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SJTU-Warwick Joint Seed Fund Round 5

The SJTU-Warwick Joint Seed Fund has been established with the specific intention to foster new initiatives with high potential for global impact that combine complementary aspects of each institution towards novel research outcomes.

The collaboration between colleagues at SJTU and at Warwick is intended to support and lead to:

  • Virtual activities in the first instance, and up to one visit to Warwick and one visit to SJTU by staff/research students if required;
  • The submission of at least one joint co-authored publication (or equivalent output);
  • Targeting a suitable scheme for the submission of a joint application for external funding.

Research Disciplines

The Joint Seed Fund will provide a competitive internal mechanism to support research cooperation. Eligible research disciplines include (but are not limited to): Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences and Low Carbon.


Funding will be provided jointly by Warwick and SJTU and will be comprised of 5,000 GBP from Warwick to the Warwick academic and 50,000 RMB from SJTU to the SJTU academic.

Typical activities that will be supported by the Joint Seed Fund will include:

  • Initial planning meetings, network building and workshop activities;
  • Pilot research studies/fieldwork;
  • Visiting/Third-party Fellows from other institutions;
  • Postgraduate research students attending academic conferences and research internships.

How to Apply

The lead investigators from Warwick and SJTU need to work together to prepare a single, bilingual application. The application needs to be submitted to only SJTU using their online application portal (link: Please note that this page can only be accessed by the SJTU lead investigator with a jAccount. A template of the Application Form is attached for reference and should be submitted along with the Warwick Requirements Form. Warwick lead investigators are required to submit a detailed budget breakdown of how funding will be used.

Submission Deadline

Monday 22 April 2024, 5:00pm UK time

If you have any questions about the Joint Seed Fund, please contact the International Strategy and Relations Team on

Call Guidelines 2024/25Link opens in a new window

Application FormLink opens in a new window

Warwick Requirements FormLink opens in a new window 

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Opportunities to link up

Warwick list

SJTU list


If you are interested in applying for the Joint Seed Fund but do not currently have existing relationship or contact with the partner institution, we provide the opportunities for you to link up and seek initial collaboration opportunities. Please complete the short registrationLink opens in a new window form, we'll add you to the list above.