HCF Research Foundation calls for expressions of interest from health services researchers

Sydney, 16 May 2018 - Australia’s leading non-government funder of health services research, the HCF Research Foundation, is seeking Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from Australian researchers focusing on improved ways to provide high quality care to better patient outcomes. 

The HCF Research Foundation will be awarding $1 million in funding to the research community, which will be divided into a number of research grants for distribution in early 2019. 

The HCF Research Foundation is specifically seeking EOIs from research projects that address the following topics: 

HCF Research Foundation Chair, Lisa McIntyre, said “The mission of the HCF Research Foundation is to support researchers in finding strategies to improve ways of working in the health care system as a whole, to drive better health outcomes for all Australians.

“We know that the health care system needs to evolve in order to ensure the best outcomes for patients. With this year’s funding we are specifically looking for researchers who are actively improving the quality of medical care, minimising complications and ensuring that patients receive the most appropriate care for their needs.

“We’re proud to be the only research foundation that commits 100 per cent of its funding to health services research undertaken by Australian researchers.”

Research grants awarded by the HCF Research Foundation for 2018 ranged in value from $80,000 to $240,000. Applications involving collaborations between investigators from a range of backgrounds, including career researchers, practicing clinicians, policy makers, and the private sector, will be given priority.

Expressions of interest close at 5:00pm AEST on Thursday, 14 June 2018.

For more information on the application process and the HCF Research Foundation, visit hcf.com.au/foundation


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