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.
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. From June 2018, 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|
** 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:||
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:||$15,493,899|
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:||26 April 2018 (EOIs close 25 May 2018)|
|Total awarded since 2015:||$145,000|
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.
Application guidelines (For grants awarded from 2018.)