The QUEX Institute is launching a new flagship Strategic Grant Scheme to provide a higher level of support for one area of shared world-leading excellence and strategic alignment and collaboration to promote a deepening partnership.

How to apply

Submit the application form to and Please refer to the attached guidelines and application form for further information regarding the application process, eligibility criteria and key contacts.

Scheme aims

Following on from the ongoing QUEX Workshop and Accelerator Grant Schemes, the Strategic Grant Scheme is intended to support teams that can demonstrate world-leading research at both institutions, strong strategic alignment and clear plans to attract and leverage external funding to achieve long-term collaborative research goals.

The key aims include:

  • To facilitate further development of novel research and/or teaching and learning concepts to the point of submission of bid(s) for substantial external funding.
  • To facilitate the development or strengthening of industry partnerships.
  • To facilitate the project team to develop intellectual property, publish research, influence national/international policy and/or achieve impact in other ways.
  • To support the Institute’s academic training objectives, a postdoctoral position should be built into proposed project teams, to be funded through the Strategic Grant award.

Supported initiatives 

Applications must be strategically aligned and demonstrate excellence in one or more of the three QUEX themes:

  • Healthy Living
  • Global Environment Futures
  • Digital Worlds and Disruptive Technologies

Further details regarding these themes can be found at and

Healthy Living

Professor Rob Anderson
Professor of Health Services and Implementation Research,
Director of Research
Impact (Institute of Health Research)
E: R.Anderson@exeter.

Professor John Cairney
Professor John Cairney
Head of School, School of Human Movement and
Nutrition Sciences, Faculty
of Health and Behavioural
Global Environmental Futures
Professor Catriona

Professor of Political Theory, Department of Politics
E: C.Mckinnon@exeter.

Professor Peter Mumby
VC Research and Teaching Fellowship, School of
Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

Dr Sarit Kaserzon
Senior Research Fellow,
Queensland Alliance for Environmental Health
Sciences, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Digital Worlds and Disruptive Technologies
Dr James Muldoon
Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics
Associate Professor
Stephen Viller

Associate Professor, School
of Information Technology
and Electrical Engineering,
Faculty of Engineering,
Architecture and
Information Technology

Funding details 

We invite applications for a total of up to £200,000 (A$360,000) for projects of two years in length.


The Strategic Grants will be available to the whole academic community at Exeter and UQ.

Eligible cost include:

  • Travel and subsistence
  • Events and meetings
  • Consumables
  • Postdoctoral salaries
  • Costs of non-academic (research or technical) staff (referred to as ‘directly incurred staff costs’ in the UK). Where funding is requested for research or technical posts that are also partially funded by another grant/ source of funding, please check the terms and conditions of any pre-existing contract to ensure no conflicts of interest.
  • Small items of equipment (up to £20,000 or A$36,000).
  • Costs must be justified in line with project deliverables and must be approved by the relevant Head of Faculty at both institutions.

Costs that are not eligible include:

  • Academic salaries (with the exception of postdoctoral fellow salaries).
  • Third-party travel costs
  • Publication costs
  • Overheads including estates and indirect costs
  • Studentship/tuition fees
  • Costs associated with internal research facilities