Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme

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.

In 2018, $150,000 will be allocated over two rounds, opening in March and August.

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 your faculty or institute contact by 31 August 2018. Applications must be approved by the Executive Dean or Institute Director. The Global Engagement Office will not accept applications directly.

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

Scheme aims

The scheme aims to:

  • provide financial support for innovative joint activities with strategic partners
  • enable the pursuit of key opportunities and nurturing of partner networks that have been identified as having the potential to advance UQ’s strategic objectives within priority countries
  • develop ongoing mutually beneficial education and research outcomes with individuals and organisations that raise UQ's global profile
  • support UQ faculties, schools and institutes to launch new projects and promote innovative, creative initiatives that further UQ’s Global Strategy.

Supported initiatives

Round two 2018 is open to initiatives in UQ’s priority countries: USA, UK, Germany, China, Indonesia, India, Brazil and Singapore, as well as emerging priority countries Vietnam, Chile and Canada. In addition, initiatives to expand collaboration with UQ’s premier and emerging premier partners will be prioritised.

Example initiative types include:

  • academic or research collaboration that serves to expand engagement in accordance with the Global Strategy
  • participation in key premier partner engagement initiatives or events
  • initiatives that promote the development of industry and government linkages in priority countries.

All initiatives must demonstrate a clear emphasis upon engagement outcomes and align with UQ's Global Strategy.

Funding details

For round two, $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.
  • 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.

Faculty and institute contacts

Faculty or institute
Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology
Julie Osborne
Centre for Advanced Imaging
Lorine Wilkinson
Faculty of Business, Economics and Law
Brendon Lutwyche
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Angela Li 

Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences
Donna Guest
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Majella Ferguson
Faculty of Medicine
Grace Raki
Faculty of Science
Whitney Woods
Global Change Institute
David Harris
Institute for Molecular Bioscience
Michelle Foley
Institute for Social Science Research Emma Earl
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.