Special Funding Round COVID-19



The EMF Board has announced the Special Funding Round COVID-19 to fund innovative, high-quality emergency care research that improves patient and community outcomes, protects emergency healthcare staff from infection, and is translated into improved healthcare policy and/or practice across the Queensland health system.

EMF offers research grants to all clinicians providing direct clinical care to patients within 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.

Expressions-of-Interest for the Special Funding Round COVID-19 have now closed

A Special Funding Round COVID-19 Review Panel consisting of external expert reviewers and EMF representatives will consider all EOIs and invite a short list of applicants to submit full applications. The Special Funding Round COVID-19 Review Panel will assess full applications based on their scientific and overall merit and make funding decisions. Please note: being invited to submit a full application does not guarantee that a proposal will be successful in gaining funding. Only those that submitted successful EOIs will be asked to submit a full application.


How to apply

Step 1: read the guidelines

funding 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: Expressions-of-Interest (EOI) have NOW CLOSED The Special Funding Round COVID-19 Review Panel will shortlist EOIs and invite successful investigators to submit a full application. Only these investigators will be able to proceed to full application (Step 3).
Step 3: lodge the full application  

Application template (word)   

Shortlisted grant applicants can use this template to build your grant application prior to submitting via our grant management platform, SmartyGrants. The SmartyGrants link to the Special Grant Round database was sent to successful applicants via email.


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.

Ethics and Governance Requirements

For Special Funding Round COVID-19, EMF is waiving the requirement for applicants to provide proof of HREC approval or submission of an application to a HREC at the time their EOI and/or full application is submitted. Further, a Certification Document will not be required at the time of submission.

Successful grant applicants must provide HREC approval and a fully signed Certification Document before EMF will enter into a Funding Agreement and release funds. The Principal Investigator, the Head/s of Department/s (or equivalent) and the Administering Institution are required to sign the Application Certification Document.

Application Certification Document (PDF)  



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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