27 February 2017 At the hospital

2017 Grant Rounds open 27 February

Through the generosity of our supporters, the Children’s Hospital Foundation funds research that has a strong focus on translational outcomes, improves children’s health and leads to faster diagnoses, better treatments and ultimately cures for some of the most devastating childhood illnesses and injuries. With a focus on funding Queensland-based research, the Children’s Hospital Foundation funds research that supports Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service’s research strategy and themes.

In this first half of the year, the Children’s Hospital Foundation will be offering health services research grants which will replace the previous clinical innovation grants. Children’s Hospital Foundation will be offering preclinical and clinical research grants in the second half of the year. Large program grants will no longer be offered. Research funding applications will only be accepted through our grant rounds.

Grant Rounds will open on 27 February 2017 and close at 5pm on 29 March 2017

Health Services Research Grant Round

Health Services Research grants replace the clinical innovation grants previously offered by the Children’s Hospital Foundation.  In the past, clinical innovation grants were awarded to projects that delivered a new healthcare service, program or initiative developed in response to unmet or emerging needs of patients and/or their families.  Although similar to an extent, health services research is more focused on investigating the funding, organisation, management and delivery of these new health care services, programs or initiatives to maximise value for patients whilst ensuring systems and processes are effective and efficient.  Health services research projects must have well-defined patient outcomes metrics that accurately measure improved value for patients, with value defined as health outcomes achieved versus the cost of achieving these (see the outcomes measures hierarchy in Porter, 2010).  For a more detailed explanation of health services research, please refer to the Health Services Research Association of Australia & New Zealand website. If you would like advice on whether or not your project can be classified as health services research, please contact one of the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation staff members at – contact@aushsi.org.au.

2017 Children’s Hospital Foundation Health Services Research Grant offers include:

Stimulus Project Grants – available to researchers for expenses of up to $80,000 for a 12 month period (commencing on 1 July 2017). These grants not only come with financial assistance but also with up to three weeks of support services from the Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation.

PhD Scholarship Top-Up Grant Round

The grant will support recipients of a NHMRC PhD scholarship or Australian Postgraduate Award or an Australian Research Council PhD Scholarship by providing top-up funding of a maximum of $10,000 per annum for up to three years.  Applicants must be in their first, second or third year of PhD candidature as of March 2017.

QPID Education and Travel Grant Round

A one-off grant of up to $5,000 will be awarded for attendance at a national or international conference, workshop or external expert laboratory.  This opportunity is only available to Queensland Paediatric Infectious Diseases (QPID) scientific laboratory staff and students and research nursing staff of the Department of Infectious Diseases, Immunology/Allergy and Rheumatology who have no other sources of education and/or travel funding.

How to Apply

All applicants are strongly encouraged to read the relevant Application Guidelines and Frequently Asked Questions available at the links below before starting their applications.

All applicants are required to upload a Letter of Support completed by the relevant Administering Institution’s Research Management Office (or equivalent).  Templates are available at the links below:

All applications must be submitted online at https://childrens.smartygrants.com.au

For enquiries about the Children’s Hospital Foundation’s funding opportunities please email grants@childrens.org.au or call our Research and Grants team on 07 3606 6117.

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