The Children’s Hospital Foundation is the official charity of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, the Centre for Children’s Health Research, and for all sick kids throughout Queensland.  We work wonders for sick kids by funding life-saving medical research, investing in vital new equipment, and providing comfort, entertainment, family support and care programs for sick kids.  Through your generous support, we can give our kids the best possible healthcare in the world.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation awards grants that will achieve the biggest impact on children’s health outcomes via two established grant-making schemes:

The Competitive Research Grant Scheme

Advances in medical research can replace fear with hope in some miraculous and life-changing ways to improve the quality of life for children everywhere. Through the generosity of our supporters, the Children’s Hospital Foundation funds research that is focussed on achieving real outcomes that improve children’s health and lead to faster diagnoses, better treatments and ultimately cures for some of the most devastating childhood illnesses and injuries.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation awards Preclinical and Clinical Research Grants to world-class scientists and clinicians in Queensland-based hospitals and laboratories.  We fund research projects and activities at all phases of the translational research pathway – from basic science to large-scale clinical trials – that support Children’s Health Queensland’s research strategy and themes.  Preclinical and Clinical Research Grants provide funding for research projects, PhD scholarships, postdoctoral fellowships, early career fellowships and practitioner fellowships.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation also funds Health Services Research Grants which aim to improve the way health care is delivered and maximise value for patients by ensuring systems and processes are effective and efficient. In this grant scheme, value is defined as health outcomes achieved versus the cost of achieving these.

The Services and Support Grant Scheme

The Children’s Hospital Foundation aims to enhance the patient care delivered in paediatric hospitals and healthcare centres throughout Queensland by funding Services and Support Grants.

Through the generosity of our supporters, the Children’s Hospital Foundation funds life-saving equipment that provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment solutions to dramatically improve health outcomes for sick kids.  We proudly award grants for patient and family support, comfort and entertainment programs that enhance the healing environment within hospitals, motivate the recovery process and provide financial support to families who are unexpectedly faced with episodes of acute or chronic illness.  The Children’s Hospital Foundation also provides funding for innovative health and medical services to support hospital infrastructure and develop the clinical, research and allied health workforces specialising in paediatric care.

Grants Governance Structure

The Children’s Hospital Foundation has a strong commitment to ensuring a strict funding assessment process governs all its grant-making activities. Grant applications undergo scrutiny and challenge via a stringent review process to ensure the best outcomes for children’s health in Queensland.

  • Competitive Research Grants are assessed, monitored and evaluated by the Children’s Hospital Foundation Research Advisory Committee, chaired by Professor Ian Frazer and comprising eminent and pre-eminent researchers and clinicians.
  • Services and Support Grants are governed by the Services and Support Collaborative Group, comprising executives from the Children’s Hospital Foundation and Children’s Health Queensland.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation Board is responsible for our activities, policies and strategies. Board members oversee our operations and affairs on behalf of our supporters, and ensure the expectations of the community are met.

Current Funding Opportunities

The Children’s Hospital Foundation currently runs two major Competitive Research Grant rounds each year through which all applications for research activities should be submitted.

Requests for equipment should initially be approved by your HHS Executive.  For Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service, please submit a New Asset Request form to the Central Resources Service.  This will be assessed and prioritised by the Capital Works Committee and provided to the Children’s Hospital Foundation for fundraising purposes.

For all other Services and Support Grants, the Children’s Hospital Foundation calls for Expressions of Interest to be submitted at various stages throughout the year.

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Our Impact


The Children’s Hospital Foundation has funded internationally-recognised research that has achieved significant medical and scientific breakthroughs to improve children’s health outcomes.

  • Large-scale clinical trials have given sick kids access to innovative new treatments for cystic fibrosis, cardiac conditions and chronic respiratory illnesses
  • The Queensland Children’s Tumour Bank has contributed to international research projects which have identified new treatments for childhood cancers, uncovered critical new insights into childhood cancer biology and informed new clinical trials and patient management
  • World-renowned respiratory research has changed the way doctors diagnose, treat and manage long-lasting wet coughs
  • Researchers investigating childhood burns and trauma have discovered more effective treatments for the physical and psychological effects of these distressing conditions
  • Research conducted at the Queensland Paediatric Infectious Disease Laboratory has led to faster diagnosis and treatment of life-threatening childhood infectious diseases, including meningococcal and parechovirus

In our 2017 Competitive Research Grant Rounds, the Children’s Hospital Foundation funded:

  • 7 major preclinical and clinical research projects in laboratories and hospitals, aimed at improving health outcomes for children suffering from cancer, and respiratory, cardiac and psychological conditions
  • 4 health services research projects which aim to improve the way healthcare is delivered in hospitals and improve health outcomes that matter most to patients and their families
  • 12 grants to emerging PhD researchers conducting innovative projects focusing on childhood burns, nutrition, psychological conditions, cancer, type I diabetes, cerebral palsy and infectious diseases, such as a project investigating how medicines can better target brain tumours to improve response to treatment

Services and Support

Through the generous support of our partners and the community, the Children’s Hospital Foundation has funded state-of-the-art medical equipment, which has dramatically improved health outcomes for sick kids. Children battling epileptic seizures can now live seizure-free thanks to new medical imaging technology at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, which can diagnose and treat seizures more accurately than ever before.  Innovative life support equipment has reduced the need for multiple invasive procedures to be performed in the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit. Children presenting to hospital with life-threatening internal bleeding are now being treated with a therapeutic endoscope funded by the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation continues to fund the Music Therapy Program in Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, which uses the healing power of music to connect with sick kids and their families, and motivate and enhance the recovery process.  We are also proud to provide financial support to families who are unexpectedly faced with episodes of acute or chronic illness to help them manage economic impacts during a distressing time.

Thank you for helping to improve quality of life and health outcomes for sick kids today and tomorrow.