EMF is the only Australian organisation dedicated to driving, coordinating and supporting multi-disciplinary emergency medicine research and its translation at local, state and national levels.

Through our research programs, we invest in innovative, evidence-based projects with the potential to improve patient care as well as deliver economic benefits to the healthcare system. Within two years, much of the research we fund will impact the way Australians are cared for in a medical emergency. That’s because we prioritise research with the potential to improve clinical practices in the short-term and we embed translation into our programs.

We operate two highly competitive grant programs – the Queensland Research Program and a national Rural and Remote Program. Through these programs, we aim to support high-quality research directed at improving the care of patients in a medical emergency while also developing emergency medicine research capacity nationally.

Queensland Research Program

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Operating since 2008, this is EMF’s flagship research program. Fully funded by Queensland Health, the Program has led to the growth of a vibrant emergency medicine research community in Queensland. The Program includes grant schemes open to all Queensland Health clinicians engaged in providing direct clinical care to patients in an emergency.

Funded by: Queensland Health
Total grant funding available annually: $1.2 million
Grant schemes: Project grants, Leading Edge and Jumpstart
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. 

Total awarded since 2008: $16,491,745 plus more than $2 million in capacity building initiatives

Rural and Remote Research Program

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EMF launched its Rural and Remote Research Program in 2014. This was our first national grant round aimed at improving patient outcomes and healthcare services in Australian rural and remote locations during an emergency.

Funded by: Philanthropic and industry donations
Total grant funding available annually: Varies
Open to: The Principal Investigator (PI) on all grant applications must be a clinician who is providing direct clinical care to patients in emergencies within the prehospital or emergency department environments. At least one Co-Investigator must be providing direct emergency clinical care in a rural or remote setting.
Total awarded since 2015: $195,000


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Applying for a grant? Make use of our application guidelines, SmartyGrants guide, application templates and other resources to help make the process easier.


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