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Application Guidelines for IAPS Research Grants 2019/20

Deadline: 16 December 2019

UNNC IAPS operates a series of grants that supports IAPS members working on the Asia and Pacific regions and promotes research vibrancy and collaboration in the university. IAPS supports three Research Priority Areas: Cultural and Creative Industries (CCI): Gender Studies (GS); and Asia Pacific in the Anthropocene: The Security Challenges (Security in Anthropocene) (

In this round, the institute will offer funding in all topics/ disciplines of research conducted in the Asia and Pacific regions (including China):

  1. Numerous Small Innovative Grant (5,000RMB each)
  2. Numerous Medium collaborative grant (15,000RMB each)

Please see below for specific details and application process.

1. Small Innovative Grants (5,000RMB)

Different types of proposals will be considered; examples what IAPS will fund include:

  • Services/things that are not funded by other UNNC existing school, faculty and university levels grants, such as translation service, translation for Chinese funding proposals, and essential consultancy services.
  • Seeding exploratory funding with concrete outcomes (to produce at least one conference paper).
  • The applicants is also encouraged to seek match funding from their departments (e.g. department’s small research grant).

2. Medium Collaborative Grants (15,000RMB)

The maximum amount of grant awarded is RMB15, 000. This grant is offered to encourage cross-group, cross-schools or faculty and inter-disciplinary collaborative research. Successful application must:

  • Fit the research remit and regional focus of IAPS (see page 2);
  • Demonstrate pathways to impacts (how your research will impact the various stakeholders);
  • Demonstrate how this grant will enable further research output (collaborations, large external grant applications, knowledge exchange etc.);
  • Have at least two publications of different outlets/ varied impacts as deliverables.

Eligibility: All IAPS leads and research fellows. If you are not a member, please sign up as one in order to be eligible. PGR students could apply with academics but the latter have to be PI of the project.

Application Process: Applicants should submit a one-page CV each PI/CI and a case for support detailing:

1. Project title and short description of the project (no more than 100 words)

2. Objectives and rationale of the research project (no more than 500 words)

3. Research questions and methods (no more than 200 words)

4. Clear anticipated outcomes (journals, specific conferences, larger grant application etc.)

5. Names and affiliation of the research team

6. Clear budget breakdown for the requested funds (according to UNNC financial guidelines)

7. Declaration of ethics considerations (if ethics clearance is required, the grant will only be awarded once ethics approval is obtained). 

RPA Research Themes:

Themes include but are not limited to the following. Projects falling within the general themes of the RPAs, but which are not listed below, may also be considered.

Creative and Cultural Industries

  • Digital media and micro-economies
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • Preservation of cultural heritage
  • Importing and distributing international media
  • International co-productions
  • Online and digital media

Gender Studies

  • Leadership/organization
  • Leadership/Education
  • (Post)colonialism and Gender
  • LGBTQ & Media
  • Gender and Health

Asia Pacific in the Anthropocene: The Security Challenges  

  • Climate Change and security
  • Water security: scarcity, pollution and flooding;
  • Critical infrastructures protection;
  • Energy security: issues, concepts, and discourses;
  • Health security: Contemporary and historical dimensions;
  • Non-traditional security issues
  • Security, securitization, language games, and emotions: what is a stake in labelling an issue a security issue?
  • Humanitarian and post-disaster intervention: limits and potentials of the resilience discourse;
  • Economic security and the reconceptualization of security: implication of redefinitions of risk, insurance and resilience for international investments, business, and markets
  • Theoretical debates on security in the Anthropocene

Funded activities include:

  • Workshops organization and conference presentations (attendances without presentations will not be funded)
  • Direct staffing costs (Research assistants, translation and transcription etc.)
  • Field work (Data collection, interviews, access to archives etc)