Allied Health Research or Quality Improvement Project Seed Funding 2021

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 are available via the ASHO partnership with University of South Australia Innovation, IMPlementation And Clinical Translation in Allied Health (IIMPACT) to support the needs of AHP conducting research; from novice through to more experienced researchers.

The seed funding program is designed build clinician’s research capacity, and provides both financial support for the conduct of projects, and a mentoring program to support recipients through the research process and ensure success in the project outcomes and translation to clinical practice. Clinicians new to and interested in pursuing research are strongly advised to apply and use the IIMPACT program or other relevant training and resources available to strengthen their application. More experienced researchers are encouraged to consider applying for the Allied Health Research Collaboration.

Allied Health Seed Funding between $500 and $5,000 is available for clinician-initiated allied health research projects or quality improvement activities that enhance clinical care and are consistent with SA Health’s strategic plan.

Please note the following changes for this round of seed funding grants:

  • A statement from the discipline / operational manager supporting the applicant’s ability to undertake the planned work will be required.
  • Both quality improvement (QI) and formal research projects are eligible to apply for funding
    • For either research or QI proposals a letter from the relevant research ethics committee (REC) will be required indicating whether or not ethical approval has been provided (research) or is not required (QI). The following link may provide useful information on quality assurance versus research project exemption (PDF 171KB). Please contact your local REC for site-specific requirements.
  • Successful applicants will be required to participate in a mentoring program (eg. via IIMPACT) for the duration of the proposed project. The outcomes of this program should provide the resources and learning opportunities to support the successful completion of the project.
  • Applicants will need to demonstrate the potential impact of their work by outlining a proposed pathway to translation to clinical practice.
  • The 2021 round of seed funding will operate over a calendar year and be available from January 1, 2021.

Seed Funding 2021 applications will open on 3 July 2020 and close 6 November 2020. 

Please use these links to the current Guidelines for applicants 2021 (PDF 113KB) and the Application form 2021 (DOCX 226KB). Note that only applications submitted on the current year’s application form will be accepted. 

Resources recommended to assist you in developing your research questions and/or methodology, designing your project and preparing your application are available from Allied Health Research Support and Skills Training via IIMPACT in Health | SA Health. This includes an expression of interest (EOI) to establish a mentoring partnership with an experience researcher.

AHP’s are encouraged to contact the ASHO office via email Health.AlliedHealthSeedFunding@sa.gov.au for additional information