About the program
A main problem for PHC throughout the world is that what is most common is least studied and researched. Biomedical research is by and large driven by the academic tertiary care and laboratory world. As a consequence, the process of implementing PHC policy and practice is hampered by patchy understanding of frequently encountered health problems and/or the effectiveness of their management.
Primary health care (PHC) is directed at all health problems in all patient groups in society. The quality, safety and effectiveness of PHC depend to a large extent on the knowledge of the nature of the health problems and their prevention and management. As a consequence the research needs of PHC are large, yet there are very few funding opportunities in PHC to develop and trial research that will enhance the body of knowledge and increase competitive funding applications.
The Australian Primary Health Care Research Institute’s (APHCRI) Foundation grants have been established to increase the potential for the Australian PHC research community to gain access to category one (e.g. NHMRC) grants and to secure a stronger PHC position in competitive research applications.
The APHCRI Foundation grants program allows PHC researchers with policy and practice relevant interventions to pilot test service related interventions and associated evaluation methods. The conditions of the grant are;
- Up to $50,000 in single grants for pilot primary health care clinical and health services research projects targeting demonstrated health issues.
- A collaborative approach with multi discipline involvement. Specifically this may include:
- Primary health care practitioners (including but not limited to; General Practitioners, Allied Health Professionals, Nurses, Midwives, Primary Health Care Administrators, Dental Service Providers) etc;
- Service Users/ Consumers, Community Members; and,
- Health Policy Makers.
- Pilot research projects with strong scientific methods with a focus on capacity building and with the aim of securing future category one and/ or two research funding.
- A collaboration of experienced and early career researchers.
- An ‘implementation-preparation’ strategy for future grant funding (including category one grants).
The RAB has determined to fund six (6) projects. Each of the APHCRI foundation grants recipient will be eligible to receive up to $50,000.
A single administering institution must be identified for each proposal. Institutions administering APHCRI research projects are either required to be NHMRC-registered institutions or, in the case of organisations not registered with the NHMRC, must self-assess according to the NHMRC criteria which can be found at the following linked site http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/_files_nhmrc/file/grants/policy/policy02.pdf and submit their assessment to the RAB for consideration.
Funds must be acquitted within twelve months of the project’s completion. At that time financial acquittal of all funds must be provided to APHCRI in Australian dollars.