Medical Research Grants

The Foundation is pleased to announced its inaugural Project Grant scheme. The scheme has been designed to encourage early-career researchers conducting high quality research, to take ownership of a discreet research project. The intention behind this is to provide a stepping stone for up and coming researchers, that may be leveraged to build a career as an independent researcher. 

Funding - The award will provide $50,000 per year (ex GST) for two years, for project costs. Funding cannot be used to fund salary gaps, on-costs or Institutional infrastructure.

Application Dates - Applications open 1 August 2017 and close at 5pm AEST, 1 September 2017.

Project Eligibility - Proposals must be for a stand-alone project that can be entirely funded by the award. Projects within in the areas of basic science, applied research and translational research will be considered equally. Projects must aim to improve our understanding of a disease/condition in the following areas of medical research:

  1. Brain Sciences: Psychiatry or Neurology (excluding Dementias)
  2. Endocrinology (excluding Diabetes)
  3. Geriatrics (excluding Dementias)
  4. Lung Disease (other than Cancer)
  5. Rheumatology
  6. Vision Sciences
  7. Dermatology with emphasis on Psoriasis

Please note that research on public health matters are not eligible for funding.

Applicant Eligibility - To apply for this award, you must:

- be a qualified MD or have a PhD in medicine related field of science (MBBS or Masters degrees alone will not be recognised);
- have a "seniority" of no less than five years and no more than ten years. "Seniority" is calculated as time from formal notification of being awarded a PhD/MD, to the 1 January of the application year, minus approved career disruptions;
- be located in Australia and, during the period of the grant, be employed by a credentialed Australian Research Institution;
- carry out the research outlined in the application in Australia;
- work within one of the six nominated areas of medical research supported by the Foundation;
- not have attained the title of Associate Professor or higher;
- not be the CIA on a NHMRC or ARC grant; or a PI on any overseas Federally funded application;
- not have received a Project Grant under the current scheme ($50,000p.a. for a two-year period); and
- not have received the Al & Val Rosenstrauss Fellowship from the Foundation.

Application Guidelines - Application Guidelines will be released in July 2017. Please refer back to the website for details.

The Al and Val Rosenstrauss Research Fellowship

The Al and Val Rosenstrauss Research Fellowships are named in honour of the late Al Rosenstrauss OAM and his wife, Val, for their contribution to the work of the Foundation over a period of more than 28 years. The Al & Val Rosenstrauss Fellowship is targeted at earlier career researchers, who show potential to be stars of the future and who are building credentials for a long career in research.

Valued at a total of $100,000 per year, for four years, fellows receive funding of $80,000 per year (ex GST) from The Rebecca L. Cooper Medical Research Foundation with a commitment by the host institution to provide an additional $20,000 per year.

Fellowship applications will open on 3 April 2017 and close at 5pm AEST on 28 April 2017.

2018 Fellowship Application Guidelines

2018 Fellowship Proposal Template

2018 Online Fellowship Application Form

Click here to find out more about our current and past Al & Val Rosenstrauss Fellowship recipients 

PhD Scholarships

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The Foundation does not currently accept applications form PhD scholarships.

Research Supported

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