The Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation has been supporting South Australia's world-class medical research and service organisations for over 45 years
Our grants support basic science research, clinical studies or community-based studies into any issues or conditions that may affect children’s health, education or welfare.
Explore The Research We Fund And The Outcomes Achieved
2022 Research Grants
Psychotropic medications in children and adolescents: investigating longitudinal trends and determinants of use, persistence, and outcomesChief Investigator: Associate Professor Luke Grzeskowiak Funding Amount: $99,983 Recipient: Flinders University Overview: Considerable debate surrounds the widespread prescribing of psychotropic medications in
Out-of-home care is not one thing: effects of complex care patterns on health, development and welfare outcomesChief Investigator: Dr Dandara Haag Funding Amount: $99,789 Recipient: The University of Adelaide Overview: Out-of-home care (OOHC) experiences have significant implications on life
Human umbilical cord-derived haemangioblasts: discovery of a robust stem cell population for skin wound healing in childrenChief Investigator: Dr Mohammadhossein Hassanshahi [Early Career Researcher] Funding Amount: $39,800 Recipient: The University of Adelaide Overview: Paediatric patients generally have much more
2021 Research Grants
Optimising the early detection of ear disease and hearing impairment among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children aged under 8-yearsChief Investigator: Dr Jacqueline Stephens Research Area: Understanding the social determinants of childhood health and development Community Based Study Funding
A randomised controlled trial of cognitive behavioural therapy for insomnia in children on the autism spectrumChief Investigator: DR Michelle Short Research Area: Improving children’s mental health and the impact of developmental disorders. Clinical Study Funding
Linking homeless children and their families to community health and wellbeing services: Using a Nurse Practitioner model of care to improve child health outcomesChief Investigator: Dr Yvonne Parry Research Area: Understanding the social determinants of childhood health and development. Community Based Study Funding
Does maternal obesity drive childhood obesity through interactions between the gut microbiome and gut endocrine cells?Chief Investigator: Professor Damien Keating Research Area: Reducing childhood obesity and its impacts. Basic Science. Funding Year: 2021 Funding Amount:
2020 Research Grants
Early in life outcomes of children of mothers with child protection system involvement. What factors are protective and what factors predict poorer infant outcomes?Chief Investigator: Professor Leonie Segal Research Area: Improving child protection and its effects. Community Based Study. Funding Amount: $99,997 Recipient:
Overcoming drug resistance in childhood seizure and psychiatric disorders caused by potassium channelsChief Investigator: Professor Leanne Dibbens Funding Amount: $100,000 Recipient: University of South Australia Overview: Children with a defective potassium channel
Maternal immunisation with a novel Zika vaccine to protect offspring from congenital Zika syndromeChief Investigator: Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk Research Area: Improving children’s mental health and the impact of developmental disorders. Basic Science Funding
Neighbourhood life and social determinants of health for children and young people from refugee backgroundsChief Investigator: Associate Professor Anna Ziersch Research Area: Understanding the social determinants of childhood health and development. Community Based Study
2019 Research Grants
How does boiled / roasted peanut oral immunotherapy protect children from allergic reactions?Chief Investigator: Dr Tim Chataway Research Area: Basic Science Funding Amount: $ 75,000 Recipient: Flinders University Overview: Peanut allergy affects
Can neonatal exposure improve the effectiveness of cystic fibrosis gene therapy re-dosing?Chief Investigator: Dr Nigel Farrow Funding Amount: $34,624 Recipient: University of Adelaide Overview: The lung grows and its cells turn
Mixed Reality and Holographic technologies (iHealth) to deliver cognitive and behavioural therapy for treatment of anxiety among teenagers with asthmaChief Investigator: Associate Professor Kristin Carson-Chahhoud Funding Amount: $75,000 Recipient: University of South Australia Overview: This study will establish the
Early life adversity: trajectories to mental health and drug useChief Investigator: Dr Femke Buisman-Pijlman Funding Amount: $ 60,000 Recipient: The University of Adelaide Overview: Early life adversity can leave
2018 Research Grants
Chimeric Antigen Receptor Tregulatory cells (CAR-Treg) as a treatment for Type 1 Diabetes (TID)Chief Investigator: Dr Timothy Sadlon Funding Amount: $74,915 Recipient: Women’s and Children’s Health Network Overview: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is
An investigation into eating and anxiety disorder risk factors and genetic architecture in adolescent twin girlsChief Investigator: Dr Kate Fairweather Funding Amount: $74,906 Recipient: Flinders University Overview: This project will provide crucial information of eating
Role of parental age on offspring health.Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Rebecca Robker Funding Amount: $75,000 Recipient: The University of Adelaide Overview: Evidence linking advanced age of
Characterization of beta cell-like cells converted from human urine stem cellsChief Investigator: Professor Xin-Fu Zhou Funding Amount: $75,000 Recipient: University of South Australia Overview: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a
2017 Research Grants
Parenting as an investment in child development: what matters and when?Chief Investigator: Dr Angela Gialamas Funding Amount: $69,574 Recipient: The University of Adelaide Overview: Parents “invest” in their children’s health
Complement Receptor Immunoglobulin and therapy for type 1 diabetesChief Investigator: Professor Antonio Ferrante Funding Amount: $74,833 Recipient: SA Pathology Overview: Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is a life-long disease
Identification and development of inhibitors of the Zika virus NS2B/3 protease.Chief Investigator: Dr Nicholas Eyre Funding Amount: $71,386 Recipient: The University of Adelaide Overview: The recent outbreak of Zika virus
Using in vivo modelling to investigate therapeutic approaches to reverse/prevent disease resistance in children with high-risk Ph-like B-ALL and T-ALL treated with targeted therapies.Chief Investigator: Dr Laura Eadie Funding Amount: $75,000 Recipient: SAHMRI Overview: Relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) is the leading cause
2016 Research Grants
A randomised controlled trial on the impact of the Paediatric WalkAide (a drop-foot stimulator) on advanced motor skills and physical activity participation in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy.Chief Investigator: Ms Kerry Evans Funding Amount: $74,920 Recipient: Novita Children’s Services Overview: Children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy (CP) often
PI16-CD26 interaction: A new mechanism for immune tolerance in humans?Chief Investigator: Dr Cheryl Brown Funding Amount: $68,000 Recipient: Women’s & Children’s Health Research Institute Overview: Specialised cells called regulatory
Genetic and early life determinants of childhood obesityChief Investigator: Dr Prabha Andraweera Funding Amount: $35,000 Recipient: The University of Adelaide Overview: 25% of South Australian 4 year
Reducing inflammation to improve burn injury repairChief Investigator: Professor Allison Cowin Funding Amount: $65,000 Recipient: University of South Australia Overview: Burns are one of the most
Supporting research into the prevention and management of childhood disability and disease
Our CRF Fellowship program is dedicated to the Prevention and/or Management of Childhood Disability and Disease.
Dr Zlatko Kopecki and Associate Professor Luke Grzeskowiak are the inaugural Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation Fellows, and will focus on Childhood Wound Infections and Medicines Use and Safety, respectively.
Our 2023 Research Grant Program
EOI submissions for the 2023 Grant Round OPENS on 21 February 2022.
Each year, our grant program provides funding to support research into all areas of children’s health, education and welfare, and with a particular focus on mental health, obesity, protection 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 up to a maximum of $40,000 per project, and may be completed over 1 year or 2 years.