The St George & Sutherland Medical Research Foundation funds and facilitates the transformative 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 selecting the research projects (and scholarships) 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 SSMRF offers very early doctoral scholars, early career (within 5 years of qualification) and also mid career research.


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.

Research funding

Our annual funding round will be announced through our website and social media platforms, together with internal hospital communications. Successful research recipients will be notified and recognised via our website. All applications for funding must adhere to strict funding criteria. We typically offer funding for 12 months, although in some circumstances, our funding might continue for a longer period.

Read more about our Research grants.


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

Our auditors are StewartBrown.

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