Research Grants

2020 Research Grant

The 2020 SPANZA Research Grants are now open.

DEADLINE for submissions:  Monday 31 August 2020.   Applications after the closing dates will not be accepted.

Before submitting your grant application, please read the below carefully.

The SPANZA research grants are given by SPANZA to support research in Australia and New Zealand in paediatric anaesthesia, paediatric ICU or paediatric pain management.

SPANZA has increased the total available to A$40,000 for 2020 for research grants.  The money will be distributed to the grant/s of a high enough standard to be judged worthy of funding.  If no grant is of a high enough standard, then the funds will be retained by SPANZA for the following year.  If there is more than one grant worthy of funding, the funds may be split across them depending on the quality of the applications.

RECOMMENDED criteria for SPANZA grants

  • Collaborative projects across New Zealand and Australia. (including mentoring and senior support)
    OR
  • Novice investigator – within 10 years of fellowship or 5yrs of PhD or equivalent (taking into account career disruptions as per NHMRC)
    OR
  • Higher degree candidate – MD, PhD. Must be currently enrolled and project must be part of the higher degree

Applications (including details of career disruption or mentoring arrangements) should be uploaded as ONE PDF document via the Grant Submission Page.  You can find this link via the SPANZA website, Research Grants Page:  https://www.spanza.org.au/research/research-grants/ .

A maximum of AUD$40,000 may be requested for any one grant, and SPANZA reserves the right to partially fund grants. Applications will be considered by the SPANZA research committee and approved by SPANZA executive. The successful applicant(s) will be announced at the AGM held at the annual SPANZA scientific meeting. Formal feedback for all grant applicants will be provided by the research subcommittee.

Conditions for eligibility are:

  1. The chief investigator on the project must be a member of SPANZA at time of application.
  2. The project must be based in Australia and/or New Zealand and the activity must be research relevant to paediatric anaesthesia, paediatric intensive care and/or paediatric pain management.
  3. All applicants must be compliant with reporting requirements as follows: The recipient of funds will provide brief annual reports until the project is completed. A brief final report will be submitted when the project is completed. The results of the project will be presented at the annual SPANZA scientific meeting (this may be in addition to other presentations). Any grant holders who do not present or publish work funded by SPANZA will not be eligible for future grants, until such dissemination of findings occurs.
  4. The project application must include a clear aim, a complete project outline and a budget.
  5. Applications must be in the suggested format (see outline over the page).

The application will be judged on the following additional criteria:

  • The plausibility, importance and originality of the objective and the likelihood to change practice and/or result in publication
  • The feasibility of the project
  • The track record of the investigators with respect to ability to complete project

Before you submit your grant, please refer to the FORMAT FOR APPLICATION.

 


2019 Grant Winner

SPANZA would like to congratulate 2 winners for 2019, who both receive $10,000 each for the projects entitled:

  • Towards optimal anaesthesia in the neonate: Characterising cortical evoked responses in neonates and defining an objective measure of anaesthetic effect.
    Dr Bae (Sebastian) Corlette, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
  • Sevoflurane Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics during Anaesthesia
    Dr. Ben van der Griend, Christchurch Public Hospital

2018 Grant Winner

The winner of the 2018 grant was the project entitled:

  • High Flow Oxygen for Children’s Airway Surgery: A Randomised Controlled Trial
    Susan Humphreys, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Brisbane

2017 Grant Winner

There were 2 winners of the 2017 grant, both award $10,000 each for the projects titled:

  • Blood glucose and ketone levels on fasting children between 6-12 months for elective surgery
    Abigail Wong, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Queensland
  • Enhancing Management of Perioperative High risk patients through Assessment of oxygen Saturation and Sleep quality (EMPHASIS)
    David Sommerfield, Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth

2016 Grant Winner

The winner of the 2016 grant was the project entitled:

  • Isoelectric EEG events during infant anesthesia: A Multi-Center, Prospective, Observational Study
    Justin Skowno, Department of Anaesthesia, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney

2015 Grant Winner

The winner of the 2015 grant was the project entitled:

  • Apnoeic oxygenation time post induction of anaesthesia in children comparing high flow nasal cannula oxygen delivery with standard bag and mask technique – a PARIS pilot trial
    Susan Humphreys, Paediatric Anaesthetist, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, South Brisbane

2014 Grant Winner

The winner of the 2014 grant was the project entitled:

  • Cerebral Near Infrared Spectroscopy monitoring in infants during the peri-operative period
    Justin Skowno, Department of Anaesthesia, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, NSW

2013 Grant Winner

The winner of the 2013 Grant, of $10,000 was the project entitled:

  • The “Can’t Intubate Can’t Oxygenate Situation” (CICO) in Paediatric Anaesthesia: A comparison of different devices for needle and surgical cricothyroidotomy in a neonatal cadaveric animal model.
    Prof Britta Regli-von Ungern and Mary Hegarty, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Western Australia

2012 Grant Winner

The winner of the $10,000 research grant was awarded for the following submission:

  • Pain at home following shortstay surgery in children
    Dr George Chalkiadis, Royal Children’s Hospital, Victoria

2011 Grant Winner

The winner of the $10,000 research grant was awarded for the following submission:

  • Safer anaesthesia for children with asthma: can exhaled NO levels predict children at risk for respiratory complications?
    Prof Britta Regli-von Ungern and Mary Hegarty, Princess Margaret Hospital for Children, Western Australia

2010 Grant Winner

The winner of the $10,000 research grant was awarded for the following submission:

  • Transition to Propofol Anaesthesia for the Final Three Minutes as a Strategy to Reduce Sevoflurance Emergence Delirium: A Randomised Controlled Trial

Dr David Costi, Women’s and Children’s Hospital, North Adelaide


2009 Grant Winner

Once again in 2009 the quality of the submissions was extremely high, and a decision could not be made between 2 applications, and therefore the grant was split into 2 x $5,000 grants, between the following 2 submissions:

  • Does gabapentin reduce itch in children with acute severe burns? – Aprospective randomised double blinded controlled study
    Dr Andrew Weatherall BMed, Children’s Hospital at Westmead
  • The pharmacokinetics of oral ketamine in children with significant burns:Determining the optimal oral dosing for ketamine in children withsignificant burn injury.
    Dr. Katharine Brunette, Red Cross War Memorial Hospital, Cape Town

2008 Grant Winner 

This year, for the first time, SPANZA have made available a research grant of $10,000.

The quality of the submissions were extremely high, and a decision could not be made between 2 applications, and therefore the grant was split into 2 x $5,000 grants, between the following 2 submissions:

  • Pediatric Emergency Transtracheal Ventilation
    Dr Paul Baker, Starship Childrens Health, New Zealand
  • Effects of Repeated Exposure to Nitrous Oxide in Children – A Prospective Cohort Study
    Dr Jonathon de Lima, Children’s Hospital at Westmead