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. Applicants may hold only one Speech Pathology Australia research grant in any year but may apply for a grant in more than one category.

In 2022 submission of research grant applications will be managed by an online process. Identifying information will be entered online, and details of the research project (the Research Plan) will be attached as a Word document.

Each year the Association offers research grants in a number of categories. In 2022 grants will be offered in four categories. Details of all research grants are provided below.

New Researcher Grants

CLOSED. Applications will reopen in 2023.

Two New Researcher Grants will be offered in 2022, each with a value of $18,000. 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 2020-2022 Strategic Plan.

New Researcher Grant Selection Criteria 2022 This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format.

New Researcher Grant Research Plan 2022 This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format.

ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL (NB. make one submission per online session)

Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant

Not offered in 2022. Applications open in 2023.

The Nadia Verrall Memorial Research Grant is coordinated by Speech Pathology Australia in 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 biennial research grant awards a maximum of $10,000.

ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL (NB. make one submission per online session)

Queensland Registration Board Legacy Research Grant

CLOSED. Applications will reopen 2023.

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 2022 funds are available to support two research grants of up to $10,000 within the Queensland Registration Board Legacy Fund category.

Queensland Registration Board Legacy Grant Selection Criteria 2022 This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format.

Queensland Registration Board Legacy Grant Research Plan 2022 This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format.

ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL (NB. make one submission per online session)

Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant

Applications close 28 October 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

One Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant, to a maximum value of $36,000, is available in 2022. 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.

Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant 2022 Guidelines  This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant 2022: Research Plan  This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format.

Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant Tips for completion of research plan  This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL (NB. make one submission per online session)

Building the Evidence Base: Supporting Equitable Outcomes in Communication and Swallowing for Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Peoples

Applications close 28 October 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

The research grant Building the Evidence Base: Supporting Equitable Outcomes in Communication and Swallowing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples will be awarded to an application which demonstrates principles of culturally responsive research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

This Research Grant Category aligns with the Strategic Plan which calls for a focus on the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. It specifically targets projects which address the communication and swallowing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The grant supports Speech Pathology Australia’s commitment to Reconciliation and is designed to provide evidence to support members in designing evidence based, culturally responsive services for First Nations peoples. It will also provide an opportunity for action to support and promote research that works in collaboration with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities from research design to dissemination of research outcomes.

One research grant with a maximum value of $18,000 is available. The grant is available for researchers undertaking research to address communication and swallowing needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. The proposed project must align with the NHMRC guidelines: Ethical conduct in research with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and communities: Guidelines for Researchers and Stakeholders 2018.

It is required that at least one Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander researcher will undertake a lead research role. This researcher need not be a member of Speech Pathology Australia. One member of the research team must be a member of Speech Pathology Australia. Applicants must demonstrate strong involvement of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander peoples in the design and implementation of the research project. Speech Pathology Australia members of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander background are strongly encouraged to apply.

Building the Evidence Base: Supporting Equitable Outcomes in Communication and Swallowing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples 2022 Guidelines This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

Building the Evidence Base: Supporting Equitable Outcomes in Communication and Swallowing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Research Grant 2022 Research Plan This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Word Format.

Building the Evidence Base: Supporting Equitable Outcomes in Communication and Swallowing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples Research Grant Tips for completion of research plan This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in PDF.

ONLINE SUBMISSION PORTAL (NB. make one submission per online session)

The Review Process

All applications are reviewed and rated using a weighted review format. This results in a numerical score from each reviewer, and a final score which is the average of the ratings from the reviewers. In cases where scores are close or markedly different, additional reviews may be sought. Reviewers also provide comments on the application. The decision regarding award of grants involves consideration of scores and reviewer comments. The review templates used for the different categories can be accessed via the following links.

Review template for: Nadia Verrall Memorial Grant, New Researcher Grant, Queensland Registration Board Legacy Grant This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Excel Format.

Review template for Clinician-Researcher Partnership Grant This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Excel Format.

Review template for Building the Evidence Base: Supporting Equitable Outcomes for Aboriginal and / or Torres Strait Islander Peoples This graphic is associated with the hyperlink that precedes it and indicates the document is in Microsoft Excel Format.