Up to $300,000 is available from the Industry Research Fellowships to support PhD qualified researchers in undertaking original research that will benefit Queensland.

Industry Research Fellowships

Industry Research Fellowships Program

The Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships program supports researchers undertaking original work that will have a positive impact on Queensland. A key purpose of the program is to attract and keep talented researchers in Queensland, and to develop the professional careers of early and mid-career researchers.



Advance Queensland focuses on growing the economy and creating jobs. This includes investing in science and innovation in order to:

  • build Queensland’s reputation and capacity to conduct innovative research and development,
  • deliver new products and services for Queenslanders, and
  • establish new industries that will provide jobs for the future.

The Industry Research Fellowships program is managed by the Department of Innovation, Tourism Industry Development and the Commonwealth Games (the department).



The Advance Queensland Industry Research Fellowships program:

  • provides opportunities for researchers to pursue and continue their research careers
  • assists in retaining the state’s best and brightest research minds in Queensland
  • attracts talented researchers from interstate and overseas
  • supports increased linkage and closer collaboration with industry organisations to foster the translation of research into practice
  • delivers tangible benefits and practical outcomes for Queensland by supporting applied research and development.



The following Industry Research Fellowships grants are available:

  • early-career fellowships—$180,000 over three years (excluding GST)
  • mid-career fellowships—$300,000 over three years (excluding GST).

The fIndustry Research Fellowships  funding is paid to the applicant organisation (the Fellow’s employer).


Eligible Projects

The Queensland Government invites individual and strategically clustered applications in the following investment areas that demonstrate collaborative applied research arrangements, and/or platform technologies:

  • biofutures research, for example, R&D projects that address gaps in key policies and practices facing the biofutures industry in Queensland; advance feedstock development; develop bioindustrial technology; and/or develop the manufacturing of bioproducts such as biofuels, biochemicals and bioplastics from sustainable feedstocks or waste resources. Refer to the Queensland Government Biofutures Roadmap (PDF, 2.57MB)
  • trusted autonomous systems including robotics and artificial intelligence applications for multiple sectors such as Defence
  • agricultural technology to facilitate transformational change
  • translational biomedical research that supports treatments, technologies and devices that prevent, manage or treat diseases that are a priority for Queensland
  • applied research into the use of technology to improve and/or enhance tourist products or experiences in Queensland
  • energy supply, distribution and management innovation
  • protecting the Great Barrier Reef
  • solutions to managing the impacts of drought, floods and cyclones
  • advanced technologies to support resource industries of the future
  • a topic of strategic importance to the applicant organisation that addresses the need of a Queensland-based industry organisation.

Applicant organisations are invited to submit applications for a strategic cluster of fellowships, with no more than four fellowships per cluster.

Strategic research clusters should focus on areas where:

  • Queensland has strong domain knowledge at a national and international level
  • the applicant organisation(s) has current research strength in this area of domain knowledge
  • a strategic research focus has been identified for the cluster that can leverage this domain knowledge and research strength for the benefit of Queensland
  • the strategic research focus is applied in nature and/or builds on platform technologies
  • funding of the strategic cluster will help build critical mass in research in Queensland, attracting national and international investment to accelerate commercialisation
  • there is one or more industry/end-user partner supporting the cluster.

The individual fellowships within a strategic cluster must undertake projects that are connected and complementary and address the strategic research focus of the cluster.

Each strategic cluster application must include a letter of support from the applicant agency that: 1) clearly outlines the strategic focus of the pool of projects, and 2) describes how the individual projects are complementary and necessary for the overall project.

Strategic cluster applications will be assessed in the same way as individual applications.


Eligible Applicants

To be eligible for the Industry Research Fellowships:

  • The applicant organisation must be a Queensland-based agency that conducts research and includes, but is not limited to:
    • universities
    • research agencies
    • government organisations
    • not-for-profit/charitable organisations
    • businesses.
  • The applicant organisation must be registered for GST and have an Australian Business Number.
  • The nominated Fellow must be employed by the applicant organisation in a minimum 50 per cent FTE capacity.
  • The Fellow must spend a minimum 50 per cent FTE on the fellowship.
  • The Fellow must be an Australian citizen, or secure Australian residency for the duration of the fellowship. In cases where the Fellow does not have residency at the time of application, if successful, they will have up to six months from the date of notification to obtain residency covering the duration of the fellowship.
  • The Fellow must have a PhD research qualification with:
    • up to 5 years post-PhD research experience for early-career fellowships
    • 5 to 10 years post-PhD research experience for mid-career fellowships.
      Note: (1) Allowances will be made for time taken away from research, for example, for parenting, caring, illness, or time in non-research roles, and (2) applicants in the process of completing a PhD must have their thesis submitted by the closing date for applications.
  • The fellowship proposal must address at least one of the investment areas.
  • The fellowship must be undertaken in Queensland, and the Fellow must reside in Queensland for the term of the fellowship.



Applications close 31 July 2018.


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