Funding opportunities

We're here to help you turn your brilliant ideas into realities.

At Flinders Foundation, we are passionate about supporting researchers and clinicians who are making new discoveries and delivering better treatment and care for patients and their families.

Your dreams are our dreams too.

Make your brilliant idea a reality

We work in partnership with Flinders University and the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN) to fund a variety of projects and initiatives that aim to improve patient outcomes and achieve health and medical breakthroughs.

As a not-for-profit, our ability to offer grants to fund crucial research relies on the generous support of individuals and organisations in the community. And for that, we’re hugely grateful.

What we fund

Health and medical research
From seed grants to fellowships and scholarships, we’ll help you kick-start or continue projects, generate data and attract bigger national and global grants.

Medical equipment and technology
If you’re a health professional, we’ll help you deliver the best possible patient care with state-of-the-art tools and technology.

Pilot programs and services
We help you test and implement innovative health programs that address the needs and challenges of the community.

Training, professional development and education
We’ll help you pursue further education and training, learn from leading experts and share your knowledge and skills with others.

Staff improvement initiatives
We’ll help you celebrate your successes, foster a supportive work environment and take care of your physical and mental health.

What we don't fund

Ongoing programs, services or costs associated with a grant

Projects that have already been completed or items already purchased

Infrastructure, equipment, programs, services or staff reward and recognition which Flinders Foundation considers to be the responsibility of SA Health, such as staff salaries, routine patient care or equipment

How to apply

To apply for a grant, please submit an Expression of Interest by email to Flinders Foundation. 

SALHN grants must have the approval of the relevant Clinical Director prior to being submitted to Flinders Foundation for consideration.

Assessment of grant applications

Research applications will be reviewed by the Flinders Foundation Research Committee, in partnership with Flinders University and the SALHN Office for Research.

All SALHN applications will be reviewed by Flinders Foundation and the SALHN/Flinders Foundation Steering Committee.

Flinders Foundation decision is final

Flinders Foundation will consult with the appropriate stakeholders when making its funding decisions and work within the protocols that exist at Flinders University and SALHN.

Flinders Foundation’s decision on what will and will not be funded is final. All funding decisions will be subject to funds available and grant recipients at Flinders University and SALHN meeting their obligations.

Approved grants

All grants approved by Flinders Foundation will be subject to a funding agreement which stipulates the terms of funding, including the grant amount, funding period, project scope, payment schedule and project acquittal details. 

Grant funds will be administered via the relevant institution; Flinders University or SALHN.


If you are successful in receiving a grant from Flinders Foundation, we appreciate your support with communicating the impact of your project to Flinders Foundation donors, supporters and partners.


Grant recipients will be expected to report back on the outcomes achieved and how this has supported advances in health and medical research or improvements to patient care and experience.


For any questions about Flinders Foundation funding guidelines, please contact us or call (08) 8204 5216

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Your brilliant ideas have done amazing things

Here are just some of the breakthroughs Foundation funding has supported:

  • The first biomarker for motor neurone disease progression. This world-first discovery could lead to better diagnosis, prognosis and treatment for people living with this devastating disease.
  • Made a breakthrough discovery in glioblastoma research, testing new treatments to see how tumour cells behave.
  • A blood test to detect oesophageal cancer. This simple blood test could be a “game changer” in detecting one of the deadliest cancers early, when it is more treatable.
  • Personalised treatments for cancer and other chronic diseases thanks to a robot. This robot can create personalised models of patients’ organs using 3D printing technology, which can help surgeons plan complex operations and researchers test new drugs.
  • A reduction in childhood peanut allergies.
 This study is successfully helping children overcome peanut allergies by exposing them to peanuts in a controlled way, which can reduce their risk of severe allergic reactions.
  • Potential treatments for Zika Virus using revolutionary medical equipment.
 This equipment can analyse thousands of compounds in a matter of hours, which can help researchers find potential treatments for Zika Virus, which can cause birth defects and neurological disorders.

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