Rural and Remote Research Program

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The Rural and Remote Research Program is aimed at improving patient outcomes and healthcare services in Australian rural and remote locations during an emergency.

Value and purpose

In 2018, initially, up to $50,000 will be awarded to support a collaborative research project in the field of emergency medicine for the benefit of rural and remote patients within Australia. Further funding for additional grants may be available.

The purpose of the grant is to provide medium term (up to two years) seed funding for innovative research that may have the potential for future funding by other granting bodies.

Eligibility criteria

To be considered eligible to receive EMF’s Rural and Remote Research Program funding your application must:

  • be led by an emergency healthcare clinician* who provides direct clinical care to patients
  • include at least one other emergency healthcare clinician*, as part of the investigator team, who is providing direct clinical care to patients involved in an emergency in rural or remote Australia
  • be administered through an Australian-based Hospital and Health Service cost centre or equivalent; a hospital based trust fund or equivalent; university; or medical research institute.

Research project topics related to emergency healthcare in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia could include but are not limited to:

  • emergency health service provision
  • treating trauma patients
  • mental health (e.g. suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression)
  • actions where retrievals are not available.

Other: Leveraged funding and/or provision for a health economic analysis are desirable.

Duration: Preference will be given to projects able to demonstrate substantive outcomes within two years.

* This includes doctors (emergency specialists and rural specialists), nurses, paramedics and allied healthcare providers such as social workers and dentists. 


Both the EOI and the full application need to be filled in using EMF’s online application system on SmartyGrants. Click on the Apply button. 

  • Expressions of Interest (EOI): 5pm AEST 25 May 2018
  • Shortlisted projects: Advised prior to 25 June 2018
  • Subsequent full applications: 5pm AEST 24 August 2018

There is no limit to the number of EOIs submitted by an individual or organisation.

 Please note: EMF has only $50,000 available for the 2018 Rural and Remote grant round. However, EMF intends to seek additional funding opportunities through donations and collaborations. As part of this process, EMF may confidentially share your EOI with other potential funding bodies. Please choose the ‘opt out’ option on the EOI application form if you do not wish a third party to review your EOI.

 More information

For more information, please contact EMF on (07) 3720 5700 or To keep up to date on EMF research and funding information, subscribe to our Research Newsletter .







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