Research
Grants

The Foundation aims to strengthen the role of the nursing and midwifery profession across the health system through the development of a research-driven, evidence-based platform of healthcare.

To achieve this, the Foundation is developing a comprehensive research funding strategy. The strategy will focus on advancing the discipline of nursing and midwifery and informing best practice care.

Key Dates

In 2020 (calendar year), the Rosemary Bryant Foundation is offering one round of funding with a pooled value of up to $100,000 for eligible researchers focusing on nursing and midwifery care who are based in Australia.

The $100,000 in grants are available across three (3) categories of grants:

  • Discovery Grant – Up to $50,000 funding available per grant.
  • Accelerator Grant – Up to $25,000 funding available per grant.
  • Seeding Grant – Up to $10,000 funding available per grant.

The 2020 grants submission form will be available from 2 November 2020.

Grants Available

Opening Date

Closing Date

Notification Date

A pooled value of up to $100,000 across three grant categories.

2 November 2020

12 February 2021

23 April 2021

TBC

The Foundation will be reviewing our grants program over the coming months.

5 May 2021

16 July 2021

24 September 2021

About the Grants

In the interest of ensuring that all Australians receive the best possible nursing and midwifery care, the Rosemary Bryant Foundation funds high quality, translatable research that can be readily adopted and embedded into practice.

Nurses and midwives represent nearly two-thirds of registered health practitioners in Australia. Through funding nursing and midwifery research, the Foundation aims to create a more informed and productive workforce that can provide optimal care to the community.

A key focus of any project funded by the Rosemary Bryant Foundation is that there is a leadership role for a nurse/midwife and there is demonstrable collaboration with nurses/midwives in relevant practice environments.

The Foundation also encourages established leaders in the field to support non-academic researchers (e.g. practising nurses/midwives), as well as early and mid-career researchers by including them as members of the research team in applications.

In 2020 (calendar year), the Rosemary Bryant Foundation is offering one round of funding with a pooled value of up to $100,000 for eligible researchers focusing on nursing and midwifery care who are based in Australia.

The $100,000 in grants are available across three (3) categories of grants:

  • Discovery Grant – Up to $50,000 funding available per grant.
  • Accelerator Grant – Up to $25,000 funding available per grant.
  • Seeding Grant – Up to $10,000 funding available per grant.

View the 2020 Grant Guidelines

Grant Guidelines

Below is a summary of the types of grants that will be available from November 2020.

View the full 2020 Grant Guidelines

Discovery Grants (up to $50,000) over a one-year project

Discovery Grants will be awarded to researchers with a strong record of research to either build on results from an existing research project or establish a new research project.

 Applications should be from a project that:

  • will make a significant impact to the nursing/midwifery professions;
  • includes a person on the researcher team who has an established research career;
  • clearly shows that it has the potential to attract further significant funding based on the results of this specific project;
  • has a lead role on the research team for a nurse/midwife;
  • demonstrates a meaningful collaboration with practising nurses/midwives; and
  • has translational potential.

In addition, the nominated Chief Investigator must have demonstrated research experience, capability and productivity commensurate with their career level and be employed by a University, health service or research centre in Australia, for the duration of the project and have an affiliation with the administering institution.

Projects that have a research team that include an early career researcher or demonstrate how they are promoting the value of research to practising nurses/midwives will be looked upon favourably.

 

Accelerator Grants (up to $25,000) over a one-year project

Accelerator Grants will be awarded to research that is in its early stages of development. Academic and non-academic researchers are invited to apply e.g. practising clinicians.

Applications should be from a project that:

  • will advance an area of nursing/midwifery research;
  • has the potential to attract future larger grants funding;
  • helps to develop the skills of early career researchers or non-academic researchers;
  • has a lead role on the research team for a nurse/midwife;
  • demonstrates a meaningful collaboration with practising nurses/midwives; and
  • has translational potential.

Please note: Applications being submitted from non-academic researchers still must be located/managed/operated under the auspices of a University, hospital or research institution(s) located within Australia. The project should also be endorsed and supported by a researcher employed by an Australian University.

 

Seeding Grants (up to $10,000) over a one-year project

The Seeding Grant is designed to support early and mid-career researchers to undertake novel research in the area of nursing and midwifery.

Applications should be from a project that:

  • is novel in nature e.g. a new area of research, a new approach to practice etc;
  • helps to develop the skills of early career researchers or non-academic researchers;
  • has a lead role on the research team for a nurse/midwife;
  • demonstrate a meaningful collaboration with practising nurses/midwives; and
  • has translational potential.

Please note: Applications being submitted from non-academic researchers still must be located/managed/operated under the auspices of a University, hospital or research institution(s) located within Australia. The project should also be endorsed and supported by a researcher employed by an Australian University.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are the 2020 Grant Guidelines different to previous funding rounds?

We have added some further detail regarding each grant category to provide some additional clarity following questions we have received in previous funding rounds. It is important that all applicants read and understand all the conditions in the grant guidelines before submitting their application for funding.

View the 2020 Grant Guidelines

What does nurse/midwife-led mean?

For the purposes of the Rosemary Bryant Foundation Grants, nurse/midwife-led means:

  • the research topic/question was conceived by a nurse/midwife as result of their work to resolve an issue they are facing or to explore an opportunity they have identified; and/or
  • the project clearly demonstrates that practising nurses/midwives have been consulted in the design of the research and are involved in the research team and/or
  • the Chief Researcher/co-leaders are nurses/midwives.

 

What academic level should the members of the research team be?

The research team members can be of any academic level. We also welcome research team members who are not from an academic background e.g. practising Nurses and Midwives. However, it is expected that at least one member of the research team has a demonstrable research background to ensure the scientific rigour of the project.

 

What academic level should the Chief Investigator be?

The Chief Investigator can be of any academic level. We also welcome applications where the Chief Investigator who are not from an academic background e.g. practising Nurses and Midwives. However, it is expected that at least one member of the research team has a demonstrable research background to ensure the scientific rigour of the project.

 

Do I need to have a PhD to be eligible to apply?

The Chief Investigator does not need a PhD to be eligible to apply for some grants. The qualifications and experience of the team must be commensurate with the needs of the project. It would be expected that applications for Discovery Grants would have investigators with PhD qualifications and substantial research records. Seeding grants, directed towards early career researchers, would not necessarily require a PhD preparation.

 

Do I need to be a nurse/midwife to apply?

No, the funding applicant need not be a nurse/midwife, but you need to be able to demonstrate that the project is nurse/midwife-led.

 

Do I need to include a literature review?

No, it is not expected for you to provide a literature review as part of your application.

 

Do I need to include a CV for everyone on the research team?

No, but as a minimum we require a CV (maximum of 5 pages) for the Chief Investigator. You are also able to provide additional CVs (maximum of 5 pages per CV) for other members of your research team if you wish.

 

Can the grants be used to pay for a research assistant?

Yes, you can include the costs for research assistance within the budget for your project. However, it should be noted that the salaries and/or on costs, in whole, or in part, for Chief Investigators cannot be included.

 

Can the grants be used to pay for a PhD student’s study costs?

No, the grants cannot be used to fund education or tuition fees.

Grant Application Submission Form

Please submit your grant application by completing the form below.

Before commencing the below form, please make sure you have the following documents ready to include:

  • Completed signed application form (Word document / Interactive PDF).

Application Form (Interactive PDF)

Application Form Word

  • A project budget (this can be included as part of the application form or attached as a separate document).
  • A copy of the Chief Investigator(s)’s curriculum vitae (see full application form for further details).
  • A letter of support from project end-users or industry.
  • Any ethics, compliance and/or safety approvals.

Read the full Grant Guidelines

Discovery Grant (up to $50K)
Accelerator Grant (up to $25K)
Seeding Grant (up to $10K)
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No (Please refer the Grant Guidelines)

Chief Investigator Contact Details

Administering Institution Contact Details

Key Contact Person for Grant Updates

Chief Investigator(s)’s curriculum vitae

Please attach an up to date curriculum vitae which is no more than 5 pages per CV that includes:

  1. Present employment arrangements and position.
  2. Relevance of expertise to the proposal, including track record of prior collaboration.
  3. Examples of past grants and publications of relevance to the proposal.
  4. Name and contact details of two referees.
  5. If applying for the Discovery Grant, please attach evidence of outputs from previous research grants.

Any additional information you wish you upload to support your application.

Further Information

Should you have any enquiries regarding the grants please contact:

Claire Dollard
Foundation Manager
Rosemary Bryant Foundation
08 8178 4201
info@rbf.org.au