We connect UQ’s agri-food science expertise with Queensland industry

The UQ Agri-Food Innovation Alliance links research and education in agri-food science with business.

Working with South-East Queensland food producers, we aim to transform innovation and ideas into sustainable production methods, commercially viable foods and virtual supply chains.

Our project teams of UQ researchers and industry collaborators have wide-ranging agribusiness expertise across broadacre cropping, winter chilled fruit, viticulture, sub-tropical horticulture, dairy, beef and poultry farms, and seafood.

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Industry Kickstarter grant 

Applications are closed.

The Industry Kickstarter Grant scheme offers your agribusiness or technology company the chance to collaborate with UQ academics on research with commercial impact.

By linking research with business, the 12-month grants are designed to help you find solutions to specific industry challenges. 

How it works

Building Industry Research Relationships in Technology and Science (BIRRST)

BIRRST is your portal to finding a research partner.

We'll match your research problem with an academic who could work with you to co-create a solution to that problem. See our School's priority areas.

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    Our events connect you with the research collaborations, student placements and funding opportunities we offer.

    Check this page for our upcoming events in 2023.

    Highlights from 2022 events include:

    • UQ Agri-Food Innovation Alliance Industry Consultation Forum
    • Skills and Innovation Workshop
    • Supporting SE QLD’s Agri-Food Workforce
    • Connecting Agriculture and Food Industry Representatives with Emerging Research Students


    Professor Melissa Fitzgerald, Director


    The University of Queensland acknowledges the $2.5 million contribution made by the Australian Government Department of Education, Skills and Employment under the Strategic University Reform.

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