Key dates for Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships (AQIP) Round 2 (2016-2017)

  • Proposals open in SmartyGrants: 28 November 2016
  • UQ Cash Commitments due to UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I): 17 January 2017
  • Expressions of Interest (EOIs) due to UQR&I: 17 January 2017
  • EOIs close in SmartyGrants: 30 January 2017
  • Full applications due to UQR&I: 10 April 2017
  • Full applications close in SmartyGrants: 26 April 2017
  • Interview period: June 2017
  • Anticipated announcement: July 2017


The Advance Queensland Innovations Partnerships (AQIP) scheme offers grants of up to $1.5 million in support of collaborative research projects with industry and SMEs. To be eligible, proposals must address industry-led problems of significance to Queensland, and aim to deliver tangible benefits to Queensland within a 2-5 year timeframe after completion of the project.

How to apply

Applications to this scheme, including instances where UQ will be a partner organisation rather than the applicant organisation, require UQR&I approval, particularly in cases where cash commitments will be made by UQ. UQ researchers either leading an application or agreeing to support an application submitted outside of UQ must contact UQR&I to discuss requirements for the proposal, including cash and cash salary commitments.

Cash Commitment Proforma: where a proposal requires cash support from UQ Central, a UQ cash commitment Proforma must be submitted to UQR&I, and receive Chancellery approval, prior to any Expression of Interest or Application being submitted to the State.

Stage 1: Expressions of Interest

Step 1: SmartyGrants registration and scheme reading

Step 2: Completing the application

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

Step 3: UQR&I internal review and feedback

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

Step 4: Final submission

  • On receiving authorisation from UQR&I, submit your EOI online in SmartyGrants.

Stage 2: Full Applications

In the event the proposal is invited to submit a Full Application, advise UQR&I at for assistance an authorisation in completing and submitting a Full Application to the State.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents




In the event the State elect to shortlist applications for interview, our office will assist applicants in their preparations by offering mock interviews.