Seed Funding Research Scheme

Get the funding to make a change.

Through our Seed Funding Research Scheme, ANZMUSC has supported 18 projects, and ANZBACK a further 7, that relate to current or future multi-centre trials. Seed funds are granted for research projects that can achieve a tangible outcome within 12-15 months of receipt of grant funds.

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How does it work?

Mid year, ANZMUSC opens applications for our seed funding scheme to support projects being undertaken around musculoskeletal health and/or low back pain.

The Australia & New Zealand Low Back Pain Research Network (ANZBACK) is a special interest group of ANZMUSC as well as its own NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence (CRE). ANZBACK also has seed funds available to support research aligned with their goals. Frequently our CREs will release a combined call in order to avoid the need for duplication of applications.

The scheme aims to:

  • Support ideas and research questions that align with ANZMUSC or ANZBACK research priorities (reflecting important disease 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

Seeding Grants awarded

Browse our previous recipients who’ve had projects funded by the scheme.

Award Year
RecipientProjectFunded by
2024Dr. Hazel Jenkins (Department of Chiropractic, Faculty of Medicine, Health and Human Sciences, Macquarie University)Effectiveness and acceptability of a swimming program for low back pain: a randomised controlled trialANZBACK
2024Dr. Saurab Sharma (The University of New South Wales & Neuroscience Research Australia)Co-designing evidence-based digital patient education resources for Nepali-speaking people with low back pain: A step towards improving equitable care for culturally diverse communities in AustraliaANZBACK
2024Dr. Nardia-Rose Klem (School of Allied Health, Curtin University) & Kerry Mace (Consumer & Community Involvement Program, WA Health Translation Network)Barriers and opportunities to the implementation of the Low Back Pain Clinical Care Standard in Australian Physiotherapists. A mixed methods studyANZBACK
2023Dr. Caitlin Jones (Sydney Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney)A pilot trial of Opioids After Total joint replacement Surgery (the OATS pilot trial)ANZMUSC
Dr. Andrea Bruder (Human Services and Sport, School of Allied Health, La Trobe University)Co-creating new solutions to reduce the burden of knee osteoarthritis for young womenANZMUSC
Dr. Rodrigo Rizzo (Neuroscience Research Australia, Centre for Pain IMPACT; School of Health, University of New South Wales)Supporting evidence-based decision-making for low back pain through artificial intelligenceANZBACK
2022Dr. David Anderson (School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney)Acceptability of a new non-surgical care pathway for patients waiting for lumbar spinal stenosis surgeryANZMUSC
Dr. Saliu Balogun (Menzies Institute for Medical Research, University of Tasmania)Development of a co-design intervention to increase General Practitioners' referral rates to first-line treatment for knee and hip osteoarthritisANZMUSC
2022Dr. Nathalia Costa (Menzies Centre for Health Policy and Health Economics, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney)Nothing about us without us: A qualitative investigation of general practitioners’ and consumers’ preferences on guideline implementation strategiesANZBACK
Dr. Stephanie Filbay (Department of Physiotherapy, University of Melbourne)Development of a patient decision aid to inform evidence-based management of anterior cruciate ligament injuryANZMUSC
Dr. Juliana S Oliveira (Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District)Implementing supported referral to community-based fall prevention exercise into osteoporosis clinics: a co-design tailored strategy involving multiple stakeholdersANZMUSC
2021Dr. Wei-Ju Chang (St George and Sutherland Centre for Clinical Orthopaedic Research)Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation to Bolster Analgesic Effects of Exercise in Knee OsteoarthritisANZMUSC
2021Dr. Giovanni Ferreira (Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney)An acceptability study to inform a full-scale trial of antidepressants for people with sciaticaANZBACK
Dr. Mary O’Keeffe (Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney)Developing a ‘low back pain 101’ educational resource: a consumer-led projectANZBACK
2020Dr. Sam Adie (St. George and Sutherland Centre for Clinical Orthopaedic Research, University of New South Wales)A partial meal replacement program for weight loss prior to knee or hip arthroplasty: a feasibility studyANZMUSC
2020Dr. Marina de Barros Pinheiro (Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District)Transitioning patients with musculoskeletal disorders from hospital to community-based exercise: a pilot hybrid type 2 implementation-effectiveness wait-list randomised trialANZMUSC
2020Dr. Gustavo Machado (Institute for Musculoskeletal Health, The University of Sydney and Sydney Local Health District)Optimising outcomes for patients with back pain by preventing hospital admissionANZMUSC
2019Dr. Michelle Hall (University of Melbourne, Department of Physiotherapy)Effects of an intensive diet program & exercise in people with hip osteoarthritis who are overweight or obese: a pilot studyANZMUSC
2019Dr. Matthew Fernandez (Macquarie University, Faculty of Science an Engineering, Department of Chiropractic)GLA:D Back Australia: improving self-management for people with persistent or recurrent low back pain through the implementation of evidence-based patient education and exercises. A feasibility study.ANZMUSC
2019Assoc. Prof. Anne Tiedemann (The University of Sydney, Institute for Musculoskeletal Health)Peer-volunteer support to promote participation in group-based fall prevention exercise: multi-stakeholder and end-user consultation to adapt the UK ACE model for AustraliaANZMUSC
2019Dr. Ben Darlow (University of Otago, Department of Primary Health Care and General Practice, University of Wollongong)Harnessing the opportunities within community pharmacy to reduce the burden of knee osteoarthritis: a feasibility study to inform an RCTANZMUSC
2018Assoc. Prof. Christine Lin (School of Public Health, The University of Sydney)Understanding barriers and facilitators to opioid deprescribing in primary care for the development of patient deprescribing resourcesANZMUSC
2018Prof. Cathie Sherrington (School of Public Health, The University of Sydney)Safe mobility to prevent falls in acute hospitals: adaptation of the successful Safety Recovery rehabilitation unitANZMUSC
2018Assoc. Prof. Mark Hancock (Department of Health Professions, Macquarie University)Feasibility of testing the effectiveness of a theory-informed implementation intervention to reduce imaging for low back pain: a pilot cluster randomised controlled trialANZMUSC
Dr. Milena Simic (Faculty of Health Sciences, The University of Sydney)Reducing non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use in people with knee osteoarthritis: A repeated measures study for risk minimizationANZMUSC

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