Research Funding support

Identifying Suitable Funding Opportunities

The Strategic Development 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 (SPIN, Research Professional, and GrantSearch​).

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.

Early Career Researcher Travel Grants supports eligible Mater Early Career Researchers wishing to present their research with the aim to promote Mater Research at a national or international level. The successful candidate will be a promising  Early Career Researchers with the potential to become a productive, independent investigator. It will assist in facilitating the successful applicants to be competitive on a national and international level.

The Mater Clinical Research Seeding Grant Scheme supports researchers conducting clinical pilot research with the aim to submit an external funding application the following year. It helps successful applicants to be more competitive on a national and international level, including the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grant and Fellowship schemes.

The Betty McGrath Fellowship Scheme is a joint initiative of Mater Health and Mater Research, funded by Mater Foundation and is designed to support improved evid​ence-based clinical practice at Mater. The Fellowship enables practicing clinicians or other health professionals to increase their research activity by providing salary support to back-fill their clinical positions.

The BICARE Project Grant is a joint initiative of Mater Young Adult Health Centre Brisbane, Mater Research and Queensland Brain Institute, supported by BICARE and Mater Foundation and is designed to focus on neurological disorders and/or mental health research for children and young people. The scheme enables practicing clinicians or other health professionals to increase their research activity by providing salary and consumable support.

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 Strategic Development Team for assistance.

Funding Management

The Strategic Development 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