UNSW Medicine's thematic approach to research draws on the strengths of UNSW Medicine as well as internal and external partners to achieve significant breakthroughs in crucial areas of healthcare.

Infectious Disease, Immunity & Inflammation

Initiatives and funding

Current initiatives in place to support research include:

  • Triple I CAG Seed grant scheme
    Each year, four grants of $75,000 are available. These funds support development and nurturing of broad research collaborations across the Triple I CAG. Projects are expected to focus on building novel programs and solutions or transforming existing research across disparate organisational/geographical hubs into a new, harmonised entity. Unsuccessful seed grants are eligible for other forms of support from the Cancer CAG, including grant preparation support or leverage funds for external funding applications above $2M and philanthropic exposure. The next seed grant round is expected to open in early 2019.


  • Collaboration workshops
    An increased focus on collaboration in research will facilitate larger research projects that leverage the local landscape and add value over and above pre-existing initiatives and capabilities. Workshops are held that incorporate experts to facilitate and provide independent advice in the development of big ideas. These are currently in planning in several of the Areas of Focus.


  • Secondment / Exchange Program
    The Triple I CAG supports capacity building and networking across the SPHERE partnership. Placements and exchange are an opportunity to promote network development and researcher training by linking partner organisations, health districts and clinical/laboratory environments. Grants of up to $5,000, supported by a detailed budget, are available for secondment / exchange.


  • Networking support
    We are developing visibility of the research workforce across the SPHERE partnership. An enabling platform – the UNSW-SPHERE CRM – is in development to facilitate this. If you are looking for individuals or groups with specific skills or interests, we are also happy to assist where possible.