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Research Support Scheme (and Clinical Research Fellowship)

2017 Research Support Scheme

Applications for the 2017 Research Support Scheme have now closed

Funding was available for:

People Support

  • Postgraduate Scholarships
  • New Appointment Grant

Research Support

  • Large Grants
  • Small Grants
  • Project Grants
  • The Health Systems and Health Economics Project Grant

2017 Grant Recipients (PDF, 507.81 KB)

About the scheme

The Research Support Scheme is a joint initiative funded by Metro South Health's Study, Education and Research Trust Account (SERTA) and the PA Research Foundation, and administered through the PAH Centres for Health Research. The scheme:

  • Awards excellence in research that translates research discoveries into health and medical outcomes
  • Strengthens researchers, research projects and research infrastructure on the PAH campus
  • Strengthens collaborations across Metro South Health sites, cross-disciplinary collaborations within the PAH, and inter-institutional collaborations with PAH academic partners based on the PAH campus.

Funding categories

Funding was awarded in three categories:

People support

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

  • Postgraduate scholarships (benchmarked against the NHMRC) provide a stipend 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 and engaged in either clinical or health service delivery.
  • The New Appointment Grant provides funding to assist a new MSHHS-based appointee set up their research program. Applicants must be within 18 months of their official start date of employment when applications close.
  • PAH Clinical Research Fellowship. Find out more about this fellowship.

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. Applications for these grants must address a specific hypothesis and generate preliminary data that could be used to justify or strengthen subsequent comprehensive applications to state and national peer-reviewed funding agencies.

  • Small Grants provide one year of seed funding for research projects that have the potential to build capacity.
  • Project Grants provide one year of stand-alone support for defined projects that have the potential for the research outcomes to be translated into improved health outcomes and/or result in future NHMRC grants.
  • The Health Systems and Health Economics Project Grant provides one year of stand-alone support for a defined project focusing on both health systems and health economics.

Research excellence

Funding awarded for research excellence is available following the NHMRC announcement of successful applications.

  • 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 14 December 2016
Last reviewed 20 May 2015

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