Key dates for Innovation Connections

  • Release of Funding Rules: Continuous (last update March 2016)
  • Proposals open: Continuous
  • Applications due to UQ Research and Innovation (UQR&I): Notify UQR&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
  • UQR&I information session: TBA


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 by selecting the 'I'm ready to apply' tab
  • 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

Step 3: UQR&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 UQR&I to review your application online.   

Step 4: Final submission

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

Readership and researcher support

Before applying, we recommend you:

Key documents

Innovation Connections