Mahidol Sussex Seed Fund

Application Process

  • Monday 20th November 2023 – Call for Proposals opens
  • Friday 26th January 2024 – Submission closing date for proposals
  • Within February 2024 – Announcement of the outcomes
  • March 2024 – Research agreement signing and project commencement

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Announcement of Mahidol University for University of Sussex – Mahidol Seed Grant Funding (Thai language)

Fiscal years 2024-2026

ประกาศมหาวิทยาลัยมหิดล เรื่อง ทุนสนับสนุน University of Sussex – Mahidol Seed Grant ประจำปีงบประมาณ พ.ศ. 2567-2569


This scheme is financed jointly by the University of Sussex Global Engagement and the International Relations Division at Mahidol University, Thailand. It underpins the strategic institutional partnership between the two universities through investment in international collaborative projects.

Funding and Eligible costs

Grants can be made for periods of up to one year. The maximum funding that can be applied for is £10,000 from each institution. (Equivalent to 400,000 Baht per project)

One year period projects are as welcome as shorter-term initiatives. Internal funds are limited, and we wish to maximise the number and range of activities that can be supported. This means that applicants are expected to strive for the greatest possible economies in achieving their objectives.

For costing queries and guidance applicants should contact the Fund Manager at their respective institution.

Each university will provide its own main applicant with awarded funds that must be spent over the course of a maximum of 12 months and must be spent by the project end date.

  • Projects towards the maximum end of the funding scale must demonstrate a compelling rationale to be successful.
  • Applicants must demonstrate that the timeframe and costing of the project is realistic.
  • Costs may be used for travel, accommodation, workshops, facilities and equipment use, and other expenses related to meetings or the preparation of external funding proposals, as specified at the time of the proposal.
  • If consultancy fees are essential to the project, a particularly compelling case for their inclusion must be included.
  • If bidding for Research Assistants, applicants should indicate clearly what their work would include.
  • If more than one external funding opportunity is targeted, applicants must explain how the proposal will be adapted for each funder to meet different funder priorities and remits.
  • Please note that funds may not be used to support an applicant’s salary, or to replace the salary or scholarship of any assistant or student already receiving funding from another source.

Application Process

Applicants may only submit one application to the Fund and should bear in mind the need to write for a panel comprising of non-specialists in their field. Sussex and Mahidol will share the submitted applications following the closure of Round One.

Applications will be open from 20th November 2023 and close 9th January 2024.

  • At Sussex forms should be submitted to Rosa Lichtenstein, Global Partnerships Senior Administrator, at
  • At Mahidol, forms should be submitted to Wanpimon Senapadpakorn, Director of International Relations Division, at  

Review Criteria

The Seed Fund Panel will assess applications according to the:

  • value of activities in terms of partnership development,
  • potential for the activity to deliver its specified goals (e.g., engage researchers or enhance research quality),
  • potential for generating high quality research outputs, e.g., collaborative research bids and joint publications.
  • appropriateness of proposed participants.
  • potential for enhancing research quality.
  • potential for generating research income.
  • the potential for the visit / activity to engage the wider community and contribute to broader institutional partnership.
  • scope for further development of this partnership / network once the initial funding period has ended.

Reporting Requirements

Successful Principal Applicants will be expected to submit an interim report and a final report detailing progress towards anticipated outcomes and outcomes to date. Reports will be shared with both partner institutions.

The International Relations/Global Engagement Office and the Research Office may publicise the activities supported by this scheme for university marketing purposes and applicants are expected to engage in this process.

Further Information

Mahidol University, Thailand

University of Sussex