Call for Research Proposals

The 2019 RGS Call for Research Proposals has now closed

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THE-ICE Research Grant Scheme Research Proposals should address the 13th IPoE Forum 2019 theme, ‘A Quantum Leap in Excellence – Education Without Borders’ and sub-themes;

1. The Globalisation of Teaching and Learning
2. Leadership & Human Capital – How are innovations in teaching & learning being used to deliver education without borders.
3. In Search of the Perfect Curriculum – Balancing the need for high-tech and high-touch
4. Getting to the Heart of the Matter – exploring ways for increasing humanism within education and service industries
5. Education, Intercultural Understanding & Excellence – Is education opening minds, building bridges & making things better?

THE-ICE Research Grant Scheme (RGS)

The purpose of THE-ICE RGS is to facilitate and promote research by member institutions, supporting THE-ICE objective to enhance the quality of higher education in tourism, hospitality, events and culinary arts (TH&E). Research topics that may be supported by the RGS include, but are not limited to, the following;

  • Assuring and enhancing quality in TH&E institutions
  • Enhancing teaching and learning in TH&E
  • Enhancing the process of and benefits from accreditation in TH&E institutions
  • Evaluating and benchmarking performance in TH&E institutions

THE-ICE RGS is designed to:

  • Encourage and support research within THE-ICE member institutions
  • Generate research outcomes that support the objectives of THE-ICE and provide tangible benefits to member institutions
  • Stimulate interaction among members of THE-ICE
  • Generate research-based content for the THE-ICE annual signature event, the International Panel of Experts (IPoE) Forum

Each year THE-ICE will fund two research proposals to the value of AU$2,500 each. Payment of THE-ICE Research Grant is subject to:

  • Adherence to key submission dates (as per the announcement)
  • Submission of the final research paper to THE-ICE
  • Presentation of the research and outcomes at the IPoE Forum

Guidelines for Applicants

Applications are welcome from individuals and/or teams from Full Members, Affiliate and Associates of THE-ICE. Research proposals should:

  • Address a theme relevant to the objectives of THE-ICE RGS and relevant IPoE Forum
  • Propose an original course of research that contributes to the field of tourism and hospitality education
  • Follow an empirical approach, with the potential to produce robust, reliable and actionable results
  • Be original work and unpublished (in full) elsewhere

Contribute to/ align with the theme of the relevant IPoE Forum (the theme of the IPoE Forum 2019 is ‘A Quantum Leap in Excellence – Education Without Borders‘)

For further guidance, please refer to the Research Proposal Template (below) and THE-ICE RGS Frame of Reference.

Evaluation of Research Proposals

Research proposals submitted before the deadline, and adherent to the THE-ICE RGS Frame of Reference, will be reviewed by the RGS Review Committee and evaluated based on:

  • Importance and relevance of the research to the objectives of THE-ICE and to quality in TH&E higher education.
  • Potential to make an original contribution to the existing body of knowledge of TH&E education, and implications for development of best practice.
  • Contribution to/ alignment with theme of relevant IPoE Forum
  • Soundness of theoretical framework and consistency of methodology and research design
  • Feasibility and sustainability of proposed objectives, outcomes, timelines / deadlines, and budget
  • Adherence to the Research Proposal Template (provided below)

Key Dates

Research Proposals and final papers are to be submitted to by the following deadlines: 

·         Research proposals should be submitted by  Friday 31st May, 2019 

·         The successful applicant/s will be notified by  Friday 14th June, 2019 

·         Final research papers must be submitted by Monday 30th September 2019 

·         Research findings will be presented at THE-ICE IPoE Forum 14th – 17th October 2019 

Payment of THE-ICE Research Grant is subject to: 

·         Adherence to key submission dates. 

·         Submission of the final research paper according to the frame of reference. 

·         Presentation of the accepted research findings at the relevant IPoE Forum. 


All enquiries regarding the submission of research proposals should be directed to Ms Jane Gentle, General Manager of THE-ICE, at

Please Note:

Any publication or presentation of results of the research must be approved by THE-ICE in advance to ensure that confidential information is not inadvertently divulged. THE-ICE will not unreasonably withhold or delay approval. A review of the final report will be conducted within 14 days of submission. THE-ICE  reserves the right to refuse dissemination of research grant funding if the researcher/s do not adhere to the approved research proposal.


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