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Applications now open for the 2016 SMHR Early Career Research Project Grants

Applications are now invited from early career mental health researchers across Australia for support via the SMHR Early Career Awards. 

The purpose of the Award is to facilitate mental health researchers, in the early stages of their research career, to gain competitive seed funding to carry out their cutting edge mental health research projects over the next 12 months.

The Society for Mental Health Research is very pleased to announce a formal partnership with AFFIRM, the Australian Foundation for Mental Health Research, to support early career mental health researchers in Australia.  The partnership will see project grant funding (of up to $20,000 each) awarded to 16 early career researchers in 2016 who are engaged in research either in Universities, Research Institutes, or in Clinical Services.  Twelve project grants will be awarded to early career researchers who are engaged in "research only" roles, and a further four grants will be made available to early career researchers who hold primarily clinical or teaching roles.

The objectives of the SMHR 2016 Early Career Researcher Award scheme are to:

  • Support developing mental health researchers of outstanding ability to further their career opportunities in Australia, by providing competitive seed funding for high quality research projects.
  • To provide experience in preparing grant applications for peer review.
  • Enhance competitiveness of early career researchers in bidding for external research funds.
  •  To encourage a broad range of mental health researchers (including those with clinical and teaching responsibilities) to integrate formal research projects into their roles, by supporting grants for researchers with significant clinical or teaching responsibilities.

 Eligible applicants are those who:

  • are an Australian and/or New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.
  • hold an appointment (salaried, contract, conjoint, honorary) at a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Administering Institution, through which the project grant can be administered.
  • have institutional support for the application as evidence by a letter from a Supervisor in the applicant’s current context.
  • are a current financial member of SMHR.

Application Key Dates:

Applications open:

29 August 2016

Applications close:

11:59 (AEDT), 30 September 2016

SMHR Grant Review Committee meeting:

October 2016

Successful Applicants advised of outcome:      

November 2016

Further information about the 2016 ECR Project Grant Awards can be found here

These guidelines must be read and adhered to in completing and submitting applications.

Application Forms can be accessed here.

Applications close at 11:59 (AEST) on 30 September 2016. 


Applications must be submitted by email to Frances Kay-Lambkin at [email protected]

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