As the state moves to trim the TAFE sector, Queensland universities have scooped up millions in federal funding for research projects across a range of disciplines including health, planning and international business.
But the University of Queensland has emerged as Brisbane's biggest winner, scoring more than $40 million from the Australian Research Council compared to just $9.06 million for Griffith and $7.6 million for the Queensland University of Technology.
And a spokesman for the University of Southern Queensland said the institution had missed out on funding from the $359 million federal grant kitty.
But, in making the announcement this week, the Minister for Science and Research, Senator Chris Evans, said in addition to the 1014 projects funded across Australia, QUT would receive a new National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network.
The $3.2 million would see QUT collaborate with other Australian universities, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies and similar organisations, Senator Evans said.
"This new network will help develop much-needed connections between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers across the country — and at all career stages — to build Australia's research capacity, expertise and experience," he said.
UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj said the funding for UQ comprised $26,837,986 for Discovery Projects, $10,796,690 for Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards and $2,715,000 in Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities funding.
"We are delighted to have led the nation in outcomes in the Discovery Early Career Researcher Award scheme," Professor Høj said.
"After finishing second in the inaugural 2012 round of the scheme, it is pleasing that UQ has been able to build on that base and highlight to the ARC the wonderful environment our institution provides for the best and brightest young researchers."
UQ also maintained its top two position in ARC Discovery funding, placing second in the country, behind the University of Sydney, with 76 proposals awarded.
Professor Alan Mark of the Faculty of Science School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences received the biggest grant at UQ ($946,000) for a three-year study of membrane proteins.
The largest funding chunk at Griffith went to Professor Lyn Griffiths ($570,000 over three years) to study the role of genetics in human memory.
At QUT, Associate Professor Joanne Brownlee, Associate Professor Susan Walker, Professor Donna Berthelsen and Professor Eva Johansson received the largest project grant ($375,0000) to examine how children's beliefs about knowledge influence their reasoning about moral values and how these change as they progress through the early years of school.
A full list of projects funded is available via ARC website.