Queensland Research Program


Since the first Queensland Research Program grant round opened in 2008, EMF has awarded $21million to 257 research grants in this program and played an integral role in building an active emergency medicine research culture in Queensland. The state now boasts a growing cohort of high-achieving emergency medicine clinician-researchers who are helping improve patient outcomes within the Queensland healthcare system, as well as internationally.

In response to the global pandemic, the EMF Special Funding Round COVID-19 was announced in April 2020 to fund innovative, high-quality emergency care research. Five projects were chosen for funding. Read more here.

Through the Queensland Research Program, EMF offers research grants to all clinicians providing direct clinical care to patients in an emergency within the Queensland public hospital emergency departments*, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and the Retrieval Services Queensland (RSQ). This includes nurses, paramedics, allied health professionals and rural generalists as well as emergency specialists. Two grant rounds are offered per year in the Queensland Research Program.

EMF thanks the Queensland Government for funding this program through Queensland Health.


Current Grant Rounds

Round 41: Applications are now closed for most grant schemes, with Emerge grants closing on 7 May. Funding guidelines and associated documentation are provided on the respective scheme’s web page.

The amount of funding available in Round 41 is $700,000 for the grant schemes Emerge, Jumpstart, Leading Edge, Project, and TranslatED Research, and $300,000 for Research Capacity Building grants.


Round 42: Applications will open on 10 June 2024. Funding guidelines and associated documentation will be provided in due course.

Grant Schemes Available in Round 41 

EMERGE up to $10,000, maximum term up to one year

Funding for clinicians new to research.

JUMPSTART up to $40,000, maximum term up to one year

Seed funding for innovative research involving new collaborations and teams.

LEADING EDGE up to $100,000, maximum term up to two years

Seed funding for innovative research with potential for future funding by other granting bodies.

PROJECT GRANTS  up to $300,000 (maximum $100,000 per year), maximum term of three years

Funding for larger research projects, preferably for collaboration across multiple sites and disciplines.

Project grants are only on offer in the first grant round of the year.

Translated research  up to $100,000, maximum term up to two years

Funding for projects aiming to translate interventions or models of care designed to improve health outcomes or promote system sustainability into policy and practice.

RESEARCH CAPACITY BUILdING  up to $100,000, maximum term up to three years

Funding to support eligible institutions to develop research capacity through research, education and communication activities.


EMF’s grant review process

EMF maintains a highly transparent, thorough and robust grant review process. We also work with grant applicants to help facilitate project delivery where possible. Our grants administration provides considerable support and feedback to grant applicants prior to and during the application process.

Our committees:  More about our expert review panel and advisory committees.

* This includes employees of Mater Hospital Brisbane.

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