Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme

The Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme 2020 has now closed.

Updates regarding the 2021 Scheme will be posted in December 2020.

For any queries relating to the Scheme or for further information on the Global Strategy, please contact Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship:

The UQ Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme assists UQ faculties, institutes and units to pursue activities that will strengthen the impact of UQ’s global network.

The objectives of this 2020 special round are to support continuity in institutional engagement between UQ and priority partners during and following the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic when restrictions on travel and social distancing will limit opportunities for face-to-face engagement and inward and outbound visits. Project activities must comply with the COVID-19 advice from the Australian government and UQ.

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

How to apply 

Submit the application form to your faculty or institute contact. Applications must be approved by the Executive Dean or Institute Director. The Global Engagement and Entrepreneurship Office will not accept applications directly. 

We recommend familiarising yourself with UQ’s Global Strategy, priority countries and premier partners, and discussing your proposed initiative with your faculty or institute contact before applying.

Guidelines, PDF (200 KB) (you will need to log in with your UQ username and password)

Scheme aims

The scheme aims to:

  • provide financial support for innovative joint activities, which contribute to UQ’s COVID-19 partnership response on travel/activities restrictions. Activities may include the organisation of virtual workshops, exhibitions, mobility projects, webinars, and on-the-ground work that supports partnership development.
  • enable the pursuit of key opportunities and nurture partner networks that have been identified as having the potential to advance UQ’s strategic objectives within priority countries
  • develop mutually beneficial education and research outcomes with individuals and organisations that raise UQ’s global profile
  • support UQ faculties, institutes and units to launch new projects and to promote innovative, creative initiatives that further UQ’s Global Strategy objectives.

Supported initiatives

The 2020 Special Round is open to initiatives in UQ’s priority countries: USA, UK, Germany, China, Indonesia, India, Brazil and Singapore, as well as UQ's emerging priority countries Vietnam, Chile and Canada. In addition, initiatives to expand collaboration with UQ’s premier and emerging premier partners will be prioritised. Initiatives to support engagement with UQ’s existing and new enabling partners identified through the Articulation Framework (see Guidelines for the full list) will also be eligible.

Example initiative types include:

  • organisation of face-to-face and/or virtual joint symposia, workshops, exhibitions, mobility projects, and webinars
  • on-the-ground work that supports the expansion of engagement in accordance with the Global Strategy
  • participation in premier, emerging premier, and enabling partner engagement initiatives or events to enhance UQ’s profile and global outreach
  • initiatives that promote the development of industry and government linkages in priority countries
  • engagement that has significant potential to generate longer-term teaching and research outcomes
  • activities to enhance and support UQ articulation framework and enabling partners engagement in identified markets

The Global Strategy Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme Report (March 2019) showcases successful applications, for reference. All initiatives must demonstrate a clear emphasis on engagement outcomes and must align with UQ's Global Strategy.

Funding details

For each round, $75,000 is available. Applicants may request up to $10,000 per initiative.

Applications that demonstrate matched funding by the UQ unit will be viewed favourably. This may be a combination of funding from the school/faculty or centre/institute.

Partner funding or in-kind support will also be taken into account.

Eligibility criteria

  • Proposals must clearly demonstrate the benefits to UQ’s engagement objectives in priority countries, and preferably with premier or emerging premier partner institutions. Engagements with enabling partners (please refer to the Guidelines for the list of enabling partners) will also be eligible.
  • In cases where there is potential for a new strategic partner or initiative, applications may be considered at the discretion of the selection panel.
  • The project scope should be clearly defined and avoid crossover with other UQ internal grant schemes.
  • Applications that demonstrate matched funding by the UQ unit will be prioritised as it shows commitment to supporting the partnership initiative and generating strategic outcomes.


Applications will be assessed in accordance with the following criteria: anticipated outcomes and benefits, alignment of activity with UQ Global Strategy partner priorities, and matched funding. Further details on selection criteria are available in the Guidelines. 

Faculty and institute contacts

Faculty or institute
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
Julie Osborne
Centre for Advanced Imaging
Rachael Birks
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Brendon Lutwyche
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Melinda Knox

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Donna Guest
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Majella Ferguson
Faculty of Medicine
Grace Mani
Faculty of Science
Melissa McKain
Global Change Institute
Michelle Claxton
Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Michelle Foley
Institute for Social Science Research ISSR  
Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
Bronwyn Venus
Queensland Brain Institute
Sylvie Pichelin
Sustainable Minerals Institute
Patricia Murray

Frequently asked questions

1. Who can apply?

All UQ professional staff, academics and researchers are eligible to apply. The lead applicant should have an ongoing role or contract that exceeds the project duration. Eligible applicants should demonstrate evidence of support by their unit in the form of matched funding, and applications must be signed by the Executive Dean or Institute Director.