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Founders' Fellowships

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Supports researchers, scientists and clinicians to develop their innovations into practical commercial outcomes, and to access appropriate support.

What's important

  • First round closes 11am (AEST), 12 May 2017.
  • Up to $100,000 available over a 12 month period.
  • Supports recipients to spend 12 months away from their usual employment to progress their innovative idea.
  • Eligibility criteria apply.
  • The proposed fellowships must begin within 90 days of being awarded.
  • Applications can be submitted online at any time and will be assessed on a quarterly basis.
Up to $1million is available for these fellowships over 2 years. The number of fellowships awarded per round will be determined by the number and quality of the applications received.


To be eligible you must:

  • be a scientist, researcher or clinician currently employed in a Queensland-based university, research organisation or hospital, and looking to take an innovative idea to market
  • have (or will acquire) an ABN registered for GST purposes, or have a Queensland-based business established to commercialise your research at the completion of your fellowship.

Guidelines and conditions

For information about eligibility requirements, assessment criteria and details about the contract and assessment process, refer to the:

How to apply

Applications can be submitted online at any time and will be assessed on a quarterly basis. The first round closes 11am (AEST), 12 May 2017.

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About the program

The program will contribute to increasing the business and entrepreneurial skills of scientists, researchers and clinicians and build Queensland's capacity to conduct innovative research and development and translate it into new products, processes or services.

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Last updated
21 February, 2017

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