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Research Support Scheme

Research Support Scheme 2018

Applications for the Research Support Scheme 2018 are now closed

About the scheme

The Research Support Scheme is a joint initiative funded by Metro South Health's Study, Education and Research Trust Account (SERTA), the PA Research Foundation and the PAH Division of Surgery Trauma Research Fund. Coordination of the Research Support Scheme application and assessment process is through the Metro South Health Centres for Health Research.

The Research Support Scheme (RSS) aims to award excellence in research that translates research discoveries into health and medical outcomes. The Scheme's objectives are to support:

  1. Research translation by enabling the translation of the highest quality research evidence into health care policy and clinical practice.
  2. Research innovation by supporting the development of the highest quality new knowledge in health research within Metro South Health and partners.
  3. Research capacity building and collaboration by maintaining and building the highest quality research capacity and collaborations within Metro South Health.

Funding categories

Funding is awarded in four categories:

People Support

People Support is awarded to MSHHS-based researchers of outstanding ability from medical, allied health or nursing backgrounds and at various stages of research training and career development.

Postgraduate scholarships

Provide funds for up to three years full-time (six years part-time) towards a research higher degree. Applications are open to all MSHHS-based clinical and health service delivery staff, staff of PAH-based academic partner university schools and research institutes, and staff from Griffith University who are based at a Metro South Health site.

Early Career Fellowships

Provide funding to foster career development in clinical research for medical personnel who have completed a PhD, or nursing and allied health personnel who have completed a PhD, and the relevant qualifications have been completed within the past four years. The recipient works under the mentorship of a senior clinician within Metro South Health.

Clinical Research Fellowship

Provide funding for medical graduates wishing to undertake research as part of vocational specialist training, or for a bridging period towards a doctorate degree. The recipient works under the mentorship of a senior clinician within Metro South Health.

Research Support

Research Support grants are required to demonstrate cross-disciplinary collaboration (e.g. across medical, allied health, nursing departments and basic/clinical research) that will strengthen collaborative research across Metro South Health sites and on the PAH campus. There must be potential for the research to be translated into improved health outcomes.

  • Small Grants provide one year of seed funding for research projects that have the potential to build capacity.
  • Project Grants provide support for defined projects that demonstrate potential for the research to be translated into improved health outcomes and/or result in future NHMRC grants. Research proposals demonstrating multi-centre collaborations within MSH will be highly regarded.
  • The Health Systems and Health Economics Project Grant specifically supports a defined project focusing on health systems and health economics.

Trauma and Disaster Management

As a result of a partnership with the National Critical Care Trauma Response Centre (NCCTRC), Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) Division of Surgery established a Trauma Research Fund, to support research studies in trauma and disaster management.

The aims of the Trauma and Disaster Management research grants are to:

  • Increase the evidence base of trauma clinical practice.
  • Develop research collaborations between Queensland Hospital and Health Services and Northern Territory Health.
  • Improve trauma patient outcomes through research.

Trauma and Disaster Management Research Grants are funded by the PAH Division of Surgery Trauma Research Fund and application/assessment processes are administered through the Centres for Health Research.

  • Small Grants provide seed funding ($25,000) for projects that have the potential to increase the evidence base of trauma clinical practice.
  • Project Grants provides support ($75,000) for a defined project that demonstrates potential for the research outcomes to be translated into improved health outcomes (through evidence based practice) and/or result in future national or international grants.

Research Excellence

Opening in late 2017, or early 2018.

Research Excellence Grants Applications will open following the announcement of NHMRC project grants.  Links to the relevant information and application forms will be included on this webpage once available.

  • NHMRC Infrastructure Support is awarded to MSHHS-based clinical investigators with a current NHMRC Project Grant that is administered through Metro South Health (via the PAH Centres for Health Research) or one of its academic partner universities (i.e., The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology or Griffith University). Fractional support of the awarded NHMRC budget is provided to support the indirect cost of research.
  • NHMRC Near-Miss Grants provide one year of funding for unsuccessful NHMRC Project Grant applications submitted by MSHHS-based clinical investigators in the current year. Applications must have been categorised as fundable (Category 4 or 5) by the NHMRC but failed to meet the funding threshold.

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Last updated 23 August 2017
Last reviewed 24 July 2017

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