Funding & Project Opportunities

International Funding Opportunities

International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia

IRP/IFP Research Grant
IRP/IFP Schellenberg Prize
IRP/IFP Post-doctoral Fellowship

Based in Switzerland, the International Foundation for Research in Paraplegia has funded research designed to overcome paraplegia, for over 15 years. Selected by the IRP/IFP Scientific Committee, the foundation offers research project grants, post-doctoral fellowships, and awards for research in the field. It finances research projects regardless of the nationality of the researcher and the place of work. The IRP/IFP Research Grant is financed for 1 or 2 years, to the value CHF 75'000, or CHF 150'000 respectively. The IRP/IFP Schellenberg Prize is up to 150'000 Swiss Francs. The IRP/IFP Post-doctoral Fellowship contains a living allowance of CHF 70’000 and a research and travel allowance of up to CHF 9’000 per year. Applications are now open and will close 31 October yearly.

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Rick Hansen Institute

Clinical Outcome Measures
Pilot Studies 

The Rick Hansen Institute has launched two new funding opportunities. These funding opportunities are targeted towards specific areas that will help move closer towards achieving a world without paralysis after spinal cord injury. The Rick Hansen Institute is accepting applications for funding requests pertaining to projects related to Clinical Outcome Measures and Pilot Studies – Optimizing Neurorecovery Following Spinal Cord Injury.  

Spinal Research UK

Request for Propposals

Based in the United Kingdom. Spinal Research UK’s sole purpose of funding research is aimed at resolving the non- or partial functioning of spinal cord injury. Spinal Research invites applicants to submit Letters of intent that address “Combinatorial therapeutic approach including rehabilitation for repair of chronic and/or severe spinal cord injury”. The purpose of this call is to accelerate translational approaches that focus on optimizing the long-term impact of therapeutics by using clinically feasible rehabilitative methods. Awards are based on support for a post-doctoral level salary plus laboratory consumables for a period up to three years. Funding is also available for equipment where justified and essential for project objectives. 

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The Center for Brain and Spinal Cord Repair

Ohio State University is accepting applications for the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation-funded Spinal Cord Injury Training Program, which will take place from 10 to 22 April 2016, in Ohio, USA. Applications close 14 February 2016.

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Wings for Life

Wings for Life is a non-profit research organisation with the exclusive aim to support basic and clinical research related to spinal cord injury. Research projects may address all aspects of spinal cord lesions, nerve regeneration, trophic support of injured neurons and functional changes induced by lesions (preferentially in mammals). Proposals should have a view to translation from the laboratory to the clinical setting and have the potential to provide real benefits to human patients. Clinical research projects can be situated in the fields of diagnosis, acute lesion management (including surgery), neurology, urology, rehabilitation and other areas related to paraplegia. Wings for Life offers individual, project research, funding of translational studies and funding of early stage clinical trials grants.

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National Funding Opportunities

Australasian Neuroscience Society

PhD Scholarships

The Queensland Brain Institute is one of the University of Queensland’s flagship research institutes is offering full-time PhD scholarships for outstanding Australian and International students for three years with a possible six month extension. Topic areas include: Cognition and behaviour, computation and neuronal circuits, neurogenesis and neuronal survival, genetics and epigenetics, neuronal development and connectivity, sensory systems and synaptic function. Applications close on 31 December, 2015.

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Awards and Prizes
The Australasian Neuroscience Society presents a number of awards and prizes annually. These include student travel awards, a distinguished achievement award, the A.W. Campbell award and many other awards and prizes.
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Australian Academy of Science

Selby Fellowship

Fellowships are awarded annually to distinguished overseas scientists from all fields of science to visit Australia for public lecture/seminar tours and to visit scientific centres in Australia. Up to $A10,000 is available to cover economy airfares and assistance towards living expenses. Nominations for the 2015 Selby Fellowship are now closed. 

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Contact the Awards Officer at or call +61 (0) 2 6201 9407.

Australian Research Council (ARC)

National Competitive Grants Program (NCGP)
The NCGP comprises two main elements - Discovery and Linkage - under which the ARC funds a range of complementary schemes to support researchers at different stages of their careers, build Australia’s research capability, expand and enhance research networks and collaborations, and develop centres of research excellence. A major component of Linkage is the ARC Centres scheme, which brings together leading researchers from around the world to work collaboratively on specific research problems. The Centres scheme is administered independently of the other components of Discovery and Linkage. Some examples of the Discovery Schemes are Discovery Projects, Future Fellowships, and Australian Laureate Fellowships. Examples of the Linkage Schemes include the Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities, Linkage Learned Academies Special Projects, and Linkage Projects. Examples of the Centres Schemes include the ARC Centres of Excellence, ARC Special Research Centres, and Co-funded Centres.
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Australian Rotary Health

Current Grants and Scholarships Opportunities
These grants and scholarships are only open for a finite period of time. Check the website for details.
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Brain Foundation

Brain Foundation Research Grants
The Brain Foundation is an Australian registered charity which raises money to fund on-going, crucial research into brain diseases and all other known neurological disorders as well as brain and spinal injuries. The total amount available for distribution depends on the income of the Brain Foundation in that year. As a guide the grants awarded in 2010 were up to $40,000 each.
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Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation

Ramaciotti Grants (General Awards)
Applications are accepted from groups or individuals in Universities, Public Hospitals, Medical Research Institutes or other institutions undertaking biomedical research. Grants of up to $75,000 are awarded each year in two divisions – establishment and equipment. Establishment grants provide financial support for emerging researchers, while equipment grants go towards the purchase of a major piece of equipment. 

Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research
The Ramaciotti Medal is an annual award of $50,000. It was introduced in 1995 by Perpetual to recognise excellence in Australian biomedical research by honouring an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the field or related medicine/healthcare. 

Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award
This award is a $1 million grant awarded every two years to a group or individual undertaking biomedical research within universities, public hospitals, medical research institutes or other similar organisations. 

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GlaxoSmithKline Australia

Research Excellence Award
The GlaxoSmithKline Australia Award for Research Excellence is one of the most prestigious awards in the Australian R&D community. This annual Award, and the accompanying Grant of $80,000, recognises outstanding achievements in medical research and facilitates career development with potential importance to human health and Australian research.
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HCF Health and Medical Research Foundation

The HCF Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable trust established to encourage medical research of all kinds, and research and enquiry into the provision, administration and delivery of health services in Australia, for the benefit of HCF contributors and the public generally. Amounts awarded vary.

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Ian Potter Foundation

Small Program Grants
For funding requests of less than $20,000. Program areas include Arts, Community Wellbeing, Education, Environment and Conservation, Healthy Communities, Medical Research and Science. Application dates will be released in May 2015.

General Grants
For funding requests of more than $20,000. The program areas include Arts, Education, Environment and Conservation, Healthy Communities, Medical Research and Science. Application dates will be released in May 2015.

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The Conquer Paralysis Now (CPN) Challenge

InnoCentive is offering nearly 20 million dollars of prize money over the next ten years for researchers and laboratories that can help people suffering from paralysis. Stage I of the Challenge Program has been launched to provide seed funding to a wide range of non-traditional approaches. The aim is to provide grants for unconventional, novel and disruptive concepts that are seen as too risky to receive funding from traditional sources. There are 12 grants of at least $50,000 available in six different categories during Stage I of the challenge. Applications close 31 March 2015.

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L'Oréal Australia

2015 L'Oréal-UNESCO Australia For Women In Science Laureates and Fellowships

The L’Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellowships have been awarded each year since 2007. The three AU$25,000 science fellowships are intended to help early career women scientists to consolidate their careers and rise to leadership positions in science. The Fellowships are awarded to women who have shown scientific excellence in their career to date and who have an appropriate research plan that will be assisted by the one-year Fellowship.

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National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

General NHMRC Grants
All areas of research relevant to human health and medical research are eligible for funding by the NHMRC. Research funding administered by NHMRC is organised into three categories: Research Support, Infrastructure Support and People Support. See specific grants for the details. NHMRC grants include: Career Development Fellowships, Development Grants, Program Grants, Project Grants, Research Fellowships, and Scholarships.
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Philanthropic Trusts
Trusts have been set up to support charitable and non-profit organisations. Interest areas include the arts, education, social welfare, health services and medical research. It is important for grant seeking organisations to register because the preferences of Perpetual’s philanthropic clients influence funding outcomes. As Perpetual’s clients change their philanthropic focus and new trusts come on board throughout the year, organisations who have registered with us will be noted for potential future funding at any point in time. Applications close 30 June 2015. Information on Perpetual’s 2016 annual Funding Round will be available in November 2015. 
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Pfizer Australia

Pfizer Australia Neuroscience Research Grants 
Pfizer Australia support clinical and basic  neuroscience research on pain, mood disorders, or cognitive decline. Funding for the Neuroscience Research (NSR) Grants is intended for medical graduates up to AU$44,000 (including GST) for one year. Applications are now closed.
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Sylvia and Charles Viertel Medical Program

Senior Medical Research Fellowship
The Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation invites applications annually for a five-year Senior Medical Research Fellowship valued at $195,000 per annum.

Clinical Investigatorship
Eligible applicants will be medical graduates or graduates of other clinical disciplines who have completed both their clinical and research training which will normally be at doctoral level and are commencing their first definitive clinical position, or have been in such a post for no more than 24 months on 1 May of the year of application. Applications are invited for "Clinical Investigator" awards of $60,000, given on a once only basis. The Foundation hopes to offer five (5) awards in this category.

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The General Sir John Monash Awards

Annually, up to eight Scholarships may be awarded to outstanding Australian citizens graduating from Australian Universities - as well as those who have already graduated - to enable them to undertake postgraduate study abroad at the world's best Universities, appropriate to their field of study. The Scholarships provide funding of AUD $50,000 per year for a maximum of three years and may be held concurrently with other scholarships or awards, at the discretion of the Foundation. The application form and other relevant information will be available on their website from 1 July each year.
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The Harold Mitchell Foundation

The Foundation joins with others who wish to improve our society, by creating positive change by recognising new opportunities in the arts and health. Projects must fit with the funding criteria. These criteria are the discovery in the arts or health fields to break new ground and set up opportunities for the future, the capacity of communities to foster their arts and health activities and the capacity of talented individuals with the commitment and potential to improve our world, and the establishment of arts or health activities with real potential to take off and be ongoing. The foundation will respond to individuals within 10 weeks of receipt of application. All enquires can be made to Email: or Phone: 1300 308 130.
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The Palliative Care Foundation (PC Foundation)

Palliative Care Foundation Grants Program
The PC Foundation has established a Grants Advisory Committee to manage the process for developing a grant program for education and research in palliative care.
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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

RACGP Research Grants, Scholarships, Fellowships and Awards
The RACGP Research Foundation provides over $200,000 in funding to general practice research each year. New and emerging researchers are particularly encouraged to apply for funding through the RACGP Research Foundation.
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The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation

Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Research Scholarship in the Allied Health Sciences
The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation offers one or more scholarships each year for full-time post-graduate research in one of the allied health sciences. The award is for up to two years at an Australian tertiary institution with appropriate facilities for postgraduate research. The Foundation has a preference for applications from graduates in the disciplines of clinical psychology, nutrition, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and speech pathology but applications from graduates of other allied health disciplines pursuing a PhD in that field will also be considered. The Foundation also wishes to support an applicant who is working directly in applied clinical research. Projects in laboratory sciences will not be supported. The level of remuneration will be $27,500 per annum, free of income tax.
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NHMRC/R.G. Menzies Fellowship
This Fellowship is awarded in partnership with the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). It is awarded to the highest ranked candidate in the Overseas Early Career Fellowships category who the Menzies Foundation judges to best represent qualities of leadership ability, both proven and potential, who contribute to the life of their University or Institution, and who have demonstrated a commitment to and interest in service to others.
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The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

Churchill Fellowship
A Churchill Fellowship provides an opportunity to travel overseas for a minimum of four and a maximum of about six weeks to conduct research into a topic that you are passionate about and have experience in. It is for anyone who feels that they have exhausted all research opportunities within Australia and would like to see what overseas currently has to offer. Every application is assessed based on merit, a demonstrated need for the proposed research, the perceived benefit to Australia and a willingness to share the overseas findings and knowledge with the Australian community. Over forty sponsored Fellowships are offered each year. Some sponsored Fellowships are only for award in a particular State, Territory or region and the number of sponsored Fellowships offered changes each year. Applications for 2015 are now open.

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Westpac Bicentennial Foundation

As part of its approaching 200th anniversary year in 2017, Westpac has launched one of the single largest private education scholarship program in Australia’s history, the Westpac Bicentennial Foundation. The charitable Foundation will have an exclusive focus on the education and advancement of Australians. A one-off contribution of $100 million will fund around 100 scholarships and awards every year in perpetuity to Australians from all walks of life who have the potential to shape Australia’s future. Scholarships and awards will be granted by the Foundation in partnership with Australian universities.

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State-based Funding Opportunities


ParaQuad NSW

ParaQuad NSW Scholarships 
Scholarships are available for people with a spinal cord injury who live in NSW and the ACT. The program is open to people with a spinal cord injury who are pursuing an educational or sporting goal to assist in their employment prospects. Each scholarship will provide an amount of up to $5,000. The scholarships are aimed to support individuals to achieve their career aspirations. Applications close 13 February 2015. 
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NSW Government

Young Tall Poppy Science Awards
The prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Awards  aim to recognise the achievements of Australia's outstanding young researchers in the sciences working in universities, research institutes and laboratories in private industry, private practice and government organisations. The sciences include physical, biomedical and applied sciences, engineering and biotechnology. Nominations for 2015 are open 23 March and close on 5 April 2015.
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Jamie Callachor Eureka Prize for Medical Research
The Jamie Callachor Eureka Prize for Medical Research, part of the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, is designed to encourage and reward emerging medical researchers.
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NSW Motor Accidents Authority
The Motor Accidents Authority’s Injury Management Grants and Funded Projects program provides grants and funding to initiatives that help people who have been injured in motor vehicle crashes to achieve the best possible health and social outcomes. The aims of the Injury Management grants program are to: (i) Improve the health and social outcomes for injured people in the Scheme, (ii) Facilitate evidence based practice in injury management, (iii) Contribute to the cost effectiveness and efficiency of the Scheme. There are several grant types on offer. For more information visit

ParaQuad NSW

ParaQuad NSW Scholarships
Scholarships are available for people with a spinal cord injury who live in NSW and the ACT. The program is open to people with a spinal cord injury who are pursuing an educational or sporting goal to assist in their employment prospects. Each scholarship will provide an amount of up to $5,000. The scholarships are aimed to support individuals to achieve their career aspirations. Applications for 2014 are now closed. Applications for 2015 will open in November 2014.  
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ANZ Trustees

ANZ Trustees Queensland medical research grant program
The ANZ Trustees Queensland medical research grant program commenced in 2004 as a partnership of Queensland based philanthropic funders.  The objectives of the program are to support excellence in medical scientific research in Queensland; and build medical research capacity in Queensland. The program provides funding for: ANZ Trustees PhD Scholarships in Medical Research, Queensland For more information visit

ANZ Trustees PhD Scholarships in Medical Research
The Trustees invite applications for PhD scholarships in Queensland for up to three years. Scholarship amounts will be based on National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) stipend guidelines but may vary at the discretion of the trustee.
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Queensland Government

Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation (QEMRF)
The Queensland Emergency Medicine Research Foundation (QEMRF) will support research directed at improving the care of patients in Emergency Departments and to develop Emergency Medicine research capacity in Queensland.
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Health Research Fellowships
The Health Research Fellowships are to provide salary support to practicing clinicians or health professionals to quarantine time to undertake clinical or health service research. Funding of up to $150,000 pa in salary support for five years. The second round of the Health Research Fellowships are now closed. Round four is now closed.
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Clinical Academic Fellowships
The Queensland Clinical Academic Fellowships aim to enhance support for Queensland's outstanding health and medical researchers. These fellowships will provide 'top-up' funding of up to $75,000 to create new positions between Queensland Hospitals and Queensland Universities. Individual researchers are not eligible to apply for this fellowship. The application process requires the collaboration of Queensland publicly funded health care facilities and Queensland universities to design new positions that will increase research activity and provide a focus on clinical excellence. Round three is now closed.
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Senior Clinical Research Fellowships
Expressions of Interest for the second round of the Senior Clinical Fellowships are now open. The Senior Clinical Research Fellowships (SCRF) are to provide funding of up to AUD 850,000 pa for five years to attract and retain clinician researchers to Queensland who are international leaders in their field. Successful applicants will be at the forefront of research, development and innovation, and will be expected to bring new clinical and intellectual resources that will further stimulate Queensland's research potential. Expressions of interest have now closed
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Disability Services Queensland (DSQ)
Research applications
The first point of contact for research applicants is the Research Contact Officer who will arrange an initial meeting with a delegated officer to discuss a research idea prior to application.
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ANZ Trustees Programs

Medical Research and Technology in Victoria

This program provides funding in Victoria for basic, clinical, and medical research, and specific projects (not for general infrastructure). The program recognises that philanthropic funding can address the gap in funding for specialised equipment related to specific projects. Assessments and recommendations for funding are made by an expert panel. Grants are in the order of $6,000 to $30,000. Applications close 1 July each year.
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Western Australian Government (Government of Western Australia - Department of Health)

Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (MHRIF)
The Medical and Health Research Infrastructure Fund (MHRIF) is an infrastructure funding scheme implemented by the State Government in 1997 to reward WA’s best medical and health researchers with funding to support their research programs. These funds cover infrastructure costs such as research equipment, general support staff, computers and common office services. In independent medical research institutes, the grants meet additional needs such as electricity, maintenance, rates and minor capital works.
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NZ Funding Opportunities

Burwood Academy of Independent Living (BAIL)

BAIL will consider proposals for research in all areas of medicine, health care, health promotion, community health and rehabilitation. The research must have the potential to support the ultimate goals of the Academy which are to advance rehabilitation and independent living for people living with disabilities. 
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The Health Research Council of New Zealand

The Health Research Council of New Zealand (HRC) is the Crown agency responsible for the management of the New Zealand Government's investment in public good health research. Funding opportunities include Partnership Initiatives, Research Contracts, Career Development Opportunities, Seeding Grants and Grants-in Aid.

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