Grant Entitlements

The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation awards approximately $1,350,000 in grants each year to universities, research institutes, health services and other organisations, for research into issues affecting the health, education and wellbeing of children, in any relevant field.

Research must be led from South Australia.

The Foundation aims to build capability in South Australia by attracting and retaining local research talent; specifically, by

  • fostering early career researchers
  • advancing ‘proof of concept’ research
  • supporting specific research programs and
  • providing seed funding for early stage research and researchers where other grant funding is unavailable.

Grants may be awarded up to a maximum of $75,000 per project, or Early Career Grants to a maximum of $35,000 per project.

Projects may be completed over 1 year or 2 years, with funding paid by quarterly instalments over the period of funding.

Key Dates

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the 2019 funding round have now closed.

  • 31 May – Announcement of Shortlisted Applicants
  • 1 June – 8 July – Grant Applications accepted from shortlisted applicants
  • late October – Notification of Outcome



  • Applications are sought in the fields of Allied Health, Dentistry, Education, Environment, Nursing and Midwifery, Medicine, Mental Health, Science and Social Sciences.
  • The Chief Investigator and Administering Institution MUST be located in South Australia.
  • Research must be led from South Australia, but
  • national and/or international collaboration may be allowed where special skills are not available in South Australia.
  • It is preferable that all members of the research team are located in South Australia.

Application Type

Applications for research grants can be made in one only of three categories:

  1. Basic Science: Research to acquire or confirm new knowledge by testing a hypothesis using scientific methodology in a primary laboratory environment.
  2. Clinical Studies: Research conducted with human subjects or human material in which the investigator interacts directly with human subjects. Such research may include the mechanism of human disease, clinical trials, therapeutic intervention, the development of new technology and epidemiology.
  3. Community Based Studies: Research based in a community setting with the objective of providing the community with the tools and information necessary to enact change.

Reviews of patient care or studies in the nature of peer review, WILL NOT be supported. Minor modifications of previous studies or replications in Australia of studies completed overseas receive very low priority for support.

Early Career Grants

An optional alternative category is available for early career researchers (ECR):

  • medical applicants who are undertaking a PhD or MD
  • non-medical applicants who have Honours, Masters or are undertaking a PhD
  • applicants who have held their PhD for no more than five years (may be employed as a NHMRC post-doctoral fellow)
  • applicants who have not previously been Chief Investigator of a significant peer-reviewed grant for organisations such as NHMRC, ARC, CRF, Cancer Council etc.

Maximum funding for ECR projects is $35,000


The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation competitive grants application program consists of two stages:

  1. Expression of Interest (EOI)
  2. Second round – full grant applications arising from short-listed expressions of interest only.

Applicants are requested to forward an EOI using the new online application program.


The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Grants are awarded following an application, evaluation and review process.

Each application is reviewed by the Research Committee, with additional input from independent referees, and assessed on scientific merit and relevance to the health, education or welfare of children.   



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