Spinnaker Health Research Foundation 2020 Grants

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 will be two grant pools offered in 2020, 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.


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.

EOI’s closed at 5:00pm AWST, Friday 9 August 2019. Shortlisted applicants will be approached by invitation to submit an application in October.

Please direct all grant enquiries to Dani Ryder, Development Officer at or 08 6152 6278.




In 2019, Spinnaker awarded 10 research grants, 3 travel awards and 1 PhD scholarship to some of the brightest minds in Western Australia. 

Read about 2019 grants