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2021 TGL / RACGP Foundation Research Grant (EOI)

Submissions are now being accepted. Submissions close at 5:00PM 6 April 2021 (AEST).

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There are over 125 million general practice consultations taking place annually in Australia, with 83% of the Australian population consulting a GP at least once a year. General practitioners (GPs) provide person centered, continuing and comprehensive medical care to individuals and families within their community. 

General practitioners are not limited by age, gender, body system, disease process or service site. The scope of clinical practice is challenging, spanning prevention, health promotion, early intervention for those at risk, and the management of acute, chronic and complex conditions within the practice population whether in the home, practice, health service, outreach clinic, hospital or community. General practitioners utilise best practice evidence in the light of individual patient circumstances, to understand, plan and manage their patients’ health needs.

Therapeutic Guidelines is a not for profit organisation, which uses evidence and expert groups to provide health professionals with reliable and independent therapeutic information to help them make the best decisions for their patients. Therapeutic Guidelines is independent of government and commercial interests. Guidelines are written principally for prescribers to provide them with clear, practical, succinct and up-to-date therapeutic information for a range of diseases. The aim of this grant is to support guidelines research that investigates use and implementation of TGL point of care guidelines in general practice. Specifically, research topics focusing on: 

  • Content and format of TGL electronic products: presentation, usability, navigation, access and functionality of guidelines - how do GPs want information presented? 
  • Behavioural aspects of guideline use: how do people use TGL guidelines, how often, what is looked up, when, why and how can incorporation of TG guidelines into everyday practice be improved? 
  • Consequence (outcome): benefits of using TGL guidelines to improve prescribing and health outcomes. 
  • Evidence-practice gaps: how could TG guidelines be used to improve evidence-based prescribing?

While research falling under any of these areas will be considered, studies focusing on (3) and (4) are encouraged as areas of particular interest to TGL. Both pilot studies and proposals for full-scale research studies will be considered. The grant is not designed to support primary research on clinical issues or guidelines development. 

Award Details

Up to two grants (one large and one smaller project) to a total value of up to $100,000 (excl. GST) will be offered for a period up to 18 months to fund a project(s) focusing on use and/or implementation of TGL guidelines in general practice.

This grant is made available by Therapeutic Guidelines Limited and administered by the RACGP Foundation.

As part of the letter of offer for this grant, successful recipients will be required to agree to provide joint ownership of any intellectual property rights developed in connection with the grant funds to Therapeutic Guidelines Ltd (TGL).  Please refer to clause 38 of the Terms of Grants and Awards.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the TGL/RACGP Foundation research grant, the principal investigator must be a GP or GP registrar.

Selection criteria

Applications will be assessed against the following criteria: 

  • significance or importance of the proposed research about TGL guidelines to general practice and patient outcomes 30% 
  • scientific quality of the proposed research project 30% 
  • feasibility of carrying out and completing the research in an 18-month time frame 30% 
  • appropriateness of proposed budget to fulfil research objectives 10% 

Applications

Expressions of interest are called for this research grant, and will close on Tuesday 6 April 2021. Following assessment of expressions of interest, selected researchers will be invited to submit an application for funding in mid-May. Full applications will close on Monday 21 June 2021. For more information email foundation@racgp.org.au.