Key Dates for Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships 2021

  • Proposals open in SmartyGrants: 20 May 2021
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) Information Session:  9 June 2021
  • UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I) Notification of Intent: 14 June 2021
  • Full Applications and UQ Cash Commitments due to UQ R&I: 21 June 2021*
  • Full Applications close with Advance Queensland in SmartyGrants: 19 July 2021, 1:00pm
  • Anticipated announcement: TBA

*Applications submitted internally after 9 July 2021 will only receive Research Office eligibility and compliance review, grantsmanship feedback will not be provided.


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.  

The following fellowships grants will be available:

  • early career fellowships - $160,000 over two years, or $240,000 over three years
  • mid-career fellowships - $240,000 over two years, or $360,000 over three years

Proposals must include co-funding that equals or exceeds the Advance Queensland funding sought and must address at least one of the following Investment Areas:

  • using the following innovative technology to advance industry:  Automated systems, Robotics and artificial intelligence, and Nanotechnology
  • innovating the tourism industry
  • using innovative methods to improve agriculture and food
  • developing environmentally responsible mining practices
  • managing Queensland's waste and pollution
  • managing future potential pandemic crises, or similar emergency events, that could severely impact Queensland
  • mitigating and preventing climate change
  • building resilience against natural disasters eg droughts, floods, cyclones and bushfires
  • energy sustainability
  • sustainable fuels (excluding hydrogen)
  • water sustainability

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

For potential industry partners wishing to investigate partnership opportunities with UQ researchers on a COVID-19 focussed AQ Industry Research Fellowships project, please send an enquiry to the Director, Research Partnerships, in the first instance or one of our Research Partnerships Managers.

How to apply

Internal notice of intent process

All researchers intending to submit an Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowship application for funding in 2021are 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 authorisation).
  • 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 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
  • Internal review by UQ R&I/feedback provided (compliance, eligibility, and 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.