The QUEX Initiator Grant Scheme is now closed.

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 Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship office at or phone +61 7 3346 7869.

How to apply

Submit the application form to and

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. They specifically aim to:

  • support enabling activities that bring together academic staff with excellent and complementary expertise and capability
  • address research questions with potential for significant impact that could not be as effectively carried out by a partner on their own
  • facilitate exploration of novel research concepts to a point at which external funding can be sought
  • facilitate the development of new, shared educational provision leading to significant enhancement of the curriculum and student experience
  • demonstrate clear added value from the QUEX Institute.

Supported initiatives

Applications are 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 and sub-themes.

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 2019. All funded applications will be promoted via the QUEX Institute website and are expected to be completed in a nine-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 and consumables (small purchases only, justifiable in line with project deliverables)
  • venue and catering costs
  • directly incurred costs of non-academic (research or technical) staff time. Where research or technical costs are proposed and are also part-time funded by another grant/source of funding, please check the terms and conditions of any pre-existing contract to ensure that there are no conflicts of interest.

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

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