Speech Pathology Australia (the Association) is committed to promoting and funding high quality research into all aspects of speech pathology practice.
Each year the Association offers research grants in a number of categories.
Clinical Research Grants
Clinician Research Grants of up to $5,000 and $10,000 are available for clinically based research. The grants are not available to those enrolled in postgraduate studies or for research undertaken by an academic. The grants are provided to support the growth of clinically based research within the speech pathology profession.
Applications are now closed for the 2016 Clinician Research Grants. For further information or to apply for a grant download the Clinician Research Grants Application Form .
Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant
The Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant is coordinated by the Australia in the memory of Nadia Verrall who practised in paediatric speech pathology in Western Australia and New South Wales. The outcomes of the research must enhance the clinical practice of speech pathologists working with children with communication disorders and their families. The annual research grant is to a maximum of $5,000 each year.
Applications are now closed for the 2016 Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant . For further information or to apply for a grant download the Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant Application Form .
Research/Higher Degree Student Research Grant
Post Graduate Student Research Grants of up to $5,000 and $10,000 are available for speech pathologists enrolled in post graduate studies. This research must add to the pool of evidence based data relevant to communication and swallowing disorders.
Applications are now closed for the 2016 Research/Higher Degree Student Research Grants. For further information or to apply for a grant download the Research/Higher Degree Student Research Grant Application Form .
Entry Level Student Research Grant
Entry Level Student Research Grants of up to $600 are available for entry level students undertaking research. The grant is provided to support the growth of research within the speech pathology profession.
Applications are now open for the first round of the 2017 Entry Level Student Research Grants. Applications close on 1 May 2017. A second round of applications will be sought in September. For further information or to apply for a grant download the Entry Level Student Research Grant Application Form .
Queensland Registration Board Legacy Research Grant scheme
The Queensland Registration Board Legacy Research Grant scheme is one of four schemes, financed from the legacy funds remaining at the closure in 2013 of The Registration Board of Queensland.
This scheme is open to all speech pathologists residing and/or practising in Queensland.
The purpose of the Queensland Registration Board Legacy Research Grant is to support research into communication and swallowing disorders across the life span.
Research may focus on aspects of assessment, intervention or broader issues concerned with clinical practice as a speech pathologist. The outcomes of the research must enhance the clinical practice of speech pathologists working in Queensland.
In 2016/17 funds are available to support two research grants within the Queensland Registration Board Legacy Fund, with each grant up to a maximum of $10,000.
Criteria for Selection
The applicant must be a speech pathologist currently residing and working (clinical or academic) in Queensland and be eligible for practising membership of Speech Pathology Australia. (Membership is not a requirement for this research grant).
The research project must be in an area of speech pathology practice and have direct application to clinical practice in Queensland.
The applicant must demonstrate how they will obtain the research support and expertise necessary to conduct and complete the project.
Funds will not be released until an Ethics Clearance from the organisation hosting the research is obtained. A copy of the ethics application and clearance must be lodged with Speech Pathology Australia.
An interim report will be required within 12 months of grant approval, together with a statement of funds expenditure.
A final report detailing the outcomes of the project must be submitted to the Association and the Chair, Queensland Registration Board Legacy Advisory Committee on completion of the project.
A final statement showing disbursement of funds provided by the Association must be submitted to the Association’s Chief Executive Officer on completion of the project.
Copies of any presentation or papers arising from the project must be lodged with the Association’s National Office and the Queensland Registration Board Legacy Advisory Committee.
Agreement in relation to intellectual property rights and copyright is a requirement.
The research grants are not intended to support higher degree enrolment fees, conference registration, travel, or accommodation.
The Queensland Department of Health and the Association requires that successful applicants acknowledge their contributions in all publications, presentations, and media releases relating to the research.
If required, successful applicants should be prepared to assist the Association by presenting at its National Conference, contributing to the Association’s Continuing Professional Development program, or documenting the results of the research in one of the Association’s publications. Successful applicants may also be featured in articles, media releases, or research profiles to promote the research grant program and raise the profile of clinical speech pathology research in Australia.
Please note that the research project must be completed within two years of the date of grant confirmation. If the recipient of a research grant is unable to complete their research project, all grant funds received must be returned to the Association.
Download the Queensland Registration Board Legacy Research Grant Application Form to obtain further information or to apply for the relevant grant.
Applications have now closed. Late applications will not be accepted.