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 and 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 Triple I CAG, including grant preparation support or leverage funds for external funding applications above $2M and philanthropic exposure.

    The seed grant round is now open.

    Applications will be reviewed by an external grant review panel prior to the award being made. Please see the EOI form and instructions for completion of the EOI form for further details.

    Key dates

    • Seed grant funding released 15 March 2019
    • Opportunities for prospective seed grant fund groups to meet at Triple I Annual Meeting 30 May 2019
    • EOI to apply for Seed Grant Funding due midnight 14 June 2019
    • Advice of review of EOI 1 July 2019
    • Seed Grant Funding applications close midnight 1 August 2019


    Please contact Rebekah Puls with any questions.


  • 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.