Round Status: Closed

The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) has committed $1 million in funding in 2017 for Teaching and Learning Grants, including the Early Career Educational Research (ECER) Grants and the Teaching Innovation Grants.


The purpose of the ECER Grants is to enable Teaching Focused (TF), Teaching and Research (T&R) and Clinical Academic (CA) staff to develop leadership in promoting and enhancing Educational Research at the University.

The aims of the scheme are:

  1. to encourage new members of TF, T&R or CA staff, and existing staff members transferring to a TF position, to engage in Educational Research;
  2. to identify teaching and learning issues, within or across disciplines, and facilitate an approach to addressing these issues;
  3. to initiate the development of a project or program that could later attract internal or external funding; and
  4. to support, on a competitive basis, high quality teaching and learning projects of modest financial cost.

Please note: In 2017 the Early Career Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Grants were renamed to Early Career Educational Research Grants.

Early Career Scholar

For the purposes of this scheme, an Early Career Scholar (ECS) is someone who is, at the time of application, within his/her first eight years of full time equivalent teaching employment in a TF, T&R, CA or similar appointment at another university.

2017 Priority Areas

The ECER Grants encourages new members of TF, T&R or CA staff to engage in Educational Research and to identify teaching and learning issues, within or across disciplines, and facilitate an approach to addressing these issues.

The ECER scheme supports projects that are aligned to UQ’s institutional priorities, as identified in the UQ Student Strategy, as well as issues of importance to teaching and learning in higher education.

In 2017, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is encouraging applications in the following priority areas where the project will:

  • Target large courses and/or program-level change.
  • Investigate innovative assessment, e-assessment and feedback practices, especially for large classes.
  • Increase the flexibility of modes of study.
  • Increase active learning for an enriched campus experience for students.
  • Deepen our understanding of data about learner activities and stimulate development of learning analytic tools that support research on student learning and retention.
  • Expand the adoption of existing tools.
  • Eligibility

    Staff applying for an ECER Grant must fulfil the following eligibility criteria:

    • At the time of application, and for the grant period, applicants must hold a (salaried) TF, T&R or CA appointment at UQ;
    • The appointment must be of at least 0.5 full time equivalent (FTE);
    • The appointment must be for at least a three-year term (if a staff member’s appointment is less than three years at the time of application they need to present a special case to explain why they should be considered);
    • Applications from individuals yet to complete their PhD/other postgraduate training will only be considered in highly unusual circumstances. The University believes such applicants should not embark upon additional teaching and learning projects, but should concentrate on completing their thesis and publishing the results. Applicants currently completing postgraduate training must demonstrate the project is clearly different from their higher degree project and the progress of their degree will not be affected by taking on the additional work outlined in the project, for which they are seeking funds under this scheme;
    • Applicants must apply as an individual. Team applications will not be accepted;
    • Applicants must provide proof they are within their first eight years of full time equivalent academic employment;
    • Applicants must have already established some track record in Educational Research through publication;
    • Applicants can only submit one ECERapplication per round; and
    • Applicants must be appointed to academic levels A, B or C. Staff appointed to academic levels D or higher can make a special case if they believe they should be eligible.

    ECER Grant applications will not be accepted from:

    • Staff who were successful in obtaining a grant under the scheme previously;
    • Adjunct, Affiliated or Clinical Academic Title Holders; and
    • Staff who will be on Long Service Leave during the grant period.
  • Key Dates



    Due Date

    Call for 2017 ECER Grant applications


    Tuesday, 2 May 2017

    Pitch your Idea sessions

    ITaLI & Applicants

    Friday 9 June, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
    Tuesday 13 June, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
    Monday 19 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
    Tuesday 20 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm 

    Places are limited. Please register here.

    Closing date for 2017 ECER Grant applications


    Friday 28 July, 2017

    Announcement of successful projects


    Monday 9 October, 2017

    Projects commence


    November 2017

  • How to Apply

    Step one: Familiarise yourself with the ECER Grants Application Guidelines (refer to the UQ Documentation section below)

    Step two: Register to attend a Pitch your Idea session to receive feedback on your idea (these sessions are not compulsory). Places are limited. Please register here.

    Step three: Complete the UQ ECER Grants Application Form

    Step four: Submit your completed UQ ECER Grants Application Form to

  • UQ Documentation
  • Workshops and Information Sessions

    Pitch your Idea Sessions

    ITaLI is hosting four Pitch your Idea sessions in June to provide applicants with the opportunity to pitch their idea and receive valuable feedback and advice on their project design prior to submitting an application. The sessions will be held as follows:

    • Friday 9 June, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
    • Tuesday 13 June, 12.30pm – 1.30pm
    • Monday 19 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
    • Tuesday 20 June, 1.00pm – 2.00pm 

    There will be a maximum of four pitches per session. Each ‘pitch’ is allocated 15 minutes, comprising:

    • a five minute presentation on the rationale of the project and the proposed approach (no more than 2 slides)
    • 10 minutes of Q&A

    These sessions are not compulsory. Places are limited. Please register here.

  • Reporting

    Links to progress and final report templates can be found below:

  • Contact information

    For further information contact:
    Teaching Awards and Grants Officer
    Institute for Teaching and Learning Innovation (ITaLI)