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Translational Research Grants Scheme

The Scheme funds research projects that will translate into better patient outcomes, health service delivery, and population health and wellbeing.

Dr Matt Johansen, Tuberculosis researcher at Centenary Institute

The Translational Research Grants Scheme provides grants to staff employed within the NSW public health system. Applicants may include medical staff, nursing staff, allied health professionals and population health practitioners. Applicants are encouraged to partner with other research organisations such as universities and medical research institutes however, research projects must be led by a NSW Health employee of a host organisation within the health system.

The Scheme is designed to accelerate the development of research capability and evidence translation within the NSW public health system.

Applications for Round five of the Translational Research Grants Scheme will open on 27 February 2020.

Round five priorities are:

  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

An indicative timeline for Round five applications is:

Milestone Date
Translational Research Grant Scheme Round five Guidelines released 27 Feb 2020
Expressions of Interest close May 2020
Full Applications close September 2020

Before you apply

The Sax Institute have developed the following Translational Research Framework to assist grant applicants to refine research questions and to identify feasible research methods to answer these questions.

The Framework outlines the range of issues that will be taken into account in the screening and assessment of proposals.

Translation Research Framework: testing policy, program and service innovation


The Office for Health and Medical Research have developed a number of ‘exemplar’ application examples to demonstrate the type of information required at the Expression of Interest stage of the Translational Research Grants Scheme application process. The examples below cover a number of different study types, spanning the stages of the Translational Research Framework most often seen in Translational Research Grants Scheme proposals. These are intended as a guide only.


A range of resources have been developed for applicants to assist with the intent of the program to build research capacity and capability.


The following information videos for potential applicants, aim to build capability to develop high quality applications to the scheme by providing insight as to the intent of the scheme and what reviewers are looking for in applications.





Checklist for applicants

The following checklist is designed to assist applicants to quickly assess whether their application to the Translational Research Grants Scheme is likely to be competitive.

Right question for NSW Health?

Are you answering an important policy relevant question that addresses an evidence gap?

What to check for:

  • is your question focused on a health system priority and/or local need? (i.e. not niche)
  • will the answer to this question support the NSW public health system in disease prevention, patient care or health service delivery?
  • is your question answering an evidence gap? (i.e. does your application have a review of the available research in the field, to show you are building on the cumulative science?)
  • is your question focused on testing a clearly defined intervention that has the potential to improve upon current practice in NSW?
  • is there an evidence-based rationale for why the intervention you want to test might work and why it is better than other available interventions?
  • can this question be answered within two years?
  • how will your research impact on the health outcomes of Aboriginal people and other priority population groups?

Right stakeholders and partners?

Does your intervention have the potential to be scaled up across the system?

What to check for:

  • have you engaged partners that have the ability to implement or influence change in the system that may result from this project?
  • do you have other local health districts, specialty networks, pillars, other NSW Health organisations and branches within the NSW Ministry of Health involved as partners? (e.g. more than one district, a pillar, a policy branch within the Ministry, consumers).
  • how will you engage and consult with partners who have experience and expertise in working with priority populations groups (e.g. Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services)?
  • what potential barriers might impact upon how engaged your partners can be in the research process (e.g. limited resources and availability, different cultural protocols relating to communication and engagement), and how will you address this (e.g. explore use of culturally appropriate resources, minimise any burden of engagement for partners)?
  • are there additional cultural protocols and considerations that need to be accounted for when disseminating results of your research at a community level (e.g. using culturally appropriate mediums for sharing of information)?

Right stakeholders and partners?

Does your intervention have the potential to be scaled up across the system?

What to check for:

  • is the intervention you are testing feasible for larger scale up across the NSW health system? (i.e. it is cost effective and relevant to the whole system)
  • have you identified existing statewide initiatives that your intervention can be scaled up through?

Right design and method?

Can the study design answer the question with methodological rigour?
What to check for:

  • is the study design matched to the research question?
  • are the methods rigorous in terms of sampling, statistical analysis and the selection and measurement of outcomes? (e.g. objective outcomes are better than self-reported outcomes). For more detail see the Translational Research Framework.
  • do you have costings or some kind of health economic analysis included that is matched to your question? (e.g. if assessing feasibility then costings; if assessing effectiveness then cost-effectiveness).
  • have you completed an Aboriginal Health Impact Statement?
  • will your research methodology and design be equitable in its impact on Aboriginal peoples and other priority populations, compared to other population groups? (e.g different or additional communication or data collection methods and resources to facilitate meaningful and active participation from priority population groups).
  • is the study design and methodology culturally safe, appropriate, and acceptable for Aboriginal peoples and other priority populations, and have different or additional cultural respect protocols been considered in the general rules for how to conduct the research?

Right research team?

Do you have the right research skills across your team to answer the question?

What to check for:

  • do you have senior academics on the team who will technically steer this project?
  • do you have a multi-disciplinary team with the right research, clinical, management and policy skills to undertake the study?
  • have your research partners worked with you to draft the methods so they are scientifically rigorous (i.e. has a senior academic reviewed the application).
  • does your research team promote Aboriginal leadership and ownership of the research process, and in turn strengthen Aboriginal research capacity? ­
  • if your question has a targeted focus on Aboriginal people, does your research team prioritise the voices and expertise of Aboriginal researchers and organisations?

The Guideline for Applicants provide a detailed overview of the selection criteria.

Other resources

Lowitja Institute researchers guide

NSW Aboriginal Health Plan: 2013 – 2023 

Aboriginal Health Impact Statement


Agency for Clinical Innovation clinical network contacts

Frequently asked questions

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Current and previous recipients

The research directory lists all research projects and/or devices that have received funding through the Office for Health and Medical Research.


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