Grant Categories

Grant Categories


Spinnaker Health Research Foundation awards seed funding for health and medical research projects conducted within the South Metropolitan Health Service (SMHS)  and Fiona Stanley Fremantle Hospitals Group (FSFHG).

We offer various means of support in response to the health issues coming out of the South Metropolitan community of Perth including: Research Grants, PhD Scholarships, the Barry Marshall Travel Grant(s), Collaboration Awards and occasional equipment grants.

Spinnaker research grants aim to foster a culture of research where Early Career Researchers are encouraged and nurtured to excel. Capacity building and research collaborations, as well as research translation underpin the ethos of the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation. Spinnaker Grants are also known to assist researchers in becoming more competitive for national and international funding. To date, we have invested nearly $4 million in medical research that has subsequently attracted up to $20 million in additional research funding from other sources, such as NHMRC.


  • Pool A: designated for Early Career Researchers (ECR) as defined by the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation
  • Pool B: designated for all other researchers

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On the 10th of December 2005, Professor Barry Marshall AC, Patron of the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation, was jointly awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize for Medicine/Physiology for a discovery which is responsible for making immense savings in health care worldwide and preventing untold human suffering. While a Registrar at Fremantle Hospital, Professor Marshall worked with colleagues in Microbiology, Histopathology, Gastroenterology and Biochemistry to study a bacteria that had been identified by Dr Robin Warren AC, the co-winner of the Nobel Prize. Professor Marshall was convinced that the bacteria – Helicobacter pylori – was responsible for causing gastritis and peptic ulcer disease, a theory that went completely against worldwide medical opinion of the time.

In 1983 Professor Marshall stunned the medical world when he drank a beaker of water laced with the bacteria to prove the theory. Within a very short space of time he began developing the symptoms of an ulcer, which he then cured with a course of common antibiotics.

With a travel grant made available by the Medical Advisory Committee Travel Sub-Committee of Fremantle Hospital, Professor Marshall travelled to Brussels to present his findings at the Second International Workshop on Campylobacter Infections. He credits this travel grant as providing the means by which he was able to convince his peers of the significance of the discovery, and in his eventual joint win of the Nobel Prize. In recognition of the pivotal role that the travel grant played in bringing the discovery to the attention of the international medical community and to pay tribute to Professor Marshall’s great achievement, the Trustees of the Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation – now known as the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation – announced the introduction of an annual Barry Marshall Travel Award, open to all medical and health researchers based in the south metropolitan region.

As further demonstration of Professor Marshall’s faith in what he believes can be accomplished by the hospital’s talented research community, Barry and Adrienne Marshall initially funded a number of Travel Awards. In making their personal donation of $10,000 Professor Marshall said “The generous support and encouragement I had at Fremantle Hospital in the early days allowed the H.Pylori work to come to fruition. I am honoured that you wish to introduce the Award and am sure that in the future it will seed many new projects and give WA researchers a vital chance to broaden their experience.”.

The prestigious Barry Marshall Travel Award now forms part of the Spinnaker Health Awards and Grants and will allow a south metropolitan based researcher to attend a national or international conference to present their research findings and outcomes.


The Foundation is proud to co-fund PhD scholarships in health and medical research at UWA, Curtin , Murdoch and the University of Notre Dame.

Kailis Scholarships – two new PhD scholarships for students in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame Australia. The scholarships known as the Michael G Kailis Scholarship and the Patricia V Kailis Scholarship respectively are generously co-funded by the MG Kailis Group, Notre Dame University and the Spinnaker Health Research Foundation. The Kailis name has been strongly associated with both the Foundation and the University of Notre Dame Australia for many years. Dr Patricia Kailis has been an active Patron of the Foundation since 2008 and has been a member of the Senate of the University in years past. The MG Kailis Group is a long standing and successful business synonymous with Fremantle and has been a generous sponsor of the Foundation’s annual awards night.  The PhD scholarships in research will commence in 2017 or 2018. 

Warren Jones/UWA Research PhD  Scholarship – one PhD scholarship available annually and generously co-funded between the University of Western Australia and Spinnaker Health. Called in honour of the late Warren Jones, this PhD scholarship scheme has had a longstanding relationship with Fremantle Hospital. The PhD scholarship is to encourage high calibre medical or science PhD candidates to undertake medical research with relevance to the health of the Greater Fremantle community.

Bellberry Medical Research Scholarships – funded in co-junction with the generosity of Bellberry Limited, Spinnaker Health, as well as Curtin University and Murdoch University respectively. Bellberry PhD scholarships currently awarded at Curtin and Murdoch. Further Bellberry Medical Research Scholarships may be made available in future.