Research Funding support

Identifying Suitable Funding Opportunities

The Research Grants Team can assist researchers with identifying and pursuing suitable funding opportunities for research projects and education on searching for funding opportunities.

External funding opportunities

There are a number of funding databases available through the University of Queensland to help researchers to find funding opportunities which are targeted to their research interests.

We would be happy to assist researchers to set up these searches.

Mater internal funding schemes

Mater Research provides a number of funding opportunities thorough the year to specifically support the work of outstanding female researchers, Early career researchers and established biomedical and clinical researchers. These opportunities will be advertised via email and the Mater Research Intranet.

Mater Research Strategic Grant for Outstanding Women is exclusively available to Mater People and is a unique opportunity for recipients to increase research productivity, attain key resources or increase their national or international profile and generating awareness and interest for their research projects within the community.

Early Career Researcher Seeding Grants supports eligible Mater Early Career Researchers wishing to conduct research with the aim to submit an independent investigator research grant in the following year. It will assist in facilitating the successful applicants to be competitive on a national and (potentially) international level. Applicants are encouraged to apply for NHMRC Project Grants and Fellowships in the subsequent years.

The Betty McGrath Health Service Research Seeding Grant​. The 2021 Betty McGrath Health Service Research Seeding Grant has been created to provide start-up funding for research designed to improve the care of people and can be translated into clinical practice. The seeding grant may be used to purchase research equipment or software, covering the cost of obtaining statistical advice, clinical back-fill, open-access publishing or research assistance.

To be eligible for a Betty McGrath Seeding Grant, the lead applicant must be employed by Mater, based at and undertake the project at a Mater campus and have support from their current supervisor (Department Director).

Mater people working in regional areas, such as Bundaberg and Townsville, are encouraged to apply to the scheme.

How to apply for funding

Once you have identified an opportunity, advise the Strategic Development​ team of your intention to apply and they will inform you on the steps you need to undertake to submit your application.

​Where possible, all applications for external funding should be submitted through UQ. If you do not have an MRI-UQ appointment, please contact the Research Grants Team for assistance.

Funding Management

The Research Grants Team also provide support and assistance with:

  • pre- and post-award grant administration
  • submission of peer-reviewed research grant applications to national and international funding agencies (most applications will be submitted through MRI-UQ),
  • management and administration of external grants, fellowships, scholarships and other funding schemes, and also with Mater internal funding schemes