Watch 3 of our researchers pitch their ideas for innovative research as they compete to win seed funding to kick-start their research and provide the critical evidence required for a successful grant application or pitch for commercial investment. 

Ignite Innovation Award Criteria and Selection

The Ignite Innovation Award will provide a single allocation of financial support ($15,000) for researcher(s) with ‘blue sky ideas’ which requires proof of concept funding to leverage further competitive grants, venture capital investment and ultimately commercialisation outcomes.

IMB promotes this award to inspire our current scientists to develop entrepreneurial ideas resulting from the Institute’s established innovation capabilities, and enhancing researcher’s pursuits with innovation and entrepreneurial skills for competitive employment positioning in the future.

Eligibility Criteria

This Award is open to HDR students, Early and Mid career researchers of IMB to enhance your research pursuits with innovation and entrepreneurial skills for competitive employment positioning in the future.

  • Demonstrate a considered plan to progress thinking/approach from bench to bedside.

  • Clearly define industry and/or clinical pathways, and how the Award will enable effective linkage.

  • Demonstrated social, economic, environmental and/or cultural impact. 

  • Demonstrated commitment to communicating the outcomes of the project widely. 

  • Evidence of industry acceptance (uptake), recognition or other factors, which indicates the project’s research and development excellence.

  • Submission requires the endorsement of supervisor or Group Leader.

The following items are not eligible for funding under this scheme:

  • Subsidy of general ongoing salaries and administration expenses.

  • Research grants, salaries for research assistants, or top-up research funding.

  • Initiatives that are already receiving funding from another UQ internal grant scheme.

Ignite Innovation Awards

Tue 19 Oct 2021 6:00pm