RAIL Seed Grants

The Monash Rehabilitation Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre funding scheme facilitates high-quality, collaborative research across our key research areas. We are excited to provide funding opportunities specifically for early to mid-career researchers with the RAIL EMCR research grants.

These research grants are designed to support early-mid career researchers by funding and piloting quality research projects on a competitive basis. Our scheme encourages cross-disciplinary research and provides experience in grant application and research mentoring.

The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • Support early-mid career researchers with high research potential to progress their research careers by funding high quality research projects and pilot research projects on a competitive basis
  • Encourage cross disciplinary research collaboration
  • Enhance the staff member’s competitiveness in bidding for external research funds
  • Provide experience in preparing a grant application for peer review
  • Provide research funding for projects that are strategically aligned with RAIL’s research priorities
  • Provide an opportunity for research mentorship

Given RAIL’s focus on building research on the Peninsula campus, projects need to include at least one researcher based at the Peninsula campus of Monash University.

Chief Investigators from the successful grants from the previous grant scheme are ineligible to apply as Chief Investigator in this round, but can be an Associate Investigator in this round.

2021 Grant Recipients

In the 2021 round, a total of $30,000 was available with two successful applications funded. Congratulations to the two recipients of the 2021 RAIL EMCR grants:

Dr Susie Cartledge and her team (Prof Andrea Driscoll, Dr Christina Ekegren, Dr Li Li), for a grant titled: CONNECT-CR: Increasing uptake of cardiac rehabilitation through improving recommendation, referral and continuity of care for cardiac patients and families in Victoria. $14,554.07.

Dr Natasha Layton and her team (Dr Tarsh Brusco, Lauren Henley, Pip Veerman, and Kate McDavitt), for a grant titled: Assistive technology expenditure in Australia: an equity benchmarking study. $15,000.

2022 Funding round - now open

The 2022 round is now open and will close on 9th May 2022.  A total of $45,000 is available for this round of RAIL EMCR research grants, with individual applications able to apply for up to $15,000.  Funds must be used within 18 months of being awarded.

Guidelines / application document can be downloaded HERE.

Please contact spahc.rail@monash.edu if you have any questions about this grant scheme.