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. Applications are now closed.

How to apply

Applications open on 4 March and close 22 April 2024. 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:

  • Facilitating further development of novel research and/or teaching and learning concepts to the point of submission of bid(s) for substantial external funding.
  • Facilitating the development or strengthening of industry partnerships.
  • Facilitating the project team to develop intellectual property, publish research, influence national/international policy and/or achieve impact in other ways.
  • Supporting 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 four QUEX themes:

  • Healthy Living
  • Global Environment Futures
  • Digital Worlds and Disruptive Technologies
  • Mineral Security and Sustainability

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 Sciences
Global Environmental Futures
Dr Ruth Thurstan
Senior Lecturer in Marine Social-Ecological System 

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 Achim Bruker
Professor in Computer Science (Chair in Cyber Security)
Associate Professor
Stephen Viller

Associate Professor,
School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science,
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
Mineral Security and Sustainability

Professor Karen Hudson-Edwards
Professor in Sustainable Mining

Professor Daniel Franks
Program Leader-Development Minerals,
Sustainable Minerals Institute

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