Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19 Digital Grants

What is the Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19 Digital Grants?

The Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19 Digital Grants is a funding initiative to support science and innovation projects where there is collaboration with a partner based in the Asia-Pacific region.



The Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19 Digital Grants aims to build strong regional linkages in the Asia–Pacific by funding multi-partner activities that facilitate greater collaboration in science, research and innovation and delivering innovative solutions to shared regional challenges.

These activities will reduce collaboration barriers and promote an open approach to science, research and industry collaboration through Australian-led projects and multilateral fora.

This investment in collaborative engagement will help establish enduring and impactful networks.



Grants of up to A$10,000 each for early-career and mid-career researchers to increase connectivity and engagement between Australian and Asia–Pacific economies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants support projects that utilise digital methods of collaboration to address shared regional challenges that directly or indirectly relate to the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery. This can include data sharing platform support, open science data formatting costs, online conference/webinar access support, or to research and develop digital tools to respond to regional COVID-19 needs.

Over $250,000 in funding is available for digital grants under the Regional Collaborations Programme COVID-19, with half being made available for early-career researchers and half being made available for mid-career researchers.


Eligible Projects

Applications are invited from early-career and mid-career researchers in the following fields of research:

  • Agricultural, veterinary and food sciences
  • Biological sciences
  • Biomedical and clinical sciences
  • Built environment and design
  • Chemical sciences
  • Earth sciences
  • Engineering
  • Environmental sciences
  • Health sciences
  • Indigenous studies
  • Information and computing sciences
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Psychology

Eligible budget items include:

  • database access/development
  • cloud computing
  • computational infrastructure
  • access to other research infrastructure
  • data collection
  • data preparation
  • developing code
  • remote fieldwork support
  • remote collaborations.


Eligible Applicants

At the time of submitting the grant application, the applicant must:

  • be an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident, and living in Australia at the time of application
  • be employed by an eligible research organisation (ERO) as defined below
  • be either:
    • an early-career researcher, having received a PhD no more than 10 years* prior to the grant application closing date, or
    • a mid-career researcher, having received a PhD between 10 and 15 years* prior to the grant application closing date.

Eligible project applications must:

  • be led by an Australian researcher
  • include one or more partners from a regional economy on the Asia–Pacific region list, in addition to Australia as the lead project partner
  • utilise digital resources and tools to work collaboratively to address a regional challenge of significance to Australia, that either directly, or indirectly, contributes to the COVID-19 pandemic response and recovery
  • commence activities after grant recipients are announced and conclude by 31 January 2022.

The grants are available to Australian researchers from any of the following eligible research organisations (EROs):

  • Australian tertiary education institutions (as per the Higher Education Support Act 2003)
  • Australian cooperative research centres
  • publicly funded research agencies
  • Australian state or territory funded research organisations
  • Australian public research companies
  • Australian private research companies
  • Australian not-for-profit research organisations
  • other Australian incorporated entities.

An ERO must be an organisation that is registered for GST and, if a university, is registered as exempt from income tax. An ERO must not be a non-corporate Commonwealth entity (as defined under the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Act 2013).



Applications close 14 December 2020.


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Current Recipients

Recipient NameProject TitleGrant Amount
Dr Kiki Maulana Adhinugraha, La Trobe UniversityHow can digital innovation transform people’s behaviour in response to the COVID-19 restrictions in Indonesia?$9,980
Dr Thushari Atapattu, University of AdelaideMindSpace: Mental wellbeing and emotion awareness tool$10,000
Dr Venkatakrishnan Balasubramanian, Federation University AustraliaAI-based alarm to predict the sudden deterioration of health in COVID-19 patients$10,000
Dr Siva Chandrasekaran, Swinburne University of TechnologyClassification of nCov using deep learning CNN models on lung x-ray images$8,199
Dr Narelle Cox, Monash UniversityEasing health-service burden during COVID-19: Supporting implementation of remote rehabilitation in chronic lung disease$9,998.65
Dr Amirhossein Eslami Andargoli, Swinburne University of TechnologyCOVID-19 and virtual Healthcare: The barriers, enablers and drivers in Australia vs Pakistan$10,000
Dr Kelley Graydon, University of MelbourneAudiology digital training modules for low resourced settings$10,000
Dr Jin Han, Black Dog InstituteOnline mental health education for international students$8,940
Dr Hassan Hosseinzadeh, University of WollongongPatient experience with telemedicine: A risk reduction approach to COVID-19 management in Bangladesh$9,990.90
Dr Guangming Jiang, University of WollongongDevelopment of a machine learning platform to estimate COVID-19 community prevalence through wastewater-based epidemiology$10,000
Dr Lining Arnold Ju, University of SydneyHemodynamic analysis for COVID-19-on-a-chip model of blood clotting with integrated computational fluid dynamics simulation and particle image velocimetry.$10,000
Professor Tanja Junkers, Monash UniversityCloud-based chemical synthesis: Breaking barriers and redefining international collaboration in the chemistry space$9,000
Dr Kishan Kariippanon, University of WollongongSurabaya mental well-being check in (Surabaya tangguh: platform kualitas hidup penyintas COVID-19)$9,970
Dr Arutha Kulasinghe, Queensland University of TechnologyUnderstanding the immunopathology of COVID-19 infected myocardial tissue$10,000
Dr Christopher Lowbridge, Menzies School of Health ResearchStrengthening health systems capacity to respond to public health threats through digital education$10,000
Dr Iderlina Mateo-Babiano, University of MelbourneThe Gender and Transport Assemblage of Learning and Knowledge (GTALK)$9,976
Dr Sajib Mistry, Curtin UniversityGeo-spatial transfer learning data analytics to detect COVID-19 misinformation in the social media.$10,000
Dr Davoud Mougouei, University of WollongongReducing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy by integrating public sentiments in vaccine communication: a machine learning framework$9,998
Dr Soon Hock Ng, Swinburne University of TechnologyWeb platform for remote data analysis and processing of synchrotron data$10,000
Dr Siddhi Pittayachawan, RMITCloud-based disaster relief coordination and optimisation platform: a proof of concept for Vietnam and beyond$10,000
Dr Derrick Roberts, University of Sydney‘Self-immolative’ commodity plastics for single-use medical PPE$9,245
Dr Shazia Ruybal, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical ResearchFit-for-purpose analytical tools to support COVID-19 sero-surveillance in Papua New Guinea$10,000
Dr Chin Wee Tan, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical ResearchComputational bioinformatics of COVID-19 digital spatial profiling in lungs$10,000
Dr Kamala Thriemer, Menzies School of Health ResearchInteractive digital capacity building for clinical trial staff and research institutions$9,660
Dr Johanna Wapling, Menzies School of Health ResearchStreamlining systems for remote support of SARS-CoV-2 testing at the National Health Laboratory of Timor-Leste$8,870
Dr Laurence Wilson, CSIRO Health and BiosecurityDeveloping a COVID-19 genetics platform for data-driven decision making$10,000

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