The Leading Innovations through New Collaborations (LINC) Scheme 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 Mater.

There are eight, $50,000 grants available (five for projects with a lead MSH clinician and three for projects with a lead Mater clinician). The scheme is designed to foster new, translational research collaborations between
researchers and clinicians.


Held at TRI on Thursday 16 September, the LINC Showcase was a unique opportunity for clinicians and researchers to present on clinical dilemmas and research challenges that require a collaborative approach to solve.

If you missed out on attending the event, click here to watch the showcase and hear about the great collaborative research opportunities. 

Apply for a LINC Grant

Applications open: 9:00am AEST, Friday 17 September 2021

Applications close: 5:00pm AEST, Monday 1 November 2021

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 Mater.

How to apply

Step 1 - Read the guidelines

For detailed information on the application process, including the full eligibility criteria.

Download Application Guidelines ≫

Step 2 - Prepare the application

Applicants are required to submit an Application Certification document with their application.

The two Principal Investigators and their respective the Head/s of Department/s (or equivalent) are required to sign the Certification Document, which must be uploaded with the application.

Each PIs must include a mentor as a co-investigator.

Step 3 - Lodge the application

The link above will take you to Metro South Health SmartyGrants site where you can start, complete and submit your grant application. Please note, the completion of the application can be delegated to another person.

Apply on SmartyGrants ≫



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. Do I need to be a presenter to attend the LINC Showcase?
A. Not at all, the event is open to all TRI-based researchers and clinicians at MSH and Mater. But, don't forget to register for a ticket to attend the Showcase or join via Zoom.

Q. Can the clincian be from another hospital?
A. Not as a Principal Investigator A for this grant round, but they can be a CI. 

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).

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