Development Grants


There will be no Development Grant Program for 2014/2015.

ISCRR Development Grants have been offered annually since 2010.

Development Grants provides researchers with the opportunity to investigate issues they have identified which will deliver tangible benefits to our industry partners, WorkSafe or the TAC in the short to medium term. The program also aims to build researcher capacity in the compensation health research field.

Development Grants support smaller scale projects conducted over a twelve month period and they may provide evidence for more extensive research projects in the future.

Since the establishment of the Development Grants program in 2010, a total of $1,092,189 has been awarded to researchers across nine institutions to conduct 24 research projects.

The success of the program is already evident, with three of the four research projects completed from the first round already demonstrating impact. This impact has included: increased knowledge and skills about work-related musculoskeletal disorders; increased communication of OHS in the workplace; helping to educate claims officers and strengthening of international research collaborations.  

Read about the Development Grant projects awarded for 2012/13.

Announcement of 2013/2014 Development Grant Program

The Institute for Safety, Compensation and Recovery Research (ISCRR) is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 Development Grants program. 
This year we had an outstanding response to the program, with a total of 45 EOI applications received. Overall, applications were of high calibre and great interest to our partners.
Neurotrauma stream:
The Neurotrauma stream comprised close to half of all EOI applications received.
Applications were assessed according to five criteria - Potential impact for partners in the short to medium term (3-5 years); potential for strengthening researcher capacity in compensation health; Feasibility; Academic quality, and Track record of research team. The round was highly competitive and the process of short-listing and determining awards a challenging task for the assessors.
ISCRR has awarded funding to four research project, totalling $166,919:

  1. Using technology in supported accommodation to improve outcomes following neurotrauma.  Ms Rebecca Wood, Summer Foundation/Monash University.
  2. Google Calendar: Using Technology to increase independence in TBI survivors. A/Prof Natasha Lannin.  Department of Occupational Therapy, LaTrobe University.
  3. Management of Spinal Cord Injuries in the Acute Setting. Dr. Ian Mosley,   Melbourne Brain Centre - Austin Campus. The Florey Institute.
  4. Remaking Masculinities After Spinal Cord Injury: Mapping Psychosocial Needs.  A/Prof. Murray Fisher Sydney Nursing School, University of Sydney.

Summaries of the projects can be found here.
Safety, Compensation & Recovery stream:
ISCRR has awarded funding to two research projects in the Safety, Compensation and  Recovery Stream, totalling $95,335 

  1. Developing a systems perspective on WMSDs: incident reporting and investigation. Dr. Natassia Goode, Faculty of Arts and Business, University of Sunshine Coast.
  2. Workplace barriers to reducing incidence of musculoskeletal and mental disorders. Dr. Jodi Oakman, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University.

Summaries of the projects can be found here.

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