• Research Pilot Project (up to $75k) -​​These projects encourage staff to work together on research that will have significant societal impact and will nucleate new funding opportunities.
  • Seed Project (up to $35k) – The purpose of the DSI Seed Funding is to identify key digital challenges facing industry and to stand up teams of researchers to undertake fundamental and applied research focused on addressing these. 
    • Stage 1 (up to $5k domestic and $10k International) – This stage encourages staff to engage with industry on early-stage seed funding by facilitating meetings and workshops to consider industry led problem statements.
    • Stage 2 (up to $35k) – This stage supports staff through project funding to engage with industry to help our researchers develop an initial scoping or feasibility study. These projects will be expected to be completed over a 6-month period and will be funded up to $35k, with a maximum of $10k available to support equipment or consumables purchases and the balance available to employ a Research Associate, a student intern, technical staff or similar to help complete the work.
    • Stage 3 (up to $35k) – This stage provides external grant development support for the preparation of proposals or tenders for large scale collaborative funding opportunities.
  • DSI Vacation Research Internship – Provides opportunities for students interested in pursuing a PhD to engage in research internships as part of the Faculty of Engineering VRI (Vacation Research Internship) Program. More info on the current Summer Vacation round can be found here.
  • DSI Research Fellowships – This scheme is being finalised and aims to support strategic research and teaching activities across different DSI themes.
  • Philanthropy – We have been working with the Advancement Team to identify philanthropic opportunities with some exciting projects currently under development.
  • Tech Central Collaboration – Projects related to the Digital Sciences in partnership with UTS underpin the Digital Central strategy.
  • Other activities – Facilitating ad hoc collaboration meetings/workshops with our internal stakeholders to identify large-scale partners to lead major research schemes such as ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program and Training Centres, Centres of Excellence, Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), Defence schemes and more. 


Digital Sciences Initiative
Faculty of Engineering, University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia
+61 439 070 977 or +61 404 710 450 DSI@sydney.edu.au