The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation awards $1,500,000 in grants each year to universities, research institutes, health services and other organisations in South Australia, for research to advance the health, education and welfare of children.

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
  • providing seed funding for early stage research and researchers where other grant funding is unavailable, and
  • supporting specific research programs.

In addition, the following research priority areas have been determined to deepen the impact of its grant funding in:

  • improving child protection
  • improving children’s mental health
  • reducing childhood obesity, and
  • understanding the social determinants of childhood health and development.

Grants may now be awarded up to a maximum of $100,000 per project, or Early Career Grants to a maximum of $40,000 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

Applications for 2021 Grant Funding

  • February 22, 2020: Advertising for Opening of Expressions of Interest (EOI)
  • February 26 – March 25, 2020: Submissions for EOI accepted
  • March 1, 2020: Acquittal Reports for previous funding period now due (within 60 days of the completion of the project). (Download the Grant Acquittal Form)
  • May 2020: Shortlisted EOI Applicants notified
  • May 20 – July 2, 2020: Grant Applications accepted
  • Late October, 2020: Announcement of successful Research Project Grants for 2021



  • Community-based studies, clinical studies, or basic science projects focused on children’s health, education and welfare are invited.
  • The Chief Investigator and Administering Institution MUST be located in South Australia.
  • Research must be led from South Australia and national collaboration is encouraged.
  • It is preferable that all members of the research team are located in South Australia.
  • International collaboration may be allowed where special skills are not available in South Australia.

Research Priorities

The CRF has announced the following research priority areas:

  • improving child protection and its effects
  • improving children’s mental health and the impact of developmental disorders
  • reducing childhood obesity and its impact
  • understanding the social determinants of childhood health and development

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

Early Career Researchers (ECR) may elect to apply for an ECR grant which is available for:

  • 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.

Early Career researchers are not excluded from applying for a full grant.


The Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation uses an online application program for the 2-step grant application process.

  1. Applicants submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) via Submittable.
  2. Short-listed applicants will be invited to submit a full grant application via Submittable.


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.   

Extra weighting in the grant assessment process will be given to applications with a particular emphasis on the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation priorities.


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