Grant Application Process

Each year the Australian Spinal Research Foundation offers research grants to support quality research of clinical and scientific relevance to the chiropractic profession. The Foundation has established research priorities to support its vision to contribute and resource research that expands our knowledge base in health care delivery for the well being of our community.

Research Culture Statement

The chiropractic paradigm hypothesises that chiropractic care facilitates a greater level of health, enhanced quality of life and human performance.

In 2014, our focus is on funding research that investigates this hypothesis and funding will be directed to clinical and basic science research:

  • Clinical research that investigates the impact of chiropractic care on human function, global well being and quality of life.
  • Basic science research that investigates the vertebral subluxation theory and/or the chiropractic adjustment.

Grant Categories

The Foundation offers two major categories of research support funding. These are intended to both encourage and support new researchers and novel ideas as well as support larger projects with a more developed evidence base and researcher track record.

Small Research Grants (SRG) are intended to provide limited support for quality research projects relevant to the clinical practice and scientific basis of chiropractic. This includes clinical and practice-based studies, basic scientific research and health care management. Such projects could be pilot studies or preliminary research upon which larger a research project could be developed. Funding of up to $20K per year is available for between one and two years.

Large Research Grants (LRG) are intended to support larger research projects relevant to the clinical practice and scientific basis of chiropractic. As for SRGs this includes clinical and practice-based studies, basic scientific research and health care management. LRGs will provide maximum funding of $120,000, usually up to $40,000 per year for a maximum of three years.

Application Process

All applicants are required to submit an initial Expression of Interest (EOI). The EOI provides concise information regarding the intent of the proposed research project, the clinical and/or scientific basis of the intended research and an indicative budget.  Full submissions build on information provided in the EOI but provide more extensive details, particularly concerning the proposed methodology and the intended outcomes of the research project.

Both EOIs and full grant applications will be subjected to the same merit-based review process. Scientific and clinical evaluation will be based on project merit and validity, likelihood of completion and delivery of intended outcomes and value for money. Both EOIs and full applications will initially be reviewed for clinical relevance and merit by the Clinical Review Panel prior to being assessed by the Research Committee for overall scientific merit. Full applications will, in addition, be subjected to independent external peer assessment prior to their rating and ranking by the Foundation’s Clinical Review Panel and Research Committee.

Expressions of interest for 2014 have closed. For information regarding a submission please contact the Foundation's Grant Officer at grants@spinalresearch.com.au or on +61 7 3808 4098.

The 2015 grant round will open in early 2015.