New round of Impact Seed Grants announced by Flinders

Flinders University has awarded nine Impact Seed Grants for this year, with each recipient awarded up to $10,000 each. This represents one more recipient than the expected total, reflecting the high quality of research applications made.

“The scope and quality of the large number of submissions from our Early Career Researchers points to a very exciting future for Flinders research,” says Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robert Saint. “It’s a huge challenge to select the winners from a deluge of excellent applications worthy of funding, so I’m very confident that the Impact Seed Grants we have been able to award this year will lead to major research advances that will impact positively on people in local, national and international communities.”

Grants have been awarded to:

Rajeev Gundur (CBGL): Evaluating Technological Uptake and Acumen among Returned Citizens.

Kathina Ali (CEPSW): Evaluating an online intervention for individuals on the waitlist for eating disorder treatment: a pilot study.

Ania Kotarba (CHASS): Diving into the Desert: A pilot study mapping sophisticated Indigenous water management infrastructure and practices on Mithaka Channel Country, QLD.

Hailay Gesesew (CMPH): HIV Peer Educators and The UNAIDS 90-90-90 Treatment Targets in Ethiopia: A Pilot Survey.

Yee Lian Chew (CMPH): How does the neurochemical dopamine drive memory formation?

Brooke Spaeth (CMPH): Enhancing point-of-care testing and local workforce capacity in Aboriginal communities through a continuous quality improvement approach.

Michael Lawless (CNHS): Usability Testing of a Co-Designed Knowledge Translation Tool for Older Adults with Multimorbidity.

Mehwish Nasim (CSE): Combating vaccine related misinformation in migrant communities in Australia.

Michael Roach (CSE): Understanding the virosphere of human microbiomes.

Beyond the financial input of Flinders University, the support of the wider community has helped enable the Impact Seed Funding for Early Career Researchers program to fund 40 emerging researchers over the past four years.

(L-R) Dr Ania Kotarba, Dr Michael Roach, Dr Michael Lawless and Dr Mehwish Nasim.

Creating pathways to the extraordinary

Supporting our emerging researchers is critically important not only for the discoveries they make now, but for their lifetime contribution to our knowledge economy, and the health, wellbeing and thriving of our communities.

The Impact Seed Funding for Early Career Researchers  program currently helps launch the careers of new researchers each year, yet we receive another 65+ applications annually, all for innovative and promising research. While this seed funding is modest for complex research, it’s a vital life blood for giving new researchers a step-up in their careers, to produce the results that will help secure much more significant funding, for even greater transformational outcomes.

If you are passionate about discovery and the fearless pursuit of knowledge, please support our Flinders University Research Fund. Donate now.

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