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Translational Research Grant Scheme (TRGS): Round 2 Open

The Translational Research Grants Scheme (TRGS) provides grants to staff within NSW local health districts, the Ambulance Service of NSW, specialty health networks and NSW Health Pathology including medical staff, nursing staff, allied health professionals and population health practitioners for research and evaluation projects that will translate into better patient outcomes, health service delivery, and population health and wellbeing.

Grants ranging from $50,000 to $1 million will be provided to successful applicants for projects of one to two years’ duration. A total of $12.8 million is available in this round.

Applicants are encouraged to partner with other organisations such as universities and medical research institutes; however research projects must be led by an employee of a host organisation within the health system. To strengthen partnerships and collaboration across the health service, a contact person within each LHD, Pillar and Ministry of Health policy branch is provided in the Guidelines for TRGS applicants.

To increase the capacity of LHDs to align appropriate research methodologies with the research question, the Sax Institute has developed a Translational Research Framework. This Framework will assist LHDs to place their projects on a continuum from innovation testing through to system wide implementation, to identify the relevant research questions for the stage of development and to select the appropriate research designs.

The guidelines provide clear intentions of the program. This will guide to LHDs during their pre-submission assessments of applications.

Research Priorities have changed from Round 1 (refer to EOI).

A new Alcohol and other Drugs Early Intervention Innovation Fund (TRGS AOD) is simultaneously open for applications. While Alcohol and other Drugs continues to be one of the priorities under TRGS Round 2, TRGS AOD invites non-government organisations and host organisations to participate in the new program.

Information for applicants

An information session will be held by operator-assisted teleconference for those in South West Sydney at 9-10am, 20 September 2016. Registration is required by emailing

Other dates are also available (see below). Please register your interest and availability to dial into one of the sessions below by emailing You can also forward questions ahead of time to the same email address.

Time Date Group
TRGS Round 2
12.00–1.00pm 12 September South Eastern Sydney LHD, St Vincent’s Health Network, Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network, Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network (Randwick and Westmead)
11.00am- 12.00pm 14 September Northern Sydney LHD, Central Coast LHD, Mid North Coast LHD, Hunter New England LHD, Northern NSW LHD, NSW Health Pathology
9.00-10.00am 20 September Sydney LHD, Western Sydney LHD, South Western Sydney LHD, Nepean Blue Mountains LHD, Ambulance Service of NSW
10.00-11.00am 21 September Far West LHD, Western NSW LHD, Murrumbidgee LHD, Southern NSW LHD, Illawarra Shoalhaven LHD
1.30– 2.30pm 22 September Additional information session for those unable to attend others
Alcohol and other Drugs Early Intervention Innovation Fund (TRGS AOD) – NGOs
9.00-10am 20 September Non-government organisations and Host organisations
TRGS Translational Research Framework teleconferences
3.30–4.30pm 5 October LHDs/SHN/Ambulance/NSW Health Pathology and NGOs
1.30-2.30pm 13 October LHDs/SHN/Ambulance/NSW Health Pathology and NGOs


In Round 2 the assistance to applicants will be primarily through information sessions and online publication of the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) or responses to emailed questions which will be discussed at the information sessions and added to FAQS. In circumstances where the project is identified by reviewers as a high priority project, assistance may be provided to help refine the EOI for Full Application.

SWSLHD applications

Applications must be submitted via a host organisation.

All SWSLHD applications must be approved by the SWSLHD Chief Executive prior to final submission. This includes all applications where SWSLHD is a partner and the Chief Executive’s signature is required.

Please email completed EOI applications to the SWSLHD Research and Ethics Office at by 30.10.2016 for internal review. Late applications will not be accepted.

Information for SWSLHD applicants

SWSLHD will host an information session at 9-10am on 23.09.2016 at Liverpool Hospital (Conference Room 2, Thomas and Rachel Moore Education Centre) with videoconference links to Campbelltown Hospital (Conference Room, Executive Unit) and Bankstown Hospital (Conference Room 3). This session will be led by the Director of Research, Professor Michael Barton, and the successful recipients from Round 1 of the TRGS.

To attend, please RSVP by email to by 21.09.2016 indicating the site you will attend from (Liverpool, Campbelltown, Bankstown).

If you have questions, please contact the SWSLHD Research and Ethics Office on