At the RMH we are inspired by our vision of Advancing health for everyone, every day. Clinical research is part of patient care and provides an opportunity for our patients to access new interventions such as investigational drugs, vaccines, medical devices, health service changes, preventative care strategies and more.

The objectives of the Research Grant in Aid schemes is to:

  • support investigators to establish their research programs;
  • foster health and medical research for the benefit of our community;
  • invest in the highest quality researchers and projects.

These grants have been made available to staff through bequests and donations made to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

Grant Value

Each grant is valued at up to $25,000. Researchers will be asked to justify their budgets in the application form.

Schemes on offer in the 2021 Round

  • RMH Victor Hurley Medical Research Grant

Grants awarded are intended to support medical clinician researchers, working at campuses of the RMH and who are in the early stages of their research careers. Four (4) Victor Hurley Medical Research Grants will be offered in 2021 grant round.

  • RMH Nursing / Allied Health Research Grants in Aid

To be eligible to apply for either of these grants, the lead applicant must be employed in either a nursing or allied health role at RMH. One (1) Allied Health and one (1) Nursing Research Grant in Aid will be offered in 2021 grant round.

  • RMH Eric Charles Smith Grants in Aid

These grants are open to all RMH employees including but not limited to medical, allied health, scientists and nursing staff undertaking a research project. Two (2) Eric Charles Smith Grants in Aid will be offered in 2021 grant round.

  • RMH Emerging Research Leader Grant

This award will provide $25,000 over a 12-month period to support an RMH medical clinician-researcher to embark or complete their PhD. One (1) RMH Emerging Research Leader Grant will be offered in the 2021 grant round.

Funding available in 2021

The total funding available under the Grants scheme for the 2021 Round is $225,000.

Updated information for applicants who applied to 2020 Grant in Aid round

Researchers who submitted a Grant in Aid application to the 2020 round are now able to review their original application and resubmit their proposal without recreating a new application. However the OFR asks that those applicants review their eligibility to each of the schemes available and also ensure that they:

  • comply with updated Research Grant Guidelines; and
  • use the latest Grant Proposal template which restricts the research plan to 2-pages; and
  • review each question to ensure that the information is still current/accurate.

Essential reading and funding documentation

Important dates

Applications open12:00 PM, Monday 9 August 2021
Closing date for submissions12:00 AM, (midnight) Monday 13 September 2021
Applicants notified of outcome30 November 2021

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