The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) has committed $1.25 million in funding in 2019 for Teaching and Learning Grants, including Early Career Educational Research (ECER) Grants.

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

Key dates

Round status – open

Due date Action
June 2019 Call for 2019 Early Career Educational Research (ECER) Grant applications
6 June 2019, 10am–12pm

Developing a Successful Teaching and Learning Grant Application: Information Session.


July 2019

Sponsored by ITaLI, sessions will be arranged to ‘Pitch your Idea’ and receive feedback from ITaLI, ITS, eLearning Operational Forum members and potential collaborators. These sessions are not compulsory. 

  • 24 July 2019, 3–4pm, Room: 17-425
  • 24 July 2019, 10–11am, Room: 17-425
  • 8 August 2019, 11am–12pm, Room: 17-202a
  • 16 August 2019, 2–3pm, Room: 17-202a
  • 22 August 2019, 2.30–3.30pm, Room: 17-202a


31 July 2019 Confirm Intent to Apply for an ECER Grant by submitting a short project abstract. This is not compulsory, but highly recommended.
30 August 2019, 5pm Closing date for ECER Grant applications
Late November 2019 Announcement of successful projects
March 2020 Projects commence

Early Career Academic

For the purposes of this scheme, an Early Career Academic (ECA) 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.

Applicants should refer to the Eligibility criteria in the Application Guidelines (PDF, 276KB) to ensure they are eligible to apply.

Aims of the ECER Grants

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 Early Career Educational Research Grants.

2019 Strategic Innovation Areas

The ECER Grants encourage 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 both aligned to UQ’s institutional priorities, as identified in the UQ Student Strategy 2016-2020 and UQ Strategic Plan 2018-2021, and innovative teaching and learning in higher education.

In 2019, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) encourages applications which seek to innovate teaching and learning and address one or more of the following areas:

  • Target innovative teaching in large classes.
  • Investigate innovative or authentic assessment, and feedback practices.
  • Increase the flexibility of modes of study.
  • Experiential learning, that is learning through direct experiences linked to applied contexts
  • Increase active learning, including but not limited to collaborative learning, for an enriched student experience.
  • Deepen our understanding of data about learner activities, and stimulate the development of learning analytics tools that support research on student learning and retention.
  • Expand the adoption and outcomes of existing tools, innovations or initiatives, including to a different discipline or context.

How to apply

  1. Familiarise yourself with the ECER Grants Application Guidelines (PDF, 276KB) and Conditions of Award (PDF, 140KB).
  2. Confirm your Intent to Apply submitting a short project abstract.
  3. Register to attend a Pitch your Idea session to receive feedback on your idea (these sessions are not compulsory). See Key dates at the top of the page for the Information Session.
  4. Complete the ECER Grants Application Form (DOCX, 106KB), including your Project Impact Plan (DOCX, 65KB).
  5. Submit your completed Application Form to by Friday 30 August 2019, 5pm.

Workshops and information sessions

Pitch your Idea sessions

ITaLI is hosting five Pitch your Idea sessions 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. See Key dates at the top of the page for session details.

There will be a maximum of 4 pitches per session. Each ‘pitch’ is allocated 15 minutes, comprising:

  • A 5 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.


Information session

Developing a Teaching and Learning Grant Application Workshop

  • Date/time: 6 June 2019, 10am–12pm


This workshop is aimed at staff who are interested in applying for teaching and learning focussed grants. This session does not focus on a particular grant scheme, but rather provides advice and tips common to all. It takes time to develop an application and this session serves as an opportunity to start that process.

Participants will:

1. Understand how to structure an effective application 
2. Hear from previous successful grant applicants and how they pitched their grant idea and commenced planning for their application 
3. Find out who to contact for help and advice, and
4. Network.

Reporting templates

For current grant recipients, links to progress and final report templates can be found here:

Variations and extensions

If you require an extension to your Early Career Educational Research Grant, please complete the Grant Variation/Extension Request Form (DOCX, 62KB) and email it to