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Research in the department

The department strongly values research and recognises the benefits that quality research can deliver to policy, teaching, learning, vocational education, training and skills development.

Research also helps us to understand and anticipate emerging issues and challenges and the future environment in which the department will operate. The department must continue to anticipate changes that could affect its work and prepare to meet these challenges.

Given the plethora of educational programs available to schools and training institutions, information on the programs that are working as intended would benefit all. By establishing a rigorous evidence base through research, educators can focus their resources on programs that work.

The Department's Research Plan and Priorities

The Research Plan ensures the department's research activities and investments are aligned to the education and training priorities through the department's Research Priorities. The Research Plan sets out the principles and standards for ethical research practice, as well as processes for research investment.

Education Horizon research grants

The $1 million Education Horizon research grant scheme offers grants of up to $100,000 for year-long research in areas of strategic priority in the early childhood education and care, schooling and training sectors. Additionally, researchers seeking funding for highly innovative research programs can apply under the 'Open' category for up to $100,000 funding per year for up to three years. The 2016/17 round is now closed.

Approved proposals under the 2016 round, and information on the forthcoming 2017 round, is available on the Education Horizon research grant scheme page.

Australian Research Council Linkage partnerships

University researchers interested in partnering with the department on an Australian Research Council (ARC) linkage partnership will need to submit a proposal to the department by 26 August 2016. All proposals will be considered collectively. Further details on how to apply and the proposal template can be found on the ARC Linkage partnerships page.

Research Forums

Research Services hosts regular Research Forums that present the findings of topical and often local partnership research to departmental staff, academics and other stakeholders. Many of these forums are web conferenced to enable the presentations to be accessed by staff and stakeholders outside of south-east Queensland. These recorded presentations can be accessed and watched up to 12 months later. For further information about upcoming forums and to access recordings, visit our Research Forums page.

Applying to conduct research in education sites

Research to be conducted within education related sites including Queensland state schools and Queensland government education offices is reviewed by Research Services. Researchers need to apply using a downloadable research application form Adobe PDF document164K and comply with the conditions described in the research guidelines Adobe PDF document115K. Please note: The current processing time for Research Applications is approximately 8-12 weeks.

Pilot: National Application Form to conduct research in schools in more than one state or territory in Australia

Education jurisdictions across Australia have joined together to trial a National Application Form to reduce unnecessary duplication across schooling systems. If you require approval from more than one educational jurisdiction in Australia, and would like to participate in the trial, please click on the links below for further information or alternatively, contact Research Services.

Information about the trial Microsoft® Word document External Link

National Application Form Guidelines Adobe PDF document External Link

National Application Form Adobe PDF document External Link

If you have any queries or would like any assistance regarding applying to conduct research in education sites, please refer to the frequently asked questions page or alternatively contact us for further information and assistance.

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This page was last reviewed on 09 Aug 2016

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