Allied health research or quality improvement project seed funding

The Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO) is committed to building the research and translation capacity of all South Australian (SA) Allied Health Professionals, to improve health outcomes for South Australians.

A suite of initiatives is available via the ASHO partnership with University of South Australia Innovation, IMPlementation and Clinical Translation in Allied Health (IIMPACT) to support the needs of AHPs conducting research; from novice through to more experienced researchers.

For more information about the Allied health research skills training visit Allied health research support and skills training via IIMPACT in health.

Seed funding program 

ASHO offers Seed Funding for eligible SA Health AHPs to support clinician-initiated research or quality improvement (QI) projects to build research and translation capacity in SA Health. 

In 2023/2024 the Allied Health Seed Funding envelope is $30,000, and it is anticipated that three to five projects will be funded, with a maximum of $10,000 (incl. GST) for a single project.  The 2023 round of ASHO Seed Funding will operate over the 2023/24 financial year and funds will be available from July 1, 2023.

This funding is available for allied health research projects or quality improvement activities that enhance clinical care. Preference will be given to clinician-initiated projects that demonstrate outcomes directly related to patient care and build allied health research capacity in SA Health.

Seed Funding applications will open on Monday 27 February 2023 and close 5 pm on Friday 28 April 2023.

All required documents including guidelines, templates and application form are available below.

For additional information please contact ASHO via email at

Project eligibility

A number of changes have been made for the upcoming round.

All applicants must carefully read the Guidelines for Applicants (DOCX 205KB) to ensure the proposed project and research team meet the full eligibility requirements.

The Project Lead (PL) must be an AHP currently working in clinical practice in SA Health and:

    1. Either have completed the Training Series Research Plan on a Page, with registration available via this link
      Note there is a series from Tuesday 14 February to 4 April 2023
    2. OR have an experienced researcher on their team to provide mentoring and build allied health research capacity
    3. OR be enrolled in higher degree research (HDR) program
    4. OR be experienced in research or quality improvement AND include another AHP who will be supported to build research skills.

All members of the research team must provide a brief Research Curriculum Vitae using either the Research CV template  example A (DOCX  33.9KB) or Research CV template example B (DOCX 40.8KB), outlining their relevant research or quality improvement experience.

Possible options to identify an experienced researcher to provide include:

      1. via the ASHO IIMPACT partnership, please complete the application form for a research mentor via this link as soon as possible
      2. Local health service staff

Project timeline

The application should clearly outline a feasible timeline for project activities to be completed within 12 months. All funds awarded to successful applications must be expended before the end of the 2023/2024 financial year.

Submit an application

Completed application forms must be submitted via email to no later than 5pm Friday 28th April 2023.

Incomplete, unsigned or late applications will not be assessed.

To access the application form, please download and read the Guidelines for Applicants (DOCX 205KB)

2023/2024 Successful Seed Funding Grant Applicants

Thank you to all applicants and their managers for acknowledging the importance of research in the continuous improvement of patient outcomes and health service delivery. Congratulations to the recipients of the Allied Health Seed Funding Program.

Predictors of hospitalisation for low back pain in people presenting to South Australian public emergency departments

Joseph Orlando, Matthew Beard, Prof Saravana Kumar

Drugs and delirium in elective surgical patients: a pilot study

Sally Marotti, Adam Ritchie, Stanley Owade, Assoc Prof. Peter Smitham, Dr Bianca Wong, Dr Alex Choo, Ms Tracy Morgan, Dr Andrew Kurmis, Anita Taylor, Deborah Gallasch, Christabel Jesudason, Sona Shaji, Heather Kaesler, Gizat Kassie, Lisa Kalisch Ellett

Suddenly voiceless: How does the loss of voice affect patient’s with a tracheostomy in the critical care setting?

Natalie Knight, Dr Shailesh Bihari, Paloma D’Addario, Nasime Mokari-Manshadi, Chris Hadjinicolaou, Dr Jane Bickford

An evaluation of a novel Gastrostomy Feeding App (PEG Ed) and interactive decision making tool for patients and their families living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

Elizabeth Kapur, Amy Brown, Prof Saravana Kumar


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