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  • Value:  Up to US$3,000
  • Duration: 1 to 2 years
  • Application deadline: June 21st 2018
  • Results announced:  August 2018
  • Apply:  Application form and brief CV


ISME Partnership Development Grants provide funding for one to two years to individuals or teams to support partnership development projects in the initial or early stages. The grants enable the development of new partnerships that may involve, but are not limited to:

  • organising a meeting or event to foster new partnerships for project and/or research and related activities involving existing and/or potential partners; or
  • designing and implementing a new partnership for a music education project that may result in best practices or models that either can be adapted by others or have the potential to be scaled up to a regional, national or international level. 

ISME Partnership Development Grants are intended for teams working in formal collaboration that may involve local, national and/or international collaboration. A letter of commitment from proposed partners is required.

Value and Duration
ISME Partnership Development Grants are valued at up to $3,000 over one to two years.

Applications must be submitted by the applicant (Project Leader). Applicants (and Co-applicants if any) must be members of ISME.

ISME aims to optimise the use of resources available for members to access. Therefore, ISME will not fund the same project or research-related activity with more than one grant at the same time.

Types of Partnerships

  • A formal partnership is a bilateral or multilateral formal collaboration agreement between an applicant and one or more partner organizations. Partnerships may be between academic institutions, or between one or more academic institutions and one or more non-academic partner organizations. These partner organizations agree and commit to work collaboratively to achieve shared goals for mutual benefit. Partner organizations must provide evidence attesting to the commitment that has been agreed upon (written letter(s) of support for the partnership must be submitted with the application).
  • Existing partnerships: Support to foster new research and/or projects and/or research-related partnership activities that are distinct from the partnership’s previous/ongoing partnership activities.
  • New partnerships: Support to foster new research and/or projects and/or research-related partnership activities that are undertaken by partnerships in their initial stages.

Following is a list of possible formal partnership approaches. Applicants are in no way limited to these approaches, and are welcome to combine some of the features described below.

  • Disciplinary and interdisciplinary research partnerships: Disciplinary and interdisciplinary interinstitutional research or project initiatives designed to make a significant contribution to the advancement of knowledge and understanding in music education.
  • Cross-sector co-creation of knowledge and understanding: Partnerships designed to foster innovative research, education and the co-creation of new knowledge on critical issues of significance to music education through a process of ongoing collaboration and mutual learning.
  • Networks for research and/or related project activities: Networks designed to advance the innovative co-creation of knowledge, as well as education and mobilization of research, on critical issues of significance to music education.
  • Partnered knowledge mobilisation: Partnerships designed to synthesize, apply and mobilise new and existing music education knowledge in accessible ways that can inform a wider international audience of music educators.

Report Requirement
The ISME Partnership Development Grant holder (Project Leader) will be required to report on the use of grant funds each year during the period of the grant, and on outcomes at the end of the grant period. Successful applicants will be informed of reporting requirements upon receiving their Notice of Award.

Application Process
Applicants must complete the application form and follow the accompanying instructions. Applicants are also required to submit a brief CV (1-2 pages). Applications must be submitted electronically by email  on or before the deadline. Use Partnership Development Grant as the subject of the e-mail.

Evaluation and Adjudication
ISME Partnership Development Grant applications are adjudicated, and available funds are awarded, through a competitive process. ISME is committed to ensuring high-quality adjudication of all proposals.

ISME Partnership Development Grants are adjudicated by members of the ISME Board. The exact number and composition of review committees will be determined by the number and nature of proposals received. Members of the ISME Board involved in the review process, if not in a conflict of interest with the applicant or any team members, are asked to evaluate the proposal based on the evaluation criteria below.

Committee members read all applications submitted by a given closing date. Members, as a group, then evaluate and rank all the proposals assigned to their committee.
ISME makes funding decisions based on the recommendations of the adjudication committee and on the funds available. Committee discussions will be guided by the principle of minimum essential funding.

Evaluation Criteria and Scoring
The following criteria and scoring schemes are used by the adjudication committees to evaluate ISME Partnership Development Grant applications:

Relevance—The aim and importance of the endeavor to furthering ISME’s mission and building on and maintaining ISME’s Core Values –  (50%):

  • originality or significance of the proposed project; and
  • potential for the project to have influence and impact within the music education locally, nationally and/or internationally.

Feasibility—The plan to achieve viable and meaningful and outcomes (20%):

  • probability that the project objectives will be met within the timeline proposed;
  • appropriateness of the requested budget and justification of proposed costs; 
  • indications of financial and in-kind contributions for other sources, where appropriate; and
  • appropriateness of the strategies for conducting the activity/activities proposed.

Capability—The expertise to succeed (30%):

  • quality, quantity and significance of past experience and published and/or other outputs of the applicant and any co-applicants relative to their roles in the project and their respective stages of career; and
  • potential of the project in terms of future funding and sustainability plans beyond the initial development phase.

Scoring table

Adjudication committee members assign a score for each of the three criteria based on the scoring table below. The appropriate weighting is then applied to arrive at a final score. Applications must receive a score of 3.0 or higher for each of the three criteria to be recommended for funding.




Very good - excellent


Good - very good


Satisfactory - good

Below 3


Communication of Results

The applicant (Project Leader) will be informed of the competition results by email within two months of the application deadline. All applicants will receive, in addition to ISME’s notice of decision, a summary of the adjudication committee’s evaluation of their proposal, where applicable. 

How to apply

Applications are made online. Go here for the application process. Deadline is 21 June.  Before leaving this page please download the Budget Pro Forma below.

Contact Information

For more information about the ISME Partnership Development Grants funding opportunity, please contact the Secretary General.

ISME Grants Budget Pro Forma Download