Grants for Research Projects Commencing from 1st July 2018
Guidelines for Applicants
The Neurotrauma Research Program (NRP) supports scientific research projects aimed at helping avoid trauma to the nervous system, as well as exploring mechanisms of neural damage, and developing treatments for recovery from catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain and spinal cord injury. Neurotrauma places an enormous social and economic burden on the community, which continues to grow as more people live with neurotrauma due to improvements in standards of emergency and medical care.
Since 1998, the NRP has secured funding, largely from the Western Australian Government through the Department of Health, as well as smaller donations from private sponsors. With this funding, the NRP awards competitive grants to researchers based in WA, whose applications are subject to external independent review. The NRP has also benefited from contributions of infrastructure from several WA universities and medical research institutes. The funding and support provided by the NRP has played an important role in WA becoming a significant contributor to global neurotrauma research.
In 2017 the Insurance Commission of Western Australia committed funding to the NRP of $200,000 per year for three years for innovative, patient-focussed research projects aimed at improving the recovery and rehabilitation of people with catastrophic injuries to the central nervous system.
Applications are now invited for the second round of research grants directed towards:
Increasing the independence of individuals with acquired brain or spinal cord injuries;
Improving functional recovery through rehabilitation;
Utilising research discoveries to develop therapeutic interventions;
Reducing the physical and psychosocial burden on caregivers and families; and
Lowering costs for insurers.
Research must be carried out in WA or involve significant collaboration with WA neuroscientists, scientists and/or clinicians.
Each grant budget must not exceed $100,000.
Grants are for one year duration only (1st July 2018 to 30th June 2019).
All grant funds must go to research, none toward institutional infrastructure.
Application forms can be found at
Completed application forms and supporting documents must be submitted to the NRP Executive Officer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 19th March 2018, 5.00pm (AWST). One printed copy of the application should also be submitted to:
Applications will be assessed by independent expert reviewers. The NRP Executive Committee and the Insurance Commission of Western Australia will allocate grants according to the reviewers’ recommendations, and within the limitations of the allocated budget. The outcome of grant applications will be communicated in writing to applicants in May/June 2018. Please be advised that decisions are final and there is no mechanism for appeal.
Applications will be evaluated using the following assessment criteria: