HCF Research Foundation seeking a new round of funding applications

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The HCF Research Foundation has invited the next round of applicants for its annual Health Services Research Grants.

The grants round is a competitive, peer-reviewed research grant scheme open to researchers across Australia.

The aim is to support health services research to improve healthcare outcomes, including the quality, efficiency, equity and access to health services.

The HCF Research Foundation has provided more than $27 million in research grants over the past 21 years.

The 2023 grants round is seeking expressions of interest for researchers working on innovation in primary care models that support or promote preventative health and population health management, the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and 'big data' for augmenting decision-making in healthcare, and the use of non-drug innovations to manage pain.

Chris Pettigrew, head of the HCF Research Foundation, said major developments in AI and big data tools had occurred in recent years.

“We are excited by the opportunity and potential of these tools in health care to improve patient outcomes,” he said.

“This grant round will generate important evidence about the use of these tools, and their appropriateness, as components in complex medical and health care decision making.”

Expressions of interest close on Friday, 19 May. More information is available online.