Are you a forward-thinking researcher with a passion for innovation? The Advance Queensland Fellowship could be your ticket to driving positive change. Let’s delve into what this fellowship offers and how it can empower you to make a lasting impact in Queensland’s research landscape.

Advance Queensland Fellowship


What to Know About Advance Queensland Fellowship

The Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships (AQIRF) program supports researchers who hold a PhD in conducting original research that benefits Queensland.

This research is carried out in collaboration with industry partners and end-users located in Queensland. The available fellowships come in two categories:

  • Early Career Fellowships: Offering funding of $160,000 over two years or $240,000 over three years (excluding GST).
  • Mid-Career Fellowships: Providing funding of $240,000 over two years or $360,000 over three years (excluding GST).

Applicants are required to secure co-funding that matches or surpasses the funding provided by Advance Queensland. Additionally, their proposals must align with at least one of the following Investment Areas:

1. Utilizing innovative technologies to advance various industries, including automated systems, robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, synthetic biology (including mRNA), and quantum technologies.

2. Innovations in cyber technology and defense industries.

3. Advancements in the tourism industry through innovative approaches.

4. Innovations in methods aimed at enhancing sporting success, particularly in the realm of Sports Tech.

5. Implementing innovative methods to improve agriculture and food production, encompassing novel proteins and low-emission production systems.

6. Developing innovative approaches for a sustainable future within a decarbonizing economy, including environmentally responsible mining practices, waste and pollution management, climate change mitigation, sustainable energy solutions (including green hydrogen technology and energy storage), and sustainable water solutions.

7. Building resilience against potential future crises, such as pandemics, and natural disasters like droughts, floods, cyclones, and bushfires.

UQ Central Cash Co-Contribution Model

Early Career Fellowships receive $5,000 per year from DVCRI funds, but only if the partner organization is contributing a minimum of $5,000 in cash.

For Mid-Career Fellowships, any new cash provided by the industry partner will be matched by DVCRI funds, capped at $50,000 and not exceeding a 1:1 match with AQ funding.

In both Early Career and Mid-Career fellowships, the industry partner’s contributions must be entirely new funds and not a reallocation of existing funds within the UQ system (such as CSIRO or ACARP).

It’s important to note that while in-kind salary contributions from industry partners can count as cash contributions for matching AQ grant funding, they won’t be considered cash contributions when determining the central cash contribution from UQ.

How to Apply/ Application Process

All researchers intending to submit an Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship application are required to submit an internal Notice of Intent.

NOIs will be collated centrally and distributed to Faculties and Institutes in order to provide maximum support to the UQ research community.

Step 1: SmartyGrants Registration and Scheme Reading

The applicant will need an active account in the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport (DTIS) SmartyGrants system.

Familiarise yourself with the key Advance Queensland (AQ) and UQ documentation (see links below).

Step 2: Completing the application

Log into SmartyGrants and complete the online Application.  Leave the final Declaration/Certification pages blank (to prevent the draft from being submitted to DTIS without UQ authorization).

Download and complete each of the required document uploads including the Budget Table, UQ, and Industry Partner Letters of Support.

Step 3: UQ R&I internal review and feedback

In advance of the internal review, ensure all online components are complete and valid. Generate a whole Proposal PDF to send for review.

To initiate internal review, email your completed Funding Coversheet, whole Proposal PDF, draft attachments, and Cash Commitment Proforma to UQ R&I at [email protected]

Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided (compliance, eligibility, and grantsmanship).

Step 4: Final submission

Upon receiving authorization from UQ R&I, submit your application online in SmartyGrants.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

  • Contact your faculty or institute research manager for advice on peer readership programs.
  • Join the UQ R&I Mailer to stay up to date with round developments.
  • Access the UQ R&I Grants Library, a helpful resource of past successful proposals.
  • If offered, attend UQ R&I information sessions and access PowerPoint presentations from presentations and slides.
  • Contact the UQ library for advice on bibliometrics, online identifiers, and data management planning.

Key documents: A suite of templates and proformas to assist you in compiling your application will be made available here shortly.

Application Deadlines

Proposals open in SmartyGrants: 6 June 2023

UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) Notification of Intent submitted by 27 July 2023

Full Applications and UQ Cash Commitments due to UQ R&I: 1 August 2023

Full Applications close with Advance Queensland in SmartyGrants: Thursday 31 August 2023, 1:00 pm (AEST)

Anticipated announcement: TBA

Fellowship Website


The Advance Queensland Fellowship isn’t just a program; it’s an opportunity to turn your innovative ideas into reality.

So, if you’re ready to shape the future of Queensland through groundbreaking research and collaboration, seize this chance to be a catalyst for progress. Your journey to transforming the world begins here.

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