USQ is committed to excellence in fundamental research as well as the development of innovative technologies for the future. USQ is also committed to excellence in research training and seeks to provide a quality research training experience for our students. We maintain our relevance by linking with industry and business through local and international research networks. If as an alumnus you wonder how you can do more for and with the university in funding and supporting research or participating in research, the university has varied areas of research capability and projects.
USQ has a strong commitment to providing educational leadership through both teaching and research. The university engages in research through six research centres:
- Australian Centre for Sustainable Business and Development (ACSBD)
- Australian Centre for Sustainable Catchments (ACSC)
- Centre of Excellence in Engineering Fibre Composites (CEEFC)
- Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health (CRRAH)
- Centre for Systems Biology (CSBi)
- Computational Engineering and Science Research Centre (CESRC)
- National Centre for Engineering in Agriculture (NCEA)
A strong focus on health related matters in USQ research is evident through CRRAH, the Smart Ageing and Independent Living Foundation (SAIL) , the Health Informatics Research Group, the USQ Rural and Remote Clinical Placement Bursary and investigations into medical usage of natural plant products.
The Centre for Rural and Remote Area Health (CRRAH) is housed at USQ and has recently produced exciting research results in the areas of indigenous health, mental health, skin cancer, health workforce, and health and wellbeing.
A USQ project creating interest at a state and federal level of government is the SAIL Foundation which aims to advance, through collaborative research, the availability of home care technologies to all who need them and to deliver social, clinical and economic benefits. Additionally, the Health Informatics Research Group at USQ is currently in the final stages of developing a digital stethoscope for use in a telehealth environment. This project has been developed through collaborative research efforts nationally and internationally and will be used in Australia and overseas.
Finally, investigations in chia seeds, olive leaf extract and purple carrots have also been recognised nationally and have proven to have marketable health benefits.
The Office of Research and Higher Degrees (ORHD) provides management and administrative support for the University’s research and research degree programs, research and scholarship opportunities and the University’s research policies and procedures:
- Grants and contracts - submits all USQ research grant applications and assists with available research funding opportunities, preparation of applications, checks adherence to guidelines and ensures submission criteria are met and receives and prepares funding contracts.
- Ethics and research integrity - supports the three committees responsible for ensuring all research involving human or animal subjects or the use of genetically modified organisms meets strict ethical and safety requirements
- Research data management - manages data resulting from research-related work of both staff and students at USQ
- Research finance - assists researchers with the financial management of all grant applications and successful grants and ensures that auditing requirements for the management of project funds are met
- Research higher degree support - provides administrative support for the University’s research students and supervisors throughout the student journey – from prospective enquiry through to graduation.
The Alumni Office encourages you either as an individual or a chapter to support research at USQ, if you have research projects that you are interested in or have an idea for a research project of your own, contact us at the Alumni Office and we can put you in touch with the right people at USQ.