All CALHN grant applications must be registered with the CALHN Research Office – Grants (CALHN RGO)

Once a grant has been awarded, the CALHN Research Office will assist and advise the researcher regarding post-grant approval processes and ethics and governance applications which must be completed prior to a study commencing.

The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) supports researchers each year to attend national and international conferences and scientific meetings to advance their own research and build collaborations.

In 2018 THRF travel grants are available for both Researchers and Higher Degree Students based at the Royal Adelaide Hospital or SA Pathology,

Further information including application guidelines and forms is available here.

The RAH Research Committee provides an administrative, advisory and support service to researchers funded by grants. One of its major roles is to monitor the use of research funds to ensure that conditions of the grant are being met.

RAH researchers are closely affiliated with  departments. This strong bond ensures a close alignment of research with the need to improve medical practice through translational research to improve the quality of life of patients.

Project Grants available in 2018 are listed here. Download the guidelines and read the instructions carefully.

Download the application template of the grant you are applying for to commence your application.


Please note all applications must be submitted on the correct form and received by the CALHN Research Office via email no later than COB on the due date. 

Please do not send hard copies.

For more information


P: 8222 3839


2018 NHMRC Near Miss Grants (Applications Closed)

The 2018 RRC NHMRC Near Miss Grants are administered through the Royal Adelaide Hospital Research Committee with the aim of supporting clinically relevant research within the South Australian Health Biomedical Precinct by clinical investigators.

Project funding of up to $50,000 is available.

The applicant must be CI or bona fide AI on a highly ranked (i.e. category 4 or 5) but unsuccessful NHMRC application for funding commencing 2018. Applications which received a NHMRC rank of less than category 4 or were in the NFFC category will not be considered.

The RAH Special Purpose Funds Committee (Private Practice) has committed to funding clinical project grants commencing in 2018 to support clinically relevant research within the South Australian Health Biomedical Precinct. Applications must have a bonafide link to a RAH Private Practice contributor(s) who must be a CI or AI on the grant.

The project must be carried out on the South Australian Health Biomedical Precinct.

The original NHMRC application may have been submitted through the other Research Secretariats but a clear and bona fide link to the RAH including the location of work, is necessary.


The Ray and Shirl Norman Cancer Research Trust (the Trust) was set up following the death of Raymond Simpson Norman to fund “research into the prevention and cure of cancer and anything incidental or conducive to those purposes”. The Health Services Charitable Gifts Board (HSCGB) is the trustee of the Trust.

Research Grants funded by the Trust are administered by the Health Services Charitable Gifts Board with the aim of supporting cancer research at the RAH. It is recognised that while some aspects of work funded may be carried out at other sites, the majority of the project should be undertaken at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and/or the Hanson Institute for Cancer Research.

These grants are open to departments and units within the Royal Adelaide Hospital and SA Pathology that are able to comply with the funding objective.

Maximum aggregate funding available is $175,000 per annum for up to 3 years for 2 research projects.

Applications must be made using the guidelines below and submitted by email as a PDF or Word document to

The hard copy signed application must be forwarded to
Health Services Charitable Gifts Board
240 Waymouth Street
Adelaide SA 5000
PO Box 10559
Adelaide BC
SA 5000


Please note the deadline for applications has been extended to 5:00pm THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2017

Application Guidelines

For enquiries:
Ph: (08) 8221 7125

For information regarding the availability of Grants and Awards please refer to the

Basil Hetzel Institute website Bulletin of Funding

For TQEH Grant Applications please contact Gwenda Graves at or phone +61 8 8222 7836. 

For RAH Grant Applications please contact or phone +61 7117 2217

RAH Research Institute

The Capstone Editing Grant for Mid-Career Researchers provides up to $10,000 of seed funding for one researcher per year to undertake an innovative research project.

The grant is offered to continuing or fixed term research position employees of research institutes, universities or government science agencies in Australia. Applicants must be mid career researchers who hold a PhD and graduated from their PhD within the past five to ten years (excluding career interruptions in relation to caring responsibilities).

Further information and application guidelines are available here.

Applications close 30 December 2017


Information about the National Health and Medical Research Council’s (NHMRC) 2017 grant funding is available via the NHMRC website:

2017 NHMRC funding schemes

2017 NHMRC funding calendar


  1. The CALHN RGO will on notification of a successful awarded grant:
  • Contact the Researcher and arrange to meet and discuss their project and advise them of the documents required to obtain authorisation and approval to commence their project.
  • Liaise with the Researcher, Ethics Offices, appropriate University Research Offices, and collaborating institutions to ensure that all documentation is in order before submitting governance documents and agreements for final CALHN Executive authorisation and approvals.
  • Advise on the appropriate mechanism for financial management of the grant, and directing completed paperwork to relevant Finance delegates.
  • Liaise with the Researcher, Ethics Offices, CALHN Finance Office, Business Managers, Funding bodies, appropriate University Research Offices and collaborating institutions regarding the submission of progress and final reports, project variations and general queries in relation to the grant funds per the agreement
  • Provide an advisory service to the Researcher, CALHN Finance Office and Business Manager in regards to the legitimate expenditure of funds in accordance with the specific funding agreement.
  1. Role of the Researcher for all awarded grants

On award of the grant the Researcher must contact the CALHN – RGO.

The Researcher must provide to the CALHN Research Office:

  • Email with project title, reference to the Grant Agreement Number (MyIP#) and brief description of the project and a list of their attached documents (as below)
  • Copy of the final version of the grant proposal
  • Copy of the grant agreement
  • Copy of the current HREC application (specific to the project)
  • Copy of the protocol/project outline (specific to the project)
  • Copy of the current HREC approval letter (specific to the project)
  • If a full project, a signed Site Specific Assessment (SSA – Online Forms application) for final authorisation or,
  • If a Low Negligible Risk project, a signed Low Negligible Risk Ethics Governance Agreement (LNREGA) Form for final authorisation
  • Copy of Biosafety/chemical/Radiation Safety Approval letters (if applicable)
  • Copy of current Insurance/Indemnities (if non SA Health Employees)
  • Copy of current CV’s of all listed Researchers including HR clearances (e.g. police clearances etc.)
  • Approved Budget – with copy of quotes for consumables etc.
  • Signed Collaboration or Services Agreement for final authorisation (if applicable)
  1. CALHN Research Governance Office Authorisation

Once the Project has been authorised by CALHN Executive the CALHN RGO will contact the Researcher by email with a copy of the Governance approval letter and copy of the signed Governance form (SSA or LNREGA form) giving permission to commence their project.

  1. Opening a Cost Centre

The CALHN RGO will forward the following documents to CALHN RGO – Finance:

  • Copy of the authorised Governance form (SSA or LNREGA form) and approval letter
  • Copy of the Grant award letter
  • Copy of the signed Grant agreement
  • Copy of the signed Services or Collaboration agreement (if applicable)
  • Any other documents as required by Finance
  1. Progress and Final Reports
  • The Researcher must forward a progress report (as requested) and a final report to the CALHN RGO at the completion of their project.
  • The Researcher must forward all progress and final reports to the University as dictated by the funding agreement (if applicable).


Post Award Administration Procedure External Documents

UNISA establishing scholarship form

UoA scholarship establishment form

UoA tax questionnaire


The RAH Research Committee as an advisory body is responsible for developing recommendations for approval by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) regarding;

  • Current and potential sources of research grant funding
  • The expenditure of unallocated research grant funding
  • The distribution of RIBG Infrastructure funding
  • Policies and procedures relating to research funds
  • Ranking and prioritising internal grants for funding
  • Liaising with external bodies (including SA Pathology, SAHMRI, Universities, Government Departments, funding bodies, media and other external stakeholders).


The RAH Research Committee is also responsible for:

  • Reviewing research grants and projects to ensure that safety is considered in all activities
  • Providing oversight and advising the COO in regard to deciding how RAH Research Funds and Health Services Charitable Gifts Board (HSCGB) should be disbursed
  • Establishing and monitoring research sub-committees and working committees as required
  • Promoting quality research within the hospital and the Hanson Institute, and facilitating the training and mentoring of early career researchers
  • Acting as the legitimate advocate for RAH Researchers and research personnel.