The 2019 round of the QUEX Accelerator Grant Scheme is now closed.

The QUEX Accelerator Grants Scheme is an initiative of the QUEX Institute, a partnership between UQ and the University of Exeter. Under the banner of Global Sustainability and Wellbeing, a range of cooperative initiatives across learning, discovery and engagement will be jointly developed and implemented through the QUEX Institute.

    For any queries relating to the Scheme or further information on the Global Strategy, please contact the UQ Global Engagement office at

    How to apply

    Submit the application form to and by 16 September 2019. Please refer to the attached guidelines and application form for further information regarding the application process, eligibility criteria and key contacts.

    Scheme aims

    Earlier this year, the QUEX Initiator Grant Scheme was launched to support the expansion of institutional linkages between UQ and Exeter through smaller seed funding grants. A total of eight applications were jointly selected and funded by UQ and Exeter to a total value of $125,000. Building upon the Initiator Grants Scheme, the Accelerator Grants are intended to support larger-scale initiatives to secure external funding and/or produce high-level outputs and impact. It is anticipated that academic staff with excellent and complementary expertise will already have established a working relationship with the partner institution, and will be able to demonstrate a track record as part of the application.

    Key objectives of the QUEX Accelerator Grant Scheme include:

    • to position the project group to win major external funding, publish significant research, or to influence national/international policy
    • to address research questions and/or to develop innovative teaching and learning initiatives with potential for high impact that could not be as effectively carried out by a partner on its own. These research questions or teaching and learning initiatives should be aligned to one of the QUEX Institute’s three themes
    • facilitate further development of novel research and/or teaching and learning concepts to the point of submission of bid(s) for significant external funding
    • to expedite groundbreaking interdisciplinary research and/or teaching and learning initiatives, taking them to the next level
    • to demonstrate clearly the added value of the QUEX Institute.

    Supported initiatives

    Applications will primarily be sought from the three current themes of the partnership:

    • healthy ageing
    • physical activity and nutrition
    • environmental sustainability

    Applicants are encouraged to contact the relevant QUEX Theme Lead at their home institution to discuss the submission and its alignment with the partnership theme.

    Exeter UQ
    Healthy Ageing
    Dr Iain Lang
    Senior Lecturer in Public Health
    and Lead for Communications
    Phone: +44 (0) 1392 726087
    Professor Catherine Haslam
    School of Psychology
    Faculty of Health and
    Behavioural Sciences
    Phone: +61 7 334 67565
    Physical Activity and Nutrition
    Dr Joanna Bowtell
    Associate Professor/Head
    of Discipline, Sport & Health
    Phone: +44 (0) 1392 722869
    Professor Andrew Cresswell
    School of Human Movement
    and Nutrition Sciences
    Faculty of Health and
    Behavioural Sciences
    Phone: +61 7 336 56241
    Environmental Sustainability
    Professor Ian Bateman
    Professor of Environmental
    Economics, Director of the
    Land, Environment, Economics
    and Policy Institute (LEEP)
    Phone: +44 (0) 1392 724503
    Professor Peter Mumby
    School of Biological Sciences
    Faculty of Science
    Phone: +61 7 336 51686

    Funding details

    Up to four Accelerator Grants of $50,000 (£30,000) each will be available to UQ and Exeter collaborators.


    The Accelerator Grants will be available to the whole academic community at Exeter and UQ.

    Eligible costs include:

    • travel and subsistence
    • research consumables
    • external speakers/facilitators
    • meeting, venue and catering costs
    • costs of non-academic (research, project-specific or technical) staff time (in the UK these are called directly incurred staff costs).

    The following items are not eligible for funding under this scheme:

    • academic salaries
    • third-party travel costs
    • equipment
    • publication costs
    • student fees / tuition
    • indirect costs, estates costs and overheads associated with internal research facilities.