Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme

The 2020 call for applications will open in the second half of the year. Please check back from August for a further update. 

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.

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 (2020 application is not currently open)

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.

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 2019 was 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.

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
  • engagement that has significant potential to generate longer-term teaching and research outcomes.

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.
  • 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 Raki
Faculty of Science
Melissa McKain
Global Change Institute
Michelle Claxton
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.