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Informing and Shaping Best Practice.

The Agency for Clinical Innovation ( ACI ) targets the design, evaluation and implementation of innovative models of patient care. It operates through effective partnerships to produce innovative healthcare provided with operational excellence.

ACI Research Funding Scheme

The purpose of the research grant scheme is to undertake and source relevant, high quality research that informs its mandate, functions, strategic plan and priorities is an important objective of the NSW Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI). The ACI is providing research grants for eight projects with $30,000 available per project. These projects should reflect the ACI research priorities, and be 1.5 years in duration.

The ACI Research Priorities centre on:

  • Relevance – the research aligns with the ACI’s mission
  • Scientific excellence – the research meets international theoretical and methodological standards
  • Innovative and collaborative – the research spans disciplines and provides a forum for engaging consumers, clinicians and researchers
  • Feasible – the research is manageable, realistic, supported by appropriate experience and able to deliver proposed outcomes
  • Economic – the research is deemed to involve an appropriate judgment about resource expenditure
  • Translational – the research extends to uptake, adoption and evaluation of findings ‘from bedside to system’.

Current ACI -funded and Supported Projects

The ACI Research Grant Scheme supported a total of eight research projects in the November round of 2018. The most recent funding receipts were announced in December 2018.

Funds have now been exhausted. Submissions to the scheme will next be considered in mid-2019 for the 2019-2020 financial year.

The research currently being undertaken by funding recipients addresses a variety of areas significant to the NSW Health System and aligns with the strategic priorities of the ACI and its Clinical Networks. During the 2018 year we had two Research Grant Schemes. The successful projects are listed below:

  • Reliability and validity of a 3D wound camera and predictive utility for diabetic foot ulcer healing. Lead: Jill Featherston
  • Supporting Type 2 Diabetes (T2D) self-management in the context of multi-morbidity: a pilot project. Lead: Dr Hassan Hosseinzadeh 
  • Clinician Fatigue Management in Medical Retrieval Services. Lead: Dr Benjamin Gladwin
  • While you're waiting - a waiting room-based educational program to improve cardiovascular health. Lead: Professor Clara Chow
  • Short videos for patients to increase uptake of referral of pulmonary rehabilitation: a multi-centre randomised controlled trial. Lead: Assoc. Prof Sarah Dennis
  • Googling centres for endovascular clot retrieval in New South Wales geospatial modelling and optimization analysis. Lead: Dr Thanh Giang Phan
  • Implementation evaluation of an early activation hip fracture care bundle (eHIP). Lead: Professor Kate Curtis
  • A mixed methods study to explore the views of Aboriginal families on appropriate smoking cessation interventions in pregnancy. Lead: Dr Parivash Eftekhari

Currently Funded Research

  • Translating Eating as Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer (TREAT). Lead: Dr Ben Britton
  • Implementing “Structured Continence Assessment and Management” for inpatients (I-SCAMP) – SCAMPering across Northern NSW. Lead: Dr Di Marsden
  • Technology assisted early Allied Health Assistant home visits. Lead: Assoc. Prof Geoffrey Murray
  • Improving care for patients with low back pain in emergency departments: The SHaPED trial. Lead: Dr Gustavo De Carvalho Machado
  • Severe Burn Injury Patient Reported Experiences (PRE) of their Treatment and Recovery at RNSH (SBIU). Lead: Julia Kwiet
  • Improving emergency discharge care practices for older people with cognitive impairment returning to the community. Lead: Professor Margaret Fry
  • Implementing a new model of service delivery for knee and hip arthroplasty surgeries. Lead: Dr Richard Walker
  • Investigating different methods of carbohydrate loading in elective colorectal surgery to improve post-operative outcomes. Lead: Trang Soriano
  • Alcohol and Drug Cognitive Enhancement (ACE) Program study – Validation of tools for use within an Aboriginal population. Lead: Antoinette Sedwell
  • Rural implementation of Best Evidence for Stroke Therapy (BEST). Lead: Dr Melissa Nott


Ivana Goluza Riddell
Phone: 0409 289 642