$2 million in new grant opportunities now available

Sydney Health Partners is inviting applications for grants from the next round of the Rapid Applied Translation (RART) program.

Sydney Health Partners (SHP) is inviting applications for grants from the next round of the Rapid Applied Research Translation (RART) program.

Funded by the Australian Government’s Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), the RART program will release up to $2 million through SHP, for grants commencing in January 2019 and initially awarded for a 12-month period.

A maximum of $200,000 is available per grant, for projects which have the capacity to produce outcomes that will be of value to the health system and able to be implemented in a relatively short time. Smaller seed grants are also within scope.

The deadline for applications is 5pm (AEST) July 30, 2018: click here for more details and to apply.

Principal applicants must be employees of Sydney Health Partners’ member organisations.

Applications must include principal applicants from multiple health service sites to demonstrate collaboration across our partnership.

Although all successful grants will eventually be managed by the University of Sydney, applications must identify one SHP health service (SLHD, WSLHD, NSLHD, or SCHN at Westmead) as the leading organisation for the proposed project to demonstrate its health focus.

Proposed projects must align with one or more of the following MRFF priorities.

•    Clinical pathways and care transition: building collaboration across the care continuum, enhancing data integration and strengthening health services, implementation and public and preventive research capacity and activity.
•    Clinical variation: driving data linkage and integration as key to understanding and reducing unwarranted variation in clinical care and outcome.
•    Improving the health of vulnerable groups:  including those with chronic comorbidities, those towards the end of life and disadvantaged ethnic and Indigenous groups
•    Other priorities nominated by the Commonwealth for MRFF funding. In 2018-19 they include wound care, and aged care/preventing hospital admissions among the elderly.

Though not essential, it is desirable that applications also align with one or more thematic streams of Sydney Health Partners.

Grant recipients who received MRFF funding from Sydney Health Partners in 2018 – and who can demonstrate strong progress – may re-apply for a second year of funding.

The MRFF made an initial funding allocation to SHP under the RART program of $2.2 million for 2018. On July 3, the Federal Health Minister, Greg Hunt, announced a further commitment to SHP of $6.1 million for the period 2019-21.