Grants 2018-11-29T08:10:47+00:00


Research grant and funding opportunities can contribute significantly to the advancement of research, enabling discovery and translation across the research continuum. Information regarding both internal and external grant and funding opportunities for research are listed below.

Metro North Research Grants

Metro North Research Grants

Metro North Hospital and Health Service is committed to setting a forward-looking research agenda, and aims to be patient-centred in our research, competitive in national and international research funding, and nurture the next generation of researchers.

In order to achieve this goal, Metro North offers a series of grants specifically targeted to increase research capacity across Metro North. Each grant program is specifically designed and offered to support Metro North staff in developing high quality research that ultimately delivers exceptional health outcomes for our patients and the Metro North community.

All Metro North Research Grants are administered by the Metro North Office of Research. Before submitting an application for any grant round, applicants are required to thoroughly ready all documentation, including the Metro North Research Grant Policy.

The Clinician Research Fellowships (the Fellowships) program will support clinician researchers to concurrently undertake clinical and research career pathways. Clinician researchers are well placed to identify issues and research opportunities of great relevance and need to our patients and their health care delivery and facilitate high quality research that will ultimately provide better healthcare outcomes for patients and the community.

The Fellowships program will allow us to attract and retain our brightest and promising clinicians, and support their continuing professional development to create a strong foundation of evidence based health care through research. The Fellowships aim to provide clinicians with the opportunity to follow a clinical, public health or hospital scientist career, but who do not wish to fully relinquish their professional career in favour of a full-time research fellowship.

The objectives of the Clinician Research Fellowships program are to:

  • support excellent research by promising clinicians who are embedded within the Hospital and Health Service.
  • promote enhanced opportunities for diverse career pathways for our brightest and promising clinician researchers
  • enhance research capacity in a supportive and appropriately supervised health service environment
  • promote the growth of clinician-researcher mentoring, leadership and supervision capabilities

The Fellowships program will award up to five (5) four-year part-time Fellowship grants annually to support clinicians to develop and grow a body of research aligned to the Metro North Research Strategy.

Applications are invited from clinicians across all healthcare disciplines, including allied health services, health sciences, dental, medical, and nursing and midwifery health care professionals Clinician researchers may be eligible to apply if they meet the eligibility criteria outlined in the Policy..

The Fellowships program is a key priority of the Metro North Research Strategy, and will provide an accessible and integrated career pathway for our clinician researchers within a research-active organisation and culture.

Clinician Research Fellowship Policy (2019 Round)

Applications for 2019 Clinician Research Fellowships are now closed.

The Collaborative Research Grants (CRG) will enable new research collaborations between clinicians, researchers, academics and clinical scientists from within Metro North Hospital and Health Service (MNHHS) and collaborating institutions. It is anticipated that research funded through the CRG program will form the basis for ongoing research collaborations, with the potential to lead to ongoing research of direct benefit to MNHHS patients and the community, and nationally competitive funding opportunities. The objectives of these grants are to:

  • enable new research collaborations between MNHHS and collaborating institutions
  • foster the professional career development of early career researchers
  • support excellent basic and applied research collaborations between clinicians, scientists and academics
  • enhance translation of research outcomes into tangible benefits for patients, health service and the community
  • expand the use of novel clinical data through collaborative projects with potential for ongoing collaborative research and funding opportunities

For the inaugural CRG round, MNHHS has established a Research Collaboration Agreement (RCA) with three collaborating Institutions: University of Queensland (UQ), Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMRB). In partnership with MNHHS, each collaborating organisation will award up to three (3) grants in the inaugural round. The CRGs will award up to $50,000 per research project that meets the program objectives.

MNHHS recognises the value of building new collaborations, and will work to enable the expansion of CRGs to a new collaborating organisation in future grant rounds. The CRG program is a key priority of the MNHHS Research Strategy, and will enable the integration of academic scientists within our clinical services.

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The Research Coordinator Grants are capacity building grants to co-fund and appoint Research Coordinators (either Nursing or Allied Health) who will work collaboratively within clinical teams looking to build research capacity and culture. Metro North HHS is strategically invested in increasing participation and improving the patient experience in research, and in particular cutting edge clinician-led clinical trials, thereby advancing the health care and health outcomes for our patients and the community. This approach of embedding highly-skilled research coordinators within clinical teams will provide a uniquely sustainable approach to research development within Metro North.

The Research Coordinator grants will support the career and professional development opportunities for our highly valuable research coordinators, and each will support the Metro North Research Office to develop and implement clear, consistent and accessible departmental and institutional research processes. These grants will enable clinical teams, departments and units who have yet to establish themselves as research active to utilise the advanced skills and experience of dedicated Research Coordinators to build research capacity and culture.

The objectives of the Research Coordinator Grants are to:

  • Enable the growth of specialised high-performing research units embedded in Metro North clinical services.
  • Facilitate clinician-led research by providing access to highly skilled and trained research coordinators.
  • Enable the conduct of clinical trials supported by high quality clinical trial management.
  • Promote access for patients in Metro North HHS to optimal treatment by participation in research.
  • Support the career development, including training and mentorship opportunities, for Research Coordinators.

Clinical teams may be from multiple departments or services, but in all cases must be Metro North led and primarily based at a Metro North facility. Clinical teams must demonstrate a full business case, including a commitment to co-fund half of the established position for the duration of the grant, a plan for sustainable position funding beyond the tenure of the grant, a position description and recruitment strategy and a three-year research plan.

The Research Coordinator Grants are a key priority of the Metro North Research Strategy, and will enable the conduct of high-quality research embedded within clinical teams.

Research Coordinator Grant Policy (TBA early 2019)

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Metro North Theme Grants will award up to $100,000 for research projects that support the Metro North Research strategic direction to provide our patients with the best access in Australia to novel diagnostics, innovative therapeutics and advanced health services. Theme Grants are intended to support research aligned with the Metro North Research Strategy, in particular the themes of diagnostics, therapeutics and health services. These themes embrace the entire research continuum, from basic discovery through clinical translation to public health and health services research, in the context of our patients’ journey through, and interaction with, our health service.

These grants will enable the discovery of new ways of preventing, identifying and treating ill-health, of translating research into tangible benefits for our patients, health service and our people, and will drive our push for sustainable research funding and knowledge translation. By focusing research in the context of these themes, we will enable discovery and translation in the development and evaluation of novel diagnostic and therapeutic innovations, determination of their effectiveness and clinical application, the systematic and clinically relevant implementation and evaluation of evidence informed clinical practice and the application of rigorous interdisciplinary health services research methodology.

The objectives of the Theme Grants program are to:

  • support excellent basic and applied research aligned with the Metro North Research Strategy themes
  • enable Metro North employees to lead research within the hospital and health service sector
  • increase research collaboration across Metro North HHS and with partners, and encourage the active inclusion of new or inexperienced researchers within collaborative teams
  • enhance the translation of research outcomes into tangible benefits for our patients, Metro North Hospital and Health Service and the community it serves.


From discovery research that advances our fundamental understanding of disease related mechanisms which influence diagnosis, to translational research, which successfully tests the application, efficacy and translatability of diagnostic tests, services and devices. Through the rapid discovery and translation of novel diagnostics alongside systematic evaluation of existing diagnostics practices, our patients will benefit from exceptional care informed by research. At the advent of personalised medicine, we have the opportunity to evaluate the roles of new technology for disease diagnosis, including early detection and primary prevention of people at risk.


Through the integration of therapeutic research and clinical care, we will become leaders in the prevention and management of disease and the specific, highly complex health problems facing our patient population. The rapid development of novel therapies for disease prevention and management through applied translational research will advance evidence based models of care and lead to the development, comprehensive evaluation and commercial application of small molecules, biopharmaceuticals, cell therapies and biomarkers. Translational health research from the laboratory into clinical trials will deliver novel and improved therapeutics and therapies, and comparative effectiveness research will advance our understanding of existing treatments already being delivered to our patients.

Health services

Through health services research we will embrace the design of sustainable, integrated and safe models of healthcare with the capacity to improve health outcomes, reduce disparities for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups, increase efficiency and provide value-based healthcare. Health services and systems research seeks more affordable and efficient models of health care and innovative evidence-based approaches to treatment, prevention, diagnosis and management of disease. It combines clinical, public and population health disciplines with economics, and behavioural and implementation science. Understanding the relationship between health research, policies and system safety and quality in the context of broader determinants of health, requires interdisciplinary, strategically focused health services and health systems research with the capacity to evaluate system and population impact.

Theme Grant Policy TBA late 2019

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RBWH Foundation

Our role is to ensure the dedicated staff at the hospital have the funds needed to conduct ground-breaking medical research and access the latest equipment, technology and training so they can provide the best possible care for all patients.

While RBWH is part of Queensland Health, the government simply does not have the funds in its budget to pay for ‘non-essential’ services.  RBWH Foundation’s role is to help fill that funding gap with the support of the community.  We aim to provide RBWH with the financial support needed to evolve, innovate and remain at the forefront of healthcare in Queensland.

With the help of the Foundation, RBWH is able to invest in medical research, upgraded patient care offerings, and innovative programs and facilities to ensure optimum outcomes for patients in the longer term.

The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation

The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation is the charity aligned with the health and medical research community based at The Prince Charles Hospital.

Established in 1986, we are charged with the responsibility to inspire a generous community to fund lifesaving and life changing health research which is tackling Australia’s most significant chronic diseases.

Our aim is to provide more than $5M per annum to support the research teams that are focussed on the early detection, treatment and recovery from heart disease, lung disease, dementia and arthritis including improving hospital care, surgery, rehabilitation and the use of new technology.

While our home is located in Chermside (Brisbane, Australia) the chronic illness that we are helping to fight against threaten the lives of 80% of all Australians. These diseases know no boundary – and neither do we.

There are a range of funding opportunities available to Metro North staff for research. Additional external funding sources are listed below: