2020 Seed Funding Research Scheme



The Australia & New Zealand Musculoskeletal (ANZMUSC) Clinical Trials Network Seed Funding Research Scheme which is part of the ANZMUSC NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence is granted for research projects that can achieve a tangible outcome within 12-15 months of receipt of grant funds.


The scheme aims to:

  • Support ideas and research questions that align with ANZMUSC research priorities (reflecting important burden and an important evidence or evidence-practice gap)
  • Support ideas that will lead to future external funding applications that could be endorsed by ANZMUSC



Submission of Applications

Applications close 18th September 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. Applicants who fail to apply as instructed will not be eligible for consideration. Receipt of your application will be acknowledged by e-mail
Awards will be announced at the 2020 Virtual Mid-year Scientific Meeting (October 6th, 1pm – 5pm via Zoom)



Criteria for application assessment

 Eligibility criteria

  • Chief Investigators must be registered members of ANZMUSC. Research students can be named as investigators (but not as CIA). You can only lead one application
  • A CI on the NHMRC ANZMUSC CRE cannot lead an application (ie be CIA) but can be named as an investigator.
  • The application must support research ideas that align with ANZMUSC research priorities
  • The application must have potential to lead to future external funding applications that could be ANZMUSC endorsed.
  • There must be benefit to ANZMUSC as well as to the applicant



Ranking criteria

  • Applications will be judged based upon project merit (Scientific Quality, Significance & Innovation, Consumer involvement in proposal development, Team Quality and Capability) relative to opportunity
  • The judging panel will be drawn from members of the ANZMUSC Committees (Executive, Scientific and Consumer Advisory) and CRE CIs and AIs
Category Reviewer’s Comments Score
Scientific Quality (methodological rigour)  /5
Significance and/or innovation to the field  /5
Consumer involvement in proposal development  /5
Team quality and capability  /5
Overall quality of written application  /5
Total score (other comments)  /25

Scoring descriptions: 0 = very poor; 1 = poor; 2 = satisfactory; 3 = above average; 4 = high; 5 = very high



Application details 

  • The maximum funding that can be requested is $10,000. We anticipate awarding a total of 4 grants


  • Funding is untied and must be incurred or committed in the 12 months after the award is received


  • Successful applicants will be expected to complete a progress report at 6 months and a final report at 12 months



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