Partnership Collaboration Awards with the University of Sydney

The USyd-Glasgow Partnership Collaboration Award (PCA) for session 2022-2023 is now closed.
The Scheme will open again next year. For further details please keep checking this webpage.

The review and selection process for the 2022-2023 USyd-Glasgow Partnership Collaboration Award (PCA) Fund is now complete. 

Thanks to all who applied for 2022-2023 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 (approx. £11,500) from each institution for a total of AUD 40,000 (approx. £23,000).

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 re-apply in the future.

The successful proposals represent the rich variety of research taking place across the University:

TitleUofG CIUofG College/School
Policy Futures for the Digital Creative Economy for Cultural Transformations Prof Philip Schlesinger School of Culture & Creative Arts, CoA
Pre-Service Teacher Preparedness for Understanding Quality Inclusive Education Dr Ines Alves School of Education, CoSS
USYD-Glasgow Alliance for Mechanomedicine: translating mechanobiology concepts to healthcare innovation Prof Massimo Vassalli James Watt School of Engineering, CoSE
Quantum-enabled ultrasensitive and miniaturized magnetic sensors for room-temperature biomedical sensing Prof Hadi Heidari James Watt School of Engineering, CoSE
Sex and Health; Evaluating diagnosis, Risk factOrs and Complications in chronic Kidney diSease (SHE-ROCKS project) Prof Patrick Mark School of Cardiovascular and Medical Sciences, MVLS
Multi-nutrient approach for assessing nutrition equity Dr Frederick Ho School of Health and Wellbeing, MVLS
Tracking the gut resistome: can we model the dynamics of antimicrobial resistance transfer in aquaculture using a synthetic gut simulator? Prof Martin Llewellyn School of Biodiversity Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, MVLS


What is the Partnership Collaboration Award (PCA)?

The PCA was 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.

How to apply

Application submission

All applications must be jointly submitted by a Chief Investigator from University of Sydney and a Chief Investigator from the University of 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 Universities 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.

Successful recipients of the 2019-2020 USyd-UofG Partnership Collaboration Awards (PCA) who were unfortunately forced to discontinue to their project as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, are also invited and encouraged to re-apply to the fund with the same application, if applicable or appropriate to do so.

Eligible grant activities

Activities that will be considered for funding include:

  • Airfares: Only travel on 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).

Funding deadline

Please note, the project deadline for successful recipients is 31 July 2023.  All funding must utilised by this date.