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Research Acceleration Awards unveiled

Professor-Matt-Kemp.jpgFunding To Accelerate Life Changing Medical Research

The Women and Infants Research Foundation (WIRF) is backing Western Australian scientists to address key areas of women’s, maternal, and newborn health, with more grants to fast-track research breakthroughs.

WIRF Acting Chief Scientist, Prof Matt Kemp, today announced the commencement of the Research Acceleration Awards which will provide critical funding support to accelerate perinatal research in WA.

In making the announcement, Professor Kemp explained that these Awards have been designed to facilitate innovative projects from research to real-world impact and will keep WA among the best in the world for advancing medical breakthroughs.

“Made possible with the generous support of and the Stan Perron Charitable Foundation, these Awards will provide much-needed grant funding to both mature and exploratory research projects,” he said.

“A unique feature of these awards will be the targeting of specific funding to graduate students working in women’s and reproductive health disciplines, thus both accelerating early-stage research efforts and helping to secure a pipeline of research talent for long-term community benefit.”

WIRF CEO, Deb Portughes, pointed to the Awards as representing the largest level of direct grant support made by the Foundation in the past decade.

“WIRF has a proud history of supporting Western Australia's top emerging medical researchers. In 2023, we are proud to be building upon this commitment to the next generation of WA researchers through the Research Acceleration Awards,” she said.

“It is important to note that we are only in a position to do this because of the actions taken by our board and management in strengthening governance processes and ensuring a sustainable financial operating position.

“Future treatments and possible cures are not possible unless we back the scientists and clinicians who work tirelessly to make an impact to the health of all Western Australians.”

The scheme provides funding for two streams: Quality Improvement Research and Discovery Research. 

Applications close 12pm (AWST), Friday 23rd June 2023. The recipients of funding will be announced at the Foundation’s annual Stars and Rising Stars Scientific Symposium, to be held on 1, September 2023 at the UWA Club.

For more information on the Research Acceleration Awards, including rules and submission guidelines, click here.


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