Research Capacity Building

EMF is committed to building sustainable, long-term research capacity among emergency healthcare clinicians. Since 2008, we have invested more than $3.5 million into building research capacity in Queensland public hospital emergency departments. Our initiatives have led to thriving research cultures in some of the State’s busiest emergency departments as well as initiating research projects in regional and rural hospitals.

As part of the broader post COVID-19 recovery effort, EMF is offering up to three Research Capacity Building grants for up to $100,000 per grant within its Grant Round 39.

Institutions applying for a Research Capacity Building grant are expected to use this funding to:

  • develop their research capacity through research, education and communication activities
  • establish a collaborative and multidisciplinary research culture within their department and with other institutions
  • promote and prioritise research as ‘core business’
  • work towards embedding research activities including data collection, routine evaluation, innovation, and translation of research results into clinical practice
  • attain a level of productivity and capability sufficient to attract nationally competitive grant funding in the medium and long term

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

Important dates (2023)

23 Jan
20 Feb
21-23 Feb
13 Mar
11 Apr
12-14 Apr
Late May
Expression of Interest (EOI) stage opens for Research Capacity Building grants
Expression of Interest stage closes
Eligibility and compliance check (applicants need to be contactable)
Shortlisted applicants invited to submit full application
Full application closes
Eligibility and compliance check (applicants need to be contactable)
Announcement of funding outcomes

How to apply

Step 1: read the guidelines funding guidelines (Pdf)  

Download and read the Funding guidelines for Research Capacity Building grants to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria and for detailed information on completing your application.

Step 2: prepare the EOI



This stage is to screen proposals through a short EOI – only those who successfully traverse the EOI process will be asked to submit a full application. You can use this template to build your grant application prior to submitting via our grant management platform, SmartyGrants.

Step 3: lodge the EOI
due 20 Feb 2023

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


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

Step 4: Prepare and submit full application
due 11 Apr 2023
Shortlisted EOI applicants will be invited to submit a full application which must be consistent with the submitted EOI in scope and budget request. A template for the full application will be made available in due course.
Need help? Should you have any questions please contact the EMF Research Team on (07) 3720 5700 or email


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