The Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation supports and promotes improvements in the reproductive health of women and in the health of their babies and infants.
It actively supports research into obstetrics and the prevention, control and treatment of gynaecological diseases and related problems. It funds clinical and scientific research by leading and emerging researchers and uses this research to educate and inform medical practice in Australia and elsewhere.
The Foundation’s Research Subcommittee meets annually to review grant applications. Submissions are assessed by the Subcommittee members, and recommendations for grants are approved by the Board of Directors.
Innovation Grants provide seed funding to support highly innovative research projects with potential for significant clinical impact. They may lead to major grant applications with such institutions as the NHMRC and the Medical Futures Fund.
These grants are open to any researcher at any career stage and are generally for one year, but in certain circumstances may be for longer.
Grant Amount – The Foundation will award approximately seven grants per annum to a maximum level of $60,000 each.
Grant Process – Relevant researchers based in Victoria may submit applications for assessment by the Research Sub-Committee. Grant applications may be submitted including collaborative interstate researchers, but the Principal Investigator must be located at a research institute in Victoria.
It is anticipated that applications for the annual Innovation Grants may be submitted from July with a closing date in September.
Information about the 2020 Innovation Grants process, to be used as a guide for 2021, can be downloaded below. Guidelines, applications and instructions for the 2021 Innovation Grants will be available from July 2020.
Download the Innovation Grants guidelines here
The Norman A Beischer PhD Prize is presented to those successfully being awarded a PhD in obstetrics and gynaecology at the Mercy Hospital for Women. The Prize may be used to attend a conference to present the results of the PhD research and/or for continuing education.
Grant Amount – $5,000.
Grant Process – The PhD Prize is automatically awarded to a qualifying student upon the recommendation of the Director of Perinatal Medicine at the Mercy Hospital for Women.
This Scholarship is awarded for clinical-based research leading to the attainment of a PhD or equivalent Research Higher Degree, in any aspect of obstetrics, gynaecology and related disciplines. The Scholarship is targeted at young researchers. To be eligible for the Scholarship, the scholar must be resident in Australia. The Foundation receives a report on the work undertaken by the scholars.
Grant Amount – One Scholarship is awarded annually and the Scholarship amount is $30,000 per annum for two years.
Grant Process – The Scholarship applicants are assessed by a panel at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and the Foundation confirms the award. A Director of the Foundation, or a representative, presents the Scholarship.
Ernest Daniel (Ernie) Williams, who died in 2014, was a real estate agent based in Melbourne, Victoria who had a long association with the Norman Beischer Medical Research Foundation (NBMRF) and advised the Board in real estate matters over many years.
Ernie had a strong sense of care and support for family and the wider community and enormous empathy for those disadvantaged beyond their control, particularly children. He also appreciated the impact education had on creating opportunities for individuals.
These factors led Ernie to approach the Foundation with the view of leaving the residue of his estate to the Foundation. His wish was for the Foundation to provide one or more scholarships with the purpose of supporting the education of Aboriginal students and to encourage any academic study that would benefit the long-term health and well-being of the Aboriginal Community.
The Foundation was honoured to be able to offer for the first time in 2017 the Ernest D Williams Scholarship.
The Scholarship is open to Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders who are pursing academic study of a tertiary nature that has an element of research. The area of research is not confined to a particular branch of medicine or health sciences, but the proposed outcome of the study should relate to the improvement of the health and well-being of the Aboriginal Community.
The recommendation of the Scholarship Panel will be reviewed by the Board for approval, a process which may require the candidate to present for an interview with the Board.
It is anticipated that the research work performed by the Ernest Williams Scholar will be conducted in Melbourne, Victoria.
Grant Amount – $30,000 per annum and may be awarded for a period of not greater than 2 years, depending on the type of study being conducted.
Interested applicants should contact the Foundation’s CEO, Mr Andrew Brookes by email at email@example.com
The Foundation will award two Ernest Williams scholarships annually, at Deakin University for Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders studying nursing at Deakin. Each scholarship awards a total of $40,000 over four years.
Deakin University will select the successful scholarship recipients.
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