COVID-19 and general practice research projects

The COVID-19 pandemic presents an unprecedented challenge to general practitioners in Australia and internationally.  GPs are playing a central role on the frontline of care whilst also managing the everyday needs of their patients and adapting to new ways of consulting.  The evidence base around COVID-19 is evolving, and it is important to understand the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on general practice. 

In response to this, the RACGP Foundation and HCF Research Foundation are coming together to fund research projects relating to COVID-19 and general practice.

Expressions of Interest Applications now closed

RACGP Foundation grants and awards program

COVID-19 and the impact on 2020 RACGP Foundation grant applications and current grant holders.

In order to support our members currently impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the RACGP is extending application dates for the 2020 Foundation grants.

We know GPs across Australia are under significant pressure as they manage their clinical work, academic load and the health and wellbeing of themselves, their families and their community. We hope the extension of the application period supports GPs to be able to find the time to apply for a Foundation grant.

We are also providing additional flexibility for grants currently in progress.

2020 Foundation grants – closing dates

The following closing dates will now apply:

  • All grants (except Therapeutic Guidelines Limited (TGL) / RACGP Research Grant)
    • Applications close: Monday 1 June 2020, 5.00 pm AEST
  • Therapeutic Guidelines Limited (TGL) / RACGP Research Grant
    • Expressions of Interest close: Monday 4 May 2020, 5.00 pm AEST
    • Invitations to submit full application: mid-June 2020
    • Full applications close: Monday 20 July 2020, 5.00 pm AEST

As this is an evolving situation, we will monitor these closing dates and provide updates as required. All applicants will be kept informed of timelines for the review process and notification of the outcome.

Support and flexibility for current Foundation grant holders

The additional pressure on practices, practice teams and patients means that recruitment and progression of existing studies will be affected. We expect that work may be delayed, and we are open to discussions about revisiting timelines, delaying or postponing projects where necessary. We will also be flexible with deadlines for reports and other deliverables. 

Contact us

Our team is available should you have any questions or issues to discuss. Please feel free to contact us with any feedback or updates about how COVID-19 is affecting your research or how the RACGP can support researchers at this time.

Telephone: 03 8699 0497


TGL/RACGP Foundation Research Grant

This grant focuses on use and/or implementation of guidelines in general practice.

EOI Applications now closed

MAIC/RACGP Foundation Research Grant

This grant encourages general practitioners to undertake research on issues related to the management of RTC injuries which are relevant to GPs, their patients and local communities.

Applications now closed

RACGP Foundation/HCF Research Foundation Research Grant

This grant focuses on research into health services issues of relevance to general practice.

Applications now closed

RACGP Foundation/Diabetes Australia Research Grant

This grant supports research into diabetes management, prevention, and/or clinical care in general practice.

Applications now closed

RACGP Foundation/BOQ Specialist Research Grant

This grant encourages innovation in preventative healthcare in general practice.

Applications now closed

RACGP Foundation/ ANEDGP Innovation Grant

Innovation, research and/or quality improvement projects with the potential for practical implementation into practice, for a GP, GP registrar, practice nurse or practice manager in Adelaide.

Applications now closed

Family Medical Care Education and Research (FMCER) Grant

This grant is to encourage and support GPs in the early stages of their research career to conduct research into an aspect of primary health care.

Applications now closed

Indigenous Health Award

This grant aims to support the provision of high quality health care to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Applications now closed

Chris Silagy Research Scholarship

This grant supports research into an aspect of evidence-based primary health care.

Applications now closed

Walpole Grieve Award

This award supports an early career researcher to travel for research or educational purposes.

Applications now closed

Alan Chancellor Award

This award is presented to the best new researcher in the field of general practice at the annual RACGP conference.

Applications now closed

Peter Mudge Medal

This medal is awarded to a presenter at the annual RACGP conference whose original research has the most potential to influence daily general practice.

Applications now closed

Iris and Edward Gawthorn Award

This is awarded to the registrar in general practice who scores the highest score on the Cardiovascular and Respiratory components on the Fellowship Exam. No application is required.

To be awarded for 2020

Best General Practice Research Article in the AJGP Award

This award is for the best general practice research article in the AJGP (formerly the Australian Family Physician) and is awarded annually. No application is required.

To be awarded for 2019

Charles Bridges-Webb Memorial Award

This award is targeted at general practice registrars who recently were, currently are or will be undertaking an academic term in a discipline of general practice or rural health.

Applications now closed