Research grants


Epworth Research Institute grants​


Each year the Epworth Research Institute (ERI) awards research funding to Epworth affiliated investigators to support the conduct of investigator initiated research across Epworth HealthCare.

The ERI grant applications are assessed, by the ERI Research Committee, on a number of criteria including but not limited to:

  • Researcher affiliation to Epworth HealthCare (only available to those that have a named Epworth Employee or VMO as a Co-investigator)
  • Alignment to the Epworth’s strategic research directions
  • Demonstration of strategic benefit and addressing an unmet clinical need
  • Capacity building for early and mid-career researchers
  • Budget suitability and project milestones
  • Scientific merit, project design and achievable outcomes
  • Quality of the application

Applications for the 2018 grant funding round open 05 February

The 2018 ERI grant round includes the following funding categories:

  • Three Translational research grants - up to $50,000
  • Eight Seeding research ​grants - up to $10,000
  • One Pancreatic cancer research grants - up to $18,000
  • Up to $80000 for gynaecological research 

To apply for a 2018 ERI grant, to log your interest and to receive an application form. Please contact:

They will establish your eligibility at this time.

Applications for the ERI grant funding round close 5 pm on Friday, 16 March

Complete applications must be received before 5 pm on Friday, 16 March 2018 to be considered. The successful applicants will be announced during Epworth Research Week.

For further information, please contact:
Gerlinda Amor
Research Development and Governance
Phone: +61 (03) 9936 8058

Annual reporting


A report on the progress of the ERI grant funded research project is required to be submitted by the grant recipient each year.

Annual/final reports should be submitted to no later than the 31 August each year using the ERI grant progress report template.

Recipients of ERI grants in 2017

Dr Murray Johns, Sleep Specialist feasibility grant

Rebecca Ewers - Clinical Nurse Specialist

Intensive Care Unit Epworth Richmond

A prospective, single centre, cohort study to determine the prevalence, treatment and outcome of delirium in Epworth Richmond Intensive Care Unit.

Mr Arthur Day AM, Gynaecologist feasibility grant

Dr Pamela Ross - Senior Occupational Therapist

Epworth Richmond                                                                           

An investigation into factors that contribute to successful return to work after traumatic brain injury.

Mr Kingsley Mills, Orthopaedic Surgeon feasibility grant

Dr Paul Smith - Lead Radiologist

Epworth Medical Imaging Geelong                                                                             

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Ligaments and Tendons Using Diffusion Tensor Imaging.

Professor Priscilla Kincaid-Smith, Nephrologist development grant

Steven McConchie - Group Manager

Clinical Institutes and Medical Audit​

Using Data Science to Facilitate the Delivery of Value-based Care.

A/Professor Jack Mackay, Colorectal Surgeon development grant
Dr Nicole Tan - VMO Anaesthetist

Epworth Richmond, Eastern and Hawthorn

Does stage of hormonal cycle affect postoperative quality of recovery in premenopausal women?

Mr Campbell Penfold, Colorectal Surgeon development grant

Mr James Lee - VMO General and Endocrine Surgeon, Epworth Richmond

Performance of Next Generation Sequencing Mutation Panels in Thyroid Nodule Fine Needle Aspiration Samples.

A/Professor Joe Tjandra, Colorectal Surgeon development grant

Annie Curtin - Critical Care Registered Nurse
Epworth Richmond

Improving clinical staff engagement in quality improvement activities.

Professor Jack Cade AM, Intensivist development grant

Bianca Fedele - Research Assistant
Epworth Monash Rehabilitation Medicine Unit, Epworth Richmond and Hawthorn           

Awakening the Silent Epidemic of Traumatic Brain Injury: Circadian Sleep-Wake Cycle Disturbance in the Acute Post-Traumatic Amnesic Phase.

Dr Graeme Sloman AM, Cardiologist strategic grant

Professor John Olver - Victor Smorgon Professor of Rehabilitation Medicine and Medical Director of Rehabilitation

Epworth Richmond and Hawthorn

Development of a Concussion Protocol, Symptom Checklist and Intervention Program for Directing Patients through a Continuum of Care.

Audrey Voss gynaecological cancer grant

Dr Sumitra Ananda - Medical Oncologist VMO

Epworth Freemasons and Richmond

Circulating Tumour DNA as a Marker of Residual Disease and Response to Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Stage I-III Optimally Debulked Epithelial Ovarian, Fallopian Tube and Primary Peritoneal Cancer.