Global Change Research Networks

We anticipate another GCRN funding round to be offered in 2021.
If you'd like us to notify you, please register your details here.


Global Change Research Network (GCRN) funding is intended to resource the development of a funding bid (e.g. ARC Industrial Transformation Research Program, MRFF, NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence, RDCs, CRC-Ps, CRCs, large commercial opportunities, funds and philanthropic sources).

The GCI supports large-scale programmatic funding bids emerging from GCRNs rather than the development of individual ARC Linkage or Discovery project applications.

The initial period of funding is for 12 months and the initial budget is up to $50,000.

A successful GCRN can be extended for an additional 12-month period if the GCRN demonstrates significant agreed progress towards a large-scale funding bid/opportunity.

The GCRN funding is not intended to be used as research project seed funding.


  • The lead Chief Investigator (CI) must be a level D/E academic at UQ and have a track record of administering grants, publications and Higher Degree Research students.
  • Other CIs may include paid UQ staff, UQ Honorary staff, UQ Adjunct staff associated with any faculty or institute at The University of Queensland or external partner organisation, e.g. other universities or research organisations, government or industry partners.
  • The lead CI must hold a UQ appointment for the duration of the funding period.

Selection process

The GCI Director will chair a selection process, including an advisory panel comprised of senior academics with a track record of delivering large programmatic funding initiatives, to advise the DVCR on the allocation of strategic funding to the GCRNs.

The advisory panel will review applications against the selection criteria (outlined below).

GCI resources

Successful Global Change Research Networks will receive the following GCI support:

Up to $50,000 strategic funding, plus administrative support for:

  • Hosting events
  • Stakeholder/partner workshops
  • Support identifying and securing funding partners
  • Profiling on GCI website and media/comms support
  • Support developing capability statements
  • Ongoing support for measuring/reporting research impact
  • Opportunity to contribute to GCRN forums

Announcement of successful GCRNs

  • GCI will work with successful applicants to produce a detailed milestone plan.
  • In appropriate cases, GCI will work with successful applicants to build additional connections across the UQ community.

Selection criteria

Applicants are advised to address the following selection criteria:

1. Problem

  • Significance of problem beyond academia (to society, economy, environment, culture)
  • The combination of multiple academic disciplines and stakeholder expertise will contribute a new, wholistic approach to addressing the problem.

2. Team

  • Partner and academic engagement in the network
  • Team leadership capability and track record of funding
  • Early/mid career researcher participation

3. Plan

  • Plan of activities likely to deliver on large scale funding bid/opportunity
  • Appropriate governance including partner engagement

4. Budget

  • Appropriate budget to deliver aims of the GCRN

5. Other

Preference given to applications which:

  • Draw together disciplines that don’t typically work together (such as social science/humanities and STEMM), and
  • Preference will be given to applications that include members across UQ faculties and institutes.