The Leading Innovations through New Collaborations (LINC) program provides dedicated funding for new research collaborations between early to mid-career researchers based at TRI and early to mid-career clinicians based at either
Metro South Health or the Children's Health Queensland. The scheme offers $50,000 grants, to foster new, translational research collaborations between researchers and clinicians.



The LINC Showcase provides clinicians and researchers with a unique opportunity to pitch their ideas for research projects to address clinical dilemmas or research challenges, but for which they require collaborators. Pitching at the LINC Showcase is not a prerequisite for applying for a LINC grant, but it is highly recommended. This is an opportunity to start the conversation with potential collaborators from TRI or a clinical setting as well as get feedback on your research project/idea from our expert panel.

Please note, the 2023 LINC Showcase has been cancelled.

You can view the LINC 2022 showcase here and the 2021 event here 


Apply for a LINC Grant

Applications open: 9:00am, 14 July 2023

Applications close: 5:00pm, 6 October 2023

The LINC Scheme offers successful applicants $50,000 over two years to develop a novel,
collaborative research project focused on meeting a clinical need as well as obtaining preliminary proof-of-concept data. 

Projects must be led jointly by an early to mid-career researcher based at the Translational Research Institute and an early to mid-career clinician employed by Metro South Health or Children's Health Queensland.


2023 LINC Funding Guidelines



Q. The LINC grants require EMCRs to be the Primary Investigator, does an EMCR have to be the presenter at the Showcase?

A. No, anyone from your team can present. We just ask that you identify the EMCR(s) who will be leading a potential LINC grant application.

Q. Do I need to present at the Showcase to apply for a LINC grant?

A. No



Q. Can the  Principal Investigator-clincian be from another hospital other than in Metro South Health , Mater or CHQ?

A. Not as a Principal Investigator A for this grant round, but they can be a CI. 


Q.  WIth regard to the PI A Clinician, how do you define early to mid career?

A. The clinician must 15 or less years post their clinical qualification, that is from when they completed their medical degree (not from a specialist qualification or a PhD or Masters).


Q. How can we share our grant application on SmartyGrants with the rest of team?

A. The only way to share the application form online with multiple people is for the form user to share their username and password – and them only one person can open the form at a time. Most teams will download a PDF of the form, convert to a Word doc and either upload to Sharepoint (for example) to enable edits from multiple users, or store the document in a shared drive.


Q. Do I need to have a research plan developed for the LINC application?

A. No, you just need an outline of what your project could involve. You have 12 months to develop your research plan and get any necessary ethics and governance approvals before carrying out a pilot project in year 2 of your grant.


Q. Do you have any tips on forming a successful collaboration?

A. Have a look at these articles for some great insights, with research behind them:

Vicens Q, Bourne PE (2007),”Ten Simple Rules for a Successful Collaboration”, PLoS Comput Biol 3(3): e44.

Nyström, M.E., Karltun, J., Keller, C. et al. Collaborative and partnership research for improvement of health and social services: researcher’s experiences from 20 projects. Health Res Policy Sys 16, 46 (2018).

Rycroft-Malone, J., Burton, C., Wilkinson, J. et al. Collective action for implementation: a realist evaluation of organisational collaboration in healthcare. Implementation Sci 11, 17 (2015).

Need Help?

Should you have any questions please contact the TRI Research & Clinical Translation Manager

T:  07 3443 7012     |      E:  [email protected]