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 in a special call within its Grant Round 38.

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 (2022)

26 Aug
23 Sep
26-28 Sep
30 Sep
28 Oct
31 Oct – 2 Nov
Early Dec
Expression of Interest open for 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 research capacity building (Pdf)  

Download and read the Funding guidelines 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 23 Sep 2022

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.


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

Step 4: Full application
due 28 Oct 2022
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 Word template for the full application will be made available to shortlisted applicants 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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