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.

Questions regarding the research grants may be directed to the Senior Advisor Evidence Based Practice and Research.

The Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant is a new grant established in 2019. It adds to the existing three grant categories: New Researcher Grant, Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant, and the Queensland Registration Board Legacy Research Grant. Applicants are entitled to apply only once in each of the categories and may hold a grant in one category only.

Applicants may hold only one Speech Pathology Australia research grant in any year.

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. In 2019 grants will be offered in three categories:

De-identified applications are reviewed by a minimum of two independent reviewers. View full details of the review process and the review template.

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Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant

One Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant, to a maximum value of $30,000, is available. 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.

Applications have CLOSED

New Researcher Grants

Two New Researcher Grants will be offered in 2019, 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.

Applications for the 2019 New Researcher Grant have CLOSED.

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 for the 2019 Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant have CLOSED.

Queensland Registration Board Legacy Research Grant

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 2019 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.

Applications for the 2019 Queensland Registration Board Legacy Research Grant scheme have CLOSED.