Seed Funding for allied and scientific health research or quality improvement projects

The Allied and Scientific Health Office (ASHO) is committed to building the research and translation capacity of South Australian (SA) Allied and Scientific 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 Allied and Scientific Health Professionals conducting research; from novice through to more experienced researchers.

For more information about the Allied and Scientific 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 Allied and Scientific Health Professionals (classified AHP, MeS or MPH) to support clinician-initiated research or quality improvement (QI) projects to build research and translation capacity in SA Health.

In 2024/2025 the seed funding envelope is $20,000, and it is anticipated that two to four projects will be funded, with a maximum of $10,000 (incl. GST) for a single project. The 2024 round of ASHO Seed Funding will operate over the 2024/25 financial year and funds will be available from July 1, 2024.

This funding is available for allied and scientific 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 and scientific health research capacity in SA Health.

Seed Funding applications will open on Monday 12 February 2024 and close 5 pm on Friday 12 April 2024.
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 2024 round which includes expanding eligibility to access the seed funding to Medical Scientists and Medical Physicists who meet eligibility criteria.

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

The Project Lead (PL) must be currently working in clinical practice within SA Health AND research cannot be their primary or sole role. The PL must be classified as either an Allied Health Professional (AHP), Medical Scientist (MeS) or Medical Physicist (MPH) and:

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:

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 2024/2025 financial year.

Submit an application

Completed application forms must be submitted via email to no later than 5pm Friday 12th 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 Seed Funding grant recipients

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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