Queensland Research Program


Announcement: Round 33

Updated 1 April 2020.

EMF acknowledges the dedication, hard work and immense pressure faced by emergency department staff and all healthcare professionals, and the unique challenges the COVID-19 pandemic is posing for our grant applicants.

After careful consideration, EMF has reviewed requirements for Round 33 and reached the decision that the closing date of 17 April 2020 will remain unchanged. This decision was reached to avoid delaying the distribution of research funding, which is even more important in the present circumstances.

What this means:

  • We will continue to accept and review applications, to allow our clinician-research community to commence their next research projects as soon as possible.
  • EMF is waiving the requirement for applicants to provide proof of HREC approval or submission of an application to a HREC at the time of their grant application. This applies to Round 33 only.
  • Further, a certification document will not be required when applying for Round 33.
  • Successful grant applicants will be asked to provide ethics approval and fully signed certification document before EMF will enter into a Funding Agreement and release funds.

If you have any questions relating to Round 33, please discuss with EMF Research Manager, Dr Angie Nguyen Vu on (07) 3720 5700 or email grants@emfoundation.org.au.

Please also continue to stay in touch with EMF via Twitter and Facebook, as well as the website and research newsletters, for information and updates as they happen.

On behalf of the EMF Board and team, our thoughts and thanks are with you. We hope you and your families remain safe and well.


We awarded the first EMF Queensland Research Program grants in 2008. Within a decade, EMF has awarded more than $16 million to 183 grants and played an integral role in building an active emergency medicine research culture in Queensland. The State now boasts a growing cohort of high-achieving emergency medicine clinician-researchers who are helping improve patient outcomes within the Queensland healthcare system as well as internationally.

Through the Queensland Research Program, EMF offers research grants to all clinicians providing direct clinical care to patients in an emergency within the Queensland public hospital emergency departments, the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and the Retrieval Services Queensland (RSQ)*. This includes nurses, paramedics, allied health professionals and rural generalists as well as emergency specialists.

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Grant schemes available
  • JumpStart (up to $40,000)
  • Leading Edge (up to $100,000)
  • Project (up to $450,000)
Next grant round  

  • Round 33 opens 10/02/20 closes 17/04/20 (5pm)
  • Project grants, Leading Edge and Jumpstart 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.

Calendar : upcoming grant rounds


How to apply

Step 1: read the guidelines

Application GUIDELINES (PDF)  

Download and read the guidelines to ensure you meet the full eligibility criteria and for detailed information on completing your application.

Step 2: prepare the application  

Application template (word)  

You can use this template to build your grant application prior to submitting via our grant management platform, SmartyGrants.

This template is suitable for the three grant schemes offered in Round 33.

Please note SmartyGrants is not Word compatible therefore the online grant application will need to be populated by copying the content into the online form.

Application Certification Document (PDF)  

EMF requires you to submit an Application Certification document with your application.

The Principal Investigator, the Head/s of Department/s (or equivalent) and the Administering Institution are required to sign the Application Certification Document which must be uploaded with the application.

Step 3: lodge the application  

Apply on Smartygrants   

EMF uses SmartyGrants to process your application. The link above will take you to SmartyGrants where you can start, complete and submit your grant application.

SmartyGrants HELP Guide (PDF)

This SmartyGrants Help Guide explains the steps you need to take to complete and submit your grant application

Need help?  

Should you have any questions please contact the EMF Research Team on (07) 3720 5700 or email grants@emfoundation.org.au.

Review process

Application review process (PDF)

EMF maintains a highly transparent, thorough and expert ethics and review process. We also work with grant applicants to help facilitate project delivery where possible. Our grants administration provides considerable support and feedback to grant applicants prior to and during the application process.

Our committees: More about our expert review panel and advisory committees.

EMF thanks the Queensland Government for funding this Program through Queensland Health.

* This includes employees of Mater Misericordiae Health Services Brisbane Ltd, who work in the Mater Public Hospital.

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