Increased grant funding announced: RANZCP Foundation Catalyst Grants program

Do you have a new research idea you are ready to grow?

Time to take it forward. Apply for a Catalyst grant. 

The RANZCP Foundation is pleased to announce an increase in funding available through the RANZCP Foundation Catalyst Grants program with two grants of up to A$5000 available this year. 

Applications are now open until 9 am (AEST) on Monday 25 July 2022.

The Catalyst grants provide seed funding for promising new research projects. The purpose is to help researchers develop their research ideas at the pilot stage with the direct endorsement of the RANZCP Foundation. This can further support researchers to apply for future substantial funding from other sources to expand their project in future years.  

Put simply – it’s about helping RANZCP members take their project off the ideas shelf and into reality. 

If you are a RANZCP Fellow or Affiliate member and you: 

  • have a new research idea
  • are looking to pursue research or academic psychiatry
  • need support to prepare a pilot or proof of concept for a future study.

Then the RANZCP Foundation warmly encourages you to consider applying. 

‘The Catalyst grants are a terrific opportunity for RANZCP members to pursue new research projects. We are delighted to be expanding the support we offer through this grants program thanks to the donations we receive from College members', said Professor Malcolm Hopwood, Chair of the RANZCP Foundation Committee.

‘These grants are about unlocking the research potential of psychiatrists and advancing academic psychiatry. We know there is great scope for new and innovative research from College members at all career stages. We strongly encourage College members with limited or little research experience to pursue their research ideas and apply for a Catalyst Grant this year'.

‘Once again, we are excited to support members in bringing their research concepts to life through this research program'.

Catalyst Grant funding can be used for a wide range of any type of research costs, for example:

  • equipment
  • access to research instruments
  • statistical advice or analysis software
  • participant reimbursement
  • visits and facilitating support from experts and supervisors
  • ethics and governance costs.

If you are looking for inspiration for your Catalyst Grant application, last year, Associate Professor Samantha Loi was awarded the first-ever RANZCP Foundation Catalyst Grant for her pilot project, ‘Combining music therapy and psychotherapy for people affected by younger-onset dementia’. You can read more about this project on the Foundation’s Current Research Highlights page.

Learn more and apply


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