Children's Hospital Foundation Research Travel Grants


Enrolment status Currently enrolled students
Student type Domestic students, International students
Level of study Higher Degree by Research
Study area Health and Behavioural Sciences, Medicine
HDR funding type Travel Scholarship
Scholarship value $5,000
Scholarship duration One off payment
Opening date 12 July 2019
Closing date 7 August 2019


The purpose of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Research Travel Grant is to provide financial assistance to successful applicants for attendance and presentation of their research at a conference.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation Travel Grant provides a one-off amount up to $5,000 for travel, transport, accommodation, registration fees and meals.  This may also include costs associated with sharing conference learnings. Travel funding cannot be used to offset operational or recurrent costs.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation requires successful applicants to manage travel costs by adhering to the following limits when claiming reimbursement of travel related expenses:


All domestic and international airfares are economy class, with consideration given to booking the lowest practical fare available.  This cost will cover luggage allowance (two checked items), booking fees, transfers and other airline charges. Travel insurance costs can also be included as part of the costs of travel.


Within Australia:  max $250 / night, single occupancy

International travel:  max AU$300 / night, single occupancy


Within Australia:  max $110 / day (incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner and incidentals)

International:  max AU$150 / day (incl. breakfast, lunch, dinner and incidentals)


All transport costs to and from place of residence, airport and conference should utilise the most cost-effective form of transport.  This would include public transport, taxis and hire cars (including hire cost, insurances and petrol).  Total maximum daily cost AU$120 / day.

Knowledge transfer

Successful applicants may use a portion of the funds to deliver a presentation for beneficiaries or peers upon their return.


Ensure you read the most up to date information on eligibility and selection criteria on the Children's Hospital Foundation website

The Children’s Hospital Foundation Research Travel Grant is open to those conducting research into children’s health within the following stages of their career:

  • Current PhD students
  • Postdoctoral researchers (< 3 years postdoctoral)
  • Early career researchers (3-7 years postdoctoral)

To be eligible for the Research Travel Grant, the applicant must also:

  • Provide details of the conference they wish to attend and evidence of attendance on return
  • Be the First or Last Author
  • Be the person presenting
  • Be affiliated with, and grant administered by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Administering Institution. Please click here to download the list of NHMRC approved administering institutions.
  • Attend the conference within the 2020 calendar year (applications for retrospective travel will not be accepted)
  • Submit a Letter of Support from the Research Management Office of the Administering Institution (or Graduate School if the applicant is a current PhD student).

Multiple applications

Applicants may submit only one application per round. Applicants submitting more than one application per round will have all applications withdrawn for consideration in that round.

Other Requirements

Outcomes from travel must:

  1. Demonstrate support for advancing Children's Health Queensland Strategic Plan 2016-2020;
  2. Align with the Children’s Health Queensland Research Strategy 2018-2025;
  3. Benefit children’s health and/or the healthcare delivery provided by CHQ and/or other Queensland-based health services caring for children and adolescents.  


Applications are closed.

Before you get started

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How to apply

UQ's internal deadline is August 7 2019. This allows time for the Dean of the Graduate School to review and sign his endorsement of applications. 

Applications must be submitted online via the SmartyGrants website. Applicants must first create an account with SmartyGrants. Please note that account details are used for the purpose of completing the application form and for ongoing communications from the Foundation relevant to our research scheme. Please complete all sections of the application form. Incomplete applications will not be processed. The following notes will assist with completing the online application form.

Page 1   Applicant Details

The online form must be filled in with all applicant details as prompted.

It is recognised that some research metrics fields may not be relevant to current PhD students.  Please complete these fields as “N/A”.

Page 2   Supporting Documentation

The applicant must upload a Letter of Support from their NHMRC Administering Institution’s Research Management Office or the Graduate School for PhD Students.  To upload, click the “choose files” button and upload the file using the naming convention shown in brackets (RPCXXX2020_LoS.pdf). The Letter of Support template will be available on the website.

If available at the time of submitting the grant application, please attach confirmation that the applicant’s abstract has been accepted.

Page 3       Grant details

The current career stage should be completed by identifying with one of following three options;

  • PhD students, or
  • Postdoctoral Researchers (< 3 years postdoctoral) or
  • Early Career Researchers (3 – 7 years postdoctoral).

Complete the impact statement to identify how dissemination of your research at the proposed conference will have an impact on improving children's health outcomes.

Page 4       Conference Travel Details     

Please include the name of the conference, date, venue and title of the conference presentation.

The applicant must provide an abstract of their presentation. Please complete a 300-word abstract summary of your paper and include: Background; Aims, objectives and hypotheses; Results; Discussion/conclusion.

If published, the applicant must attach the full publication that their presentation is based on.

The applicant must provide a budget and budget justification for the proposed use of funding. When preparing your budget, please adhere to the limits outlined in Section 2 of the guidelines. Please upload the budget as a PDF or Excel file using the naming convention shown in brackets (RPCXXX2020_Budget.pdf or xls).

Page 5       Your Research  

The “Current Research” section will need to detail the background, aims and potential translational outcomes of the research that is the subject of your presentation. This description can be up to 600 words.

In the “Outcomes of Travel” section applicants are encouraged to demonstrate the benefits their conference presentation will provide to children’s health. The potential for additional translational benefits of the research should be included in this section.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation will favourably consider applications that create the best value for money. This can be achieved by sourcing additional benefits from travel grants, on top of attending a conference and presenting a paper. For example, at the destination the applicant might visit a children’s hospital to establish connections with fellow researchers. Or, on the applicant’s return opportunities to present any findings from the conference should be created.  Include details of additional benefits of travel in this section of the application.

Page 6 – Declaration and privacy statement

The Foundation records your personal information to assist with the provision of services related to research and grant funding opportunities to you. We respect your privacy and embrace the principles contained in the Information Privacy Act 2009 (Qld). The Foundation can provide further information on request or in our Privacy Policy. A copy of our Privacy Policy is available at or on request.

Selection criteria

In evaluating applications, the following may be considered:

  • The Primary Applicant’s track record;
  • The merit of the Primary Applicant's current research program;
  • The value that this grant will bring to the research program;
  • How the grant will aid in the translation of research into practice and lead to better or earlier health outcomes;
  • The value of any additional activities that the Primary Applicant proposes to conduct during travel; and,
  • How the Primary Applicant's experiences and learning will be shared with colleagues upon return.
Applications are closed.


Graduate School
Applications are closed.

Terms and conditions

The Children’s Hospital Foundation has a strong focus on the translation of research into outcomes that improve children’s health and utilises three criteria for the monitoring and evaluation of research projects: delivery, dissemination and impact. Appendix B provides greater detail and context regarding each of the three criteria and associated performance indicators. Please consider these criteria prior to an application submission. 

At the completion of the travel grant, the recipient will be required to submit a final report, along with supporting documentation. The final report should be completed using the template provided by the Children’s Hospital Foundation via SmartyGrants and describe the outcomes of the travel grant and impact on the recipient’s research program.



Applications are closed.