funding towards submission of an external grant

The grant cannot be used to fund:

  • Equipment with which to undertake research
  • Computers/laptops
  • Translation services
  • Travel or registration for conferences

The maximum grant award is $5,000. However, we put a strong emphasis on value for money and aim to distribute funds as widely as is reasonable.

The money must be disbursed in 2020, as it will not be possible to roll over funds to 2021.

Eligibility and conditions

All full-time and fractional academic staff at Level A, B or C  with a continuing or fixed-term teaching and research or research only appointment of greater than two years are eligible to apply for the La Trobe Asia Research Grant program. The 2020 grant program is NOT open to students or casual academic staff.

All successful applicants will be required to:

  1. Briefly report in June and December on research progress to date;
  2. Participate in a La Trobe Asia Research Seminar to report on their work during the year when requested;
  3. Submit outputs flowing directly from the funding to journals that are eligible for the Publication Award Scheme [staff login required] (or a recognised high-quality refereed journal) within twelve months of the grant being awarded
  4. Acknowledge La Trobe Asia funding in publications; and
  5. Account for the funds expended.

Decision-making process

Decision-making Process

  • All applications will be reviewed by senior academic staff in the relevant discipline/s.
  • Applications will be judged on three criteria:
  1. likelihood to lead to a successful journal publication;
  2. link between budget and research output; and
  3. value for money.
  • Reviewers will be asked to select one of the following categories:
    • Definitely fund
    • Fund if money is available
    • Good project but not at this time
    • Do not fund
  • The final decision will be made by the La Trobe Asia Research Committee.
  • Unsuccessful applicants may request feedback.
  • We aim to make decisions no later than end of March 2020.
  • In the case of close decisions, the committee will opt to support researchers who have not previously received La Trobe Asia funding over those who have.