Research Grants

Speech Pathology Australia (the Association), the national peak body for speech pathologists working in Australia, is committed to promoting and funding high quality research into all aspects of speech pathology practice.

The Research Grant Program is conducted annually. Applicants may hold only one Speech Pathology Australia research grant in any year but may apply for a grant in more than one category.

In 2020 submission of research grant applications will be managed by an online process. Identifying information will be entered online, and details of the research project (the Research Plan) will be attached as a Word document.

Each year the Association offers research grants in a number of categories. In 2020 grants will be offered in five categories. A new grant, Building the Evidence Base: Equitable Outcomes in Communication and Swallowing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples will be offered for the first time. Details of all research grants are provided below.

New Researcher Grants

Applications close 15 April 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

Two New Researcher Grants will be offered in 2020, each with a value of $15,000. Eligible applicants are clinicians, postgraduate research students and those who have completed a postgraduate research degree no more than two years prior to applying.

The grants are provided to support the growth of research within the speech pathology profession. The research is expected to add to the pool of evidence based data relevant to communication and swallowing disorders. Priority will be given to research applications that align with the Speech Pathology Australia 2017-2019 Strategic Plan.

New Researcher Grant Selection Criteria 2020 This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

New Researcher Grant Research Plan This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL (NB. make one submission per online session)

Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant

Applications close 15 April 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

The Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant is coordinated by Speech Pathology Australia in 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.

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Nadia Verrall Grant Research Plan 2020 This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL (NB. make one submission per online session)

Queensland Registration Board Legacy Research Grant

Applications close 15 April 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

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, clinician or academic, residing and/or practising in Queensland. Applicants must be eligible for membership of Speech Pathology Australia.

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 2020 funds are available to support two research grants of up to $10,000 within the Queensland Registration Board Legacy Fund.

Queensland Registration Board Legacy Grant Selection Criteria 2020 This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Queensland Registration Board Legacy Grant Research Plan 2020 This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL (NB. make one submission per online session)

Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant

Applications close 30 September 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

One Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant, to a maximum value of $30,000, is available in 2020. The grant must fund a project that involves a team consisting of clinician(s) and researcher(s) working in partnership to address an area that will add to the evidence base for communication and swallowing disorders and is embedded in the clinical context.

The question(s) addressed may arise from clinical practice or may extend a research study to a clinical context to provide external validity. The project must be completed within a two-year time frame. Priority will be given to research applications that align with the Association’s Strategic Plan.

The research team should involve, at minimum, one clinician and one experienced researcher.

The clinician(s) may be employed in public or private practice, hold no higher degree qualifications and may not be enrolled in a higher degree (MPhil or PhD) for the duration of the project.

The researcher(s) must hold a PhD, awarded a minimum of four years prior to the date of application, and must have demonstrated expertise in the area of research addressed in the application. Researcher(s) may be employed in an academic position, or within public or private practice.

Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant Selection Criteria 2020 This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant Research Plan 2020 This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format.

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Building the Evidence Base: Supporting Equitable Outcomes in Communication and Swallowing for Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Applications close 30 September 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

The research grant Building the Evidence Base: Supporting Equitable Outcomes in Communication and Swallowing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples is offered for the first time in 2020. The grant will be awarded only to an application which demonstrates principles of culturally responsive research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This new Research Grant Category aligns with the Strategic Plan which calls for a focus on the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It specifically targets research which addresses the communication and swallowing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The grant supports Speech Pathology Australia commitment to Reconciliation and is designed to provide evidence to support members in designing evidence based, culturally responsive services for this population. It will also provide an opportunity for action to support and promote research that works in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities from research design to dissemination of research outcomes.

One research grant with a maximum value of $15,000 is available. The grant is available for researchers undertaking research to address communication and swallowing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The proposed project must align with the NHMRC guidelines: Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities: Guidelines for researchers and stakeholders 2018.

It is required that at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researcher will undertake a lead research role. One member of the research team must be a member of Speech Pathology Australia. The Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander lead researcher need not be a member of the Association. Applicants must demonstrate strong involvement of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in the design and implementation of the research project. SPA members of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background are strongly encouraged to apply.

Building the Evidence Base: Supporting Equitable Outcomes in Communication and Swallowing for Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Peoples Grant Selection Criteria 2020 This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format.

Building the Evidence Base: Supporting Equitable Outcomes in Communication and Swallowing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Research Grant 2020 Research Plan This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format.

Online application portal coming soon This graphic has the words coming soon in purple on a white background. The words have been rotated so they slope upwards to the right.

Tips for completing your application

Your application is important. A well written application which meets all requirements will maximise your chance of obtaining funding. Read our tips for completing your application here:

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The Review Process

All applications are reviewed and rated by two reviewers using a weighted review format. This results in a numerical score from each reviewer, and a final score which is the average of the ratings from the two reviewers. In cases where scores are close or markedly different, a further review is sought and the average of the three ratings calculated. Reviewers also provide comments on the application. The decision regarding award of grants is made on basis of the score, taking into account also the comments made by reviewers. You can see the review template used for the different categories using the links below.

Review template for: Nadia Verrall Memorial Grant, New Researcher Grant, Queensland Registration Board Legacy Grant This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Excel Format.

Review template for Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Excel Format.

Review template for Building the Evidence Base: Supporting Equitable Outcomes for Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Coming soon. This graphic has the words coming soon in purple on a white background. The words have been rotated so they slope upwards to the right.