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ABOUT US

The St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation raises both funds and awareness for the vital work of the medical researchers at St George and Sutherland hospitals.

As two of Australia’s leading teaching hospitals, the research undertaken at St George and Sutherland is vast and varied. This typically means that the requests for funding that we receive far outstrip the Foundation’s limited resources. Our Research Committee is tasked with the role of selecting the research projects (and scholarships) that the Foundation will fund each year.

Our Research Philosophy

The Foundation’s philosophy has been to prioritise promising new research or emerging researchers who are on the cusp of securing more substantive external competitive grant funding. For example of the total of 18 grant recipients since 2008, two are “very early” (doctoral scholars), 14 are “early career” researchers and only two are considered to be “mid-career”. 

In keeping with the Foundation’s goals, several awardees have gone on to secure substantial competitive external grant funding: Dr Bill Giannakopoulos (2010, immunology) and Dr Phil Dinning (2008, gastroenterology) both built on their work supported by the Foundation to secure prestigious and highly competitive NH&MRC Project Grants. Dr Sharon Ong (2009, nephrology) went on to secure a major grant from the Ramaciotti Foundation. In 2011, we were very pleased to congratulate Dr Phil Dinning yet again when he was awarded (jointly with Dr John Arkwright, CSIRO) a highly prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize in the category of ‘Innovative Use of Technology’.

These highly significant achievements by
promising researchers supported by our Foundation represent tangible evidence that we are making a substantive difference.

Our annual funding round opens mid-year and closes just before Spring/ All applications for funding must adhere to strict funding criteria. Successful research projects to be funded are announced each year early Spring and funding commences the following January. We typically offer funding for 12 months, although in some circumstances our funding might continue for a longer period.

For more information on our Research Grants, head to the Research section of the website.

We are a registered charity in Australia (CFN 20488) and endorsed as a deductible gift recipient.

Our auditors are PWC.