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Research funding

Key messages

  • It is imperative for researchers to identify relevant costs and requirements for research funding and identify whether grants will be sought prior to seeking ethical clearance and research governance authorisation
  • Research grant application tips:
    • Plan - understand the funding agency and specific research grant requirements.
    • Prepare - Research Protocols, budget, ethics, evidence from pilot research projects - well ahead of closing dates.
    • Professional approach - to address all research grant criteria, as well as information and formatting requirements.
  • While small budget research projects may be covered by ‘in-kind’ support from participating organisations (Metro South Health and University collaborators), larger research projects may require external, highly competitive funding with long lead times.
  • Modest research grants are often available to early-career researchers—larger research grants are highly competitive and may require the collaboration of experienced researchers on the application to meet eligibility criteria.
  • Refer to Attachment E: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Budget Guidelines for Research Support to assist in the preparation of the budget component of your grant application.
  • While research funding must be considered prior to ethical clearance and research governance authorisation processes, it’s recommended that the research grant application is completed at the same time as the Human Research Ethics Application (HREA) and Site Specific Assessment (SSA).

In this section

Metro South Health Research Support Scheme (RSS)

The Metro South Health Research Support Scheme (RSS) aims to award excellence in research that translates research discoveries into health and medical outcomes.

External research grants

Tips for applying for external funding sources.

Research budgets and cost centres

Any research project that requires financial support must be supported by a research project costing and budget.

Research grants administration

We can facilitate internal and external research grants through our role as a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) research administering institution.

Last updated 6 June 2018
Last reviewed 17 May 2018