Manchester-Melbourne-Toronto (MMT) Research Fund

The MMT Research Fund was the first major initiative of our new trilateral alliance and is open to applications from all research areas.

In recognition of strong bilateral partnerships between the universities of Manchester, Melbourne and Toronto, the three institutions formed a trilateral alliance in 2021.  

The alliance aims to facilitate further collaboration between the three partners, drawing on joint expertise and resources. 

About the fund 

The University of Manchester, the University of Melbourne, and the University of Toronto are contributing matching funds to support collaborative bilateral and trilateral research initiatives through a joint call for proposals. 

The overall aim of the MMT Research Fund (the Fund) is to encourage and provide initial support for the development of high-quality research activities that include Early Career Researchers (ECRs). Funding is available from each of the three institutions to develop bilateral or trilateral research projects. The Fund seeks to support proposals that will lead to long-term research collaborations with a view to enabling principal investigators (PIs) to subsequently apply for external funding to support the next phase of their joint research. 

The Fund is open to applications from all research areas and up to 15 proposals will be selected for funding. 

Proposals demonstrating strong relevance to strategic priorities at the participating institutions and that aim to provide opportunities for collaborative doctoral training at a future stage are encouraged. 

Key dates 

  • Call for proposals launch - 27 March 2024 (9am BST) 
  • Deadline for submission - 3 June 2024 (5pm BST) 
  • Communication of results - August 2024 
  • Start date of awards - September 2024 

Application information 

Further information 

If you have any questions that aren’t covered by the guidelines, please get in touch with the relevant contact at your institution: 

The University of Manchester  

Helen Lusty, International Officer  


The University of Melbourne 

Researcher Development Schemes team  


The University of Toronto 

Rikki Zhao, Director, Partnerships Office 


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