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Centre of Excellence (CoE) and Applied Sport Science Research

Former QAS athlete Duncan Free involved in testing with the Centre of Excellence.

Former QAS athlete Duncan Free involved in testing with the Centre of Excellence.

Building on the successes of the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS), the Queensland Government established the Centre of Excellence for Applied Sport Science Research (CoE) in 2003. The primary aims and objectives of the CoE are to facilitate research and to communicate research results which assist the QAS to develop elite Queensland athletes, teams, and coaches.

A secondary objective is to supply Knowledge Services to sport organisations. Knowledge Services aim to contribute to improving sport delivery for athletes by assisting a wide variety of stakeholders including coaches, officials and administrators.

The Centre of Excellence has three distinct functions:

  1. To facilitate applied research in the field of sport science.
  2. To provide postgraduate scholarships with universities in the field of applied sport science.
  3. To fund the purchase and development of specialised technologies to assist elite athletes.

These three functions are provided through strategic alliances with Queensland universities, Australian and international institutes and academies of sport and selected industry partners.

The Centre of Excellence is continuing to develop strong alliances with research groups and is aiming to serve as a point of interaction among governments, universities, industry and the community for applied sport science research in Queensland.

The CoE supports research aimed at improving elite sport practices. Research support is provided at an institutional level through project, fellowship and scholarship support, with sport science encompassing a wide range of disciplines such as biomechanics, engineering, medicine, nutrition, physiology, physiotherapy, psychology and management.

The Centre of Excellence have identified ways that the CoE, the QAS and the Chief Scientist can collaborate to expand the application of sport science research results.

They have produced the Queensland Applied Sport Science Research and Education 2012 (PDF, 493K)* (PDF, 493K) report outlining these additional opportunities that will benefit Queenslanders in sport, consistent with the Get in the Game policy and particularly in preparation for the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

Research areas

The CoE supports collaborative research groups to conduct studies in the QAS's four priority research areas:

  • Coaching
  • Injury Management
  • Metabolism 
  • Technology Development


Scholarships in the field of applied sport science are offered in the areas of coaching, injury prevention and management, metabolism and technology development.

The Centre of Excellence offers a number of scholarships at Honours, Masters and PhD level in these areas. Scholarship holders are enrolled at a Queensland university and work at the University and the QAS.

How to apply

Expressions of interest for CoE scholarships are open all year. For further information email

Work Placements

The Centre of Excellence, in conjunction with Queensland universities, provides an industry placement program for postgraduate students. Immersion in the elite sport environment provides scholars with opportunities and information that enhances the learning and research experience and allows for collaborative partnerships to be formed.

For more information email

Last reviewed
30 March 2016
Last updated
19 March 2015