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The QUEX Initiator Grants Scheme is designed to broaden academic and research collaboration between UQ and the University of Exeter.

Up to nine grants of A$16,000 (£10,000) will be available to UQ and Exeter collaborators.

For any queries relating to the Scheme or further information on the Global Strategy, please contact the UQ Global Engagement office at or phone +61 7 3346 7869.

How to apply

Submit the application form to and by 28 February 2018.

Scheme aims

Initiator Grants are intended to provide seed funding to promote joint projects which will expand academic and research linkages between UQ and Exeter, and build a pipeline of research teams and collaborations positioned for larger funding schemes.

The specific aims include:

  • Supporting enabling activities that bring together academic staff with excellent and complementary expertise and capability.
  • Addressing research questions with potential for high impact that could not be as effectively carried out by a partner on its own.
  • Facilitating exploration of novel research concepts to a point at which significant external funding can be sought.
  • Facilitating the development of new, shared educational provision leading to significant curriculum enhancement and student experience.
  • Promoting and facilitating groundbreaking interdisciplinary research.
  • Demonstrating clearly the added value of the QUEX Institute.

Supported initiatives

In 2018 applications will primarily be sought from the three current themes of the partnership:

  • Healthy Ageing
  • Physical Activity and Nutrition
  • Environmental Sustainability

However, some funding will also be allocated for applications in other areas to support expansion of the partnership to additional discipline areas/themes.

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
Prof 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

Applications up to a maximum A$16,000 (£10,000) will be invited. Funding will be provided to the nominated lead applicant who will be responsible for all arrangements for any events, activities and participation.

It is proposed that up to nine initiator awards are funded in 2018. All funded applications will be promoted via the QUEX Institute website and are expected to be completed in a six-month period from the award date.


The Initiator Grants will be available to the whole academic community at Exeter and Queensland.

Eligible costs include:

  • travel and subsistence
  • external speakers/facilitators
  • equipment (small purchases only, justifiable in line with project deliverables)
  • venue and catering costs.

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

  • academic salaries
  • student fees / tuition
  • indirect costs and overheads associated with internal research facilities.