University of Queensland - Strategic Institutional Partnership


The Strategic Institutional Partnership (SIP) between Ghent University and the University of Queensland joins the research capacity and expertise of two excellent institutions to explore and test interdisciplinary responses to global challenges. By leveraging the complementary research and educational strengths from the two academic communities, we target high-impact scientific and real-world outcomes.

The SIP conceptualizes its initial work in several thematic areas:

  1. Knowledge Exchange
  2. Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  3. Fire Safety Science and Engineering
  4. Freshwater and Marine Systems
  5. Antibiotics
  6. Art and Architecture

Over time, the number of themes will be expaneded. Within these thematic areas, Ghent University and the University of Queensland collaborate on topics such as integrated waste-water management; neurosciences and experimental psychology; sustainable materials science and pyrometallurgy; fire safety science and engineering; antibiotics and multi-drug resistant pathogens; nutrition and food sciences, policing and security research; earth observation; knowledge exchange, and innovation and entrepreneurship.

Both institutions are currently setting up the strategic framework for bilateral and multi-dimensional engagement in the fields of education, research, service delivery, and institutional management. Throughout 2020, researchers have initiated this by mapping the existing collaborations (e.g. over 250 joint publications prior to the SIP, several joint masters…) and held thematic virtual research workshops to identify per theme the optimal means of collaboration: cooperative projects, innovative educational programs, joint supervision of PhDs and student exchange.

Call for seed funding

With funding from the UGent Special Research Fund, the Strategic Institutional Partnership between the University of Queensland and Ghent University has launched a rolling call for seed grant funding.


Seed grants serve to broaden and deepen the research collaboration between faculty and staff at the University of Queensland and Ghent University. This seed grant aims to support new or ongoing research or educational partnerships in 2021. Examples of seed grant activities include but are not limited to supporting:

  • the mobility of UGent Masters/PhD student, post doctoral researcher, or professorial to the University of Queensland;
  • a stipend for a UGent Masters/PhD student or post doctoral researcher to involve them in a research collaboration with the University of Queensland;
  • a jointly organised seminar, workshop, conference, or other academic event.

Eligibility criteria

Professors or post doctoral researchers (who hold a PhD) at the Ghent University may apply for a seed grant. Proposals must be supported by a University of Queensland supervisor who holds a PhD and a professorial function at the partner university.


  • The deadline for applications for the second round of seed funding grants is 1st March 2021. We anticipate announcing a third deadline in summer 2021.
  • Proposals can apply for up to 2800 EUR.
  • Start date of the funding is 30th March 2021 and the funding must be used by 31 December 2021.
  • Please submit your completed application form via email to .

What do we do?

The SIP activities include but are not limited to:

  • Joint research collaborations, and joint publication of scientific papers and educational materials
  • Joint courses, graduate and post-doctoral fellows mobility
  • Exchange of faculty, trainees and staff
  • Participation in, and co-hosting of lectures, meetings, seminars, symposia, exhibitions and conferences
  • Exchange of knowledge
  • Joint application for funding for collaborative projects
  • Collaboration in other areas that foster research and educational cooperation


The SIP is a living partnership, therefore its membership may change and those changes may not immediately be reflected below.

From Ghent University:

  • Faculty of Bioscience Engineering: Korneel Rabaey, Gijs Du Laing, Ingmar Nopens, Arne Verliefde, Nico Boon, Prof. Joris Michiels, Hans Verbeeck, Kim Calders
  • Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences: Jan De Waele, Lieven Danneels, Tine Willems
  • Faculty of Engineering & Architecture: Bart Merci, Tarek Beji, Ruben Van Coile, Kim Verbeken, Inge Bellemans, Mark Saeys
  • Faculty of Psychology & Educational Sciences: Daniele Marinazzo, Johnny Fontaine
  • Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences: Dieter Deforce
  • Faculty of Economics and Business Administration: Marleen Easton, Mirjam Knockaert
  • Faculty of Veterinary Medicine: Eric Cox
  • International Relations Office: Pieter Pauwels (Faculty of Veterinary Medicine)

From the University of Queensland:

  • Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology: Zhiguo Yuan, Damien Batstone, Jurg Keller, Ilje Pikaar, Steven Kenway, Denys Villa Gomez, Evgueni Jak, Peter Hayes, George Zhao, Jorge Beltramini, Andrej Atrens, Cristian Maluk Zedan, Juan Hidalgo Medina, David Lange, Felix Wiesner
  • Faculty of Science: Phil Hugenholtz, Gene Tyson, Mark Schembri, Rowland Cobbold, Eugeni Roura, Stuart Phinn, Julie Baglot
  • Faculty of Medicine: Jeffrey Lipman, Jason Roberts
  • Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences: Paul Hodges
  • Faculty of Business, Economics and Law: Neal Ashkanasy, Henri Burgers, Rebecca Wallis 
  • Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences: Lorraine Mazerolle, Brian Head,  Greta Nabbs-Keller, Jennifer Yarnold
  • International Relations Office: Rosalind Boulton, Corinne Francken