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Grants and funding

This page contains a number of links to external websites for funding research opportunities. In addition, we are notified of funding through various channels and distribute these to staff accordingly. If you have a project idea that requires funding, register with us so that we may alert you of any opportunities by completing and returning this form.

MNCResearch has a 3.5 hour grant writing workshop available to MNCLHD employees. If you would like to book a workshop for your unit, contact the Research Unit (minimum number of participants is three).

Research Support Grant Program (RSGP)

The goals of the Research Support Grant Program are to:

  • build a culture of research within the MNLCHD
  • increase research capacity and capability within the Mid North Coast
  • develop and conduct locally relevant research projects to improve patient outcomes and health service delivery models
  • gain first-hand experience of the grant writing process.


Refer to the application guidelines for the full details of the eligibility criteria.

Guidelines and Application Form


Any questions please email MNC Research Office or phone 02 5524 2490.

Evidence In Practice (EVIP) Grant Program

Applications for the EVIP are currently closed. Staff will be advised when the next round of funding is released.

The EvIP Grant Program is available to all employees within MNCLHD including but not limited to medical staff, nursing staff, allied health professionals and population health practitioners. This Program is designed to implement research findings where a strong evidence base already exists – Level I or II evidence.

Between $5,000 and $50,000 will be available for projects up to 15 months in duration.

Eligibility Criteria

  • An employee of the MNCLHD must be the Chief Investigator; however the Project Team is encouraged to involve individuals from external organisations.
  • The project is based on published high quality evidence (Level 1 or 2 NHMRC Evidence) and the references are attached.
  • The project involves at least one of the local MNCLHD university partners (i.e. CSU, SCU, UNSW or UoN) but can also include other universities.
  • The project involves at least one of the NSW Health Pillars (ACI, BHI, NSWCI, CEC, HETI), as an active partner.
  • A pre-mortem with relevant stakeholders has been undertaken and documented prior to submission of this application. This has been used to identify and address potential weaknesses in the methodology.
  • The project includes contingency for the conduct of a health economics assessment, plus projections for subsequent uptake across the MNCLHD if the intervention is demonstrated to be effective.
  • The project includes assessment of the readiness to adopt recommended changes within the MNCLHD (acceptability, adoption, feasibility, fidelity, penetration). This includes the identification of strategies to address barriers where they exist.
  • The project has the potential to impact policy and/or practice and for results to be scaled across settings, for example in other organisations or state-wide.
  • Demonstrated consultation and input from local Aboriginal communities if the project(s) has/have an Aboriginal health focus.
  • Relevant stakeholders have been engaged in the development of the proposal (e.g. clinicians, consumers, health service management, researchers, patient groups, policy makers).


Higher Degree by Research Support Program

Applications for the HDRSP are currently closed. Staff will be advised when the next round of funding is released.

The goals of the Higher Degree by Research Support Program are to:

  • provide employees of the MNCLHD who are undertaking High Research Degrees with the means to enhance their research experience
  • gain first-hand experience of the grant writing process.


Refer to the application guidelines for the full details of the eligibility criteria.

In summary:

  • current MNCLHD employee
  • currently enrolled in a Research Higher Degree by Research at an Australian University.

Application form may be found here.

Further Information for MNCLHD Funding Opportunities:

MNC Research Office or 02 5524 2490

Translational Research Grant Scheme (TRGS)

  1. Alcohol and other drugs.
  2. Integrated care.
  3. Potentially preventable hospitalisations.
  4. Pregnancy and the first 2000 days.
  5. Value based health care.
  6. Aboriginal health.
  7. Locally identified priorities.

NOTE: In preparation of future releases of the NSW Ministry of Health Translational Research Grant Scheme announcement, the MNCLHD will be employing a screening questionnaire for potential applicants prior to completing the TRGS EOI form. This form will be used to assess TRGS eligibility and project maturity/relevance/rigour/feasibility. The answers to these questions will be used to provide feedback and facilitate the development of relevant and high quality EOIs. This process is based on feedback suggesting that mechanisms be implemented to make the EOI development process more efficient and reduce ineffective use of applicant teams’ time and resources.

MNCLHD TRGS EOI Screening form.

Health Education and Training Institute (HETI)

HETI Rural Research Building Capacity Program (RRCBP) – offers training, mentoring and backfill. Applications for the RRCBP are currently closed.

HETI Quickstream Evaluation: Systematic Reviews – a short (12 week) program to build research skills and experience. Contact David Schmidt or Kerith Duncanson for further details and course dates.

HETI Rural Allied Health Postgraduate Scholarships – funding available from single subjects up to PhD

Agency for Clinical Innovation.

Project Lead

Grant Amount

Research Project

Joanne Woodlands


Investigating health literacy of Stage 4 breast cancer women in rural NSW: approaches to self-empowerment.

Project Lead

Grant Amount

Research Project

Alison King


A brief stretching intervention for the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders in the perioperative environment: A mixed methods feasibility study.

Nicola Kerr


Childhood obesity training and education for medical students

Tara Flemington


Reducing non-essential tests and interventions in bronchiolitis

Scott Handsaker


To measure patient outcomes and the acceptability, and effectiveness of telehealth for palliative care patients whilst at home.

Vincent Carroll


Exploring the economic benefit of the Parkinson’s nurse specialist position in the Mid North Coast Local Health District of NSW: A pilot retrospective analysis.

Project Lead

Grant Amount

Research Project

Pamela Johnson


IMHpact MNC – Evaluating the benefits of a Regional Mental Health Services Collaborative Structure; collecting data for the second year of the evaluation.

Richard Ball


PeerENT – Perceptions of parents whose infant feeding is supported by Peer Nutrition Education.

Brandi Welsh Cheryl Richardson


Introducing Routine Cognitive Screening of Older Patients in the Emergency Department (ED).

Dr Jenny Jin


Can An Avatar led, digital-coaching program help improve outcomes for patients with persistent lower back and leg pain? A pilot study.

Dr Paul Spillane


Tracking MyHR data in the Emergency Department: effects of enhancing uptake in a high-risk Aboriginal patient group.

Dr Joanne Rowley


Head and neck cancer: a psychosocial impact study.

Vicki Solomon


Investigating avenues to improve the access and engagement of Mid North Coast Brian Injury Rehabilitation Service with the local Aboriginal people.

Dr Theresa Beswick Tracey Moore


Deepening our understanding of the influencing factors for why Aboriginal people leave hospital without completing treatment.

Raelene Kenny


Weight Management for people living with chronic illness: an RCT of a new mobile application.

Helene Jones


Exploring the Relationship Between Aboriginal Workforce Development and Aboriginal Health Outcomes: Individual, family and community perceptions.**

Dr Gillian Gould


MAMAS (Mothers, Aunties, Maternal Aboriginal Smokers) Study.**

Project Lead Grant Amount Research Project
Dr Joanne Rowley $18,692 Glycaemic control to treat foot ulcers: Pilot Study
Frances Guy $16,448 Improving Midwifery Clinical Decision-Making in Perineal Management
Dr Natalie Edmiston $20,000 Cohort study of multimorbidity among people with HIV in regional NSW from 2016
Dr Jane Jelfs $18,000 Translating Q Fever prevention strategies into practice in partnership with general and hospital practitioners
Shanna Fealy $17,697 An app-based postnatal psychoeducational program for first-time mothers – A randomised controlled trials
Dr Joanne Rowley $17,697 Targeting mental healthcare services to meet the needs of suicidal young men
Pamela Johnson $18,700 IMHPact MNC – Evaluating the benefits of a regional mental health services collaborative structure; collecting the baseline data
Catherine Foley / Natalie Wilson $20,000 Developing collaborative partnerships to improve the uptake of evidence-based integrated care across separate mental health and drug and alcohol services. Pilot of Phase 1: Developing motivation for change
Project Lead Grant Amount Research Project
Dr Karen Chia $15,000 The effect of a Mid North Coast outpatient exercise training program on haemodynamics and cardiac magnetic resonance parameters in patients with Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)
Olivia Tierney $15,000 Does having access to a postnatal maternity outpatient clinic after discharge from hospital reduce the length of stay for women at PMBH maternity unit?
Heidi Hughes $5,000 Does remedial massage therapy improve immediate and short term outcomes in women who have had surgery for breast cancer and will undertake a standard course of adjuvant radiotherapy – in terms of shoulder function, pain and quality of life?
Deborah Doyle $5,000 Is a patient centred nutrition care plan including pump feeding nutrition regime BETTER than patient self-administered supplement/bolus feeding regime for stabilising nutrition and hydration status, reducing the need for IV fluids for rehydration, as well as improving patient treatment journey for head and neck patients undergoing radiotherapy at the Mid North Coast Cancer Institute who have an enternal feeding device?
Jana Van der Jagt $5,000 Evaluating the integrated model of care for the management of liver disease
Dr Richard Fletcher $14,950 Assessing mobile phone access to child development, parenting and mental health information for young Aboriginal fathers
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