Funding and contacts

Atlantic Philanthropies

Queensland’s world-class research institutes have been a major beneficiary of Chuck Feeney's The Atlantic Philanthropies. For over 30 years, the philanthropic foundation made substantial grants available to a number of regions throughout the world including Queensland, and especially, The University of Queensland (UQ), QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and the Queensland University of Technology.

Support from Atlantic Philanthropies saw the establishment of a number of major research institutes, such as the Translational Research Institute, Queensland Brain Institute and the Centre for Clinical Research. Mr. Feeney’s generous support for this infrastructure has made potentially lifesaving research possible, including development of the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, co-invented by Ian Frazer and Jian Zhou.

Since 2005 the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have provided over US$83M in grants for almost 50 research projects to Queensland universities and organisations in research areas such as malaria, agricultural development and most recently for sharing clinical outcome data from COVID treated patients.

Available funding

The Queensland Smithsonian Fellowships Program supports fellows from Queensland’s research, education and cultural sectors to visit a Smithsonian Institution facility to complete a project. Funding of up to $25,000 is available to fellows for projects running for 8 to 16 weeks.

The Queensland-Cooper Hewitt Fellowship provides financial support for a registered Queensland school teacher to complete a project in design education at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York. One fellowship is available each year for up to $20,000 to undertake a project for 8 to 12 weeks.

Collaboration contacts

Science Strategy and Partnerships
Science and Technology Division Queensland
Department of Environment and Science
Phone: +61 7 3170 5857

Queensland’s Trade and Investment Commissioner for North America, is based in San Francisco and is supported by an Investment Director in New York

Austrade, the Australian Trade and Investment Commission promotes Australian trade, investment, tourism and education to the world and attracting investment into Australia.

Australia has 6 Austrade offices in major cities throughout the US:

  • Boston
  • Chicago
  • Houston
  • New York
  • San Francisco
  • Washington, D.C.