Apply For A Research Grant

Attention Researchers

Categories of Research Funding from the Foundation include:

Microbiome Research Centre (MRC) Grants

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST FOR NEW RESEARCH GRANTS FROM ST GEORGE & SUTHERLAND MEDICAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION (SSMRF)

This round of 2017 grants will be specifically to establish outstanding research collaborations with and within the new Microbiome Research Centre (MRC).

The MRC will be a multidisciplinary research centre of excellence of national and international significance embedded in St George & Sutherland Clinical School (SGSCS), with newly refurbished physical laboratories located in St George Hospital.

The MRC will target FIVE broad priority initiatives aligned with core MRC divisions. These divisions align with existing strengths within our hospitals, as well as with priority research themes identified by both the Australian Government and UNSW:

  1. Maternal/foetal health
  2. Cancer
  3. Critical Care
  4. The Three I’s: Infection, Immunity and Inflammation
  5. Mental Health/Neuroscience
Click here for full SSMRF MRC Guidelines for Applicants.

ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION OF EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST (EOI):

EOIs should be submitted electronically in a single document in pdf format to: Prof Ian Cook, Chair of SAC at: i.cook@unsw.edu.au

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: NO LATER THAN 5PM THURSDAY 20 JULY, 2017.

To find out more about how SSMRF received the $4 million funding from the Federal Government for the MRC, please click here.


Establishment Grants

Establishment Grants, which fall into FOUR subcategories, are intended to provide short-term (12 months) funding, to assist an investigator through the set-up phase of a new appointment involving relocation to St George and/or Sutherland Hospitals, or to assist an investigator through the development phase of a research project to advance it to a stage sufficient to render it competitive in securing external funding the following year.

The grant can be used for any combination of personnel, equipment (excluding infrastructure), consumables or other expenses, but not for travel.

Establishment grants may be awarded in four categories:

a New Appointee Grants – Provide limited funding for 12 months, for a new or established investigator who is or who has recently taken up a new appointment at St George and/or Sutherland Hospitals and who is intending to establish a new research program, or relocate an established program from another institution. It is expected that the applicant in this category already has an established or promising track record in research.

b New Investigator Grants – Provide limited funding for 12 months to assist a young investigator, who has yet to secure substantive competitive external grant funding, to advance a body of research to a stage that would render the researcher competitive in applying for major external grant funding the following year. It is expected that the applicant will have had several years of research experience and preferably holds a higher degree by research.

c Seed Grants – Provide seed funding for 12 months to assist a new or an established investigator to progress a novel or innovative area of research, currently deemed unlikely to succeed in securing external competitive grant funding, to the proof of principle stage that would render that investigator’s grant proposal competitive in obtaining such external grant funding the following year.

d Clinician Researcher Grants – Provide limited funding for 12 months, for an individual holding an appointment as a medically trained practitioner at St George and/or Sutherland Hospital) and who is intending to initiate or re-establish a career as a clinician researcher, and for good reason has not yet had the opportunity to develop a competitive track record in research.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: N/A


Targeted grants for a specific purpose

The Foundation offers, from time to time, a number of grants that are targeted for specific purposes (eg Cancer research, Women’s & Childrens’ Health). Although these applications are targeted to specific needs areas, the eligibility criteria and application process is identical to the major categories detailed above (ie Establishment Grants, Interim Grants and Scholarships). These grants are also subjected to the same rigorous review process by the Scientific Advisory Committee and will only be awarded if the applications are deemed to be of high scientific merit.

In any year that a targeted grant is available it will be publicized upon launch of grants rounds.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: N/A


Capacity Building Grants – available for research groups

The purpose of capacity building grant program is to strengthen and grow teams of quality researchers who will enhance our overall research capacity and thereby increase the amount of innovative and competitive research at St George and/or Sutherland Hospitals. This category is open to established research teams who already have a track record in securing substantive competitive research funding and who can demonstrate that such funding will facilitate further capacity building within their research team.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: N/A


Contacts for additional information or enquiries:

Prof Ian Cook
Chair, SSMRF Scientific Advisory Committee
Email: I.cook@unsw.edu.au

Ms Virginia Venckus or Ms Jacquie Stratford
SSMRF
Email: virginia@ssmrf.com.au or ceo@ssmrf.com.au
Tel: 02 9098 4040