The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Fellowship supports mid-career researchers to pursue ground-breaking advances in childhood health, welfare or education, and to build research capability in South Australia.

This new initiative by the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation (CRF) will invest close to $1M into the prevention and management of childhood disability and disease, in South Australia.

Designed for mid-career researchers, the program also addresses improving quality of life for young people and adults resulting from childhood disability and disease.

Fellowships have been awarded to Dr Zlatko Kopecki, Future Industries Institute Foundation Fellow (Senior Research Fellow) at University of South Australia, and Luke Grzeskowiak, Associate Professor (Practitioner Fellow) at Flinders University, which will commence in July 2021.

Dr Kopecki’s Fellowship in Childhood Wound Infections will aim to understand the bacterial composition of blister wounds in children with epidermolysis bullosa, which will inform the development of more targeted approaches to combat infection and guide clinical EB management and antibiotic stewardship.

Associate Professor Grzeskowiak’s goal with his Fellowship in Medicines Use and Safety is to establish a sophisticated and robust approach for routinely evaluating medication safety and effectiveness during pregnancy and lactation to optimise birth outcomes and future child health.

CRF Fellow in Childhood Wound Infections
Dr Zlatko Kopecki

CRF Fellow in Childhood Wound Infections

FELLOWSHIP GOAL : to understand the bacterial composition of blister wounds in EB children, which will inform the development of more targeted approaches to combat infection and guide clinical EB management and antibiotic stewardship.
CRF Fellow in Medicines Use and Safety
Associate Professor Luke Grzeskowiak

CRF Fellow in Medicines Use and Safety

FELLOWSHIP GOAL : to establish a sophisticated and robust approach for routinely evaluating medication safety and effectiveness during pregnancy and lactation to optimise birth outcomes and future child health.

Our CRF Fellowship Program

CRF Fellowships support mid-career researchers focusing on the Fellowship theme of Prevention and/or Management of Childhood Disability and Disease.
Scientists, clinicians, and allied health professionals are encouraged to secure a Fellowship opportunity to advance your career in research, and to help build a lasting legacy.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


  • A PhD and 5-12 years postdoctoral research experience (relative to opportunity) in an area related to the theme.
  • Commitment and eligibility to reside and work in South Australia.
  • High-level verbal and written communication skills with the ability to present information effectively and clearly to a wide audience and a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to attract additional national research funding and build research capability in South Australia.
  • Funding support from and hosting by a reputable research institution or research funding body with capacity to support the research proposal.
  • The type and extent of support proposed by a host organisation will be a consideration when selecting the candidates to receive a fellowship; however, there is no prescribed amount of additional funding support defined. An application that is underpinned by significant additional funding and in-kind support will be well received.