Research Program

The Mission of the Foundation is to facilitate research that furthers the understanding and development of chiropractic care.

The Foundation is incredibly proud of our two-stage approval process. We believe this sets us apart from other research funding bodies. It has served us well for many years and was the result of reviewing the processes used by a number of national and international competitive funding bodies. Our application and assessment process reflects research sector best practice.

2019 Grant Program – EOI’s Now Closed

Expressions of Interest (EOI) have been received from researchers looking to explore one or more of the following items:

  • Investigate reliability, validity and reproducibility of vertebral subluxation measures of identification (can vertebral subluxations be measured using reliable and valid indicators?)
  • Investigate the impact of a vertebral subluxation and an adjustment (what impact does vertebral subluxation and the adjustment have on nerve system and human function?)
  • Investigate the epidemiology of the subluxation (the scientific, systematic, data-driven frequency and patterns of the cause and risk factors of vertebral subluxation in the community)
  • Investigate the impacts of the subluxation and the adjustment on the community

Grant Categories

The Foundation offers three categories of research support funding in 2019. These are intended to both encourage and support new researchers and novel ideas as well as support projects with a more developed evidence base and researcher track record. The following types of research grants are available:

  • Targeted Research Grants (TRG) are intended to provide support for quality research projects relevant to the clinical practice and scientific basis of chiropractic and relevant to the research agenda categories that are currently being investigated. Funding of up to $20,000 per year is available for between one and two years.
  • Postgraduate Research Grants (PRG) are intended for researchers who are currently undertaking a research higher degree and are yet to be recipients of competitive project funding. Funds for PRGs will be awarded for quality research projects relevant to the clinical practice and scientific basis of chiropractic and relevant to the research agenda categories that are currently being investigated and will be a maximum of $10,000 for a maximum period of 1 year. Only one grant per postgraduate researcher will be awarded.
  • Seeding Research Grants (SRG) are intended to support novel research ideas, pilot studies or preliminary research develop into viable competitive research proposals for submission for funding to ASRF or other external granting bodies. It is intended that the recipients of SRG apply for full funding under the TRG scheme within 12 months or a similar external scheme.  SRGs are open to any researcher, however preference will be given to an Early Career Researcher (ECR – defined as researchers who are currently within 5 years of having completed postgraduate studies and who have not as yet been recipients of competitive project funding). Funds for SRGs are to support quality research projects relevant to the clinical practice and scientific basis of chiropractic and relevant to the research agenda categories that are currently being investigated and will be a maximum of $5,000 for a maximum period of 6 months.

Application Process

There is a two-stage process for submitting an application for funding.

Stage 1: Expression of Interest (EOI) [CLOSED]

All applicants are required to submit an initial EOI. The EOI provides concise, referenced information regarding the intent of the proposed research project, the clinical and/or scientific basis of the intended research, how the proposal meets the Foundation’s research agenda, and an indicative budget. Applicants will be notified promptly of the Foundation’s decision regarding their expression and if endorsed, will be invited to complete a full submission by the prescribed deadline.

Stage 2: Full Grant Submission

Full Grant Submissions build on information provided in the EOI but provide more extensive details, particularly concerning the proposed methodology and the intended outcomes of the research project.

Grant Guidelines are available here. Grant Application Form is available here.

More on The Process

Both EOIs and full grant applications are subjected to the same merit-based review process. Scientific and clinical evaluation will be based on project merit and validity, likelihood of completion and delivery of intended outcomes, as well as value for money. Applications in each stage are reviewed for clinical relevance and merit by the Clinical Review Panel and full applications are assessed by the Research Committee for overall scientific merit and feasibility.

Full applications may also be subjected to independent external peer assessment. The overall application and assessment process is overseen by the Research Agenda Working Committee.

The Results

The Board of Governors is responsible for the funding approvals based on the recommendations of the Clinical Advisory Panel and the Research Committee via the Research Agenda Working Committee.

The Foundation often receives more projects appropriate for funding than we can financial support. It is for this reason that we have built relationships with other bodies to facilitate the funding of this important research.

We believe our grant program is ambitious, rigorous, supportive of researchers and is centred on producing research with strong, clinical relevance for chiropractors. We acknowledge our members for their commitment to research and their profession.

Please forward all communication to grants@spinalresearch.com.au