The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) has committed $1.25 million in funding in 2018 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 – closed

Action Due date
Call for 2018 applications July 2018
Pitch your Idea sessions Registrations now closed. Places are limited.
Develop a Teaching and Learning Grant Application Workshop Monday 3 September 2018, 10.30am to 12.30pm
Closing date for 2018 applications Friday 28 September 2018
Announcement of successful projects Monday 26 November 2018
Projects commence March 2019

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.

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.

2018 priority 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 2018, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) is encouraging applications which address one or more of the following priority areas:

  • Target innovative teaching in large classes.
  • 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 and outcomes of existing tools, innovations or initiatives, including to a different discipline or context.

How to apply

  1. Familiarise yourself with the Application Guidelines (PDF, 781KB) and Conditions of Award (PDF, 184KB).
  2. 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 session details.
  3. Complete the ECER Grants Application Form (DOCX, 271KB), including your Budget Template (XLSX, 14KB) and Project Impact Plan (DOCX, 34KB).
  4. Submit your completed Application Form to by Friday 28 September 2018.

Workshops and information sessions

ITaLI is hosting four Pitch your Idea sessions to provide applicants with the opportunity to pitch their idea and receive 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 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.

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, 75KB) and email it to