Please note - applications for grants are not currently being accepted.
The College is committed to enabling the development of discipline-specific knowledge through support of members undertaking research within a recognised research centre or as a student enrolled in an honours or postgraduate program of research at a university. Established researchers are also invited to apply for this grant.
The development of knowledge that informs clinical practice, health service delivery or paramedic education is critical to the development of the profession. Well designed and executed research will provide the basis for evidence-based practice, particularly in areas where knowledge is lacking or incomplete.
Although universities and research centres have an obligation to provide appropriate supervision, statistical support and infrastructure required to undertake research, the College recognises that there are also additional costs associated with the research that may be eligible for a research grant of up to $6000. There will be two funding rounds each year, with applications closing 31 January and 31 July each year.
The grant is available to individuals undertaking research that is directly related to the profession. This includes College members enrolled in:
An honours program that includes a research project; or
Higher degree research (masters or doctoral level).
Both early career and experienced researchers are also eligible to apply for funding for individual research or research within a team that may include cross-institutional research if at least one member of the team is a financial member of the College.
The College member applying for the research grant must have been a financial member for at least 12 months prior to the grant application. Ideally, membership will be held for at least 24 months, showing a commitment to the College.
Researchers who have previously been awarded a College research grant are not eligible to apply.
Researchers who have received funding from other sources for the research project are not eligible to apply for a College research grant.
The research topic must be directly related to paramedic practice. Ethics approval must be obtained and evidence provided prior to the release of funds.
A full research protocol must be submitted to enable assessment of suitability for funding. The College reserves the right to establish research priorities for funding, and to reject applications that fail to meet eligibility criteria or that do not align with strategic priorities.
The College will consider funding applications for:
employment of personnel such as a research assistant or statistician;
costs of transcription services;
reasonable travel for multi-site research;
technical services to enable the implementation of a project;
travel expenses for the dissemination of research results at peer-reviewed scientific meetings.
Funding will not be provided for:
infrastructure and consumables that would normally be supplied by the institution supervising the research. This includes the provision of space, furniture and consumables that are associated with normal operation of the project such as consumables associated with pathology, physiological tests or printing costs;
purchase of capital equipment that includes computers, software and equipment required to undertake the research. Specialised equipment may be funded at the discretion of the Board;
gifts or prizes that are used to induce recruitment of research participants;
institutional overheads and administrative charges.
Funding and reporting requirements
The grant will be paid into a designated grant account set up for that purpose. The member receiving funding for an approved project must provide a tax invoice and evidence of receipts for payment of funds for approved expenses.
The applicant must provide the College with a brief report on research progress 12 months after receipt of the grant, and a further report at the conclusion of the project in the form of a 500 word abstract that summarises the results.
The College may request a presentation to members at one or more events to disseminate the research, and an article for the College website, magazine or eNews.
The College will not claim intellectual property rights to the research but the researcher will be required to acknowledge College funding in all publications and presentations.
Permission must be sought from the College before using the College logo on any article or presentation.
The application should be completed by the chief investigator.
Complete the Online Application form via the link below. The information you need to provide is as follows:
Title of the research.
Name of the chief investigator and other researchers on the team (if applicable).
Evidence of university enrolment (if applicable) and details of academic supervisor or mentor, or evidence of employment as an academic in a university or membership of a research centre.
The aim, significance, outcomes of interest and research methods.
A project timeline.
The budget for the project. The budget must show items that intend to be funded by this research grant.
Evidence of ethics approval (if available at the time of application). Note: Ethics approval must be provided before the grant will be released.
A full copy of the ethics application is required.
Applications for research scholarships are rigorous and competitive.
There are two grant rounds available to members each year. Round 1 applications close 31 January and Round 2 applications close 31 July.