In June of 2010, the UCSF School of Nursing received a grant from the Atlantic Philanthropies Foundation to develop a partnership with the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) in Brisbane, Australia. The goal of the grant is to provide a formal structure for strengthening the relationships between the two schools of nursing and enhancing collaborative efforts in education and research. A joint advisory committee comprised of educational leaders from both institutions was established and six grants were given to faculty partners from the two schools to conduct research on topics as diverse as women's health, wound healing, cancer care, and disease management of heart failure patients in vulnerable populations. Ten UCSF faculty and four doctoral students attended a conference held on the QUT campus June 27-30, 2011. The exchange of perspectives was extraordinary and will be followed by a visit of the QUT faculty and doctoral students this coming year along with a continuation of the collaborative research projects.