Key dates for Innovation Connections

  • Release of Funding Rules: Continuous (last update March 2016)
  • Proposals open: Continuous
  • Applications due to UQ Research and Innovation (UQ R&I): Notify UQ R&I as soon as an application is created
  • Applications close with Innovation Connections: Continuous
  • Project Contract Execution: within 30 days of notification of grant offer
  • Funding Agreement Execution: within 14 days of execution of the Project Contract
  • UQ R&I information session: NA


The Innovation Connections scheme provides small and medium sized businesses with the opportunity to collaborate with the research sector in developing new ideas with commercial potential. Support includes up to $50,000 in matched funding to work on collaborative projects for up to 12 months.

How to apply

Step 1: Request a facilitator

  • The business submits a request for an Innovation Connections facilitation report through the Australian Government's Innovation Connections website.
  • A facilitator will work with the business to provide a report on opportunities for potential projects. If the business accepts the facilitator’s report, they can then apply for an Innovation Connections grant.
  • Familiarise yourself with the key documentation from Innovation Connections and UQ.

Step 2: Completing the application

  • The business creates an application through the scheme website.
  • There are reduced indirect cost rates that apply to this program, as per the scheme guidelines.
  • Due to the short timeframe for contract and agreement executions, the Innovation Connections Program requires the project contract be fully drafted prior to application submission (noting there is a 100% success rate of applications that pass facilitation). 
  • The Round Coordinator and your Research Partnership Manager (RPM) will assist with contract drafting.

Step 3: UQ R&I internal review and feedback

  • In advance of internal review, ensure all online components are complete and that is added as an Application Collaborator on the application. This will allow UQ R&I to review your application online.   

Step 4: Final submission

The application is submitted by an authorised representative of the business after UQ R&I approval has been provided.

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents

Innovation Connections