Partnership Collaboration Awards with the University of Sydney

The USyd-Glasgow Partnership Collaboration Award (PCA) will not go ahead in year 2020/21

Due to challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision has been taken that unfortunately, the USyd-Glasgow PCA will not run for the academic year 2020/21.

The University of Glasgow remains committed to collaborating with its strategic partner, the University of Sydney, and to supporting the many successful links and collaborations currently taking place between the two institutions.

In the absence of the call for research applications this year, both institutions look forward to hosting a variety of events and opportunities throughout the year that help to support and showcase some of the previous successes of the PCA, as well as offering the chance to take forward new initiatives and develop connections.

Keep an eye on this webpage for more details in due course.

What is the Partnership Collaboration Award (PCA)?

The PCA has been established to:

  • Facilitate and support joint initiatives that will strengthen the two universities’ strategic priorities, 
  • Develop multi-disciplinary cutting-edge research to create academic and societal impact.

Applicants are encouraged to submit funding applications for innovative and sustainable programs built around collaborative research linking the Universities of Sydney and Glasgow. Proposals for learning and teaching initiatives may also be considered if included as part of a larger collaborative research proposal.

Previous successful applications

2019-2020 funding update

The review and selection process for the 2019/20 USyd-Glasgow Partnership Collaboration Award (PCA) Fund is now complete. 

Thanks to all who applied for 2019/2020 funding. Funding was available for projects (each with two Chief Investigators; one from the University of Sydney and one from Glasgow) to receive up to the equivalent of AUD 20,000 (£11,150) from each institution for a total of AUD 40,000 (£22,300).

From all submitted applications, seven successful projects have been identified to be funded. These proposals represent the rich variety of research taking place across the University:

  • Self-assembling optical metasurfaces for ultrasensitive diagnostics 
    Dr Alasdair Clark, School of Engineering
  • Returning missing people: addressing an international prevention problem
    Prof Hester Parr, School of Geographical & Earth Sciences
  • Shakespearean Echoes in Scottish-Australian Literary Culture
    Dr Richard Stacey, School of Critical Studies
  • A blueprint for the equitable, resilient and ecologically sustainable development of Asia’s deltas
    Prof Fabrice Renaud, School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Maximising the academic and societal impact of novel health literacy interventions for chronic conditions through strategic research priority setting (Maxi-HL)
    Dr Katie Robb, Institute of Health & Wellbeing
  • Exploring Motion Sickness Mitigations for Mixed Reality (Passenger) Experiences
    Dr Mark McGill, School of Computing Science
  • Unions and the future of work in Australia and the UK: A comparative project
    Prof Melanie Simms, Adam Smith Business School.

Congratulations to the seven successful projects and thank you to all of those who submitted applications to the scheme this year.  The calibre of applications was extremely high, and we hope that applicants who were not successful this year will be encouraged to reapply in the future.

2018-2019 funding update


How to apply

Application submission

All applications must be jointly submitted by a Chief Investigator from University of Sydney and a Chief Investigator from Glasgow. All applications will also require the endorsement of the relevant Head of School from both institutions.

Please send a note of interest or any questions to the International Affairs Team at

Application details

The proposal must address the selection criteria (Quality & Relevance, Execution, Impact) and include the following elements:

  • Project timeline (a timeline form is built into the online application)
  • Project budget (a budget form is built into the online application)
  • CV of the Chief Investigator of each university (maximum two pages in length).

All applications must be submitted online via the USyd Funding Schemes Site:

As the application software is based in Sydney, applications are initially opened by the Chief Investigator from USyd using their UniKey and password. Once this is done, Chief Investigators from Glasgow will be able to access and edit the applications following an invitation from USyd Chief Investigators to be a 'Member' of the bid.

Full details are available in the Partnership Collaborations Awards Guidelines.

Eligibility and funding details


Proposals are invited from academic staff from all disciplines at University of Glasgow and Sydney and their affiliated Research Centres and Institutes.

Chief Investigators must be employed on a full-time, part-time (appointed at least 0.5 FTE), fixed term or continuing basis. If on a fixed term contract, the end date must be beyond the funding period.

PhD students, masters by research students, post-docs, and research assistants/associates are not eligible to apply as Chief Investigators but they are welcome to join the applications.

Eligible grant activities

Activities that will be considered for funding include:

  • Airfares: Only travel up to the value of four economy class return airfares will be considered; 
  • Other travel expenses (e.g. train, rental car);
  • Costs for hosting a seminar/conference or workshop (should not exceed 50% of total budget);
  • Accommodation and subsistence (a maximum of two weeks for up to four people); 
  • Consumables; and 
  • Publications and printing costs of up to AUD 1,000 (£550).