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Informing and Shaping Best Practice.

At the Agency for Clinical Innovation ( ACI ) we work closely with clinicians, consumers and managers to design and promote better healthcare for NSW .

Research is important to ensure that clinical practice meets international standards, patients’ expectations and service-specific goals.

This research must be scientifically excellent, ethical, practice-relevant and translational. Such research is important for providing a strong and relevant evidence base for ACI initiatives.

ACI Research Funding Scheme

We are committed to supporting scientifically excellent translational research, where the research is aligned and consistent with the strategic priorities of the ACI and will enable system-wide improvements.

Researchers can approach ACI with expressions of interest requesting financial and in-kind support for their projects, or in-principle support for applications that will leverage additional funding from other sources of research funding.

To ensure ACI provides a fair review of all requests from researchers to support their work, and where our own budget permits, we will consider submissions twice per year.

The ACI Research Grant Scheme supported a total of 28 research projects in 2017-2018. The most recent funding receipts were announced in May 2018.

Funds have now been exhausted. Submissions to the scheme will next be considered in September 2018 for the 2018-2019 financial year.

Current ACI-funded and Supported Projects

The following projects were recently successful in their funding application to the ACI:

  • Alcohol and Drug Cognitive Enhancement (ACE) Program study - Validation of tools for use within an Aboriginal population. Lead: Antoinette Sedwell
  • Implementing "Structured Continence Assessment and Management" for inpatients (I-SCAMP) - SCAMPering across Northern NSW. Lead: Dr Di Marsden
  • 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
  • Translating Eating as Treatment for Head and Neck Cancer (TREAT). Lead: Dr Ben Britton
  • Rural implementation of Best Evidence for Stroke Therapy (BEST). Lead: Dr Melissa Nott
  • Technology assisted early Allied Health Assistant home visits. Lead: Assoc. Prof Geoffrey Murray
  • Improving emergency discharge care practices for older people with cognitive impairment returning to the community. Lead: Professor Margaret Fry
  • 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

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 Network.

All eligible submissions to the ACI Research Grants Scheme are assessed and evaluated by a Review Committee.

More information on our strategic goals and priorities can be found in the ACI Research Framework: Responsible Governance, Management and Conduct of Research.



Ivana Goluza Riddell
Phone: 0409 289 642