SCI Research Collaboration Grant Guidelines and Application – 2022

The Spinal Research Institute (SRI) will fund SCI Research Collaboration Grants in 2022.


The objective of the grant is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and to build relationships between individuals, institutions and countries involved in spinal cord research by funding attendance at the ISCoS Annual Scientific Meeting. Attendance at the conference represents a unique opportunity to grow and garner fresh ideas and collaborate with peers.

Each grant will cover registration costs to attend the meeting (as a virtual delegate or in person) and is open internationally to SCI researchers and clinicians with an interest in SCI research, who can demonstrate how the opportunity will enhance their research and research career development.

Researchers with lived experience of SCI are encouraged to apply. The SRI supports diversity in culture, nationality, gender, and ability.


  • The funds must be used for the purpose described in this grant information and may not be used to supplement other funding received for the same purpose.
  • Grants are open to researchers in SCI, and SCI clinicians with an interest in research. Early career researchers (more than two years working in the field and less than five years post PhD) will be looked upon favourably.
  • Applicants cannot be in a temporary position.
  • Grants will provide funding to cover: the cost of registration for the ISCoS Annual Scientific Meeting at the ISCoS member rate, either as an in-person or virtual delegate; ISCoS membership (for new members only); attendance at the Conference Dinner (for in-person delegates); and registration for one pre-meeting workshop (if requested by the applicant). If you have previously been a member of ISCoS you will need to ensure your membership is current.
  • Group applications will be supported where it can be shown researchers are working to expand their current research to a collaborative/multicentre study. The SRI will provide grant support for up to two people from a group.
  • Applicants must submit their applications using the online form provided.
  • Applicants will be informed of the awarding of grants approximately three weeks after applications close.
  • It is expected that grant recipients will join the Spinal Cord Research Hub ( in the lead up to the ISCoS meeting.
  • The SRI must be acknowledged as a funding source in all publications and presentations derived from the grant.
  • A report detailing the funded experience, and what was accomplished and learned, must be submitted in writing within two months of the conclusion of the ISCoS meeting. The SRI may choose to publish the report in its newsletters, website or social media platforms.

You can learn more about the SRI’s process for advertising, assessing and awarding collaboration grants below.


Applicants are required to complete an online application form. Submissions must include the following:

Applicant information

  • Personal details
  • Institution name and location
  • Contact details of Head of Department

Supporting statements

  • What research are you currently involved in? (100 words)
  • How would a collaboration grant benefit your research? (100 words)
  • How will attending the conference enhance your research now and in the future? (100 words)
  • How does your research include/consider consumer involvement? (100 words)

Documentation (individual and group applications)

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) (maximum one page) for each applicant + group member
  • Individual photograph of each applicant + group member
  • Short bio (up to 100 words) for each applicant + group member

If your application is shortlisted, you will be required to submit the following within seven days

  • All applicants: a signed letter of support from each individual’s Head of Department. A template will be provided.


  • Applications open: 3 May
  • Applications close: 24 May, 5pm AEST (GMT/UTC +10)
  • Outcomes announced approximately three weeks after closing date
  • ISCoS conference dates: 15-18 September

Advertising, assessing, and awarding the SCI Research Collaboration Grants.

The information below explains the Spinal Research Institute’s (SRI’s) process for advertising, assessing and awarding collaboration grants.


A notification/invitation for collaboration grant applications is advertised, at a minimum, via

  • email – to the SRI’s newsletter distribution lists for PLEXUS and SCoRH
  • SRI’s social media channels – Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn
  • SRI’s website –

The collaboration grant notification provides details of

  • The purpose and objective of the collaboration grant
  • What the grant will fund
  • Funding guidelines
  • Applicant eligibility criteria
  • Application instructions


Applications are assessed by the SRI’s Collaboration Grant Panel

  • Associate Professor Doug Brown, SRI Executive Director (Australia)
  • Professor Graham Creasey, Stanford University (USA)
  • Associate Professor Julia Maria DÁndrea Greve, University Sao Paulo (Brazil)
  • Campbell Message, Melbourne Disability Institute, University of Melbourne (Australia)
  • Ms Emma Peleg, Research Collaborations Program Manager, SRI (Australia)

If a member of the Collaboration Grant Panel has an association or conflict of interest with an applicant, they will not assess that particular application.

All eligible applications are assessed independently by the Collaboration Grant Panel members and reviewed against the following criteria.

  • Relevance to the SCI field.
  • How the grant will enhance the applicant/s research collaborations and how it will support their research now and in the future.
  • How the research addresses the consumer need and consumer input.
  • Track record, past collaboration, and access to other research funding.


Based on assessment results, the collaboration grant panel selects the successful application(s). The Executive Director is responsible for the final recommendation of selected application(s) and funding to the SRI’s Board of Directors.

The SRI will advise applicants of the outcome of their collaboration grant applications via email.

For successful applicants, the Letter of Offer stipulates the grant conditions and the timing for receipt of reports detailing the grant experience. Successful applicants are asked to accept the Letter of Offer in writing.


If you have any questions about these grants, the process, or the application form, please email us at

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