EMF is the only Australian organisation dedicated to driving, coordinating and supporting multi-disciplinary emergency medicine research and its translation at local, state and national levels.

Through our research programs, we invest in innovative, evidence-based projects with the potential to improve patient care as well as deliver economic benefits to the healthcare system. Within two years, much of the research we fund will impact the way Australians are cared for in a medical emergency. That’s because we prioritise research with the potential to improve clinical practices in the short-term and we embed translation into our programs.

We operate two highly competitive grant programs – a Queensland Research Program [link] and a national Rural and Remote Program [link] – and a Research Support Network (RSN) [link]. Through these programs, we aim to support high-quality research directed at improving the care of patients in a medical emergency while also developing emergency medicine research capacity nationally.

Queensland Research Program

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Operating since 2008, this is EMF’s flagship research program. Fully funded by Queensland Health, the Program has led to the growth of a vibrant emergency medicine research community in Queensland. The Program includes grant schemes open to all Queensland Health clinicians engaged in providing direct clinical care to patients in an emergency.

Funded by: Queensland Health
Total grant funding available annually: $1.2 million
Grant schemes: JumpStart, Leading Edge, Trainee, Staff Specialist and Project
  • The Principal Investigator (PI) on all grant application must be a Queensland Health* employee.
  • For JumpStart and Leading Edge grants, the PI must be a clinician who is providing direct clinical care** to patients in emergencies within the prehospital or emergency department environments. This includes nurses, paramedics, allied health professionals as well as doctors (emergency specialist or rural generalist). At lease one Co-Investigator must be a FACEM or FRACP PEM employed by Queensland Health.
  • For Staff Specialist and Project grants, the PI must be a FACEM (Fellow of the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine) or FRACP PEM (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians – Paediatric Emergency Medicine).
  • For Trainee grants, the PI must be an Emergency Medicine Trainee (with a FACEM supervisor).
  • ** This does not include staff employed in research, managerial or administrative roles unless they also provide clinical care. It also excludes hospital staff employed outside the emergency department, even though they may work closely with emergency clinicians (e.g. Intensive Care Unit, Cardiology, Pathology, Radiology). On a project-by-project basis, the EMF Board will consider requests from Queensland Health employees who do not meet the PI criteria. Requests must be made in writing well in advance of the grant round closing date. No guarantee is given that these requests will be approved.
Next grant round:
  • Opens 10/02/20 closes 17/04/20 (5pm)
  • Jumpstart, Leading Edge and Project grants on offer
  • $700,000 available (in total)

NB: EMF runs two grant rounds per year. In the second round for the year, the Project grant is not available. 

Total awarded since 2008: $16,213,761 plus more than $2 million in capacity building initiatives

Rural and Remote Research Program

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EMF launched its Rural and Remote Research Program in 2014. This was our first national grant round aimed at improving patient outcomes and healthcare services in Australian rural and remote locations during an emergency.

Funded by: Philanthropic and industry donations
Total grant funding available annually: Varies
Open to: The Principal Investigator (PI) on all grant application must be a clinician who is providing direct clinical care to patients in emergencies within the prehospital or emergency department environments. At least one Co-Investigator must be providing direct emergency clinical care in a rural or remote setting.
Next grant round: TBA
Total awarded since 2015: $195,000

Research Support Network (RSN)

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The RSN is supporting and fostering collaborative research led by emergency medicine professionals.The Network is designed to distribute a wealth of research skills, knowledge and collaborative networks to researchers and clinicians. Initially, this program has rolled out in Queensland, with the EMF Board committing more than $2 million to develop, trial and fully fund the RSN until 2019. EMF is actively seeking funding from government and industry to both continue the RSN long-term within Queensland and extend its reach nationally.

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Applying for a grant? Make use of our application guidelines, SmartyGrants guide, application templates and other resources to help make the process easier.


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