Applications for the 2024-25 round of Health Inequalities Initiative are now closed 

USyd-Glasgow Health Inequalities Initiative

As strategic partners, the University of Sydney (USyd) and the University of Glasgow (UofG) are committed to achieving impact through collaboration in research and education.

The Health Inequalities Initiative is intended to strengthen this priority partnership through support for collaborative projects that are explicitly positioned within the broader systems framework of health inequality. The aims of this initiative are to develop sustainable collaborations that lead to external funding, joint research outputs (including publications, public policy etc) and international research networks that are capable of producing impactful societal change.

Pump-priming funding will support researchers from USyd and UofG to engage in collaboration with a focus on health inequalities and develop multi and interdisciplinary cutting-edge research projects with the potential to create academic and societal impact.

What is the Health Inequalities Initiative?

The Health Inequalities Initiative was established to: 

  • Facilitate and support joint initiatives that will strengthen the two universities’ strategic priorities in the area of health inequalities.  
  • Develop interdisciplinary cutting-edge research to create academic and societal impact. 

In the first round, pump-priming funding will be offered via two tracks:  

Track 1 

Funding of up to £50,000/project will be available for partnerships with a demonstratable track record of existing collaboration between UofG and USYD researchers in the area of health inequalities.

It is expected that this funding will help to accelerate the preparation of major collaborative external grant applications to be submitted in the 2024-2025 academic year. Evidence of external funding submissions will be required in final project reports.

Track 2 

Funding of up to £20,000/project will be available to support new partnerships in the area of health inequalities involving UofG and USYD researchers with no prior track record of collaboration.

It is expected that this funding will help to lay the foundations for the preparation and submission of collaborative external grant applications in the 2024-2025 academic year and beyond. 
Research teams are encouraged to include PhD or masters by research students, postdocs, early- and mid-career researchers and researchers on sabbatical leave.  

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

To apply please complete the following:

You will also need to attach:

  • a two-page case for support;
  • a CV;
  • Head of School support.

For full details, including the selection criteria please refer to the Health Inequalities Initiative guidelines for applicants.

Eligibility, funding and reporting


Proposals are invited from colleagues working on the topic of Health Inequalities. For colleagues wishing to apply for funding in relation to other topics in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Sydney please see our Ignition Grants page.

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 on economy class will be considered;
  • Other travel expenses (e.g. train, rental car);
  • Costs for hosting a seminar/conference or workshop;
  • Accommodation and subsistence;
  • Salaries or salary supplementation;
  • Consumables;
  • Publications and printing costs;
  • Costs associated with the preparation of collaborative external grant applications

Funding deadline

Please note, the project deadline for successful recipients is 31 July 2025.  All funding must utilised by this date.

Funding and reporting obligations

Further to the eligibility criteria and funding details, all successful Health Inequalities Initiative recipients will be expected to complete a final report by 30 October 2025 with an update to this report submitted before 31 July 2026. This is part of the financial and reporting obligations incumbent on successful recipients.