UQ can assist in finding relevant funding sources for research; library services; research partnerships; scholarships; managing research grants; infrastructure to store and manage research data; specialised equipment for research; information technology and software services; high performance computing; protecting intellectual property; marketing and commercialisation services and publishing and sharing of research findings. 

UQRCS Librarian support

UQRCS Librarians provide support and training for EndNote bibliographic management software. If you would like to arrange a face-to-face or Zoom session, please contact one of the library staff below to decide on the most suitable opportunity for a consultation.

Library contacts

  • Bundaberg/Hervey Bay: Kaye Cumming
  • Rockhampton: Margaret Lamb
  • Toowoomba: Jacky Cribb

Literature searching

UQRCS Librarians provide advice and training in literature searching and resource selection. You are advised to initially review UQRCS Library - 10 quick tips to get started to help orient you to UQ resources. If you need further assistance, contact one of UQRCS Librarians to arrange a one-on-one training session or join a group training session. These can be conducted in person or via zoom and can be organised at a time to suit you (during business hours).

Where appropriate, negotiation of undertaking literature searches for UQRCS affiliated clinicians is possible, depending on time constraints and nature of support required. This support requires consultation with Director of Research 

Other support

UQ Library staff provides support on how to search individual databases as well as information to help find and evaluate the quality of these resources. Also provide support for academic writing and provides examples of literature reviews.

Statistical support

UQRCS Research Centre offers limited statistical support to its direct staff and affiliated clinicians. In the first instance, we encourage you to speak with the local UQRCS librarian and they will forward enquiries to the appropriate research member. Additionally, we encourage interested clinicians to attend local support groups, particularly the regular events in Toowoomba and Rockhampton.

Support may include:

  • Discussion of research design and sample size, collected variables and data measures for the project
  • Assessment of appropriate statistical analyses for the project
  • Encourage self-conduct of analyses, review interpretation of findings with the clinician
  • Where appropriate, negotiation regarding undertaking analyses for the clinician and possible co-authorship

The Faculty of Medicine also provides statistical support

Ethics Support

Undertaking Human Research requires first obtaining ethical clearance, prior to commencing research. Human Research participation includes the involvement of human beings in the following activities:

  • surveys, interviews and focus groups
  • psychological, physiological or medical testing or treatments
  • observation by researchers
  • having their personal documents or other materials accessed
  • their information as part of an existing published or unpublished source or database being accessed

If you are undertaking research which involves a number of organisations for example both UQ and HHS, you will require ethical clearance/approval from each institution. We encourage you to obtain ethics clearance from the HHS first, before UQ. 

New proposals require the below forms completed:

  • Protocol Template/Project Description
  • Participant Information Sheet
  • Consent form (if relevant, eg: not required for most surveys)

Applications to UQ in the first instance should be submitted through: Human Research Ethics Application (HREA).

UQ Ethics forms

  • Annual Report - Reports are due on the anniversary of the approval date of your project each year until the completion of the project.
  • UQ Request for Amendment to an approved proposalResearchers who wish to make any changes to an already ethically approved project will need to apply for an amendment through the committee that had originally approved their project. 
  • Final report - On completion of the project the Chief Investigator is required to submit a final report

Hospital ethics (HHS in Queensland)

If your projects involves a hospital in any of the following ways:

  • collect data on hospital sites
  • access their data/patients/staff
  • a hospital staff member is part of the research team

You will need to submit your application to the relevant hospital HREC. Once you have secured approval from a hospital HREC, send the approval and all the relevant documents for ratification to UQ. Please refer to the RCS Affiliates page for more information.

Annual Progress reports (HHS)

Please refer to the RCS Affiliates page for relevant HHS reporting requirements

Final report (HHS)

Please refer to the RCS Affiliates page for relevant HHS reporting requirements

Low and negligible risk in research

All research involving humans that is not greater than low or negligble risk can be reviewed by one of the Faculty-based ethics sub committees, applications can be submitted anytime. Please refer to the UQ Low and Negligible risk page for more information.

Clinical Trials

In addition to the ususal Ethics procedures, there are additional steps for all clinical trials and these are summarised here.

Ethics Submissions

Ethics applications to HHS sites need to be submitted using the online forms: Ethics Review Manager (ERM)

Applications submitted to UQ in the first instance should be submitted using: Human Research Ethics Application (HREA).

Ethics Committee meeting dates

Each HREC meets every four weeks on a Thursday with a two week interval between the meeting of HREC A and HREC B. To ensure that your application is considered at a meeting, you need to ensure that your final complete HREA application is submitted by 5.00pm AEST of the cut-off date for that meeting.

Please refer to the HRECA A & B calendar for more submission information