Grants worth $250,000 open for GP-led research

Jolyon Attwooll

8/03/2023 4:36:34 PM

The funding is open for GPs with research experience overseeing projects looking into digital health in primary care.

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Expressions of interest for the research grants close on 3 April.

The RACGP and Medibank have joined together to launch a $250,000 grant to fund research into digital health in primary care.
The principal investigator for the research must be a GP, who is required to play ‘an active leadership role’, as well as have enough research experience to ensure the grant is completed. 
Expressions of interest are now open, with organisers looking for potential research projects ‘that are impactful for GPs and for the delivery of primary healthcare for Australians’.
‘We have a focus on supporting research that is translational and can be implemented to drive real outcomes,’ the announcement states.
The GP-led project needs to be focused on one of the following themes:

  • Patients’ experience with digital health in general practice
  • Digital health integration in Australia
  • High-quality digital support tools for clinical decision-making
RACGP President Dr Nicole Higgins said the RACGP Foundation Grants and Awards program is essential to improve primary care and allow everyone to receive high-quality care.
‘Our grants program has been running for over 60 years and has a high success rate for recipients receiving further funding to take their ideas and solutions forward,’ Dr Higgins said.  
‘I encourage my fellow GPs to consider applying for a grant.
‘Research by GPs is essential to progress and improve general practice for the benefit of patients across Australia, and around the world.’
Medibank Medical Director, Research, Policy and Innovation Dr Jessica Choong also welcomed the launch of the grant.
‘GPs are at the frontline of health in their community, and we’re pleased to continue working alongside the RACGP to support the incredible work they do,’ she said.
‘Technology is bringing about huge changes to health and the health landscape in Australia.
‘The more we can all understand the potential opportunities and barriers, the better the experience will be for patients and those who care for them.’
Only direct research costs will be covered by the grant, including project-related salaries. 
According to the guidelines, the research needs to be ‘directly relevant to general practice and have the potential to be translated into general practice, resulting in health benefits for Australians’.
The grants comprise a combined total of $250,000 and will last from 12 to 24 months.
Expressions of interest close on 3 April 2023. More information is available on the RACGP Foundation website.
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A.Prof Christopher David Hogan   9/03/2023 11:31:13 AM

What an excellent idea.
I am too close to retirement to be actively involved but I spent a long time in academia & in Divisions of General Practice preparing a research framework for community based computer assisted research as have many others
As Curator of the RACGP historical collections I am happy to share this information