THE-ICE Research Grant Scheme

THE-ICE Research Grant Scheme (RGS)

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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 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.
  • Generate research outcomes that support the objectives of THE-ICE and provide tangible benefits to THE-ICE member institutions.
  • Stimulate interaction among members of THE-ICE.

Each year THE-ICE will fund two Research Proposals to the value of AUD$3,500 each. Payment of THE-ICE Research Grant is subject to:

  • Adherence to key submission dates (as per the announcement).
  • Submission of the final extended abstract to THE-ICE.
  • Presentation of the research and outcomes 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, hospitality, events, and culinary arts (TH&E) 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  • Be original work and unpublished (in full) elsewhere.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.
  • 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 above)


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 research results 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.

THE-ICE RGS 2024 Call for Research Proposals is Closed