Please see below relating to the competitive grant program this year, awarding funding to Early Career Research and Seed Grants that will make a direct impact on the health of our community and patients in our hospitals. 

In addition to the above we have two grants that will provide additional opportunities for our research community; The Janine Chalwell Gift Grant and The Janine Chalwell Innovation Grant.

Please take note of the following key dates for our 2023 grant round in preparation for the conditions and guidelines to be released.

Tuesday 31 May 2022
Expressions of Interest Open

Tuesday 28 June 2022
Expressions of Interest Close

Tuesday 9 August 2022
Shortlisted applicants are invited to submit a full application

Tuesday 6 September 2022
Full application period closes

Tuesday 18 October 2022
All applicants notified of the outcome of their application

November 2022
Spinnaker Awards Ceremony for successful applicants

More information regarding new opportunities as well as the conditions and guidelines of each grant category will be available in due course, and we will notify our research community by email when this is available online.

Please sign up to our grant list here to receive notifications.

Please direct all grant related questions to or phone 08 6152 6278.

Spinnaker Health Research Foundation Grant Summary

Spinnaker Health Research Foundation is committed to the support of research for the direct benefit of the community of south metropolitan Perth that can also demonstrate local, national and global leadership. Established in 1996 at Fremantle Hospital the Foundation has funded almost $4,000,000 in research at Fremantle Hospital, Fiona Stanley Hospital and at universities and institutes with a direct link to our community.

Our grant-making strategy is focused on improving the diagnosis, treatment and care of patients in the hospitals we support and the prevention of disease for improved community health.  At Spinnaker we strive to:

  • Support research that responds to the identified needs of the south metropolitan community of Perth, Western Australia
  • Support and inspire research with demonstrable translation to clinical practice
  • Improve patient outcomes across all areas of disease and injury
  • Support research for the prevention of chronic health conditions
  • Provide opportunities for the translation of knowledge for the benefit of all members of the community


A commitment to capacity building, research collaboration and the translation of research to both knowledge and practice underpins the ethos of Spinnaker Health Research Foundation. Spinnaker grants aim to assist researchers in becoming more competitive for national and international funding and since 1996 the grants we have awarded have been leveraged to achieve a further $20,000,000 in project funding.

There are two grant pools offered, Early Career Research and Seed Grants, with multiple grants awarded in each category to a maximum of $15,000 each.  In exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Board of Trustee Directors of Spinnaker Health Research Foundation, and upon advice of the Scientific Advisory Committee, projects of a higher value may be considered. 

In addition to the two grant pools offered are three additional grants this year; The Edith Cowan University Spinnaker Explorers Grant, The Janine Chalwell Gift Grant and The Janine Chalwell Innovation Grant, providing further opportunity for research, knowledge and making an impact to better healthcare.

Please find below all grant expressions of interest for you to download, complete and return by Sunday the 18th of July, 2021.


Early Career Research grants are offered to encourage people at the beginning of their career to undertake a research project for the benefit of prevention, diagnosis and/or treatment of health conditions



Seed Grants are our commitment to funding research that seeks to test a theory, explore a new idea or prepare a project for a larger funding application.


This grant is for a maximum of $50,000 and can either be for the sum total of a project or be a percentage contribution to a larger project where the additional funds required are confirmed or will be confirmed within the application period.

This grant will support cutting edge research that has the potential to rapidly evolve clinical knowledge, translate to improvements in diagnosis and treatment and above all else, lead to a better outcome for patients with melanoma skin cancer.


This inaugural grant will support one project annually that has the potential to translate a novel idea to innovation in the diagnosis, treatment or care of patients with melanoma.

The Janine Chalwell Innovation Grant will be awarded to a competitively selected project that seeks to challenge current practice and take a chance on an idea that has the potential to lead to significant physical and well-being impacts for people with melanoma.

This grant is intended as a ‘start-up’ fund to give researchers the opportunity to test an idea that may revolutionise the current understanding or treatment of melanoma and lay the foundations for further exploration and development through leveraged funding.

Read about some of our previously funded research grants


2022 Grants

2020 Grants

2019 Grants

2018 Grants

2017 Grants

Please direct all grant inquiries to or or call 08 6152 6278.