2021 RACGP Foundation / HCF Research Foundation Research Grant

Submissions closed at 5:00PM 3 May 2021 (AEST).

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The HCF Research Foundation and the RACGP Foundation have established a research grant for the purpose of funding research into health services issues of relevance to general practice.

The HCF Research Foundation is a not-for-profit charitable trust established to encourage health service research for the benefit of all Australians, with objectives to assist in the improvement of prevention, treatment and cure of diseases. The focus of the HCF Research Foundation is achieving implementation of research activities.

Health services research examines how people get access to health care, how much health care costs, and what happens to patients as a result of this care. The main goals of health services research are considered to be to identify the most effective ways to organise, manage, finance, and deliver high quality care; reduce medical errors; and improve patient safety.

Award details

Two grants of up to $60,000 each (excluding GST) are available for a period of one year to fund research into health services issues of relevance to general practice. This might include access to care, effectiveness of care, quality of care, efficiency of care, or cost of care.

This grant is made available by the HCF Research Foundation with matched funds provided by the RACGP Foundation. 


To be eligible for the RACGP Foundation / HCF Research Foundation Research Grant, the principal investigator must be a general practitioner or general practice registrar.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • scientific basis of the proposed research project 40%
  • significance or importance of the proposed research to health services issues of relevance to general practice 20%
  • likelihood that the results can be implemented in the short to medium term 10% 
  • feasibility of carrying out and completing the research in a one-year time frame 10%
  • value for money 10%
  • potential to build capacity in general practice research 10%


Applications for this research grant will close on Monday 3 May 2021. See past successful applications here. For more information email foundation@racgp.org.au.