Research Grant Funding Opportunities

ACIPC – 2017  Research Grants

Please note the 2017 grant application process closed at 1700 hours on 7th July 2017.

A key strategic focus of the College is to enable members to identify areas for research that will lead to improved knowledge; evidence based education and practice and improved outcomes. In alignment with this key strategy, and following the success of last year’s Grants, the College is proud to continue to provide the opportunity for its members to undertake research with the assistance of annual ACIPC Research Grants.

Early Career Research Grant The aim of this grant is to support early career researchers undertake research relevant to infection prevention and control. An early career researcher is defined as an applicant has been awarded a PhD, or can demonstrate recent high quality research experience within five years of the closing date. This grant will be of a value up to $12,000

Seed Grant The aim of the seed grant is to support ACIPC members who wish to undertake high quality pilot, exploratory or small scale infection prevention and control research. This grant aims to address a gap between early concepts and large scale funding provided by larger bodies such as the National Health Medical Research Council (NHMRC) and Australian Research Council (ARC). This grant will be of a value up to $15,000.

APPLYING FOR AN ACIPC GRANT

Please read the following three documents carefully and follow the instructions. (Note there have been some minor amendments to the Grant Rules relating to assessment criteria).

Update – 2017 Early Research Grant Winner Announced

ACIPC is pleased to announce Dr Gillian Ray-Barruel has been awarded the ACICP 2017 Early Research Grant. Dr Ray-Burruel has created the tool “I-DECIDED: a clinical decision making tool for improving peripheral intravenous catheter assessment and safe removal in hospitals.” A link to the project can be found here

Research Access Scheme Guidelines

Purpose

These guidelines have been developed to assist researchers who wish to access the College resources to recruit study participants for research purposes

The college encourages and welcomes original and innovative research in infection prevention and control.

It is the role of the research committee:

  • To ensure that member details are secure

  • To ensure the proposed research is in alignment with the College Mission and Goals

The Research Committee will review the research proposal and accompanying ethics applications.

Please note, approval to recruit participants using this scheme does not mean the College endorses, or is a formal partner, in your research.

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Recruiting participants

Options available to Researchers to recruit study participants through the College:

  1. Provide content for the e-bulletin that is distributed to all members. This should include information on the research, chief investigators name, contact details, information on how to participate, URL links etc.

  2. Post content on the College list server “Infexion Connexion”. This should include information on the research, chief investigators name, contact details, information on how to participate, URL links etc. This list has over 500 subscribers. The moderator of “Infexion Connexion” will not post any material regarding research activities without the Research Committee reviewing content first. This provision is also contained in the rules of “Infexion Connexion”.

  3. Provide content to be posted for a defined period of time on the College website. This should include information on the research, chief investigators name, contact details, information on how to participate, URL links etc.

Other options may be proposed by the researchers to the Research Committee for consideration.

Fees associated with access*

$400 for Commercial entities


$200 for non –commercial entities


$80 for funded grants


$30 for individuals (except for ACIPC members with no funding)


*The Research Committee reserves the right to review fees on an individual basis.

Steps for researchers (the following must be submitted to ACIPC Secretariat for review by the Research Committee).

1. Introductory letter including:

  1. Investigator name(s), affiliations and qualifications

  2. Title of the study

  3. A description of the commitment expected by the participant including time

2. Human Resources Ethics Committee (HREC) approval

Researchers must provide evidence that the research has received HREC approval before any access to ACIPC members will be facilitated.

3. An outline of the study including (no more than 1000 words)

  1. Research aim and objectives

  2. How the research will benefit infection prevention and control

  3. How the research will benefit ACIPC members

  4. Funding source(s) if any

  5. Expected completion date

4. Supporting documents

Any other supporting the researchers believe will benefit the review process.

Acknowledgement

The Researchers agree to include appropriate acknowledgement of the College in any publications or presentations generated from the Research.

Other Research Proposals

In the event where researchers wish to approach the college for other research purposes, (e.g. partnerships), a formal letter outlining details of the proposal should be written to the Research Committee for consideration on a case by case basis.

Research Committee

Purpose

To establish and facilitate research opportunities for the ACIPC membership

Members

Comittee chair – Phil Russo

  • Dr Noleen Bennett – Nurse Academic – Infection Control Consultant VICNISS
  • Dr Stéphane Bouchoucha, Lecturer in Nursing, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Faculty of Health
  • Dr Joshua Freeman – New Zealand – Clinical Lead National Hand Hygiene Program, Consultant Clinical Microbiologist, Auckland District Health board
  • Dr Jan Gralton, Senior Project Office, Healthcare Associated Infection ProgramAustralian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
  • A/Prof Caroline Marshall, Head Infection Prevention and Surveillance Service, Melbourne Health
  • Prof Brett Mitchell – EIC Infection, Disease and Health

Functions

  • To develop, promote and facilitate research needs of members of the ACIPC and others as appropriate;
  • To develop a national research agenda, through consultation with College members and relevant external partners, that will guide College research activities;
  • To maintain and update research content on the College website;
  • To foster development of research collaboration within the College and with other infection and prevention organisations;
  • To advise and recommend to the College Executive Council, research opportunities to create awareness of and provide leadership relating to infection control issues; and
  • To advise and recommend to the College Executive Council, collaborative opportunities relating to research in infection prevention and control
2016 Grant winners

Early Career Research Grant: $12,000

Ms Julie Flynn 

Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital

“Evaluating effective decontamination methods for needleless connectors: A pilot randomised control study”

Seed Grant: $7,625

Ms Oyebola Fasugba

School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine (Signadou Campus)

Faculty of Health Sciences Australian Catholic University

“A systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness of antiseptics for meatal cleaning for the prevention of urinary tract infections associated with indwelling urinary catheters”          

Seed Grant: $10,145

Dr Peta-Anne Zimmerman

School of Nursing and Midwifery,

Griffith University

“No time for losers: producing infection control champions in the healthcare setting”