Key dates for Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships Round 3 (2020)

  • Proposals open in SmartyGrants: 10 February 2020
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) information session: 4 March 2020
  • UQ R&I Notification of Intent (NOI): 5 March 2020
  • UQ Cash Commitments due to UQ R&I: 23 March 2020
  • Full Applications due to UQ R&I: 23 March 2020
  • Full Applications close with Advance Queensland in SmartyGrants: 21 April 2020
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA


The Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships (AQIRF) scheme supports PhD-qualified researchers in undertaking original research of benefit to Queensland, in collaboration with Queensland-based industry and end-users. 

AQIRF supports Early-career Fellowships up to $180,000 over three years, and Mid-career Fellowships up to $300,000 over three years. Proposals must include co-funding that equals or exceeds the Advance Queensland funding sought.

Applicants are reminded that the focus of this scheme is industry partnerships. UQ requires that applicants’ industry partner/s contribute to cash matching. The Office of Sponsored Research recommends you contact your Research Partnerships Manager as early as possible to seek support in partnering with industry.

How to apply

Internal notice of intent process

All researchers intending to submit an application to the current Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships round 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 in Department of Innovation and Tourism Industry Development (DITID) SmartyGrants system.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key Advance Queensland (AQ) and UQ documentation on round opening 10 February 2020.

Step 2: Completing the application

  • Log into SmartyGrants and complete the Application, but leave the final Declaration/Certification pages blank (to prevent the draft from being submitted to DITID without UQ authorisation).

Step 3: UQ R&I internal review and feedback

  • In advance of internal review, ensure all online components are complete and valid. Generate a whole Proposal PDF for your records.
  • To initiate internal review, email your completed Funding Coversheet, whole Proposal PDF, draft attachments and Cash Commitment Proforma to UQ R&I at
  • Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided (compliance/eligibility/grantsmanship).

Step 4: Final submission

  • On receiving authorisation from UQ R&I, submit your Application online in SmartyGrants.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents

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