The Emergency Medicine Foundation (EMF) will award up to $200,000 to support urgently needed research into the investigation, treatment and management of novel coronavirus infection.
“The EMF Board has announced this Special Funding Round in response to what is hoped will be a once-in a lifetime pandemic. There is still much to be understood about the care of patients with COVID-19, as well as how staff and other patients may be protected from becoming infected,” explained the EMF General Manager, Dr Sonĵ Hall.
“Research, led by emergency healthcare clinicians and those in the frontline, is absolutely crucial at this time to help answer some of those questions,” said Dr Hall.
Eligible research projects may focus on initiatives that better investigate, diagnose, treat and manage patients with novel coronavirus infection and its associated severe acute respiratory distress syndrome in the field of emergency healthcare, or that improve the safety of staff by reducing their risk of novel coronavirus infection within the work environment.
The EMF is also accepting submissions that support community-based services such as pre-hospital and telehealth services as well as respiratory and fever clinics established in rural and remote environments to help ease pressure on hospital emergency departments.
“Due to the extreme pressures all of our healthcare workers are facing, we have structured the Special Funding Round COVID-19 to reduce stress on applicants. A unique process has been designed to allow interested applicants the opportunity to submit their research for consideration as soon as possible,” said Dr Hall.
Clinician-researchers interested in applying for the Special Funding Round COVID-19 can submit an Expression of Interest by 27 April at 5pm. Those shortlisted will then be asked to complete a full application by 5pm on 18 May.
Further information including guidelines, eligibility criteria and the Expression of Interest template are available here.