Reaching out to a world of research

5 September 2007

The University of Sydney has strengthened its commitment to forging research partnerships with leading universities around the world with the announcement of additional funding to encourage research collaborations through the University's international networks.

The funding is part of the university's annual International Project Development Fund (IPDF), which has been providing seed grants for international research collaborations for more than ten years.

Sydney is a member of three of the world's most prestigious global university networks: the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU), the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) and Academic Consortium 21 (AC21). Membership of these networks places Sydney amongst some of the world's leading research universities including Stanford, UC Berkeley, Peking University, Tsinghua University, the University of Tokyo and the National University of Singapore.

The University has also established bilateral links with top universities outside the networks including Cambridge and Harvard.

Seed funding gives researchers the opportunity to tap into lucrative international funding opportunities that are not available at a domestic level.

"This new funding will further support the University's commitment to international research partnerships and encourage our researchers to share in innovative research with some of the world's top universities," said Professor John Hearn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International).

"In a globalised world facing global challenges there is growing appreciation of these sorts of multilateral collaborations to find answers far more efficiently and holistically than by working in isolation," he said.

The IPDF Fund is open to all University of Sydney researchers who are interested in establishing collaborative projects with international network partner institutions. Applications close on Friday 26 October and details are available at

The University of Sydney's International Networks

Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)

APRU is a network of 37 leading research universities from around the Pacific Rim. Its members are drawn from Asia, Australasia, the US, Canada and South America, and include Stanford, UCLA, USC, the National University of Singapore, Peking University and the University of Tokyo. Vice-Chancellor Gavin Brown is currently Chair of APRU.

Worldwide Universities Network (WUN)

WUN is a global partnership of 17 research-intensive universities from Asia, Europe and North America. Its primary aim is to bring together the expertise and knowledge of its members to make significant research advances in areas of current global concern. Members include Pennsylvania State University, UCSD, the University of Illinois, the University of Leeds and Nanjing University.

Academic Consortium 21 (AC21)

AC21 is a consortium of 20 universities from Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia committed to global cooperation in higher education. Members include Peking University, the University of Warwick, Shanghai Jiaotong University and Nagoya University.

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