EMF runs two emergency medicine research grant programs: a highly successful Queensland program and a national Rural and Remote program.

We foster a highly competitive grant process overseen by expert national and international panels that award grants based on highest overall merit in the following five core review criteria:

  • significance to advancing emergency medicine
  • investigative team
  • innovation
  • the approach – including strategy, methodology and analysis, and
  • environment – including resources and equipment.

We also prioritise research that translates into demonstrable benefit to patients, staff and hospitals.

Queensland Research Program

Round 30 opens 25 June 2018 (closes 5 pm 24 August)

Total funding awarded: $14,266,029 (excluding funding for the Research Support Network)

The Queensland Research Program was established in 2007 as a Queensland government response to broader issues of high workloads in emergency departments, and the increasing demands of treating large numbers of critically ill patients. In less than a decade, this program is already having a demonstrable impact on emergency medicine research capability and improving clinical care.

EMF offers six grant schemes within this Program, with the aim of delivering better patient outcomes in public hospitals and to develop research infrastructure within hospitals. We also aim to improve the care of patients in Emergency Departments and developing emergency medicine research capacity in Queensland.

Grant Scheme Funding
  • up to $35,000
Staff Specialist
  • up to $70,000
  • up to $100,000 per year for up to 3 years
  • up to $250,000 per year for up to 3 years
Research Scholarships
  • up to $150,000 per year (full time) for up to 18 months (SHORT); or
  • up to $150,000 per year (full time) for up to 3 years (LONG)
Capacity Building
  • matched funding 1:1 up to $70,000 per year for up to 3 years
Research Support Network (RSN)
  • Expression of Interest by invitation only


More information about Grant Schemes


In line with the EMF Constitution, our Board may accept grant applications outside of the grant categories outlined above at times that are not bound by published research grant rounds. The EMF Board may consider grant applications outside of the listed categories at their own discretion, on a case-by-case basis and reserves the right to make discretionary grants, subject to budgetary considerations. Please contact the Research Manager ( for an initial discussion in regards grant applications falling outside of the grant categories.

While grants are only awarded to research administered and conducted in Queensland, we strongly encourage collaboration either in Australia or internationally. Our thanks to the Queensland Government, through Queensland Health, for funding this program.

Rural and Remote Research Program

Grant round opens 26 April 2018 (EOIs close 25 May 2018)

Total funding awarded: $195,000

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.  In 2018, EMF is running a second Rural and Remote Research Program grant ground, initially offering up to $50,000  to support a collaborative research project. Further funding for additional grants may be available.

Find out more or apply

Improving jellyfish sting treatment

Trauma: better treatment for severe bleeding

EMF funding is improving emergency care for the elderly

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

There are also slides available from our Research 102 workshop.

Researcher support tools

Find out more about our robust and transparent grant process.

Grant process
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