Research Trust Fund

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About the Research Trust Fund

The Research Trust Fund was established in 1989, by Schizophrenia Fellowship, to develop a secure fund committed to enabling research into mental illness. The Trust Fund is run by Trustees, who take professional advice on financial investments and also seek external technical advice when assessing grant applications. The Trustees are all volunteers and the advice is provided on a pro-bono basis.

The first batch of grants was made in 1993, and grants continue to be made every year or second year. The Trustees call for submissions on an annual or biennial basis. The call for applications is posted on the Fellowship’s website and sent out to universities and researchers.

Any kind of research into mental illness qualifies for consideration for funding, provided it is conducted in NSW and satisfies criteria set out by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

The Fellowship's Research Trust Fund is registered with the Australian Taxation Office as a charity (Registered Charity No. CC26807) for which donations are tax deductible.

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Call for Research Funding Applications from Schizophrenia Fellowship NSW Inc

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The Research Trust Fund of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW invites applications from individuals or research teams in the field of psychosocial research in schizophrenia for funding of up to $50,000 for a single project or support of a doctoral student for up to $20,000 per year over two years.

Objectives of the Research Trust Fund

  1. To provide financial support for research projects examining psychosocial factors and how they relate to schizophrenia
  2. To provide financial support to pilot novel psychosocial treatments in schizophrenia
  3. To support programs that examine the role of clubhouses in the provision of recovery services in schizophrenia

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Researchers must be based in NSW
  2. The project must address the research aims of the research trust fund
  3. The project must be completed within 2 years
  4. Joint funding with other funding organisations would be considered
  5. Principal investigators may only submit one application per funding round


All correspondence and enquiries should be addressed to:

The Secretary

The Research Trust Fund of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW

Please email a pdf copy of your application to Ms Susan Freeman (Ph 02 9879 2600) at

Closing date – 5.00 pm Sunday 31st August, 2017
Late applications will not be considered.

Application requirements

Applications must be submitted via email as a single pdf document on A4 pages in a minimum of 12pt font and at least 2 cm margins. Please include:-

  1. Summary page
    1. project title
    2. project investigators
    3. total budget
    4. description in lay terms of project (no more than 300 words). If the proposal is funded, this material may be used in the Research Trust Fund’s announcements
  2. Proposal (4 pages with no appendices) –Figures, tables, diagrams, etc., must be included within the 4-page limit. Anything over this 4 page proposal limit will be ignored. In the description of the proposal please include:-
    1. Aims
    2. Background
    3. Research methods (including statistical approach)
    4. Expected outcomes & Significance
  3. References (1 page)
  4. Budget (1 page) – a budget description specifying the amount requested with a brief justification and indicating whether applicant is applying for a one- or two- year grant and what the funding will be spent on for the whole of the period of the grant. The grant must not duplicate funding or lead to a reduction of support from the host institution.
  5. Collaborator Letter (1 page, optional) – letter of commitment from any co-investigators or essential project collaborators, briefly explaining the specific contribution and confirming a willingness to collaborate.
  6. Investigator(s) Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages for each investigator) – including any current grant support.
  7. Investigator(s) publications from the past 5 years
  8. Institutional Assurance Letter (1 page) – signifying the applicant’s institution’s acceptance of these guidelines.

Applications will be evaluated on the following criteria

  • Scientific excellence and innovation of the application
  • Practical benefits to the mental health of the community
  • Significance of the project
  • Track record of applicants
  • Feasibility, including relevant partnerships. 

Budgetary Considerations

Please fully justify the budget. It is important that each category for which support is requested, namely personnel, equipment, maintenance and other, should be justified in terms of their need by the project.

Applicants must apply for a specific sum of money and undertake to refund this if the project cannot proceed or is not completed. If you apply to another organisation for funding for the same project, and that application is successful, the RTF must be notified.

With regard to salaries, applicants should indicate the Personnel Support Package level within the NHMRC scale that is appropriate (Please refer to the NHMRC website for information These Packages include a provision for on-costs.  The grant should not be used for “top up funding” covering a gap between NHMRC rates and a local pay scale.

Grant monies may not be used to fund any University administration fees payable during the course of the research.

Supply of grant monies constitutes a taxable supply, and as such will attract GST. This will not be paid by the RTF.

Applications for a second year of funding

Research projects are funded on a one-year basis. However, applicants may seek additional funding for a further year.  A report has to be submitted by the 1st September detailing:-

  • compliance with local ethical processes (via an acknowledgement of your annual report to your HREC)
  • any changes made to the project
  • the budget request for the following year and if this has been changed from the original application
  • any publications or presentations made

Grant Conditions:

Specific conditions may be laid down in some instances at the discretion of the Board and/or its Research Committee.


  • The decision of the trustees is final and not subject to negotiation
  • Funding must be used for the purpose stated in the application
  • All publications or presentations emanating from an approved project must acknowledge the Research Trust Fund of the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW and copies must be forwarded to the Secretary of the Research Trust Fund.
  • Successful applicants must present their findings at the Schizophrenia Fellowship of NSW Annual Forum in Sydney
  • Organisations are required to submit an annual report 12 months after receiving funding
  • GST incurred by a recipient organisation will not be funded by the Research Trust Fund