So I'm having trouble figuring out what the correct syntax is for a function with a return type that is a template type and is within a namespace. Anyone see anything wrong with the code below?

-------.HPP file:

#pragma once

#ifndef EC_UTIL_H
#define EC_UTIL_H

#include "../CommonHeaders.hpp"
#include "../core/common/APVertex.hpp"

#include <QString>

class QWidget;

namespace EditorCommon
   template <class T> T *findAndAssert(QString id, QWidget *root);


#include "ECUtil.hpp"

------------------- .CPP file:

#include <QApplication>
#include <QWidget>
#include <QMessageBox>

namespace EditorCommon
   template <class T> T *findAndAssert(QString id, QWidget *root)
      T *w = root->findChild<T *>(id);

         QMessageBox::critical(root , QString("Critical Application Error"), QString("Missing UI element: ") + id);

      return w;

------- In use:

mColumn.mEnableSnap = (QCheckBox *) findAndAssert<QWidget>(QString("uiEnableSnap"), panel);

------ Error:
WorkspaceDelegate.cpp:(.text+0x141): undefined reference to `QWidget* EditorCommon::findAndAssert<QWidget>(QString, QWidget*)'

The syntax is right, but for template functions the definition needs to be in the header file, not the .cpp file.