Call for Research Proposals

THE-ICE RGS 2024 Call for Research Proposals is Closed

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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 educational institutions.
  • Enhancing teaching and learning in TH&E education.
  • Enhancing the process of and benefits from the accreditation in TH&E educational institutions.
  • Evaluating and benchmarking performance in TH&E educational institutions.

THE-ICE RGS is designed to:

  • Encourage and support research within THE-ICE member institutions.
  • Stimulate interaction between THE-ICE members, with preference being given to applications involving multiple collaborating partners. 
  • Generate research outcomes that support the objectives of THE-ICE and provide tangible benefits to THE-ICE member institutions. 
  • Generate research-based content for THE-ICE annual signature event, the International Panel of Experts (IPoE) Forum. 

Each year THE-ICE will fund up to two (2) research proposals to the value of AU$3,500 each. Payment of THE-ICE Research Grant is subject to:

  • Adherence to key submission dates.
  • Submission of the final extended abstract according to the frame of reference.
  • Presentation of the accepted research findings at the relevant IPoE Forum.

Guidelines for Applicants

Applications are welcomed from teams from two (2) or more accredited members of THE-ICE. From 2024, teams must include representatives from at least two (2) member institutions of THE-ICE in order to be eligible for funding. Research Proposals should also:

  • 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  • Be original work and unpublished (in full) elsewhere.

For further guidance, please refer to the Research Proposal Template 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.
  • Potential to facilitate cooperation between two (2) or more member institutions of THE-ICE.
  • Soundness of theoretical framework and consistency of methodology and research design.
  • Feasibility of proposed objectives, timelines/deadlines, and budget.
  • Adherence to the Research Proposal Template.

Key Dates

Research proposals are to be submitted to by the following deadlines:

  • Proposals must be submitted by Thursday 14th March 2024.
  • Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 22nd March 2024.
  • Final extended abstract (1500 words) must be submitted no later than Friday 25th October 2024.
  • Research findings will be presented at THE-ICE IPoE Forum 7th to 9th November 2024.


All enquiries regarding the submission of research proposals should be directed to Ms Elise Lawrence, Operations 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.